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The Truth about Pelvic Floor Recovery: Postpartum Tips to Follow

We’ve all heard postpartum horror stories—hair loss, postpartum infections, difficulty breastfeeding, and the infamous “baby blues.” Among these common challenges include pelvic floor disorders (PFD).  According to a 2021 study published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, almost half of women suffered symptoms of at least one kind of PFD, including bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction during and after pregnancy.   There is a lot to learn about childbirth injury, and this article aims to shed light on pelvic floor dysfunction and how women can overcome it.  What Happens to the Pelvic Floor Muscles Postpartum  One of the key pelvic floor muscles, called the levator ani, is responsible for supporting and raising the pelvic floor and maintaining urinary and bowel functions. As a woman goes through pregnancy and delivery, this muscle becomes strained to support the process.  Since the levator ani holds the pelvic organs together, the…

Tips for Hiking with Kids of All Ages

Hiking is a favorite pastime for people of all ages. It is a wonderful way to absorb some natural vitamin D and get tons of fresh air. Added bonuses are getting exercise while enjoying the beauty of the natural world around us. Going hiking with kids however can be somewhat challenging if you have never done so or are not properly prepared! We have compiled a list of some of the most important things to do in preparation.  Also, there are some ideas for keeping the hike fun and engaging for everyone no matter their age! Length of Your Hike When planning out your hike with kids, one of the first things to determine is the length of the hike. While young kids always seem to have a limitless supply of energy, hiking may use different muscles than they are used to. A good way to decide how long your hike should…

5 Great Gifts for Grandparents Day

It is almost that time of year to celebrate our children’s grandparents!  We may know them as Mom and Dad, but to our kids, they are the beloved Grandma and Grandpa (or whatever other adorable names they may call them).  The ones who are always ready to let them get away with just a little more sugar than Mom and Dad do and who love to spoil our kids rotten!  So what can we get for these cherished family members for the Grandparents’ Day holiday?  What could possibly express the love that your children feel for their grandparents?  Thankfully, there is a wonderful company called Minted with many unique photo gifts.  These are sure to bring warmth and joy to the hearts of those who receive them.  Here are five of the best gifts for grandparents available on Minted! Heart-Shaped Photo Collage While we all enjoy flipping through…

17 Side Hustle Ideas For Moms To Make Money

Side hustles for moms have exploded in the past couple of years mainly due to the pandemic. The latest data from the United States Census Bureau found that over 10 million moms lost work due to the pandemic or because they had to stay at home with their children. Moms however are generally good at side hustling so it’s no surprise that many have explored new ideas to get paid whilst taking care of their families. Side hustles offer moms flexibility, and they allow you to work based on your schedule and terms. Your rate of success and income will be based on the amount of effort and investment you put in. Starting a side hustle can be daunting, with lots of unknowns to be discovered. However, with enough commitment, motivation, and resources, you can turn a hobby or idea into a successful side hustle that generates…

Pumping: When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work Out

There are times when breastfeeding doesn’t work out for you and your new baby. Quite often, this is accompanied by a lot of guilt – especially for new moms. No need to worry, it’s not your fault. Besides, there are other options available to help feed your baby with your natural breast milk. Most new moms have been told that breastfeeding ALWAYS works, and that it is an automatic process after childbirth, but sometimes it does not always go as planned and that’s fine! Exclusive pumping is the next best option for new moms, if breastfeeding does not work out well. It applies to situations where your baby has to use extra effort to get breast milk, and it can be very relieving for both mommy and baby. The hormones prolactin and oxytocin are responsible for the production of breast milk, but milk production is highly dependent on how…

First Day Vitamins for Kids and Women: An Honest Review

Do your kids eat their vegetables and other foods that are good for them without a fuss?  They do? No way, how did you do that?…If you did’t answer yes to that first question, don’t worry you are not alone!  Most of us parents are in the same boat and we want to make sure they get the right nutrition for their growth and development, but it’s not always easy.  We try things like shredding and hiding vegetables in things we make from meatballs to muffins.   Kids Multi Vitamins While that sometimes works sometimes, more often at least one of my kids will somehow figure out the slight ‘difference’ they are tasting. A more reliable and consistent way to get the right mix of nutrients into your kids from fruits and vegetables is First Day Kids Multi Vitamins.  My kids love them and they are made from 12 real…

Top Picks for Breastfeeding Safe Protein Powders

Protein packed smoothies are a great way for moms to fill us with good calories, a good way to lose baby weight and help boost milk supply.  Protein powder is safe for breastfeeding and can serve several purposes at once for both baby and mom. Protein shakes are such a great way to take in a lot of nutrients, which if you are breastfeeding, you need! Protein is so important for lactation and getting enough of it can be difficult for busy moms.  Let’s talk about why protein powders are super helpful to breastfeeding moms. Are protein powders safe for breastfeeding mothers? Yes, here’s why: Protein powders offer high concentrates of essential vitamins and minerals that are normally difficult to consume Protein powders are filling and versatile for use in various shakes and recipes Protein powders are derived from organic and clean ingredients, not chemicals. Protein powders can be sweetened…

The Ultimate Guide to Family Finances

If there’s anything more challenging than managing a family, it’s managing finances. The financial world can be confusing and difficult to navigate, and with family finance there’s always added pressure to succeed. Whether you’re looking to clean up your finances or you’re starting to plan for your family’s future, we’ve got you covered with four tips for taking care of your family financial matters.  Communicate With Your Spouse Finances can be a taboo subject for some families. It can lead to parents feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and money can even be a common catalyst for arguments. An Ameriprise study found that three in ten couples argue about money at least once a month. When dealing with family finances, an open communication policy with your spouse can help eliminate any confusion and prevent feelings of burnout. To communicate more effectively about money, start by setting a time to sit down…

Staycations Solve Spring Break Problems

This is one of those times of the year when parents almost dread the fact that their kids are out of school. Why? It’s because they have to find something to occupy their time, especially if they still have to work every day. For those who can take the time away from work and spend it with the family, I want to encourage you not to dismiss the idea of a staycation, even during Spring Break, and here’s why. Traveling during Spring Break is EXPENSIVE Tourism is at its peak during Spring Break, so the hotel, entertainment, and hospitality industries look to make a lot of money from travelers. This drives up the prices of everything from gas to food prices. Yes, there are deals out there, but they are usually “get them when you see them” and can run out very quickly. You can create a staycation experience that…

How to Sleep Better: Parents’ Guide to Healthy Sleep

In a survey done by Sleep Junkie, nearly 70 percent of the respondents were getting their recommended 7+ hours of sleep per night just prior to becoming parents. Fast forward to these same people having a baby — and only 10 percent of them were hitting that number of hours. In the first year of parenting, the majority of moms and dads were falling short of sleep by approximately three hours every night. And it’s not just parents of newborns who lose sleep. Everything from kids getting sick to dealing with teenage rebellion can mean sleepless nights for worried moms and dads.  Unavoidably, being a parent entails some sleepless nights. But is losing sleep really one of the sacrifices that parents have to make constantly?  Parenting is challenging enough as it is, and being sleep-deprived can only make it more difficult. To be happy and healthy, kids need happy and…