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  • Your Postpartum Body
    Postpartum Health
    You and Your New Body After Childbirth
    You and Your New Body After Childbirth You're no longer pregnant, but your body just isn't the same as it was. You've changed, and it takes time to get back into shape. For example, your breasts are still large (whether you intend to breast-feed...
  • Pregnancy
    Sex After Childbirth
    Rekindling Romance in Five Minutes or Less
    Rekindling Romance in Five Minutes or Less The key to keeping the flames burning is keeping romance alive. Now that you have your attention more divided because you're a mommy, you're going to have to adapt. Don't panic, mommies are good at ad...
  • Postpartum Exercising
    Postpartum Exercise
    Postpartum: Starting to Exercise Again
    Postpartum: Starting to Exercise Again Starting a moderate exercise program during the postpartum months is beneficial in many ways. Regular exercise improves immune function and increases the production of antioxidant substances in the body. It ...
  • Healing from a Difficult Delivery
    Recovery
    Birth Trauma
    Birth Trauma Someone may try to tell you that a negative birth experience won't affect you after it's over. The sad fact is that you can have such a horrible birth experience that it leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or birth traum...
  • Postpartum Intimacy
    Sex After Childbirth
    How to Enjoy Romance After Having Kids
    How to Enjoy Romance After Having Kids Couples start having problems in their sex lives when the job of raising the children becomes so overwhelming that there is no time to be alone and no energy, even if you find the time. Or when one of you s...
  • Pregnancy
    Sex After Childbirth
    Getting Your Sex Life Back After Having a Baby
    Getting Your Sex Life Back After Having a Baby About six weeks after the birth of your baby you'll be scheduled for a routine follow-up visit to your obstetrician. He wants to make sure everything has gone back to where it was before you had the...
  • Pregnancy
    Recovery
    Your Six-week Checkup
    In the first couple of months following the birth of their baby, the majority of women don't experience any major health concerns and will revert back to their prepregnant health status. However, it's good practice to have a general assessment to...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
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  • Obstacles to Postpartum Intimacy
    Sex After Childbirth
    Intimacy After Childbirth
    Intimacy After Childbirth Don't be surprised if you don't feel as romantic as ever following the birth of your baby. An array of physical, emotional, and logistical factors may have dulled your sexual appetites somewhat. These are just some of t...
  • Postpartum Exercising
    Postpartum Exercise
    Postpartum: Starting to Exercise Again
    Postpartum: Starting to Exercise Again Starting a moderate exercise program during the postpartum months is beneficial in many ways. Regular exercise improves immune function and increases the production of antioxidant substances in the body. It ...
  • Baby Meal Preparation Schedule for Parents
    Postpartum Diet
    Postpartum Food Preparation: Practical Matters
    Postpartum Food Preparation: Practical Matters Once you are through the first couple of weeks postpartum, you will be establishing the rhythm of life with your new baby. If you have not already done so, now is the time for you and your partner to...
  • Postpartum Workout Plans
    Postpartum Exercise
    Fitness and Physical Activity After Childbirth
    Fitness and Physical Activity After ChildbirthAfter childbirth, your body needs about six weeks to return to its normal anatomy and physiology. Most precautions at this time are to protect the uterus; it is still enlarged and healing, and the ce...
  • Nutrition During and After Pregnancy
    Postpartum Diet
    Your Pregnancy Diet: How Did You Do?
    Your Pregnancy Diet: How Did You Do? Some women go overboard during pregnancy, eating as much as they like of whatever they like. These are the women who say, "It's fine for me to eat this entire jumbo-sized chocolate bar – I'm craving it, so my...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Breastfeeding Diet
    Breastfeeding Diet and Health Basics
    Breastfeeding Diet and Health BasicsTime Out for Mom With all that you have to do in a day, it's easy to see why you put taking care of yourself at the bottom of the list. Yet, ignoring your needs is actually counterproductive, especially for nur...
  • Postpartum Nutrition
    Postpartum Diet
    The Basic Postpartum Diet
    The Basic Postpartum Diet The basic postpartum diet is a simple but healthy and wholesome one. It can best be summed up by the following guidelines:Eat foods that supply your body with essential fatty acids, like fresh salmon, nuts, and seeds. Ea...
  • What to Expect in the First 12 Hours After You Deliver
    Recovery
    Meeting Your Baby and Recovering: The First 12 Hours
    Of course your experiences will depend on your labor and birth and local procedures, but here is what usually occurs in your first 12 hours after birth.1-2 hoursAs long as he is well, your baby can be placed in your arms, and you can cuddle him a...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • Postpartum Workout Plans
    Postpartum Exercise
    Fitness and Physical Activity After Childbirth
    Fitness and Physical Activity After ChildbirthAfter childbirth, your body needs about six weeks to return to its normal anatomy and physiology. Most precautions at this time are to protect the uterus; it is still enlarged and healing, and the ce...