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Tag Archive: postpartum

Dressed to Deliver – What to Wear For Your Birth
May 25, 2017 8:00 am | by
Dressed to Deliver - Do you have to wear a hospital gown when giving birth?

There is so much to think about and plan during a pregnancy that some of the minor details get overlooked. You may not think about what to wear while giving birth until you are actually in labor and giving birth! Then random thoughts may pop up: “This gown is itchy!“, “Why are all hospital gowns blue?”, “Does my backside really need exposed to everyone while I walk the hallway?”. At that time you may start to regret not planning for your clothing needs during childbirth and packing something a little more comfortable in your labor bag. If you are planning

 
Understanding Postpartum Mood Disorders
May 3, 2017 7:10 am | by
Understanding mood disorders - and how to get help when needed.

The number one complication from childbirth is not pelvic floor damage, hip pain, or cesarean scarring. The number one complication from childbirth is postpartum mood disorders. Postpartum Mood Disorder or PMD is the umbrella term used to describe postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis. PMD’s are different from the baby blues most experience. During pregnancy your hormones are at an all time high. These hormones help the baby develop, the placenta to do it’s job, and the body change to accommodate pregnancy. After delivery of the baby and placenta, those hormones leave the body, and it can be quite a drastic

 
Mothering the Mother in the Fourth Trimester
April 24, 2017 8:33 am | by
Mothing the mother - how to handle the fourth trimester when your loved one has given birth.

Any mother will tell you that having a new baby can be quite the adjustment. In fact, those first few months are full of so many physical and emotional changes that they are often referred to as the “fourth trimester” of pregnancy. During this time, a new mother often needs some mothering herself! What’s so hard about the fourth trimester? Physical challenges: After nine months of growing and nourishing a baby, going back to a non-pregnant body is no small task. A changing body shape, weight loss needs, breast engorgement, leaking breasts, postpartum bleeding, and sleep deprivation are just a

 
Why Moms Need Mom Groups
April 13, 2017 8:00 am | by

Having a baby is such a beautiful time. There are so many wonderful things that come along when you bring home a new baby– first bath, first time they sleep through the night, first major diaper blowout. One of the most important things to have after your baby is born is support. Whether it be emotional, physical or financial, postpartum mamas need a little extra attention. Sometimes it’s easy and just stopping in with a dinner or cup of coffee and some comforting words is enough. Other times a mama needs a little more to help her in the fourth trimester – the period

 
5 Simple Stretches for Postpartum
March 30, 2017 2:00 pm | by

You welcomed your little baby into the world. Breastfeeding is established, and you are now learning what it is like to have a bundle of joy in your arms…and then your back starts to hurt…or your arms are sore. Hey, it happens and is all part of the changing postpartum body. Simple stretching is a great way to combat some of these new changes without overdoing it. Add them in your day whenever you can! Many of these you can do while holding baby. Don’t worry about how long to hold them, you can aim for 30-60 seconds but even

 
Postpartum Exercise: When & How Can I Work Out Again?
March 21, 2017 8:00 am | by

Exercising after having a baby requires some planning and preparation . This is not the time to go out and start training for a marathon or even your first 5K run. This is a time to take take things slowly and gradually, especially if you did not exercise during your pregnancy. Before beginning any postpartum exercise or physical activity, it is important to get clearance from your health care provider. Women heal at different rates. If you had a cesarean section birth or you had a repair from a tear or an episiotomy, your recovery time will be longer than those mothers who did not have these

 
Third Trimester Pregnancy Developments
March 16, 2017 8:00 am | by

You are almost there! It may feel like your baby’s arrival is so far away, but you are in the home stretch now. During the third trimester you’ll probably finish preparing for baby’s arrival, decorating the nursery room, and gathering all your postpartum supplies. Emotional Feelings During the Third Trimester Forgetful – The joke about women having “pregnancy brain” is no joke! Between all the shifting hormones and so much focus on the upcoming baby, it is no wonder pregnant women can forget what they went to the store for. While this lack of concentration and mental focus may be annoying,

 
A Doula’s Guide to Baby Prepping Your life
March 3, 2017 8:00 am | by

Everyday I see something new for babies; some new gadget, toy, or item that is guaranteed to make your life as parents easier. When reality hits though and your sweet bundle of love is home and in your arms, the items you will use the most are pretty minimal. Here are some tips of things you really need and how to get them when baby prepping your life. Prepping a Sleeping Space for the Baby Figure out where your baby is going to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends baby sharing a room with you for the first 6

 
Getting Started on Your Breastfeeding Journey
February 10, 2017 8:00 am | by

Breastfeeding can be a very rewarding part of being a mother. It can also be very stressful. Being prepared and getting off to a good start can make all the difference. Educating yourself on the basics of breastfeeding can help you be more successful. Preparing for breastfeeding can begin while you are still pregnant. Attend a breastfeeding class. Many hospitals offer breastfeeding classes. Develop relationships with friends who are breastfeeding or who have breastfed their children. Locate your local LLL (La Leche League ) for mother to mother breastfeeding support (3). Read breastfeeding books (see references at the end of this blog). If you

 
Postpartum Nutrition for Breastfeeding Mothers
January 18, 2017 8:00 am | by

How does postpartum nutrition differ from nutrition for a postpartum breastfeeding mother? Postpartum, the time following childbirth, can range from 6-12 weeks. It is often referred to as the “fourth trimester”. This is a time of healing for mom and bonding with baby and getting breastfeeding established. Due to the changes that pregnancy and childbirth cause to a woman’s body, her nutritional needs change during the postpartum period. It is a time for her body to recuperate. The nutritional focus during this time is focused on foods that promote healing and establishment of breast milk. Foods that promote healing and