Foley bulb can be a safe, gentle and effective way of naturally inducing labor without the harmful effects labor starting drugs. Review of the risks and benefits pf foley bulb induction, as well as how the procedure is done and what to expect with a foley bulb catheter induction.
There are herbal teas and spices that can be delicious, helpful, and even medicinal during pregnancy. While the herbs themselves are helpful, the ritual of making tea and pausing to enjoy it can be equally important. Slowing down is important during pregnancy, and if a cup of tea a day can aid in this, even just a little bit, we are all for it.
During pregnancy, your body is growing and sustaining your baby’s body; thus, you need more protein to support all of the work your body is doing. Protein promotes blood sugar balance/stabilization. A protein-rich diet helps prevent preeclampsia and preterm labor.
October is Pregnancy Loss Month. If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a pregnancy, baby or ability to conceive, know that you are not alone. This article addresses miscarriage primarily.
Whether returning to work, latch issues or preference, breast pumping is an invaluable part of the breastfeeding journey. In this article, we address pump basics, reasons people pump, and best practices for breast pumping.
It’s so important to know about the wide range of birth-related professionals that can support us along our journeys. One thing that Sweet Child O’ Mine takes great pride in is bringing as many of these professionals together under one roof as possible. We want you to...
Pelvic floor physical therapy (PT) is a specialized kind of therapy that supports healthy pelvic function. In some cases this can be strengthening muscles, and in other cases it can mean relaxing the muscles– and everything in between. The pelvic floor includes all of the muscles that support the urinary and reproductive tracts.
You want to be prepared and as comfy as possible for your labor, birth and postpartum stay. Here are some helpful suggestions on what to pack in your birth bags.
Sleep is important after having a baby. This information will help you navigate your first month postpartum and know how to make sleep happen.
“Prodromal labor” is very common leading up to real labor. Some people call it “false labor;” however, we like to use the term “prodromal labor” because your body is trying to get ready for labor and birth. However, the uncomfortable contractions that one will...
Exercise can be beneficial to birthing people and their babies. Movement can help make space in your body, which can increase comfort. In other words, exercise can decrease aches and pains that can occur during pregnancy. It can also help make space for baby to get in an ideal position. In general, joyful movement can act as a mood booster and can be a source of pleasure and play. On a super practical level, exercise can increase gastrointestinal function during pregnancy, aiding in regular bowel movements.
Tips, Tools and Resources to help your breastfeeding journey
Sweet Child O’ Mine is a licensed birth center (BC350) in the Tampa Bay Area. Here are their statistics for the 2020-2021 reporting year.
All nutrients in prenatal vitamins are not equal. The best prenatal vitamins include natural source methylated B vitamins, including folate instead of folic acid. Without the natural source vitamins, our bodies can not metabolize and use them to repair our bodies’ DNA and stay healthy. Folate is important in the first 8 weeks of pregnancy to prevent spina bifida and other neural tube defects.
Pregnancy requires some extra precautions while travelling. Here’s some great tips to help you enjoy your travels safely.
Maternal vitamin D deficiency is associated (to varying degrees) with preeclampsia, low birth weight, preterm labor, infections during pregnancy, neonatal hypocalcemia, poor postnatal growth, bone fragility, and increased incidence of autoimmune diseases. In other words, maternal vitamin D status can influence maternal, fetal, and breast-fed infant health. Recommended dosage for Vitamin D is typically 4000 IU for pregnancy and 6000 IU for postpartum. At Sweet Child O’ Mine, we usually just recommend 5000 IU per day.
Nitrous Oxide is an effective analgesic for labor that brings relaxation, pain relief and help for coping through unmedicated birth. Nitrous oxide is safe for mom and baby.
What is a doula and how can a birth doula benefit you?
Tending to your immune system is one foundational way you can support your body as it prepares for, grows, births, feeds, and nurtures your baby. During pregnancy, your immune system adapts so that it can protect both you and baby.
Ways to Cope with Depression related to Seasonal Affective Disorder, Pandemic Affective Disorder and Perinatal or Postpartum Depression
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