MYTH: You shouldn't workout during pregnancy if you were not previously engaged in an exercise program prior to becoming pregnant
FACT: Exercise may prevent gestational diabetes
MYTH: You should cut back exercise in the last trimester
MYTH: Pregnant women should not exercise more than three times per...more
Fact: One in four babies born in the United States are born cesarean section. (That’s about 1 million deliveries per year!)
Cesarean birth is the birth of a baby through surgical incisions (cuts) made in the abdomen and uterus. There are multiple possible reasons for Cesarean including:
· Multiple Birth
· Failure to progress
· Concern for baby
· Problems with placenta
· Previous cesareans
After delivery, you can expect the hospital stay to be anywhere from 2-4 days. It takes a few weeks to heal abdomen. It’s not uncommon to feel:
· Mild cramping
· Bleeding or discharge for 4-6 weeks
· Bleeding with clots/cramps
· Pain at incision
To get more comfortable, do your best to walk soon after delivery, even if just across the room. The more often you do, the easier it will be. Some moms feel comfort if they splint the incision. Avoid leaning forward. Do your best to stand tall. You will want to learn to log roll so that you can get up with minimal discomfort.
A cesarean is major abdominal...more
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real illness caused in biology, psychology, environment, and hormones. PPD is the most common complication of childbirth. PPD affects up to 20% of mothers anytime in the first year after delivery. Read one mom's personal story here.
Postpartum Depression Self-Test:The Edinburgh Scale is well-known as a tool for new mothers to determine whether or they might have postpartum depression. Do you think you might have postpartum depression (PPD)? Take this simple test and use the scoring system indicated below. You should complete the test yourself. You are asked to check the answer that comes closest to how you have been feeling in the last 7 days.
In the last 7 days:
1. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things:
2. I have looked forward with enjoyment to things:
You may have been shocked by the look of your belly after the birth of your baby. Beside loose skin, you are also looking at loose abdominal muscles. Your muscles had to stretch and loosen to accommodate your growing baby. Many women experience a separation of the "rectus abdominus" (your six-pack) called diastastic recti.more