Monday, June 24, 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.

It is officially summertime and that means taking advantage of the beautiful weather and long summer days.  Along with having fun in the sun comes a reminder for the importance of practicing sun safety for the whole family.  Choosing a sunscreen for infants and toddlers is not...
Breastfeeding was not intuitive for me and I struggled. Particularly for the first two weeks I had breastfeeding difficulties. I had difficulty getting Madi to latch and every time she did latch it was painful and had a lot of trouble breastfeeding. There are...
Accidentally losing urine in the months and years after having a baby is either not talked about at all, or laughed off as normal. Approximately 1 in 3 women will experience urinary incontinence in their lifetime and two of the most significant risk factors for it are...
As a parent I realize how challenging child discipline can be and the importance of consistency. I have talked previously about methods of discipline and parenting that I try to practice with our daughter (and encourage my patients to try) including positive reinforcement parenting. Another tactic I try to...

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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...

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The health benefits of coffee.

When I was going through my undergraduate training - I would have 3 cups of coffee per day. My mom and...

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...

A Step by Step Guide of how to sleep train

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

How Can I Prevent Cervical Cancer: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

In Canada, 1550 Canadian women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2017 and 400 of them died from it. Patients in my medical practice...

First Time Travelling Away from your Baby: What to Know.

Madi was 15 months old when my husband and I went to a medical conference in Quebec City. It was the first time I...

Stretch marks: Do expensive lotions really reduce stretch marks in pregnancy?

When I was pregnant with Madi I smelled like coconut oil constantly. I was told by my mom and her friends to...

Anxiety in children: why saying calm down isn’t enough for anxiety attacks and anxiety symptoms (guest post)

We all experience anxiety symptoms from time to time! It is a natural and normal part of stress and our everyday lives. Anxiety in...

Do the Preservatives in Vaccines Cause Autism?

In my last article about vaccines and the fraudulent accusation that they are associated with or cause autism, I outlined how the...

The Stomach Flu in Children: Gastroenteritis

I had several infants, toddlers and young children come in to see me at my clinic with gastroenteritis. I got some great...

Treatment for ADHD in children: What can I do as a parent to help my child?

Having a child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) can be challenging.  Compared to other children without ADHD, they can sometimes be more...

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...

How to increase breast milk supply during breastfeeding and improve lactation

Many new moms, including myself, worry about establishing and maintaining a good breast milk supply or how to increase breast milk supply....

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

Mindfulness is a meditative practice where you intentionally bring your attention to experiences in the here and now.  It helps us to become more...

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...

Postpartum bladder incontinence (guest post)

Accidentally losing urine in the months and years after having a baby is either not talked about at all, or laughed off...

Grandparents Spoiling with Sugar

Going through medical school and learning about the growing epidemic of childhood obesity has made more conscious of the food I prepare for Madi....

Pregnancy cravings and weight gain: early pregnancy symptoms

During my pregnancy, my mom told me to enjoy myself and indulge in my all of my cravings. One of my early...

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...

Sunscreen for infants and toddlers, and children: which to choose and how to apply.

It is officially summertime and that means taking advantage of the beautiful weather and long summer days.  Along with having fun in...

Going on Vacation Without your Baby: Should I Worry About Unhealthy Attachment?

Graeme and I are leaving Madi for 6 days to go to Hawaii for our friends wedding. After I booked our flights to Hawaii...

Am I at risk of gestational diabetes? How to prevent gestational diabetes in pregnancy

I was a big baby.  My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me, and as a result I was...

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