Kerry Washington Isn't Stressing Over Her Post-Baby Body, So Why Are You?

Editor's Note: In a recent interview for SELF magazine, actress Kerry Washington, 38, said this about getting her pre-baby body back, "I've been really focused on not being 'back' to anything, but being the best version of myself right now. My body is the site of a miracle now. I don't want to be pre-miracle." And here's another take from a BlogHer Member on post-baby bodies and how women feel about them. The admonition that we should love our bodies is oddly authoritarian. Nonetheless, I tried. And, for the longest time I couldn't figure out why this advice irked me, or why it was slightly suffocating. Shouldn't I want to love my body? Shouldn't that be the ultimate body image goal? Not necessarily. Love in and of itself is lovely. But telling women they need to love their bodies is not. Why? Because body love assumes our thoughts should fall at the extreme end of the emotional spectrum. ...more

Taking Baby Steps For Your Post-Baby Body

Here in Toronto, the start of August signals the imminent end to our too-short summer season. Almost every year around this time, I come to one clear revelation: I didn’t get my summer body as "on point" as I wanted it to be. And almost every year around this time, I make another promise: Next year, I swear I’ll do better. ...more

Thank You, Mark Zuckerberg, For Using Your Platform to Talk About Miscarriage

Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a father. His wife, Priscilla Chan, is pregnant, and they announced it on Facebook yesterday with the now ubiquitous photo of Priscilla's grinning face and their totally adorable dog. ...more

Clubfoot Baby Essentials

The four worst on-screen births

One of the unexpected downsides to having a baby is that I can no longer watch Grey's Anatomy without wanting to throw my coffee at the screen. The same goes for Private Practice, Offspring or any other show that involves a lot of babies being born....more

Top 10 Products Every Pumpin’ Mama Should Buy

There is a lot of stuff out there on the market for pumping mamas.  Here is a list of the top 10 must buy items compiled by  the Pumpin’ Mamas from The Pumpin’ Mama’s Blueprint and me.1. Extra Set of Pumping Parts2. Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra(enter “Milkmom” to get $10 and free shipping)...more

5 reasons waiting for back to school is like waiting for an overdue pregnancy

If waiting for back to school is anything like waiting on an overdue baby, I'm currently 12 days, 14 hours, 13 minutes and 34 seconds overdue. My mind and body are beginning to show at least 5 signs of wear. 1) Jealousy: If I see one more picture of a cute kid holding a perfectly written chalkboard sign while slumped behind a full backpack, I will completely lose it.  I guess the flip side here is that I still have almost two weeks to practice writing "2nd grade" in fancy block letters. ...more

Double Birthdays!

6 years ago today I became a mother. Abram was born 7 lbs 6 oz  and 18 1/2 inches long at 10:04 am, on Luis' birthday! It was the most exhilarating and life altering day I had ever had. I held Abram for the first time and all I saw was perfection. I cried, like most first time moms do, and I remember thinking I wanted to give him all my love, all my attention, and bombard him with cuddles and kisses! I wanted time to stop and just be in that moment of pure bliss. I know it sounds sappy, but it really was such a beautiful day....more

Pregnancy & Baby Talk: 30 Weeks and Counting

It's amazing how much time has already passed in this pregnancy! 30 weeks, means there are only about 10 weeks left. That's still a good 2 1/2 months, but whoa, the time is flying by!What's even more amazing is 25 Weeks...more

A New Mom, A New Disease

I was 7 months pregnant and lying in bed the night of January 14, 2015 when all of a sudden I felt what I describe as a small explosion in my right lower abdomen. I had felt this in a much smaller scale every time I had what I thought were heartburn episodes due to pregnancy . I instantly ran to the bathroom and began getting sick. I drank water and Pedialyte to try and rehydrate myself. I had been to the hospital twice in the last few weeks on suspicion of dehydration (my major complaints being back pain and heartburn) and I refused to go again....more

Block Feeding

So, you have determined you have too much milk (TMM) and you have decided you don’t want to be the primary pumping station for the human milk bank. You want to make a little less milk. That’s okay! Don’t feel guilty for wanting less!...more

Breastfeeding is like orange juice

A couple of weeks months ago (thank you, 8-month sleep regression) mothers all over the globe took to the trenches again over this breastfeeding study from Brazil, suggesting that breastfed babies end up smarter, richer and more educated than their formula-fed counterparts....more

Going from DINKs to parents

Dual-Income, No Kids. ...more