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Fuel for the Fourth Trimester

We all know there are three trimesters to pregnancy, and, thankfully, there is beginning to be broader
awareness of the all-important – yet little-discussed – fourth trimester. These post-birth months are
both a time of continued newborn growth and development and an incredibly important time of
healing, adjustment and regeneration for new postpartum parents. Your postpartum diet is a key part
of your recovery. For ages, different cultures have honored traditions of ‘mothering the mother’ or
nurturing the birthing parent with emotional support and nourishing meals, all in the name of helping
the new parent replenish their strength and heal from the hugely physical accomplishment that is
pregnancy and birth.

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Preparing for Postpartum

Preparing for postpartum, in our culture which focuses heavily on pregnancy and birth preparation, may seem unusual, but along with the sweet newborn cuddles and overflow of well wishes comes very real challenges, adjustments and a need for deep healing. Even when your pregnancy, birth and early postpartum period is going “well,” it can be overwhelming for some people! And of course there can be concerns for the birthing parent or baby—expected or unexpected—that leave a family needing even more support. .“Nothing could have prepared me for this!” is a common and (oftentimes) exasperated refrain from new parents.

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How do you know if you need a perinatal mental health therapist?

The most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth is perinatal (loosely defined as the time from pregnancy to postpartum) depression and anxiety. During this time, new parents face many changes, physically and emotionally. Becoming a parent can be a pretty stressful time – everything’s new and it can take a while to find your feet. Add into the mix difficulties with feeding, sleeping, or settling your baby and things can start to feel a bit overwhelming. If your anxious feelings are getting in the way of daily life, it is time to seek help.

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Incontinence during pregnancy and postpartum – Q&A with a Physical Therapist

I’m Dr. Sneha Gazi. I’m a physical therapist and owner of Sneha Physical Therapy, a NY-based in-home and telehealth practice. I’m the founder and Executive Director of Physical Therapy International Service Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that brings free PT to underserved communities globally. I am also the host and creator of “Fit As A Fiddle” – a health and wellness podcast featuring guest speakers from various fields and available in all major podcast platforms.

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Diastasis recti and postnatal recovery tips for the first 6 weeks and beyond

diastasis recti and postnatal recovery tips for the first 6 weeks and beyond Pregnancy and birth challenge the body in incredible ways. One condition that affects at least 60% of women during and after pregnancy is called abdominal wall separation, or diastasis recti. For over a decade, I have been working closely with women to help them navigate the physical …

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What is the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?

Preparing for a baby involves making many decisions, including whether a baby nurse, postpartum doula, or family members will support you after the baby’s birth. The postpartum period, often now called “the fourth trimester,” is a time historically when people in all cultures were cared for by close family and friends from the time of birth through the baby’s first 30-40 days.

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When To Call A Pelvic Floor Therapist

“I pee every time I sneeze… is that normal?”
“Every since I had a baby, sex is so painful…does everyone experience that?”
“Every since I gave birth, I feel so much pressure down there… is that ok?”
“My baby is 6 months old; I’ve almost lost all the “baby” weight but I still look pregnant and my lower back is super sore… is that normal?”
“I am so constipated… should I be worried?”

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Helpful Dental Tips for Pregnant Women & Nursing Mothers

helpful dental tips for pregnant women& nursing mothers DR. AMANDA TAVOULARIS (dentably.com) Dental health may not be on the forefront of your mind during your pregnancy or while you’re breastfeeding. However, it’s important that you take care of your teeth and gums during this time because up to 75% of women develop inflammation of gums, or gingivitis while they are …

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Exercising Your Rights to Pump at Work

exercising your rights to pump at work BY ALEX BERKE, ASSOCIATE AT BERKE-WEISS LAW PLLC Breastfeeding New Yorkers received a new series of protections in March 2019, when the New York City Human Rights Law was updated to include specific requirements for employers with 4 or more employees to create lactation rooms and policies governing their use. New York City …

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9 tips for new dads

Becoming a father is one of the biggest transitions in life. It’s totally normal to sometimes feel a little overwhelmed while you learn how to best care for your brand-new little one. As you figure out your new family dynamic, it’s important to remember that your role is equally important as your partner’s. Take an active role from day one, and you’ll be able to support your partner and experience the many joys of new parenthood together.