Motherhood isn't for the squeamish, but could you stomach eating a placenta? Some women believe that Placentophagy (the act of eating one's placenta) can ward off postpartum depression since the disposable organ is hormone rich and may balance out a woman's emotions after giving birth. Whether it is prepared like a protein or taken in capsule form, would you ingest it for the possible benefits?
It's one thing to make a coffee run so soon after having baby and quite another to doll up for a night on the town. A newborn rarely allows mommy to step away from the bassinet for longer than two hours at a time, and many mums are simply sleep deprived, which makes dressing up for a swanky soiree a low priority on the to-do list. But there's always someone out there that there that deviates from the norm.
Ellen Pompeo and hubby Chris Ivery just welcomed their wee daughter Stella on Sept. 15 and already the svelte mama was paparazzi ready at David Beckham's Originals by Originals Adidas. She rocked the blue carpet and made postpartum life look all too easy. It appears the glow of her pregnancy has carried over into motherhood for the blessed new mommy.
How long did you wait to hit the social scene after having baby?
Luxurious rec clubs for babies and their parents are popular in major metropolitan cities, offering Mommy and Me classes, alternative preschool programs, indoor playgrounds, and babysitting services under one roof. While some parents are willing to fork over big bucks to join this scene and give their lil ones access to exclusive classes, the facilities tend to be focused more on the children than on the people paying the bills.
A new "club" in New York City is dedicated to postpartum women. Raising Mommy was founded by an OB/GYN and an exercise enthusiast to provide postpregnancy care to new and repeat moms. For an annual membership fee of $200, members can access a schedule of postpartum fitness classes, breastfeeding support groups, nutritional counseling, and massages (all for an additional fee) in one central location. Would you join such a club?
Some working women stress over maternity leave. There are projects to finish and deadlines to meet before baby can make its debut. But, once a soon-to-be mom preps her paperwork, tidies up her desk and bids the office good-bye, it will be a while before she yearns to go back. Whether your leave is just days, a few weeks or several months, it's an incredible time for you to create some of life's most fond memories with your child. Forget the horror stories you might have heard and check out the most wonderful aspects of taking time off.