Archive of ‘Pregnancy’ category

Pregnancy and Antidepressant Medication

As wonderful as pregnancy is, all expectant mothers are concerned about how their own health and wellness will impact the health of their baby.  For mothers who are managing a care and medication plan associated with mental illness, one question frequently arises: will my antidepressant medication affect the health of my newborn? There is a […] Read more…

Lamotrigine and Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy

Continuing to Treat Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy is Vital to Avoid Postpartum Relapse Restoring life to “normal” after having a baby is always challenging, but more so if you are at greater risk for postpartum illness.  For women who have taken lamotrigine for bipolar disorder before becoming pregnant, it is natural that they are concerned […] Read more…

Brace Yourself: Pregnancy Can Make Marriage Harder

Be Proactive and Prepare for the Ways in which Pregnancy May Impact Your Marriage After the initial euphoria of becoming pregnant wears off, a backlash of emotion on the part of both partners can stress even the most solid marriages.  While it is perfectly normal to expect that some marital patterns will change after pregnancy, […] Read more…

A Closer Look at Autism in Children and Mothers Taking SSRIs

Is There a Link Between Autism in Children and Mothers Taking SSRIs? The incidence of autism among children approximately doubled between 2000 and 2012 according to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) As the number of children diagnosed with the disorder continues to grow, pregnant mothers are becoming more concerned that their behaviors and […] Read more…

New Dad’s Survival Guide

What Should You Expect as a New Dad? Society and Reality May Have Different Ideas On a recent episode of the HGTV program House Hunters filmed in Des Moines, a beaming expectant mother smiled at the camera and, responding to a point of disagreement with her husband, exclaimed, “I’m pregnant and I get what I […] Read more…

Manhattan Psychiatrist: Dr. Amanda Itzkoff on Prenatal Depression

Prenatal depression, also known as antenatal depression, can affect women from the time they become pregnant and throughout their pregnancy.  It is also possible that left untreated, prenatal depression can have a detrimental impact on a developing baby’s birth weight and other vital health factors.  As a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine […] Read more…

The Emotional Impact Of Miscarriage

Experiencing a pregnancy loss is extremely difficult. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult experiences a parent will ever endure. I will deal with the physical ramifications of miscarriage in a future post. In this article, however, I want to specifically discuss a range of topics regarding the emotional impact of pregnancy loss. ——- […] Read more…

What You Really Need To Know About Sleep After Baby Arrives!

Are you expecting a new baby? If so, you’re probably wondering how your sleep is going to be affected by your new family member. After all, babies cry and they need a lot of attention…at all hours. So, how can you avoid being a “zombie” during these first few post-partum months? And, how can you […] Read more…

Is Trying To Get Pregnant Ruining My Sex Life?

Sex, Conception, and Relationships When you’re not trying to have a baby, sex can be exciting, spontaneous, romantic, fun … and, well, SEX! When you’re trying to conceive, however, sometimes, it can be quite a different story. If this is the first month you’ve decided to “try”, you may experience new feelings around sex. If […] Read more…

INFERTILITY TREATMENT: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER

Most couples who decide to have children do so with excitement and joyous expectation. For 15 – 25 percent of the population, however, the journey toward parenthood is thrown off-course by infertility issues. Some couples in this situation opt for infertility treatment, which may include IUI, IVF, or third party reproduction. What many don’t realize, […] Read more…

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