Author: Verónica Maria Pimentel

Because I love my family, I will not spend Thanksgiving with them

Many people have asked me what I am doing for Thanksgiving. “Are you having a traditional dinner with your family?”  I love my family.  I love my family so much that this year I am choosing not to spend Thanksgiving with them.  It was a difficult, but necessary and thoughtful decision. Like most Cabo Verdean and Portuguese people, extended family gatherings are vital to me.  Thanksgiving has become part of my identity as a grown woman. I normally go all out to host my entire extended family and some close friends for Thanksgiving.  I love it!  I spend two...

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No Further Words Needed – Dr. Vero and Dealing with the Grief of Pregnancy Loss Through Writing

Dear Dr. Vero, There has been a lot of talk about Chrissy Teigen sharing her pregnancy loss on social media.  It seems that pregnancy loss is a topic that makes people very uncomfortable.  I imagine that as a high-risk obstetrician you take care of many patients who have lost their babies.  How do you deal with such a loss? A concerned reader   Dear Concerned Reader, There are few cries that pierce one’s soul like that of a parent who has lost a child, born or unborn.  I wrote a Twitter post about the pain and grief that Chrissy...

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I’m going to be a grandma for the first time, but my daughter may lose the baby.

Dear Dr. Vero,  My daughter is pregnant for the first time and her doctor told her that the womb can open and cause her to have the baby so early that he may not survive.  This is our first grandchild and we are all very excited.  But now I am afraid of what is going to happen.  A concerned grandma.   Dear Concerned Grandma, The doctor was likely referring to a condition called cervical insufficiency.  Cervical insufficiency is a condition that causes the cervix to open early during pregnancy, typically without the woman feeling any contraction or pain.   The...

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Breastfeeding is hard. But, it comes with so many great benefits to mom, baby and society.

Breastfeeding has numerous benefits to your baby. Breastfeeding can protect your baby from many viral and bacterial infections, such as ear, respiratory and urinary tract infections, and diseases such as leukemia, diabetes and childhood obesity. It can also protect your baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and may help your child become smarter; children that are breastfed do better on intelligence tests.

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Meet Crisolita Figueiredo – A “Cabo Verdean to Know” Running for Pawtucket City Council Ward 1 Office

Crisolita Figueiredo is a “Cabo Verdean to Know.” Crisolita Figueiredo is running for Pawtucket City Council Ward 1 office. She is originally from Sal, Cabo Verde and immigrated to the United States in 1995. Married and a mom to 3 girls, she has been living in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for the past 23 years. Mrs. Figueiredo completed her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island and is employed as an eligibility specialist for the State of Rhode Island at the Department of Human Services. I had the pleasure of asking her a few questions to allow...

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ACVB is a community men's basketball league, currently based in Boston & Brockton, that is in its infancy. The league/organization's mission is to integrate youth development activities through basketball clinics and other outreach programs provided by the league to the community.

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