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Postpartum

Make a move
Make a move

Your mantra through any postbaby exercises should be this: slow and steady. The last thing you want is to push yourself too hard, too fast. Remember, it took months (10 if you’re counting) for your body to grow and change into what it is today. Whether you’re striving to get back to your prepregnancy weight […]

Why didn't anyone tell me?
Why didn't anyone tell me?

After months of pregnancy and hours of labor and delivery, many moms are left with a body they barely recognize. In your early weeks with baby, strange new happenings can leave you feeling confused and more than a little concerned about how your body and mind are handling all this change. Relax, mama! Here’s the […]

Surviving the first six weeks
Surviving the first six weeks

Remember when you were 38 weeks pregnant and so ready to be done that you were actually anxious to push a 7-pound person out of your lady parts? Because then the pregnancy would be over, and you could relax and get back to normal life? And do you ever look back at that bloated and […]

But I can't keep calm…
But I can't keep calm…

Genevieve Ryczek, a mother of two in Minneapolis, experienced what she describes as a “birth high.” After a short, but physically intense labor, she was elated with new motherhood and full of energy. While recovering in the hospital, she didn’t sleep a wink. She didn’t feel she needed to. But by day three postpartum, Ryczek […]

Control issues
Control issues

I recently shared a laugh with a close friend as we discussed a new fitness class that’s hot in our area. It’s a fast-paced cardio dance class with upbeat music and instructors who look like they leapt off the pages of a Lululemon catalog. The moves are fun and effective … but there’s a lot […]

Is this how it’s supposed to feel?
Is this how it’s supposed to feel?

I remember when I was pregnant I would imagine holding my baby and how it would be. The happiness, the calm, the contentment that seemed to radiate from new moms—I knew that was going to be me soon. It made me eager for my pregnancy to  pass by, and I never truly worried about my […]

The first 72 hours
The first 72 hours

When you’re expecting, it’s common to focus on labor as the “end result.” Giving birth is the goal you’ve been looking forward to for 40-odd weeks. First-time mothers wonder what it will feel like, how long it will take, what interventions—if any—will be necessary. On the other hand, veteran moms know what labor feels like, […]

Wake-up call
Wake-up call

At kindergarten drop off this morning, a fellow mom stopped to show me pictures on her phone. “See, I told you my niece looks just like your daughter!” she beamed. I agreed and smiled back whole-heartedly, carefully studying her friendly face. Then as we parted, I fought back the tears—I had no idea who this […]

You’ve had the baby … now what?
You’ve had the baby … now what?

After nine months of uncontrollable emotions, massive body changes and strange pregnancy symptoms, you might be looking forward to things returning to normal when baby arrives. However, the postpartum period can be as draining as the gestation period. Prepare for what’s to come with our postpregnancy timeline. Week 1 Physically: Congratulations—you did it! As soon […]

Learning the ropes
Learning the ropes

For months—and then weeks, and then days—on end, I looked eagerly at my due date, circled in bold ink on the kitchen calendar. Especially as that date drew nearer, it began to seem like the X on a treasure map, the destination I had spent three long trimesters preparing to reach. And for good reason: […]

Worried sick
Worried sick

I do not consider myself the anxious type. My sister has commented, “You just don’t do stress.” Co-workers have remarked, “You’re unflappable,” and described me as “completely calm.” Naturally, I am a relaxed person. I’m good in a crisis, and I let things roll off my back. Even in the most stressful life events, like […]

Birth control after baby
Birth control after baby

With a new baby in the house, getting pregnant again is probably the last thing on your mind. But you and your partner can return to intimacy around six weeks after you give birth, and you may find that your previous birth control method of choice isn’t right for your new lifestyle. Sooner than you […]

Dealing with depression
Dealing with depression

Throughout pregnancy, you eagerly anticipated your bundle of joy, imagining days spent picnicking at the park and visiting with friends during playdates. Now that baby is here, however, you can barely drag yourself out of bed, let alone muster up the motivation to pack the diaper bag and leave the house. While it’s completely normal […]

Bringing sexy back: Working out postpartum
Bringing sexy back: Working out postpartum

P&N: What workouts would you recommend for a new mom who has just been cleared to exercise? Brooke Taylor: Start by simply taking the baby for a walk 30 minutes a day to get your body moving and your heart pumping. You can then add hills or try the elliptical, treadmill or biking. My recommendation […]

Let's talk about sex
Let's talk about sex

One of my mom friends gave her son milkshakes before he could walk. Another has sworn off sugar until elementary school. I tend to follow a “figure-it-out” approach with my 15-month-old son and 2 1⁄2-year-old daughter, but a close friend does everything for her 20-month-old son, from hand-feeding him to providing round-the-clock entertainment. As new […]