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A Lifeline for Pregnant Women and New Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact

The idyllic picture of a smiling nurturing mother, caressing her growing belly or loving her cooing adoring newborn, is not the reality for many women during pregnancy or the time following a birth.

The Perfection of Postpartum

Kaitlyn Jones | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Kaitlyn Jones

I know postpartum isn't glamorous or how models should look on the runway; however, despite how we look or what Mother Nature does to our bodies, we simply want to look beautiful. The moment is beautiful. I want to remember being beautiful.

Happy Mother's Resentment Day

MotherWoman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents

I remember standing on the porch in the rain on one of my first Mother's Days and sobbing because no one did anything special for me.

On Postpartum

Tramanh Phi | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Tramanh Phi

I consider myself a pretty even-keeled person and have a pretty firm grasp over my emotions. Those first two weeks, though... WHEW. It was a side of myself I did not expect to see.

The Meaningful Lesson This Mom Blogger Learned When Photos Of Her Body Went Viral

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.19.2015 | Parents

When Canadian mom-of-four Joanna Venditti shared a personal story about body image on her blog "Nesting Story," she didn't think it would reach beyond...

No, I'm Not Still Pregnant. This Is Just My After-Belly.

Rachel Toalson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Nine years ago, when my first baby was born and those eating disorders and body image issues still stood way too close, these experiences would have really bothered me -- but today I know the truth of it.

My Baby Stole My Body (And She Can Keep It)

Mama Bean | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Mama Bean

What if we, as mothers, actually embraced our postpartum figures? What if we cherished our bodies and valued what -- and who -- they have so skillfully created instead?

Finally, The Postpartum Anthem You Never Knew You Were Missing

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents

Following up on their hilarious menstruation-themed parodies, HelloFlo has released a new video that takes on another women's health issue -- mastitis...

5 Things for New Moms to Give Their Husbands

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Your husband cannot read your mind. He doesn't know that you wanted him to pick up dinner from the Thai restaurant on the corner because you've been pacing the kitchen all afternoon with a fussy baby.

I Am the Right Mother

MotherWoman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Today I lead postpartum support groups, and thank goodness I have to be the group leader, so I can't walk out of the group and cry in the restroom. I must open up that old inner self to some more compassionate attitudes if I'm going to be of help to my fellow moms.

You Just Had A Baby

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

I know everything feels undone. I know being a grown-up sucks. I know your house is a mess. I know you have writer's block. I know you feel behind. I know you wish you were superwoman. I know. I know. But. You just had a baby.

Postpartum Virgin Mary Has Questions

Ann Imig | Posted 02.22.2015 | Comedy
Ann Imig

Anyone know if water-walking is normal at 13 days? #NoReasonJustAsking. The Angel Gabriel from heaven came, and neglected to mention anything about stretch marks.

How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living

A new baby usually brings infinite joy to a family, but the pregnancy itself can sometimes be quite difficult for a mother-to-be. Elizabeth Fitelso...

10 Ways C-Sections And Vaginal Births Are Exactly The Same

Kim Simon | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Kim Simon

No one should co-opt your C-section story for their birth agenda. Just like shaming women about how they breastfeed or formula-feed is anti-feminist, so is shaming them and questioning them about how they birth.

Don't Put the Baby's Blanket in the Microwave!

Janelle Brandon | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Janelle Brandon

I have one piece of advice for new mothers: Don't put the baby's blanket in the microwave. This is a public service announcement. It happened to me and it can happen to you.

What I Finally Know I'm Ready For As A Mom

Marissa Kristal | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Marissa Kristal

In life, as in waterskiing, I can best handle one thing (as opposed to two, or worse yet, many things) at a time. To say I get overwhelmed easily would be a gross understatement.

Post Baby Fitness Motivation

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Anita Mirchandani

When I got cleared for exercise at my six week post baby check-up, I felt excited and stressed. On one hand I knew I could start exercising but on the other hand I felt this intense pressure.

Why We Should Stop Telling Mothers to 'Enjoy Every Moment'

Sarah Bregel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

Not only did you actually feel those things you felt, but you tried to talk about them, which makes you an even worse mother than you already feared you might be

Yes, Parenting IS the Hardest Job

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Parenting is the hardest job you'll EVER have. I repeatedly heard folks say this before I had my first child. I had no earthly idea what they meant.

Stretch Marks of the Soul

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

I'm trying to figure out how best to honor my pregnancies -- all three -- and the body that housed them. They don't necessarily need to be emboldened in my postpartum size and I guess stretch marks of the soul are the stretch marks that aren't readily visible to anyone other than me.

When Will I Feel Like Myself Again After Having a Baby?

JJ Keith | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
JJ Keith

At some point after my second child made it into toddlerhood intact, I developed a kind of confidence I never had before. I am capable! I get stuff done! Our little world may be a bit of a mess on a day-to-day basis, but my husband and I can do this parenting thing.

A Baby After Postpartum Depression?

Becky Schroeder | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

My name was still Becky and I lived in the same house, but postpartum depression and anxiety turned me into a version of myself that looked and sounded nothing like me. That's what these illnesses do, after all.

6 Things I Wish I'd Known About The First 6 Months Of Having A Baby

Emily Hatch | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Emily Hatch

The first six months of being a parent can seem endless at times, but ultimately, they're gone in a flash, and you can't ever get that time back. Capture every moment.

From Dark to Light: Postpartum in Process

Eve Kagan | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Eve Kagan

You may pretend you are fine, functioning, because you are still able to sauté the garlic a perfect golden brown and vacuum the dog hair off of the Chinese rug and put on mascara and cut the baby's tiny fingernails without drawing blood. And yet, you are totally detached.

The Secret Every New Mom Should Remember

Kim Simon | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

You will never stop worrying, or doubting yourself, but you will have more proof that you are doing it right. Each day that passes is another day that you get to take credit for.