Elaine a.k.a NurseElaine
I am a registered nurse who blogs about topics related to teens, periods, puberty and products. Since I am associated with Tampax and Always, it makes sense that my blogs are about women's health topics that include the menstrual cycle, menopause and beyond. Since I am a health care professional, my blogs will be factual, with a bit of my own perspective included. Also, you may see me commenting on related topics. Please feel free to ask me questions. If I don't know the answer, I will research it and provide the most current thinking about it. NurseElaine
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Once upon a time, I was a Labor and Delivery Room (L&D) nurse at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. It was probably one of my most favorite places to work because I truly loved supporting moms (and dads or other significant family members) through their birth experience and felt that each baby born wa
Missing your period is a scary thought for some mothers who believe their childbearing days are over. However, not all missed periods are due to pregnancy. Before you freak out, you must know that there are many reasons why women miss their periods.
"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book." - Irish Proverb
If you ask a young woman whether her mother spoke with her about puberty and preparation for starting her period, she might say, “No, I learned from my friends.” More then likely, when you ask her mom if she had “the talk” with her daughter, she will say “Yes.” Often, the reason is that unless there was something momentous about the occasion; it may not have been memorable enough for the daughter to recall.
"I need me time!" This is a lament that I hear a lot from my younger friends who are moms of young kids - and older ones too. It is hard to get alone time with children running around.
The Oscar’s illustrious "boob song" didn’t really affect me, but I did think it seemed rather juvenile, until I saw a click through to the best celebrity breasts. I started thinking about what the BEST breasts meant, beyond who has them and what shape they are in.
I am a blogger who is also one of the health experts on beinggirl.com, so I answer questions from hundreds of girls who write to us every month. It has been an eye opening experience that has helped me understand the concerns that many teen girls have today. One of the things that I have learned from the questions asked, is that teens would rather ask a stranger a personal question about their life or health than their mother. What can be done to make the dialogue more open between teens and their mothers?
If someone says PARTY, I am there! I love getting together with old friends and making new ones, when I can.
There is nothing better than hugging and snuggling our children - it is an easy way to show your love for them.
Are your kids getting too much salt in their diets? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new research on sodium intake, in which they observed the sodium intake and blood pressure of 6,235 U.S. children and adolescents. According to the findings, boys consume more sodium than girls do and lowering this intake -- while increasing exercise -- can help to reduce elevated blood pressure in children and teens.
Unless your child is in a year-round program or home schooled, most kids are just finally heading back to school after having the summer off. While many moms experience the traditional sigh of relief because they’ve survived the summer, teen girls may not be as thrilled.
It seems like forever since I last posted - it’s been about a month - the reason being that my family and I just returned from a prolonged, yet planned vacation to Europe. While away, I gained some amazing insights, and learned some clever things parents do to make traveling easier and more enjoyable.
Surprise: You and your daughter aren’t speaking the same language!
I love summertime, especially when that includes fun in the sun with family and friends. Where I live now, this also means pool, lake or beach get-togethers. This is all great, but I have one big, big request that you PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN.
People move - find new homes, new neighborhoods, new cities, new schools and new friends - and that can be all well and good. In fact, many people take all of that in stride and have a pretty good idea on how to proceed with a move in order to get settled in quickly and efficiently.
To me, shaving is an interesting aspect of being a female, since it is more of a beauty routine than a hygienic or health necessity. For some cultures and women, shaving is neither interesting and nor necessary. However, in our society, it is noticed. For some, hair on the face or under the arms can be embarrassing and women seek to have it removed.
This seems to be the time of year when most people have enough going on with family, friends, school, and work that they just want to be stay at home by themselves when they get a free moment.
In preparing for the birth of a new baby, moms-to-be want to know what they need to ensure that they are ready to welcome the baby home. Parents want to be prepared with the essential items to help ensure a safe and comfortable environment when they come from the hospital, such as a sturdy crib, stroller and car seat, soft bedding and enough blankets.
A few weeks ago, I posted some advice to a grandmother-to-be seeking information on how to be a good grandmother. While many of you reading this are pregnant or mothers of young children - your mother (or mother-in-law) may appreciate this information, especially if there is tension in your relationship.
Back in the days of yore when I was packing for the hospital to deliver my daughter, I got it so wrong. This was in the days before car seats were required for even the youngest of babies and there was no Internet to turn to for advice.
Breastfeeding your baby is ideal for reasons that are indisputable. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), “breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect your infant against some common childhood illnesses and infections. It may also help your health.
Since I am somewhat new to ModernMom and have recently begun posting about health, I want to let you know where I get the information for my posts and for when I respond to questions and comments.
When women learn that I once was an L&D (Labor & Delivery) nurse and am currently a women’s health expert for Always and Tampax, they feel comfortable asking me questions about some of the more private aspects of their reproductive health.
Pregnancy can be an exciting, and scary, time for mothers-to-be. As a mother who has already experienced the joys, trials and tribulations of pregnancy, it can be tricky to walk the delicate line between supporting and scaring her. Here are some tips to support the first-time mother in your life:
What you may not know, or want to know about body after baby “I am a post-pregnancy, gas passing, panty tinkling, flabby blob.” Okay, if we all thought that might happen after giving birth, there would be lot less pregnancies.