So there they were. My pre-pregnancy skinny jeans. So soft. So cute. Like memory foam pillows designed to fit my body, my curves, my booty, ahhhhhh! I put them against my new post-pregnancy body. One thigh could have fit the entire pair!
Experiencing burnout as a parent, especially a mother, is not at all unusual! Nonetheless, many of us are not quite sure how to recognize the symptoms. And even more than that, we often find ourselves in the situation of not knowing how to get out of this state!
Stillbirth is generally defined as a baby passing away and being delivered any time after 20 weeks. It happens in 1 in 160 pregnancies in the US; that’s 24,000 babies per year in the U.S. It often happens disproportionately for women of color. To put this in perspective, 2500 babies die of SIDS per year and we all are aware of it and do everything we can to prevent it. Stillbirth happens ten times as often and we rarely talk about it…until it happens to us.
The postpartum period is often described as the first six to eight weeks after childbirth. These few weeks promote bonding between mothers and their newborns. Indeed, the joy of giving birth to a new baby is indescribable for new parents. But while the postpartum period is supposed to be a joyous time in a new mom’s life, many go through a lot within that short period of time. Caring for your little one is essential, however, your health and wellness as a new mother also matter significantly. The big question is, how do you cope with your responsibilities while taking care of yourself emotionally and physically? Read on to find out!
Folks are beginning to understand that preparing for life after birth is as important as preparing for the birth. As a birth educator and doula, I am so pleased that postpartum planning is becoming more common practice. Having a baby transforms our bodies, minds, homes, and relationships, with lasting effects for years to come. Getting information ahead of time allows you to manage expectations and strategize for success.