Saturday, September 21, 2019

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 why deli meats are singled out as something to avoid...
Constipation in Pregnancy Constipation is yet another uncomfortable symptom that is very common in pregnancy. We can blame our hormones for this one too.  Progesterone circulates at an all time high during pregnancy and plays a major role in bloating and constipation.  
There are many changes that come with motherhood – body changes, sleep changes, relationship changes, identity changes, emotional changes, routine changes, & psychological changes.  Having some challenges adjusting to the changes that come with pregnancy or with the arrival of a new baby is normal!  But struggling significantly is...
What is vitamin B12? Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is a vitamin that plays a crucial role in the synthesis of our genes (DNA and RNA).  Vitamin B12 is very important for our body’s cells to function normally, particularly for red blood cell formation and for neurons (the...

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How to promote good behaviour with positive reinforcement

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To Dine or Not to Dine Out (with a toddler)

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Breastfeeding Versus Formula

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Mindfulness Meditation to improve your mental health and be more present with your children.

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