Amy Shearn | Fit Pregnancy

Amy Shearn

Amy Shearn is the author of the novels The Mermaid of Brooklyn and How Far Is the Ocean from Here. Her work has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, and Poets & Writers, and she writes regularly for Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Visit her online at AmyShearnWrites.com.

Just the headline of Jody Pelatson’s piece for the Atlantic was enough to give me chills: “Before I Forget: What Nobody Remembers About New Motherhood.” In this essay, Pelatson recounts one those universally frustrating experiences of new motherhood—when, in a frazzled, sleep-deprived moment...

So you’re a mother, or you’re about to become a mother. Congratulations! As you may have noticed, the world is different now – more beautiful, yes, and more difficult. Mothering small children is a little like a long-distance swim in sharky waters: it will take every ounce of your strength and...

We hear a lot of talk in our culture about getting back into shape after baby. As a mother of two, I laugh ruefully at such talk, mumbling things like “Round and kinda bumpy is a shape.”But it has recently come to my attention that my baby is, well, 2. As in years old. And that I haven’t taken...

I once met a woman at the children’s museum who said, “A girl, and a boy, two years apart! Good job, mama!” as if I’d won some contest I didn’t know I’d entered. It’s true that with an uncharacteristic precision, I even had the same due date for each of them. It is a tidy little age di...

My son was born seven days past my due date, and I remember those last weeks as unceasingly uncomfortable, characterized by the sensation of a bowling ball bouncing on my cervix and the conviction that this baby was never going to be born.  All this, plus the perennial conversation starter: “...

It is surely a sign of enlightened parenting times that before I was even pregnant I had heard of things like nipple confusion, perineal massage, and postpartum depression. Not that I thought any of these things would apply to me.It’s almost as if knowing about something doesn’t actually help to...

For some of us, the moment the baby weight starts to accumulate on our bodies, the scheming begins about how to drop the pounds once the little one arrives. After your baby is born and your days gradually begin to regain somewhat of a routine, it’s time to put your ideas into action.We're big fans...

This cold soup keeps you hydrated, thanks to water-packed cucumbers, which also have vitamins C (necessary for iron absorption), and K (essential for blood clotting). The other green-colored winner in this dish is spinach, which is loaded with folate and iron--the nutrients that will help you avoid ...