Don't Forget to Create a Post Birth Plan

Don't Forget to Create a Post Birth Plan

You’ve heard of writing a birth plan, but have you thought about your preferences after delivery?

I know. I know. You’re sick of planning and writing things down in anticipation of something, for which no amount of preparation will fully prepare you.

Here’s the thing. A lot happens in the first 24-72 hours of giving birth, and while you think the hard part is done, it’s just the beginning.

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When Childbirth Scars Are More Than Skin Deep

When Childbirth Scars Are More Than Skin Deep

Sometimes childbirth scars us, physically and emotionally.

These two kinds of scars seem inseparable from one another.

For me, I didn’t know which one came first, but I knew that as long as my physical issues remained I suffered emotionally.

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Finding a Pelvic Physical Therapist: Where Do I Even Start?

Finding a Pelvic Physical Therapist: Where Do I Even Start?

It took me seven months after giving birth to get myself to see a pelvic physical therapist (PT). But I should have gone much sooner. Perhaps around the six-week postpartum mark.

Instead I suffered more than half a year with a wobbly back, unstable-feeling hips, back and shoulder pain, vaginal heaviness, and incontinence (urinary, gas, and ocassionally fecal). I hoped it would all go away on its own since, well you know, childbirth is natural.

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Make Your Own Ultimate Postpartum Kit

Make Your Own Ultimate Postpartum Kit

Congratulations! You had a baby or you're about to. Your poor awesome bottom is (will be) most definitely sore. In the midst of taking care of that precious little human, don't forget to care for the orifice she came out of. If you didn't already do so, put together a postpartum kit to nurse that vagina and supporting area back to health. Better yet, have someone grab these items for you.

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Why Sex Hurts After Childbirth: Q & A With Jenna Perkins

Why Sex Hurts After Childbirth: Q & A With Jenna Perkins

When women have pain for so long, society has said, that’s an expectation for women, and so many women feel guilty about it and don’t want to talk to their providers. Or when they do come into for their 6-week postpartum, or a couple months after, and things still don’t feel good, they can be “poo-pooed” on. The issue is not really addressed to their satisfaction and that can be discouraging.

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The Important Truth About Postpartum Depression: You Might Not Recognize It Right Away

The Important Truth About Postpartum Depression: You Might Not Recognize It Right Away

As with so many women who experience PPD, Jess’s story is complicated. She didn’t have it with her first child, Sarah, and the signs and symptoms with her second child, Joseph, didn’t appear until close to a year later. What’s more, the symptoms that typically describe PPD didn’t quite match what she was going through.

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The Personal is Political: On Writing About the Body

The Personal is Political: On Writing About the Body

As long as women are giving birth, the need to support postpartum moms remains. We’re far from ensuring that support, and in the past few years it seems as though access to comprehensive women’s health is increasingly threatened.  

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Pumping at Work? Yeah, It Ain't Easy. Real Moms Share Their Pump-At-Work Wins and Fails.

Pumping at Work? Yeah, It Ain't Easy. Real Moms Share Their Pump-At-Work Wins and Fails.

If you've ever pumped at work, you'll probably be able to relate to these mamas keepin’ it real and sharing their pump-at-work stories. Even if you haven’t, it’s worth appreciating that commitment ‘cause it sure doesn’t sound easy.

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