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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.