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All Things Pregnancy

Preparing for a Homebirth
February 20, 2017 8:00 am | by

Every year in the United States over 3 million babies are born. And more and more mothers are carefully considering their birth place options. While the majority of those births will happen in hospitals, for about 1% of the population, home is where they choose to birth. The reasons for choosing an out of hospital birth are varied, but it is very important to be prepared. Interview and Choose your Midwife I recommend researching about midwives, what they do, and what to expect. Midwives Alliance of North America, MANA, is a fantastic resource for this. To find a certified midwife, you

 
Pregnancy Nutrition With Free Printable
February 17, 2017 11:00 am | by

Nutrition for pregnancy actually begins months before becoming pregnant. The March of Dimes recommends that all women of childbearing age take a folic acid supplement of at least 400mcg daily. This important vitamin prevents birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord. The maternal stores of folic acid for the three months prior to getting pregnant determine baby’s brain and spinal cord development and helps prevent NTD (neural tube defects). Once pregnant, folic acid requirements increase to 600-800 mcg daily. Folic acid is obtained through vitamin supplements, prenatal vitamins and enriched food items such as cereal, breads and grains.

 
Easing Back Pain While Pregnant
February 16, 2017 8:00 am | by

Pregnancy brings many changes to the body of the expecting mother in a brief amount of time, which can cause some discomforts. Back pain during pregnancy is a very common occurrence with over 75% of expectant mothers experiencing it at one point or another. Back pain can be triggered from the rapid weight gain during pregnancy. Pain in the hips is especially common during the first trimester as the uterus begins to grow, but is not yet big enough to be supported by the pelvic girdle. Lumbar pain can return in the third trimester when the mother’s center of gravity changes.

 
Gender Reveal Announcements
February 13, 2017 8:00 am | by

After a Pregnancy Announcement, you might choose to do a Gender Reveal if you want to make a celebration out of announcing the sex of your baby. Here are some gorgeous, or adorable, gender reveal announcement inspirations shared by some of our Cotton Baby Community Members. Gender Reveal Photos Using Balloons © Candy Warner © Mariah Winter McDougal © Whitney Dickson Gender Reveal Announcement Ideas With Food © Jennifer Tomblin © Kim Striegler Webster © Scholastica Beer Gender Reveal Announcements With Siblings or Family © Destiny Sage © Chelsea Salas © Holly Thannum © Whitney Dickson © Stephanie Ruth Ramirez

 
Labor Affirmations – With Free Printable Download
January 13, 2017 8:00 am | by

Childbirth can be a little scary to prepare for, especially for first time mothers. We worry so much about preparing bags for the hospital, getting the nursery room ready, and making sure that baby registry is perfect. But do we think about preparing ourselves for the actual labor? One of the labor coping techniques that can be so powerful, is labor affirmations. These phrases, sayings, or even words, can be held in your mind as something to meditate on, or spoken aloud like a chant or a mantra. For myself, I found myself saying the word Open a lot…strung out

 
Picking a Pregnancy Caregiver: How to Interview an OB or Midwife
January 3, 2017 8:30 am | by

One of the biggest decisions you face when you’re having a baby is which healthcare provider you should choose to deliver your baby. Whatever birth place you choose, you’ll still need to settle on a specific person to be your primary caregiver. One way to get to know potential healthcare professionals before you decide which one to pick, is through an interview. Why Interview a Doctor or Midwife While Pregnant? Many health care providers have different philosophies of birth and care in general. If you’re pregnant, before taking off your clothes and submitting to a physical exam, it’s a good

 
50+ Pregnancy and Baby Announcement Ideas
January 2, 2017 8:30 am | by

Are you expecting a new arrival and looking for some fun baby announcement inspirations? Well look no further – our Cotton Babies Mob Facebook Group members have shared some amazing ideas – everything from heart-warming to clever. Announce your new arrival, sign up for our free baby registry, and enjoy this time of celebration. Congrats on your big news! Seasonal Baby Announcement Ideas Lots of our inspirations centered around the time of the year and playing with themes from the season or holidays. © Nikki Campbell Jeffords © Mandy Determann © Katie Danielle Whiddon © Elizabeth Croinex © Kara Wade ©

 
Postpartum Depression and Subsequent Pregnancies
December 26, 2016 8:00 am | by

Postpartum depression (PPD) is depression that occurs during the first year after giving birth. According the the CDC, 1 out of every 8 women will experience PPD. Often times it goes unreported or under-reported so actual occurrence may exceed this estimation. The causes and contributing factors of PPD are numerous: physical changes, hormonal changes, emotional changes, sleep deprivation, pre-existing health conditions, history of depression, family history of depression, weak support system, financial struggles, birth trauma, high stress issues during pregnancy, unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, difficulty breastfeeding and many more. (1) Symptoms of Postpartum Depression Symptoms of PPD include: mood swings, anxiety, irritability, sadness, crying, feeling overwhelmed,

 
Birth Place Options – Understanding the Pros and Cons
December 21, 2016 8:00 am | by

As a Doula, one question I am asked repeatedly is, “what are my birth place options?”. Many of my clients are first time parents, but there are some who have given birth before and want to know what choices they have. Birth Place Options There are pros and cons to all places for birth. Regardless where you choose to give birth, it is important to be aware of these pros and cons so you can make an informed and educated decision. Hospital Birth This is the most common place for people to give birth in the United States. OBGYNs and CNMs

 
Pregnant Mama Must-Haves
December 14, 2016 8:00 am | by

Here we go again… It’s time for baby #2! This time around, I feel like I have a better grasp of what I do and do not need.  I’m so grateful that I held on to a lot of my favorite products from my first pregnancy, but there are still a few things I’ve discovered since then that I’d like to get. So with these products in mind, here is my list of must-have items I’d recommend for pregnant mamas. My Must-Haves   1. Comfy Maternity Pants. This is a must. I’m only a few months pregnant and I’ve already busted them out this time