Stretch marks, extra weight gain, pigmentation and swollen ankles are but a few symptoms of pregnancy that many women have to deal with. The fact is, she doesn’t feel very pretty and wants to lash out at the handful of women who feel more attractive than ever during pregnancy. It might even come as a shock to you when you see how quickly her body changes. Here’s the challenge, she really needs you to help her feel good about all these changes. The better she feels about herself, the more confident she will be in the fact that her body is changing to sustain and grow your unborn child.
Here are some tips to help you win the award for the “best pregnancy support partner”:
International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) encourages evidence based information for decision making around pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and new parenting. Recent research has shown that delaying the first bath after birth can have significant impact on the newborn transition and early breastfeeding. Because of this research, we encourage parents and care providers to look at delaying the first bath as an option.
Clancy McCarty is a registered nurse, and student-nurse midwife who spent over a decade as a documentary film producer with Every Mother Counts, the maternal health advocacy non-profit founded by Christy Turlington Burns that aims to make pregnancy and childbirth safe globally.
“Skin-to-skin time right after delivery can be a wonderful, strong start for both mother and baby,” says obstetrician Dr Susan Crowe, a clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Stanford School of Medicine. Which is why, whenever possible, Crowe advocates that newborns be placed immediately upon the mother’s abdomen at delivery. (A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that there may be benefits to waiting, even a few minutes after delivery, to sever the umbilical cord.)
Everyone feels stressed or down sometimes, including kids. Play is a great way to help them feel better. Beyond providing a fun distraction, play can help children get in touch with their feelings. Play is a powerful way to get inside your child's mind a bit and give them a sense of control and mastery over life.