From the minute you announce your pregnancy, or your belly announces itself to the world, it seems like everyone and her uncle has an opinion about what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Even perfect strangers suddenly feel free to comment on how you’re carrying, if you’re having twins, or even guessing the gender (when you already know they’re wrong). Here are some tips for dealing with the inevitable: parental judgement. Read More

Expecting and Stressed Out? Relax - Relief is on its Way! In our culture, the news media often focuses on negative reports which can be anxiety producing for readers and viewers. This is especially true for expecting and new moms who, by nature, feel particularly vulnerable as they try to provide a safe environment for their developing babies or newborns. You’ve seen the headlines: "BPA in Bottles May Cause Learning Disabilities in Babies," "Pregnant Women in Second Trimester at Higher Risk for Car Accidents," "We’re All Going to Get Cancer From Pesticides." How can anyone feel safe, secure, and relaxed with these kinds of messages swirling around our minds? Read More

It’s common to wonder: What should I do if I find out I have a breech baby? Learning that your baby is positioned buttocks first or feet first rather than head down (or vertex) can be disappointing but, never fear, there are some techniques that can help encourage your baby to get into a more optimal position. The list below includes evidence-based and anecdotal recommendations to help your baby turn head down if your provider tells you your baby is breech: Read More

Most women have heard the terms “baby blues” or “postpartum depression.” A more appropriate term to use for the general mood changes after birth is “postpartum mood adjustments.” Postpartum simply means “after birth.” “Mood adjustment” is a more encompassing term, since depression is just one of several mood adjustments sometimes experienced by mothers during their baby’s first year. In addition to depression, new mothers may experience symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks, an increase of obsessive or compulsive behaviors, or intrusive thoughts, which are unwelcome and disturbing. Read More

The idea of physically attending a childbirth education class seems ridiculous in this day and age, when an abundance of free online and digital information is right at your fingertips. Why get out of your jammies and the privacy of your own home to sit with a bunch of people you don’t know and watch a birth video? Here’s why: there’s so much more to a childbirth education class than videos, and you will be surprised by how much fun you’ll have! Read More

Let’s be honest, pregnancy can wreak havoc on the musculoskeletal system and the back is no exception. During pregnancy, the breasts and belly expand and that extra weight pulls the shoulders and upper back forward. Simultaneously, the lower back begins to curve inward to compensate for the shift in the expecting woman’s center of gravity. As this change occurs, the muscles and ligaments in the lower back become shorter, tighter, weaker, and achy, and women begin to experience back pain in pregnancy. Read More

You’re moving closer to your due date but feeling impatient while waiting for your labor to start on its own. You’re exhausted from getting up in the middle of the night to pee. You’re so swollen you’ve got “cankles” for the first time in your life. Add to that, heartburn, hemorrhoids, and hot flashes and you may be tempted to say “I’ve had enough!” Thoughts of scheduling your baby's delivery via an induction or cesarean start to enter your mind. How convenient it would be to pencil in your baby’s birth date in your calendar rather than live with the uncertainty of when labor will start or the discomforts of late pregnancy? Sounds like a good idea to get this pregnancy thing over with and move on to birthing your baby, right?? Well, think again….. Read More

Get Off to the Best Start Possible: Couplet Care, Rooming In, and Skin-to-Skin Contact After you give birth, you and your baby may be physically separate, but even though you have cut the umbilical cord, your health and well-being are still closely linked with your baby’s. Your care should be designed to keep you and your baby together whenever possible. Here are three ways to do that. Read More

Some amount of prenatal puffiness is to be expected for most pregnant women, especially as they approach their due date and even more so during hotter months. In particular, swelling in the ankles, fingers, and face is common for many expecting women due to the increased fluid volume necessary to support the pregnancy, the effect of progesterone on smooth muscle, and the pressure of the growing uterus weighing down on veins, thus impeding the pumping of blood back to the heart. Read More

There's no doubt that pregnancy is a busy and magical time - but it can also be draining and exhausting, both physically and mentally. Here are some foods that can help boost your energy and mood. Read More

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