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16 Ways to Support Your Partner Before, During, and After Birth

Supporting your partner through something as wild as pregnancy and birth can seem overwhelming. That’s why we polled our Facebook audience to nail down the most helpful things partners did before, during, and after, and as always, you didn’t disappoint. Here’s a sampling of the clever, kind, and downright impressive things partners did to take care of their other halves. How to support your partner through pregnancy, birth and beyond Exercise your empathy muscles. “My husband went through a labor simulation with me using a TENS unit […]

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When Choosing A Newborn Photographer, There’s More To Consider Than Artistic Ability

Nicole De Khors/Burst Newborn photography has become somewhat of a parenthood staple in America. I mean, is there anything quite as wholesome as a photo of your fresh squeeze all curled up, swaddled like baby Jesus in a muslin cloth, while showing off their best gummy grins to the camera? It. Is. Bliss. And what makes it even more adorable and memorable is when you’re able to get those shots during that perfect window of time at five to 14 days following birth — that week-and-a-half “sweet […]

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Hey, Be Kind to Yourself (and Your Body) Right Now

Any time the topic of weight comes up, our spidey sense can begin to tingle. Where is this conversation going? Is someone about to be shamed for weighing too much? Too little? Ordering a burger and fries when they “should” have gotten a salad? When we’re so prepped to hear negativity and judgment attached to the weight conversation, it’s no wonder that our inner dialogue on the topic can become downright nasty. If weight is something that you’ve struggled with at the best of times, the fact […]

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Why Night Nannies Are So Popular Now

Scary Mommy and Emma Kim/Getty When my partner and I brought our first set of twins home from the hospital (yes, we have two sets of twins), I remember thinking to myself, how do other parents handle triplets? Quads? Quints? And Lord, how did the Octomom do it? My husband and I would briefly discuss the topic in our most exhausted states, chuckle in an “I’m glad it’s not us” type of manner, and then state the obvious solution for ourselves: we’d have to hire a night […]

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As A NICU Parent, Sometimes You ‘Forget To Breathe’

ER Productions Limited/Getty As a new parent, you are filled with hopes, dreams, and excitement.  You don’t know what to expect, but, ultimately, you figure it will all work out.  Then, sometimes, the rug is pulled out from underneath you and all of your hopes, dreams, and excitement come crashing down. This is what happened to me at 25 weeks pregnant when I went into labor. Two weeks later, I had my twins via C-section. When a child is born significantly premature, as a parent you are […]

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This Photo Is Every Postpartum Mom

Katie Cloyd/Instagram I took this photo in the hospital days after I had my baby. I was bone-weary. I had been crying. I look completely bewildered because I was. I just didn’t understand how I could be that tired and still in motion. It was 3 a.m. I was washing breast pump parts in a basin in the hospital bathroom. Everything hurt. My maternity leggings were stained with breast milk and formula and blood. I needed a shower. I needed sleep. I needed to know the hard […]

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A Fellow Mom Showed Me Love, And I Carry That With Me To This Day

Scary Mommy and Westend61/Getty I’ll never forget the mom who saw me struggling with my one-year-old at the library over a decade ago, when I was an exhausted, stressed out new mom. My son had just learned how to walk, and he was taking full advantage, waddling around, pressing buttons on the computer, sticking his finger in the electronic book drop, and somehow repeatedly setting off an alarm at the entryway of the library. Every time I would walk past this other mom, sitting calmly at a […]

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My Obsession With Breastfeeding Nearly Killed Me

Scary Mommy and Jonathan Borba/Pexels At 37 weeks gestation, my baby stopped moving. Convinced something was wrong and against “advice” that told me I was just a neurotic first-time mother, I drove to the ER, where I underwent an emergency C-section. The delivery was such an emergency, in fact, that I was put to sleep. The last thing I remember before being knocked out was the look on my doctor’s face when I asked her to tell me that my baby would be okay. There were no […]

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10 Surprising Things That Happened After Having A C-Section

Scary Mommy and Westend61/Getty I first went into labor at 35 weeks and earned myself an overnight stay in the hospital, during which time my contractions stalled and I remained dilated at four centimeters. Two weeks and no progress later (although I did feel like the twins were going to fall out of me onto the floor of Babies “R” Us), I endured 12 more hours of horrid contractions. And although fully dilated, I could not push the babies out, so I ended up in C-section land. […]

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‘Phantom Kicks’ Are Eerie But Common For Years After Pregnancy

Kanchana Chitkhamma/EyeEm/Getty The other day I was lying in bed, cuddling with my son as he was falling asleep. All of a sudden, I felt a familiar flutter in my abdomen, a sensation I associate strongly with baby kicks during pregnancy. These were not the kind you feel in late pregnancy, when you can clearly tell that a baby foot is kicking you squarely in the belly button. No, these felt like the quickening movements I experienced with each of my pregnancies, at about 18 weeks or […]

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