Take time to prepare for the birth and caring for your newborn baby — from the convenience of your home! The Best Birth online class is taught by Registered Nurse, Sarah McMoyler — includes childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care and Infant CPR!
Be sure that you have selected your - pediatrician — start with your OB, and ask friends and family for referrals
Begin the conversation: WHO will be helping us at home after the baby arrives? Sometimes grandparents are the perfect choice — sometimes not! Hiring support is often a great option to help the transition into parenthood go smoothly.
Ask your friends that have had babies for their words of wisdom (NOT their horror stories!) What was most helpful to them in the early days? What surprises did they have and how did they manage them?
Friends and co-workers will offer to help —ACCEPT! People really do want to make a difference — dropping off a meal, picking up groceries or tending to the baby while you BOTH nap — let them help you!
Hospital bag should be ready 4 weeks prior to your due date and sitting by the front door. Keep it simple, here are a few things that most people don't think of: white athletic socks for mom to wear during labor (they get tossed after delivery) cell phone charger, toiletries, loose clothes to go home in, including flip flops for swollen feet, granny panties, nursing bra, outfit for baby with feet in it for baby to ride in car seat!
Be clear about whom you want with you during delivery — and know that you are allowed to change your mind! If you find that having your mother-in-law (or whomever) in the room was not such a good idea- tell your nurse- she will handle escorting people out!
Labor partners (typically the Dad) need to have the following squared away: route to the hospital, entrance to use daytime vs. nighttime, who to call when it's time to head to the hospital, exactly where is the labor and delivery unit. Take the hospital tour- well worth it!
Essential baby gear: installed car seat AND inspected (NHTSA can help locate certified technician), diapers, wipes, burp cloths, nighties to allow for easy access diaper changes, a safe sleep space.
Feeding newborns can be very challenging; be sure to utilize the expertise at the hospital for breastfeeding support. Know whom to call once you are home- as many new families will need post-partum assistance with breastfeeding. (Pediatricians may have formula supplementation to aid with weight loss/gain issues.)
Expectant Moms and New Mommas - REMEMBER - growing a human being takes a tole on the body...delivering them into the world is equal to an Olympic Event!
- Breasts change as a result of the pregnancy NOT breastfeeding. They WILL go back to essentially the shape and size they were.
- Bottoms (and everything else "down there!") go through extreme stress while you're pregnant, and monumental bumps with delivery. I recommend using a hand mirror after delivery to get a look, so that you can be sure all is healing.
Healing Tip: Think Air and Light! - Have your nipples open to the air as often and for as long as possible. - Likewise with your bottom (caution here!) On your bed, with door closed and locked, feet together, knees open, to allow your 'downtown' access to the air and light
As a healthcare professional with 20 years I can assure you that there is no crystal ball or magic formula to order up the sex of your baby...stay tuned! I'm sure that at some point scientific technology will take us there...
My recommendation: conceive a healthy babay and count your blessings! Sending you mu best, SarahRN
Of course you are concerned! I would be too...please know that your reaction to this is appropriate. It has been 3 days since you posted this. I am thinking that the situation has resolved- either you did in fact miscarry OR all is well.
My response to all in our Pregnancy Community is that if you are concerned, and have symptoms that are changing and worsening- you need to continue seeking assistance!
The medical system is not a perfect one - sometimes we need to be politely persistent to get the care we need and deserve.
Newest debate among parents includes: Do their newborns really need the shot of Vitamin K given routinely within the first hour of life. The answer: YES! You see, new babies are not equipped to efficiently clot their blood after delivery — the Vitamin K injection, boosts that ability, preventing potential consequences — proving to be perfectly safe.
This is rough- perhaps hormones are intensifying your reaction - still cause for some sadness. I highly recommend an in-person OR on-line pregnancy support group so that you can have your feelings validated and receive support from fellow expectant moms.
Not to worry - pregnancy is riddled with hurt feelings! Know that people often speak without thinking. Weight gain can be perceived differently...focus on healthy eating and forgiving those who put their feet in their mouths!
In honor of National Breastfeeding month - I am giving a shout out to Plum Organics, makers of organic baby food who have highlighted "Moms as taste masters," introducing growing babies to new foods via breast milk. ( I also love how they include moms who are unable or choose not to breastfeed, as still fantastic moms making other decisions on behalf of their babies.) Click here to read the entire article: http://www.plumorganics.com/resource-center/variety-is-the-spice-of-breast-milkView Thread