Originally published at Mothering.com Congratulations! You just had a baby. Holy crap! It's intense isn't it? Here are 14 harsh realities about new motherhood. 1. Your body will change. New mom, you just carried a human in your body for approximately nine months. Your stomach will be deflated, your breasts will be rock hard and then soft again, you may have a new assortment of stretch marks, or various other normal side effects of pregnancy. I urge you to reject -- from the bottom of … [Read more...] about 14 Harsh Truths All New Moms Need To Know
Actress Kate Hudson recently stated the laziest thing she's ever done was get a c-section. Here's why that's ok. In an interview for the October issue of Cosmopolitan, actress, athletic wear designer, and mother Kate Hudson answered a list of questions, one of which asked, "What's the laziest thing you've ever done?" Kate's response? "Get a c-section!" "The 'laziest' thing I've ever done https://t.co/ZfOzkuosj7 is have a c-section," says #KateHudson@DrJenGunter@DocBastard@DrPaulOffit … [Read more...] about Kate Hudson Called Her C-Section “Lazy.” Here’s Why That’s Okay.
Originally published on Mothering.com When I was pregnant with my first baby nine years ago, my doula was a personal friend, someone whose children I babysat often. She was also a great source of information throughout my pregnancy. I remember the moment I told her I was having a boy. I had gone in for an ultrasound to determine the sex of my child, and I later met up with my doula to work on some birth art. When I announced that I was expecting a boy, she responded with … [Read more...] about Doulas Have A Duty To Talk About Circumcision
Originally posted on Mothering.com Did you know that every developed country in the world offers its families some form of paid parental leave? Every country except the United States, that is. Most American mothers are offered 6-12 weeks of unpaid leave, if they are lucky. Not everyone can afford to take unpaid leave. In a survey by the International Labour Organization, of almost every country in the world -- countries with a wide variety of income levels -- only the United States and Papua … [Read more...] about This Is What Women Around the World REALLY Think of U.S. Maternity Leave
Originally published at mothering.com The United States is one of the only developed countries lacking affordable healthcare, fair access to higher education, and paid parental leave. This is despite the fact that there is ample evidence that these social programs are essential for a healthy, educated population. New York state, and the city of San Francisco have both taken the issue of parental leave into their own hands and created new laws that support the bonding … [Read more...] about Two US States Just Did Something AMAZING For New Parents
Using social media to share our experiences with pregnancy and birth is a beautiful thing; through sharing our journeys, we build communities of informed mothers who feel empowered and supported. Yet with the information age comes a peculiar sense of urgency and entitlement towards this instantaneous form of communication. It seems that, as with pregnancy announcement etiquette, some people may need a refresher regarding how to tactfully and respectfully respond to pregnancy and birth, … [Read more...] about Pregnancy and Birth Etiquette in the Internet Age