Pumping at Work? This Shirt Makes It Easier

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When you're a breastfeeding mom, you need easy access to the milk jugs. This means either easy-access tops or the ability to adjust your top to do what it takes as needed. When I'm at home, I rotate between my nursing tops, but sometimes I'm stuck in my regular clothes and just make it work. But …
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A High-Tech Fertility Awareness Method for Family Planning — Or “No More Family” Planning

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Now that I've had my third baby, I feel like my family's complete. I feel done having kids. I don't want to be pregnant again. But, I'm only five months postpartum. And while I feel ready to be DONE, I'm not ready to take any permanent measures. It feels so drastic. And final. My OB/GYN and I …
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The Breastfeeding Experience I Didn’t Get the First Time

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I have nursed a child for a combined 10 months of my life --- about 7 months with my first, and I’m 3 months in with my second. And it wasn’t until recently that I nursed in a public place. In fact, I nursed in two different bars last week (don’t worry --- they were family-friendly establishments, …
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Three Things to Know About Postpartum Weight-Loss

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Today's post about postpartum weight-loss comes to you from Cat Smiley, a certified nutritionist and weight-loss coach. She's been named Canadian Trainer of the Year three times by the International Sports Science Association. Her book, The Planet Friendly Diet helps people lose weight, get fit and …
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Refresh Your Workout Motivation with These Tricks

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A new mom herself, Anita Mirchandani, MS, RD, CDN, is back today to talk getting back into a postpartum workout groove! Follow @FitNutAnita or @FiTMAPPED for fitness and nutrition updates. For those of you who have had babies, you know how life gets post pregnancy. There’s an optimism for wanting …
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30 Thoughts I Have While Breastfeeding Baby 3

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With your first baby, you can spend hours sitting and nursing, looking into your baby's eyes. With subsequent children, it's slightly less relaxing, particularly if your older kids are still quite young. The big kids need things, and they're not afraid to tell you. I've also found that I'm so …
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Toning It Up Below the Belt: Two DVDs That Support Pelvic Floor Health

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Pregnancy and childbirth can leave the area below the belt a bit of a war zone. My pelvis hurt during pregnancy, and now, six weeks later, it's improving but I'm still recovering and experiencing pain here and there. And the process of having to support a lot of extra weight can wreak havoc on the …
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Are You Suffering from Postpartum Depression?

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Within a day of giving birth, I was filling out a postpartum depression screening form at the hospital. It asked how I was coping, if I was still seeing the bright side of things, and whether I was crying more or less than usual. It always strikes me as a little funny because I can't imagine …
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