You just found out you’re having a baby, congrats! Or maybe you’re 3 months along, or 6 months along, and really starting to feel it in your body.
While some of these changes are great, others might be aches or even pains. The good news is that there is safe relief.
I have an admission to make: Sometimes I still struggle with my son’s premature birth. Although he is three and is doing very well despite his early start, I still struggle with the fact that my pregnancy ended three months early. Day to day, it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to, and like everything, life goes on. I even had a full-term baby boy after a premature delivery, but some days I can’t help but think about what I had went through.
A year ago on #BellLetsTalk 2017 I briefly shared my postpartum experience with my Facebook friends. Carol Anne reached out to me and asked if I would write something for her blog, for this blog, so other mothers who may be struggling would see that they are not alone. That was a year ago and two days ago was #BellLetsTalk 2018. Apparently I find words much easier spoken than written. I've told my story dozens of times, but to actually write it down in detail is much more intimidating. So here it goes, one year later…
Preparing for baby’s arrival is an exciting time. Expectant moms plan and prepare diligently in anticipation of baby’s needs. However, one of the areas frequently overlooked in preparation for postpartum is the challenge of meal preparation and proper nutrition for Mom once the baby arrives.
For even the most domestic of Goddesses, combining the needs of feeding your newborn baby with your lack of sleep, your own recovery, and your possible dietary or food sensitivity needs, makes the necessity of nourishing postpartum meals a real challenge.
The solution: Batch cooking freezer meals!
When you’re a single parent, you have a lot on your plate. Parenting with a partner is challenging enough, but living life as a single parent is even tougher. In fact, single parents—both moms and dads—wake up every morning to new challenges. Being a single dad comes with its own unique challenges, and takes courage, patience, and compassion to get through the day. It’s not always easy to stay positive. Here are some common ways to keep moving forward on your single-parent journey.
You've recently given birth and are now in the mood to rekindle that spark that 9+ months ago resulted in your new baby (or babies). You may be wondering what forms of contraception to use in this post-baby world of yours. The latest recommendation is to wait 18 – 24 months before getting pregnant again to allow your body and hormones time to recover and balance out. Did you know that waiting also reduces the risk of premature birth?
It's important to know your birth control options!
As a mother of two boys under 3 years old I understand the desire of many moms to give their kids the healthiest childhood possible. Of course that’s what every mom wants for their child! From the food we put into their mouths and the activities we register them for, to the cleaning supplies we use in our home - we are always, at some level, wondering if the choices we make are the right ones for our children.
How is it even possible that 2017 has come to an end?
This month, Sarah and I will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary as work wives - and my, what a journey it has been! Our honeymoon phase has long passed and we spent the early part of 2017 learning how to work smarter, got into a great groove and began functioning like a well-oiled doula machine!
It's that time of year - I love looking back and seeing what blogs were most popular on our website. We had some great guest bloggers contribute to our library of topics. Whether we were talking about babywearing, breastfeeding, infant sleep, mom life, dad life, or poo, we had the opportunity to cover those topics and so many more over the last 12 months.
Below you will find our 10 most read blogs published in 2017. Enjoy!
Have you ever heard of "Baby's Second Night"? It's a normal pattern of fussiness and cluster feeding that occurs around that 48 mark in a baby's life, and is an important topic we cover with clients in our prenatal appointments as their birth doulas or childbirth educators. But, as we continue our support as Postpartum and Infant Care Doulas, I can tell you, that it's not unusual for us to get a phone call from our clients after baby's second night concerned about the fact that they just can't put their baby down.
I don't know about you, but my Instagram feed is already filling up with posts of homes that are looking all perfect - super clean, super sleak, with the most beautiful Christmas trees you could ever dream of. Meanwhile, here I am, little old me, who just managed to take the fall decorations down (read: moved the fake cobwebs that were up for Halloween), and should give myself a high five (I guess) for having hung the kids' paper snowflakes in the window (go me)!
The calendar hasn't even turned to December, and I already feel like a Christmas failure!
Winter is fast approaching and with the cold, dry weather, dry skin can be a common nuisance - especially for little ones who have sensitive skin to begin with! Caring and protecting our skin is important so that it won’t chap, cause pain or crack.
My pelvic floor works hard for me:
It makes sure blood and lymph pumps through the pelvis; it supports the organs inside the pelvis such as the bladder, uterus, rectum and then the digestive system on top of that; it is part of the core system that works hard to provide support to the back, pelvis and hips before and during movement; and it keeps urine and stool inside, so we don’t have to wear pads or diapers and lastly it plays an important role in sexual function.
A common barrier to babywearing for some parents may be the huge market of baby carriers. There are so many brands, types, price points etc., that some parents may feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin.
First and foremost it is important to know that the type of baby carrier, or the brand of baby carrier is not at all important.
Jump on google and look up “when do I start my baby on solids” and you’re going to come up with all sorts of answers and reasons that contradict the last. Start at 4 months, wait until over 6 months... “food before one is just for fun”.. stories of aunts putting cereal in bottles at 3 months and a friend's child who didn’t really eat anything until 10 months!