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 →
When caring for a newborn, moms rarely find time to think about their own needs. But self-care is crucial for surviving and thriving as a parent.
Somewhere in the throes of the early months with a newborn, every new mama finds herself stretched too thin. The sleepless nights combined with round-the-clock feedings and the stress of trying to keep up with a household’s busy schedule can … Continue reading →
When the stork delivers your bundle of joy, he often includes a few unwanted bonus gifts: saggy skin, extra padding and a generally unpleasant southward slant. But never fear: You can outwit that tricky bird with a little nip and … Continue reading →
Everybody offers to help you when you’ve got a new baby, but how do you take them up on it? We clue you in on how to survive the first weeks with a little help from your friends and family.
Anyone who has lived with a fresh-from-the-hospital newborn can tell you that it’s as hard as it is amazing. The first few weeks are almost always exhausting and overwhelming, and the key to surviving with your sanity intact is counting … Continue reading →
Everything you need to know about postpartum contraception.
With a new baby in the house, getting pregnant again is probably the last thing on your mind. But you and your partner can return to intimacy around six weeks after you give birth, and you may find that your … 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 →
One in five women battle postpartum depression. Here’s how to identify your symptoms and get the help you need.
Throughout pregnancy, you eagerly anticipated your bundle of joy, imagining days spent picnicking at the park and visiting with friends during playdates. Now that baby is here, however, you can barely drag yourself out of bed, let alone muster up … Continue reading →
How to make the most of your time at home with baby.
If you’re a working mama-to-be, you’re probably used to multi-tasking. But throw a new baby into the mix and you’re suddenly faced with a whole new type of balancing act. With a few strategic preparations before you leave the office … 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 →