Tag Archives: Health / Wellness

Technology Is Seeking To Improve Childbirth And Postpartum Maternal Health

Hush Naidoo/Unsplash During the first few weeks postpartum after a traumatic birth experience, there was one thing that I wanted more than anything. And surprisingly, that thing wasn’t sleep — although sleep was a close second. That thing I wanted — and needed — most was to be listened to. I needed medical attention that could be scheduled quickly to meet the urgency of my needs. I quickly found out that having retained placenta could leave you in a lot of pain. But unfortunately, I had neither […]

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‘It Would Be Better If I Wasn’t Here’ And Other Lies Postpartum Depression Tells You

Scary Mommy and kitzcorner/Getty I came across a quote the other day that kind of stopped me in my tracks: “Something I believed would be the making of me became something which nearly broke me.” It immediately made me think of the scared new mom I used to be. I mean, I guess in the grand scheme of things, I’m still relatively new to this whole mom-thing, but my confidence is leaps and bounds stronger than it was when I saw this quote and felt it deep within […]

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A Reminder To Check On Your New-Mom Friends

Scary Mommy and Underground Bison/Reshot Wake up! It is just you and the baby after a horrible night’s rest. Baby hates the crib, craves your warmth. You are exhausted, you give in, bring the little one closer, and the baby gives you a little bit more time. Gee, thank you for those 13 minutes, you think sarcastically. Big slap to the face, baby is up, and that means so are you. Alone in the house with an infant and two dogs, you are overwhelmed. Everyone is at […]

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I Have Big — And Conflicted — Feelings About Having My Tubes Tied

Scary Mommy and energyy/Getty I’m having my tubes tied. Well, if you want to get technical, my OB is removing my one remaining tube altogether, but the result will be the same. In a few months, I’ll have my last baby and the same day, we will close the family-building chapter of our lives permanently. It’s the best thing for our family. We are both totally sure we don’t want to have more children after this one. We originally planned on a vasectomy for my husband, but […]

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Don’t Stress Out Over Postpartum Hair Loss, Follow This Expert Advice Instead

Emilija Manevska/Getty Images You made it through the weird little idiosyncrasies of pregnancy (hello, mucous plug) and managed to successfully birth a whole human being. Congrats are definitely in order. Now there are other hormone-related quirks to contend with, though, and one of them is postpartum hair loss. Ah, pregnancy — it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Post-childbirth, your attention has likely shifted to keeping that tiny human alive, as it should be. But that also means you may have blinders on to the fact that […]

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You Can Donate Your Placenta, And Here’s Why You Should

I was in the hospital about to have an emergency C-section for my first birth, a set of boy/girl twins, when the nurse was asking me all of the questions. After all of my yes’s and no’s, she asked me the weirdest one of them all, “Would you like to donate your placentas today?” Uhhh… donate my placentas? What kind of birth sorcery is this?  But actually, it turns out donated placentas have a growing number of medical uses because its tissue is so similar to a […]

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