Tag Archives: Postpartum

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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Advice For New Dads, From A Dad Who’s Been There

Scary Mommy and Zach Vessels/Unsplash My wife and I recently invited a younger couple over for dinner. They were both in the mid-20s with a new baby. And yes, I am aware that I just wrote “younger couple” which makes me sounds incredibly old. I’m not all that old, mind you. I’m 37, but I have been married from 15 years, and I have three children ranging from 5 to 12. In that time, I have learned a few things. That’s the funny part of being a […]

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New Moms Might Not Want Visitors, And That’s Okay

Towfiqu Photography/Getty As I inched closer and closer to the finish line of each one of my pregnancies, a not-so-subtle pattern began to form. Those who hadn’t checked up on me during the duration of my pregnancies would inform me they couldn’t wait to “get their hands on my baby” once I delivered… as if once my babies’ birth was announced, that would be enough to warrant an open invitation from my entire neighborhood. Of course, I was grateful my babies were already seemingly loved, but the […]

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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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Drug Overdose And Suicide Are Leading Causes Of Postpartum Death In CA

JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty “Deaths caused by drugs and suicide are a major contributor to mortality in the postpartum period and warrant increased clinical attention,” wrote the study’s authors Due to all the physical, biochemical and circumstantial changes that occur during pregnancy and early motherhood, it’s not uncommon for women to suffer emotionally. An estimated one in seven new mothers struggle with postpartum depression, a statistic shocking in and of itself. What’s even worse, is that many women don’t make it out of the postpartum period at all. According […]

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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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Remedies for After Birth “Exit” Care

721 Shares A few of you have asked me to put a list together of tips on how to care for the good china after giving birth. So thanks to your suggestions, and what I found online, here’s the glorious list on how to get your tender bits back in order. Here are suggestions for after birth care: • Ice wrapped in a washcloth • Use a squirt bottle filled with water to rinse while you pee • Hold a clean pad firmly against the wound and […]

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Postpartum Bleeding and Blood Clots (Fun or what?!)

466 Shares In pregnancy, a bleeding and blood clot discussion may not be high on your list of topics to enjoy with morning coffee. We can guarantee, however, you will be glad you had this information after your baby arrives! After nine blessed months of freedom from worry about ‘Aunt Flo’s’ arrival, suddenly questions about postpartum bleeding and blood clots will top your list. To save frantic Googling when the time arrives, here are the answers to the most common questions you are likely to have. Why […]

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Viral Photo Shows Why Woman Need Lots Of Recovery Time After Childbirth

Image credit: Steffanie Christi’an / Facebook Before having your first child, what what were your greatest fears? I can remember mine—clear as day. I wasn’t scared of the pain. I wasn’t scared of my body changing. I wasn’t scared of stretch marks or breastfeeding or explosive poop. There was one terrifying part of childbirth that haunted me, kept me up at night, and led me to make many Google searches I later regretted (for obvious reasons). That fear? Vaginal tearing and/or an episiotomy—both were equally unnerving in […]

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