My advice to first trimester moms-to-be

When I realized I might be pregnant, I took five pregnancy tests in the week after the first positive result. I needed confirmation it was real. The strips piled up in our bathroom trash, blue line after blue line.Just 2 weeks earlier, I had taken a test before our vacation to Mexico. When it came up negative, I took that as license to enjoy myself. My husband and I drank daiquiris and ate ceviche.But when we got home, I realized the test I’d taken before the trip was actually an …

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Experienced moms share breastfeeding advice

When I was pregnant with my daughter last year, I attended a free breastfeeding seminar. My attitude was not exactly conducive to learning anything that wasn’t labor-related. My line of thinking at the time was, how hard could nursing be? Don’t you just pop the baby on and let him or her do their thing? So, you can imagine what a shock I experienced when my little one was born a few months later.Breastfeeding was hard. There were blisters and blood and lots of tears - both mine and my …

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The nursing mom’s eating handbook

Throughout your pregnancy journey, you’ve likely watched every morsel of food on your fork to ensure the safest and healthiest start for your baby. But just because your nine month wait is over and your little one is in your arms, doesn’t mean you can throw your good eating habits to the wayside. Proper nutrition is as important as ever as you heal from labor and delivery - and work to establish a healthy milk supply. Don’t focus on weight loss While it’s true that you’ll lose …

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3 reasons not to stress about a C-section

I had a planned C-section for medical reasons, but there was nothing “planned” about it. I really sweated the spinal, thought I was having a heart attack during the birth, and packed all wrong. Allow me to share some important facts... I wish someone had shared them with me!Don’t stress about the spinal In the operating room, the anesthesiologist will place a sterile plastic shield over your back that has a cutout for the spinal needle. You’ll feel something cool and …

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5 lifesaving tips to soothe your postpartum tush

Here, thanks to the wisdom of mamas and care providers, are a handful of soothing solutions to help you find comfort for your achy private parts during those first few postpartum weeks. ’Rhoid rage “About half of new moms get hemorrhoids during pregnancy and childbirth, but “no one talks about them!” laments St. Louis Park, MN, mom Jennifer Wetherall. She relied on witch hazel pads to help ease the discomfort. Over- the-counter topical creams or prescription ointments can also …

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5 moms you meet on message boards

As anyone who’s ever mustered the courage to post a question on a message board knows, moms can be judgmental and downright mean. Over time, I have met some amazingly supportive moms. But there can also be a nasty side to mothers online.Whether it’s a controversy over SAHM vs. WOHM, or the benefits of breastfeeding vs. the evils of formula, there’s always a brouhaha brewing on the boards. Here’s a heads-up, so you know just who you’re dealing with, and how to avoid …

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Is it postpartum depression or the baby blues?

Just two days after bringing my glowing baby girl home from the hospital, postpartum depression (PPD) hit me like a tornado. It sucked me into a dizzying blur of insomnia, unrelenting anxiety, and inexplicable crying. Must be the “baby blues,” I told myself… until months later, shaking in extreme exhaustion, I was rushed to the psychiatrist’s office. That wasn’t how I planned on kicking off motherhood, but the good news is this doesn’t have to happen to you! PPD vs. the blues The …

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Join an online mom group to beat the new mom blues

You knew things would change, but now that baby’s here meeting for coffee requires a degree in logistics. A simple girls’ night out can mean weeks of planning. If keeping up with your former social circle feels like driving a three-wheeled stroller across Siberia, you're not alone."I like to think of networking online as the new playground for moms," says Nichole Smith, a site moderator at MothersClick.com and owner of her own site, theguiltyparent.com. "Social networking can …

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New pregnancy poll: Epidural or natural?

With the big day on the horizon, you must be giving thought to how you'll get through labor and delivery. Share with us, are you planning on an epidural, or are you hoping for a natural birth? Take our poll below!

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How to beat new mom isolation

There’s nothing to throw our lives off-axis like a newborn baby. All the joy and wonder aside, adjusting to life with a new son or daughter can leave us feeling alone, overwhelmed, and downright lonely. You feel like you have zero freedom, you're up all night, and downtime - what's that? Nip this new mom isolation in the bud with these tips for staying connected and comforted long after delivery day. Get social at your birthing class Sure, you’re there to learn about the stages of …

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