Great Expectations

Life In The womb

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Seeds of Health are planned before your baby is draws its first breath, and those first nine month in the womb determine the health of your baby for the rest of its life. Research indicates that women who suffer stress during pregnancy transmit their anxiety to the unborn child from as early as 17 weeks. The mother’s hormones and nutrients supplied through the placenta may significantly determine how a baby’s liver, heart, kidney’s, brain and mind will function during adult hood - 

“life in the womb” by Peter Nathanielsz of Cornell University

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Nutrition*

Eat organic whole foods!!! 

Supplements are usually necessary because even the best diet in the world will not contain all the nutrients you need to optimize your chance of conceiving.

Most Pre-Natal vitamins contain 400 micrograms of Folic acid. Studies have shown that women who get this supplement prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a serious birth defect. 

Not all Multi Vitamin are the same. Check if they contain enough of the following supplements:

Magnesium About half of all pregnant women get less than the daily requirement of 400 - 450 mg.

B12 2.6mcg for pregnant women.

B-complex100-200 mg’s per day, deficiency creates excess of estrogen in system. 

Bioflavonoid 250mg per day helps to strengthen the uterus. 

Calcium 1000mg per day, important for bone health of mother and baby. 

Vitamin D is needed for the absorption of calcium and magnesium and regulation of cycle. .

Selenium - Selenium is an important mineral antioxidant in human nutrition and an essential trace mineral for fetal growth. 

Iron usually 18 mg per day, pregnant women 27 mg per day  

*Discuss with your doctor before taking any additional supplement


Great reads for Moms and Dads in waiting 


Exercise**

Prenatal Yoga and Swimming are a wonderful choice. Both promote stretching and the focus on breathing is a valuable asset in preparation for your baby’s birth.  

**Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program 


Prepaparing for the event

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Many questions, many answers. No matter what, remain open and flexible if events stray from your chosen path. Ultimately, you want to be healthy and have a healthy baby

Choosing A Health Care Provider

Especially when planning a natural vaginal birth, there is much to be considered, and it is very natural to feel overwhelmed. No matter whether you use a doctor or midwife, choose a practitioner who has experience in caring for women who want an un-medicated birth. If your medical provider is part of a larger practice, make sure that all the members share like philosophies, or at least that if your chosen provider isn't available, will honor your wishes, as would your usual provider.

The Setting

It is important to know that a hospital setting is not your only option, many women deliver at a birthing center, while worldwide the most used setting is a home-birth. 

Doulas

According to studies, the use of a professional doula not only reduced the requests for epidural anesthesia, but it also cut the cesarean rates in half and shortens the length of labor. Whether or not to hire a doula, these are personal choices and there is no right or wrong answer. Only you can decide what's right for you. The one thing that is critical is to select someone whose philosophy of childbirth matches your own.

Childbirth Education

A childbirth class will not only give you great information on the stages of labor, breathing and pain relief techniques, it also gives you information on epidurals and cesarean sections if should you need them. 

Additional support

Learn about support methods that support a healthy pregnancy and prepare you for a joyful birth experience. Explore the possibilities of RAF™, acupuncture, and yoga. 

Make A Birth Plan

A birth plan helps to effectively communicate your preferences for the birth of your baby with your practitioner, the staff who cares for you during labor, and your birth team.


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Preparing a Birth Plan

Writing a birth plan gives you a chance to think about and discuss with your partner and your caregiver how — ideally — you'd like your baby's birth to be handled. You can't control every aspect of labor and delivery, but a printed document gives you a place to make your wishes clear. Just remember that you'll need to stay flexible in case something comes up that requires your birth team to depart from your plan.

A written birth plan also helps refresh your practitioner's memory when you're in labor. And it informs new members of your medical team — such as your labor-and-delivery nurse — about your preferences when you're in active labor (and probably not in the mood for drawn-out conversation).

Things you might want to consider are: 

  • Positions for Labor and Birth
  • Fetal Monitoring 
  • Environment, 
  • Labor Augmentation, 
  • Pain Medication, 
  • Natural Childbirth, 
  • Stages of Labor, 
  • Episiotomy, 
  • Birth by C-Section, 
  • Guidelines after baby is born, 
  • Breastfeeding, 
  • Banking your baby’s cord blood


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