The Fourth Trimester: Round Two

The Fourth Trimester: Round Two

With my first pregnancy, I feared labor and delivery.  How painful would it be? How long would it last? Could I actually handle it?  (It hurts. It doesn't last forever. I could handle it. And, of course, regardless of those answers, it's all worthwhile.)  With my second pregnancy, I feared the fourth trimester.  The lack of sleep, the demands and challenges of nursing, the physical recovery - and doing it all with a toddler!  To say I struggled the first time around would be an understatement, so I expected the same struggle (potentially multiplied) for round two.  But after a successful VBAC and a smooth transition into breastfeeding with my second baby, my confidence increased.  Of course, it bottomed out when we moved three days later with a newborn and a toddler, but that's pretty much how life with kids goes - they keep you humble!  Here are a few new challenges (aside from the poorly timed move) that I encountered during the fourth trimester (second time around) along with strategies to overcome them.  

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The first month: Staying healthy through the postpartum blur

The first month: Staying healthy through the postpartum blur

Baby #2 has arrived, and what a whirlwind the first month has been!  After being induced on a Saturday and delivering a healthy baby on Sunday morning, we packed up our apartment and moved a few states away that Wednesday.  As I sat on the floor of our new, empty house nursing my newborn and watching my toddler eat cake for dinner using a cardboard box as a table, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry (both, I did both... and often).  Screw thriving.  Those initial days are all about surviving.  And I'm happy to say that I survived (thanks to family, friends, and a well-timed cake delivery).  Here are a few nutrition tips to help you do the same.

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