The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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In today’s maternity care system, the care you receive may not always be based on current evidence, but may instead rely on outdated and potentially harmful practices. Unless you’re informed, you could miss out on options that can actually increase your chance of a safe and healthy birth.
Pregnancy massage is extremely beneficial to your physiological, psychological and emotional health throughout pregnancy. It is important to work with a practitioner whom you feel comfortable with, trust, and is well-trained in pregnancy massage.
I recommend receiving consistent massages throughout your pregnancy. Try scheduling a massage once every two weeks up to your third trimester and every week afterwards.
Pregnancy brings with it many things, some joyous and some…not. For about 1 in 160 expectant moms (less than 1 percent), one of the unfortunate side effects can be a rash with a mean itch known as PUPPPs, or pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy.
Q: I’ve heard that eating my placenta after having my baby can be beneficial. Should I consider it?
A: Thanks to recent media buzz and the release of a 2012 study, interest in placentophagia—the eating of any or all of the components of the afterbirth, including the placenta—is growing.
I’m in the home stretch now. Just about 12 weeks (plus or minus) until I can finally meet my baby boy Finn! The main overriding themes right now are continued low back pain, and being sleepier than I have been.
The problem: Weight gain, a shifting center of gravity, and ligament-loosening hormones all contribute to aches and pains as your pregnancy progresses. The solution: Strengthen your core muscles to support your back and spine, and stretch your shoulders, upper back, quads and hip flexors with these simple exercises. Looking for more? These 10 yoga poses are safe for every trimester.
I’m 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and the suspense over having to wait even another day to see my son’s little face and hold him in my arms is making me seriously restless.
Practicing yoga throughout your pregnancy is a great way to strengthen and stretch the muscles you'll use most during childbirth. From easing tension in your back to opening your hips and increasing circulation, these yoga poses will prepare your mind and body for labor and delivery. Looking for more? These 10 yoga poses are safe for every trimester.
Pregnancy is full of changes. Your body changes, your emotions are all over the place, and even your house changes to accommodate all of the “necessary” baby accessories. One of the less common changes – but one with potentially big impact – is changing your doctor or midwife. If the prenatal care you’re receiving isn’t meeting your needs or if your care provider doesn’t support your preferences for birth, consider switching to a new practice. Finding a new doctor or midwife, even if you’re in your third trimester, isn’t as difficult as you may think.
This "Super Mom"strength training workout is perfect to do during pregnancy because it mimics what you'll be doing as a new mom: carrying, lifting, and pushing your new baby.
I’ve been blessed with a healthy, relatively pain-free pregnancy apart from the typical first trimester nausea and round ligament pain. But at 38 weeks and feeling like a giant beach ball, I all of a sudden got hit with an excruciating pain in my left side that stopped me in my tracks and lasted more than 48 hours.
Having a baby is one of life’s greatest gifts, and the ability to create, nurture and eventually birth a brand new human being is nothing short of a miracle. Yet, when many women think about the actual process of giving birth, fear of pain (and how to avoid it) is at the forefront of their minds. Something as simple as the term labor can feed into the fear. Language is a powerful thing, and the very definition of labor is “physical or mental work, especially of a hard or fatiguing kind; toil.”