The traditional TV and movie trope of a woman in labor inevitably shows her flat on her back in bed, struggling through the arduous task. But many women find movement during labor to be very helpful in reducing pain and shortening labor. Why does movement help and how can we maximize the amount we move?
High on the list of things about childbirth nobody warns you about is lochia, a pleasant-sounding name for the less-than-pleasant experience of bleeding after childbirth. Lochia is not unlike a regular period, but it can be heavier than a period, can contain large clots and can last four to six weeks. Here’s what to expect
It is summer in North Carolina….. ok, not quite but it sure feels like it! Fayetteville’s weather has been record-breaking this week, and it isn’t even June. The sun is hot hot hot which means it is time to brush up on sun-safety. When it comes to sunscreen and keeping your baby and older children
After giving birth, many women find that their pelvic floor is weaker than it once was. Leaking a little pee or poop when laughing, sneezing, jumping, or coughing, or if you have a strong, sudden urge to pee just before losing a large amount of urine are some common symptoms of weak pelvic floor muscles.
As we discussed earlier, due dates are largely meaningless, so a lot of moms find themselves reaching their long-anticipated due date with no baby in sight! Some are able to let baby come on his or her own terms, but others might have personal or medical reasons for wanting to hurry the process on a
You’ve decided breastfeeding isn’t for you, or maybe you didn’t decide but the choice was made for you. Maybe you’ve been pumping and bottle feeding but you’re over it. Whatever the reasons or whatever the path, formula is now your baby’s food. Great! We all love healthy, happy, FED babies. You may have found that
In many hospitals in the United States, women in labor are not allowed to eat or drink, engaging in what might be the most difficult physical effort of their lives with only the sustenance provided by a small plastic cup of ice chips. What is the reason for this rule, and how necessary is it?
A home birth isn’t for everyone — maybe you have medical complications, maybe you just prefer the reassurance of having hospital staff a few steps away, or maybe you have some other reason for preferring a hospital. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a touch of home into your hospital room! Here are a
Perhaps one of the most annoying pregnancy or postpartum nuisances, hemorrhoids affect around 50% of all pregnant people and there’s no need to be embarassed about asking for help dealing with them. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum which are similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids have a number of causes and