Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Life of Dr. Mom is a health and medical mom blog designed for the modern parent 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.

Deli Meats and Pregnancy I love charcuterie.  And pizza. And sandwiches.  I’m now in my second pregnancy and there never ceases to be comments about what you can and cannot eat while you are pregnant.  I’ve often wondered we need to avoid deli meats during pregnancy?
As a first time mom, I had no idea how to swaddle or why we even swaddle babies. Fortunately, I learned how to swaddle 2.5 years ago with Madi and was ready to swaddle George when he was born! I now explain swaddling to parents as wrapping your...
Before I became a parent, I had no idea what baby led-weaning was. I actually thought it had to do with breastfeeding!  I now realize that baby-led weaning (BLW) is a method in which the baby controls their solid food consumption by self-feeding. Baby-led weaning...
Mosquitoes are nuisances.  In Alberta, mosquitoes are everywhere and in some cases can ruin a perfect day outside if they are particularly high in population.   In order to fully enjoy the spring and summer weather while we have it, we may want to prevent itchy...

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