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The Top Benefits of Maternity Compression Wear

Pregnancy is such a fun and exciting time—there’s nothing quite like preparing to welcome a new soul into the world! But with the anticipation of meeting your baby, can come a host of unexpected aches in your body caused by the physical and hormonal changes of pregnancy. It takes a lot of work to form a whole new person inside you. Plus your body is shifting and accommodating to allow your baby to grow and develop. The benefits of compression during this transitional time of life have been used for ages around the world and thankfully, Motif Medical has developed maternity compression products that are designed to support a healthy pregnancy and promote a smooth postpartum recovery. Even better than that, most of Motif’s maternity support garments are multi-purpose and can be used during pregnancy and into the postpartum, too!

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Which Motif Breast Pump Fits Your Lifestyle?

Which Motif Medical Breast Pump Fits Your Breastfeeding Lifestyle?

With so many breast pumps on the market, it can feel completely overwhelming to try to determine which one is the best option for you. Different pumps offer different features and options, but which ones will serve you best for your particular lifestyle

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What is Postpartum Depression?

What is Postpartum Depression?

We often hear about how pregnancy forever changes a mother physically, but what about the mental health and emotional changes that can accompany pregnancy and birth? From the sudden hormone level shift to sleep deprivation to the stress of caring for a newborn, and the challenge of learning to breastfeed, it’s easy to see how one’s mental and emotional health can be greatly impacted. How do you know what you’re experiencing is “normal” versus something more serious? As many as 1 in 8 women report symptoms of Postpartum Depression (PPD), which is a serious mood disorder occurring in mothers after the birth of their new baby. Knowing the risk factors, symptoms, and potential treatments for postpartum depression is important for every woman who is preparing to or has recently given birth.

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Labor and Delivery Tips for First Time Moms

Labor and Delivery Tips for First Time Moms

Getting ready to welcome your first baby into the world is a fun and exciting time for new moms plus the whole family! But if you’re the one giving birth, there may be some uncertainty and anxiety involved when you think about your baby’s birthday. Don’t let that worry you! The majority of first-time moms have a lot of questions about how they can prepare for birth or what they should expect during delivery. Let’s take a look at some of the topics you can discuss with your family and healthcare provider before the big day. 

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Motif Moms

Mother’s Day Gifts for Motif Moms

Growing, birthing, and feeding a baby are acts worth celebrating! Show the new mom in your life support by giving gifts that help make her motherhood journey a little bit easier. We’ve got you covered with these thoughtful gift ideas that Motif Moms love!

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Should I Get a Wearable Breast Pump Through Insurance?

Not all breast pumps are created equal. Pumps are created for different situations and to fit different pumping needs. For this reason, breast pumps are often categorized as either primary or secondary. Primary pumps are traditional double electric breast pumps that use flanges and provide hospital strength and performance to effectively and efficiently express milk. Secondary pumps are smaller, more portable pumps that sometimes feature hands-free collection cups with tubing or are completely wearable inside the bra. Secondary pumps usually also have rechargeable batteries. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions when considering adding a portable or wearable pump to your pumping routine. 

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How a Midwife Can Help When You Have a Cesarean Birth

Most people who choose to see a midwife during the pregnancy are planning to have a vaginal delivery and not planning on having a cesarean section. Some people who have c-sections are even planning a home birth for their birth experience. Unfortunately, labor doesn’t always go the way we want it to. Part of a midwife’s job is to make sure that both the birthing person and the baby are safe throughout the birthing process and sometimes it becomes obvious that a c-section is the safest way for a baby to be born. While midwives generally try to avoid interventions, when they are in the best interest of the mom and baby, we are really glad they are available! But if this scenario happens to you, you might be wondering—what your midwife will do now.

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Overcoming Obstacles: Breastfeeding After C-Section

Nearly a third of all births occur via cesarean section in the United States. Facing a c-section comes with unique challenges for both recovery and breastfeeding. Because cesarean delivery is sometimes stigmatized, we need to address a few important points right off the bat. 

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FREE Motif Hospital Bag Checklist

FREE Motif Hospital Bag Checklist

If you’re giving birth at the hospital or birth center, you’ll want to pack your hospital bag when you’re in the third trimester or sometime around 34 weeks pregnant. Don’t wait until you’re close to your due date! If you wait until the last minute, it’s easy to forget something. We want to make packing even easier for you, so we’ve created a hospital bag checklist to make sure you’ve got all the essentials covered for you and your baby.

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Understanding Golden Hour for Mothers

The first hour after birth is often referred to as “the golden hour.” Just like the magical time before the sun sets, when everything seems to glow, so this hour after birth is precious and fleeting. It’s a pivotal and important time of transition for both the mother or birthing person and the baby, as you are both shifting from being one to being two. And with this shift comes a whole lot of physical change—the mother’s circulatory system is adjusting to changes in blood volume, the reproductive system is working to contract the uterus, the baby’s lungs begin to breathe for the first time and their cardiovascular system is making changes in how the blood flows through the body. A lot is going on in these moments that can’t be seen with the human eye!

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