June 11, 2019
After pregnancy, I was so looking forward to getting back to my favorite foods and carefree ways. However, the concern over what is safe during pregnancy was quickly replaced by another concern, what is safe for breastfeeding.
June 4, 2019
Last week, we talked about how most of the advice on recovering from childbirth assumes an “average” birth, which can be frustrating for everyone who doesn’t happen to be average (which is most people, btw). This week we’re going to talk about how a perineal tear or episiotomy might affect your recovery.
May 27, 2019
One of the problems we’re trying to fix at MamaMend is that so much of the advice and info about the postpartum period is generic and aimed at the “average” mom. This is particularly true when talking about the first month or two and recovering from delivery.
May 21, 2019
Sleepless nights, always worrying about how your baby is doing, and feeling like you just can’t relax. That all sounds normal for new parents. And it is… until it isn’t. Perinatal anxiety and panic disorders are very common, with prevalence estimates as high as 20% for postpartum anxiety.
May 14, 2019
Still feeling like you just had the baby? If you’re not quite ready for another yet, you have some options to consider for how to prevent that from happening.
May 7, 2019
Mummy tummy. Sure, it’s a cute name, but when it happens to you, it doesn’t feel very cute. We’re talking about the postpartum pooch, when your stomach sticks out farther than it used it before pregnancy. You might look 4-5 months pregnant for months, or even years, after giving birth (it’s so fun being asked “when are you due” around 6 months postpartum).
April 30, 2019
Swelling in legs, ankles, and feet is very common during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester and in the summertime. After you give birth, sometimes that swelling takes a while to go down. So when is it cause for concern? And what can you do to help bring the swelling down?
April 23, 2019
One very common experience after pregnancy is dry, itchy skin. Sometimes, it’s a symptom of an underlying medical issue. But usually, it’s just super annoying, and unfortunately a lot of the advice is just “drink more water and use moisturizer.” So how do you know if it’s normal or not?
April 16, 2019
There are a ton of factors that might go into this decision, including logistics, emotional readiness, your own experiences, and more. All of these considerations need to be taken into account, which means that the best time to get pregnant again might differ from person to person. However, medically speaking, there is a generally recommended time to wait between pregnancies.
April 9, 2019
For many, breastfeeding is not as easy and natural as it’s made out to be. It can be painful and challenging, and there are a number of potential complications. One of the most common breastfeeding complications is plugged milk ducts.
April 2, 2019
There comes a point when every breastfeeding mom stops breastfeeding, or weans the baby off the breast. Sometimes the choice is made for you and sometimes you’re just ready.
March 26, 2019
Goodbye, beautiful pregnancy hair!
March 19, 2019
The first time I heard the name “PMADs” was in a training program through Postpartum Support International (would highly recommend for any professionals that work with new moms) last September. I knew about postpartum depression from all the books and apps and classes that I could find when I was pregnant with my first kiddo. I learned about postpartum anxiety after my second was born, just over 2 years later. But it wasn’t until the PSI class, that I learned that there was a whole family of disorders that affect new mothers (and fathers) and a new name to describe them.
March 12, 2019
Thanks to Serena Williams sharing her shocking near-death experience after giving birth, a spotlight is starting to shine on the rising maternal mortality in the US and the top causes of maternal death, including pulmonary embolisms like hers. So what is a pulmonary embolism? It’s when there’s a blood clot in the lungs. Scary, right? No wonder it’s the leading cause of maternal death in the UK & Norway, and one of the top causes in the US and Australia.
March 5, 2019
You know how there are a bunch of random conditions that come up during pregnancy and postpartum that no one talks about? I personally did not crave pickles once during either pregnancy, but how come no one warned me about the nosebleeds? Well, today we’re going to talk about another one of those random things that can happen after having a baby. It’s called De Quervain's tenosynovitis and not-so-lovingly referred to as "mommy thumb" or "baby wrist."
February 26, 2019
February is Hypothyroidism Awareness Month (probably better known for being Black History Month, but don't forget about Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month and National Grapefruit Month), so we'll take this opportunity to talk about your thyroid. Your thyroid is the small gland in the base of your neck that produces thyroid hormones known as T3 and T4. These hormones help control your metabolism. Why is this relevant to new moms? We’ll get there, stay with me.
February 19, 2019
I had never heard of a pelvic floor before pregnancy. Luckily I went to a prenatal yoga class during my first pregnancy in order to make some mom friends and discovered the term. I didn’t know why it was important or what pelvic floor injuries were, but at least I had some vague idea of what it was.
February 12, 2019
You hear the word "postpartum" all the time during pregnancy and after you have a baby. But doesn’t it seem like it means something different to everyone? Some people use it as a nickname for postpartum depression (as in “I know someone who has postpartum”), but that’s pretty confusing since postpartum has its own meaning.