Trying to stock up on all the essential baby items can add up, but don’t sweat it—there are tons of baby freebies for you to take advantage of, mama!
Having your “go-bag” packed and sitting by the front door or in the trunk of your car can bring you peace of mind and prevent you from having to pack a bag between contractions. You can use our checklist as you pack your bags for the big day.
With nearly a third of all U.S. deliveries occurring via cesarean section, it’s no surprise that healthcare providers and families alike are working to improve outcomes and the overall birth experience associated with surgical delivery. While the risks and health impacts of c-sections have long been studied, the emotional and psychological impacts have often been overlooked. Gentle cesarean sections (sometimes called family-centered cesarean sections) offer a solution that serves to improve both psychological and physical outcomes for parents and newborns.
Physical activity during pregnancy can help you stay strong and comfortable as your body grows. Once you reach the third trimester, you might find that your body wants to slow down. So how do we keep up with the benefits of exercise & staying strong for labor when our bodies don’t want to do much? These are the best exercises to focus on during the third trimester to stay prepared for labor, delivery, and postpartum.
One thing that is often left out of pregnancy decision-making is choosing which birthing positions to use during labor and delivery. The most popular birthing position in the U.S. is the semi-sitting, or lithotomy position. This position has become popular over time because it facilitates labor and delivery interventions, such as forceps or placement of a vacuum.
However, there are a myriad of other birthing and delivery positions, all of which have their own pros and cons.
It’s hard to know how breastfeeding will go as there are so many mixed messages floating around. For some moms, breastfeeding initiation does go smoothly. Other moms encounter breastfeeding challenges, such as difficulty latching, low breast milk supply, tongue tie, and/or pain and discomfort while feeding. The important thing to remember is that help is available! As you're preparing to embark on your breastfeeding journey, here's a list of things you might want to do before your baby arrives to set you and your baby up for breastfeeding success.
Swelling during pregnancy and postpartum is common, but compression socks can help keep the discomfort of leg swelling at bay.
Pregnancy is hard on the body. In just a few short months, pregnant women experience weight gain, loose ligaments, and a shifting center of gravity. Our bodies shift around to accommodate, and we often notice changes in how we stand, walk, and move around throughout the day. This can lead to back pain, pelvic pain, and wild changes in balance for pregnant women. Fortunately, support is out there!