Archive for the ‘Birth’ Category
Did you know that 99% of women who stop breastfeeding due to medications can actually continue?
As a new mother 22 (short?) years ago, I suffered postpartum depression. I was breastfeeding and refused to take any medications for it. I think I would’ve come out of the depression sooner if I had opted for medication. But, I was afraid. There weren’t many studies back then. Now there are a lot of studies on this topic and there’s a lot of information available about medications and pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Some women get morning sickness during pregnancy and others don’t. About 80% of all women have morning sickness. In fact, it can one of the first signs that you are pregnant! For some, it’s just a mild nausea, but for others, unfortunately, it can be so bad that you can’t eat or drink any water! The nausea may not only occur in the morning, too. Sometimes it can happen around the clock! Morning sickness may be one of your first signs that you’re pregnant, so nausea can be a joyous sign! Hopefully, the morning sickness will only occur in the first trimester or your pregnancy and begin to end by the start of the second semester. However, this isn’t alway the case. Some women will continue with some nausea until the baby is born!
No one is for certain what causes morning sickness, and one of the popular ideas is that it is caused by a surge of hormones as the placenta is developing, so it’s a change in your body as your body starts to accommodate your pregnancy. Sometimes the prenatal vitamin pill irritates some women’s stomach, so try taking it with food and later in the day. Always find out first with your doctor before taking anything new or taking yourself off medication, even prenatal pills.
Being a new parent was one of the most confusing times in my life. Everything changes: the way that you feel about yourself, the way your marriage functions, and the way that you care for your child(ren) can turn your world upside down. To make it worse, everyone (loads of parenting experts, doctors, friends, relatives, etc.) believe that their advice will make your parenting experience easier.
Almost all of this parenting advice is well-intended, but more often than not you’ll hear confusing and contradictory claims about parenting that can make your job even more difficult than nature made it to begin with!
Gossipist Magazine did an interview of independent thinker, Rae, about her decision to pursue a home birth for her second childbirth experience. Her first was in a hospital. For both births, she used birth hypnosis techniques. I was her birth hypnosis therapist for those births. Read on….
Here’s a guest post from Helen Philips, who counsels birth mothers about the issues involved in giving a baby up for adoption. As she says, it;s easy to be judgmental, but we can’t know what it’s like to need to make such a profound decision, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
When people think of modern and effective fertility treatments, IVF (In vitro fertilization) is what often comes to mind. But, increasingly, another alternative form of treatment is becoming popular. Fertility acupuncture is an ancient form of alternative Chinese medicine that has garnered media attention, because of celebrities like Mariah Carey and Celine Dion vouching for the efficacy of the treatments.
With medical advancements, women have more options than ever when it comes to becoming pregnant at later ages. Previously, women were often having babies in their twenties, but it’s becoming more common for women to push back having children into their late thirties, or even early forties. Women are marrying later in life and often want to achieve certain career goals before they focus on starting a family.
Mindbody Research: Lavender Aromatherapy Provides Comfort and Increases Maternal Contentment in Childbirth
This year, 2014, Maasumeh Kaviani, Faculty Member at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and her team of research scholars conducted a study to see the effects of using lavender aromatherapy during childbirth on pain intensity perception, duration of labor, maternal contentment and Apgar scores. The researchers found the use of the lavender aromatherapy lowered the perception of pain, improved maternal contentment, but did not reduce the duration of labor. Safely using lavender aromatherapy in the birthing room is inexpensive, has no side effects and may be a holistic way to help women manage their births.
A guest post from Lee Becker, a father waiting for his son to be born. Very sweet!
I can hardly contain my excitement as I anxiously await your arrival tomorrow! After so many months of planning for you and talking about you with your mother, you are finally going to be here. And, Mom and I are finally going to become parents – a dream we have shared since we were married five years ago. I am writing this to you because I want you to someday be able to look back and read it, and know exactly what I was thinking on the eve of your birth.
I Promise to Always Keep You Safe