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Postpartum Recovery: What I Didn't Expect

Postpartum recovery is the part of having a baby that nobody ever talks about. Sure, there are thinly veiled references to buying pads, spending a lot of time on the couch, and not having sex for a while. But the details remain shady, and so you're left to glean information from the corners of the [...]

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Postpartum Survival Kit

The part of having a baby that I truly wasn't prepared for were the first few weeks postpartum. I had a really rough recovery (involving a trip back to the hospital at 2 days pp, 25+ infected stitches, mega-doses of antibiotics and painkillers, etc.), so there were a few things I found to be lifesavers. [...]

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Post partum, sleep deprivation and the baby blues

One thing I was surprised about was that not many women talk about recovery right after birth. All I saw were happy, smiley pictures of the baby and all the crying and misery seemed to be kept in private. I, for one, could not stop screaming from the rooftops about how difficult it was for [...]

Don't forget to look out for number one....

I mentioned in my go-get-your-flu-shot post that we as mothers are so busy with our babies -- feeding, changing diapers, running around for their doctors appointments, etc. -- that it's easy to forget about our own health and well-being. I had been dancing up to four times a week, 1-2 hours a day right up until [...]

How to Survive the Early Days of Motherhood

I remember the moment when I realized that everything in my life had changed after I had Lil' Tea Cup very clearly. I was in the shower at the hospital, the morning after I had given birth. I had a head covered with shampoo and had just gingerly put soap on a cloth while trying [...]

Embracing the post baby body

A few weeks after having my first baby, I remember toweling off in the bathroom next to the mirror after a shower when a streak of white caught my eye. Were my eyes deceiving me?  I looked a little closer and then I saw them -- those long white streaky tiger stripes running across my [...]

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Korean Seaweed Soup (Miyeokguk) for Postpartum

Miyeokguk is one of the easiest Korean soups to make - good thing too because it's one of my favorites!  It is most often eaten by women postpartum, as well as on birthdays.  When I was newly postpartum with both my kids, my mother-in-law had me drink it 3x a day every day for the [...]

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