Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened)

Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened)

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When global pop star Kelly Rowland became a mom for the first time, giving birth to her son Titan, she felt the most incredible love she had ever experienced. But after spending nine months so focused on the baby growing inside her, she was caught completely off guard by how much she had changed. Like many first-time moms, she was not ready for what had happened to her body and for so many overwhelming new thoughts and emotions. She wondered: Will I Ever Walk Again? Will I Ever Sleep Again? Are My Boobs Always Going to Be Like This? Rowland had questions about everything from postpartum bleeding, skin and hair changes, and dealing with aches and pains to getting back in shape and sex after baby. She also weighed the larger notions about what she wanted out of motherhood and the rest of her life.

It was a good thing that Rowland's longtime OB/GYN Dr. Tristan Emily Bickman was right there to answer every single crazy question that popped into her head. Nothing fazed Dr. Bickman and she provided Rowland with the answers she so desperately needed, telling her over and over that, in the months after a woman gives birth, nothing is exactly strange, but nothing is necessarily normal either. It's all just part of the "miracle" of birth.

In Whoa, Baby! Rowland and Dr. Bickman team up to share this reassuring information with new moms everywhere. Often hilarious and always down-to-earth, Rowland and Dr. Bickman cover every surprising challenge that new moms face.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738219431
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kelly Rowland has been a global pop star since the age of sixteen and grew up in the spotlight as a member of Destiny's Child, one of the bestselling groups of all time. Her powerful voice was a key ingredient in the group's awe-inspiring list of chart-toppers and dance floor smashes, including four No. 1 singles in the U.S. and more than sixty million albums sold worldwide.


Dr. Tristan Bickman has been an obstetrician in private practice in Santa Monica, California, since 1999, and for the past 16 years she has delivered about 15 to 20 babies a month. She attended medical school at the University of Southern California and completed her residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. TrisBickmanmd.com

Laura Moser (writer) has written for various publications, including Newsday, Slate, and the Guardian. She is the coauthor of numerous nonfiction books as well, including multiple New York Times bestsellers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Do I Do Now? ix

1 Is There Anything I Can Do to Make This Easier? (The Final Stretch) 1

2 Is This Finally Happening for Real? (The Drama of Delivery) 10

3 Will I Ever Walk Again? (My Messed-up Lady Parts) 15

4 Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me to Bring Depends? (Postpartum Bleeding) 23

5 Has Anyone Ever Been This Heavy? (Swelling and Sweating) 28

6 Will I Ever Be Able to Go #2 Again? (Constipation) 34

7 What Are These Bumps on My Butt? (Hemorrhoids) 39

8 Will I Ever Sleep Again? (The New Nighttime Schedule) 44

9 So Now We're Both Wearing Diapers? (Urinary Incontinence) 53

10 Why Can't I Think about Anything but Breastfeeding? (The Psychological Side of Nursing) 59

11 Are My Boobs Always Going to Be Like This? (The Physical Side of Breastfeeding) 69

12 What Is This Thing Hanging Off My Stomach? (The Post-Pregnancy Bod) 77

13 Can I Airbrush My Actual Body? (Skin and Hair Changes) 86

14 Why Can't I Sit Down without Wincing? (Aches and Pains) 97

15 When Can I Hit the Gym Again? (Getting Back in Shape) 113

16 How Am I Supposed to Do This? (Insecurity) 124

17 Why Can't I Stop Crying? (Postpartum Depression) 127

18 What Do I Want Out of Motherhood? (Getting Your Brain Ready) 135

19 Why Can't I Relate to My Partner Anymore? ("Diamonds or Dishes") 148

20 Will I Ever Get My Groove Back? (Sex after Baby) 154

21 Should I Stay or Should I Go? (The Return, to Work) 160

22 When Will Things Go Back to Normal? (The Rest of Your Life) 168

Index 172

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