Postpartum

The Essentials Guide to Meals for New Parents

 | November 27, 2018 | Posted by:

I don’t know about you, but it seems like most of the women I know are either pregnant or have just had a baby. Along with diapers and wipes, I don’t know of a more meaningful show of love than to bring a meal to those new parents.

There are a few guidelines that I try to follow, though, especially for nursing moms. I try to be mindful because that sweet babe has never had to digest his mama’s milk before. Whatever mom eats, baby eats.

Winter is a fabulous time to take food to new parents because it’s soup season. One-pot meals are my fave, and are especially wonderful when taking to another family. Plus, you can load up on veggies and broth that add much-needed nutrients.

Don’t forget to add instructions for baking or heating. Those postpartum hormones are no joke, and every little bit of brain cells we can save our sleep-deprived friends is a help.

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How to Tell That Your Breastfed Baby is Thriving

 | September 14, 2018 | Posted by:

At first thought, breastfeeding seems like it should be a breeze; the most natural thing in the world. After Baby is born, you might find that it’s a more time consuming job than you thought it would be.

It can seem irritating at times to have to nurse so frequently (little tummies only hold a little milk!), but it can be an unforeseen gift in giving you the time you need to sit down and rest.

Breastfeeding is possibly the first way we second guess ourselves as new moms; wondering if Baby is getting enough. Each baby is different, with needs as unique as they are. Some babies will take forever to get their fill. Others will eat quickly and be done. Take each one as they come, embracing the differences.

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3 Popular Nursing Bras

 | August 20, 2018 | Posted by:

Are you planning to breastfeed your baby? It’s amazing how much time is spent nursing. Hours a day (and night)! 

With that in mind, we’re providing you with some mom tested favorites. 

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8 Ways Breastfeeding Helps Your Overall Health

 | March 21, 2018 | Posted by:

We all know that breastfeeding is great for a healthy baby, and that is often incentive enough to take a year or two (or more!!) to nurse your child.

There are many ways that breastfeeding boosts the overall health for you as a woman, also. Dr. Sears has a lot to say on this subject (you can find that here), and much of this article is taken from his excellent research.

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Life Hacks: Postpartum Edition

 | October 14, 2017 | Posted by:

Those first few months of transitioning back to normal life after the birth of your baby can be stretching, to say the least.

Whether it’s your first baby or your tenth everyone can stand to be reminded of creative ways to make the transition easier. Here are a few to consider.

Say no to extras.

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Postpartum Body Image

 | August 17, 2017 | Posted by:

We all know how negative body image affects us as women every day. When you’ve just given birth to a baby (and all the “extras” inside that kept that baby alive for the last 9 months) it can be hard to overcome the subliminal message that you should be back to “normal” in a month.

Leaky boobs, extra skin, lack of sleep, and delightful hormones can distract us from the truth that our bodies were wonderfully designed to sustain life.

To remind you of the wonder of the female body, here are some fun facts that I gathered.

 

  • A woman’s uterus will expand about 500 times its original size during pregnancy.
  • A pregnant woman grows an entirely new organ during pregnancy, the placenta. It acts not only as a protective barrier, but also as an endocrine organ by releasing hormones, such as hCG, estrogen, and progesterone. The placenta is the only transient organ in the human body.
  • By the 20th week of pregnancy, a woman has 50% more blood than she did before conception. Her heart enlarges to accommodate the increase in blood volume.
  • The force inside a woman’s uterus during a contraction is 397 pounds of pressure per square foot.

And just because I love you, here’s this little tidbit of information……

  • During the second half of pregnancy, the fetus will begin to pee about a liter a day. The fetus swallows most of it.

There’s more where these came from….you can check out some even more fabulous facts right here. 

 

Bottom line, ladies…….

You are beautiful. You are uniquely designed with a purpose. And most importantly……you are a mommy.


7 Tips for Returning to Work After Baby

 | July 5, 2017 | Posted by:

If you are joining millions of other new moms who are heading back to work after their maternity leave, read on for some helpful tips.

 

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Your body and brain have undergone huge changes in the past year. Don’t expect to figure everything out in a week. Give yourself permission to find systems that work for you; even if that means failing along the way.

Meal planning. Whether it’s for a week, two weeks, or month at a time it’s worth it to sit down and make a plan. You don’t have to assign meals to certain nights. Just having a list of meals that you have ingredients for takes the pressure off. You can find some helpful tips here.

Have a stocked freezer for backup meals. There will be nights when you have frozen pizza for dinner. That’s okay. Keep easy meals stocked in your freezer for the nights when something unexpected happens (…..like colic) or you’re running low on energy.

Shop online for groceries. All the major grocery stores have curbside pickup. Take advantage! You don’t even have to get out of your car. And they have flexible hours so you can stop by on your way home from work if you have to!

The crockpot/instant pot is your friend. Take advantage of these wonderful appliances. Have a frozen already-cooked rotisserie chicken in your freezer? Throw it in the instant pot for 30 minutes to and hour and you have dinner! In the mood for some soup? Throw your ingredients in the crockpot before you leave for work and voila! You have dinner!

Meal prep for lunches. If you have a day that is slower paced, why not use an hour to put together lunches for the week? Store them in bento boxes so they’ll be easy to grab as you run out the door. It’s one less thing you have to worry about in your already-rushed morning.

Find time for yourself. Whether it’s a bath at the end of the day, getting a mani/pedi, reading a good book, or working out – find time for yourself.

What are your tips for new moms returning to work?

 


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