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Due Date Club of July 2014

Another Midwife Appointment 40 + 2

Well on the upside I have started to dilate this week, 1-2cm so yeah. She was able to get a stretch...

Due Date Club of September 2014

Had my ob appointment

Okay so 2 weeks ago I had a growth ultrasound which put me at 36w2d and baby weighing 6lbs. My OB sa...

Due Date Club of September 2014

The Official Unofficial Birth Plan

I met with the surgeon for my c-section today. I'm kindof nervous and a little excited now!! I asked...

Due Date Club of September 2014

leg cramps! OWCH

I got my first charlie horse so far this pregnancy this morning!!!! Owww I forgot how much these hur...

Due Date Club of September 2014

What the heck?

So I'm suppose to have a repeat c-section. I just switched OBs, and at both places they said they wo...

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7 Tips for Tightening Loose Skin After Pregnancy

You've just had a baby. You thought your tummy would be back to normal by your 6-week postpartum checkup, but instead you have loose skin and belly flab. How do you get your tummy back in shape and get rid of the loose skin where you tummy used to be? Follow our tips to help you tighten up your tummy. Lose weight slowly. » Read more

New Babies Affect Daddies' Sex Drive Too

By JustMommies

According to a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, moms are not the only ones struggling with low sex drive after childbirth. Live Science reports that dads are also affected by the birth of a new baby in much the same way as moms. » Read more

You Had an Epidural, So What? 10 Steps to Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Getting Over It

Childbirth is hard. Perhaps your “birth plan” didn’t go as planned, or, you changed your opinion of the choices you made after the fact. Either way, for some moms, the choice to get an epidural can cause regret and guilt, whether it is warranted or not. » Read more

Placenta Encapsulation: Instructions, Benefits, and Reasons to Give it a Try

You may have heard of placentophagia (or eating the placenta) thanks to celebrities like Tom Cruise, who in 2006 reportedly planned to consume his partner Katie Holmes' placenta, and more recently, January Jones, who told People that she took vitamins and placenta capsules after giving birth to give her energy.  What’s the reason for this trend and why on earth would any » Read more

Postpartum Care

Giving birth to a new baby is one of the most beautiful moments in a woman's life, but it's almost one of the most traumatic natural occurrences that her body can go through. You'll be monitored closely by your doctor, nurses or midwife in the initial postpartum phase, to make sure there are no complications. » Read more

Your Period after Childbirth: What to Expect after Baby

You've had a baby (congratulations!), you're settling into a schedule of sorts, you're getting to know the new member of the family, and you're learning about and getting used to your new and changing body. After postpartum bleeding (lochia) slows and then stops, all new moms begin to wonder, "When will I get my period? What will it be like? » Read more

Your Body after Baby: What to Expect

If you’re like most new mothers, you may wonder how long it will take to get your body back to what it was before baby. Will the effects of pregnancy be long-lasting or just temporary? » Read more

Post-Baby Weight Loss Tips

Many new moms, relieved to shed their maternity clothes, are also looking to shed some pounds after giving birth. Luckily, you’ll find there is no big secret to losing weight after pregnancy. It takes a loving spoonful of patience, along with three things our doctors often recommend—eat right, exercise, and get adequate sleep (if you can). » Read more

What to Expect After Labor: 7 Things Nobody Told You

While plenty of books (and strangers on the street) are ready to tell you all of the (sometimes horrifying) details of what you can expect before or during childbirth, there are seldom to fill you in on some of the strange (and sometimes exciting) things you can expect after labor. Here are seven realities for better or worse that you may face after giving birth.

Signs of Postpartum Depression

Irritability, tearfulness, and mood swings are very common after giving birth. Up to 80% of women experience some form of the “baby blues” postpartum. While the baby blues are common they should resolve within a week or two. Prolonged depression is not so common and may be a sign that you are suffering from postpartum depression.