Did you dream of having your own family from the time that you were a little girl? I definitely did not. My own childhood is not one that I look back on fondly, and so I had this fear of parenting like I was parented and as a result convinced myself it would not be part of my life plan. “Stick with what you are good at” was my philosophy.
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We all love it when our babies sleep 12, 11 or 10 hours straight. And we wish it would be like that all the time, but sometimes our 12-hour sleeper begins to wake up at 5:45, then 5:20 and so on. Early morning wakes are extremely difficult for parents. Who wants to get up at 5am? No one!
During pregnancy, up to 71% women will experience pelvic pain. More specifically, symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), has been reported in 32% of all pregnant women. It is commonly misdiagnosed and mismanaged – most women who present to my office have told me that their health care provider has told them that it is a pregnancy pain that will just go away after birth. Although it is the case that delivery of your baby will end the sharp discomfort, you do not have to “live with it” while pregnant and, in 25% of cases, this pain is still present 4 months postpartum.
One of the hardest things to accomplish, as an ethically-minded, socially conscious parent, is keeping purchases…well, ethical. We live in a society that currently worships fast fashion and disposable, dollar store toys. Big box chains sell adorable kids’ clothing that falls apart before your children have grown out of it–and considering how fast kids grow, that’s significant. Sure, those leggings were only $5, so replacing the ones that developed a hole along the seam in just a few wears doesn’t seem like a huge deal. But when you consider how little the people who made those leggings are getting paid? It’s a huge deal.
As a sleep consultant, an important part of my job is to teach families about the ways in which a child’s lack of sleep can impact the health and well-being of the family as a whole. Children who are well rested have been shown to demonstrate fewer behavioural problems, better appetites, stronger immune systems, improved cognitive functioning and have less mood swings.