Self-care Tips and Info for New Moms from Texas Health Resources

May 11, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Helpful information and tips for women who have just delivered their first baby. There’s a new life in your life, with all the joys and challenges that brings. Texas Health Resources wants to help you approach them with as much confidence and comfort as possible. On behalf of the physicians on the medical staff and the nurses from the postpartum unit, nursery and lactation department, congratulations and welcome to a new and exciting world for you, your baby, and your family. The information presented here is general in nature. If your OB/GYN or Pediatrician has given you other instructions, please follow the advice of your physician. The information in this video covers: -Postpartum Period -Changes to Birth Canal -Menstrual Cycle -Bowel Movements -Hemorrhoids -Episiotomy Care -Cesarean Birth Care -Activities -Swelling -Feeding Baby -Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression -The New Dad -When to Call your OB From the moment your first baby is born, life changes forever. During the postpartum period, don’t be shy about seeking help if you have a question or problem. While no amount of study and practice can guarantee you’re ready for parenthood, the more knowledge you have, the more likely you will enter this new chapter in our life with a confident and positive outlook. 1-877-THR-WELL

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Flat Abs Washboard Stomach Exercises, Planks, Proper Sit Ups Form & Special Tip

March 15, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

This video is about how to achieve a flat washboard stomach, a strong core, and defined abdominal muscles. We all know it takes hard work through diet and exercise, including sit ups, but I want to share with you another special tip that I have practiced all my life. It will most definitely work for you as well if you make it part of your life. I hope you enjoy my tip! Your comments and ratings are very much welcome and please remember to subscribe!!!! Thank you for tuning in……. For more helpful tips, please visit me at my blogspot at: To purchase a YouTips4U Custom Designed T-Shirt, please click here

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Expat Life and Alcohol

October 27, 2010 by  
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Being an expat and a trailing spouse is tough. I am one. That is why I fully understood what this woman has gone/is going through. And I admire her bravery for sharing her story…Thanks, B!

To all Recovering Moms in Switzerland, this is for you.

I love red wine.  The way it looks, smells, and tastes.  I love the way it brings people together with smiles, toasts, and pleasant wishes.  Alcohol….a source of celebration and happiness for many. Not for me.  Alcohol brings me physical pain (in the form of hangovers or unforced self-injuries),  guilt (from drinking again after vowing to stop), and shame (from having done or said something I regretted while drunk).  I also feel shame because I want to stop but can’t.  

I have chosen to remain anonymous because I am not yet ready to tell the world about my horrible and dangerous disease and we all know how small Switzerland is. I have only recently shared this with my immediate family and the only reason I did was because I had reached the point of either getting help or dying.  My daughters are still young so dying is not an option. They deserve better than this.  I did not bring them into this world to leave them motherless in a few years because of alcohol abuse.  I wanted to speak up because I know there are many of you out there who are in the same boat as I and are afraid to reach out and get help. If you think you have a problem you need to know that you are not alone.  There are many of “us” out there.   I didn’t have a problem back in college or graduate school. I partied like everyone else did, I didn’t drink everyday (nor alone), and I excelled academically.  Drinking was a social thing for me.  My problems came later on when life got more serious and settled (when I married and became a mother).  

I love being a mom.  My kids are my reason for living.  I would do anything for them!  Unfortunately I started to drown in my home life.  Laundry, cooking, cleaning, diaper changing, driving….there was no escape from my housekeeping duties.  Life wasn’t perfect with my husband either at times and that didn’t help. Being a SAHM (stay at home mom) or dad can be very isolating and lonely. My drinking problem started a few years ago when I would have a drink or two on some evenings (usually red wine).  I especially loved doing this while I prepared dinner.  Nothing wrong with that right?  I deserved it!  A small token after doing so much during the day and being stressed out with the kids and all of the activities I had to deal with.     As time progressed so did my drinking.  I went from one to two glasses a couple of nights during the week to several nights per week.  My alcohol intake advanced as well. One/two glasses were not enough anymore.  I reached the point (this year) where I’d end up guzzling a whole bottle and hiding the evidence from my husband deep down in the garbage bag.  My social drinking also changed: I’d continue drinking at home alone (behind my husband’s back) after we would return from a restaurant or party.  Something else I started doing? I’d chug a glass of wine while no one was watching and drink a new glass pretending to be one of them.  Yes…I would pretend to be a responsible and controlled drinker.  
A couple of years ago I started to wonder if I had a drinking problem.  Naah!  If I had a problem somebody would have pointed it out already right?  I thought: “I’m responsible. I take care of my kids and pay our bills.  I make playdates and medical appointments on time.  I’m doing my job!  I also don’t look like an alcoholic. My face isn’t red and puffy and I’m not living out of a box under a bridge, dressed up in rags. I don’t have the “shakes” or need a drink first thing in the morning.  How can I be an alcoholic?”     Oh! How I fooled myself into thinking I was normal through all of these thoughts and rationalizations!  The truth came loud and clear a few weeks ago when I got very drunk at a birthday party. I don’t remember much about the night (just little bits and pieces).  Apparently I lost it and went crazy when we arrived home. I made my girls cry that night because I had threatened to leave Switzerland (I said I would go away and never come back).  My husband had to get away from me so he left the house. My daughters started to call daddy on the phone because they thought he was going to leave them too.    After a couple of hours I ended up passing out on the couch and waking up at 2am.  I knew I had done something very bad.  I didn’t remember anything specific but I had the flashback of my girls crying big fat tears and my heart sank.  I was not able to go back to sleep and was extremely anxious the rest of the early morning.  That is when I said “enough is enough”. I knew I didn’t want to keep doing this anymore. I knew I was slowly killing myself and needed help.  So I made the decision to tell my husband about my secret drinking life and problem. I had no choice. I had wanted to do this before but I was afraid because to say the words “I am an alcoholic” is a very scary thing.  I was terrified but it was “do” or “die”.  I decided to choose life and get better for me and my family.

I am very lucky to be where I am right now.  Alcoholism is a progressive disease and it can turn bad and ugly very quickly.  The lucky ones get help before they lose their job, spouse, family or cause a major tragedy (like Diane Schuler, the mother who killed eight people including herself and four children on a NY parkway in July).  I am very blessed to still have my life and the people I love in it.
I have been sober for a few weeks now and am seeing things more clearly than ever. I urge any parent (mom or dad) who is struggling with alcohol abuse to talk to someone and reach out for help. You are not alone!   If you would like to meet other moms going through the same struggles with alcohol abuse (or if you think you might have a problem and would like to explore it further) please join our
Recovering Moms in Switzerland” online group:     (you can join anonymously if you wish)

Moms, Mother’s Day and Health

May 10, 2010 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

May 9 was Mother’s Day. For me, it was the 6th year that I can truly celebrate this unique event, the 6th year since I joined the breed of human being called mothers. I noticed during the days before the big day, there were several health campaigns about mothers’ roles in health. This is not surprising considering that human life starts within a mom’s womb and is usually nurtured from childhood till adulthood by mom. In other wordss, we moms, have a very important role in keeping this world healthy.

Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week to Raise Awareness of Gestational Diabetes
In observance of Mother’s Day, which also marked the start of National Women’s Week, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health are actively working to raise awareness about gestational diabetes (GD). What needs to be emphasized is that GD does not only affect the mother and does not stop at delivery. In fact, the health risks continue well after, both for mom and baby. Moms who have had GD have a higher risk of developing the long-lasting chronic diabetes after delivery. Their babies face higher risk for diabetes as well as obesity.

According to Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, director of the NIDDK.

“As we celebrate Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week May 9 through 15, we want all mothers with a history of gestational diabetes to be aware of their long-term health risks, the health risks faced by their children, and steps they can take to keep themselves and their families healthy.”

Mother’s Day T-shirt from Diane von Furstenberg
The fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg has designed a Mother’s Day 2010 t-shirt to benefit the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA), “an international coalition that promotes increased public awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women and newborns.” The shrrt is white with “Love is Life” in white ribbon detail up front and is made from amterial of 88% viscose and 12% silk.
Read von Furstenberg’s partnership with WRA at the Huffington Post.

Health Information for Mother’s Day
Medline Plus recommends a special Mother’s Day gift: reliable health information for Mother’s Day! Although Mother’s Day has come and gone, the information is still there, and can be given as gift anytime. Check out:

Also, please check out a wide range of health books in our site.

Mother and Son Share Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Mother’s Day
It is a very rare thing to happen and a big blow to those involved: Lynda and Cedric Skillom, mom-and-son duo who were both positive for mutations in BRCA2 gene and had developed precancerous breast tissue. Due to fast interventions, the duo celebrated Mother’s Day 2010 together, cancer-free. More about their story in a later post.

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