The Important Truth About Postpartum Depression: You Might Not Recognize It Right Away

The Important Truth About Postpartum Depression: You Might Not Recognize It Right Away

As with so many women who experience PPD, Jess’s story is complicated. She didn’t have it with her first child, Sarah, and the signs and symptoms with her second child, Joseph, didn’t appear until close to a year later. What’s more, the symptoms that typically describe PPD didn’t quite match what she was going through.

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The Personal is Political: On Writing About the Body

The Personal is Political: On Writing About the Body

As long as women are giving birth, the need to support postpartum moms remains. We’re far from ensuring that support, and in the past few years it seems as though access to comprehensive women’s health is increasingly threatened.  

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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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