Long gone are the days when a husband stood outside a birthing suite, wringing his hands and listening to the sounds of labor with terror and hope in his heart. (Also gone are the days when it was acceptable to carouse with his friends at a pub, enjoying preemptive cigars as the woman did ‘woman’s work.’) No, today we expect our partners to remain by our sides, actively providing support as we bring our children into this world. But how, exactly, can your partner help? Here are ten things your partner can do to make labor just a little bit… Read More

It’s one of the common things people say when you’re pregnant: “Get your sleep now, while you can, haha!” or something of that nature. That’s all well and good – and most of us would love to get the sleep we need – but sometimes it can be challenging to get restful sleep during pregnancy, no matter what trimester you’re in. According to the National Sleep Foundation, up to 78% of women report sleep disturbances during pregnancy, compared to other times in their lives. While physical changes can certainly interfere with sleep, anxiety can also be… Read More

Staying active during pregnancy can be challenging: you may be dealing with fatigue, nausea, balance issues, and discomfort. Staying active can be doubly challenging when you’re pregnant in the summer and already tend to run hot! Here are some ways to be active and keep fit while you’re pregnant in the summer. Remember, ask your midwife before starting any sort of exercise program, and make sure your activity is okay before starting it. If you’re not feeling well during the activity, stop and rest, and call your midwife if you are concerned. As always, stay hydrated and… Read More

As of this writing, I’m almost 38 weeks pregnant! In some ways, it feels like my pregnancy has gone incredibly fast, and in others, it feels like I’ve been pregnant for much longer. With experiencing infertility and loss, we have been on this journey for several years now. But most days I wake up and pinch myself because we are finally HERE! So close to meeting our little girl and it feels completely surreal. We are overjoyed and cannot wait to meet her! Since I prescribe to the notion that due dates are a little more fluid (anytime between… Read More

No, it’s not your imagination: you really are losing your mind. Well…maybe not THAT, but during pregnancy (especially the third trimester), many women really do experience “placenta brain,” “baby brain,” or “pregnancy brain.” This typically manifests as forgetfulness or feeling “spacey,” and like so many other things in pregnancy, it’s due to hormones. Lack of sleep (hello constant bathroom trips) can also impact memory and focus, too – as can stress or anxiety. During the last trimester of pregnancy, brain cell volume actually decreases temporarily, further affecting cognition. Although it’s frustrating, the good news is that this is all situational,… Read More

In my Week 30 post “The Nesting Urge” I mentioned my list of “to do’s” I wanted to accomplish over the next several weeks. I’m happy to report that all the items on that list have been completed! We completed our classes, our birth center bags are waiting by the door, the car seat has been installed, the nursery is complete, and we have a freezer full of meals for the next couple of months. When we took our newborn care class several weeks ago, Lorraine had mentioned a wonderful idea. She suggested getting together with a friend… Read More

One of the many things that I love about Baby+Company are all the wonderful classes, events, and resources that are available to patients and the community. A few weeks ago, I recapped our experience in both the Breastfeeding Basics & Newborn Care class, and this week, I’m sharing my experience with the 4-week ‘The Birth Journey’ birthing class series. Most hospitals either require or highly suggest that parents-to-be enroll in a childbirth class to prepare both mom and her birth partner for what to expect during labor and delivery. Popular classes include Lamaze, the Bradley Method, Hypnobirthing, and perhaps… Read More

The birth of your baby is one of the most exciting, memorable days of your life. In a perfect world, every woman would remember her baby’s birth with a sense of profound joy and accomplishment. You should leave the hospital or birth center feeling as though you are stronger than you ever knew – regardless of how or where you deliver. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. One study found that 33% of women identified their birthing event as “traumatic,” and over 5% actually experienced acute posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Studies have found that… Read More

Does the thought of exercise make you cringe? You’re probably thinking of running on a treadmill or spending sweaty hours in a spin class, but there are plenty of much more pleasant ways for you to stay active in the Triangle. Baby+Company is dedicated to helping you have a healthy, natural, fit pregnancy. Here are some of our favorite places in the Triangle for getting in that recommended 30 minutes of movement each day. Annie Jones Greenway and Annie Jones Park Annie L. Jones Park is located at 1414 Tarbert Drive, right off the Cary Parkway. Drop… Read More

The thought of delivering a baby can be stressful, especially if you’re a first-time mom and don’t know what to expect. Nearly all women feel anxiety about labor, and as many as 10% of women have more intense fear. Counterproductively, fearful moms may actually find giving birth to be more painful than calm mothers do. Discomfort and labor pains are a part of the birthing process, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. At Baby+Company, our midwives are here to address and ease your birth anxiety. If thinking about labor pains and pain during… Read More

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