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Filling the Mama Well

As a working at home mom, I quickly discovered how fast my well can deplete when I’m trying to be mommy, cancer registrar, writer, wife, and friend to my family, coworkers, and friends. Sleep deprivation, constant interruptions, and never having a moment to yourself to recharge can hasten the crash and burn at mach speed. […]

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Mom Self-Care

Taking Care of Yourself in Just One Step

“I’m going to the gym,” he said. I wanted to kill him. “Okay, see you later,” I said unenthusiastically. This routine continued for days. My husband would go to the gym while I took care of both kids. We had just brought our second baby home a few weeks prior. Our toddler had a pretty […]

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Post-Pregnancy Pooch

My Gut Feelings: Accepting the Post-Pregnancy Pooch

All of the pregnancy books I bought from the bookstore when I was pregnant for the first time droned on and on about swollen feet, linea nigra, and episiotomies, but none of them them talked about the huge body mass changes that come from gestating and birthing another human being. Each of my pregnancies changed […]

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When Less Is More: How Breast Reduction May Help Your Teen

{Thank you to the Portland Plastic Surgery Group for sponsoring this post.} Between friends, homework, and hormones, high school girls have enough on their plates. But for many teenagers, they also must deal with something that may surprise you: overly large breasts. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of breast […]

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Birth Control Nightmare - My IUD Story

Birth Control Nightmare: My IUD Story

“What kind of birth control are you looking at?” My midwife asked me at the four-week postpartum appointment. I’d been seeing her weekly since I’d been diagnosed with postpartum depression. Well, heck, I thought. With everything going on, sex was the last thing on my mind. Plus I was still bleeding. My 3rd-degree perineal tear […]

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