The Link Between Postpartum Pain and Depression

October 22, 2018

Does Postpartum Pain Put You at Risk for Depression? New Research Shows Postpartum Depression May be Caused by Postpartum Pain Childbirth is a natural process, but the resulting pain associated with delivery is leading researchers to conclude that the ties between postpartum depression and postpartum pain are stronger than previously thought. A new study presented […]

Every Mama is an Athlete

September 6, 2018

Guess what, every mama is an athlete! Most of us have experienced this at least once in our lives: stepping up to the starting line for a race, walking on stage under the hot glare of lights, sitting down to an exam that might determine our future. We can probably count the number of truly […]

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Hey Mamas, welcome to the knowledge center! We've gathered some of the best research on maternity and postpartum and broken down the science to give you answers and support. There is so much information about maternity and postpartum best practices out there but you can trust that Mama Strut has waded through all of it and ensured we're giving you the best, most up to date information. -Jill Bigelow, CEO

Can Advocating for Your Health Plan Lead to Discrimination?

By Anna Pederson / July 10, 2019

Researchers have been studying what factors may contribute to women experiencing poor hospital visits when giving birth, and have found that refusal of certain procedures leads to discrimination by doctors or nurses. When thinking about what to include in your hospital bag, a birth plan may be a significant part. Detailing aesthetic choices such as […]

Postpartum Hair Loss

By Anna Pederson / June 25, 2019

Style, individuality, and even personality – we use our hair to show off all of these things. Our hair can tell a story about who we are with each little cut and color, which is why experiencing hair loss at any stage in life can feel so shocking and upsetting. Learn about the whys and […]

Diet During Pregnancy

By Anna Glennon / May 16, 2019

There are so many ways you can consider pregnancy nutrition: by macronutrient values, by micronutrient values or even by categories of food. But I’d rather you focus on food quality. Focus on, real and whole foods, (closest to the way nature made them.) Think of skin, not package! If your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize it…don’t eat it! Here are the foods you should focus on:

The Link Between Postpartum Pain and Depression

By Anna Pederson / October 22, 2018

Does Postpartum Pain Put You at Risk for Depression? New Research Shows Postpartum Depression May be Caused by Postpartum Pain Childbirth is a natural process, but the resulting pain associated with delivery is leading researchers to conclude that the ties between postpartum depression and postpartum pain are stronger than previously thought. A new study presented […]

Every Mama is an Athlete

By Anna Pederson / September 6, 2018

Guess what, every mama is an athlete! Most of us have experienced this at least once in our lives: stepping up to the starting line for a race, walking on stage under the hot glare of lights, sitting down to an exam that might determine our future. We can probably count the number of truly […]

Sleep Tips for Pregnancy

By Mama Strut / June 11, 2019

Pregnancy is the beginning of exciting changes in your life and body. Unfortunately, each trimester comes with unique sleep challenges that you’ll need to address. We’ve laid out some sleep tips that are helpful during pregnancy and after along with a break down of the sleep challenges you’ll face in each trimester. Sleep Tips for […]

Well Woman Health

By Anna Pederson / May 20, 2019

The fourth-trimester. AKA postpartum. You’ve heard us talk about the importance of this stage in motherhood; it’s the stage that is overlooked by many doctors, media, and even moms. Now an ally of woman’s health is also using the phrase fourth-trimester to raise the visibility of how vital it is to prioritize well woman health […]

Veganism & Pregnancy

By Anna Pederson / May 20, 2019

“There’s no stage in life where nutrition matters so much as it does during pregnancy. After all, you’re providing the nutrition necessary to support two lives,” writes Reed Mangels (PhD, RD) at the top of his vegan pregnancy diet guide.

Postpartum Depression Information Sheet

By Anna Pederson / May 17, 2019

Being able to distinguish between normal stress and depression can be a challenge. Knowing what to look and listen for in your own thoughts and mood before you give birth can lead to early detection or even prevention. The earlier PPD is recognized, the better the treatment results.

Can Inflammation Teach Us About Pregnancy Stress?

By Anna Pederson / May 17, 2019

The subjects that exhibited external signs of stress, like anxious behaviors and decreased awareness of their pups, mimicked behaviors that are often found in women who are struggling with depression themselves. And when compared to other rats who were not stressed during their pregnancy, the test subjects were found to have inflammation markers on their brain tissue that indicated stress had affected the mood center, or medial prefrontal cortex.

Does Postpartum Pain Put You at Risk for Depression?

By Anna Pederson / May 17, 2019

Postpartum depression affects 1 in 9 women according to the Center for Disease Control. Risk factors include traumatic birth, a preterm baby, history of depression, or low social support. It is a serious condition that many women suffer through silently and alone.