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Losing the Pregnancy Weight Can Prevent Heart Disease and Diabetes


Researchers from Canada's Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto waved red flags regarding baby weight that remains in the first year following giving birth. While it's been established that retaining pregnancy weight years later elevate...

Post-Baby Skin: Getting the Glow Back


Going through pregnancy and childbirth is a true rollercoaster of hormones, and all that fluctuation results in changes to virtually every body system. One area is the skin, your largest organ. While pregnant you may have been one...

Opinion: Post-Baby Body Bragging


The wife of a Norwegian soccer player lit up internet chat when she posted a photo of herself a mere 3 days post birth, thin and abs tight as a pack of tiny newborn diapers. People were outraged and angry about her self-elevating...

Postpartum Acne: Get Your Skin Glowing Again


You just had a baby, and you probably don't feel too hot. The last thing you need is to look in the mirror and see that your face has broken out in horrible acne! Some women in their postpartum days experience severe acne while ot...

How to Get Your Flat Stomach Back After Having a Baby


Every woman who has just given birth to her baby looks in horror the first time she sees stomach – the flabby part in particular. You may be asking yourself, "Whose body is that?" Will you ever see your pre-pregnancy b...

10 Postpartum Nutrition Tips to Help You Bounce Back


So much of what you've been doing has been geared towards giving your baby the best possible start. Now it's time to give some thought to your health and nutrition during your postpartum weeks. By taking care of your body in the w...

After Birth: Taking Care of Mom


Every moment of an expectant mother's life is focused on D-Day: Delivery day. You become so focused on the event of giving birth that you may well lose sight on one of the principal players in the event and that person is you. Y...

New Study Shows Pregnancy Hormone May Predict Postpartum Depression


Could measuring levels of a certain hormone help identify women who are prone to postpartum depression before they deliver their baby? A new study suggests it may be possible. Researchers believed that women who had high levels o...

Jumpstart Your Metabolism and Drop Those Post-Baby Pounds


Giving birth does help you drop some pregnancy pounds all at once, after all you lose the pounds baby packed on in the last trimester, the placenta pounds and all those fluids that seemed to pool around your ankles the last couple...

Postpartum Symptoms: What's Normal & What's Not


It's a busy time in your life. You arms are filled with a newborn that demands loads of care and attention, but don't neglect taking care of yourself as well. Postpartum care is very important and can have lasting effects on your...

Birth Control After Baby: IUD's


Most women wait at least a few weeks after the birth of baby to begin sexual activity again, but typically doctors advise you to wait until the all clear is given at the six week check up. One reason is that the topic of birth con...

When Do Most First-time Moms Resume Sex After Birth?


Doctors generally advise patients to wait until the six week check-up following childbirth to resume sexual relations. But how long do most women wait, and what factors influence the timing for amorous activity? Researchers from A...

12 Tips to Shed Those Baby Pounds Fast


Today's moms feel more pressure than their mothers or grandmothers ever did to get back to their former figures and fast. While we know it may not be healthy to drop pounds instantly, we also know the longer we walk around with ex...

Your Body after Baby: What to Expect & When


Everything during pregnancy is geared to the big D day of delivery. What you eat, how you exercise, sleeping, and even hobbies are affected by this. Now you wake up and are looking in the mirror and see a stranger. So you wonder.....

Postpartum Care: What to Expect and When to Call the Doctor


After having your baby you won't spend much time in the hospital these days. Next thing you know you're healing up on your own sofa and wondering, "Is it normal to feel this way?", "Should I be worried that this is happening?"...

Dealing with Gender Disappointment


When an expectant parent is asked if she hopes for a boy or a girl, most of the time, she will simply say it doesn't matter--as long as the baby is healthy. And for the most part, that's true. But secretly, many moms-to-be hope fo...

Getting Your Sexy Back after Baby


Childbirth. New mom. Sexy. How can you make those words go together? The first few weeks those words may not even seem like they should be in the same dictionary, but as you settle into your new role with your new baby you can t...

After Your Cesarean: Taking Care of Yourself


Chances are you were not expecting to give birth bycesarean section. Many c-sections are done on an emergency basis or the decision to do a cesarean will be made close to delivery day. This means you may not have made arrangemen...

Normal vs Abnormal Postpartum Symptoms


After your new baby arrives, you'll be understandably tired for a few weeks. You are not only recovering from pregnancy and labor, but your sleep will be interrupted more often. Emotions also run high at this time, and hormones fl...

Postpartum Do's and Don'ts


Preparing for and giving birth can be such a busy and exciting time. But the weeks and months following your baby's arrival will be just as busy and exciting, and in the midst of caring for your new little one, it can be easy to f...

10 Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave


Heading back to work after a baby is born can be a stressful and emotional time for an already exhausted new mother. Here are 10 tips to help you prepare in the weeks leading up to your return to the workplace: 1. Consider takin...

Reclaiming your Sex Life After Baby


Not everyone experiences the surge of pregnancy hormones the same way. Some women have a spike in sex drive during their pregnancy particularly in the last two trimesters while others find theirs has plummeted. Despite our best...

After Pregnancy: Postpartum Care


So much focus during pregnancy is on the big day. It's sort of like planning the wedding and forgetting about the marriage that follows. Taking care of a new baby is a huge responsibility and an overwhelming change to anyone's li...

Birth Control Options after Childbirth


You may be pregnant, your due date looming as large as your expanding tummy, or perhaps you've recently delivered your baby, and the last thing on your mind is avoiding a repeat of recent history...at least right away. However, th...

Postpartum Weight Loss: Lose The Baby Fat


It took nine months to pack on those 25 to 35 recommended pounds, so you should expect it to take several months to shed them, as well. Demanding too much from your body too soon is only setting yourself up for failure and could...

Quiz: Is it Postpartum Depression?


Most women with real postpartum depression are never diagnosed. Even though postpartum depression is very common, and even though identifying it can help both the baby and the mother, most cases slip through the cracks. A simple n...

Postpartum Depression


The baby has arrived and everyone is thrilled—except you. It's not uncommon for new moms to feel a range of emotions—love, happiness, joy, anxiety, fear—and sometimes depression. If you're feeling depressed, irri...

Q&A: My Hair Is Falling Out!


Q I have a 7 month old baby boy. I read that I would lose some of my hair in the months following childbirth, but I seem to lose about a handful every day. Is this normal and if so, how long will it continue to fall out? A I know...

Q&A: Postpartum Bleeding


Q How much bleeding is normal after delivery? I am 2 week postpartum. A Lochia is the term that is used for post partum bleeding or discharge during the post partum period. There are three stages: the first is red, and lasts from...

Effects, Symptoms and Treatments of Postpartum Depression


Traditional Medical Treatments for PPD Two of the most common treatments for depression are the use of antidepressant medications, and psychological therapy. In the case of depression resulting from a medical condition such as h...

Getting Back Your Body After Baby


The postnatal period can be a difficult time considering all the major changes in your life and your body. You will likely find yourself exhausted, still carrying extra weight and may feel unattractive. In reality, becoming a mom...

Postpartum Depression or Baby Blues


The arrival of a baby is meant to be a time of great joy for a new mother. Nevertheless, when a woman begins experiencing feelings of great sadness, only days after the birth of her baby, she may feel as if something is wrong w...

Postpartum - The Whole Truth


You have made it. You have endured labor, and delivered your child into this world. You feel powerful, gracious, and thankful. However, you aren't too upset that it's over now, are you? But is it really over? The answer is no. The...

Depression: Not Your Ordinary Blues


Depression is more common than one would think. According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, clinical depression affects 15% of Americans at one point in their lives. In fact, depression is the number one cause o...

Junior's Here... Now, What About My Body?


The benefits of exercise One of the most frequently asked questions on my online bulletin board and in my classes is, "How soon after my baby is born can I start exercising again?" The answer is, "IMMEDIATELY!" Now, that doesn't...

Bleeding & Pain 6 Weeks Postpartum


Q. I am 6 weeks postpartum and initially had red lochia for 2 weeks then it turned brown then back to red with extreme abdominal pain. I went to the E.R. and was told to massage my uterus. Two weeks later, I am still bleeding wit...

Q&A: Why Haven't I Started Menstruating?


Q I had my son 10.5 months ago, just finished weaning from the breast 2 weeks ago, and I still have not resumed menstruating yet. I do not believe I am pregnant, so I am wondering if it is "normal" to have this happen despite the...

Q&A: What Forms Of Birth Control Can I Take While Breastfeeding?


Q I heard there is a birth control pill out there considered "safe" for nursing mothers. My OB says the low dose pill will DRY up my milk. A Let me congratulate you for breastfeeding. Although it is not for every new mother, it...

Q&A: How can I lose weight after giving birth without over doing it?


Q How can I lose weight after giving birth without over doing it? A In order to lose your pregnancy weight, you need to combine healthy eating with physical activity. In terms of eating, try to fill up on fresh fruits and vegetab...

Post Adoption Blues?


It is common knowledge that many new moms deal with post-partum depression. In some cases, it can be quite severe. In most cases, however, it is simply a short period of the blues, where the new mom just feels a bit down. The...



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