You’re going to need to take it easy for a few weeks to recover from labor and delivery, no matter what kind of birth you had. But when you’re ready to slip those sneakers on, our postpartum fitness guide is here to help.
Your mantra through any postbaby exercises should be this: slow and steady. The last thing you want is to push yourself too hard, too fast. Remember, it took months (10 if you’re counting) for your body to grow and change … Continue reading →
Scary (but completely normal) postpartum weirdness your doc may have forgotten to mention.
After months of pregnancy and hours of labor and delivery, many moms are left with a body they barely recognize. In your early weeks with baby, strange new happenings can leave you feeling confused and more than a little concerned … Continue reading →
Whether you call it magical or hail it horrific, the postpartum period presents unique challenges and chances for growth.
Remember when you were 38 weeks pregnant and so ready to be done that you were actually anxious to push a 7-pound person out of your lady parts? Because then the pregnancy would be over, and you could relax and … Continue reading →
Postpartum anxiety disorder affects nearly as many moms as the widely discussed postpartum depression. Understand the symptoms, so you can get the help you need.
Genevieve Ryczek, a mother of two in Minneapolis, experienced what she describes as a “birth high.” After a short, but physically intense labor, she was elated with new motherhood and full of energy. While recovering in the hospital, she didn’t … Continue reading →
Bladder leakage—it’s the unladylike postbaby side effect everyone is dealing with but no one wants to talk about.
I recently shared a laugh with a close friend as we discussed a new fitness class that’s hot in our area. It’s a fast-paced cardio dance class with upbeat music and instructors who look like they leapt off the pages … Continue reading →
What it’s like when postpartum depression rears its ugly head.
I remember when I was pregnant I would imagine holding my baby and how it would be. The happiness, the calm, the contentment that seemed to radiate from new moms—I knew that was going to be me soon. It made … Continue reading →
You’ve been planning and prepping for your babe’s arrival for months, but what about the days after? The labor and delivery finish line is really just the beginning.
When you’re expecting, it’s common to focus on labor as the “end result.” Giving birth is the goal you’ve been looking forward to for 40-odd weeks. First-time mothers wonder what it will feel like, how long it will take, what … Continue reading →
Surprising reasons why you can't sleep (even after baby does).
At kindergarten drop off this morning, a fellow mom stopped to show me pictures on her phone. “See, I told you my niece looks just like your daughter!” she beamed. I agreed and smiled back whole-heartedly, carefully studying her friendly … Continue reading →
Find out what to expect during the six weeks following delivery.
After nine months of uncontrollable emotions, massive body changes and strange pregnancy symptoms, you might be looking forward to things returning to normal when baby arrives. However, the postpartum period can be as draining as the gestation period. Prepare for … Continue reading →
A new mom’s guide to navigating the initial weeks with her infant.
For months—and then weeks, and then days—on end, I looked eagerly at my due date, circled in bold ink on the kitchen calendar. Especially as that date drew nearer, it began to seem like the X on a treasure map, … Continue reading →