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Moms Bravely Share Their Real Stories Of Postpartum Anxiety And Depression

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents

  A powerful new video puts a face -- in fact, many faces -- to  postpartum depression and anxiety. Produced by blogger Jill ...

The Moving Experience One Mom Had When Her Postpartum Body Photos Went Viral

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.21.2015 | Parents

When New Zealand mom and nutritionist Julie Bhosale shared a blog post about her postpartum body image journey, she hoped that it would reach a few fe...

The Most Perfect Metaphor For New Motherhood

Katherine Stanley Obando | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Katherine Stanley Obando

Let the waves come, murmur a seafaring song, and know this: in any moment of new motherhood that is rough going for you, there are countless like you; there are also others for whom that very same moment was transcendent and amazing (and you'll probably hear all about it).

8 Lessons Motherhood Has Taught a Recovering Perfectionist

Maria Ross | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Maria Ross

There is absolutely no room for perfection in parenting. No median. No bike lane. You will screw up. You will doubt yourself at every turn.

A Tale Of 10 Tummies

Joni Edelman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Joni Edelman

We assume a lot about people, and especially about their bodies. Maybe it somehow seems more reasonable to make assumptions about the things we can see. These women are my friends, my village, and they are willing to share their stories with you so that you may honor them.

16 Women Share Their 'Perfect Imperfections' In Mom's Stunning Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents

Photographer Neely Ker-Fox knows what it's like to struggle with body image issues during and after pregnancy. After giving birth to her second child,...

Celebrating the Honest Postpartum Body

Bailey Gaddis | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents
Bailey Gaddis

I don't mind this new body -- it birthed my child and I will forever be in its debt -- but I want to figure out how to be at home in the new structure.

A Lifeline for Pregnant Women and New Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
MotherWoman

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
MotherWoman

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 06.27.2015 | 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
MotherWoman

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