In addition to weird aches and discomforts (sciatica, anyone?), weight gain, and puking, pregnancy can make routine decisions—what should I eat right now?—annoyingly complex. For every meal, it’s a series of questions. Does this contains any “no-nos” like soft cheese or deli meats? Is it healthy enough? Did I get at least two servings of […]Read more
Red raspberry leaf tea is an ancient tonic—pregnant women as early as the 6th century drank the stuff. It is still a popular herbal supplement for pregnancy today, with claimed benefits ranging from it’s ability to strengthen the uterus and help prepare the body for birth to directly stimulating labor (in one survey, more than […]Read more
If you’re pregnant or planning to be pregnant, chances are you’ve heard stories about what might happen to your nether regions during a vaginal birth. Perhaps you’ve heard about tearing during delivery or even heard the term episiotomy. Tearing naturally during labor is super common (over 80% of women will experience tearing to some degree). […]Read more
As you near the end of your pregnancy (hello, cankles!), you will be screened for Group B Strep, a common and normally harmless bacteria found in between 10-25% of women’s digestive and reproductive tracts. Although mostly benign in adults, Group B Strep (GBS) can cause serious infections in newborns, whose immune systems are still developing. […]Read more
Since 2002, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that doctors screen all pregnant women for Group B Strep between 35-37 weeks, and that all women who test positive receive IV antibiotics during labor. This policy has more than halved the rate of early onset newborn GBS disease (GBS infection occurring within the first […]Read more
Our bodies are capable of amazing things. During pregnancy, in just the first ten weeks, our uterus makes space for a cluster of cells to grow into a tiny human the size of a Golden Snitch. To support baby’s growth and development, our body will make an entirely new organ, the placenta. But the amazing […]Read more
From colostrum to coming to volume… Most expecting moms I know expended a ton of energy preparing for their baby’s arrival. They prepped for labor, studied up on their birth options, and set up their baby’s nursery. But despite all their effort, one major challenge still tended to trip them up after baby arrived: Breastfeeding. […]Read more
Have you had a sneaking suspicion that your contractions get worse at night? Maybe it feels like your pregnant body just wants to find another way to wake you up in the middle of the night. Maybe you haven’t felt them but wake up on feeling like you just ran a marathon. If you fall […]Read more
Did you know that you can protect your newborn by receiving a Tdap vaccine during your third trimester? This approach is 90% effective at preventing Whooping Cough in newborns!Read more
This is the second chapter of our free ebook Your Best Birth: Providers, Plans, and Being Proactive. If you’re a pregnant person today, chances you’ve considered making a birth plan. Maybe you’ve heard they’re a must-have – “Ensure your wishes are respected!” or maybe you’ve heard the opposite – “Birth plans are only for uber […]Read more
This is the third chapter of our free ebook Your Best Birth: Providers, Plans, and Being Proactive. Giving birth is life-changing—no matter when, where, or how it happens. A healthy baby and a healthy mama is obviously what most women want above all else. But it’s ok (and perfectly normal and natural!) to also want […]Read more
For my first baby, I had a roller-coaster ride through pregnancy and birth, with many health scares and medical interventions. When I got pregnant a second time, I wanted to have as natural a birth as possible. But at my 30 week ultrasound, I was diagnosed with placenta previa. My placenta was blocking the baby’s […]Read more
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