Cramping After Birth? Here’s How to Handle Postpartum Cramping

Cramping After Birth? Here’s How to Handle Postpartum Cramping

Cramps after giving birth are called involution. This is the process of your uterus returning to normal size and is often marked by short, sharp pains. Throughout your pregnancy, your uterus grows around 25X its’ normal size. These cramps after giving birth are helping the uterus to shrink back down. While the process usually takes around 6 weeks, you likely won’t feel these pains for that long. As the days pass, the cramping will reduce and then subside.

Worst Massage of Your Life: Fundal Massage After Giving Birth

Worst Massage of Your Life: Fundal Massage After Giving Birth

A fundal massage, also known as a uterine massage, is a normal part of after-delivery care. This typically happens shortly after birth (or birth loss) and can continue for hours or days depending on the needs of the patient. Who doesn’t want a massage after the labor of bringing another human into the world?

Peeing After Birth: What You Need to Know about the First Pee

Peeing After Birth: What You Need to Know about the First Pee

We aren’t here to scare you about afterbirth, but to help you know what you can expect and to let you know you’re not the only one! I remember being shocked at how difficult it was for me to make it to the toilet the first couple of days after giving birth and how much I dreaded going to pee because it would sting so badly.

Birthing The Placenta?! What Comes After Having Your Baby

Birthing The Placenta?! What Comes After Having Your Baby

The placenta is an organ your body grows to nourish and protect your baby. When you give birth, the third stage of labor or the afterbirth is delivering the placenta. How do you deliver the placenta? Does it hurt? What do you do with the placenta after birth? Read on for all things placenta!

Sex After Birth: When & How to Approach Postpartum Sex

Sex After Birth: When & How to Approach Postpartum Sex

A lot of women find themselves confused and feeling isolated when it comes to the conversation of sex after baby. Who can you talk to about sex when you’re a new mom? Can you bring it up at playgroup or with your friends? Women feel like they should be ready, even if they aren’t. This leaves new moms wondering if they’ve done something wrong, if their body is “broken” or if they are disappointing their partner.

New Mom Therapist: Guide to Finding a Maternal Therapist You Can Trust

New Mom Therapist: Guide to Finding a Maternal Therapist You Can Trust

Having a baby changes many areas of your life- it changes your body, your mind, your energy, your relationships, your work, your identity. In the midst of these big transitions, many women benefit from having an outside perspective from a professional perinatal therapist. However, when you are knee-deep in new motherhood, it can be difficult to know where to turn.

Postpartum After Infant Loss: One Mom’s Story of Changes

Postpartum After Infant Loss: One Mom’s Story of Changes

Here’s the thing: there is no helpful thing to say when someone dies, especially someone’s child. You can’t take away the pain, you can’t make them forget. You won’t make people sad by talking about the one they lost. Some people seem caught off guard when I talk about Silas or being pregnant with him in normal conversation. But I can’t act as if Silas never existed. Silas is real, he grew inside of me for 9 months, I held him in my arms and kissed his sweet newborn head, smelling his yummy newborn smell.

Bleeding After Birth: Postpartum Lochia Impact on New Moms

Bleeding After Birth: Postpartum Lochia Impact on New Moms

Whether you had a vaginal birth or a c-section, you will experience bleeding after birth that should decrease and change color over time. This is a mix of blood and mucus and it starts after your delivery. When you were carrying your baby, the body requires extra blood and tissue. Now that you have delivered, the body gets rid of the extra. Your body is healing from where your placenta was attached and your uterus is shedding lining. You may also be recovering from a tear or episiotomy.

DIY Padsicles: How to Make Frozen Pads for Postpartum Recovery

DIY Padsicles: How to Make Frozen Pads for Postpartum Recovery

Postpartum bleeding is normal and most women experience vaginal pain after delivery. Think about it- you removed a human from your body- it’s going to take some time to let that heal! You may experience painful urination after delivery and general pain in that area. This is why padsicles can be such an important part of your postpartum recovery kit, and they are easy to DIY (and cheap!)

Postpartum During Coronavirus: The Unique Struggle Of New Moms In 2020

Postpartum During Coronavirus: The Unique Struggle Of New Moms In 2020

Hey momma, I know this isn’t what you had in mind. Chances are when you envisioned bringing a baby into the world, you didn’t envision this.

You did the work.

You took the classes.

You prepared the nursery. A

nd yet here you are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic during a season of your life that is supposed to be full of joy and community.

Joy and community are still here, it just might look a little different.

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression? How to Figure Out What You Are Experiencing

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression? How to Figure Out What You Are Experiencing

Feeling down after having your baby? Curious if you’re suffering from postpartum depression or if what you’re feeling is normal in early postpartum?

No matter what, you deserve support. This chart will help you decide if you’re dealing with baby blues or if you need to get doctor help for postpartum depression.