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.
Feeling a little stir-crazy, but anxious about taking your little one out? Once your baby is a few weeks old, it’s a good idea to build a bit of a daily routine, including getting out of the house for a little while each day. Whether it’s a walk, an errand, the coffee shop, or a visit to a friend’s place, you and your baby will both benefit from a change of scenery, and hopefully, some social interaction.
During the first trimester, when you’re dealing with sore breasts, nausea, fatigue, and constipation, it may be difficult to pay attention to the baby growing inside you. Because you’re not showing or able to feel any fetal movement yet, your early pregnancy is defined more by maternal symptoms than by the baby’s growth and activity.
Supervised short periods when baby is placed on her belly while awake, called tummy time, may seem more like a struggle than playtime. Why is tummy time so important, and what can you do to encourage a baby’s participation?
Have you ever wondered how babies find and start using their hands? A baby’s grasp is reflexive, and most young babies keep their hands tightly fisted or curled closed when they are awake and alert. You’ll notice your baby’s fists soften and open slightly when they are relaxed, such as halfway into a feeding or asleep.
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.
Does your new baby act like her infant seat is a medieval torture device? Though it may not be possible to transform your baby into the type who blissfully naps every time the car hits the road, there are some easy steps you can take to see if your little one will settle in with less stress on everyone involved. Enclosed are tips for reducing everyone's stress when your baby cries in the car.
Earlier this year Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), an independent organization that advises the National Health Service, presented new guidelines recommending that all women with low-risk pregnancies be presented with the options of midwifery care and out of hospital birth. We already know from the landmark Listening to Mothers surveys, expecting women prefer to have an array of alternatives when it comes to their care; however, the NICE recommendations go beyond the argument of “choice is good.” The evidence-based report states that midwifery-led care is best for healthy pregnancies due to the achievement of equal health outcomes with lower intervention rates, when compared to physician-led care.
Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, use the baby’s natural pauses to time a burp break. Don’t pull away the nipple from a baby who is busy eating – she may protest, cry, and take in air, likely defeating your goal! Instead, when she begins to fall asleep, flutter-sucks with long pauses, or releases the nipple from her mouth, that’s a good time to try.
Is your young baby gassier than the average baby? Most newborns are gassy and dramatic about it, with lots of grunting, straining, arching, thrashing, and tooting, and so it’s not surprising that most moms believe their new baby must be “gassier than normal.”
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.
Is getting back into your pre-pregnancy exercise routine as elusive a dream as a good night’s sleep? If you were working out regularly before, you should be able to safely start exercising again as you heal from birthing your baby. Enclosed are breastfeeding and exercise tips for breastfeeding moms.
By nursing in the park, at church, or in the coffee shop, you’re doing the important work of reestablishing breastfeeding as the cultural norm. Nursing in public isn’t easy, especially during the earliest weeks. Here are some tips for breastfeeding your baby when you’re out and about.
As you prepare to welcome your second baby, you can help your first child anticipate a new sibling with excitement and realistic expectations, as well as encourage routines to help ease this transition. Continue reading to learn more about preparing for this exciting sibling adjustment period.
Make time to do some “nesting” as you sort through clothes and gear from your first baby’s early days – it will get you in a newborn-state-of-mind to once again fold those tiny outfits and make lists of what you need to purchase or borrow this time around. Attend a prenatal yoga class for stretching and relaxation, and sign up for a childbirth “refresher class” so that you and your partner can have time together to focus on this new birth and baby, and to review and process events from your first birth experience.
Deciding to start a family is an exciting time -- and timing is everything. Each cycle, a healthy couple has approximately a 20 percent chance of conceiving. Conception can only occur during ovulation, when the egg is viable and able to be fertilized. It's a short window, typically only 12 to 24 hours, which makes it important to know when you ovulate -- although sperm are able to fertilize an egg anywhere from 3 to 6 days, so even if you have intercourse a day or two before you ovulate, conception is still possible.
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You’ve got your new baby, and you’ve got your infant seat. Simple, right? You’ll be safer transporting your baby when you follow these infant car seat safety tips: 1) Install your seat correctly – and tightly. Whether you’re using the LATCH system or a seatbelt to hold the seat or base in the car, check the instructions for your seat and your car. Once installed, the car seat or base should not be able to move or shift more than one inch in any direction.
Hands in the mouth, chewing on everything, drool everywhere, fussy, and waking up at night? Is it a tooth, or teething? Is your baby starting to teethe? Hands in the mouth, chewing on everything, and non-stop drool is pretty common in the 4 month old baby set. These are developmental behaviors we commonly call “teething,” but most likely, it will still be three or four more months before the glint of the very first tooth ever pokes through.
“Birth hormones matter: Take precaution before intervention” could be the bumper sticker summary of Dr. Sarah J. Buckley’s new, in-depth report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care. In her book, Dr. Buckley reviews the important role of birth hormones in helping expecting women prepare for birth, initiate labor, bond with their babies, and begin breastfeeding. The report also covers common practices that may create stress for the mother and interfere with natural hormonal processes during labor and birth, such as lack of privacy, loud noise, bright lights, and unnecessary or too frequent interventions, assessments, and monitoring.
Many Americans do not eat a diet high in fish, despite the health benefits of eating seafood. Some folks avoid it because they see a burger as the tastier option, but others may be afraid of the mercury that is found in seafood, a concern that is especially prevalent for expecting and new moms. Yet seafood can be particularly beneficial to pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as their babies.
How Do You Know If Your Contractions Are the Real Thing? Check Out These 4 Signs! Your due date is approaching and you’re excited to meet your baby – you’re ready! You may have started experiencing some pre-labor symptoms such as diarrhea, pressure, bloody show, hot flashes, weight loss, moodiness, and Braxton-Hicks contractions.
Nothing stresses out new parents and newborns more than the dreaded baby bath. If your baby isn’t a fan of the daily bath, don’t despair. Our month-by-month guide to bathing your baby simplifies the process.
Now, more and more birthing sites across the U.S. are offering this option to their patients, joining 65% of countries across the globe that have been providing “gas and air” in post - World War II Europe for years and with great results. The self-administered gas is 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide. It generates a relaxed state within which one experiences a diminished perception of pain. Nitrous is fast acting, achieving peak effect at 30 – 50 seconds after inhalation. The gas is often just enough to help a woman get through her labor or allow her to delay the use of the epidural, but it’s not for everyone.