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Tag Archive: postpartum

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

 
How I Overcame Depression
October 5, 2016 8:00 am | by

I’m not sure how to start a conversation about depression, but I know it’s a conversation that needs to happen. It’s not something people like to talk about, but it’s important we do so – especially us mamas. Depression seems to create a lonely vacuum that makes us think that we’re the only one experiencing it and that no one would understand. So we stay quiet – suffering in silence – but I know first hand that the darkness of depression begins to lose its grip when we simply talk about it. For me, stress began to build when our family faced

 
Every Good Mom
August 3, 2015 1:37 pm | by

We were proud to sponsor the 2015 Postpartum Progress Warrior Mom Conference this summer.   More moms are suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In fact, 1 in 7 pregnant and new moms will suffer from these types of illnesses.   What does it feel like to have postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety? What are the signs or symptoms?  How do you know when you have it? And if you do have it, what should you do? Read Postpartum Progress’ blog post, “The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)“ to learn more.    Postpartum Progress is

 
Real Mom Talk: Postpartum Tips
August 19, 2014 6:58 pm | by

Looking back now, there are a few things I wish I could go back and tell my postpartum self…  Soak up the moment – Of course I remember my birthing experience, but it happened so fast that some of it is a blur to me. I wish I would have taken more pictures of my little guy in the hospital and I regret not getting a picture of the 3 of us when we were in the hospital. If I had to go back and do it again I would of hired a birth photographer. They are well worth the

 
Dealing with sleep deprivation
March 7, 2012 3:00 am | by

How do you start a blog post about sleep deprivation, when you’re a little sleep deprived? Much like you start or don’t ever finish anything: poorly and slowly! Are you reading this at 3am while someone very small is a) eating b) crying or c) pooping? Or is it nice and sunny outside but you’re a little disgruntled because you did not really get as much sleep as you’d wanted out of the nighttime hours? I know how you feel! As a new mom, sleep deprivation is unavoidable. It’s probably one of the first pieces of advice you received when