Entries in pregnancy (7)

Tuesday
Oct252011

Cord Blood. No, It’s Not a New Vampire Movie…

 

photo: jatawny m chatmon

As a new parent, we have a ton of choices to make. Find out the sex? Have a home birth or hospital one?  Vaccinate or not? Well, there is another decision to add to the mix that may not even be on our radar.

Should we store our baby's umbilical cord blood? I’m going to give you the lowdown on what it is exactly, and what your options are.

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Monday
Oct172011

The Amber Necklace

Source: etsy.com via Deanna on Pinterest

 

 

Have you ever seen a yummy little baby with an amber necklace on?

Well, it turns out those teeny pieces of jewelry are more than just good-looking; they’re actually used to help relieve little ones from teething pain!

Amber is as old as time itself, dating back millions of years. And yet, it is still believed in today and used for its healing power for treating joint pain, arthritic ailments, and even teething pain for children.

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Monday
Oct032011

Perineal Massage: It Ain’t Sexy -- and That’s Okay.

 

Source: flickr.com via Emily on Pinterest

 

 

The question this week comes from a pregnant mama who was told she should try perineal massage. Here’s the how and why.

Perineal massage is the gentle stretching and massaging of your perineum, which is the skin between the rectum and vagina, during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

It's the area that women talk about when they refer to "tearing" during childbirth, and it's the skin that is cut by a doctor in an episiotomy during labor.

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Monday
Sep262011

Sitz Baths: Herbal Tea for Your Lady Parts!

 

 

A few years ago, I had not heard of a sitz bath until my midwife gave me some yummy herbs, told me to brew them up, and sit in them. I had received many stitches following the birth of my babe, and I was open to any suggestions! So I did, and it was like heaven. So let me share with you, dear readers, in case you do not have an herb-bearing angel of your own!

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Monday
Sep192011

Packing for the Hospital or Birth Center

Woohoo! It’s finally time! You’re headed off to the hospital or birth center to have your little baby, but what to pack? Just like packing for a weekend away, take the necessities, but make them things that make you feel great, and make you feel like YOU!

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Monday
Sep122011

The Meal Tree: The Ultimate Baby Gift!

Making food for new parents is one of the greatest gifts one can give. No outfit, no matter how adorable, will matter as much a ready-made meal that parents do not have to think about!

A Meal Tree is a network of friends and family members who volunteer to bring one dinner dish after the baby is born. The longer the list of friends and family members, the longer the new family will have meals. This gives families time to relax, bond and adjust to life with their new baby.

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Monday
Aug222011

Less Is More When It Comes to Choosing Baby's Layette

I was asked recently by a client what were the basic clothes she needed for her soon-to-be addition.  She wasn’t buying into the whole “must have” thing that is attached to essentially EVERYTHNG for baby that you see in stores or magazines these days. I agree! When I was pregnant, I went to a great pre-natal yoga class and the teacher told us that our babies don’t need all of the stuff we’re told we should have before they arrive, they really just need US.

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