This has been an unconventional summer, to say the least, and it has been an unconventional time as a physician! That’s why, even though I’m on vacation, I want to share this important update regarding COVID-19 pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding.
We are officially in the summer season! If you have young ones around you are likely trying to entertain indoors to avoid the outdoor heat. If you are expecting a baby and wondering what to buy or if you have young ones you need to send gifts to, we have you covered!
Although COVID-19 is still here, life is still open with many important events likely happening in your life… events that require gifts or even pick-me-ups! Summer is also here so you might have a friend or loved one who is about to have a baby, or YOU may be expecting! I am sure there are young children of your own or a friend’s who are celebrating birthdays, but unfortunately without the party.
When we are out having fun in the sun, we are exposing our bodies to ultraviolet (UV) rays. This exposure can cause the dreaded “C” word-cancer; in particular, skin cancer. I was diagnosed with melanoma in December 2013. One of my risk factors was multiple sunburns as a child. Skin cancer is a collective term for a variety of types of cancer that affect the skin, lips, eyelids, and nails. All types of skin cancers have very high cure rates and excellent outcomes when detected early.
Anxiety lies on a spectrum. Most new mothers, especially first-time mothers, are prone to experiencing some anxiety in the postpartum period. It might include worries about whether the baby will be safe, is eating or sleeping enough and if you are doing a good enough job as a mother. All of these feelings and fears are normal!. A low level of anxiety, especially in the early days, is an adaptive feature for mothers to stay alert for their baby’s safety.