Tag Archives: Postpartum

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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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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The ‘Before And After’ That You Never See

Courtesy of Lindsay Wolf Seventy-five pounds.  That’s what it took to build and grow and care for my two kids.  That’s also the amount of weight I didn’t know I needed to gain in order to finally heal. It took seventy-five pounds to realize that I didn’t have to ride the excruciating hamster wheel of diet culture anymore. My pregnancy weight gain turned my whole world upside down, and I’m still thanking my lucky stars it did.  In fact, I have no plans to lose a single […]

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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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Five Beautiful Truths about Postpartum Bodies

photo courtesy of @alliesdasilva Oh boy, this is the thing that is hard to ask, but am I vain because I am not always in love with my postpartum body? I go through waves and cycles of thinking, wait I have a life giving, life sustaining, powerful, beautiful body! I think this in the shower, that my new wider (permanently wider) hips are like Beyoncé, and that my curves are sexy. Then I whip back the shower curtain only to be confronted with my full length mirror and I think, oh […]

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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 Suffered A Secondary Postpartum Hemorrhage After My C-Section

Courtesy of Jess Waldron Ten days after I gave birth to my daughter, I suffered from what is called a secondary postpartum hemorrhage. Between my emergency c-section and the hemorrhage, I lost half of my blood volume. It took me six weeks to stop bleeding, three months to let go of the blood anxiety, and eight months to feel like I was fully functioning again. Fourteen months later, I still have an imprint on my back from the epidural that I was on for two days. This […]

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My Postpartum Anxiety Manifested As Intense Germophobia

wundervisuals/Getty Trigger warning: postpartum anxiety, suicide  I had my daughter, Charleigh Belle, in January — just 16 months after having Emi. Right after we just started getting the hang of having two kids. We had just sold our house and moved in with my parents to save money (and have extra helping hands). My husband and mother went back to school. Despite all the sudden changes, I was in complete newborn bliss for the first time ever after the birth of one of my children. I’ve never […]

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I Refuse To Lie About My PPA This Time Around

Scary Mommy and JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Postpartum anxiety robbed me. It hurts to remember the first months of both of my babies’ lives. There is indescribable joy in those memories, but there is also the anguish of a secret darkness that I carried within my mind, never allowing anyone to share my burden. My children are six and three, and even now, I am writing my story through the hazy lens of my tears. Postpartum anxiety stole my chance to fully enjoy my infant sons without constant, relentless, […]

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