By Krista Harper, LMFT
Seven weeks postpartum, [and] still looking three months pregnant. There is no bounce-back [after baby], it’s all onwards and upwards… I especially want the new mamas out there to hear that, because we see so much of how glossy motherhood can be and not enough of how real 3D life is always complicated (and better for it). Your experience will be just right for you. Prepare to be amazed by some things and horrified by others. Motherhood is as complex and wonderful as the woman.
Daphne Oz on her postpartum body
By Dr. Kelly Mothner
My husband and I have always loved traveling and adventures. Though our opportunities to travel became somewhat limited, first by graduate school and then by work obligations, we still made it a priority. We found it wasn’t only something that satisfied our personal desire to see new places and explore unknown terrain, but it also nourished and rejuvenated our relationship.
This, however, was before we had our (now 18-month-old) son. Our love of travel and adventure did not dissipate in the slightest, yet having our son put that passion on the back burner. …
By Kim Kriesel- MSC, NCC, LAC
Once upon a time there was a woman who got pregnant the first time she tried to conceive. She enjoyed nine blissful months of a picture-perfect pregnancy. Just days after her delivery, she bounced back to fit into a size 2. The woman remained well-rested and she lived happily ever after. The end.
In my opinion, it really does need to be the end — the end of motherhood myths!
We are trying to conceive and parent in a whacky time where Photoshop and inflated news stories are our windows into reality. Before our…
By Ariel Weeks-Raventos
Losing a baby is one of the worst roller coaster rides in the human experience.
Tragically, 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in a loss. From early to later term–surviving pregnancy loss is also a death to a future you had with your baby.
After my daughter, Sydney Marie, was stillborn, navigating my life in a “new normal” was devastating. Thankfully, we had friends and family who wrapped us up with warmth and love. A few were too uncomfortable with our grief and disappeared. It takes strength to support someone grieving.
Here are some tools to support…
By Vanessa Bever
There are many ways to become the recipient of unsolicited advice.
You might be casually describing a frustrating situation you experienced with your child to a friend. Instead of being met with the empathy and understanding you’re expecting, you are met with unwanted advice. Or maybe you are just going about your business, caretaking for your child in a public setting–when out of nowhere, someone you’ve never met gives you “tips” you never asked for.
These are just examples of situations that we will all encounter at one time or another.
When we are put into socially…
By: Katie Marks-Cogan, M.D.
As a board-certified allergist, I’ve seen firsthand how food allergies can be inconvenient, costly and in some cases, life-threatening. Thankfully, findings from recent landmark studies have opened our eyes to new ways of thinking about allergy prevention in children. These studies showed that a baby’s risk of developing common food allergies can be reduced by up to 80% through early and frequent exposure to allergenic foods, starting at around 4–6 months of age.
So when my son David was 5 months old, I prepared a week’s worth of egg, peanut, and yogurt snacks every Sunday night…
By Kimberly Denitz-Zuleger
From the moment you share with the world that you are pregnant, you are inundated with information on how to care for your baby or what to do in labor.
“Definitely get that epidural,” says the stranger in the Target line.
“Don’t forget to sleep while you can,” your aunt says.
Just about everything you can imagine will be thrown at you, from pacifiers to co-sleeping, whether you want the advice or not.
With that said, here’s an interesting truth that many of my doula clients share with me: almost no one offers advice on how to…
Have you ever asked yourself any of the following questions:
As a mom of a six-month old, I have personally asked myself these questions. As a therapist, I know all these questions are common for moms.
As time passes, motherhood can consume so much of your life that you begin to neglect your needs to ensure that everyone else is taken care of. Sound familiar?
To decrease the likelihood of motherhood burnout…
By Caitlin Green-Cheney
What is Matrescence?
A few years into my motherhood journey, I came face-to-face with a word that changed my life. Ok, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but let’s be real…drama is a pretty normal side effect of prolonged sleep deprivation and that’s the stage of life I’m in!
The life-changing word?
Matrescence (pronounced ma tres ens).
The definition: the process of a woman becoming a mother.
Finally! I had a word for this crazy, disorienting, moody, transformational identity shift that was intensely happening to me.
By Parijat Deshpande
Most of us are familiar with the notion that stress is not good for our health. Some are familiar with the idea that stress is not good for health during pregnancy, specifically. Exactly how and why is often unknown and unfamiliar. The information is not readily accessible to women and, what’s worse, many providers are unfamiliar with the data and are unable to educate women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant about the realities of stress and reproductive health.