Post natal

Post natal

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When will I feel like myself again?

New mothers repeat: Sleepness nights aren't forever. Pumping isn't forever. Nappies aren't forever.

Tearing during delivery

The facts about tearing during childbirth, and how to treat it if it happens.

Exercise after caesarean

Ask an expert

I want to get back into exercise (after a c-section), what are some good 'first-steps'?

On birthing vaginally

One mum-to-be wanted to know whether her vagina would be pleasing to the eye post-delivery.

Would you eat placenta?

'Are you going to eat that?' When it comes to placenta, the answer is increasingly 'yes'.

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depressed mother

Epidural reduces depression

A new study shows that labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression.

Newborn baby

Post-birth rituals

Just after Heather's daughter Sarah was born, Heather felt an overwhelming desire to lick her clean.

PELVIC FLOOR, EXERCISE

Managing the motherload

Getting back to the gym too soon after giving birth could be a wee bit embarrassing if you're not careful.

DAD AND BABY

Male postnatal depression

He did the shopping, made decisions and cuddled the baby when his wife was too listless to care. But there was something wrong with Kham too.

hair, hair loss

Post-baby hair loss

"My hair is falling out!" my friend Liz wailed. "The plughole is full of it, my brush is full of it ... at this rate I won't have any left at all!"

NEWBORN

The 'fourth trimester'

Yes, I know, pregnancy is only three trimesters, but in my opinion the postpartum period should count too.

January Jones

Would you pop a placenta pill?

Repulsive no-no or healthy supplement? The debate is a long way from being settled.

muffin top

Embrace the muffin top

A mother's video message to encourage others to accept their post-baby bodies is becoming a YouTube hit.

BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding despair

Heard of Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex? Neither had Dilvin Yasa – until it brought her to her knees.

Twitter

Twitter PND predictor?

Postnatal depression could be predicted by monitoring a woman's Twitter feed, computer scientists say.

PLacenta

Placenta pills give 'bounce'

Taking placenta pills helped one mother cope after her third child was born.

newborn

Beating the baby blues

"It is believed that at the baby's birth a 'guilt chip' is inserted into every mother."

placenta

Placenta photo frames

A London artist who creates sculptures using earwax, hair, urine and maggots is now working with placenta.

Pregnant

Health tip texts for new mums

Text messages will promote positive eating habits for Auckland's hardest-to-reach new mothers.

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

You can get through this

At times when her son Oscar was a baby, Maddy Mendoza-Orubuloye couldn't look at him. "It's a shocking thing to say, but I hated him."

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