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ADOLESCENCE: TURMOIL OR TRANSITION

ADOLESCENCE: TURMOIL OR TRANSITION The stage of adolescence is often seen as a time of turmoil and distress for both the teenagers and their parents. Parents worry about what kind of friends their teen will have, whether or not they will do well in school and decide to pursue their …

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Staying Motivated in Your Third Trimester

FOR many women, whatever energy they’ve had throughout pregnancy gets zapped right out of them when their third trimester arrives, especially during the final 9th month. And it makes total sense. It’s in the third trimester that our babies-to-be grow the majority of their body weight, packing on about an …

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What’s Ramadan without the Fast?

MY first Ramadan as a mom, I wasn’t able to fast. I was still in post-partum recovery and nursing my son full-time sent my normally borderline iron levels into an all-time low, compounding the negative side effects of my anemia. I couldn’t get past a couple of hours without food …

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Your Due Date and Inductions

FROM the first moment a woman realizes she’s pregnant she wonders, “When am I due?” In fact, this may be the most anticipated piece of information that her care provider will tell her during her first prenatal visit. Additionally, it is probably the most frequently asked question she will hear …

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Ten Preconception Recommendations

WHEN you consider the physical exertion of labor and birth you realize that it’s never too early for the expectant mother to start training for the big event. Additionally, the more time you have to learn about pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding, the better prepared you will be, insha’Allah. All …

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When to Potty Train

LET me start out by saying that potty training is not my strong point! In fact, I’d say I’m quite lazy about it. I find it far easier to just wait until the child can communicate and clearly control their bodily functions. It is simply more convenient for me to …

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Woman+Mother=Jewel

If I teach a child to read at school, I’m called a Teacher. If I teach my child to read Qur’aan n his sunnah Du’aaz at home, then I’m just a mother. If I plan lessons for a class, I’m called a Curriculum Coordinator. If educate my child home, then …

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The “Just One Bottle” Myth

By Aisha Al Hajjar, AMANI | AS a lactation consultant (breastfeeding counselor) I often get calls or emails from nervous new mothers who worry that their milk supply isn’t enough or has dried up. It’s understandable to have such concerns, especially with the myriad of pressures from friends, relatives, doctors, …

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Let’s Put Women in Their Place

MEN, it’s time to wake up. We’re losing ground and failing in our charge. We are ignorant of how women in the glorious middle ages used to be, so we have no idea how we should expect our women to be. Blame it on foreign influence, disconnect with history, or …

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From Full-time Doctor to Full-time Mother

By Laura Gibb WHEN I announced my decision to resign from my position as a pediatrician in a major Saudi hospital in order to embrace motherhood full-time, the reaction I received from my fellow female colleagues came as quite a surprise to me. “Are you crazy?!” “This is the worse …

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