Suit Up for Summer with Joya Swim

Jun 16, 2017 9:38:31 AM

Suit Up for Summer with Joya Swim
Contributed by Lara Serebrier Paul and Judith Heimowitz, the founders of Joya Swim, a New York based swimwear line for women. 

As two new moms who needed to find stylish bathing suits to fit our post-natal bodies, we understand the struggle is real.  When traveling together in Mexico we realized that neither of us had swimwear that made us feel good about ourselves or that we loved.  We set out on a mission to design swimwear that was stylish and yet supportive and flattering. 

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The Fifth Trimester

Mar 31, 2017 10:24:58 AM

THERE’S A FIFTH TRIMESTER–AND THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, WORKING MOM

Contributed by Lauren Smith Brody, founder of The Fifth Trimester movement, which helps new parents and businesses work together to revolutionize workplace culture, and author of the new book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby

You know all about the first three trimesters, and probably even about the fourth (those bleary-eyed newborn days), but I’m convinced that there’s actually a Fifth Trimester, too. It’s  when you head back to work after having a baby; it’s when the new working mom is born.

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Shhhh….. Don’t Wake The New Mommy!

Oct 20, 2016 3:37:31 PM

Shhhh….. Don’t Wake The New Mommy!

Contributed by Carly Snyder, M.D., a specialist in comprehensive reproductive psychiatry and women’s mental health services.

Newborns are natural night Owls. Infants often sleep throughout the day, but wake up like clockwork every three hours to eat all night long. This schedule puts new moms in a predictably difficult position. Add in recuperating from delivery, hormonal changes and the incredible emotional rollercoaster every new mom experiences and you have a recipe for an incredibly exhausted, often overwhelmed and potentially unhappy new mom.

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Demystifying Midwives

Oct 7, 2016 10:18:14 AM

Demystifying Midwives

Contributed by Risa Klein, CNM, OB/GYN NP, M.S.

You’re newly pregnant and it’s time to find the right health care provider to take care of you and your gestating baby. Or perhaps this is your second or third pregnancy and you feel it’s time for a new provider. You’ve heard about midwives and want to know more about what they do, and any benefits that you could experience if you hire one. Here’s the scoop on working with a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) or Certified Midwife (CM). 

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Your Emotional Well-being Postpartum/Raising Awareness about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:

Contributed by Dr. Laura Venuto, a psychologist in New York City specializing in maternal mental health.  She has a private practice on the Upper East Side.

Feeling exhausted? Irritable? Anxious? You’re not alone.  While the postpartum period can be a wonderful and exciting time for some mothers, for others, it is an emotionally challenging experience. Too often, this period of time is romanticized by the media and women whose children are grown, as they seem to have blocked out all of the memories of sleep deprivation, explosive diapers, financial and/or marital stress that often come with parenthood.  

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Mother's Milk Sangria Style Iced Tea

Jul 1, 2016 9:19:46 AM

Mother’s Milk Sangria Style Iced Tea to Beat the Summer Heat

Contributed by Mary Ausman of Yummy Mummy, and proud mother of two.

As the weather gets warmer, we all know how important it is to stay hydrated - especially for new moms who are nursing. Hydrating is important to keep up milk supply and for overall health.  One of my friends has come up with a brilliant way to take care of both - a Mother's Milk Iced Tea Sangria. 

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10 Tips for Exercising and Breastfeeding

Contributed by Brittany Citron is a pre/postnatal exercise specialist, and certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and founder of PROnatal Fitness.

If you’ve been nervous about resuming exercise post-baby due to concerns of how it may impact your milk supply, you can relax!  It is a myth that exercise decreases milk production. Studies have shown absolutely no difference in milk production or nutrient composition between mothers who exercise, and those who do not.  Moreover, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that “regular aerobic exercise in lactating mothers has been shown to increase cardiovascular fitness without affecting milk production, composition, or infant growth.”  That said, it’s good idea to follow the 10 tips below to ensure both you and your little one have the best experience possible with nursing.          

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Fertile Ground: A Holistic Guide to Conception

Did you know that nutritional deficiencies of Zinc and Omega 3s in men can lead to problems in sperm maturity and count, and that natural light can help reduce depression in pregnant women?

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Finding the Magic Sleep Window

Mar 18, 2016 10:23:48 AM

Finding the Magic Sleep Window

Contributed by Joanna Winograd of Wee Sleep Solutions: Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultants

If you’re having a hard time figuring out the optimal times that your baby should be going down for sleep you are not alone!  As pediatric sleep specialists, we often see parents struggling to find their baby’s natural sleep window.

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Picking Your Dream Doula

Feb 19, 2016 10:01:31 AM

Picking Your Dream Doula

Contributed by BirthFocus, a popular and well-respected center for doula services in the New York City area.

First thing’s first… What is a doula?

A doula is a professional who is trained in childbirth and provides continuous support to a mother before, during and just after birth. Doula comes from a Greek word that means “a woman who serves” or “handmaiden”.

This post will focus on prepartum doulas. Stay tuned for a future Mummy Scoop to learn how a postpartum doula can guide you through the next stage to parenting peace.

How should I choose a doula? 

It seems like a basic straightforward question; just figure out your price range and hire someone who costs about that much. This would be great advice if you were hiring a landscaper, but this person will be with you in one of the most intimate moments of your life. Childbirth, by design I believe, strips us down to the most essential pieces of who we are. It is the gateway to fulfilling one of the highest callings a human can have. Being a parent. It’s beautiful, painful, and real in ways few things are and every birth is as unique as you and your partner are. 

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