postpartum

Baby Blues Symptoms and Postpartum Depression

Suffering from a brief bout of mild depression is common for women who have just given birth. Some women will fight through the depression and come out within a few weeks feeling better than ever before. Other women will suffer from baby blues symptoms that lead to a deeper more clinical-style depression. ... read more »

Losing Baby Fat Quickly After Delivery

During pregnancy, the female body stores fat for later use. This is natural and in place in order to ensure there is enough fat on the female body to maintain lactation after the baby is born. ... read more »

Your New Baby and the Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2013. Americans have many questions, including how the act affects pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn coverage. ... read more »

Diastasis Recti and Pregnancy Abdominal Muscle Separation

Diastasis of the recti abdominal muscle (DRAM) separation is a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the abdomen. ... read more »

Is it Safe to Eat Your Placenta?

While most existing data on postpartum placental consumption is anecdotal and not scientific, there are many cultures who view placental ingestion as an essential part of the postpartum period. ... read more »

Baby Shower 101

A baby shower is a way to celebrate the pending or recent birth of a baby by presenting gifts at a party. Here's how to have a fun baby shower! ... read more »

Postpartum Guide: The Fourth Trimester

The postbirth period is usually a happy time but it can also be stressful. ... read more »

Postpartum Backache

Lower backache after pregnancy is just as common as lower backache during pregnancy and is associated with many of the same issues such as the hormone relaxin, physical exertion and bad posture. ... read more »

Childbirth Class Guide

This pregnancy guide has everything you need to know from conception to postpartum: pregnancy basics, labor, birth, parenting, breastfeeding, nutrition, safety concerns, and more. ... read more »

Common Postpartum Postbirth Problems

Postpartum issues can arise during the recovery period and often require more attention. ... read more »

How to Get Your Body Back in Shape After Pregnancy

Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal, and so is getting back into shape. ... read more »

Bowel Movement Difficulties, Pospartum

Passing that first bowel movement after labor can be very difficult for some women. Bowel movement difficulties after birth can be associated with both physical and mental reactions. ... read more »

Dr. Amos' Fertility and Pregnancy e-Book

Read Dr. Amos' eBook about pregnancy, fertility, trying to get pregnant, and the postpartum period. Everything you need to know! ... read more »

Breastfeeding Guide

Learn the basics about breastfeeding so your baby can get off to a successful start. ... read more »

Postpartum Sex: When You Should Do it Again

Do you really have to wait six weeks after delivery to resume sex? ... read more »

Postpartum Breast Engorgement

Just after giving birth, your body naturally begins to prepare for breastfeeding. During this time, breast engorgement can occur and your breasts may swell to sizes you can't believe and they may feel as hard as a rock. ... read more »

Hair Loss Postpartum

The drop in hormones your body experiences as it returns to normal after delivery will likely cause you to lose some of your hair. ... read more »

Kegel and Pelvic Floor Exercises

A Kegel exercise is named after Dr.Arnold Kegel, who invented the "Perineometer". Kegel exercises consist of contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvioc floor (sometimes called the "Kegel muscles"). ... read more »

Bloodshot Eyes, Pospartum

Bloodshot eyes after labor are not uncommon. If you look like you just finished up a major boxing match, your body may just be reacting to labor. ... read more »

What Can I Expect During My Pregnancy?

Many women wonder what they can expect during pregnancy. This is especially true of first-time mothers. Changes during pregnancy are physical and emotional. ... read more »

What Happens After the Baby is Born?

Once the baby has moved through the birth canal and out of the vagina, the labor process is almost over. However, a few more contractions are needed to detach the uterus and push out the placenta. ... read more »

Where Did My Period Go?

For about six weeks after the giving birth, the woman will pass lochia (pospartum discharge from the vagina). Lochia is a mixture of placental tissue, blood and mucus. ... read more »

Losing The Baby Weight

No matter how much weight is gained or how healthy the woman has been eating, there will be at least a few pounds left over after the baby is born. ... read more »

Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

Why is it so hard to simply sleep with a newborn? ... read more »

35,000 UK Women Suffer Postpartum Depression Alone

In some countries, postpartum depression (PPD) is under-reported and under-recognized. According to a recent report, the United Kingdom is one of those countries. Experts reveal more than 35,000 women suffer from the condition and do so in complete silence. ... read more »

Baby Brain: Real or Imagined?

Baby brain is a common term used to describe mental changes to thinking and memory that occur during pregnancy and early parenthood. ... read more »

Special Follow-Up Care for Low Birth Weight Infants

Being born low birth weight is often associated with prematurity. If your infant was born full term with no complications, but weighed less than 5.5 pounds, the term low birth weight may be used, but special care considerations and programs will not apply, in most cases. ... read more »

Chicken Pox (Varicella) Vaccination

Chicken pox was once considered a rite of passage for children, but the varicella vaccine has reduced the number of children suffering from the disease. ... read more »

Hospital Care of Small for Gestational Age Infants

Small for gestational age is a medical term used to describe the weightand gestational age of an infant. Just because an infant is small forgestational age doesn't mean extra care is needed or that the infantwill have long-term medical issues. ... read more »

Common Postpartum Problems: Episiotomy Issues

If you received a small incision in your perineum while giving birth, this procedure is called an episiotomy. It is sometimes necessary in order to make more room for your baby during delivery. ... read more »

Beyond Kegel: Regaining Control After Childbirth

Pregnancy may last nine months but its lingering effects on the body can last years. Many women experience loss of bladder control during pregnancy as the weight of the baby presses down on the bladder and other tissue of the pelvic floor. ... read more »

What is Macrosomia?

Macrosomia is the term used to define an infant that measures more than 8 pounds 13 ounces or 4000 grams (4 kg) at birth. Macrosomia is only definitively determined after birth. ... read more »

Career Tips for Returning to Work After Baby

Money and career experts at US News & World Report offer these career tips for making life as a working mother easier to manage. ... read more »

Kangaroo Care

There is nothing more important than skin to skin contact between mother and child, according to the March of Dimes and other supporters of pregnancy and infant health. ... read more »

Strive for 27 When Losing After-Baby Weight

The number 27 represents a healthy waist measurement for adult women, according to Dr. James Cerhan, an epidemiologist and lead author of the Mayo study. ... read more »

Baby-Weight Study: 9 Months On, 9 Months Off Recommended

New research suggests that a woman's weight one year after delivery is a strong predictor of her health 15 years in the future. ... read more »

Common Postpartum Problems: Losing Pregnancy Weight

If you've gained upwards of 20 pounds or more during your pregnancy,don't fret. Most women lose half of that by the six-week mark withouteven trying. And if you follow a healthy lifestyle, the rest will comeoff as well. ... read more »

Postpartum Complications and Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-induced condition that causes a dangerous rise in blood pressure. ... read more »

Common Postpartum Problems: Painful Sex After Pregnancy

Experiencing postpartum discomfort isn't unusual, though the severity of discomfort you feel will depend on the type of delivery you had. ... read more »

Common Postpartum Problems: Pelvic Prolapse

Uterine, bladder, and rectum prolapse can happen after a woman has a baby. ... read more »

Follow-Up Care for Babies With Macrosomia

Patients who've given birth to an infant with macrosomia may think the medical concerns are over once discharged from the hospital, but that's not the case. Immediately after birth, the infant and mother are screened for diabetes. ... read more »

Too Many Women Skip Postpartum Visit; Insurance Matters

The medical community recommends all women make and keep an appointment to see their obstetricians within six weeks after delivery and to see a primary care physician within the first year. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 2

Those first few weeks of motherhood fly by and you were expecting to be happy about your newly arrived bundle of joy, but instead, you feel sad and down. ... read more »

Depression During and After Pregnancy

Many women express surprise that pregnancy symptoms aren't what they'd expected. Some express surprise at frequent nosebleeds, fuller hair, trouble sleeping, and other incidents never before experienced or anticipated. ... read more »

Weight Loss and Exercise Post-Delivery

Weight loss and exercise post delivery. How soon can you start working out, dieting and so on and is it a myth that you have to wait until your first 6-week checkup? ... read more »

Postpartum Hemorrhoids

As many as half of all pregnant women get hemorrhoids during pregnancy, particularly during the third trimester. If you have had hemorrhoids prior to getting pregnant, you are more likely to develop them during pregnancy. ... read more »

Postpartum Constipation

Your postpartum constipation may be temporary if you hadn't eaten anyfood for a day or two before giving birth. After all, if there is nofood in your digestive tract, nothing can come out. ... read more »

After Delivery: Risk of Clots, Stroke, Heart Attack

All women are at higher risk of stroke than men and that risk is especially high during and months after pregnancy. ... read more »

Breastfeeding: Breast Milk Nutrition and Benefits

Breastfeeding provides many benefits to both baby and mother, and it is such a valuable tool for both the mother and her baby. ... read more »

Hospital Care for Low Birth Weight Infants

If during the ultrasound an infant is deemed smaller than they should be for gestational age, special attention may be paid to infant size for the duration of the pregnancy. ... read more »

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