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Pregnancy and Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

Concerns about keeping healthy are high during pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, your immune system is weakened making you more susceptible to illness. It is known that pregnant women are at a higher risk for respiratory infections such as influenza and SARS-CoV. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) however does not have substantial evidence to say […]

CBD for All the Things— Unless You’re Pregnant

March 18, 2020

Over the last couple of years, CDB use seems to have gone viral. Businesses galore tout signs saying “CBD Products Sold Here,” and for what seems like every possible physical or mental condition, at least someone in your circle will be heard saying, “Have you tried CBD?”  If you feel like you’re out of the […]

Get Off the Island: Reaching beyond the internet for pregnancy support

March 2, 2020

Among a 2020 mama’s slew of parenting choices is the way she chooses to approach prenatal care and giving birth. If you’ve ever watched a piece of film set back even just a hundred years, you know that not long ago, choices really weren’t a thing. There may have been a doctor or midwife attending […]

Are Pregnant Women At Risk of Heart Disease?

A new study is claiming that just under 5% of all pregnant women have a healthy heart. Even more alarming, a majority of pregnant women at risk of heart disease won’t know it until it’s too late.  The study was conducted by Northwestern Medicine researchers that used 15 years of data collected by the National […]

The Opioid Crisis: Postpartum Care Is Even More Crucial

February 11, 2020

When people think of the marathon that is pregnancy, the delivery of the baby is so often thought of as the finish line. But delivery is not the finish line. As most women who have given birth and care to an infant can attest, those postpartum months are not for the faint of heart.  Aside […]

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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

 

Pregnancy and Coronavirus

By Melissa Pshuidakis / March 23, 2020

Concerns about keeping healthy are high during pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, your immune system is weakened making you more susceptible to illness. It is known that pregnant women are at a higher risk for respiratory infections such as influenza and SARS-CoV. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) however does not have substantial evidence to say […]

CBD for All the Things— Unless You’re Pregnant

By Melissa Pshuidakis / March 18, 2020

Over the last couple of years, CDB use seems to have gone viral. Businesses galore tout signs saying “CBD Products Sold Here,” and for what seems like every possible physical or mental condition, at least someone in your circle will be heard saying, “Have you tried CBD?”  If you feel like you’re out of the […]

Get Off the Island: Reaching beyond the internet for pregnancy support

By Melissa Pshuidakis / March 2, 2020

Among a 2020 mama’s slew of parenting choices is the way she chooses to approach prenatal care and giving birth. If you’ve ever watched a piece of film set back even just a hundred years, you know that not long ago, choices really weren’t a thing. There may have been a doctor or midwife attending […]

Are Pregnant Women At Risk of Heart Disease?

By Melissa Pshuidakis / March 2, 2020

A new study is claiming that just under 5% of all pregnant women have a healthy heart. Even more alarming, a majority of pregnant women at risk of heart disease won’t know it until it’s too late.  The study was conducted by Northwestern Medicine researchers that used 15 years of data collected by the National […]

6 Truths About Waist Training Your Postpartum Body

By Melissa Pshuidakis / February 11, 2020

As with so many other topics, the general population has strong opinions about childbearing and all that goes with it. Natural or with drugs? At home or at the hospital? Formula or breastmilk? Let your body do its thing or whip it back into shape? There’s usually a choice, and …. sigh … there are […]

California Law Rallies Postpartum Support (really) for Women

By Melissa Pshuidakis / February 11, 2020

By January, women could have access to more postpartum support than ever … literally. A new bill has hit the floors of the California state government calling for all health care plans to include coverage for post-pregnancy pelvic floor physical therapy as early as January 2021.  Assembly Bill (AB) 1904 was introduced by Assemblywoman Tasha […]

Holiday Foods to Avoid When Pregnant

By Melissa Pshuidakis / December 11, 2019

Food is a big part of the holidays, but you may need to avoid some of your favorite foods during this holiday season to keep your baby safe. Your immune system is weaker right now, making you vulnerable to some food-borne illnesses that can cross into your placenta and hurt the baby, so even though […]

Alcohol and Breastfeeding

By Melissa Pshuidakis / December 10, 2019

You have had your baby and you can finally return to enjoying the food and drinks you have not been able to have for the last nine months. One question many new mothers ask is if it is okay for them to drink alcohol while they are breastfeeding. Can You Drink While Breastfeeding? According to […]

Choosing Not to Breastfeed

By Melissa Pshuidakis / December 6, 2019

Not every woman is comfortable breast feeding, some have trouble doing it and others do not want to for their own reasons. Any woman who admits that she does not want to breastfeed is going to feel pressured by her friends, family, and even doctors for it. Unfortunately, this is another aspect of pregnancy that […]

Prescription Opioids

By Katie Wolf / November 30, 2019

These painkillers are prescribed to new mamas for anything from perineal tears to C-section incisions. The potential for developing a habit is huge and spikes every day you use them. Abuse, addiction, and even death are all part of the opioid epidemic that is spreading worldwide. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), […]

The Postpartum Diet

By Melissa Pshuidakis / November 22, 2019

After having some major food restrictions for nine months, you may be ready to begin enjoying all of your favorite food again, but there are still some nutrition needs your body will require from your postpartum body in order to fully recover; especially if you are breastfeeding. Calories The most important part of your postpartum […]

Healing from a Traumatic Childbirth

By Melissa Pshuidakis / November 20, 2019

Many pregnant women spend time dreaming about how their experience giving birth will go, especially if this is their first child. Like with many other life experiences, your expectations for it may have been formed through what you have heard from friends and family, stories posted online, and books, movies, or television. These tend to […]

Tea and Pregnancy: What Teas Are Safe?

By Melissa Pshuidakis / November 13, 2019

Pregnancy brings with it a lot of changes for every woman, including changing your diet and giving up caffeine. Some women will exchange coffee for tea when pregnant, so they still get some caffeine, but some teas can also be harmful to consume while pregnant. These are some teas that are safe to drink and […]

Understanding Postpartum Headaches

By Melissa Pshuidakis / November 12, 2019

Headaches can happen to anyone for any number of reasons. When a woman has headaches within the first six weeks after giving birth, these are called postpartum headaches, and they are a common complaint. Headaches can happen to anyone for any number of reasons. When a woman has headaches within the first six weeks after […]

A Rainbow After Loss

By Katie Wolf / September 30, 2019

Rainbows remind us that there is hope and beauty after a storm. It is no wonder why the term rainbow baby is used for babies born after a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. It is fitting that meteorologist Dylan Dreyer publicly announce that her recent pregnancy is going to give her a lovely rainbow baby! […]

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 […]

The Opioid Crisis: Postpartum Care Is Even More Crucial

By Melissa Pshuidakis / February 11, 2020

When people think of the marathon that is pregnancy, the delivery of the baby is so often thought of as the finish line. But delivery is not the finish line. As most women who have given birth and care to an infant can attest, those postpartum months are not for the faint of heart.  Aside […]