When Scars from Childbirth Scar Us

When Scars from Childbirth Scar Us

Sometimes childbirth scars us, physically and emotionally.

These two kinds of scars seem inseparable from one another.

For me, I didn’t know which one came first, but I did know that as long as my physical issues remained I suffered emotionally.

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Pumping at Work? Yeah, It Ain't Easy. Real Moms Share Their Pump-At-Work Wins and Fails.

Pumping at Work? Yeah, It Ain't Easy. Real Moms Share Their Pump-At-Work Wins and Fails.

If you've ever pumped at work, you'll probably be able to relate to these mamas keepin’ it real and sharing their pump-at-work stories. Even if you haven’t, it’s worth appreciating that commitment ‘cause it sure doesn’t sound easy.

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Work. Pump. Repeat. This One’s for My Work-In-Office Mamas

Work. Pump. Repeat. This One’s for My Work-In-Office Mamas

Pump-at-work mamas. You get extra kudos on this Labor Day. Why? Because pumping is damn laborious. Doing it at the office is at best, awkward. At worst, it solicits hostility.

Regardless of where you pump, it's labor-intensive. All those plastic parts. The sanitizing. Finding a plug. Hooking your boobs up to a mechanical suction. The careful transferring of expressed milk from container to cooler or bag. The whoosh, whoosh, whooshing.

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Seeing a Pelvic Physical Therapist After Giving Birth Should be Our “New Normal”

Seeing a Pelvic Physical Therapist After Giving Birth Should be Our “New Normal”

Going to a physical therapist (PT) after pregnancy and childbirth isn’t standardized care in America, but it absolutely should be.I sat down with three therapists at Body Connect Health & Wellness (where I get treatment) to learn more about why every mom should check in with a pelvic PT at least once after childbirth.

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How Postpartum Planning Is an Act of Self-Care

There was once a time when a woman who just gave birth was encouraged and expected to do little else than rest, recover, and nurse the baby. This was called lying in—a time for mother and infant to convalescence for the days and weeks after childbirth.

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Find Your Postpartum Inner Unit: Q&A With Janna Young

Find Your Postpartum Inner Unit: Q&A With Janna Young

Pregnancy and childbirth really changes our bodies. We literally move in different ways due to our center of gravity shifting, then it suddenly shifts again after the baby is out. For many of us, adjusting to these physical changes affects more than just our bodies.

Engaging your inner unit can help ground us physically and emotionally.

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4 Postpartum Poses to Ease Back into Exercise

4 Postpartum Poses to Ease Back into Exercise

Doctors might give us the green light to exercise 4-6 weeks postpartum, but that often feels too soon. Parts are still jiggling, joints feel loose, muscles chronically ache, and fatigue is overwhelming.

It might take some time to work up to an exercise routine. But there’s a lot we can do to gently wake up some of our muscles. We can gradually and deliberately ease ourselves back into physical activities with these four Pilates exercises that engage our inner unit. 

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