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Which Birth Control Should I Use After Baby

We’re all for having sex after baby arrives (whenever you’re ready, of course!). Let’s remember, though, sex is how that baby got here. And if you’re not quite ready for another baby, it’s time to start taking birth control. Before you simply revert back to your pre-baby birth control -- or just skip it altogether -- we wanted you to hear some expert opinions on the best way to prevent pregnancy during those first few weeks and months postpartum.

Here's what 3 of the preeminent birth control experts in the industry think about postpartum pregnancy prevention.

Dr. Robin Berzin, founder and CEO of Parsley Health & co-founder of the physician communication app Cureatr.

What's your birth control suggestions, advice or guidance for a new mom who doesn't want to get pregnant again right away?

After years of being out of favor, IUDs are once again becoming a preferred form of birth control in this situation. At Parsley we particularly like the copper IUD for many women. It is a great way to have constant birth control without exposure to the extra hormones she would get from the pill.

What do you wish all new moms knew about birth control?

If you want to be sure you don't get pregnant, you definitely need to use birth control! You can't rely on breastfeeding as a form of birth control.

Dr. Alfred Shihata, a world-class researcher in Women’s health, and inventor of FemCap and FemmyCycle.

What's your birth control suggestions, advice or guidance for a new mom who doesn't want to get pregnant again right away?

An an expert in birth control, I strongly suggest women breastfeed in the early months after delivery to help suppresses fertility. I also recommend a non-hormonal birth control, like FemCap, to actually put both physical and spermicidal barriers between the sperm and another egg.

What kinds of things should be important to her in this postpartum (and possibly preconception down the line) stage?

One of the biggest challenges for women after delivery is postpartum depression and anxiety. In order to mitigate this risk, I usually recommend avoiding using hormonal birth control that suppresses breastfeeding and may have an impact on postpartum depression.

What do you wish all new moms knew about birth control?

I wish that new mothers understood and applied a breastfeeding plus non-hormonal birth control method to protect from an unwanted pregnancy. Pairing these right after delivery provides the safest approach to birth control for the mother and the baby.

Holly Grigg-Spall, author of "Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control."

What's your birth control suggestions, advice or guidance for a new mom who doesn't want to get pregnant again right away?

In the post-birth period, women can experience hormonal imbalances causing everything from postpartum depression to yeast infections. Adding synthetic hormones into this mix can exacerbate the problem. I suggest a blend of condoms and fertility awareness. It's tricky to figure out when you first ovulate post-birth and you will have your first period after you first ovulate. This shouldn't be a source of worry or anxiety, though, you'd just need to consistently use condoms with a separate natural spermicide like Contragel (making a highly effective birth control method together) until your first period, and then start tracking your cycles.

With new mom's often disrupted sleep patterns in the first year or more, one of the best options for tracking your cycle is the Daysy fertility computer. Simply take your temperature after only 3 hours of consecutive sleep to get your fertility status for the day - a red light means you're fertile, a green light means you're not fertile. This way you can have unprotected sex on the days you are not fertile and choose to abstain, use condoms, or do non-baby-making sex stuff on your fertile days, until you're ready to conceive again.

What do you wish all new moms knew about birth control?

New moms can be vulnerable to coercion from healthcare practitioners when it comes to birth control. Too often women feel pressured into accepting an IUD or implant. I wish that all new moms felt empowered to say no and make their own informed choices.

Photo via The Pleasure Chest.

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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.

That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.

As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.

"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."

Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.

"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."

The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.

It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.

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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.

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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.

A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉

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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.

As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.

Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."

So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.

As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."

It sure is cute though.

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