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 →
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 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 →
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 →
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 →
No new mom can get by without a little help from her friends.
Don’t be surprised if your friends list—and we’re not talking about the one on Facebook—gets a little shaken up once baby begins a-brewin’. Having a baby is a life-changing event (to put it mildly), and it’s normal to sometimes drift … 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. … Continue reading →
Postpartum hormones are a force to be reckoned with. Here’s how to deal.
When I was expecting my first child, I was so gripped by the excitement of delivering my little guy and bringing him home that I gave little thought to what would come next. My body had already been through so … 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 →