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How Long It Takes Your Belly to Go Down After Birth

Okay. So, you had the baby. Now, you're probably wondering how long it will take for you to get your pre-baby body back. The timeline is different for everyone.

How much weight you gained while pregnant, whether or not you’re breastfeeding and your diet and exercise habits all play a role. But, there are certain milestones that every new mama can expect to hit with her weightloss.

To learn more about what you can expect, read the full story from Fit Pregnancy.

The Many Faces of Postpartum Depression

Are you suffering from Postpartum Depression (PPD)? It can be hard to recognize because, often, the syptoms don't present themself like an OBGYN pamphlet.

Some women experience the classis symptoms like "losing interest in things you enjoyed" or "no interest in baby". But, others have more subtle symptoms.

Sometimes, the best way to recognize it can be to hear stories from others.

Check out these stories from Parenting of other moms who battled PPD.

Should You Get the Tdap Vaccine While Pregnan

Cases of Pertussis have been increasing since the 1980s, and preliminary data shows the 2012 outbreak was the largest in nearly 60 years. But it can all be prevented with the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine. Experts suggest pegnant women between 27 and 36 weeks rather than postpartum.

Over 48,000 cases of Pertussis were reported in the U.S. in 2012, and 20 deaths. The majority of deaths occurred in babies younger than 3 months. Newborns only have the antibodies they get from their mothers to help protect them from Pertussis until they are old enough to get their own vaccines. Getting Tdap while pregnant gives your baby the best protection possible against catching pertussis and having severe complications from the infection.

To learn more about the life-saving vaccine, visit Fit Pregnancy.

Pregnant Women: Should You be Eating More Seafood?

In 2004, the government advised pregnant women to avoid eating some types of fish because of high levels of mercury. That recommendation is changing.

Experts have found women were that missing out on important nutrients that can have a positive impact on growth and development during pregnancy, as well as general health.

So how much should you know be consuming? 4 times more.

To learn exactly how much that is and which types of seafood are safe, read the full story from The Guardian.

 

Facebook Lifts Ban on Exposed Nipples in Breastfeeding Picture

Nursing moms no longer have to cover up on Facebook. The ban on nudity has been lifted only for breastfeeding images following a viral campaign.

Feminist writer Soraya Chemaly led the charge, calling the ban hate-speech and a double standard. After 60,000 tweets and 5,000 emails, Facebook decided to make the change.

To learn more about this historic event, read the full story from TIME.

 

Trend Alert: Breast Milk as Adult Health Food

Chia seeds, goji berries, quinoa and now...breastmilk? That's right, some adults...specifically men...are toting breastmilk as the newest healthfood. 

These men believe human milk is the secret to bulking up or improve their health. Some are event calling it "the greatest supplement ever".

Experts are concerned about the safety of this new and growing trend, especially since they are getting milk from donors who may not properly screened.

We want to hear your opinion. Visit us on Facebook and tell us - do you think this trend is gross or innovative?

Read the full story from Today here.

Brief Intervals Between Pregnancies Lead to Decreased Length of Pregnancy: Study

A new study found that women who have less than 18 months between their pregnancies, have an increased risk of pre-term labor. For the study, the researchers examined 454,716 live births among women with two or more pregnancies over a six-year period.

Researchers found 53% of the women with delivered early when they had less than 12 months between pregnancies. The study also indicated that doctors need to do more to educate women about healthy length of pregnancy.

For the full story and more details on the research, click here!

6 Labor Tips That Help You Rock Your First Birth

With the summer heat on, you may be excited to push that baby out and give birth. But, at the same time, you may also be dreading the process- especially if it's baby #1!

Did you know that confidence is actually the key to making child-birth easier? Self-assured women felt more in control, believed strongly in their capacity to cope and were better able to use the childbirth techniques they’d learned than their more fearful peers, according to research from Ohio State University. 

From C-Sections to pooping on the delivery room table - Fit Pregnancy has a great guide that puts all your biggest fears at ease. 

Baby Cribs Are Best Left Bare

Kansas researchers found 60% of parents surveyed still think it's OK to place toys or blankets in cribs. In reality, baby cribs are best kept bare except for a tight-fitting crib sheet. Toys and other items can present a suffocation hazard. 

In addition, 20% of the participants did not know that placing a baby on his or her back to sleep reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 

Lead researcher Dr. Zachary Kuhlmann of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita says this proves doctors need to do a better job of delivering the message about safe sleep to patients.

To learn more about techniques for safe sleep, read the full story from Parenting.

Pregnant Woman's Guide to BBQs

You're probably planning to go to several BBQs this summer and, being pregnant, all that food is probably seeming pretty delicious. Hot dogs, burgers, chicken, steak...it's going to be a feast and you have the best excuse to chow down. But, before you fill up your plate, you should know the risks.

Certain foods can harbor bacteria that are dangerous during pregnancy. It's critical that you know what to eat, and what to pass on so that you don't harm baby.

Read the full story from Fit Pregnancy and be prepared.