I asked a few married women what they wish they had known before they had sex for the first time. I love the vulnerability of these women to share an intimate part of their [...]
One of the worst parts of postpartum can be healing from tears (or episiotomies). If you have been there, you know what I’m talking about. If not, I hope you never have to experience that pain. This is when you want to enjoy your new baby but you cannot move or sit because your bottom is in excruciating pain.
Sometimes when life is stressful we need a little help to relax and reroute our brain. Breathing exercise and visualization are great tools for this. Breath is a super powerful tool and can be super [...]
It is totally possible to breastfeed, at least to some extent, even though you have not had a baby. Most women are able to produce some milk but oftentimes not enough to solely breastfeed, so it is normal to have to supplement at the same time. If you have nursed a baby before it increases your chance of producing enough milk, but if you need to supplement it is still worth it to build up your milk supply and breastfeed. If you think about breastfeeding from a relational point of view as opposed to only for sustenance then you are more likely to feel that you have succeeded and it may make it more worth the work involved. Breastfeeding, beyond being the best nutritionally, for the baby is key for comfort and bonding of the baby and for you it will cause you to release oxytocin which will increase your patience and attachment to the baby.
I know fertility problems can feel devastating, but I also know there are things you can do to greatly increase your chance of getting pregnant. I am confident we can work on these issues together and give you the best chance of possible of getting pregnant and staying pregnant.
You are feeling extremely exhausted and getting sick all the time this pregnancy. You feel like you are eating well and forcing yourself to get some exercise but still you are exhausted and on [...]
During pregnancy women want to be even more careful what they take so certain drugs are out. What is safe to do when you can’t sleep in pregnancy.
There are trends in health care. Some are beneficial and some are not. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be give vitamin D drops. My initial reaction is breastmilk is the perfect food and babies don’t need anything else! But let us be honest, we live in a malnourished culture with processed food and poor guts and we want to give our kids the absolute best. So I decided to look closer into giving vitamin D to babies.
Many times we focus all our energy on pregnancy and birth and forget that this is all in preparation for the postpartum season. There are many ways we can prepare for the best postpartum season, even in the last month of pregnancy. Here I talk about 4 physical ways to prepare for the postpartum.
As high as 30%, of infertility is unexplained meaning there is not a pin-pointed reason why the couple cannot get pregnant. Unexplained infertility is very frustrating as it does not give you any direction to go forward. Lab tests oftentimes uncover the reason. Here are the ones I recommend, in order or all at once.
The bottom line is if you take folic acid and have a mthfr gene mutation or your cell receptors are blocked because of too much folic acid you are at higher risk for infertility issues, recurrent pregnancy loss, preeclampsia, a child with Down syndrome or autism, postpartum depression or chronic depression, and elevated homocysteine levels.
Cleanses are especially good for a women when:
She has had a miscarriage. A cleanse supports future egg health and balances hormones as well as cleanses the uterus.
She has irregular cycles; especially if she skips her period or has not had a period in 90 days, a cleanse can help remove the old blood and prepare a healthy uterine environment.
She has PMS symptoms. A cleanse can help alleviate the symptoms and balance hormones.
Morning sickness, which rarely happens only in the morning, is no fun. Oftentimes women just feel nauseous and blah, but some women throw up several times a day and cannot keep anything down throughout the whole pregnancy. There are several theories as to what causes nausea in pregnancy and here I explore three of them. First the body is detoxing; Second, low blood sugar; and third, low in magnesium. Unfortunately, not one thing works for everyone, so I have included here a list that work from most successful to what works for only a few. I encourage women to be proactive keep trying them until they find what works for them.