Pregnancy brings a lot of changes to a woman’s body, and they can really be felt after giving birth. New moms experience a wide range of changes — from breasts getting full with milk to profound emotional shifts.
Many of the discomforts in a woman’s body after giving birth are normal and some changes can be signs of other health problems. It is important for new mothers to attend all of their checkups after giving birth, even if they feel fine. These appointments help to ensure that you’re recovering well from labor and giving birth.
Some new mothers will experience perineum soreness. The perineum is the area between your vagina and rectum. It stretches and may tear during labor and vaginal birth. It’s often sore after giving birth, and it may be sore if you have an episiotomy. This is a cut made at the opening of the vagina to help let the baby out.
Also, afterbirth pains are belly cramps you feel as your uterus (womb) shrink back to its regular size after pregnancy. The cramps should go away in a few days. Right after you give birth, your uterus is round and hard and weighs about 2 1/2 pounds. By about six weeks after birth, it weighs only 2 ounces.
There can also be an occurrence of vaginal discharge that happens after the baby is born. This takes place as a method of ridding the body of blood and tissue that was inside the uterus.
For the first few days after giving birth the discharge can be heavy, bright red and may contain blood clots. Mothers might have the discharge for a few weeks or even for a month or more.
Mothers will also experience breast engorgement after giving birth. This is when your breasts swell as they fill with milk. It usually happens a few days after giving birth. Your breasts may feel tender and sore. The discomfort usually goes away once you start breastfeeding regularly. If you’re not breastfeeding, it may last until your breasts stop making milk — usually within a few days.
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BY SHERYL THORNTON-BURNHAM
“Football as a team game demands sacrifice and discipline. You’ve got to think of the guy playing next to you and try to help him. To do that you have to sacrifice.” — Jim Otto
If you ever have the opportunity to be in the stands for a Raiders game, one of the most recognizable sounds you will hear is “Autumn Wind.” Originally a poem by former NFL Films President Steve Sabol, it has become the unofficial theme song of the Raiders.
When you are sitting in the stands for pre-game festivities, Raiders history and nostalgia are inescapable. Thousands cheer as team legends are introduced, the torch is lit in memory of Al Davis, and “Autumn Wind” blares from the public-address system. And if the “Autumn Wind” is a Raider, you’d have to give that distinction to none other than Mr. Double Zero (00) himself, Jim Otto.
Jim Otto was an original Raider — joining the team in its first year, 1960, and wearing the silver-and-black for his entire career. Otto played for 15 seasons and 308 games — of which 210 were consecutive starts, the most of any Raider in history.
Jim has garnered many accolades, including induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, his first year of eligibility. But his highlights and accolades came with a price: countless surgeries, concussions and infections have taken a toll on this iconic athlete. But to know the myth, you must know the man. Otto is, by all accounts, a gentle giant. He is extremely personable and very approachable; given time, he can share many stories about the glory days.
When I first met Jim Otto, all I could think about was the man on the gridiron, one of the most feared centers in football. Today, he battles health issues — but the love that he has for his wife, Sally, helps keep life in perspective. Seeing them interact proves that there is life after football. Their dedication to each other is worth more than any game, any Super Bowl ring, or Hall of Fame jacket.
Jim will always tell you that, through it all, he would never change a thing. He is a true Raider through and through. Much respect and love to 00.
Once a Raider, always a Raider.
BY DR. ELLEN BROWN
March is Women’s History Month, which became nationally recognized in 1987. April is Black Women’s History Month. Not there quite yet, but on its way to national recognition.
So many women have toiled, cried, marched, sat and shouted for their voices to be heard; but not for themselves. It was always for their people, children and futures. Women are always looking for a better way of life for others.
Who are some of these women? What did they accomplish? Was it “measurable”? Was it “on the agenda”? Were they “properly attired for the occasion?”
For most of them, it was just something that needed to be done. For most of them it was the result of them sitting down and not moving because “I’m just tired and something has got to change!”
These women had a cause, or a gift, or a need and with that they set out to just go and get it done. I wonder how often they were alone? Afraid? Hungry? In danger? Cold? Short on cash? Pregnant? They could not wait for someone else to pick up the cross — it had to be done, and they just did it. Many are still doing it.
The list is long and that is a good thing! It is still growing today with “firsts” coming fast and furious. During this month, why not create your own list of Black women whose names should be on this list? She may be in your family, workplace, church, neighborhood. She may be someone you only know from media. She may even be YOU!
Let’s say their names — and where my list ends, yours can begin: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Mary McLeod Bethune, Marian Anderson, Shirley Chisholm, Althea Gibson, Dorothy Height, Phillis Wheatley, Charlotte Ray, Madam C.J. Walker, Butterfly McQueen, Mary Church Terrell, Rosa Parks, Ruby Dee, Aretha Franklin, Ida B. Wells, Hannah Brown, Sarah Ann Knight Preddy, Anna Bailey, Dee Dee Jasmine, Josephine Baker, Zora Neale Hurston, Daisy Bates, Coretta Scott King, Aretha Franklin, Angela Davis Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Carol Moseley Braun, Gladys Knight, Dr. Linda Young, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama Serena & Venus Williams, Mae Jemison, Beyonce! Who is on YOUR list?
Think of the women today who are just doing what needs to be done. Support them and let them know you care and see their vision. And then take a page from their playbook and empower your own self. Because YOU! HAVE THE POWER.
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Things that make you laugh while you’re thinking — but don’t spill the tea 😉
#1. Beyoncé is pushing for her fans to go vegan.
“No, thank you”
In exchange you could win lifetime access to Jay-Z and Beyoncé concerts!
“I’m just playing, I’m doing it!”
The giveaway is happening through a collaboration with The Greenprint Project. This will show you how to eat on a vegan diet and how one plant-based meal a day can help the environment from air quality to water conservation. So, I checked out the website and it’s pretty informative.
Fans can enter the contest at any point between now and April 22. The winner will be selected in May. Good luck Tea Sippers!
#2. Listen up now: we can’t be left behind on this one!
As of right now, 33 states in the U.S. allow legalized recreational or medical marijuana, and all 50 allow CBD. With this growing industry comes more demand and opportunity; it has been reported that cannabis jobs are paying 11% more than the U.S. median salary.
In 2018, the job market jumped 76% in just one year — making over 1,500 professional and technical roles available including roles like brand ambassador, sales associate, store manager and wellness coordinator. Median pay is a little less than $60,000 a year. Let that sink in for a second.
3. #SayWhaatNewz: Woman busted for DUI from pure vanilla extract.
After receiving a call that a woman was slumped over in her driver’s seat, a Connecticut officer reported that he could smell the vanilla on her breath and there were several bottles inside the car. After failing the sobriety test she was arrested.
So I did some digging and discovered that vanilla extract contains about 41% alcohol (82 proof). In the cooking process, the alcohol is normally burned away — but if consumed directly, it can have similar effects to drinking liquor. Who knew?
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Nevada has joined states across the country with the legalization of recreational marijuana. These new laws have given rise to a bevy of cannabis companies that offer products for one’s pleasure or medical needs. Now, longtime Las Vegas resident Tommy Branch is offering a new twist to the greatest drink in the house, called “Hemp Lifestyle Water.” He is believed to be the only African-American in the country who has created, manufactured, and distribute his own brand of drinking water infused with CBD. We sat down with Branch for a wide-ranging conversation about his new company and how it is revolutionizing the beverage industry.
How long has your Hemp Lifestyle Water business been operating?
I have been working on this project for a year-and-a-half. I actually finished manufacturing the Hemp Lifestyle Water in January 2019.
What is your experience in the beverage industry?
Is the manufacturing company here in Las Vegas?
The manufacturing facility is in Portland, Oregon. All the facility does is to put the CBD into the water bottles. I supply the bottles, the caps, the labels, and the CBD. The facility just packages the product.
Can you describe what Hemp Lifestyle Water is?
My product is water with CBD. It starts off as a plant then to an oil form that is chemically transformed into a water soluble CBD — because oil and water don’t mix. It is broken down and the CBD is dissolved into oxygenated water. The result is clear water that is good.
What made you think of producing a water on the heels of the legalization of marijuana?
Well, when the conversation was brought up about Nevada legalizing marijuana, and the whole process was done — that is when I started my process. I thought to myself, “How can I get into the dispensary or into the cannabis industry?” I knew I couldn’t get a marijuana dispensary, so I had to find another avenue to capitalize on the cannabis economy. So with my background in the beverage industry, I always knew about CBD from years ago and I was just trying to find a company that I could get a quality CBD product from. So, once I got the main CBD ingredient, I was off to the races.
Where does the water come from?
The water comes from Portland as well. The water is a patented process from a publicly traded company. They came up with this process of the water that is alkaline, but oxygenated — and the oxygen is infused into the water so when you take the cap off, the water doesn’t evaporate into the air. This means the oxygen then gets into your system. When you drink one bottle or two bottles of Hemp Lifestyle Water you won’t feel bloated.
What are the health benefits of Hemp Lifestyle Water?
My son was diagnosed with epilepsy and that was another reason why this particular product initially drew my interest. Some of the health benefits that I can’t totally make a claim to, but people have given testimony that the hemp water reduced blood sugar, increased mobility, suppresses muscle spasms, release anxiety, reduces pain, and reduces seizures caused by epilepsy.
Do you think you will stay in the beverage industry or take the CBD and create other products?
First, the Hemp Lifestyle Water is an avenue to get myself into the convenience stores around the country — and then I will bring in other products to piggyback on the water. Once I get that shelf space in stores, the consumers will have trust in my product and stores will also. The stores that carry my products will be my partners and will afford me the opportunity to be innovative and bring new products.
Will you be hiring people for your Hemp Lifestyle Water company?
Yes, along the way I am going to need a territory manager here in Las Vegas. And I am working on several deals in the Southeast. I will be hiring people also in that area and also around the country.
Are you distributing your product yourself?
No, I am just the CEO.
Are there any other companies in the country like yours that are black-owned and -operated?
Other than the dispensaries, I think I am the only one in the country.
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Big Mama, I am 74 years of age and I recently lost my husband. I really don’t know what to do with myself because my world centered around my husband. How can I go on and live a happy life?
Well, I understand. But, I would suggest you make a list of all the things you have enjoyed in your life and those things people admire you for. I find that giving back to others helps create happiness and a life of purpose. Wake up with a big “thank you,” and get up and out every day. You never know what you will find. Life is for the living.
Big Mama, I get so mad at my mother when she doesn’t want to babysit my child. How can I deal with being resentful?
You said it: your child. Even though your mother is the grandmother, your child is your responsibility and maybe it would be nice if you paid for a babysitter sometimes and then took your mother out on the town. Your mother might want to live a little bit, and she deserves it.
Big Mama, should I stop eating meat to stay healthy and live long?
People have different opinions about health and what to eat. I know that there are a lot of reports about eating meat and how it is not good for you. I would just like to add that people should make sure that the food they eat is clean. I swear I can’t stand when I don’t see people washing their hands and then touch my food.
Big Mama, how many children should a woman have and still live a life she desires?
I tell young women to just be “woke” when you make decisions about having children. I would hope that young ladies wait to get married before having children, but if not get your business in order. Create a support system of people who can help you, your child — and have a plan for yourself. Make your dream plan that is going to make you work a little harder, but worth it in the end.
Big Mama, how do I encourage my children to be serious about their life and to not take it for granted?
Give them a goal a week and ask that they reach their one weekly goal by the end of the week. It can be a small goal, but make sure that they spend some time figuring out how to reach it and achieve a positive result. It can be reading several passages in the Bible and writing down what the verse means to them. Create a hustle for life.
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BY LAUREN ANDERSON
The national unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment increased in leisure and hospitality, construction, health care, and transportation and warehousing. In Nevada, the unemployment rate is higher than the national average at 4.7%. As Nevada diversifies beyond gaming, the manufacturing sector is growing rapidly.
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Las Vegas Valley Water District
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Skilled Construction Laborers
All-In Recruiting & Talent Boutique
Sous Chefs & Cooks
Big Jerk Caribbean Restaurant
Inventory Control Manager
DHL Supply Chain
Data Center Water Treatment Site Manager
Garratt Callahan Co
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BY DR. TIFFANY TYLER
March marks the celebration of Women’s History Month. As we commemorate the achievements of women, I am reminded of the many women who have contributed to the education of our community. This list includes stalwarts like Ruby Bridges, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Septima Poinsette Clark.
As a trained educational psychologist, I am personally grateful for the contributions of Dr. Inez Beverly Prosser — the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate degree in psychology.
As I consider the journey of children in districts across this country, I am reminded of Fanny Jackson Coppin, the first African-American woman to serve as a principal. Mrs. Coppin’s legacy is reflected in the leadership of local education juggernauts: Helen Anderson Toland, Billie Knight Rayford, Dr. Celese Rayford, Dr. Linda Young, Dr. Beverly Mathis, Eva Simmons, Dr. Marilyn Jordan, Dr. Celeste Hunter, Marsha Irvin, Erica Etienne, Dr. Jolene Wallace, Dr. Greta Peay, Dr. Shaun Cochran Hall, Carol Threats, Shirley Barber, Dr. Carolyne Reedom, June Whitley, Joanne Pughsley, Kaweeda Adams, Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler, April Key, Pamela Goynes-Brown and countless other women who have contributed to the successful of education of children in K-12 settings throughout Nevada.
As I observe Women’s History month, I am also reminded of my journey as a student of color. Accordingly, I celebrate the scholarship of Jeanne L. Noble, the investment of Lucy Diggs Slowe, and the leadership of Dr. Johnetta Cole.
Dr. Noble was the first researcher to examine the experience of African-American women in higher education, with the publication of her book, “The Negro Woman’s College Education.”
A founding member of the first African-American sorority, Slowe was the first black woman to serve as Dean of Women at Howard University.
Dr. Cole paved the way in higher education, as the first African American woman to serve as president of Spelman College. Dr. Cole also served as president of Bennett College.
Las Vegas has an equally rich history of women serving in higher education — including Dr. Harriet Barlow, Dr. Esther Langston, Dr. Angela Amar, Rachel Anderson, Dr. Constance Brooks, Allison Stephens, Dr. Marya Shegog, Dr. Melva Thompson-Robinson, and Dr. Sandra Owens.
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, may we also strive to be first! Be the first to act with conviction, resolve and integrity, while striving to honor the rich legacy of women in education!
BY TIFFANY MAYES EHOLOR
The math is before us: 2019-1619=400 years. In order to move forward, one must remember to look back. Let’s educate our minds on what Africa was before colonization.
In today’s society, there are so many gods to worship, but the key question is: which god is our original source? Why were those original African gods stripped from us?
Do we have the strength and courage to reconnect with them? Has our original source ever left us? Have we fallen victim, through deception and lies, to fearing what we are while doubting what our minds naturally create and what we are foundationally capable of programming?
Is it time we take the mute button off our original personal spiritual communicated messages? Traditional sacred African practices — which includes all tribes, now globally dispersed — have been tarnished and damned by modern organized religions. Has modern organized religion divided us in spirit?
Do we, now, feel the need to reunite with Africa? Are we ready to listen to our minds calling us back to Africa in any way possible? Did you see the movie “Black Panther?” Of course you did — and you liked it.
Ancestry: the evolutionary or genetic line of descent.
The Diaspora is the African population dispersed around the globe outside of the African continent. The dispersing of the African bloodline 400 years ago (when the first ship full of people was unwillingly shipped from Africa’s shores) set the planet on a new trajectory of development. Through time, space, pain, tribulation, triumph and new discoveries, the spirit of Africa still runs in our blood.
Our bloodline is a mighty nation, and our ancestors guide our every move. That is their job, as it is our job to listen. Their messages come from within; the answer always manifests when we are ready to listen.
Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water are our tools. Sun, Moon, Seasons and Natural Occurrences are our guides gifted to us by source.
The stars that make up our Universe and the travel that creates our evolutionary progress are both solid examples of our gifted foundations, which are offered to all who acknowledge their value. Don’t let the system lead you to believe it is not important. These natural elements of life guide our everyday senses. Communication to the world of natural elements coordinates with your natural God-given essence. Pay attention to nature. Pick up that rock, gaze into that flame, watch the moon’s ebb and flow, rise with the sun, drink water as much as your favorite beverage and eat plants as if your life depends on it.
LAW & ORDER
Politics. With the presidential campaign season at hand, remember to think about where you came from and why our country still stands divided on race relations.
Before you throw stones at black candidates running for office, ask yourself whether throwing shade at them will help or hurt you in the long run. Can I somehow, innovatively yet constructively, join their efforts by holding them accountable in taking power for the people? Or, am I going to do what so many people have done in the past: opt out of caring because “we don’t have any power anyway?”
Another huge obstacle our people are always subjected to: “am I going to fold under the pressure of surviving my lifestyle and agree to be silently paid off by a bigger institutionalized systems”? The choice is our individual choice to make. But you know what they say: history has a funny way of repeating itself when you’re not paying attention to the details.
When the seasoned farmer plants her harvest, she calculates when and where her seeds are planted. The seeds take root in the original soil and grow by nature’s control. When it is time to reap the harvest of the original seeds’ manifestations, the farmer then pulls the nurtured plant from the soil and disperses the product for distribution for all consumers to enjoy.
While giving yourself a moment to think about the fact that 2019 is the 400th Anniversary of the first ship that set sail from Africa packed tight with human beings stolen from their homes, remember where their seeds were originally planted. We, African-Americans, are descendants of those seeds. Yes, our original lineage comes from Africa. Through time and space, we have been distributed globally, but our original seeds come from Africa.
To return home in mind and spirit is to acknowledge our original roots that enabled our many delicious attributes. Let us regain our dignity in embracing, not only our ancestors here in America, but let us remember our original home: Africa. The kings and queens of ancient Africa were the original rulers of civilization.
Don’t forget where you came from; in fact, now that you have embraced the fact that you come from the richest continent on the planet, Mother Africa, invest in her land. Your ancestors are cheering you on. I promise, you will thank yourself later.