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12 Relatable Instagram Accounts for New Moms to Follow

Rachel Wilkerson by Rachel Wilkerson

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness, taking charge of your fertility, know more about your body, understanding fertility, understanding fertility health, improving fertility health, improving women's health, natural birth control, new mom, postpartum, instagram, online community, new motherhood, instagram for new moms

My evening essentials for the first few blurry weeks of being a new mom have included enormous glasses of water, muslins for midnight burpings, emergency granola bars for marathon nursing sessions, and my smartphone. With a baby inclined toward reflux, I often spend the early hours of the morning holding him upright in one hand […]

“Can I get copper toxicity from the copper IUD?” and other questions about the copper IUD: A Natural Womanhood Copper IUD FAQ

Natural Womanhood by Natural Womanhood

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IUDs are some of the most effective forms of contraception available on the market, with pregnancy prevention rates over 99%. Although it is a small, t-shaped plastic device like other IUDs, the copper IUD is wrapped in copper wire, and is free from the synthetic hormones emitted by other IUDs. Despite being hormone-free, the copper […]

What You Need to Know if You’re Pregnant or Nursing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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The Covid-19 pandemic is life-altering enough for just about everyone. People are working from home, kids are out of school, city wide curfews have been placed, and many restaurants and bars have shut down or considerably reduced their services. But there is one population who is experiencing uncertainty on a whole new level: those who […]

Four Things Everyone Needs to Know About Miscarriage

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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(This article discusses pregnancy loss and may not be appropriate for some readers because of the sensitive content. If you are struggling with a pregnancy loss, this article may be difficult to read.) It’s the unspoken grief that so many women carry in their hearts: the pain of losing a child due to miscarriage. While […]

Cycles and the Change: Fertility After 35

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Menopause is not typically a word women like to hear. Whether it’s pre, peri, or simply just menopause.  Regardless of when the ovary releases the final egg, cycles make a major shift around the mid-thirties, leading to a large drop in fertility after age 35 (generally speaking, as every woman is different). De-regulation of cycles—and […]

New Book Explores How Hormonal Birth Control Affects Women’s Brains

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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In a new book titled How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control, Dr. Sarah E. Hill sheds light on current research on the woman’s brain and the many ways the Pill impacts it. In a recent interview for The Guardian, Dr. Hill discusses the book and the science and research backing her […]

The Use of Progesterone Supplements in Treating Postpartum Depression

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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The birth of a baby can be one of the most emotionally and hormonally turbulent events in a woman’s life. Pain, fear, joy, and ecstasy come in rapid succession, joined by interrupted sleep and dramatic hormonal shifts. Often euphemistically dubbed the “baby blues,” it is no laughing matter for a great number of women. For […]

The New York Times just Published a Fertility Awareness-Positive Article

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

Fertility Awareness-Based Methods, also known as modern methods of natural family planning (NFP), are often discredited or misrepresented in the media (or, more likely, ignored completely). So it was welcome news recently when the New York Times Parenting Blog published a personal essay that discussed fertility awareness methods in a positive and humorous way. In […]

‘Romper’ Article Recommends Birth Control Through Menopause, Fails to Mention FABM

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

“Like most people with uteruses, I’ve spent the majority of my adult life taking birth control to prevent pregnancy.” So begins Steph Montgomery’s recent article on the Bustle-affiliate mommy website Romper, “What Age Should You Stop Taking Birth Control? An Expert Explains.” The article addresses how menopause and various health problems should weigh into your […]

Let’s Talk Menstrual Cups

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

As more women look for sustainable and environmentally friendly options for healthcare and wellness, menstrual cups are coming to the fore as an alternative to disposable tampons and sanitary napkins. Though they’ve been around since the 1930s, the first manufactured menstrual cups for the United States appeared in 1987. Menstrual cups are typically made of […]