Postpartum

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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When to See Your Doctor After Childbirth

Some new parents seem to be back on their feet in no time at all after birth, while others require a longer rest period. And even though many first-time parents take childbirth classes, most don’t have a whole lot of information about what to expect regarding recovery during the postpartum period. There are some signs and symptoms that might seem “normal” during this postpartum adjustment period that may actually be related to more serious health concerns.

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A Parent’s Guide to the NICU

A NICU is a neonatal intensive care unit, which is a hospital unit for sick newborns. Babies who are admitted to NICUs include those who are born prematurely (before 37 weeks’ gestation), have surgical conditions, birth defects, genetic syndromes, metabolic problems, and/or any other unexpected complications that arise during the newborn period, such as sepsis (infection), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), or severe hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice). Learn about the different levels of the NICU, the professionals who take care of the patients and their families, and how the babies are cared for in this helpful guide for parents.

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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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Postpartum Exercise Tips for New Moms

Ready to return to fitness after having a baby? Dr. Samantha Spencer shares how to ease back in safely, and what symptoms to keep an eye out for. In general, it's recommended for new moms to wait about 6-8 weeks postpartum to allow early healing to take place, and then to gradually build back up to their desired intensity. 

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C-Section Scar Care and Treatment Guide

Over 30% of births are cesarean deliveries. So even though they're fairly common and generally safe, unlike a vaginal delivery, they are still a major surgical procedure. Here are some tips on how to take care of your c-section incision and care for your scar. 

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Your Guide to Intimacy and Sex After Birth

Sex is a significant part of our intimate relationships, and you might be wondering how all of this works after having a baby. Will it hurt? Will I even want to? Will it feel different for my partner? What will happen to our relationship? Here's what you can expect, as well as some expert advice on intimacy and sex after birth. 

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Maintaining Pelvic Health Postpartum

Carrying and birthing a baby affects the pelvic floor and its functions. Here are some of the things many moms experience, and ways to treat or improve any symptoms you may experience during postpartum. 

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How to Manage Postpartum Incontinence

Trampolines. Belly laughs with a friend. Allergy season. Jumping jacks. 

What do all these things have in common? They place a large amount of stress on the pelvic floor, and many postpartum women report leaking urine with these activities. 

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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Being aware of all types of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) along with their risk factors is essential to new and expecting mothers. Expecting women should discuss these risk factors with their OB/GYN and formulate a tentative plan prior to childbirth.

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