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Better Sex After Birth

When you both feel ready to make sex a priority after baby has joined the family, it’s good to be prepared. Things will likely look and feel different. Here are four tips for making sex after childbirth more comfortable.

Our Fave Products for Your Best Postpartum Recovery

If you’ve spent any time on social media as an expectant parent you know how easy it is to get pulled in by the algorithms. The baby and postpartum industry garnered close to $25 billion in 2021! If you’d like some help sifting through the marketing gimmicks and landing on products that are really and truly helpful during the postpartum recovery time, here are our top favorite products.

Five Strategies for a Successful Lying-In

It is probably the challenge that is most common among our Better Beginnings families: How can parents truly rest well in the postpartum time? One historical term–the postpartum “lying-in”–gives us a sense of what the postpartum recovery period should look like. While society might approve of running errands at Target or responding to work emails after birth, our real focus should be on authentic rest so that we can care for ourselves well and care for our babies well. If you are wondering how you can truly rest, recover, and enjoy your baby (or babies) in your postpartum time, here are our top five strategies for a successful lying-in.

Six Tips for Babywearing in Warm Weather

Ready or not, summer is here! But just because our Minnesota summer is bringing the heat (and humidity) it doesn’t mean you have to forego being outdoors with your little one. It does, however, mean that you might have to adapt some of your babywearing strategies to keep your baby (and yourself) cool. Read on for a few tips for safe and comfortable babywearing in warm weather:

My Pregnancy With Breast Cancer

Life is never a straight line. I knew that, but what I didn’t know was what would make mine veer off course. It turned out to be a real doozy: I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 33 years old while pregnant with my son. Some days it still feels like an awful dream, but my breast cancer during pregnancy did indeed happen, and I am still here to tell my story.

Finding Mom Friends

As a new parent, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by emotions, responsibilities, and expectations. We’ve all been there—the moment when you realize that you are drowning, and the only thing you want to do is eat a bunch of ice cream, collapse into bed, and not be needed for the next eight hours. While rest is always a good idea and a priority for a new parent (or even an experienced one!), we tend to push away something that we all actually, truly need: friends.

Real Pumpkin Spice Latte

As a new parent, you may find that one of the challenges is enjoying a cup of coffee while it’s still hot. There’s no shame in that microwaved coffee game (we’ve all been there!), but this pumpkin spice latte, made with real pumpkin, is so good you won’t want to put it down until it’s gone.

No-Bake Lactation Bites

When you’re recovering from childbirth and breastfeeding a newborn, you don’t often have time to prepare a full meal for yourself. The “fourth trimester” is a time for healthy snacks that you can prepare ahead of time and eat with one hand. These no-bake lactation bites are power-packed with healthy fats, good protein, and lactogenic ingredients to aid your milk production. Make them during your last few weeks of pregnancy and store them in your freezer, so you have a stash ready to go when baby arrives. We suggest a double batch, and be sure everyone else in the home knows they are for you only. Otherwise, they will all get eaten up by partners or older kiddos because they are so tasty!

Planting Seeds

We trust, as the little seeds do, that we will bloom where we are planted.  Those early days postpartum are a time of great transition.  Give yourself grace, as you learn about your baby and your baby learns about you.

Postpartum in a Pandemic

The time after a baby is born is often a bit isolating; parents are home most of the time, with their new little person who spins routines on their head and blurs days and nights.  The postpartum time may mean much less interaction with other adults.  Being postpartum during a pandemic, however, is a whole other story.  In the current situation of COVID-19 racing through communities and spreading around the globe, fear, social distancing, and messaging urging people to stay home as much as possible means new parents are getting even fewer visitors and help than they usually do.  While fewer visitors can enable parents to rest and recover with their newborn, having less help usually is not a good thing.  In light of this, here are some ideas for making the most of your postpartum time during a pandemic, and if you know someone who just had a baby or is having one soon, consider these as suggestions for offering your assistance from (at least 6 feet) afar.

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