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    New moms eating their own placentas is nothing new, but popping placenta pills? That's right: Placenta pills, made from dried placenta and usually prepared by a doula, are the latest in earthy maternity trends. But while the concept of frying up a placenta with onions is more of a tradition (you know, in the "circle of life" sense), placenta supplements supposedly deliver myriad health benefits, from easing postpartum depression to increasing milk production to lowering blood pressure. Much like synthetic hormone prescriptions, except not synthetic (obviously), and sort of "tailor-made" for your own personal needs, presumably. Of course, it's not quite as inexpensive to consume your placenta in pill form as it would be in the raw, so to speak -- approximately $200 vs. $0.

    So are the capsules worth it?

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    Prince George's Grandma Carole MiddletonEveryone knows the days and weeks following childbirth are a special time when new moms catch up on sleep and maybe a favorite daytime TV program or two. We munch on delicious healthy snacks made from organic sunflower seeds, and awaken each morning to a content newborn, homemade fruit smoothie, and packages of cashmere baby sleep suits sent by wealthy friends who have the courtesy to not visit two weeks postpartum, when every body part south of a new mom's collarbone still feels like it’s on fire.

    Did I just describe your typical mom? Hell no. But this is postpartum reality for Kate Middleton, thanks to her super awesome mom, Carole, who is helping the Royal Couple big time. 

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    It wasn't until after my fourth child was a toddler that I realized I had experienced Postpartum Depression (PPD) after the birth of each of my children.

    I'm a smart person. I read all the books and knew all the signs. Or so I thought.

    Looking back now, I wish I had done something more than just assume what I was feeling was "the baby blues." You know, I thought it was normal to cry at the drop of a hat and feel anxious about leaving the house.

    So not normal at all.

    I'm pretty sure if I had known more, I would have gotten help. And maybe those early months would have been better, for me and my family.

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    OMG. If you're wondering what the hell happened to your sex life since your baby arrived, then I've got some great news for ya. The reason you aren't getting down and dirty with your hubby as often as you'd like isn't because he doesn't love you or isn't attracted to you.

    Nope. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, dads have a lower sex drive after a newborn enters the picture. Almost one in five new dads reported not getting it on for a good three months after junior made his arrival.

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    When the topic of breastfeeding comes up, it's mostly regarding the controversy surrounding nursing your baby in public or how to get your baby started at the breast and successfully latched on. And of course how long is too long for a mother to breastfeed her baby thanks to that Time magazine cover. What isn't talked about much is the link between breastfeeding and depression. Yes, there's a link. And it's not about being depressed you can't produce enough milk (that's another story for another day). This is about how weaning can create such a change in our hormones that we can experience postpartum depression. 

    This happened to me. Breastfeeding can be blissful. There were times when nursing my twins had a more relaxing effect on me than a one-hour massage by the most skilled hands. And when my kids weaned themselves, I experienced extreme sadness.

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    Every mom-to-be dreams of the day she finally gives birth and holds her beautiful baby in her arms -- but nine times out of ten, no one bothers to tell moms about the whole slew of strange and wacky objects that are about to become part of their daily routine after delivering.

    Sure, they give you diapers, blankets, and hats in the hospital -- but you get a bunch of other freebies too, which are interesting, to say the least.

    I know after my son was born, I was embarrassed and also a bit horrified by some of the things waiting for me in my hospital room. (No, really. I'm still traumatized seven years later.)

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    Everyone and I mean EVERYONE is obsessed with a woman's body. We pick on salads so we don't get nasty looks when we prance around in bikinis. We get chastised for wearing form-fitting clothing when pregnant because heaven forbid we flaunt our well-earned baby weight. We are told breastfeeding in public is obscene because even just a hint of our breast is apparently terrifying to some and makes their eyeballs burn. And the clock starts ticking soon after we give birth with people wondering when we are going to lose the baby weight and fit into our pre-baby clothes. Because motherhood, in itself, isn't stressful enough already.

    Writer Kate Spencer's blog on how there is so much more to motherhood than your post-baby bod spoke to me. And by speak to me, I mean I was nodding my head yes the whole time and said about 14 hallelujahs throughout. Spencer is adding so much more to this ever-important dialogue.

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    If you don't believe in miracles, this story just may change your mind. A Manhattan mom jumped from her eighth-floor apartment window with her infant son strapped to her chest. The woman, who landed on her back, died from her injuries, but the 10-month-old survived, only experiencing few scratches. It's probably the one bright spot in this horrific tragedy that has so many people asking, "Why?" It seems that police may already have the answer to that. Cynthia Wachenheim left behind a 13-page, handwritten suicide note that indicated she was suffering from postpartum depression. Some may say that's no excuse for attempting to take her helpless son's life too, but what people have to understand is that she was battling a very real illness that afflicts about 13 percent of all pregnant women and new moms.

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    When you're a new parent, you often worry about everything. I certainly did. The noise. The air. Things being clean. I had late-term preemie twins who were born in the winter during a severe flu season, so I was very germ aware. But it was more than that. When I would get both babies to sleep, without fail, I would check on them if I didn't hear a peep after a few minutes. Could they in fact be asleep? I would think. Are they okay? I need to make sure they are still breathing. So I did. Time and time again. Every time. I had OCD. And you probably do, too.

    Apparently a new study showed that new moms exhibit a higher rate of obsessive compulsive disorder traits than the average person. That postpartum period sure is wild, isn't it?

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    Some think women who eat their placenta are all hippie home birthers who smell like patchouli. Some most definitely (and beautifully) are. And then we have Holly Madison -- Playboy model and placenta eater, totally smashing the stereotype and perhaps even opening more women's eyes to the benefits of consuming your placenta. There are benefits. Not just the tales of euphoria and increased breast milk production you heard from your sister's friend's cousin who had her placenta made into pills.

    The first ever official study on human placentophagia was conducted by two UNLV researchers, and the report shows the incredible results -- some of which may surprise you.

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