Archive for After The Baby Is Born

10 Best Ways To Relieve Postpartum Backache

Mar 02, 2011 No Comments

Welcome back, backache. If you’re like nearly half of all newly delivered moms, your old pal from pregnancy has returned for an unwelcome visit. Some of the pain still has the same cause—hormonally loosened ligaments that haven’t yet tightened up. It may take time, and several weeks of soreness, before these ligaments regain their strength. Ditto […]

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The Breastfeeding Diet

Jan 19, 2011 5 Comments

It’s the couch potato’s dream – burning up the calories of a 5-mile run without leaving your lounge chair. And guess what? That dream is your reality now that you’re breastfeeding your little Tater Tot. It’s true. Milk production burns 500 calories a day, which means that you”ll get to eat an extra 500 calories a day […]

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12 Basics Of Breastfeeding

Jan 13, 2011 3 Comments

1. Pick a quiet location. Until you and baby have breastfeeding down pat, set yourselves up in an area that has few distractions and a low noise level. 2. Have a beverage at your side so you can drink a baby drinks. Avoid anything hot (which could scald you or your baby if it spilled); […]

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14 Ways To Recover From a Cesarean Delivery

Jan 10, 2011 No Comments

Recovery from a C-section is similar to recovery from any abdominal surgery, with a delightful difference: Instead of losing an old gallbladder or appendix, you gain a brand-new baby.

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Afterpains

Jan 08, 2011 No Comments

Thought you’d felt the last of those contractions? Unfortunately, they don’t end immediately with delivery – and neither does the discomfort they cause. Those so-called afterpains are triggered by the  contractions of the utreus as it shrink (from about two and a one third pounds to just a couple of ounces) and makes its normal descent back […]

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Where’s the Breast Milk?

Jan 07, 2011 No Comments

Not only is your baby not starving, he isn’t even hungry yet. Babies aren’t born with a big appetite or with immediate nutritional needs. And by the time your baby begins to hunger for a breastful of milk (on the third or fourth day postpartum), you’ll undoubtedly be able to serve it up. Which isn’t […]

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Engorged Breasts

Jan 06, 2011 No Comments

Just when you thought your breasts couldn’t get any bigger, they do. That first milk delivery arrives, leaving your breasts swollen, painfully tender, throbbing, granite hard – and sometimes seriously, frighteningly gigantic. To make matters more uncomfortable and inconvenient, this engorgement (which can extend all the way  to the armpits) can make nursing painful for […]

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Engorgement If You’re Not Breastfeeding

Jan 05, 2011 No Comments

Your breasts are programmed to fill (or make that overfill) with milk around the third or fourth postpartum day, whether you plan to use that milk to feed your baby or not. This engorgement can be uncomfortable, even painful-but it’s only temporary. Milk is produced by your breasts only as needed. If the milk isn’t […]

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First Bowel Movement Postpartum

Jan 03, 2011 No Comments

The passage of the first postpartum bowel movement is a milestone every newly delivered woman is anxious to put behind her (so to speak). And the longer it takes you to get past that milestone, the more anxious – and the more uncomfortable – you’re likely to become. Several physiological factors may interfere with the […]

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When To Call Your Practitioner Postpartum

Jan 01, 2011 Comments Off on When To Call Your Practitioner Postpartum

Few women feel their physical (or emotional) best after delivering a baby-that’s just par for postpartum. Especially in the first six weeks after delivery, experiencing a variety of aches, pains, and other uncomfortable (or unpleasant) symptoms is common. Fortunately, what isn’t common is having a serious complication. Still, it’s smart to be in the know. […]

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Bleeding

Dec 31, 2010 No Comments

Grab a pile of pads, and relax. This discharge of leftover blood, mucus, and tissue from your uterus, known as lochia, is normally as heavy as (and often heavier than) a menstrual period for the first three to ten postpartum days. It may total up to 2 cups before it begins to taper off, and at times […]

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