They say life changes when you become a mother. And in so many ways, it’s true. Your body, your family, and your perspective on the world will never be the same. Being a parent comes with its ups and downs, but for all the sleepless nights, each day you get to hold the most precious thing you have ever known.Remaining positive isn’t always easy. Especially when it comes to missing out on activities that were a regular part of your life before the baby. But what if foregoing those activities (whatever they may have been!) could have an important silver
How have your abs changed? It’s hard to believe, but over the course of your pregnancy your abdominal muscles will stretch by more than 50 percent. As your baby grows, your muscles will lengthen and your six-pack muscle (Rectus) divide and separate into two halves. This stretches, and in some cases, tears the delicate tissues of the Linea Alba. Your Linea Alba, which for some women darkens during pregnancy, is the connective tissue that joins all the layers of your abs at the midline of the body, reaching from your sternum to your pubic bone. The separation
As you probably know, breastfeeding provides countless benefits to you, your baby, and your family. Although as comforting and healthy as breastfeeding can be, it is not always easy in the first few weeks after giving birth—especially at night. To help moms feel a bit more at ease when handling these nighttime nursing sessions, Lamaze International President Maria J. Brooks, BSN, RNC-OB, LCCE, FACCE, shares four tips:Follow baby's lead If you are waking up several times to feed your baby at night, remember that this is expected! Newborns need to feed
Of all the contentious items of pregnancy and childbirth, who knew choosing when to cut the umbilical cord would inspire so much debate? First, let's back up. When babies are born, they are still connected to mom by this cord - and the cord must be cut and clamped shortly after birth to separate the two.In the 1950s, it was considered early to clamp the cord 1 minute post birth, and late after 5 minutes. Nowadays, it's customary to do so immediately, usually 15-20 seconds after a baby is born. However, a new study out of Spain suggests that women and their
When I found out I was pregnant, I freaked out. I knew I wanted to have kids eventually but having one so soon was definitely not my plan. It was 2009 and the economy was melting down like a Twitter celeb on Ambien. I lost my job at an art restoration firm in Chicago. No one was hiring—and even if they were, a pregnant woman was not their ideal candidate. So just like that, I went from the cool-kid city life to being a stay-at-home mom. I loved being a mom, but I was losing myself as a person.Mom’s aren’t cool (think about mom jeans and 'yo mama'
Ladies, I have figured out the real reason that French women are so darn confident. Four years ago, I gave birth to my first child in France and became privy to a fascinating secret: pelvic floor and vaginal health are incredibly important to the French. The reason I know that now is because I took part in a program that every woman who gives birth in France participates in called, “la rééducation périnéale”, which translates to, “perineal re-education." You’re probably thinking, how much education does my perineum really need? Well, if you
Congratulations! You’re pregnant and you know your calorie needs have increased to support your growing baby. But, your new calorie goals are not a free pass to eat anything and everything you can get your hands on (Hardly! Most pregnant women need just 300-450 extra calories per day during pregnancy and breastfeeding). Pay attention to the quality and type of nutrients you need, perhaps most importantly omega-3 fatty acids. What are omega-3s? Omega-3s are a type of unsaturated fat. There are three main types found in the foods we eat: ALA (alpha-linolenic
My pregnant and postpartum body brought up deeply ingrained painful body memories of the transitions and awkwardness that accompanied puberty.I was used to feeling confident, empowered, and present in my body. Now I felt weak, confused and detached. Why did this feel like a huge cruel joke that I was supposed to now care for my child in a body that I didn’t know, recognize, or want to be in? I didn’t know how to move around in this body.There is a loss of identity. A feeling that you are waiting for something, for time to pass, for a sign
Flying to Bali is literally traveling to the opposite side of the world. The flight is exactly 26 hours, whether you fly east or west around the globe. When we decided to build our dream house in the rice paddies of Ubud, we had no idea I was pregnant with Baby Elvis. Now as we traveled to check-in on the completion of the house, we faced so many unknowns. Traveling two weeks to the tropics with our 4 month old son definitely brought well learned lessons and surprises.Pre-baby packing used to be done the night before, making sure not to forget my favorite
My friend Dan called me at work and I could sense the excitement in his voice. His wife was out of town with both their kids. Did I want to meet him at the sports bar tonight? The Bruins were playing the Canadians. The Celtics were wrapping up their regular season. And, drum roll please, the Red Sox and Yankees were on, too!If there was ever a night for some serious male bonding over greasy burgers and cold beer, this was it. I said yes, before even checking with my wife, even though she was eight months’ pregnant, we had a toddler in the throes
How to boost bonding and ease baby’s entry into the world The moment of birth comes as a great shock to a baby. Life inside the womb is cozy—warm, dark, quiet, soft, liquid, and all embracing. Suddenly, after some brutal squeezing, that comforting environment vanishes. Now there is bright light, noise, hard surfaces, loss of body contact, and this strange sensation of being surrounded, not by liquid, but by air. No wonder the baby lets out a cry of panic.Observations of newborns reveal that they are far less traumatized by the drama of being born
For most new moms, lacing up their sneakers and hitting the gym are perfectly safe things to do at six weeks postpartum. Your doctor or midwife will give you the green light on exercise when he or she feels you’re ready.While we’re never going to advocate for a new mom shedding her baby weight as fast as can be, know that there are elements of exercise that give postpartum women a boost - and they have nothing to do with weight loss. Here are four reasons to get your heart pumping during your postpartum period: A mood boost Researchers are quick to
A few tips for making the most of your ob/gyn appointments Unlike some visits to a doctor’s office, a prenatal appointment is usually quick and pleasant. It is primarily designed for you and your health care provider to receive updated information regarding you and your baby, listen to your baby’s heartbeat, and rule out any complications.To maximize the time you spend with your ob/gyn, take these suggestions from The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy.Make a list of your concerns and present them at the beginning of your
Sex easily falls to the wayside during pregnancy. Research shows that good sex has a significant impact upon not just the relationship, but also a woman's ability to have an easeful and even joyful birth.Unfortunately, sex during pregnancy can be quite complicated for a variety of physical and emotional reasons.This week’s video will outline how to overcome these hurdles and make sure you continue to enjoy the wonders of sex as you embark on the first steps of parenthood.Watch more videos at Full Frontal Fatherhood.Here's a
Giving birth is like running a marathon: You'll get better results if you prepare. In labor and delivery, your body will get the workout of a lifetime – especially your pelvic floor, the muscles that support your uterus. Prepare for the big day with these tips. When contractions start, you'll be glad you did. Step 1: Do Kegels Kegel exercises aren't just for better sex; they also improve strength and endurance in the muscles of your pelvic floor. Syed Rizvi, M.D., of the Women's Health Foundation Bakersfield, California, suggests getting familiar with kegel
As you're preparing for baby's arrival, you may be reading up on parenting advice and consulting with your doctor about dietary and fitness changes you should make to keep your baby healthy. Getting ready for a baby is a large task on its own, but there have been some women who have managed to pull off historic feats during their pregnancies. Three of these expectant moms stand out amongst the rest - here are their stories. Running all the way to the delivery room As of October 2011, Amber Miller had completed eight marathons - three of them while pregnant and
A doctor fesses up about what she would do differently You would think that a doctor would get pregnancy and new motherhood right. But even with all the medical knowledge I’ve garnered as an osteopathic physician and urogynecologist, I still found myself stumbling through the postpartum period after each of my daughters was born.The weeks after childbirth are a delicate time. Looking back, I can see the mistakes I made in caring for myself as my body healed and my heart and mind adjusted to my new role. To save you from the same fate, I’m sharing the top
Congratulations! You made it to the second trimester. Finally, morning sickness is a thing of the past. You've discovered a new found energy. And your baby bump is adorable. The second trimester is a time to be cherished. So enjoy it! Here's how:Be spontaneous: Catch a matinee movie. Take a road trip. Do something on a whim. The second trimester is the time of your pregnancy when you can still embrace your independence, (ahem, you don't need your partner to tie your shoes... yet). So when your co-worker asks if you want to go out for happy hour - say yes!
Don't wait until delivery day to begin building a relationship with your son or daughter. Though sight unseen, you can still nurture a bond with your baby that will last a lifetime. Here's how: Use your voice Your little one is growing and changing at an incredible rate. By the second trimester, his or her hearing develops and your baby will be influenced by outside noise. Of all these new sounds he or she is taking in, your voice will be the most familiar and comforting. After all, your baby has been listening in on everything from your conversations to your
Let's call a spade a spade: When it comes to childbirth, Hollywood almost always gets it wrong. If your knowledge of labor and delivery is largely informed by what you've seen on the big screen, then you're in for a surprise or two. Here are some of the biggest myths about giving birth that movies perpetuate: Myth No. 1: Labor begins with your water breaking We all know the scene: A woman and her partner are out shopping. One minute she's absolutely fine, and the next she's looking wide-eyed and surprised as she nervously exclaims that her water has broken.
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Q: Is it safe to get a bikini wax?
Yes, bikini waxes are considered safe during your pregnancy; however, if you are in your second or third trimesters you should avoid doing any activities that require lying on your back for long periods of time because it can cause lightheadedness or even
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