A natural childbirth — meaning an un-medicated birth — has a number of benefits that we want women to know about. Pain medication and epidurals have become so normal in our society that doctors assume patients want one, and women completely expect one. Epidurals, cesarean sections and induction seem to be the norm these days and having an intentional natural birth is actually very uncommon. We are going to give you the breakdown on the many different benefits of an un-medicated birth. Read on to find out how you (yes, you!) can do it too.
Everyone knows having a child requires lots of decisions to be made from prenatal care to parenting styles. You and your partner are probably thinking of things like what kind of diapers to buy, where the baby is going to sleep, how you’re going to afford another person in the family, etc. The list can go on and on and be rather daunting. Perhaps one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in your child’s life is appointing the godparents – or “guide-parents,” mentors, or guardians.
A fear of childbirth can have many facets and many underlying reasons. It can manifest itself in many ways and can be very difficult to control. A fear of childbirth can be tangled up with an expectant mother’s many emotions, including feelings of excitement, eagerness for the child to be born, and facing unknown. We have complied various ideas to help you approach childbirth with more confidence in yourself and a more positive outlook as you approach your baby’s birth day.
As if you didn’t feel awkward enough when trying to pose for photos, now you are pregnant and surely feel a little more self conscious than usual. If you have been following our posing guides than you know we are posing fanatics and why shouldn’t pregnancy posing be included in this? Having a little (or big) belly can sometimes get in the way and be hard to work with. Read on to find out how you can pose and work that belly in your favour!
There are nearly 7 billion active mobile subscriptions worldwide right now. This enormous number of cellular devices makes up over 95% of the population across the globe. With rising numbers everyday, it is predicted that soon there will be more active cell phones in the world than there are people. Wrap your brain around that one for a second!
Contractions are perhaps the hardest thing to deal with during labor, and all of them are different, but we want to help you get through labor one contraction at a time. If you have been following our natural childbirth series, you will have already read our post Natural Childbirth: Your In-Hospital Options and Benefits of Natural Childbirth. We want to take this to the next level and give you a little bit of information on how to deal with those painful contractions. Remember, when we are speaking about natural childbirth we are referring to a birth where no pain relief via drugs are administered. Read on to find out how to cope with your contractions.
When you see a woman’s water break in movies or on television, you see a little splash or trickle of clear “water” and then the woman dramatically starts labor pains. If only that were the case in every instance. Hollywood seems to have done zero research on the subject or they just don’t want to gross the public out but if you’re going to include this phenomenon in a scene, why not do it the right way?
When your water breaks, or as it’s technically called, spontaneous rupture of membranes (SROM), the forewaters of amniotic fluid are released. Not every woman’s water breaks nor do they have the same experience. The following is a list of things you may not know about what may happen when and if your water breaks.
We have all heard the joys that accompany pregnancy from food cravings, to bouts of morning sickness, to chronic fatigue. But let’s be honest, there’s way more to pregnancy than these little nuisances. Pregnancy can be downright TMI for most to talk about. We’re cutting to the chase, barring it all, revealing some of the cold, hard (and humorous) truths about pregnancy NO ONE ever tells you about.
To eat or not to eat? That is the question! Some of us have probably pondered this question, and some of us may not even have the slightest idea why someone would want to eat their placenta. While most mammals on land consume their placenta following birth, humans are one of the few that do not regularly eat their placenta. More recently, placenta consumption has been discussed and researched, proving there may be several reasons why most mammals thrive from eating their placenta.
Nesting: it’s that burst of energy you get sometime during the last month of your pregnancy. For some women it comes with the desire to cook, and for others it comes as the need to clean and organize, stock up on essentials, or “bed down” in preparation for the birth of your new baby. It can sometimes be hard to know where to start or how to use this great burst of energy to your best advantage. So, here are some ideas to help make your nesting period as productive as possible.
It’s finally becoming more and more real: you’re pregnant! Your tiny bump is surely growing and you’re starting to feel those first gentle kicks. As your beautiful creation develops you may have a thought about how you are going to deliver your baby. How you would like to deliver your baby is one of the first important decisions you will make as a parent. There are many options to help you and your partner prepare for your baby’s BIG arrival. Let’s explore a few natural childbirth preparation classes and see how they work!
Congratulations, you’re pregnant! You’ve made your first prenatal appointment with your doctor, but have you called your chiropractor? Seeking prenatal chiropractic care is extremely important to maintain your own health, and the health of your developing baby. Read on to discover the benefits of regular chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy.
Since half your hours breastfeeding are often spent in the wee hours of the morning, it’s important to consider clothing that is comfortable for sleeping! If you have been a fan of Daily Mom, you know we believe breastfeeding education and awareness is important. Our hope is that with extra knowledge and support, some of the barriers that may prevent a woman from breastfeeding will be avoided. We don’t think a woman should ever have to sacrifice her sense of style for comfort or utility.
You’ve been looking forward to this day for the last 9 months. You’ve assembled the crib, painted the nursery, and taken the childbirth classes. Now she’s here. You’re finally holding your new baby girl in your arms. It’s everything you thought it would be, until you get home from the hospital and all of a sudden, your new baby seems to have forgotten about you. She’s constantly nursing and being soothed by Mom. How are you supposed to compete with Mom’s delicious milk? Don’t worry, you can still bond with your new baby! Here are 20 ways to get you and your baby off on the right foot to a long-lasting, loving relationship.
The moment you realize you are about to become a mother, or a parent, everything changes. You suddenly become second, and the amazing miracle growing inside you quickly becomes number one. Before you know it you have to make a million different decisions and some are much harder than others. One of those questions that may come is whether or not to bank your baby’s cord blood. This can be a complicated and confusing question, but we are here to help you find an answer. Read on to see the facts and weigh the pros and the cons of cord blood banking.