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Mamas on Bedrest: Exercises to Help Prevent Blood Clots From Forming In Your Legs

May 21st, 2014

Greetings Mamas!!

Today’s Video blog is thanks to Mama on Bedrest Sarah. In an e-mail, Sarah asked me for ways to help prevent blood clots from forming in her legs. In today’s video blog, I share  ways to help prevent blood clots in the legs while on bed rest. With a combination of exercises and massage, Mamas on Bedrest can help prevent potentially life threatening blood clots from forming and then traveling to vital areas of the body and causing major life threatening complications. In the next blog, I’ll share resources and tips Mamas on Bedrest can use to help prevent Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots from forming.

Mamas on Bedrest: Are We on the Brink of a Cure for Pre-Eclampsia?

May 2nd, 2014

Greetings Mamas!

May is Pre-Eclampsia Awareness Month. As our way of honoring this occasion, I present to you an interview that I did with Dr. Karine Kleinhaus. Dr. Kleinhaus is the Divisional Vice President North America for and Israeli based biotechnology company called Pluristem Therapeutics, Inc. Pluristem is a leading developer of placental based cell therapies. They are currently developing a treatment that, if effective, will treat pre-eclampsia in pregnant women and very likely remove the need for women to be placed on bed rest for pre-eclampsia.

As you can image, when I first learned of this technology, I was floored. Then I got excited. Pre-eclampsia is one of the leading reasons that Mamas are prescribed bed rest during their pregnancies. It can have serious health consequences for mamas and their babies, including kidney and liver damage in mamas, prematurity and the associated developmental issues in infants and even death. Pre-Eclampsia is thought to be the result of inflammation in the uterus and with the placenta that leads to the elevated blood pressure, the protein in the urine, liver assault and, if not adequately treated progresses to HELLP Syndrome (High blood pressure, Elevated Liver Enzymes and Low Platelets).

In February of this year, The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association announced that new research data shows that women who have pre-eclampsia during their pregnancies are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke in later life. So as you can imagine, if the therapy being developed by Pluristem is successful, many women stand to be saved a lot of discomfort from a potentially life threatening illness during their pregnancies, will avoid bed rest and its complications and avoid the risk to their cardiovascular health later in life. This is win-win-win!!

Dr. Kleinhaus was kind enough to spend quite a lot of time with me explaining the treatment and its potential in the treatment of Pre-Eclampsia. Listen to this interview carefully. It’s really interesting and chocked full of very useful information. Once you finish, share your comments in the comments section below.

 

Mamas on Bedrest: Let’s Talk About Sex (after) Baby!

April 23rd, 2014

Greetings Mamas,

It’s Video Wednesday April 23, 2014. Today’s topic-SEX!!! The topic was raised by a mama in our community and it’s a topic we’ve not discussed much, so I decided to address it here.

The reality is that many women aren’t interested in sex post partum. The research estimates that as many as 80% of women experience a change in their sex drives (usually a drop) immediately following the birth of a baby. When you stop to think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Women have been pregnant, and have experienced extreme physical as well as emotional and hormonal changes. In our case, mamas have been on bed rest and been inactive. If a woman had a vaginal delivery, there was a lot of force against the perineum and possibly a tear or episiotomy with stitches so she may still be sore. If mama had a c-section her belly may be sore from that. Then she is breastfeeding, she’s tired, she’s adjusting….There are just so many issues that it’s hard for many women to even think about sex.

In this video, I offer some things to think about to “get the sexual wheels turning” and so sex will actually take place. While sex may not be on the top of a new mama’s priority list, it is very important for the couple to reconnect. So I hope this video is helpful. If it is, say so in the comments section below. If you have information to share, please do!