Posts tagged: Issues

  • How Real Moms Managed the End of Maternity Leave

    How Real Moms Managed the End of Maternity Leave
    You've made it through pregnancy, given birth, mastered diaper changes and swaddling, and adjusted to life on way less sleep — but now you're heading for yet another challenge: the end of maternity leave. There's no right or wrong way to feel about returning to work. Maybe you're excited to get back to your routine, catch up with your co-workers, and finally have a reason to put on real pants again. Maybe you're devastated to be away from your baby and anxious about how you'll juggle all the responsibilities of...

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  • Yes, You CAN Handle a Newborn When You Live Far From Family!

    Yes, You CAN Handle a Newborn When You Live Far From Family!
    It takes a village to raise a child. We've all heard the old saying, and it exists for a pretty good reason. Parenting is hard, and we all need some help from time to time, especially in those early days. If you're expecting and live far away from all your family members and in-laws, you're probably (and rightfully) nervous about how you'll make it work. But while parenting away from your family is tough, it's not impossible! Here are a few tips to help make the new mom thing feel...

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  • Can You Have Postpartum Depression After a Miscarriage?

    Can You Have Postpartum Depression After a Miscarriage?
    There's really no other way to say it—miscarriages are brutal on every level. They usher in a devastating feeling of loss, but they can also be tough on the body. Pregnancy hormones often continue to float around the body after the pregnancy ends, which can mess with your mood. And in some cases, that hormonal shift may even trigger postpartum depression (PPD). We turned to Erica Hornthal, a Chicago-based clinical counselor, who weighed in on the ways PPD can present itself after a miscarriage and treatment options for those suffering....

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  • Stay at Home or Return to Work? 5 Questions to Ask Before Deciding

    Stay at Home or Return to Work? 5 Questions to Ask Before Deciding
    If you're facing impending parenthood, you're likely weighing a lot of tricky choices. From 'which stroller is best for my family?' to 'home birth or hospital birth?', there's a LOT to think about before your family expands...and while pregnancy can feel like a long process, the end comes at you faster than you'd think!One of the biggest questions expectant parents deal with is the whole issue of childcare...you can choose between enrolling your little one in daycare or hiring a nanny...or you (or your partner!) could opt to stay home...

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  • What Being Pregnant With a Rainbow Baby Really Feels Like

    What Being Pregnant With a Rainbow Baby Really Feels Like
    There's an entire movement around pregnancy and infant loss these days, and one of the biggest things to come out of it is a term: 'Rainbow baby' refers to a child born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death. Being pregnant after a loss can be an emotionally loaded experience — and it's something hard to understand unless you've been through it yourself. Some moms feel even more fearful throughout subsequent pregnancies, which is a completely understandable thing when you consider what they've experienced. Many moms are filled with an...

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  • 5 Ways to Practice Self-Care After a Miscarriage

    5 Ways to Practice Self-Care After a Miscarriage
    Let's be honest, there’s really no way to totally shut off the pain of going through a miscarriage. It’s a physical and emotional ordeal that’s far heavier than anyone would guess – and the isolation that sets in when you feel like no one seems to grasp what you’re going through can only add to that. That’s why self-care is so crucial in the wake of a miscarriage: Taking some time to nurture your mental, emotional, and physical well-being can help you heal. Every woman’s approach to post-miscarriage self-care will...

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  • Experiencing Gender Disappointment? You're Not Alone

    Experiencing Gender Disappointment? You're Not Alone
    Hilary Duff — who is expecting baby number two — recently admitted she was 'so nervous' her second child would be a baby boy (she's already mama to a six-year-old son, Luca). You can probably guess what happened next (hint: The actress found herself under fire via Internet comments for having a gender preference).Hilary was thrilled to learn her second child would be a girl, but not all of us have that experience. More recently, Khloé Kardashian admitted she had wished for a baby boy — but that upon meeting...

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