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Regaining body control after giving birth

Posted by Lara Salahi November 8, 2013 09:43 AM

Losing control. It’s a common feeling for many mothers the first few weeks after giving birth. It may seem difficult to get a grip on your emotions let alone your schedule with your seemingly nocturnal newborn (what time is it again?).

But what is more often overlooked is the physical toll birth takes within many women's lower bodies, beyond just gaining baby weight. The conditions are known as pelvic floor disorders and occur when the muscles, ligaments, nerves and tissue that keep our pelvic organs like the bladder and uterus – which undergo incredible pressure during birth -- weaken or tear.

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Reproductive services under Obamacare: 5 things you should know

Posted by Lara Salahi October 30, 2013 07:46 AM

President Obama is scheduled to visit Boston Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act and use Massachusetts’ experience – which passed its health reform law in 2006 -- as encouragement for Americans to sign up for health care. Given the fact that Healthcare.gov, the website Americans will need to sign up for health care has been a navigation nightmare for many, he may need the positive energy the Bay State has built up from the anticipated Red Sox win tonight to get a few good cheers.

The slow start and partisan bickering about the health care law that shut down the government seems to have only added more confusion about the health care law. If you’re a woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant or in need of reproductive health services such as fertility procedures, what the ACA offers – and doesn’t – should matter to you.

Here are 5 important aspects of the Affordable Care Act women need to know when it comes to their reproductive health:

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Do You Share Your Bed With Your Infant?

Posted by Lara Salahi October 1, 2013 07:04 AM

Within this first year of parenthood, we have already visited the pediatrician seven times.

Our pediatrician is wonderful – everything we could hope for in a doctor who will be with us for a solid decade or two (at least). At every visit so far she has asked us about our daughter's eating habits, and pooping habits; she even asks about firearms in the house and about how our marriage is doing.

These are all very important topics. But our pediatrician has consistently missed raising one subject that’s equally as important -- Not once has she asked where our daughter sleeps and whether we share our bed with her.

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Sex After Baby: Getting Back ‘That Loving Feeling’

Posted by Lara Salahi August 2, 2013 08:52 AM

If you’ve had a baby within the last three weeks, do yourself a favor: Bookmark this post and come back to it when your doctor brings this subject up. Right now, this should be the least of your worries.

Between the two people it takes to tango, the answer to the question of when to resume sex after baby has mainly depended on the woman, for obvious reasons. 

Although a doctor may say it’s physically safe after a certain period of time, many women may still not feel ready. So really, the answer is subjective, because readiness may have more to do with desire than physical capability. 

Setting a timeline without 'feeling it' can feel... overwhelming. 

But women aren’t the only ones who need time to regain their sexual confidence post-baby.  It may take just as long – if not longer – for new fathers to feel ready again, according to a new study published Thursday in The Journal of Sexual Medicine

How long, exactly? 

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On Mother’s Day, A Letter to the Pregnant Me

Posted by Lara Salahi May 12, 2013 02:05 PM

Dear Pregnito,

It’s Mother’s Day and I’m sure you’re well aware. Right now, you’ve eaten more for brunch than you ever have on a pre-pregnancy day, researched registry items, gone over your birth plan again and again, and even looked into some maternity swimsuits for your babymoon. Sounds relaxing. Your husband has brought home flowers and is trying not to drop the ball by celebrating a new version of you. Because you’re a mom, right? And you deserve to be celebrated, right?

Oh no no no no no. You haven’t earned today, yet.

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Surviving The Post-Baby Bump Slump

Posted by Lara Salahi March 14, 2013 07:54 AM

No amount of planning during pregnancy can prepare a woman for postpartum life. That’s the secret many new mothers won’t tell women sporting the bump – or maybe those of us in 40-week planning mode choose not to believe it.

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What I Will Miss Most About Being Pregnant

Posted by Lara Salahi January 31, 2013 11:57 AM

I wish I had written this while I was still pregnant. The excitement of motherhood has in some ways had an amnesia effect on the last 9-plus months. I cannot believe that I had been pregnant for nearly a year, yet the whole experience seems a blur when I look at my newborn. It’s also eerily true what I've heard many mothers say – you forget the pains of labor and delivery once you see your baby.

By week 41, I was ready to no longer be pregnant. I missed my due date. Our world of family and friends was growing impatient to meet our daughter. Towards the end, my husband had a daily ritual of whispering to the belly, “get outta there.” His patience also wore thin. I, along with a few family members, started having vivid dreams of what she would look like. (I don’t think any of us got it right).

Somewhere between the incessant “did your water break yet” phone calls and discussions with the doctor about a potential induction, I remember lying in bed thinking, slow down. There’s a lot about being pregnant I will miss.

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Pregnant? There’s an app for that

Posted by Lara Salahi January 8, 2013 08:17 AM

Gone are the days when expectant mothers are expected to stay home and focus 100 percent of their time and energy on their pregnancy.

Today, we’re movers and multi-taskers. Sometimes we hold multiple jobs, take on multiple projects, and care for multiple children, all with soon-to-be baby in tow. Chances are, even at times when we feel like we’re in over our heads, we won’t ask for help when we need it.

This is where our smart phones, laptops, iPads come in handy. They are the keeper of our schedules and can also be a convenient way to keep track of the pregnancy process. Here are some apps designed to help us get through.

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Week in Review: Postpartum Stress, Vitamin D, and ADHD

Posted by Lara Salahi December 14, 2012 08:28 AM

A roundup of this week’s pregnancy-related scientific research and news:

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About the author

Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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