4th Trimester

What is the 4th Trimester?

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 Although the 4th trimester is generally considered to be the 12-week period after giving birth, the length varies between cultures. It can last anywhere from 9 days to 12 months. In the United States, the end of the 4th trimester is frequently marked by the 6-week postpartum check up. The visit is usually quick, leaving little time to talk to your provider about how you are feeling and what concerns you have. Depending on your particular childbirth experience, you may find 6-12 weeks is not enough for your needs. Let’s take a look at the challenges of the 4th trimester.

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Essential Tips for Birth and Breastfeeding

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Being pregnant and becoming a new mother is an exciting time that is often filled with questions and decisions you will need to make. What can you do to be as prepared as possible for birth and meeting your lactation goals? Let's take a look at some essential tips for birth and breastfeeding. 

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What I Wish I Knew About Postpartum Recovery

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Most moms spend time preparing for birth and the newborn that comes with it. But what about our own recovery? We know the early weeks of postpartum recovery will be difficult, but are we really prepared for the long haul? Real moms share what they really wish they'd known about postpartum recovery before birth.

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What to Know About Birth, Breastfeeding, and Your Period

After almost a year without a period, you might be wondering when Aunt Flo is going to drop in. Will she call ahead and let you know she’s coming, or will she just show up unannounced? Will your usual tampon/pad/cup routine do the trick, or should you stock up on something different? From cramps to cups, things might be different after pregnancy and birth. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions about postpartum periods and offer a few solutions along the way.

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Breastfeeding After a C-Section: What Positions to Know

Everyone's breastfeeding experience is different. And there is no “one size fits all” guide, especially after having a cesarean section! But trying out different positions is essential to finding what's most comfortable for you and your baby and setting you up for breastfeeding success. Here are six IBCLC approved breastfeeding positions we recommend for c-section mamas!

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Part 2: The First Week of Breastfeeding

The first week of breastfeeding contains many of the biggest pitfalls for moms, but if you approach it confidently and with supportive helpers, you can make great strides toward breastfeeding success.

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September is Yoga Awareness Month!

September is Yoga Awareness Month, making it the perfect time for breastfeeding women to give yoga a try. Daily yoga can help reduce stress and help you gain strength and flexibility. Even when you are breastfeeding, yoga can be an amazing source of exercise and relaxation during this busy time of your life!

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Preparing for Maternity Leave

There are many stressors that come along with pregnancy and motherhood. Maternity leave is one of them. Here are a few helpful hints to make transitioning to and returning from maternity leave simple.

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