Tag Archives: Postpartum

Confessions Of A Pediatrician: I Bed-Shared With My Newborn

Scary Mommy and Prostock-Studio/Getty I remember lying in my bed after my second delivery in severe pain. With my first delivery, I had already endured a C-section.  Four years later, I wanted to experience a “natural” delivery.  I opted for a VBAC (vaginal delivery after C-section). The VBAC quickly turned into an emergency where the maternal fetal medicine physician gave me two options: Get this baby out now, or undergo an emergent C-section. My mind flashed back to the arduous recovery of the C-section. I really wanted […]

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What Pregnant And Postpartum Moms Need To Know About Coronavirus, According To The Experts

Xinhua News Agency/Getty If you’re an expectant or new mom, hearing all the scary news about coronavirus can be really nerve-wracking, to say the least. After all, pregnant women are usually more vulnerable to illnesses than non-pregnant women—and any health scares they experience can put their growing babies at risk. Breastfeeding moms may worry if the virus can pass into their milk and whether it’s okay to continue nursing. Whether you’re breastfeeding or not, if you have a brand new baby at home, you may be worried […]

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I Have Been In That Dark Place, Fellow Moms– You Are Not Alone

Ponomariova_Maria/Getty I am many things. I wear many hats. For a long time, and mainly before the birth of my daughter, I was someone who defined themselves by books and the stories they bring, being a good wife to my loving husband,  being a landscape designer, and generally a good human being. Especially the last one; I wanted to bring good to the world and try, even if it was in my small way, to leave the world just slightly better. However, with the birth of my […]

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Stop Censoring Realistic Images Of Motherhood—We Need Them

Frida Mom/Youtube “What are those first few months like?” my friend asks. We’re sitting in my apartment chatting as my son runs around us. I look at him and can’t help but laugh. My friend, who is several years younger, is married and doesn’t yet have kids. But she and her husband know that having a baby is in their plans for the next few years. So I ask her, “How honest do you want me to be?” Being honest about motherhood, especially the early days, is […]

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Why I Said No To Visitors For 2 Weeks After Giving Birth

LWA/Dann Tardif/Getty When I was pregnant with my children, I made it clear that I did not want any visitors after giving birth, for at least two weeks. Not a single one. Not in the hospital and not at home. Extreme? Maybe. But for me, it was necessary.  As an introvert, it’s difficult for me to host visitors even when I haven’t just pushed a living, breathing human being out of my body. I need my own space. A space to escape to. Space to breathe. Add to […]

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‘By The Way, You Might Have Postpartum Depression’

Sally Anscombe/Getty “Oh, by the way, you might have postpartum depression,” the pediatrician casually announced from the doorway of the examining room. He had just finished the two-month well baby checkup for my healthy, wobbly newborn daughter and had said our appointment was through, so I was getting ready to leave. “It’s from that form you filled out. Yeah, you might want to see someone about that,” he said, somehow farther away, less in the door frame and more in the hallway of the office. “Okay then, […]

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Postpartum Acne Is Common, But It Still Totally Sucks

Scary Mommy and Malte Mueller/Getty I have two children, and with both pregnancies, the side effects were pretty minimal. My back pain was manageable, and my feet never swelled. I remained active until my 39th week. I also had a relatively quick and easy delivery. I can count the number of pushes each child took on a single hand. (I know, I know. I’m that mom.) But the postpartum period was different. With my firstborn, I experienced severe postpartum depression. With my second, I had postpartum anxiety, […]

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Farting And Pooping Were My Biggest Childbirth Fears — Until The PPD Hit

Courtesy of Danielle Hark Trigger warning: postpartum depression, suicidal ideation “Get in the bathroom and turn on the water!” I yelled at my befuddled husband from a hospital bed over a bulbous belly strapped with elastic and a monitor, like a plump turkey tied with string. “I might pass gas or poop when I push and I don’t want you to hear.” After years of trying to conceive, tests, shots, expectations and disappointments, then months of growing and aching, days of contractions, and hours of pushing, the […]

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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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