Where We Learn About Postpartum: Our Foundations

Where For many women, postpartum isn’t a thought until she’s in the depths of it- wondering what the hell she is doing wrong and why she feels so isolated. For many, postpartum is still an ambiguous term that may refer to the length of maternity leave or how long it takes the body to “bounce back.” In an age of independence and the loss of “village” living, women are missing the spaces to see pregnancy, birth and postpartum in real life.

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Postpartum Body Image Shirt

Positive body image can be hard for women, especially in postpartum. This shirt and message is a reminder that we are more than a number on the scale. Postpartum bodies are beautiful at all sizes. Your worth is not measured in pounds. Saying shirt for encouraging women.

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Resources Every Postpartum Woman Needs to Know About

Postpartum resources every mom should know about. Resources for postpartum body, postpartum mental health, mindfulness for new moms and more.

It can be a struggle to find helpful postpartum resources. The American society seems to be obsessed with how quickly things can “return to normal” and make it look like transitions and changes are minimal with the addition of a new baby and a family dynamic shift. With quick google searches you can find all the info about baby, but all too often it feels like mom is overlooked.

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The Postpartum Story: Why and How We Need to Change the Narrative

Postpartum means the period of time after giving birth… but then what? Women deserve to have a better view and more stories about postpartum. Women have been made to believe there are things they should accomplish right after giving birth. The loss of a village puts even more pressure on women to do these things alone. We need to shift the narrative to include more stories and less mom comparison.

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Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: Stories from Moms

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety are common, but they aren’t commonly talked about. Nearly 1 in 5 women struggle with postpartum mental health. The 5 brave women open up about their experiences so that you don’t have to feel alone in yours. There are signs and there is help.

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Tips for Communicating Postpartum to Your Partner

Need some ways to help your partner understand YOU in your postpartum?

When we talk about postpartum, people often assume it can be boiled down to postpartum sex, postpartum depression and your postpartum body. Yes, these are factors, but there are MANY MORE. Helping our partners to understand the wide array of transitions we are experiencing, AND normalizing the reality that postpartum is more than just 6-12 weeks, we can have less misunderstandings and resentment and more of a team approach to this new way of family.

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Emotional Stages of Postpartum

In this time there are a number of factors contributing to our emotional response- each valid and each with a place in our transition. Again, these are not something to be ashamed of. They are wired in us for a reason and they can shine a light on areas we need to give attention. Tuning into these emotions, through different stages of postpartum, can help us to be mindful and intentional in our postpartum time and give us the prompts we need to take proactive steps in our own healing.

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Mobility Saved My Pumping Journey

When new moms ask me how to successfully breast pump for an extended time, my top answer is mobility. Being tied to the wall and having time “sucked” out of me quickly started to make me feel discouraged and resentful. Pumping felt like a full-time job and I struggled thinking about what I was missing out on by being tied to the pump. The shift to mobile pumping not only was a physical shift but a mental and emotional one too.

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This is STILL Postpartum

Someone somewhere decided to put a time frame on postpartum and it seemed to stick. Maybe we need a new name for the six week-twoish years after a baby, but maybe we could just stop putting the pressure on ourselves and others and ground in the truth that this is STILL postpartum and we are allowed to STILL be changing, unsure, growing and figuring out a new “normal.”

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May I Be A Mom Who Remembers

Parenting young children is much different from parenting older, this was starkly obvious to me in these moments of internal and external tension. My children, they needed me more. They needed my guidance to explore their independence. They needed my attentiveness to keep them safe, fed, and without a tummy ache from too much chocolate. They needed my conversations to be brief and often interrupted. They needed my body to be more mobile and in sync with their own. They needed me and my energy constantly. They needed my patience to be higher than what is humanly available without some serious intention.

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As You Go Into Surgery: A Letter to my Daughter

You won’t remember this day. The day of your open heart surgery to repair your congenital heart defect (Tetralogy of Fallot.) You won’t remember the details of being wheeled off, eased into anesthesia, opened, repaired and stitched back up. You won’t remember the details or the feelings but you will carry with you the strength you’re gathering in this season. You’ll carry with you your ability to see a challenge and rise above it. You’ll carry with you the focus on the most important things in life- because you know from an early age that it’s not something to take lightly.

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Parenting: 5 Ways to Be on the Same Team

Parenting together can be challenging, even if you’re madly in love with your partner. No one in their right mind will tell you that parenting is a breeze. It takes teamwork and understanding different parenting styles. On top of that, we know that doing this new, messy, and overwhelming journey while trying to keep clear and positive communication with a partner can be… well… challenging. There are, though, ways to be on the same team in parenting and improve communication and collaboration. Read more for 5 tips to be on the same team with your partner in parenting.

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Sex After Baby: What’s Holding Moms Back?

Sex after baby has been taboo- so when it doesn’t go well, women (and men) feel alone and like something has failed. You haven’t failed. If postpartum sex is scary or painful or just isn’t happening… you’re not alone. When surveyed, an large number of women shared that on the first attempt at having sex after giving birth, they cried. To bring some light and normalization, I recently took to the trusty Instagram to survey this hot topic. You’ll read what other moms say prohibit them from engaging in sex, how they described sex after baby, and some tips and ideas for making it happen and enjoying it again.

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