Would you believe that there is a condition that at least 30% of pregnant women and 66% of women with 2 or more kids have and yet most of them do not know about? Diastasis Recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles and the thinning of the connective tissue between them. This condition is not solely the result of pregnancy, but it’s quite common. This article will outline the basics of what every woman should know–before, during, and after pregnancy, about conditioning and rehabilitating their abdominal muscles for better function and (bonus!) to improve their appearance.
If you’re expecting, you probably have a million questions floating around in your mind from the changes going on in your body, to what you can and can’t eat, to some of the not-so-glamorous side effects. Sure, you can read the books and comb the internet for hours, but what if instead you could kick your feet up and watch an entertaining movie while learning tons of valuable information about the journey to motherhood? Today, we’re excited to introduce you to the just released, must-see documentary, 40 Weeks.
Home birth, birth center, or hospital? Epidural or medication free? Just you and your partner or bring along some family and friends? Nursing or bottle feeding?
During pregnancy, it seems you have an endless amount of options to consider for how you would like to see those important moments (or days!) in labor and immediately following the birth to unfold. If you’ve waded through the decision process and found yourself opting for a hospital birth, know that many hospitals are moving toward establishing a baby-friendly status, which adds another layer of variables to be aware of. Read on to find out all about baby friendly hospitals and if they are the right place for you.
You just don’t feel right. Something’s off and you can’t put your finger on it, so as any woman in her childbearing years might do, you pee on a stick. As you wait those couple minutes, you shift your 6 month old son to your other hip, stick the paci back in his wailing mouth, try singing the song that soothed him yesterday which of course only makes him cry harder today, and are all of a sudden perfectly convinced that the nausea is of course from the bad take-out that was last night’s dinner. You toss out the test, bounce the baby a bit more, decide to try your luck at a nap, when you glance down at the trash can on your way out the door, and brightly staring back up at you are two.pink.lines.
We won’t tell you to not freak out, or to calm down, or that you’re going to enjoy every moment of this surprise pregnancy, but we will help you get as prepared as you possibly can with these 10 helpful and sanity-saving ways of how to prepare for two under two.
Whether you’ve decided to find out the sex of your baby prior to his or her big arrival day or if you prefer to be surprised the day of, we’re all left wondering at some point during our pregnancies, “Am I going to have a boy or a girl?” There are a few ways you can be certain of the sex of your baby before their birthday, but it’s always fun to make guesses based on silly myths and old wives tales. In this post, we’ll go over some of the most common ways to predict your baby’s sex as well as some lesser known methods.
Whether you’re no where near ready for a baby, you’re currently preparing to conceive or you’ve already had that bundle of joy, we all know of those tell-tale signs of pregnancy. First and foremost, there’s the missed period and positive pregnancy test. Then comes the growing belly, and finally the baby. But even before your pregnancy test shows you that positive, your body is trying to let you in on the good news. Some of you may not know all the other signs and symptoms of pregnancy, the ones no one talks about. We’re here to shed some light on the subject. Read on for some insight into the body (and mind) of a newly pregnant woman. You might be pregnant if….
If you’ve ever waited for your due date to come and then watched it go by with no sign of baby, you know how frustrating it can be. All the phone calls, e-mails, and text messages checking in with “any signs of baby?”, though well meaning, certainly don’t help. You may even start to think that you are never going to have this baby! Fear not. Here are some great ideas of things to do to help take your mind off your impending labor and delivery and help you to enjoy your last moments before meeting your little bundle.
As a mother or mother-to-be you may find yourself paying a lot of attention to your belly. And rightfully so! You’re growing a beautiful miracle. And like most of us, you’re counting down the days until you get to meet your precious baby. Luckily you can bond with your baby before he or she is born. Let’s explore a few ways to bond with your baby before birth.
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.