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Tag Archive: postpartum

5 Simple Stretches for Postpartum
March 30, 2017 2:00 pm | by

You welcomed your little baby into the world. Breastfeeding is established, and you are now learning what it is like to have a bundle of joy in your arms…and then your back starts to hurt…or your arms are sore. Hey, it happens and is all part of the changing postpartum body. Simple stretching is a great way to combat some of these new changes without overdoing it. Add them in your day whenever you can! Many of these you can do while holding baby. Don’t worry about how long to hold them, you can aim for 30-60 seconds but even

 
Postpartum Exercise: When & How Can I Work Out Again?
March 21, 2017 8:00 am | by

Exercising after having a baby requires some planning and preparation . This is not the time to go out and start training for a marathon or even your first 5K run. This is a time to take take things slowly and gradually, especially if you did not exercise during your pregnancy. Before beginning any postpartum exercise or physical activity, it is important to get clearance from your health care provider. Women heal at different rates. If you had a cesarean section birth or you had a repair from a tear or an episiotomy, your recovery time will be longer than those mothers who did not have these

 
Third Trimester Pregnancy Developments
March 16, 2017 8:00 am | by

You are almost there! It may feel like your baby’s arrival is so far away, but you are in the home stretch now. During the third trimester you’ll probably finish preparing for baby’s arrival, decorating the nursery room, and gathering all your postpartum supplies. Emotional Feelings During the Third Trimester Forgetful – The joke about women having “pregnancy brain” is no joke! Between all the shifting hormones and so much focus on the upcoming baby, it is no wonder pregnant women can forget what they went to the store for. While this lack of concentration and mental focus may be annoying,

 
A Doula’s Guide to Baby Prepping Your life
March 3, 2017 8:00 am | by

Everyday I see something new for babies; some new gadget, toy, or item that is guaranteed to make your life as parents easier. When reality hits though and your sweet bundle of love is home and in your arms, the items you will use the most are pretty minimal. Here are some tips of things you really need and how to get them when baby prepping your life. Prepping a Sleeping Space for the Baby Figure out where your baby is going to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends baby sharing a room with you for the first 6

 
Getting Started on Your Breastfeeding Journey
February 10, 2017 8:00 am | by

Breastfeeding can be a very rewarding part of being a mother. It can also be very stressful. Being prepared and getting off to a good start can make all the difference. Educating yourself on the basics of breastfeeding can help you be more successful. Preparing for breastfeeding can begin while you are still pregnant. Attend a breastfeeding class. Many hospitals offer breastfeeding classes. Develop relationships with friends who are breastfeeding or who have breastfed their children. Locate your local LLL (La Leche League ) for mother to mother breastfeeding support (3). Read breastfeeding books (see references at the end of this blog). If you

 
Postpartum Nutrition for Breastfeeding Mothers
January 18, 2017 8:00 am | by

How does postpartum nutrition differ from nutrition for a postpartum breastfeeding mother? Postpartum, the time following childbirth, can range from 6-12 weeks. It is often referred to as the “fourth trimester”. This is a time of healing for mom and bonding with baby and getting breastfeeding established. Due to the changes that pregnancy and childbirth cause to a woman’s body, her nutritional needs change during the postpartum period. It is a time for her body to recuperate. The nutritional focus during this time is focused on foods that promote healing and establishment of breast milk. Foods that promote healing and

 
25 Freezer-Friendly Recipes
January 8, 2017 8:00 am | by

Having a new baby can be exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. One of the things you can do to simplify your time postpartum is to prepare freezer meals so they are ready and waiting when you bring home the baby. Here are some of our favorite freezer-friendly recipes to make ahead and help you plan your postpartum meals. Or put some together to give to a friend who is expecting her own baby. Pizza Casserole Recipe by Beauty Through Imperfection – Fast, easy and delicious recipe that can be easily be a family favorite. Chelo Kebabs and

 
Postpartum Depression and Subsequent Pregnancies
December 26, 2016 8:00 am | by

Postpartum depression (PPD) is depression that occurs during the first year after giving birth. According the the CDC, 1 out of every 8 women will experience PPD. Often times it goes unreported or under-reported so actual occurrence may exceed this estimation. The causes and contributing factors of PPD are numerous: physical changes, hormonal changes, emotional changes, sleep deprivation, pre-existing health conditions, history of depression, family history of depression, weak support system, financial struggles, birth trauma, high stress issues during pregnancy, unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, difficulty breastfeeding and many more. (1) Symptoms of Postpartum Depression Symptoms of PPD include: mood swings, anxiety, irritability, sadness, crying, feeling overwhelmed,

 
Pregnant Mama Must-Haves
December 14, 2016 8:00 am | by

Here we go again… It’s time for baby #2! This time around, I feel like I have a better grasp of what I do and do not need.  I’m so grateful that I held on to a lot of my favorite products from my first pregnancy, but there are still a few things I’ve discovered since then that I’d like to get. So with these products in mind, here is my list of must-have items I’d recommend for pregnant mamas. My Must-Haves   1. Comfy Maternity Pants. This is a must. I’m only a few months pregnant and I’ve already busted them out this time

 
10 Best Stocking Stuffers for Breastfeeding Moms
December 2, 2016 12:27 pm | by

Let’s all just get this out in the open: the hardest working people in your lives are moms. Breastfeeding moms in particular can get overwhelmed and touched out quickly. With that little bundle of joy by their side and non-stop pumping or nursing draining what energy they have to spare, they deserve a little something that’s just for them. You already know this, because you’re here looking for something to make their day extra special. 1. Stay-Dry Nursing Pads No breastfeeding mom ever has enough of these. Trust me. And these MilkDaze nursing pads are especially handy, with a unique shape