Treating PUPPP (Late Pregnancy Rash)

Toward the end of my nearly-42-week pregnancy with my first son, I developed intense itching in my stretch marks. When I say intense, I mean itching beyond any I’ve experienced before. And I’ve contracted nasty cases of poison ivy, oak, and sumac, so I like to think I’m an experienced itcher.

After a . . . → Read More: Treating PUPPP (Late Pregnancy Rash)

Extended Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Diabetes Risk

Last week, the American Diabetes Association released some new findings stating that “intensive and extended breastfeeding lowered a woman’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy in which she had gestational diabetes.”

There’s so much to unpack in those findings! My first questions were: what defines intensive breastfeeding? What defines extended breastfeeding?

In this research, intensive . . . → Read More: Extended Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Diabetes Risk

Chewable Jewelry for Kids with Sensory Needs

For a long time, my son walked around wearing wet shirts with droopy, baggy sleeves. His collar was always in his mouth, unless he had a shirt sleeve in there. Once his shirt was soaked through, he’d seek out other things to stick in his mouth: coins, craft sticks at school, rocks even.

Our . . . → Read More: Chewable Jewelry for Kids with Sensory Needs

Eating Dates for Easier Delivery?

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I shared a few weeks ago that I’m working toward a VBA2C (vaginal birth after 2 cesareans) later this summer. I’ll try just about anything that will help me have an easier delivery! So I was pretty surprised to read that eating dates in my final month of pregnancy might help labor . . . → Read More: Eating Dates for Easier Delivery?

Climb Out of the Darkness

I just learned about a really inspiring event to raise awareness of postpartum mood disorders, like the ones we’ve been writing about this spring. Postpartum Progress is sponsoring an event called Climb Out of the Darkness, to be held on the solstice, the longest day of the year–in the United States, this is June . . . → Read More: Climb Out of the Darkness

Night of Joy Fundraiser: Combatting Postpartum Depression

We’ve been writing about postpartum mood disorders, speaking with local mothers and care providers as well as discussing national resources. Unfortunately, one local family was unable to find support through postpartum depression. 

Pittsburgh mom Alexis D’Achille gave birth to her child in August 2013 and suffered from severe postpartum depression. She sought help, but . . . → Read More: Night of Joy Fundraiser: Combatting Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Anxiety: What Are the Symptoms & What Can We Do?

This is the third post in our series about postpartum mood disorders. Last week, we heard from Kirsten Pitini about her experiences suffering from postpartum anxiety. We also learned about Postpartum Support International from our western PA regional coordinator Brittany Edge. Today, we hear from Kathy McGrath, a Licensed Social Worker and director of Birth Partners, Inc., an . . . → Read More: Postpartum Anxiety: What Are the Symptoms & What Can We Do?