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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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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Work. Pump. Repeat. This One’s for My Work-In-Office Mamas

Work. Pump. Repeat. This One’s for My Work-In-Office Mamas

Pump-at-work mamas. You get extra kudos on this Labor Day. Why? Because pumping is damn laborious. Doing it at the office is at best, awkward. At worst, it solicits hostility.

Regardless of where you pump, it's labor-intensive. All those plastic parts. The sanitizing. Finding a plug. Hooking your boobs up to a mechanical suction. The careful transferring of expressed milk from container to cooler or bag. The whoosh, whoosh, whooshing.

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How Postpartum Planning Is an Act of Self-Care

How Postpartum Planning Is an Act of Self-Care

There was once a time when a woman who just gave birth was encouraged and expected to do little else than rest, recover, and nurse the baby. This was called lying in—a time for mother and infant to convalescence for the days and weeks after childbirth.

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4 Postpartum Poses to Ease Back into Exercise

4 Postpartum Poses to Ease Back into Exercise

Doctors might give us the green light to exercise 4-6 weeks postpartum, but that often feels too soon. Parts are still jiggling, joints feel loose, muscles chronically ache, and fatigue is overwhelming.

It might take some time to work up to an exercise routine. But there’s a lot we can do to gently wake up some of our muscles. We can gradually and deliberately ease ourselves back into physical activities with these four Pilates exercises that engage our inner unit. 

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