Postpartum Articles

  • Ten most essential postpartum items for mom

    Your baby's due any day now. What will you need on hand those first few days post-delivery? Here's our 10 postpartum must-haves.

  • Plan ahead for baby's first weeks at home

    During your first weeks together, you and your baby may feel just as dazed and confused. What can you do to make it easier? Get ready! You owe it to yourself and your baby to prepare in advance and line up as much support as you can.

  • Postpartum Nutrition for the New Mom

    If you're pregnant, you could be daydreaming about holding your precious baby for the first time or hopefully fitting back into your favorite jeans. Another topic that you'll want to consider is your body's post pregnancy needs.

  • Postpartum Anxiety

    Now that the baby's here, have you become a professional worrywart? One of the most common symptoms of postpartum depression is anxiety. Use these helpful suggestions to help keep it under control.

  • This is Your Brain on the Postpartum Blues

    Elevated levels of a brain protein known to deplete the body of feel-good hormones like serotonin may be responsible for triggering powerful feelings of sadness in new mothers.

  • C-Section: Not What They Were Expecting

    Experts say the advice women receive prior to discharge from hospital after c-section needs to be revised to consider the context of women's and their families' lived reality.

  • Top Ten Tips for New Moms

    You may find that some of the expectations you had for your first weeks with new baby are far from the reality. Below you will find some of our favorite mom-to-mom tips for helping you through this initial honeymoon period with your new baby:

  • Postpartum Depression: Improving Your Self-Esteem

    If your self-esteem has always left something to be desired, this is an excellent time to start shedding the old negative thoughts. Here are some tips to get you on the road to recovery:

  • Postpartum Depression: Debunking Denial

    Many people buy into the stigma that because much of postpartum depression manifests itself emotionally, it's a sign of weakness and should be under the control of the person. Not true! Dr. Shosh shares the real PPD facts with us.

  • Placentophagy: "Ewww! Why Would You Eat That!

    Most mammals eat their placenta. Would you? Studies show eating the placenta can curb postpartum depression, replenish nutrients, increase milk production, and slow postpartum hemorrhage.

  • Help Your Baby Breastfeed Before It's Even Born

    A growing body of research reveals profound connections between a woman's birth experience and her ability to get breastfeeding off to a good start. But if you think of putting your baby to your breast as the fourth stage of labor it can help you visualize this connection.

  • Placentophagy: "Ewww! Why Would You Eat That!

    Most mammals eat their placenta. Would you? Studies show eating the placenta can curb postpartum depression, replenish nutrients, increase milk production, and slow postpartum hemorrhage.

  • C.C.: A Story of Courage

    by C.C. Howell

  • Pregnancy Hair Loss

    Telogen effluvium is the excessive shedding of hair that occurs one to five months following pregnancy. This is not uncommon, affecting somewhere between 40 to 50% of women

  • Coping with the Pain (Perineum Swelling, Episiotomies, & Tears)

    Following the vaginal birth of your baby, you are probably in awe of that precious little one. After months of feeling as if you were sporting a monster truck tire on your belly -- that deflated stomach doesn't seem that bad. Tired, maybe even exhausted after the birthing experience, you still feel euphoric.

  • Postpartum Depression: Improving Your Self-Esteem

    If your self-esteem has always left something to be desired, this is an excellent time to start shedding the old negative thoughts. Here are some tips to get you on the road to recovery:

  • It's Your Birthright! Understanding Your Rights During Labor and Delivery

    An expectant mother can feel like a specimen and not like a person with legal rights and individual preferences. Expectant mothers do have the right to control their medical care, to make choices based on information and to refuse care. Learning what your legal rights are will help you feel more in charge.

  • Postpartum Depression: Tips for Talking with Your Doctor

    Wondering how to talk about postpartum depression with your doctor? Read more from Karen Kleiman. Find out how to select the doctor you feel you can trust and who is least likely to dismiss your concerns.

  • An Emergency C-section

    Since Caitlin's birth happened so fast, and so unexpectedly, there isn't really too much to tell, but I'll do my best to make it interesting. Her birth story actually began at our baby shower as I opened our last gift. I was crouched down to unwrap the present (It was one of those stroller/car seat combos -- we knew that ahead of time.

  • Everything I Needed to Know About Raising Babies...

    You can wear out your mouse-pad surfing all the top ranked baby websites, fill your shopping cart to overflowing with the must-read baby magazines, manuals, and momoirs, but, in the end, it's your mom-friends who tell you what you really need to know.