Post Natal Articles
Articles that are especially for new mums! Your body goes through such enormous changes during pregnancy and needs a little TLC following the birth of your baby. BellyBelly's Post-Natal articles will help you understand how you can help your body during this time and will give you an idea of what you might expect from your body post-baby.
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Mums - here's 10 great tips on how you can help your partner help you after your baby has been born.
Are you guilty of judging formula feeding mothers? Here's 12 reasons why you shouldn't judge those who choose to use formula.
Mamas on social media - a humourous take on 13 types of mamas you'll find posting on Facebook, pinning on Pinterest and tweeting on Twitter. Don't read if you're easily offended!
After you've had a baby, the endless supply of tips and advice can really ramp up about caring your babe. However, there is something just as, if not more important, which there isn't enough advice about: taking care of yourself as a new mother. Here are five top tips that I wish I could have told myself the first time I had a baby.
When everything fell into a spiraling heap in 2002, I went to a Melbourne mother and baby unit with my then almost 5 month old daughter. The psychologist I saw there suggested I put my thoughts to paper to help, which I did. After a recent spring clean, I found the letter and almost bawled my eyes out at what I wrote to myself. Here's what I wrote.
A birth reclaiming ceremony is a process where a mother who has experienced a traumatic, upsetting or disappointing birth, gets the opportunity to heal. Healing through recreating the birth environment and releasing the grief and sorrow of a lost birth experience. This process is incredibly important - with suicide as the leading cause of death in new mothers, its time to create awareness of the power of birth reclaiming, and placing greater importance on a mothers needs following birth.
After the birth of your baby, you may find that you experience feelings of boredom, perhaps due to baby sleeping for longer periods of time (well, for the first few months anyway!) or maybe you find staying at home all day with baby makes you feel like you are on autopilot.
I sent a message to my husband, 'I'm chucking a sickie tomorrow.' He replied sympathetically as to my bad day, to which I quickly replied, 'I'm deadly serious. I'm taking a sickie tomorrow.'
Leaving the safety of a hospital or a Mother and Baby Unit and returning to the place where life was difficult can be very stressful. Here are some great tips from a PND survivor to help make this time a less stressful one.
Don't fret, there is hope! It didn't get there overnight and won't disappear overnight, so you need to be realistic about the time it will take to address it.
Ambah is a stay at home Mum. She has one son Aidyn, who is 18 months old.
Janelle is a part time stay at home mum and has one son, Matthew who is 8 months old.She also helps out on BellyBelly as a moderator.
Kathryn is a stay at home mum. She has two boys, Kameron who is nearly 4 years old and Lachlan who is 17 months.
Lucy is the mother of two children, Olivia, who is 17 months old and Charlie, who is only 8 weeks. Read a day in the life of a mummy to two under two!
Sherie is a mum to three children, Lindsay 5, Erin 3 and Paige who is nearly 2. They live on a farm and her days can vary greatly.
Ganglion cyst - or as it was once known 'mother's wrist' - is a swelling on the wrist, which is a sac of leaked fluid that occurs due to to wrist strain. The demands on your wrist supporting your baby's weight in early motherhood can result in a ganglion cyst. Find out the symptoms and treatment of a ganglion cyst.
Kylie felt horribly guilty that she had not given her baby 'the best' and felt a failure as a mother. Whenever she saw articles promoting breastfeeding in newspapers and magazines, she felt inadequate and defensive. So is breastfeeding really best? ABA Counsellor Lesley McBurney explains why she doesn't think breast is best.
After you've had a baby, you may notice what seems to be a huge amount of hair loss. This can result in feelings of anxiety and worry, seeing clumps of hair in your hand or brush. But rest assured, there is a reason for hair loss after baby and it's not all as bad as it seems. Find out why you lose so much hair after baby.
It can be very scary to think about having another baby after experiencing antenatal or postnatal depression. The fear of going through the same experience can make many parents hesitant to get pregnant again or to have another baby.
Stomach fat is tricky. It can be stubborn to shift and because it is easily gained - it can be one of the most frustrating types of fat. If you've recently had a baby and are wondering how to lose stomach fat, read on.
Joining the Mother 'Hood' offers a whole new dimension to the concept of 'networking'. Although it probably won't help you raise any glass ceilings, your mothering network may prevent you from sliding into a downward spiral towards isolation and despair.
One of the most common issues women have after pregnancy is that their waist just isn't as small as it used to be. They just want to get back into their normal, pre-pregnancy clothes and while the rest of their body seems to be getting back to normal, the waist just doesn't seem to be doing the same. For some easy, gentle exercises, read on.
We all know that being a mother is darn hard work. It's not about coffee, cake, strolling through shopping centres and giggling with girlfriends while letting the kids loose at playcentres. Or is it?! Check out these hilarious tips compiled by BellyBelly's Forum Moderating Team in order to help mothers out there to make motherhood look easy!
A menstrual cup is a reusable small cup, usually made from silicone. Inserted into the vagina, it collects menstrual flow instead of absorbing it. Save money, help the environment and use a great product which is healthier for your body.
Menstruation (or your period) and ovulation after baby happens at a unique time for your own body. From blood loss after birth to your period and ovulation returning to normal, here's what you might expect from your body after birth.
There are many myths or common misconceptions about motherhood that can add to the stressors faced by new mothers as well as new fathers. Not being aware of some of these myths and their influence can change the way a new mother approaches her new role, slowing down her adjustment to it. For some women this can be a powerful part of PND. Read more to find out if you could be experiencing a case of the blues or if it's possible you could have PND or something more serious.
Suffering from a case of the dreaded 'mummy brain'? Misplacing your keys every five minutes? Lost your mobile phone AGAIN and struggling to find it? Lost for words? Some say mummy brain doesn't exist, but ask new mummies and their families and I am sure they can give you a compelling testimony! Read on about mummy brain, what you can do to help and how to cope with mummy brain.
Placenta encapsulation allows you to consume the placenta in capsule form - eating raw placenta is not required! Find out why more women are opting for placenta encapsulation.
The pelvic floor muscles are some of the most important muscles a woman has, yet because they are not visible, they are often neglected. Pregnancy and childbirth can weaken these muscles.
Postnatal depression affects around 1 in 7 Australian mothers. Because parenthood is a constant and demanding job, some women's experiences are not like the media images of two happy parents with a clean, cuddly, well-fed, sleeping baby. Find out more about postnatal depression and the importance of having realistic expectations.
Sex after birth can be a worrying subject for some women. They may worry about their vagina being looser or wider after birth and wonder if sex will ever feel the same again - for them and their partner. We've interviewed real-life women to find out if they or their partner noticed a difference in sensation after giving birth. Find out who's having the multiple orgasms!
Birth by caesarean can have powerful psychological effects on women and their ability to adjust to motherhood. A woman's experience of her caesarean birth and her perceptions of the event, are influenced by multiple complex factors. Find out what they are in this article based on Australian as well as overseas research.
A hilarious cartoon about the irony of 'The Motherhood Experience'. All mothers should be able to relate very well to these funny cartoons!!!
It may seem like a strange thing to say but there are many things you may lose when you start a new family. What could you possibly lose?
Somewhere between the third load of laundry for the day and scraping burnt bits from our dinner of fish fingers, I had disappeared without a trace. Gone was a vibrant, confident, sexy woman and in her place was this un-showered, sleep deprived, leaking, sagging mother who cried a lot.
What does a stay at home mum really do all day? Filmmaker Matt Bieler was inspired to show the world exactly that in his short film '3 Queens'. Check it out here!
What does your house look like, mum? Do you like to keep a display home, or are you more relaxed? An interesting thing to consider from BellyBelly psychologist, Daniel Chable.
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