This sheet talks about exposure to caffeine in a pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
What is caffeine?
Caffeine is a stimulant found in many foods and beverages. It is also found in prescription and over the counter medications. Caffeine is naturally found in the leaves, seeds, and fruits of more than 60 plants. How much caffeine is in common foods and drinks?
Ever heard the phrase Rome was not build in a day? Or to see the view from the mountain top you must first climb one step at a time?
Pregnancy is your ‘Rome’ or your ‘mountain’ and some days the climb is going to be difficult and the building slow. As a Physio I want to urge you to be more prepared for this.
While pregnant your hormones will take charge and one of these is the Relaxin hormone which lengthens your ligaments, especially around your pelvis, to make the labour process more effective. This unfortunately can lead to an increase in backpain and pelvic girdle pain or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). But something can be done about it, and yes you have guessed it, EXERCISING!
Shelitha Owens (she/her) is an environmental policy manager who lives in Oaklawn Illinois, a suburb of Chicago with her husband Bobby, their dog, Reeses and their new baby, Alexander, who was born in 2021. Having a biology background, Shelitha has always been fascinated with anatomy and was curious about pregnancy and birth. After having her son at home with a planned water birth, Shelitha’s interest in birth work skyrocketed as she enjoys talking to new and expecting parents about their birth stories.
We talk about how her experience in the EBB Childbirth Class supported her positive mindset related to the stages of labor and birth. She felt confident with the knowledge helping her and her partner prepare for their home waterbirth.
There are amazing benefits to mom and baby to be skin to skin
Skin to skin regulates a baby’s heart rate, breathing and temperature as well as aiding bonding to mention just a few. Vaginal birth helps baby receive the correct bacteria which are vital for baby’s immune system development, with baby receiving mom’s vaginal and gut microbiomes which kick the baby’s microbiome development off to a perfect start. Skin to skin further helps baby receive mom’s good skin micro-organisms. These 9 INSTINCTIVE STAGES CULMINATE IN BREASTFEEDING and baby will then receive the ultimate boost to its microbiome development by receiving breast milk. These beneficial and vitally important micro-organisms lead to a baby’s healthy gut formation - a healthy microbiome which leads to a baby’s healthy immune system development and puts it on the road to life-long health and not one of chronic disease.
It is very common for babies to be fussy and nurse very often in the evenings, particularly in the early months.
My daughter had a fussy time every evening for a couple of months (yes, it does go away!). I spent weeks camped out on the end of the sofa with a constantly nursing and/or fussy baby every evening from about 6 to 10 PM.
Expectant women often worry about whether their nipples will be okay for breastfeeding. They worry that the nipples are too big, too small, too long or too flat. Fortunately, breastfeeding is not so fragile that only a “perfect” nipple will work (whatever that may be!); babies can manage to breastfeed just fine from most shapes and sizes of breast and nipple. In this post, I want to look at the one “class” of nipples that probably causes the most distress for moms: flat nipples and inverted nipples.
When you're pregnant, it's only natural to immerse yourself in details and stories about birth. Since there's no way to know exactly how your own birth will unfold, there's a sense of peace that comes from reading other stories to see how others responded and managed. The following short summaries provide a quick taste of very positive experiences for four different people. As you read them, consider how these positive accounts of birth challenge the negative/scary/intense stories you've read and heard about birth. As you prepare for your own birth, make sure you balance your research and reading about birth with positive and less-than-positive stories, both of which are possible and realistic.
New Research About the Effectiveness of COVID Vaccines in Pregnancy
On February 15, 2022, new information from a CDC-led research study was published online in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). While previous studies have demonstrated that protective antibodies pass from people vaccinated in pregnancy to their babies, this important research is the first to look at whether these antibodies could actually prevent illness in babies.