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Postpartum Virgin Mary Has Questions

Ann Imig | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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.

When the Bough Breaks

MotherWoman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

My labor and delivery were less than ideal, but they were behind me. What I didn't know was that the nightmare was just beginning.

The Brain on Baby: A Look at Customs Worldwide to Address Postpartum Sleep Deprivation

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Hammocks, spa treatments, hired help, warm foods, arctic cradles, and cardboard... there does not appear to be a universal answer to coping with sleep deprivation as a new mom, so most of the world seems to have adapted their own.

The Best Reason to Love Our Bodies

Dina L. Relles | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

Our bodies don't stay the same; of course they don't. They evolve, they show signs of a life lived, a life loved. As they should. They bear witness to where we've been, that we've been. They are like maps that tell the tale of our time, our travels.

Piecing Myself Back Together

MotherWoman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Kelly Coffey Motherhood: I don't know what my expectations were. The media paints a cute picture, but my life has certainly never been cute, so wh...

Treatment Works: Choosing a Therapist During Pregnancy or Postpartum

MotherWoman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW It takes a village to raise a family--and well-trained therapists are important members of that village. When I speak with ...

The Questions We Should Ask New Moms

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

For me, caring for a new baby varied from one hour to the next. I was learning to take it day by day. I loved my daughter, but found sleep deprivation, feeding and learning how to intuit and read my baby's cries overwhelming at times.

My Secret Weapon Against Postpartum Depression

Kim Simon | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

You were by my side as I fell madly, deeply, head over heels in love with the beautiful little boy who completed our family. You supported me as my first sweet son curled up behind me in the rocking chair. You told me that we would all start healing together.

What Postpartum Moms Really Need

Sarah Bregel | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

Everyone talked about the baby bliss, the love I'd feel, the joy, the natural instincts. And while I certainly felt those things, I also felt depleted, overwhelmed, exhausted and utterly alone.

Listening Will Change Worlds: How to Birth Healthier Families

MotherWoman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW Listening will change worlds. Is this just the promise of an idealistic social worker? In some ways I fit that stereotype...

Battling Post-Partum Depression

Regan Long | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

When we begin this journey of becoming pregnant, right then and there, we are turning our bodies over. Right then and there we are living, breathing and eating for someone else

10 Things That Took A While To Come Back After The Baby Was Born

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

If there are any moms reading this who are still in that post-baby stage of figuring things out, I hope that you will feel comforted that you are not the only one struggling to navigate this overwhelming time of life.