Using Love Languages to Support Your Partner

This one is for you, dads and partners! If your wife or partner just gave birth and you’re not sure how you can be most helpful or if you’re going back to work, leaving your partner at home with the baby, here are a few ways you can be a supportive spouse or partner. Of

Our Favorite Hormone

It is commonly referred to as the “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone” because it is released when snuggling with a loved one or a pet, during sex and in the throes of a new relationship. But such names simplify the effect of a very important hormone: oxytocin. What it Does In our childbirth education classes,

Postpartum Bleeding 101

High on the list of things about childbirth nobody warns you about is lochia, a pleasant-sounding name for the less-than-pleasant experience of bleeding after childbirth. Lochia is not unlike a regular period, but it can be heavier than a period, can contain large clots and can last four to six weeks. Here’s what to expect

Peeing a Little When You Cough?

After giving birth, many women find that their pelvic floor is weaker than it once was. Leaking a little pee or poop when laughing, sneezing, jumping, or coughing, or if you have a strong, sudden urge to pee just before losing a large amount of urine are some common symptoms of weak pelvic floor muscles.

No Need to Be Embarrassed ​

Perhaps one of the most annoying pregnancy or postpartum nuisances, hemorrhoids affect around 50% of all pregnant people and there’s no need to be embarassed about asking for help dealing with them. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum which are similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids have a number of causes and

How to be the Hero of a Meal Train

If you have a friend, family member or coworker expecting a new baby, going through a health crisis, or having their lives otherwise disrupted, they could probably use a bit of help getting food on the table. If someone hasn’t already set up a meal train for them, why not do it yourself? These days,

5 “Encouraging” Things People Say to Parents and What to Say Instead

It’s hard to know how to be encouraging to new parents (or even not-so-new parents!) without being patronizing or unempathetic or just less than helpful. Here are some of the most common “encouraging” phrases that most new parents do not find helpful, plus a few suggestions for replacements! Cherish every moment.This is a popular one

After Baby Body

For nine months, you nurtured a child with your body, providing her the nutrients she needs and a safe place to do the important business of growing fingernails, kidneys, neurons and so forth. In the meantime, that growing baby might only permit you to eat salted watermelon, or insist on chocolate glazed donuts and mac

Often Overlooked Postpartum Anxiety

A new baby arrives in your house — a tiny, fragile creature demanding attention at all hours, needing your help to figure out this complicated business of eating and sleeping and living. It’s enough to turn the most level-headed, composed, organized new mother into an anxious wreck. But when do normal postpartum nerves turn into the common but under-diagnosed illness of postpartum anxiety?