Your Body & Wellbeing
8 things to expect after a C-section
Whether planned or not, there are several differences in recovery for women who had C-sections relative to those who did not. Which differences? Glad you asked.
7 things to expect after a vaginal delivery
There are a ton of changes that happen to the body during pregnancy, but that's just the beginning. Once a baby is born, the body goes into recovery mode, and you could notice some strange symptoms as a result. So what should you expect AFTER giving birth?
Using the restroom after a vaginal delivery
Do you want the good news or bad news? Let's start with the bad: peeing and pooping after birth is not fun. Even in the best-case scenario, it's likely to cause a bit of discomfort. The good news? Like all else, this too shall pass.
Ovia's co-founder Gina Nebesar on her unplanned C-section: "It wasn't what I wanted, but it was still amazingly special."
"I went into the delivery room informed, empowered, and I advocated for my birth plan. Still, there were elements of the experience I didn't fully anticipate."
Nourishing foods to support breastfeeding
There's a lot of information out there about how to eat while you're breastfeeding, but what are the important things to keep in mind?
Is drinking alcohol while breastfeeding safe?
your baby is no longer growing inside you, and maybe your neck could use a break after nine months of shaking your head whenever someone offers you a drink. The guidelines for alcohol consumption are different when you're breastfeeding, but they're just as important as they were during pregnancy.
When does menstruation start again after pregnancy?
After going through a pregnancy, your period may be the least of your worries right now. But that doesn't mean you don't have questions about it - like, when will you need to buy pads or tampons again? And what is a period even like after you've had a baby? Knowing what to expect will make the return of your period that much easier.
Using the Lactational Amenorrhea Method for birth control as your baby grows
Most birth control methods work in pretty much the same way as your baby grows, but when it comes to LAM, it's important to adjust as your little one grows.
4 tips for dealing with breast engorgement
Breast engorgement can result from your baby not drinking as much milk as your body produces. It can be downright uncomfortable, and after those last months of pregnancy, you may be wondering when everything will settle down. Make sure you know how to avoid breast engorgement and, if it happens, what you can do to lessen any pain.
What are nipple shields?
Nipple shields are like armor that protects moms against very cute - but painful - baby gums. There are a couple other reasons why a nipple shield could be helpful for you. If you're thinking about using one, you might want to know the signs that a nipple shield is or isn't a good fit for you and your baby and how the weaning process goes.
How can I recognize postpartum depression?
Feeling a bit down in the postpartum period is very common, but there are some differences between the "baby blues" and postpartum depression that every new mom should know.
When can I have sex if I had a vaginal delivery?
The weeks after a baby's birth are inevitably filled with questions about...well...the baby. But the aftermath of giving birth also leaves questions about your body. Some of those questions may be about intercourse.
What is post-adoption depression?
Life as a new parent is full of challenges, and this is just as true for parenting an adopted child.
When can I have sex if I had a C-section?
Many C-section moms assume they can pick their sex lives up right where they left off, but this really isn't the case. So, how soon is too soon?
Talking to your doctor about birth control at your postpartum visit
There are a lot of health considerations around recovery after giving birth, and figuring out birth control to ensure that your family grows at a rate you're ready for is an important one.
Ways to stay sane with a colicky newborn
Deep breaths. Deeeeeep breaths. Staying sane with a colicky baby isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world, but like billions of parents before, you'll get through it. Deep breaths.
Dinner for two: 6 eating tips for a healthy breastfed baby
Feeding is as much a part of being a new parent as waking up at 1 a.m. when the baby monitor suddenly crackles to life. And just as important as checking your baby's latch or protecting the nipple region from irritation is maintaining a healthy breastfeeding diet.
Is it safe to drink coffee while breastfeeding?
We know now that a moderate amount of caffeine each day is generally safe during pregnancy, but what about while you're breastfeeding? After all, a cup of coffee can seem like the least of your needs when you're dealing with a baby who just doesn't quite get the hang of this whole "people need sleep" situation.
Welcoming a new baby, and the emotions that come with it
Welcoming a new baby into the family is an emotional event - and those emotions can be complicated.
Embracing your post-pregnancy body
Motherhood changes many things: you've probably developed a better sense of patience and maybe lowered your standards for your definition of "clean." But how does delivering a baby affect the body?
Nutrition after gestational diabetes
The way new moms eat after giving birth can have an impact on whether gestational diabetes will end with pregnancy, or have an impact on their future health.
Birth spacing and your growing family
No matter what size you see your family growing to eventually, there are a few things it's important to keep in mind for healthy birth-spacing between children.
Clever ways to catch up on your sleep
Friends who are parents, that shelf full of baby books, and your own mother are telling you that your baby will sleep through the night eventually. You want to believe it, but at this point, that time can feel like a lifetime away. In the meantime, it's important to take your sleep where you can get it.
7 things to say to public breastfeeding shamers
It's a sad reflection on society that we even have to write about this, but stories about breastfeeding in public have been all over the news recently. With so many people lacking courtesy for breastfeeding moms, we've put together seven comebacks for people who give you trouble for breastfeeding in public.
Things you know now that you wish you did four months ago
At this point you could probably write a book about all the things you've learned since your baby was born. And honestly, even if we told you these things beforehand, you wouldn't have believed them until you'd experienced them firsthand. We're sure you can add to this list, but here are some of the biggest realizations you might have in hindsight.
Low-maintenance birth control methods and your growing family
Long-lasting birth control methods like IUDs and implants can be great choices for new moms for their convenience and reliability - two things new parents may be finding in short supply in other parts of their lives.
Staying close with your non-parent friends
Staying close to your friends who aren't parents after your baby is born doesn't seem like it should be that hard, but once that pooping, screaming bundle of utter joy comes into your life, it's easy to find that either you haven't got the time to keep in touch with them, or they start to seem like they're slipping away from you.
10-minute abs for the busy parent
Looking for abs of steel? You might have come to the wrong place. Still, there are plenty of core and abdominal exercises you can do to help keep yourself strong for the long haul, and maybe - just maybe - get those abs of steel.
Taking time to take care of yourself as a single parent
It's even harder than it is for most parents to take time for yourself when you're the only person there to take time for your baby, but finding the time is just as important for you as it is for any other parent.
Post-weaning blues: is it normal?
Just after giving birth isn't the only time hormones and life events can come together to leave new moms feeling a little blue. If you and your baby are weaning, keep an eye out for signs that you may not feel as good about it as you might have hoped.
Making parent friends
The kinds of friends we have tend to change as we go through different stages of life. It's not good or bad - it just is what it is! Here are some tips to help propel you into the parent-friend atmosphere.
7 things to remind yourself when you're having "one of those days"
There's no such thing as perfect - not even this list! We're sure you have your own ways of comforting yourself when you're having one of those days. No matter what, it's important to remind yourself that you're doing the absolute best you can, and that's pretty great.
Prioritizing intimacy when you have young children
There are a lot of things that fall to the wayside when your family gets a little bigger, but intimacy with your partner doesn't have to be one of them.
Entertaining yourself around a toddler
your baby is a bundle of energy, but that doesn't mean that you might not wish for a little adult conversation somewhere mixed into the hours you spend with her.
Moving baby out of your room
Moving your little one into their own room is a big step for a lot of parents, but there are some signs that your child might be ready to make the move.
A parent's guide to making friends at the playground
If you think about it, life gives us very few built-in opportunities to make friends. Sure, you have your friends from growing up, and those from school, and maybe those from work...and that's probably about it. Fortunately, you've hit that next stage of friend-making: the playground.
Ways to ask for your toddler's "help" when you're sick
Your toddler has a few things your healthcare provider doesn't. She spends much more time with you, cares about you immensely, truly wants you to feel your best, and, let's face it, is super cute. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a medical degree. Can she still help out when you're sick? Yes!
Staying active with your toddler
There are plenty of things that disappear when your baby enters your life, but your exercise routine doesn't have to go the way of movie dates and sleeping in on the weekend - working out is an activity your baby can join you in.