Why you should hit the gym postpartum

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 …

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The top 6 mistakes new moms make

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 …

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7 ways to cherish the second trimester

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 …

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How to sleep while there’s a newborn at home

Whoever came up with the saying “I slept like a baby” had no children. Here, the star of Nanny 911, Nanny Stella, shares her rules for getting good rest.Are you one of those couples who take turns to soothing the baby to sleep? Are you having baby sleep on your chest in the rocker? Are you driving baby around in the car or swaying baby to ­Carpenters’ love songs at 3 a.m.? Well, if you’re at the end of your rope and need some help, there is light at the end of the …

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Nursing’s not working?

Baby’s hungry and you’re bursting, but no one’s getting fed. Here’s what to do when Mother Nature throws a curve ball at your intentions to breastfeed Choosing to breastfeed is one of the first big decisions you’ll make as a new mom. And despite how natural it is supposed to be, it is actually just like many other learned things in life: It calls for a bit of practice, patience, and perseverance.In fact, sometimes it seems like there are just as many obstacles to …

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Worst mom ever?

I have to laugh when I think back at the blunders I committed in my sleep-deprived stupor during our oldest son Mason’s first few months. And I often marvel at the fact that my kids are each still in one piece.I’ve never shared these stories with anyone. But I know you won’t judge me, so here goes...Read more: Your ultimate guide to adjusting to motherhoodWhen Mason was 10 weeks old, our family stayed at my in-laws’ home, and all the baby gear was borrowed from my …

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Genius tips for easing pregnancy stress right now

Prenatal tests—enough already! Choosing the perfect name—that conversation is getting way too old. And finding clothes for that ever-expanding bod? Make the torture end—now!Those are the cries of pre-birth stress, sister, and while they’re completely natural, you don’t have to suffer them willingly. Stress isn’t healthy for anyone, and, while we don’t want to scare you, research does show that stress can increase the risk of complications during pregnancy, and even cause …

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Your ultimate guide to adjusting to motherhood

How to survive and thrive in a world where your new baby looms large Your hair is unwashed, you haven’t checked email in a week, and you have no clean underwear. Welcome to the “newborn zone,” a dimension controlled by a tiny dictator who has one priority: “Me. Now.”Of course, your infant is also your top priority. But there are a few other things you need to do, too. Like laundry. And showering. And fixing the occasional hot meal. And spending some time with your …

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How Down syndrome changed my perspective on motherhood

Seven months into my pregnancy, my doctor told me “Your amniotic fluid is low, you need to deliver today.” My fiancé’s sister drove me to the hospital and when I got a room in the labor and delivery area, the doctor finally came and I was induced with Pitocin.I was contracting so hard that the baby’s heart rate lowered and they gave me a choice of an epidural or a Cesarean section. I chose the epidural and after a few hours I had dilated to 10 centimeters. The …

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Dear new mom, don’t multi-task

Amid Tuesday’s tornado of getting the kids out the door, I got to thinking about the amazing multitasking skills that all mothers posses—or inevitably learn on the job. I was dressing Mason, helping Rex get off the toilet, eating my breakfast, checking email, and brainstorming story ideas all at the same time. I eventually got to work and the kids to school, but it wasn’t pretty.Five years ago, when I was pregnant with Mason, if I’d been able to flash forward and see my …

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