Friday, April 19, 2019

Life of Dr. Mom is a health and medical mom blog designed for the modern mom whom struggles with balancing family, work, and fun. With her experience working in women health, postnatal care, mental health, and Pediatrics, Dr. Mom works to educate the modern mom with the most relevant up-to-date medical evidence to support families and the healthy development of their children.

Depression is common in adolescence and is often underrecognized.  As a parent it can be hard for us to think about our little ones having depression symptoms, but it is important to check in with teens to see if they are feeling depressed. Signs of depression can...
I vividly remember when Madi was 3 months old, it felt like just last week! At that time I felt like she was reaching all her developmental milestones so fast.  It really is true what my parents told me about time flying by faster and faster as...
In so many ways, Motherhood starts in pregnancy. From the moment we learn about our pregnancies, we prioritize our own health for the benefit of our babies, such as taking prenatal vitamins, avoiding certain foods, and choosing an appropriate prenatal pregnancy exercise plan. Because...
When I was pregnant with Madi I smelled like coconut oil constantly. I was told by my mom and her friends to slather my belly with coconut oil to prevent stretch marks. I suspected that this may not have been the best method to prevent stretch marks...

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Mom Guilt and Self-Care

As a working mom with a toddler, I often feel guilty about not spending all day with my little one. In the morning when...

Travelling with Toddlers: What to bring when flying with a toddler

For the past 5 months, Madi and I have been commuting back and forth from Atlanta, Georgia to Edmonton, Alberta (Canada).  Dining, shopping, or...

What can I do about my anxiety?

Being a new mom or a mom with small kids can come with a little (or a lot!) of anxiety. You are responsible for...

Baby sleep – Is Sleep Training Bad For My Baby?

When I went through my medical training I thought putting your baby to sleep was as simple as putting your baby in the bassinet...

Breastfeeding Struggles

As a physician, I have counselled on the benefits of breastfeeding. I always encouraged breastfeeding as it’s more affordable, helps with bonding, and has...

Screen Time Paradigm

Growing up, my parents let my brother and me watch unlimited amounts of TV. I remember growing up not understanding why other children had...

Where science meets parenting

Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen: What to know when treating your child with fever or pain.

One of the most common medications I get asked about by patients are about acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil). How do I...

My Child Won’t Sleep! Why do Children have Insomnia?

I often get asked by parents "Why wont my child sleep," and "does my child have insomnia?" If your child wont...

Flying with an Infant on an International Trip

Our first flight outside of North America was when we went to Paris for Graeme’s otolaryngology conference when Madi was 6 months...

How to transition your toddler from 2 naps to 1 per day – how to avoid sleep deprivation.

In the spirit of "Sleep Training Week" I know many of you Mama's out there have struggled with your toddlers nap times,...

What can I do about my anxiety?

Being a new mom or a mom with small kids can come with a little (or a lot!) of anxiety. You are responsible for...

Vaccines and Autism: The Real Truth About Fake News

Vaccines can be a controversial topic amongst parents.  In Canada, vaccines and anti-vaxxers (individuals who take an anti-vaccination approach to healthcare and...

Postpartum Exercise

Getting active post-delivery was hard. It was difficult to find the time between breastfeeding, keeping the house organized, and taking care of our new...

How to Introduce Solids to Your Baby

Medical professionals say that solids can be introduced to an infant around 4-6 months old, and the first foods introduced should be iron-rich. As...

Recommendations for the Flu Shot in Children

Every fall is the time of year for you and your little one to get your flu shot! As a mom, watching Madi be...

Sleep training: what are the extinction methods and how to sleep train baby

There are many methods of sleep training to the point that it can sometimes be overwhelming. Extinction is a method...

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or “ADHD,” is the most common neurodevelopment disorder among kids and teens. ADHD was formerly called “Attention Deficit Disorder,” or...

The abdominal wall muscles and pregnancy: how are they affected?

The stretching out and thinning of the abdominal muscles and connective tissue allows a woman’s belly to grow into the beautiful, round...

Prenatal Pregnancy Exercises: guest post

In so many ways, Motherhood starts in pregnancy. From the moment we learn about our pregnancies, we prioritize our own health for...

Postpartum Depression is Common and There are Resources to Help

I try my best as a physician to make sure that I ask appropriate screening questions of all of my patients who have recently...

Postpartum Depression: Are the “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression the Same Thing?

As a physician, often ask my post-partum patients “how are you feeling emotionally?” Naturally, many women experience strong emotions after having a baby. Some...

Baby Sleep: A Step by Step Guide to Sleep Training Baby

If your reading this article, you’ve probably heard of sleep training and considered if it is the right idea for your family....

What causes Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)?

I often get parents coming into my office asking why their child is developing Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD - formerly known as ADD)....

Child development: warning signs if your child’s language development is not on track

When Madi was 15 months old, we were at a play area and we met a little girl who was 16 months...

Child Disciplining Methods: what are the best ways to discipline your child

Parents often come into my medical practice asking for help or advice on parenting techniques, disciplining their children or managing unwanted behaviours.  I also...

Reading kids books to your child helps them learn to read and improves language abilities in later life.

As a young child, I did not like to read. At bedtime, I remember asking my parents to make up a story...

Is the mercury in vaccines toxic?

Recently I wrote a post about the fraudulent science behind vaccines and their “association” with autism.  Unsurprisingly, this became a “hot topic”...

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