Adequate protein and good quality nutrition are required for the increased metabolic functions that accompany pregnancy. Many midwives and practitioners recommend good nutrition during pregnancy, including the Brewer Diet. There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence to support them.
You know informed-choice is a legal right but how do you make those choices? (Link for printable graphic at the end.)
Although the information here will reassure any partner, this article intentionally addresses dads-to-be. All the quotes, links and videos are made by dads for dads-to-be, about their most common concerns about birth support: 1) Value; why should I pay for a doula if I’m going to be there? 2) Why do we even need a doula; what does she have that I don’t? 3) How will I be included if a doula attends?
Herbal medicine is specific category of health-care. Many herbs, including essential oils, are safe and beneficial during the childbearing year, while others can be dangerous. Pregnant women must be cautious with any remedies, especially during the first trimester when the fetus is most vulnerable. There’s a lot of misinformation concerning herbs. Here are lists of commonly used herbs that are considered safe and unsafe through pregnancy and postpartum.
Yesterday the CBC posted another article on placenta encapsulation. The article is low on fact and filled with fear-mongering. Certainly an article like this should lead service-providers to pay attention to their practices, ask questions, and re-evaluate protocols to ensure safe services are being offered. An article of this nature should also lead clients to ask questions of their encapsulators. Unfortunately, when a big media company publishes an article with an inflammatory headline, most people don’t read through, and of those that do, few know how to evaluate the information presented.
Let’s get to the facts.
Birth has been compared to climbing a mountain or completing a marathon. Being physically fit is an advantage. Exercise generally improves pregnancy, birth and newborn outcomes for people with normal pregnancies. There may be a protective factor for gestational diabetes, congenital anomalies, miscarriage, placental problems, intrauterine growth restriction, high blood pressure or fetal death. Evidence suggests that abnormal heart rates, cord entanglement, and the presence of meconium are significantly reduced. While there is no increase in premies, there may be fewer postdate gestations.
After a Caesarean birth, you will be given a list of recovery tips from your medical care provider. The following additional information contributes to optimal recovery following a surgical birth.
Post-term or post-date pregnancy is one that exceeds 42 weeks gestation. If a woman is healthy and well nourished then her placenta is likely to thrive and nourish the baby at any gestation. If there are signs that mother or baby will be healthier with baby Earth-side, then induction is warranted; otherwise it’s a much overused intervention that leads to a Cascade of Intervention.
While breastfeeding is actively promoted in almost all Canadian communities, a new mother may need or want to prevent further lactation or dry up her milk. Reasons include still-born, surrogacy, medical conditions requiring treatment contraindicated with breastfeeding, past abuse, and lifestyle choices. For many women it’s a very difficult decision. Women need acceptance and supported in their choices. To that end, here’s information to help a woman cease lactation in the safest and least painful way.