Motherhood Tips & Tricks – Managing Time

motherhood tips and tricksAll moms share the same problem: lack of enough time to do everything, let alone do them well. So, you’re either tripping over toys or having some other difficulty because you rarely have time to get things organized. Your spouse is also counting on you, exerting more pressure on you to rush through all duties, from doing laundry to scrubbing bathtubs to shopping for groceries.

Stay Organized With These Ideas

  • Keep things you use often in an obvious spot – don’t waste time looking for things like baby wipes, scissors, your phone, and other things you use often. Things like recipes, parenting information, and favorite articles from printouts or magazines should be organized in a binder where you can find them easily.
  • Keep your bills in a box – keep your files together and pay them online if possible. This will keep you from having to buy envelopes and stamps. You could even sign up to receive your bills electronically.
  • Keep things you don’t need in labeled boxes – to keep things from getting too disorganized, it is important that you routinely get rid of clutter and unused items. When you notice clothes, beddings, damaged toys, or other things that are unlikely to be used again, put them in boxes or storage bins labeled “donate”, “trash”, or “consign” and put them in your garage.
  • Stay on schedule – limit your personal email/computer time and stick to it, so you don’t compromise on other things. Also choose a single day to run all your errands, and schedule any doctor appointments in the mornings to avoid long waits.

Make Use of Time-Saving Apps

  • Volunteer Spot – this is a free web-based coordination tool designed for busy moms, teachers, or anyone else who needs to coordinate other people for activities. The system has automatic reminders so all scheduled people for activities don’t miss the event.
  • Ruckus Reader – this iPad learning program is a library of mobile applications offering narrated video books, digital storybooks, and a bunch of literary activities for kids. The app provides the parent or guardian with weekly feedback on the child’s reading experience and progress based on in-app reading skills, like word recognition and phonics, fluency, alphabet knowledge, story comprehension, print awareness, and sequencing.
  • Manila – a free web household account and bill organizer available on PC and mobile. It is designed to help you manage accounts, such as utility bills, credit cards, subscriptions, travel reward programs, and daily deals, among others.

There are many other ideas and apps you can use to make parenting easier, but most of them point to organizing yourself, identifying what needs to be done, and setting time frames. Start by creating a list of things that need to be done every day, every week, and every month, and then prioritize.

Bump Watch: A Roundup of Celebrity Pregnancies (2015)

celebrity bump watch pregnancyPaparazzi are everywhere, and celebrities are tempted to either conceal private things or falsely advertise them. Fans across the nation are always eager to know the inside story on their favorite famous person. From film stars to pop sensations, here are some celebrities who have announced that they’re expecting babies.

Bump Watch – Celebrity Pregnancies Expected in 2015

1. Expectant Mother Bristol Palin

The 24 year old daughter of Sarah Palin recently shared a photo of her baby bump at six months via Instagram. This will be her second child, coming six years after the birth of her son, Tripp. Even though her wedding to Dakota Meyer was called off at the last minute, Briston Palin expressed her confidence in raising two kids, claiming that she has a steady job, a home, and has already managed to raise a beautiful son all on her own.

2. Expectant Mother Kim Kardashian

The 34 year old reality star stepped out with her sisters and mother for a family dinner in Los Angeles, Calif, sporting a high-waisted skirt and crop top, accessorized with a beautiful sheer robe and sky-high heels. Kim and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their son in December, so make a family of four – plus their 2-year old daughter, North. The reality family stars were celebrating the upcoming release of their apps.

3. Expectant Mother Candice Accola

The 28 year old “Vampire Diaries’ star and her 35 year old husband, “The Fray” guitarist Joe King are expecting their first child together – she has two stepdaughters, Elise and Ava. The couple wed in October 2014 in New Orleans.

4. Expectant Mother Crystal Williams

Crystal, the fiancée to 35 year old R&B singer Ne-Yo announced via Twitter that they were expecting their first child. The Couple is engaged and hopes to get married next year. Ne-Yo has already fathered two children from his previous engagement to Shaw Monyetta, son Mason Evan 31/2 years, and daughter Madilyn Grace, 41/2 years.

5. New Mother Sandra Cho Durand – Wife to Kevin Durand

The 41 year old “Strain” star and his wife recently welcomed their first child – daughter Amelie Moon Durand. The two wed in October 2010, and received lots of congratulatory messages and well wishes from other celebrities and fans via social networks.

6. New Mother Lucy Liu

She recently shared a snapshot with Rockwell, her baby boy, via Instagram. The 46 year old “Charlie’s Angels” star and “Ally McBeal” alum brought into the world her “new little man” via gestational carrier. Both are happy and healthy.

dr. trobati gynecologist tarzanaDr. Kamran Torbati is a practicing gynecologist in Tarzana. He specializes in all services related to pregnancy including high risk pregnancy, premature birth, and family planning. He has personally delivered hundreds of children in the 20 years he has been practicing and loves every moment of it. His office can be reached @ (818) 575-6526.

Signs of Labor – How Do I Know if I’m in Labor?

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While every woman’s experience of labor is unique, you are still likely to recognize the signs when the time comes. The only way to really know when labor started is after you’ve been through it. That said, your body starts to prepare for birth up to a month before the due date, though you may be unaware of what is going on, or notice some new changes in early labor to let you know that labor is imminent.

In the latent phase of labor (per-labor or early labor), you may experience:

1. Lightening

In your first pregnancy, you will experience a phenomenon known as “lightening” a couple of weeks before the start of labor. This is characterized by heaviness in your pelvis, accompanied by a reduction in pressure just below your rib cage, making it easier to catch your breath.

2. Intense contractions or tightening

When your Braxton Hicks contractions get more frequent and intense, it means that your cervix is ripening and you are getting ready for true labor. In some cases, you may experience a menstrual-like, cramp feeling during this period.

As true labor sets in, the Braxton Hicks contractions may become quite painful and strike more frequently, around every 10 or 20 minutes, making you think that you are due. But if they don’t get stronger, longer, and closer together, and cause your cervix to progressively dilate, then you could be experiencing false labor.

3. Persistent lower back pain and bladder control

Backache is a common sign of labor, though it does not indicate the onset of childbirth. Many women usually experience backaches throughout the third trimester because the fetus grows the most during these three months, placing a lot of pressure on your back.

You may also experience a sudden and urgent need to use the toilet during labor, because the fetus is re positioned for delivery (head facing downwards), exerting extra pressure on your bladder.

4. The “show”

This refers to the passing of your mucus plug, which is a sticky brown/red substance that has sealed the cervix (opening of the womb) for the last nine months. The “show” signifies the start of labor, or may happen just before labor starts. This mucus can come away in one or several pieces, and usually contains a small amount of blood – perfectly normal.

Finally, the most obvious sign that you are in labor is when your water breaks. The amount of water (amniotic fluid) released can vary in amount, so you should consider keeping a sanitary towel. This fluid usually resembles urine, clear and a pale straw color, and may be a little blood stained.

If the waters are colored or smelly, you should contact your midwife immediately, as this may mean that your baby needs urgent attention. Even if there is no smell, you should still contact your midwife, because your baby will be unprotected from shock and at risk of infection without the amniotic fluid.

Dr. Torbati obstetrician tarzanaDr. Torbati is an obstetrician located in Tarzana and has delivered hundreds of new babies into the hands of happy Mothers. He provides services high risk pregnancies, premature birth, C-Section patient choice, miscarriages, and other obstetrics services. Dr. Torbati has been in practice for over 20 years.

When Should I See a Gynecologist for My First Time?

when to see gynecologist first timeVisiting a gynecologist – a doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive health – means that you’re being responsible for your body. Seeing a gynecologist offers numerous benefits, like:

  • Helping you understand the changes in your body and how to take care of yourself
  • Learning to protect yourself when you’re sexually active
  • Ensuring that your reproductive system is healthy and problem free
  • Helping you avoid problems in future

So, when should you visit a gynecologist for your first time?

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, teenage girls should start seeing a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15 years, irrespective of whether or not they’re sexually active.

Most gynecologists recommend that women schedule their first visit by the age of 21, usually within two or three years of being sexually active. Return visits can be scheduled once a year or every three years depending on whether you have any concerns, including after menopause, until around the age of 70 years.

Other Times to Schedule a Visit

There are certain situations that could prompt you to visit your gynecologist more than once a year, like:

  • Regular pelvic pain – There are multiple likely causes of pelvic pain or abdominal discomfort, including a ruptured ovarian cyst, an infection, a dangerous ectopic pregnancy (foetus developing outside the uterus), uterine fibroids, or endometriosis. When you see your gynecologist, you should tell them what kind of pain you’re experiencing to help them make a proper diagnosis.
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  • Bleeding between periods – Occasional spotting between periods is common and not a cause of alarm. But when the bleeding is heavy, painful, and lasts for days, you should call your gynecologist. Mid-cycle bleeding could indicate a miscarriage, injury to the vagina, or cancer of the uterus or cervix.
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  • Unusual bleeding – Any bleeding that is not associated with your period, like bleeding during or after intercourse, or bleeding during pregnancy, you should consult your gynecologist immediately.
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  • Changes in your period – If your period suddenly becomes heavy, soaking through pads in only a few hours or the period lasting longer than 7 days, you should call your gynecologist. Missed periods should also be checked, as they may indicate pregnancy or another medical condition that needs attention.
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  • Unusual soreness or discharge in the genital area – Vaginal discharge is normal and helps keep your vagina clean and healthy. But if the discharge is yellow, grey, or green, has a foul smell, or causes itching around your vagina, you should see your gynecologist.
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  • Painful sex – Can be in the form of soreness in your genital area or deep pelvic pain.
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  • Problems with bowel movements – Difficulty moving your bowels can indicate pelvic floor problems.

Dr. Torbati has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Tarzana for several years, developing a full understanding of what the most common gynecologic problems are and the best approaches in treating them. His impeccable bedside manner combined with his vast knowledge of gynecology make him one of the best gynecology doctors in the area.

The Vital Role of Vitamin D in Pregnancy | OBGYN Explains

role of vitamin d in pregnancyVitamin D is not a “true” vitamin because it can be synthesized through the skin. It is actually a steroid hormone – group of fat-soluble pro-hormones – that encourage the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D is also important for facilitating normal immune system function, as well as the normal growth and development of teeth and bones.

Requirements for vitamin D are high at certain stages of the lifecycle, especially during infancy and pregnancy. It is essential to bone health, though recent studies suggest that it contributes to human health beyond the skeletal system.

Importance of Vitamin D in Pregnancy

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are a critical time for both the mother and child; when the mother is giving her infant all the building blocks that he/she needs to build a foundation for future cardiovascular health, bone health, glucose metabolism, immune function, brain development, and the prevention of brain disorders.

So, what does vitamin D have to do with it?

The human body synthesizes vitamin D when you expose your skin to optimal sunlight, consume fatty-fish or vitamin D fortified foods, or take quality vitamin D3 supplements.

The female reproductive system consists of billions of cells, each of which contains genetic codes and a receptor for vitamin D. These cells, including the breasts, vagina, decidua, placenta, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries are chock-full with vitamin D receptors.

When you have sufficient amounts of vitamin D in your cells, the vitamin D binds with its receptor, regulating genes in your reproductive system. For instance, vitamin D pathway genes influence in utero fetal development. On the other hand, when the female system has insufficient activated vitamin D, the genes critical to complete fetal health and smooth pregnancy are not articulated.

Importance of Vitamin D for the Mother

Pregnant women with sufficient vitamin D intake can enjoy reduced risk of pregnancy complications, such as:

  • gestational diabetes mellitus
  • pre-eclampsia
  • preterm birth
  • Caesarian section

Unfortunately, many pregnant women have insufficient vitamin D blood serum levels.

According to recent findings in a 2014 Canadian study, low maternal vitamin D is associated with increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. So, vitamin D supplementation is critical to optimize maternal and neonatal vitamin D levels.

Other studies suggest that maternal vitamin D helps to decrease labor pain, while ensuring that the baby gets enough vitamin D during breastfeeding.

Importance of Vitamin D for the Baby

Vitamin D is important for fetal cell and bone development. Medical studies have revealed that some seeds for disease are sown before birth, and insufficient vitamin D during pregnancy may be one of those seeds. So, children born to mothers with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop certain medical conditions, including soft bones (rickets or craniotabes), cardiovascular malformation, asthma, autism, and type 1 diabetes mellitus.


The important role of vitamin D for the health of mothers and babies cannot be overstated. Besides getting vitamin D from 10 minutes of sunlight and certain foods like sardines, salmon, shrimp, egg yolk, and fortified foods, you can also get it from supplementation to reach the daily intake recommendation of 6,000 IU for pregnant and breastfeeding women (IU – international units – per day), as per the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) reports.

Pregnant and worrying about going past your due date? Dr. Torbati explains.

What Happens If I Go Past My Due Date? | Obstetrics Physician Answers

what happens when going past due dateResearchers show that only four percent (one in 25) of babies are born on their exact due date. 20 percent of babies are born at 41 weeks or later, so there are quite a few mothers concerned about going past their due date.

Is it normal to go past the expected due date?

For starters, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) define prolonged (post-term) pregnancy as a gestational period of 42 weeks or more (beyond 294 days) from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP). The gestation period is usually adjusted during the course of your pregnancy to give a more accurate date of when delivery is expected.

The organizations suggest that close to 14 percent of pregnancies proceed beyond the 42 week mark, while 4 percent continue past 43 weeks.

In other words, it is common to go beyond your due date. Most babies arrive between week 37 and week 41 of pregnancy – which is within a week on either side of their likely due date. Most twins and triplets usually arrive before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Risks of Prolonged Pregnancy

Pregnancies that go beyond the 42nd week have some increased risks, including the possibility of:

  • requiring forceps or vacuum to assist delivery
  • baby “breathing in” amniotic fluid matter leading to complications after birth
  • c-section
  • still birth

As more time passes, researchers show that more calcium gets deposited within the placenta – a process called calcification – that interferes with its function. This is likely what contributes to the risks of a prolonged pregnancy.

Post-term infants are also usually larger than term infants. Statistics show that between 2.5 and 10 percent of babies delivered after 42 weeks exceed 4,500 grams compared to 0.8 – 1 percent of babies delivered at 40 weeks. Larger or heavier babies have a greater risk of mechanical labor problems, such as shoulder dystocia, requiring c-section, prolonged labor, and cephaslopelvic disproportion.

When Induction is Offered

To avoid complications arising from a prolonged pregnancy, induction may be offered at 41 weeks, or between days 7 and 10 after your due date. That said, labor is only induced if the pregnancy was straightforward, and the cervix is ready.

If induction is not planned and the pregnancy continues, fetal surveillance is mandated, and may include any combination of biophysical profiles (BPP), non-stress testing (NST), or modified biophysical profiles (amniotic fluid volume).

Dr. Torbati is an obstetrician in Tarzana that specializes in all types of pregnancy options including high-risk pregnancy and pre-term delivery. For more information on pregnancy, obstetrics, or family planning, please contact our office @ (818) 575-6119 and our specialists will be happy to assist you with your questions.

Does Tying Tubes Reduce Risk of Ovarian Cancer?

does tying tubes reduce ovarian cancerOvarian cancer is one the five main types of cancers that affect a woman’s reproductive organs. The others are cervical, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to know if a woman will get ovarian cancer. Most women get it without being at high risk. That said, there are certain factors that could increase a woman’s likelihood of getting ovarian cancer, including:

  • Age – middle-aged and older women are at greater risk
  • Family – reports suggest that about 10 percent of ovarian cancer cases are hereditary, if close family members, on either the mother’s or father’s side have had the condition
  • Personal history of cancer – if the individual has had other types of cancer, like uterine, colorectal, or breast cancer
  • Ethnicity – people with an Eastern European – Jewish background are at greater risk
  • Successful conception and birth – women who have never given birth, or have had trouble getting pregnant are at greater risk of ovarian cancer
  • Endometriosis – a condition where tissue from the uterus lining grows elsewhere in the body can increase the risk

Women showing one or more of these factors are not necessarily destined to get ovarian cancer, though they should discuss with their doctor about the risk. Usually, women who have given birth, or have used birth control pills for over five years are less likely to get ovarian cancer. But if the risk is imminent, the doctor can recommend a few measures to lower your chances of getting ovarian cancer, including tubal litigation (getting the tubes tied), ovary removal, or hysterectomy (an operation to remove the uterus and cervix).

Dr. Torbati offers a non-surgical tubal litigation option at his OB/GYN office located in Tarzana.

How effective is tubal ligation?

Research suggests that some of the cells responsible for ovarian cancer originate from the fallopian tubes. Other researches claim that ovarian cancer starts from the tissue covering the outside of the ovary, in the ovary’s hormone-producing cells, or in the egg-producing cells within an ovary. When having your tubes tied, or undergoing a tubal ligation procedure, the fallopian tubes are blocked permanently or cut, preventing the ova from traveling from the ovaries to the uterus.

While this process has no direct impact on fimbria – where cancerous cells originate from on the surface of the ovary – research has consistently shown that tying the fallopian tubes significantly reduces the woman’s risk of ovarian cancer: perhaps because the ovaries are no longer exposed or connected to the external environment, or because the fallopian tubes undergo some sort of anatomical changes after a tubal ligation.

It is important that you see your doctor or health care professional if you notice any signs of ovarian cancer continuously for two weeks. Symptoms to watch for include: pain in the abdominal or pelvic area, back pain, upset stomach or heartburn and bloating, unusual vaginal discharge, and being tired all the time.

Is Your Family at Risk for Breast Cancer?

family lifestyle portraitIt is estimated that 7 out of every 100 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the time they reach 70 years of age. That said, statistics from the CDC suggest that breast cancer mostly occurs in older women, with about 10 percent of cases involving women under the age of 45. In addition, there are a few vital differences when breast cancer affects young women, including:

  • Breast cancer in young women is more likely to be hereditary, passed through inheriting a BRCA gene mutation.
  • Breast cancer in young women is more likely to be detected at a later stage, at which point it will be more aggressive and challenging to treat
  • Young women are at risk of facing other issues when diagnosed with cancer, such as concerns about fertility, body image, isolation, and finances.

The American Cancer Society has proposed guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer as a way to improve the chances of early diagnosis and successful treatment. Many doctors believe that early detection tests, or screening, save thousands of women every year who do not have any symptoms yet. Breast cancers that are detected because of their symptoms tend to be larger and more severe. They are likely to have spread to other areas beyond the breast, which is what makes them harder to treat.

How to Detect Breast Cancer
Women with close relatives who have breast cancer are at higher risk of getting the disease. Having a first-degree relative, like a mother, sister, father, or brother with breast cancer almost doubles your risk, while having 2 first-degree relatives with the disease increases your risk about 3-fold. That said, less than 15 percent of women with breast cancer have a family member with the disease, which implies that the vast majority (85%) of women with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.

There are many risk factors for breast cancer, including breast tissue density, diagnosis with certain nonthreatening breast conditions, and lifestyle-related factors, such as age of giving birth, use of birth controls, physical activity, weight, and alcohol use, among others. While there is no actual way to prevent breast cancer, changing the risk factors can help to make the cancer detectable at an early stage, when it is more treatable.

Common signs of breast cancer include:

  • A new mass or lump in the breast – could be hard or soft, painless or tender, rounded or irregular
  • Swelling of part or all of a breast – with or without a lump
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the breast skin or nipple
  • Nipple retraction
  • Nipple discharge – not milk
  • Swelling around the collar bone – caused by the cancer spreading to lymph nodes under the arm

These symptoms can also be caused by other conditions besides breast cancer so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis if they occur.

Dr. Torbati provides early detection cancer screening tools such as mammograms at his private OBGYN practice located in Tarzana, CA. Mammograms are the best way to detect cancer in its early stages, which dramatically increases the success rate of overcoming the disease.

What To Expect During Menopause – Symptoms & Treatment

Filled with confidenceWhile menopause is a normal part of aging for women that occurs between the ages 45 and 55 years, not all women know what to expect when their ovaries stop producing eggs and the menstrual cycles dwindle, eventually coming to a complete halt.

The medical definition for menopause is when a woman has not had a menstrual cycle for 12 months. During this transition, there is reduced production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, which is what causes the periods to become increasingly irregular until they stop, resulting in multiple physical and psychological symptoms in women.

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of menopause usually appear in the perimenopause phase, which is several years before you reach menopause. Different women experience different symptoms, and to varying degrees. That said, there are some that are more common among many women, indicating the approach of menopause and beyond. These include:

  • Hot flashes – about 75 percent of women have reported an increase in temperature due to changes in estrogen level. It usually leads to sweating.
  • Mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and occasional memory loss – some women occasionally find it hard to concentrate or remember things, which may cause reduced self-esteem or depression.
  • Mild incontinence – some women experience reduced bladder control during peri-menopause and beyond, leading to minor cases of urine leakage, like when sneezing or laughing.
  • Changes to appearance – decreasing levels of estrogen hormone lead to increased wrinkling and other physical changes, such as thinning hair, loss of breast fullness, and increased abdominal fat.
  • Sexual changes – lower estrogen can also caused reduced vaginal lubrication or dryness, which may cause painful intercourse. Additionally, reduced blood flow to your sexual organs may cause lower sensitivity.
  • Sleep disturbances – around 40 percent of women have reported different types of sleep disturbances, such as sleep apnea, or difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Irregular periods – changes to your menstrual cycles typically occur before completely stopping. They may become shorter, longer, lighter, or heavier.
  • Fatigue or joint pain.

Some women may also experience chronic medical changes due to the changes in their bodies. Possible menopause-related complications include weight gain, cardiovascular disease, incontinence, and osteoporosis.

Treating the Symptoms

Women who have reached menopause usually experience more severe symptoms than those approaching it (perimenopause), usually due to the complete lack of estrogen. Some of the symptoms can be managed by replacing the missing estrogen, but the symptoms should resume once you stop taking the drugs.

The simplest way to manage the symptoms is by staying in good health. This entails:

  • Regular exercising – 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity
  • Healthy eating habits – take a balanced diet that is rich in calcium and vitamin D, and avoid sugars, oils, and saturated fats.
  • Getting enough sleep – exercise, avoid caffeine, and use relaxation techniques.
  • Lifestyle changes – stop smoking.

Maintaining a varied diet is particularly important after menopause. Consume whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Dairy products are good for calcium, while 20 minutes of sunlight should provide you with vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium.

How to Make Your Mother Feel Special on Mother’s Day!

mother's day ideas 2015Mother’s Day is a very special day that was created roughly 150 years ago to honor all Mothers for their dedication and hard work in raising children – because if you’ve ever done it you know just how tough it really is! With that said, it’s only right to give them thanks and praise on this special day.

After all, your Mother is the one who delivered you (with the help of an OB/GYN of course!), as well as raised you over the years – put up with your defiance, trouble, and everything else. ☺

A Few Gift Ideas to Consider

Most of us buy our gifts last second and that’s not a problem! It’s still the thought that counts, correct? Here are a few of my own personal recommendations from experience over the years.

Edible Arrangements

Similar to a bouquet of flowers, but can be eaten! Mothers love their chocolate, too. My personal favorite: Shari’s Berries. There are many other varieties of edible arrangements that Mom would love – a Google search will guide you in the right direction.

Spa Gift Cards

This one’s a winner. Moms love it – and it’s much better when you accompany them! It gives you an excuse to get away, as well as giving your Mother an excuse to take a much needed relaxing break.

Hiring a Maid

You may laugh at this one, but let me tell you: it’s a great idea. If you have a Mother who cleans house often, then hiring a maid service for even just a day will make her happy. That one day can be spent cleaning the entire house – saving her a week of time she can now spend doing what she would like to.

An Evening Dinner

Taking your Mom out to a nice evening dinner is another winning option. It means she doesn’t have to spend time cooking and worrying about whether or not her new dish will be a crowd favorite – which is very stressful to some. It doesn’t have to be fancy either.

There are plenty of other ideas not listed here, but above any gift you may get your Mother – nothing is better than simply spending time with her. It’s very thoughtful, while also being cost-effective. A win-win situation, really.

Happy Mother’s Day from the team at Dr. Torbati’s OB/GYN office!