postpartum

Ten Tips To Reduce Stress During the Postpartum Period

Ask for what you need. This is often difficult for new parents, but if friends and family offer to help, ask them for specific favors. ... read more »

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 »

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 »

My Postpartum, Part 1

I stare down at her and I am filled with fury. Fury that she has wrecked my world. Despair, because I have to live in this hellish new reality. Resentful, that she needs me so much. ... read more »

My Postpartum, Part 2

I am finally in love with mothering. Finally. Finally. It's been 14 months since my daughter was born and it is only now that I can say I enjoy and embrace my role as a mother. Only now. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Backache, Postpartum

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 »

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 »

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 »

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