In many hospitals, patients are told not to eat or drink during labour. The medical term for this is “NPO,” which comes from the Latin nil per os, meaning nothing by mouth. In a survey of people who gave birth in U.S. hospitals, 60% reported not drinking during labour, and 80% said that they did not eat. However, when people are free to eat and drink as desired during labour, as is typical in U.S. freestanding birth centres, very few of them (5%) choose to not eat or drink.
What are the body’s nutritional needs during labour?
Orgasmic birth, alternatively referred to as ‘ecstatic’ birth, and the idea of sexual pleasure in childbirth are notions that have circulated in anecdotal literature for decades, and yet these perspectives have not translated into midwifery or anthropological spheres of research. The terms encompass the range of sensation and emotional release within the birthing process when experienced as pleasurable by women. The likely first modern scientific exploration of this concept within medical literature was by Niles Newton (1955), who discussed similarities between sexual and birthing behaviours. Pioneers of research on the human sexual response, also alluded to ‘orgasmic birth’ over 50 years ago, recalling 12 women who reported intense orgasmic sensation during the second stage of their labours.
The simple act of being skin-to-skin with your baby after birth has many therapeutic effects for you and your baby. Because of these substantial health benefits, many hospitals have policies that not only permit but encourage you to be skin-to-skin with your baby after birth.
This skin-to-skin policy may be called something different depending on where you are, but basically, it is simply uninterrupted time for you to hold your baby close soon after birth.
When it comes to sleep and babies, parents often get conflicting advice. Should a sleeping baby be awakened every few hours to nurse? If a baby begins sleeping longer stretches, is pumping necessary to maintain milk production? As with many baby-care questions, the answer is “it depends.”
When babies sleep for long stretches, several factors influence the best course of action: your comfort, baby’s age, and baby’s growth. Some common practices may also affect these decisions. Let’s start with the basics.
You can have lots of fun at home this weekend. Here are 20 fun family activities you can do inside and outside of the house. Family fun doesn't require leaving the house. Looking to stay home and still have fun? Check out these fun family activities you can do together at home.
The sun is finally out, and as a natural mood booster, it brings with it a much-needed change in our behaviour too. Lighter and brighter days tend to make us feel happier, freer, and more positive after the restrictive dull and gloom of winter. We can finally come out of our winter hibernation, shed our chunky knits, stow away our boots, hats, and gloves, and throw open our doors and windows to soak in the fresh air. Summer is all about long sunny days spent outdoors by the pool, braaiing with friends and family, being active and just living your best life. It is so important that your living space is just as ready as you are and mirrors that bright and cheery feel. Celebrated Cape Town based interior designer Kim Williams, shares her top five easy tips to help you channel a laid-back summer makeover without breaking the bank.
Does being playful and silly come naturally to you?
It didn’t to me. Not at first. I’m getting better at it now though. My children are all very active and full of energy. Their extreme enthusiasm would leave me becoming more serious as I felt like I needed to keep the balance in the family so we don’t turn to utter chaos.
But a while ago, we suffered a loss in our family and it truly reminded me how short life is. And the way “normal” life got turned upside down by the COVID-19 situation further drove this home.
I have made it my personal goal to enjoy life as much as possible and to cut loose with my kids as best as I can. We do have an important job in shaping our children, but I want to have fun while doing it. I made a list to help me transition from that serious mama to a more silly, playful mama. And over time, I kept adding to that list. Today, I added a few last ones to round it up to the nice “100” number and I’m sharing it with you.