Parenting with a Purpose
To support parents and help build strong, positive and functional families, July is National Purposeful Parenting Month. This designation recognizes the importance of meaningful relationships between parents and children and encourages “parenting with a purpose”—listening, sharing in discussions and showing up for your family.
Ask Sofia: How much postpartum bleeding is normal?
Postpartum bleeding, also known as lochia, is a natural part of the healing process after delivery. According to Dr. Pamela Jordi, you should expect bleeding—with or without clots—like a heavy period for several days post-delivery.
Preparing for Multiples
Preparing for one baby can feel overwhelming, so when you multiply that by two, three or even more, you might be wondering where to start and how to plan for the caring of multiple newborns. Fortunately, today you have access to a wealth of information on preparing for multiples—the rate of twin births continues to rise, reaching more than 31 out of every 1,000 live births as of 2021.
Loving your postpartum body
When you have a baby, pretty much everything changes—including your body. From cracked nipples to extra skin to swollen ankles, the changes in your body may feel foreign and confusing.
“All of this is totally normal! We see celebrities who are back in a bikini a couple weeks after giving birth, but this is a pretty distorted view of postpartum bodies,” said Dr. Pamela Jordi. “There is a reason they call it the ‘fourth trimester.’ You spent the past 40 weeks or so growing another human being in your body and you deserve all the patience in the world as you adjust to parenthood.”
The Fourth Trimester
The fourth trimester refers to the first three months after a birth—the time of transition for a recently pregnant person and baby.
Helping Your First-Born Adjust to a New Sibling
If you are expecting your second child and haven’t told your firstborn yet, sooner is generally better than later. Some kids handle this transition with ease and grace—welcoming baby with open arms—while some struggle and regress. Both reactions are normal.