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8 Steps to Easing Back into a Fitness Routine After Birth

I remember chatting with a friend about a month before I was due with my son about my postpartum exercise routine. At that time, I was an avid morning gym goer — 6:30 am spin classes — things one can do before baby! I was under the great delusion that I would miss a couple of weeks and then be right back into my fitness regimen.

Feel (a Lot) Happier as a Mom

Terri Greenlee had just recovered from a C-section when she made her first venture out for groceries with her 8-week-old daughter, Emelie. In the checkout line, a grinning stranger tapped her on the shoulder with a mouthful of advice: “Enjoy this special time. It goes by so fast.” Greenlee wasn’t looking for a side of parenting advice to go with her pasta sauce—but there it was.

10 Things All New Moms Should Know

Twelve years ago I had a one-month old daughter. Those days, with my first newborn, seem like both moments ago and an entirely different lifetime. The truth is I found those days long and very difficult. And yet, now, all these years later, I would give almost anything to have them back. Perspective is a funny thing, lighting everything as it does with nostalgia, and smoothing over some of the jagged parts at the same time.

The Follow-Along Barre Workout for New Moms

Ready to start exercising again, but aren't sure where to start? Barre-inspired workouts could be just what you're looking for—they're low-impact, efficient (read: they don't take forever!) and focused on increasing strength and balance in your core.

First Getaway With Baby: Travel Tips from the Pros

As Emily Francis, a mom of two in Atlanta, prepped to travel with her baby girl, Hannah, to see relatives in Ohio for Christmas, she felt like she was starring in a feel-good holiday movie—right before everything goes terribly wrong. The trip involved crossing multiple state lines, enough baby gear to fill a small warehouse and a whole lot of people to be seen. “My mom is one of 10 kids, so we had so many houses to visit when we arrived,” Francis says.

My Biggest Mom Regrets

My son yelled at my ovaries the other day. It was during a conversation about how much he really wants a baby sister (even though he can't properly take care of his guinea pig). I reminded him that I am perfectly content with our little family and that I have no desire to deal with babysitters, dirty diapers, projectile vomit or sore nipples ever again.

The Every Mother Counts Baby Box

It’s good to be a new mom in Finland. In addition to free, high-quality healthcare, excellent maternal health outcomes and super-long, paid maternity leave, every mother receives a lovely gift box filled with newborn essentials. The box itself is big enough to be baby’s first bed and contains a mattress, sheet, blankets, baby clothes, and other newborn supplies so that every baby starts life with all the essentials. American mothers aren’t quite so lucky.

SIDS Update: Many Babies Still Sleep With Soft Bedding

Is your baby safe while she sleeps? More than half of babies aren’t, according to a new study. A whopping 55 percent of U.S. infants still sleep with unsafe bedding (think: blankets or pillows in the crib), according to a new study in Pediatrics.

Why New Dads Should Take Paternity Leave

You know when something’s simultaneously shocking and obvious? Brace yourself: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which entitles most new moms to 12 weeks off work within Baby’s first year, promises the same time off to dads (and in some cases, same-sex spouses, too). That means your S.O.

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