Tag Archives: Postpartum

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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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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It’s Been 6 Weeks Since My Baby Was Born And I’m Still Not ‘Healed’

As of today, it’s been six weeks since my son was born. This is when most birthing mothers in the United States are considered “healed.” This is often the end of maternity leave for working moms. This is when we have our (first and only) follow-up appointment with the OB-GYN after having experienced immense trauma to our body. These have been the hardest six weeks of my entire life, physically and emotionally. There is so much about this experience that no one ever prepares you for—partly because […]

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