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. ... more »

    Post-Pregnancy Workouts to Get Rid of that “Baby Fat”

    One of the most common complaints I hear from my friends after they have their baby is that they can’t get rid of those extra pounds packed on during pregnancy. ... 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. Your hormone levels have dropped since giving birth. ... more »

    Risk of Urinary Incontinence One Year Post-Delivery

    Researchers from Copenhagen University have published a study in the International Urogynecology Journal on the effect of first-time vaginal birth on stress urinary incontinence and/or mixed urinary incontinence. ... 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. ... more »

    Unintended Pregnancy Associated with Depression Risk

    According to research completed at the University of North Carolina, women who experience unintended pregnancy are at increased risk of depression for at least 12 months postpartum. ... more »

    When to Work After Giving Birth

    Many women fight with the idea of when to work after giving birth. They've spent the majority of the last 40 weeks thinking about baby, preparing for baby, and eventually leaving work to give birth and recover fromdelivery. ... more »

    Baby-Friendly Hospital Accreditation and Breastfeeding Rates

    A recent review of breastfeeding rates at one and four months postpartum in mothers who gave birth at BFHI (Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative) hospitals reveals the initiative has little impact on overall breastfeeding rates. ... more »

    How Soon After Birth Does Fertility Return?

    There is no definitive answer to this question. Some women ovulatewithin a few weeks of giving birth and other women don't ovulate formore than one year. ... more »

    Mothers of NICU Newborns Lacking Privacy

    Despite smaller patient numbers and secluded environments, neonatal intensive care units (NICU) are not the best places for breastfeeding mothers, according to a new study from researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. ... more »

    4 Postpartum Pains and How to Relieve the Pain

    Just because labor is over and you’re holding the cutest baby on earth doesn’t mean the pain of pregnancy is over. Pregnancy and labor pains are taken over by postpartum pains almost immediately after giving birth. ... more »

    New Postpartum Pregnancy Avoidance Protocol

    The postpartum period can be a confusing time for some women in terms of pregnancy prevention. Breastfeeding can lengthen the time between birth and first menstrual cycle, but ovulation may occur before that first cycle, increasing the risk of pregnancy during the immediate postpartum period. ... more »

    You’ll Need a Do Not Disturb Sign

    I’ve heard of pregnant women telling people to hold off for an entire month before coming in troops to check out the little one. As it turns out, turning people away might be an excellent idea. ... more »

    Can You Take a Bath after Birth?

    Few people talk about the healing time your body will need after birth, but you should make sure you take the time to let it heal. Birth will take its toll, and you’ll probably be sore from head to toe afterwards. ... more »

    What to Do About Breast Engorgement

    It’s perfectly normal for your breasts to be especially large and tender right after your birth. However, there is another fairly common condition you might be experiencing if your breasts feel hard, swollen, and uncomfortable. In this case, you’re likely engorged. ... more »

    Unreadiness for Postpartum Discharge Following Healthy Term Pregnancy

    Many women are discharged from the hospital after birth based on insurance or hospital protocol. As long as mom and baby are healthy and ready physically to return home, the discharge is ordered. ... more »

    Psychosocial Correlates of Exclusive Breastfeeding

    The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests at least six months of breastfeeding to ensure optimal health and well-being for every infant, though a small percentage of mothers breastfeed for this length of time. ... more »

    Lower Sexual Interest in Postpartum Women

    After giving birth, women often report having lower sexual interest. It is often accepted as just being a part of giving birth and moving from pregnant woman to new mom. The revelation could help women feel less negative about looming sexual interest. ... more »

    Your Baby Needs a Masseuse as Badly as You Do

    Infant massages actually have countless benefits. While your baby doesn’t have knots in his back from stress at work or strained muscles from a long jog, a massage can do a lot to relax your baby. ... more »

    How to Minimize Bloodshot Eyes after Labor

    Assuming you don’t need a cesarean section, delivering your baby will be one of the most strenuous and tiresome experiences you will ever go through. No matter how much you mentally and physically prepare for the big day, your body will be strained. ... more »

    Effectiveness of a pelvic floor muscle exercise program on urinary incontinence following childbirth

    Health professionals working with women in the post-partum period should ask about symptoms of incontinence to ensure assistance is offered to those experiencing urinary incontinence  ... more »

    Effectiveness of Immediate Post-Birth IUD Insertion

    Immediate birth control is a choice many women in western cultures choose to prevent pregnancy in the months and years after giving birth, but birth control pills and other similar options are not always available to women in other countries. ... more »

    Waiting Out the Umbilical Stump

    Let’s face it – the umbilical stump is gross. Yes, seeing your baby all slimy right after birth is a magical moment. It’s natural and you feel a special connection with him or her, so you can easily look past the otherwise grotesqueness of the situation. ... more »

    What Happens in the Delivery Room After Labor is Over?

    All women, no matter who they are, go through the same general process after labor, as long as the birth was uneventful from a medical perspective. The cord is clamped and cut and baby is placed on your chest. ... more »

    Is My Baby Allowed in the Room for My Entire Hospital Stay?

    Barring any complications during labor and delivery, infants are allowed and encouraged to stay in the room with mom during the entire hospital stay. Having baby nearby is crucial to early bonding and breastfeeding, if applicable. ... more »

    Practical Checklist for Labor Day Preparation

    Before the time comes to rush off to the hospital, you need to think about preparing for labor, not just packing for your hospital stay. ... more »

    Newborn Care Practices and Health Seeking Behavior in Anand, Gujarat

    Although the details of the research is limited, a new study out of Gujarat, India shows a direct connection between socioeconomic status and medical care sought and received by pregnant women and newborns. ... more »

    Best Birth Control Options After You Have A Baby

    You probably feel that there is no way that you can become pregnant again right after having a baby. You will be surprised to learn that pregnancy right after you give birth is not as farfetched as you thought. ... more »

    Methylergonovine (Methergine) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

    All about methylergonovine and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe to use during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... more »

    Waiting to Clamp the Cord Proves Beneficial

    According to the Neonatal Resuscitation program, doctors should delay umbilical cord clamping a minimum of one minute if no immediate medical attention is needed ... more »

    Can I get pregnant the first week after giving birth?

    For the first six to eight weeks after giving birth to my first, second, third and fourth children, I did not want ANYTHING to do with sex. ... more »

    Extra Pregnancy Care Training Needed to Improve Safety

    According to a study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, additional education can reduce the risk and occurrence of adverse outcomes during and after pregnancy. ... more »

    New Mother Selma Blair Opens up About Postpartum Hair Loss

    Selma Blair, 39, best known for her roles in 90's classics like CruelIntentions, is not holding anything back about her new role as a mother. The star and mother of 4-month old Arthur Saint, became an instantfan-favorite of mothers everywhere after candidly opening up about herpostpartum hair loss. ... more »

    ATA Launched New Guidelines for Thyroid Disease Prevention During Pregnancy

    Clinical researchers have shown that hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and subclinical thyroid disorders have dangerous effects on pregnant women and the cerebral development of the fetus.   ... more »

    Brain Growth Noted After Child Birth

    Many women will be happy to find out the brain actually grows after childbirth, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. ... more »

    Fish Oil Ineffective Treatment for Postpartum Depression

    The Journal of American Medical Association has published a study claiming fish oil is an ineffective postpartum depression treatment, despite other studies finding the treatment to be highly effective. ... more »

    Breast Cancer Survivors Can Breast-Feed After Treatment

    Researchers presented a report at the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology that may take a few oncologists by surprise. ... more »

    50% of Mothers Who Start Breastfeeding Quit Within 6 Months

    The Centers for Disease Control has published the 2010 edition of the Breastfeeding Report Card. Behind the report card is the Healthy People 2010 Target. ... more »

    Baby Blues 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. ... more »

    Giving Mom a Hand After Birth

    After birth emotional issues, paired with sleep deprivation, often strike a usually happy couple. Mom needs some alone time, support time, and help after the baby is born, and Dad needs to learn how to read the signs. ... 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. ... more »

    Exercise is Healthy for Pregnant Women

    Physicians should recommend low to moderate levels of exercise to their pregnant patients, even if they have not exercised prior to pregnancy. ... more »

    Breastfeeding as Birth Control - Not a Good Idea

    Breastfeeding is not a good birth control and it does not effectively prevent pregnancy. Once you resume sexual relations after delivery, there is a good chance you could get pregnant. ... more »

    Postpartum Exercise - What is Safe?

    If you want to start postpartum exerces right after delivery, you can go ahead as long as you feel OK and there are no contraindications. ... more »

    When will my Menstrual Period come after Birth and Delivery Of The Baby?

    A regular Menstrual Period or Bleeding after Birth and Delivery Of The Baby usually come when you start ovulating again. This can last between 3-9 months on average. Breastfeeding may or may not prolong that time. ... more »