Tag Archives: Health / Wellness

I Love My ‘Mom Pouch’ and Stretch Marks More Than I Ever Thought I Would

Courtesy of Lindsay Wolf It’s almost bedtime, and the kids are going bonkers. My nine-month-old has just learned how to walk, so he’s traipsing around the room like he owns the joint (and he kinda does). My 3-year-old is donning a cape and nothing else, as she runs around in circles making airplane sounds and pretending to fly. Meanwhile, I’m trying to stay inconspicuous as I lay down in a quiet corner, so I can keep zoning out on my phone in peace. Courtesy of Lindsay Wolf […]

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It Took Years To ‘Get Over’ My Traumatic Childbirth Experiences

Courtesy of Taylor Garvin Now, to be clear, no one was asking me to “get over” my C-sections, but it was definitely something I had to work through. Leading up to the birth of my daughter, I didn’t really prepare in any way at all, except reading one book, where I intentionally skipped the part on C-sections. I honestly thought it was something reserved for extremely special circumstances/complications. And if it was the case, for myself, I probably would have been aware of it, prior to. I wanted to […]

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Diastasis Recti Is More Than Just A ‘Mommy Pooch’

Estersinhache fotografía/Getty A few weeks ago, actress Kate Hudson shared a video on her Instagram stories about wanting to “reconnect” her ab muscles. Fresh out of a workout, the mom of three exclaims, “Did my workout. My abs. Arghhhh. Arghhh. Can’t get ‘em. Arghhh. It’s not working!” Then she adds: “still trying to reconnect, I guess.” All jokes aside, Hudson – who just had her third baby in October 2018 – is bringing up an actual medical condition that impacts the majority of women who’ve been pregnant: […]

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I Had A Healthy — And Amazing — Pregnancy In An ‘Obese’ Body

Lindsay Wolf/Instagram During my first pregnancy, I steadily gained 50 pounds. This was a major deal for someone as obsessed with thinness as me. I had spent the better part of two decades struggling with disordered eating, using exercise as punishment, and seeing my body as vastly larger than it ever actually was. I devoted four of my teenage years to a loyal weight loss pill addiction, while binging and purging felt like this cool dieting fad I just had to try again and again. Despite my […]

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I Thought I Had Pre-Baby Jitters, But It Was Pre-Natal Depression

Courtesy of Wendy Wisner You’re not supposed to feel like you’re grieving when you’re pregnant. Your pregnancy is not supposed to make you feel anxious and paranoid. What kind of person wants more than anything to get pregnant — and then, once it happens, they feel nothing but resentment and fear? I was that person. And those were the sorts of thoughts and questions that spread like wildfire through my mind when I found myself pregnant with my second child. I hadn’t experienced anything of the sort […]

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My Advice On Breastfeeding While On The Keto Diet (As An IBCLC)

Scary Mommy, Unsplash, Pixabay and FreeImages The keto diet has been all the rage for a few years now, and that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. If you aren’t familiar with it, the keto diet is basically low-carb dieting to the extreme. It’s a diet based mostly on protein and fats, with very little allowed carbs. It’s not just bread that’s out, though. According to Healthline, you’re pretty much not allowed any fruits besides berries, and all starchy vegetables are no-no’s, including sweet potatoes and beets. […]

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I Almost Died In Childbirth

Scary Mommy and FS Productions/Getty In the United States, over 700 women a year die of complications related to pregnancy, and two-thirds of those deaths are preventable. I did not know that more women die in the United States from pregnancy complications than any other developed country until I almost became a statistic myself. Life is often a series of circumstances beyond your control. The day you almost bleed to death is not a day you forget. It is also a day that takes some time to […]

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Rage Is The Postpartum Symptom We Don’t Talk About

Courtesy of Becky Vieira Of course I’d been sad before, probably even depressed. But nothing came close to the desperation and hopelessness I felt following my son’s birth. I didn’t know it at the time, but postpartum depression had me in its grip and would take me down, nearly to my death, before I was able to get help. It started slowly. I was a first-time mom recovering from a C-section. I was exhausted, hormonal, and scared. My family and friends initially chalked it up to nothing more […]

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I Am Plus-Size, Pregnant, And Healthy — Thank You Very Much

Katie Cloyd/Instagram I’m pregnant with my third and last baby. This pregnancy, like my other two, has been completely uneventful so far. I mean, yes, I’m uncomfortable and tired and nauseous. I’m older than I was the first time. I have hemorrhoids, my boobs hurt, and I’m cranky. The usual stuff. But overall, pregnancy pretty much agrees with me. I am so grateful that I have never experienced any of the scary things that can happen in a pregnancy. I’ve had a couple early miscarriages, and it […]

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Pica Is The Pregnancy Condition Few People Understand

Scary Mommy and akinshin/Getty We all have cravings during pregnancy, and some of them are pretty weird, amiright? All I wanted to eat with my first baby were chickpeas and mint chocolate chip ice cream – and honestly, if you put them both in a bowl together, I probably would have chowed down. I had to eat about four oranges a day (or tangerines or clementines — any orange fruit would do) when I was pregnant with my second baby. I wanted pickles too (pretty classic), but […]

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