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Did you know that your jogging stroller may be the longest lasting piece of baby equipment in your home? Unlike many baby products that your baby outgrows in a short time, a good jogging stroller can carry you from newborn well through early childhood. So, it’s important to find the right one for you. Here are some things to look for.

Swivel / Fixed Wheel – We suggest a swivel wheel for its turning ease. You can literally turn it with one hand. A traditional fixed wheel jogger has to be pushed on the back wheels to turn. But for longer runs, you want a fixed wheel. The ideal stroller can be set as fixed or used as a swivel.

Reclining Seat – When baby is happy, mommy is happy. Look for a jogger that can recline back in case your little one wants to take a nap.

Infant Adaptor – Many of the jogging strollers now have adaptors so you can put your car seat in it right from the start.

Wheel Size – Bigger wheels are generally best for heavy runners or rough terrain. Smaller wheels are better for walking on smooth surfaces.

Height – Check the height of the...

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real illness caused by changes in biology, psychology, environment and hormones. PPD is the most common complication of childbirth. You are not alone. PPD affects up to 20% of new mothers anytime in the first year after delivery. You are not to blame. PPD can affect any new mother regardless of age, race, income, education and/or marital status. You can feel better with help. PPD can be treated with self-help techniques, social support, counseling and medication when necessary.

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The Edinburgh Scale is well-known as a tool for new mothers to determine whether or they might have postpartum depression. Do you think you might have postpartum depression (PPD)? Take this simple test and use the scoring system indicated below. You should complete the test yourself. You are asked to check the answer that comes closest to how you have been feeling in the last 7 days.

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You may have been shocked after the birth of your baby by the look of your belly. Besides the loose skin, you are also looking at loose abdominal muscles. Your muscles had to stretch and loosen up in order to accommodate your baby. Many women during their pregnancy experience a separation of the rectus abdominus (your “six pack”) called diastasis recti. This is the separation of the abdominal muscle at the linea alba (which is a fibrous band of connective tissue down middle of abdomen between the muscles). This can occur as your baby grows or may occur from sudden exertion. The softening effect of pregnancy hormones also allow the fibrous tissue to loosen and stretch. Women with abdominal muscle separation may have a weakness of the deeper abdominal muscles. This may contribute to lower back pain if the separation does not close after the birth. In order to regain the look of your “prenatal abs”, you need to regain your muscle strength and tone.

Diastasis Recti. To check for separation, lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Lift your head and shoulder blades...

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