Decision Making for Birth Planning: Easy Fix for the Big Day


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One of the most critical days of your life is the day you give birth. Having a birth plan ahead of time will assist you in making decisions on how you want your labor and childbirth to go, as well as letting others know your preferences. When the big day comes, you’ll be able to concentrate on what matters most: bringing your new baby into the world.

A birth plan is a bit misleading: Although certain things in life can be planned for, the birth of a child is not one of them. Babies are notorious for ignoring their due dates, as well as all of your expectations for a particular type of delivery or labour and delivery.

At the end of the day, your birth is more dependent on your body and your baby than it is on an external force. Despite the fact that things do not always turn out as expected, it is always good to have a plan in place, because some do go as planned. It is exciting also to have some part in the process. Try to stay positive in the process with your health care provider, as things might need to change.

Why is a birth plan necessary?

Making a birth plan can make a difference in your delivery

A birth plan is necessary way for you to express your preferences to those who will be caring for you during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. Every birth is a one-of-a-kind event. Making a birth plan allows you to learn about all of your choices during childbirth. At the same time, it’s a platform for informing the people who care for you about your choices.

Do I need to write my birth plan?

No mam! You don’t have to build from zero with your birth plan. Many hospitals have a regular form or booklet that you can fill out whenever it is convenient for you. It’s a good idea to go over your birth plan with your doctor when you’re pregnant. Check to see if the venue where you’ll be delivering will satisfy your requests. If your pregnancy is high-risk, your provider can encourage you to avoid certain things.

What do I need to include in my birth plan?

Although you may have in your mind how you want your baby’s birth to be, your choices may not be heard effectively if you don’t have a birth plan. Who do you want present in the delivery room?

  • Do you want to be offered medication for pain management?
  • If so, what type of medication? Do you want a natural birth and to use alternative measures for comfort?
  • Do you want to freely move around during labor? Do you want to use hydrotherapy?
  • our name, your doctor’s name, and the hospital where you intend to give birth. Include your estimated due date as well as the gender and name of your infant, if known.
  • Do you want your baby continuously monitored?
  • Any documented medical problems for you or your baby, such as positive group B strep results, gestational diabetes, or preeclampsia, should be noted here.

What About after my baby is born?

You can also make arrangements for your baby’s plan after birth in your birth plan. The arrival of your new baby does not mark the end of your birth plan. The hospital staff would want to know how you want your baby to be cared for. Explain who would cut the umbilical cord, change the baby’s first diaper, and give the baby his or her first bath, for example. Furthermore, the birth plan will provide guidance about how you want to feed your infant. Identifying breast milk or formula as breast milk or formula

What about interventions for pain?


You must determine whether you want to go without medicine or have an epidural. If you don’t want an epidural, you should opt for opioids or nitrous oxide as a pain reliever instead. This is a personal decision. You can talk with your health care provider about your pain options.

What are my alternatives to labor?


It’s possible that your labor will last anywhere from a few hours to a few days (it’s rare, but it does happen!).

What would you like to do with that time?
Who will be by your side when you give birth?
Would you rather not be hooked up to fetal monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
If you want to be able to walk down the corridors?
What about non-pharmaceutical choices for pain relief, such as a birth tub, a hot shower, a birthing ball, or a massage?

Always make a final plan while keeping flexibility in mind

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Complete the mission! If your doctor advised you to make improvements, now is the time to do so. If you’re still choosing between choices, try your hardest to find a consensus. You may also make a note if you’re either confused about anything or ready to go with the flow during labor. (Keep in mind that versatility is a positive thing!)

Bottom line

It’s in your best interest to create one — and some doctors strongly suggest their patients do it — but it’s not like the hospital won’t admit you without a birth plan in hand. This is empowering for you.

If you go into labor before you’ve written or finalized a plan, it’s up to you how to move forward with the birth. If you feel up to it, you can write one down on the fly (in between contractions!). It can be as simple as saying “I would like a medication-free delivery with my husband in the room, no unnecessary interventions, and as much skin-to-skin contact right after birth. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you learned something to help you. I wish you all the best in your movement forward. Have a safe, healthy, and happy journey moving forward. God loves you forever. Talk to Him and allow Him to love you.


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Comfort Techniques During Labor: Fascinating & Easy Skills for your Big Day


There are many ways to find comfort during labor!

Hello new Mamas, and Mamas-to -be I know you are thinking about that big day when you will deliver your little star. Labor day is a day that is always resident with a pregnant mama no matter where you are on your journey. everyone of course wants the best experience ever. Most of the time when we think of labour, we think of pain, and often the worst.

Today, we are going to learn about some fascinating comfort techniques that really work during labor. I am not a doula, but as a seasoned nurse -midwife of 36 years, I have captivated many proven , scientific techniques that worked during my practice for my clients. Now I want you to know that every woman is unique and not every position is for everyone.

I delivered some clients who to my surprise, did not want to be touched during labor and they did very well. Follow me as we discuss some of the popular easy skills that you can use during labour.

Do I need a a partner during labor to help me?

It is always a good idea to always to have some one with you during labor. Labor is an important event and should not be tolerated without some one you are comfortable with or trust. Having someone there makes everything so much better. Some women choose to have a doula while others practice with their partners for the big day. The choice is totally up to you.

Here is a list of things you can do :

  • Walking- can help you in many ways. It helps to increase your baby’s passage downwards to the birth canal-speeding up labor

  • Vocalization & imagination- You have the right to speak positive affirmations and also visualize positive things. No matter what you see or hear, stay in control and positive.
  • Hip rocks- Allow your partner to perform some hip rocks by messaging your buttocks in a circular way
  • Rocking on a birth ball or in a rocking chair is helpful in your relaxation
  • Rebozo use This is an instrument used during labor by a doula under the belly. The rebozo is placed in the back and then place over the shoulder so that mom can grab them. Mom can then slightly pull on the straps to give a little support to her belly.
  • Breathing- Breathing in labor is essential because it assists in getting more oxygen to your little super star. When you have contractions oxygen and blood is cut off and returns after the contraction is passed.
  • Massaging of the legs, arms, back and hips
  • Hip squeezes- This move helps to bring more oxygen to your body during contractions.
  • Encouragement- goes a long way in giving you the confidence you need to move forward.
  • Explanation –If something is going on you do not understand please ask. Engage if you can in conversation with your healthcare providers. I have met persons in labor who want to talk and others prefer not to say much
  • Using a shower- Oh I have heard and experienced what a shower or bath can do for labor. It really calms one down mentally and makes you feel wonderful
  • Using a warm tub– bath- same benefits as the shower -fantastic! Remember not all birthing centers or hospitals have a shower or tub facilities in the rooms, so check on this if you are interested.
  • Change your positions regularly- movement in bed is paramount during labor. Do not stay in the same position, sit up, stand if you could.

  • Music- I love music! What about you? Music has a way of lifting your mood in a positive way Take some good soothing music along

I hope something works for you.

Attending a childbirth class might help

Seek out a childbirth class that could help you in practicing comfort techniques. You and your partner can get a eel of how to maneuver during the event. Even though it is not the main event, going through the motions can give you some direction of how to move during the event. Like they say practice makes improvement. Also attending a class could give you a heads up of what you could expect at both a vaginal delivery or it you need a caesarean section

Bottom line

Even though thinking about labor can be uncomfortable , you can become empowered to assist in managing your labor. Become empowered and learn these techniques to help you out. Hope for the best and encourage your partner to practice before the event. Think positive and trust God to deliver you. He promised to be with us in every situation. I want to thank you or stopping by today. Please comment/ like this post if you do and do visit again.

Preparation for Labor and Delivery: 15 Easy Tips to Be Aware of


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For most people including men, just the thought of labour can be daunting. Most people when they think of labor think of pain, fear of the unknow and worries. I know when I got married and began having my babies, I had some fears about labor. I am going to share with you some of the things you can expect during labor and delivery. Knowing this fact can really make a difference in your experience. Did you know how youimagine the pain of labor will compare to other feelings of pain?

Remember that One of the things I can tell you is I had five deliveries and all were different and all had unexpected outcomes. Here is a list of things that could happen:

1.You might have contractions but you may not be dilating

Having frequent pain does not mean you are dilating

One of the things I constantly saw during my professional career was women who came too early to the labor ward were given fluids with baralgin medication and sent home until labor was established. I would suggest that if this is your first baby, you go to the hospital when you cannot hardly bear the pain anymore. This would give the cervix time to properly open. On the other hand, if you are a multiple mom-to-be you are different in that most women who have had multiple pregnancies tend to have quicker deliveries and do not have to experience a lot of pain.

2.You may not see your doctor for a while

Know that you may not see your doctor initially when you reach the hospital. Because of their busy lifestyles, he /she could have two clients laboring at the same time . They would allow a midwife to monitor you until you are almost ready to deliver. They will check your blood pressure, pulse, baby’s heart rate, and feel for your contractions every thirty minutes or half hour. I want to encourage you to move in bed while laboring. You can do this by lying on your back and sides between 30 minutes and an hour. Changing your position can help to facilitate a faster labor.

3.You will see lots of different faces

While you are admitted, you might see and meet lots of different people. You will hear conversations, and you will also see how the staff interact with one another and with you. You will be greeted and made comfortable. If your healthcare provider is not there as yet, the midwife will let again inform them of your admission to the unit. The nurse will check your urine for abnormalities, your temperature, pulse , and respiration, obtain a history of why you came, and identify any burning issues at present. The midwife might also do an abdominal palpation to determine if you are contracting, how your baby is positioned in your abdomen, and your baby’s heart rate. A vaginal exam will also be performed to determine if your cervix is dilating. Most women think that the vaginal exam is so uncomfortable, and it is. Try to take deep breadths as you are examined.

4.Intravenous infusion may be given

If you are in labor, an intravenous infusion would be placed in your hand for you to get your fluids to stay hydrated. If you are not in labor, you may also have one for hydration or medication. This is not given in all hospitals .Not all pregnant women includes this in their plan for birth. It is a good idea to try to walk a bit, and move around on a birth ball or squat, holding the railing of the bed.

5.Epidurals mean you need a catheter

Private hospitals usually give epidural for pain in labor, so you will need a catheter inside your bladder to collect your urine because when you have an epidural ,you cannot be walking. You can get low blood pressure and your nerves are numb, meaning you cannot feel anything. The safest place or you is in the bed. You won’t feel the catheter while your epidural is in effect and it’ll be removed once it’s time to start pushing.

6.It’s okay if you break wind or poop during labor!!

I know this can be embarrassing, but it is fine if you stool or break wind during labor. This again can occur due to the relaxed muscles in the rectal area. These are the same muscles you use to have a pass. Do not worry about this though is is embarrassing. As healthcare professionals, we expect this and are not at all surprised if it does happen. So labor on with confidence.

7.How severe will your pain be?

No one can predict labor

There is no telling how the pain will be, but there are things you can do to keep pain at bay. The way you think has a lot to do with your outcome. Thinking positive is one of the best things you can do to in managing pain. No one can predict how long your labor will be, or how intense the pain will be. Remember pain in labor has a purpose. The pain you will feel is instrumental in pushing the little star forward towards the vagina. Use your imagination to create a pain free environment. Keep a positive mindset. You can do it!

8.Never have preconceived ideas about someone else’s labor

Stay positive during labor

I have heard many women captured the horrible stories of family and friends and think that their labor will be the same. This is not recommended because it can determine a good or bad outcome. Know that you will have your own story to tell. No two persons ever have the same stories of their labor experience. So do not go for the daunting stories to believe.

9.Your health care provider may bump up your baby’s heart rate

Epidurals are great, but it always comes with risks

During labor your baby’s heart rate will be monitored. If at some stage the heart rate seems abnormal or cannot be detected, your doctor will attach a monitor directly onto the baby’s scalp. This electrode will be inserted through your cervix and attached to your baby’s head and will be removed after the delivery.

10.You might need a wider outlet

All births have risks

As your baby’s head advances, you might require an episiotomy or tear to widen your outlet. An episiotomy is an intentional incision made in the vagina to facilitate a smooth delivery. Whether you tear or get an episiotomy, often depends on the hospital’s policies or the belief of the midwife. Episiotomies are presently regularly as it were performed on the off chance that the infant is troubled and needs offer assistance getting out quick. They are moreover done in case the baby’s head conveys but the shoulders get stuck (dystocia). An episiotomy may occur in the event that a lady has been pushing for a really long time and can’t thrust the infant past the exceptionally lower portion of the vaginal opening. Skin tears are less agonizing and recuperate speedier than an episiotomy.

11.A caesarean section might be needed

After birth certain conditions make it possible for you to see your period

Now mama, things do not always turn out the way as planned. Baby may become distressed and need a cesarean section. You mill be rushed to have an emergency cesarean section . If this happens, try to stay calm and put your trust in God to help you get through.

12.When your baby is born -Everything changes!

Its a different scenery after baby comes

When your baby is born, many exciting things can happen. You may experience an overwhelming emotion of both laughter and cry at the same time. The staff are usually overjoyed that your are almost there. You are so relieved that it is almost over. I encourage you to listen to your care provider. You will see the sex of your baby, and later they will allow you to hold your baby .

13.Dads have their special time too with baby

Dads during or after the birth will have their special time with baby. Not all dads are willing to go into the labor room for whatever reason. If dad prefers not to go into the labor room, allow him that space. He should know his limit. I know this may be hurtful for you, but his feelings should be respected. If the opportunity is available encourage dad to help out with skin-to-skin.

14.Your placenta is next- hold on!

You finally reach the third stage which is the wait for your placenta . This is the organ that was providing the food and oxygen to your baby. It is the connection between you and your baby. It can take 15 minutes to one hour before it is detached and is not as painful as the the baby coming out, but still can be crampy.

15.It’s bonding time soon

After the weighing, and measuring, giving vitamin k to prevent any vessel blockage, and eye ointment to prevent eye infection, you will be allowed to bond with the little star. This is the moment you can breastfeed your baby. The first hour after birth is dubbed the golden hour. An opportunity to get baby to latch on the breast to begin the breastfeeding process. Ask any questions needed while visiting the hospital. Learn all you can about breastfeeding if you are interested in it. Classes for breastfeeding and childbirth are helpful in helping you to learn.

You might be very tired during this time but do your best to get baby latching if only for a few minutes. Ask for your baby if it seems like it is taking awhile. The sooner the bonding the better for you both. Mothers and babies who bond early get more sleep. Practice lots of skin-to -skin.

Bottom line

I hope I have given you a glimpse of what to expect during labor and delivery. Remember things do not always turn out the same. If your baby becomes distressed, a caesarean section might be needed to recue baby. Make sure to have your bag properly packed for you and baby’s hospital visit. I wish you every success in your pregnant journey. Thank you for stopping by and do visit again. Please like /comment as needed.

Absolute Problems To Avoid During Pregnancy: 7 Expert Tips To Keep You Safe


There are some things you should avoid during pregnancy

Hello Mamas and moms -to-be. I hope you are all doing great! Today we are going to learn about some problems you could avoid during your pregnancy. We all want our pregnancy to be a healthy, and happy one. Don’t we? There are seven things we are going to explain that can cause hazards to your pregnancy.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Cigarettes
  3. Drug abuse
  4. Marijuana
  5. Inhalants
  6. Caffeine
  7. Teratogenic agents

1. Alcohol

Because it is unknown whether any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, it is safer not to drink than to take the risk.

During pregnancy, there is no such thing as a healthy level of alcohol.
According to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia’s recommendations for mitigating health risks from alcohol intake, it’s best not to drink at all:

  • when you’re expecting
  • when you’re trying to get pregnant
  • while breastfeeding (because alcohol can pass into breast milk and affect a baby’s feeding and sleeping patterns)

The risk of low-level drinking to your unborn baby before you know you’re pregnant is unknown, but it could have an effect on the developing baby.

To help avoid any possible injury, you can stop drinking as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Since stopping alcohol may be challenging for certain people, you may want to seek assistance from a healthcare professional. Alcohol is referred to as an alcoholic beverage.

Should I be concerned about my partner drinking?

According to studies, drinking alcohol on a daily basis lowers the production of sperm. This decreases the probability of a couple being pregnant. It is also thought that a man’s alcohol intake prior to conception could cause potential intellectual and physical development problems for the infant.

It is recommended that reducing the amount of alcohol you consume or eliminating it entirely will take about three months before conceiving.

What should I do If I was drinking before the pregnancy?

The risk of low-level drinking to your unborn baby before you know you’re pregnant is unknown, but it could have an effect on the developing baby.

To help avoid any possible injury, you should stop drinking as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Since stopping alcohol may be challenging for certain people, you may want to seek assistance from a healthcare professional.

Remember the heavier the alcohol, the worse the effects

Heavy drinking, such as drinking every day or binge drinking, poses the greatest danger to your unborn child, but even one or two drinks a week will harm your unborn child.

Drinking while pregnant can be a risk for you.

Women who drink while pregnant can jeopardize their own health as a result of side effects like:

  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Dietary deficiency
  • Gestational diabetes are all linked to high blood pressure.

Have you heard about FASD?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a condition in which a
The fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a set of physical, emotional, behavioral, and learning disorders that may result from fetal alcohol exposure.

Since there is currently no research on the amount of alcohol intake that causes FASD, it is recommended that alcohol be avoided during pregnancy as a preventative measure.

2. Smoking during pregnancy

Smoking – a pregnant woman who smokes raises her risks of miscarriage and stillbirth. Low birth weight, prematurity, and sudden unexpected death of infants are all risks that babies face (SUDI).(Sudden unexpected death of Infants).

3.Drug abuse

Since illicit drug use is a taboo subject, we don’t know anything about the effects of these drugs during pregnancy. Amphetamines, for example, have been linked to a higher risk of low birth weight, birth defects, and premature birth.
Cannabis use increases the risk of growth retardation, sleep disturbances, and behavioral issues.
Miscarriage, pre-term birth, and growth retardation are all dangers associated with cocaine use.

Addiction care medications
Controlled substances such as methadone and buprenorphine are referred to as pharmacotherapies. They’re used to support people who are addicted to heroin or opioids. Both of these therapies significantly minimize the risks to the fetus and pregnancy associated with heroin use. If you continue to use heroin or other narcotics, the effects of pharmacotherapy will be diminished.

4. Marijuana in pregnancy

Many women wonder if smoking marijuana during pregnancy can affect their baby. Several studies have shown that babies whose mothers smoke cannabis during pregnancy are more likely to have a low birth weight, which can lead to various health problems. Sadly, cannabis may also lead to an increased risk of stillbirth, whether used on its own, combined with tobacco, or alongside other illegal substances.

Studies also suggest that children who are exposed to cannabis in the womb (uterus) are more likely to suffer from attention deficit problems, hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and difficulties with problem-solving when they’re older.

5. Substances used as drugs – such as inhalants (glues or aerosols).

There are many inhalants that women become addicted to before or during their pregnancy. Some women are not aware of how serious these chemicals can effect their pregnancy.

Inhalants are a complex group of chemicals that are commonly linked to opportunistic drug abuse in preteens, adolescents, and adults.

When these chemicals are used during pregnancy, they can penetrate the bloodstream of the fetus, causing miscarriage, premature birth, and damage to normal brain growth. According to the National Institute of Substance Addiction and Alcoholism, afflicted babies may develop a disorder known as “fetal solvent syndrome.” It has symptoms that are strikingly similar to fetal alcohol syndrome. It also rely on the placental barrier to transport carbon dioxide and other wastes to the maternal bloodstream, where they are eventually eliminated. Aside from toluene, other harmful liquid chemicals that may cause fetal solvent syndrome include benzene, petroleum ether, xylene, and methanol; all of these chemicals are often found in substances that inhalant users prefer.

6. Caffeine

This includes caffeine – tea, coffee and cola drinks. Many women question how safe is caffeine. Pregnant women can drink no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day, which is around one 11-ounce cup of coffee, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Foods with caffiene

The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee depends on the type of bean, how it’s roasted, and how it’s brewed – and, of course, the size of the coffee cup. (Espresso has more caffeine per ounce, but it’s served in a small cup.) As a result, a full cup of brewed coffee contains more caffeine

You’ll need to be mindful of other sources of caffeine, such as tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate, and coffee ice cream, to balance your caffeine intake. Caffeine can also be used in herbal products and over-the-counter medications, such as headache, cold, and allergy medications. Pay attention to the labels. Read carefully.

Another thing to remember is that caffeine can be found in surprising ways. Some women use cocoa butter lotion to treat stretch marks, and it can contain a trace amount of caffeine. When mothers started using cocoa butter lotion during their deliveries, their babies with structural heart problems had a lower risk of fetal heart arrhythmias, according to a 2006 report.

The caffeine in the lotion seems to have some effect on babies during pregnancy, according to this report, but the exact mechanism is unclear. If you use a lot of cocoa butter lotion, talk to your doctor about how it could affect your total caffeine intake.

7. Teratogenic Drugs

Teratogenic drugs are medications that can cause cellular changes in human cells. Pregnant women are most vulnerable during the first trimester. Some of these drugs include the following:

Numerous drugs or drug groups may cause birth defects in a developing fetus, including:

  • ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors used to treat high blood pressure or congestive heart failure
  • angiotensin II antagonists, also used to treat high blood pressure or congestive heart failure
  • Isotretinoin (an acne drug)
  • alcohol
  • cocaine
  • high doses of vitamin A
  • lithium
  • male hormones
  • some antibiotics
  • some anticonvulsant medications
  • some cancer-fighting medications
  • some drugs that treat certain rheumatic conditions
  • some thyroid medications
  • Thalidomide
  • the blood-thinning drug warfarin
  • the hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES).

There could be more added to this list.

Bottom line

Ensuring that your baby is safe while pregnant is certainly a priority for all moms to be. I encourage you to do all you can to help your baby to be the healthiest ever. I also encourage you fathers and family members to support and encourage this woman who has just had a live human. Keep her calm through out the pregnancy: especially during the third trimester. Be aware of these substances that can affect your pregnancy. Thank you for stopping by today and please comment / like this post. Remember God loves you and has empowered you to be successful during your breastfeeding journey.


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Serious Pregnancy Warnings You Should Never Take Lightly: Maternal Treasures


Always be aware of pregnancy warning signs

Pregnancy can come with many joys, but also many pains. We know about the common complaints like general nausea and vomiting, leg cramps, backache, and heartburn. Did you know that there are some conditions while pregnant you should not wait to see if it is serious but you go to your healthcare provider right away? We are going to learn about these today. The first one we will discuss is preeclampsia warning signs. I hope you enjoy!

1. Preeclampsia warning signs

Headaches are common during preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a serious medical condition of pregnancy. It can occur without any of the physical symptoms like elevated blood pressure, protein in the urine, generalizes swelling, or headaches. This condition is serious because it can lead to seizures, which can be detrimental to the life of both mother and baby. If you are experiencing high blood pressure now in your pregnancy, your healthcare provider should mention preeclampsia to you. The condition often occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy. The warning signs include:

  • Severe headache that never goes away even if you take medication
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Puffiness of the face or eyes
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Sudden swelling of face , hands, ankles, feet
  • Vision changes i.e. seeing spots or double vision

2. Vaginal bleeding

Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, bleeding can mean a number of things. It may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy if you are bleeding profusely, have extreme abdominal pain and menstrual-like cramps, or feel faint during your first trimester. Ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, into the fallopian tube is potentially fatal. Moreover, in the first or early second trimester, heavy bleeding and cramping may be a symptom of miscarriage. In the third trimester, moreover, bleeding with abdominal pain could suggest placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta breaks from the uterine lining. Please remember that any bleeding except implantation bleed is always serious and should be checked out.

It’s difficult to know if a new ache or symptom is “natural” or whether you should call your healthcare provider or go to the emergency room during pregnancy because your body changes so quickly. If you’re unsure but concerned that something is wrong, trust your intuition and seek assistance.

Changes with vaginal discharge:

If your discharge changes from white mousy to pink, creamy, or yellow, you need to see your healthcare provider. The colors can mean different things. White discharge is normal, creamy or yellow can mean infection.

3. Symptoms of the Flu


Our doctors agree it’s important for pregnant women to get the flu vaccine because they’re more likely than other women to get sick and have severe complications from the virus during flu season.

If you do get the flu, Bernstein advises, “don’t rush into a hospital or doctor’s office where you could spread it to other pregnant women.” “First, call your doctor.”

4. Your Water bag suddenly flows


When you enter the dining room for a snack, a rush of water runs down your legs. Many women whom I have nursed, come to seek medical help because they are not aware if their bag of waters have broken. It can be very subtle. What I tell my clients is to think back and remember if they were urinating or whether they had control over what was happening. Sometimes, the leakage could be so small it is hard to detect.

5. Sudden Contractions could mean pre -termed labor

Contractions during the third trimester is called Braxton hicks . They occur quite frequent during this time and is normal. However, if you experience sudden contractions with watery, mucus white discharge or pink or bloody discharge seek medical advice right away. The contractions may be happen 4 times in one hour. Other signs may be pelvic or lower belly pressure, dull ache that is constant or repetitive in your lower back, pelvic area, lower belly, or thighs, mild belly cramps, diarrhea, your water breaks in a trickle or gush.

Here is what to do if your water breaks at home:

If you have contractions empty your bladder, drink 2-3 glasses of water and lie down on your left side for one hour. If they do not go away or if the pain gets worse, seek medical attention.

6.Nausea and vomiting for 24 hours or more

7. Chills or fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

8.Vomitting or diarrhea lasting 24 hours or more

9. COVID-19 signs or sensitivity

Fever, cough, and shortness of breath, as well as chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell, are all possible symptoms.

10. Bladder infections – Pelvic or lower abdominal pain

A bladder infection may cause painful or burning urination, the urge to go again minutes after peeing, little or no urination, and urine that is cloudy, blood-tinged, or has a strong odor.

Bottom line:

Taking good care of yourself during pregnancy should be a priority for you. You are loaded with the next generation. You should be so happy that you are pregnant with honor by God. Do all you can to make your pregnancy a happy, healthy, and safe one. Thank you for stopping by today. Please like or comment if you like.

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How to Overcome Third Trimester Anxiety and Worry: Powerful Keys To Empowering You, for the Days Ahead!


You have the power to make your third trimester a wonderful experience!

Hello Mamas and dads. I hope you are all doing great. Mama is now between 28 -40 weeks. Congratulations! You have reached the last lap of this journey. This is the maximum threshold of your pregnant life for this season. It is a season of great anticipation, expectancy, and thrills . You will see your little star very soon. You are nine months, full term at 39 weeks. You need to realize that some moms -to-be go into labor 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the due date. Anxiety is quite normal during the third trimester.

One of the things with the third trimester is it can accompany some stressful situations. I have seen many moms become frustrated because they are tired of being pregnant, cannot sleep, your due date is gone with no signs of labor, and become anxious about labor and delivery process. Relax mama! I have been there. Stay positive no matter what. Keep your mind occupied with good thoughts that will empower you to stay strong.

As you know too much of anything is not good. Too much stress and anxiety can bring challenges for both baby and mom. I am going to give you some tips on how to overcome anxiety during the third trimester. Understanding how anxiety woks in pregnancy empowers you to be strong and courageous during this phase of your life.

Control Anxiety and Fears

Many mothers to be experience anxiety during the third trimester. I was one of them as a first time mom. First time moms to be have higher anxiety levels because of many factors. For me one of the ears was, I heard it said that when a woman is pregnant, she has one foot on the land and one on the under earth. This was scary for me. Fear of the unknown also exists and you are constantly hoping that everything goes well. This a time where you can become overwhelmed and just tired of being pregnant.

All hope is not loss mama! To alleviate anxiety you can implement journaling, work out with an exercise, watch a fun movie, shopping for you and baby, hang out with your partner or bestie, pray to God, do your favorite things. Staying busy doing the things you love can make a big difference.

Crying easily during the third trimester is common

Hormone levels are at a maximum high when you cry for the simplest things

Oh I remember this one. I always laugh at myself when I think about it. Additionally, many of my clients also experience this one. Dads reading this you probably know what I am talking about. I found my self crying for the simplest things during the third trimester. Crying moments are more likely to happen at certain times of pregnancy, when hormone levels rise.

 Here are some reasons why this happens

During pregnancy there are a lot of ups and downs both physically and especially emotionally. It really can be like a roller coaster ride. The reason being because of three basic hormones. Lets talk about them. They are estrogen, progesterone, and  human chorionic gonadotropin.

Estrogen, the overwhelming female hormone delivered by the ovaries

Progesterone, the hormone capable for keeping up the uterine lining, created by the corpus luteum early in pregnancy and the placenta late in pregnancy.

The human chorionic gonadotropin, way better known as hCG, delivered by the placenta. Changes in hormone levels cause changes in neurotransmitters, chemicals that hand-off signals to your brain to control your dispositions. In 1999, research  within the diary “Psychoneuroendocrinology” found that higher progesterone levels within the last two months of pregnancy is  related with more mood changes.

Guard your personal security during these times

Pregnancy , because of its hormonal effects, can bring on so many serious challenges in our relationships with people. Relationship stresses, financial concerns and worries about what kind of a parent you’ll be can all cause mood swings. If you have serious stresses in your life, talking to a counselor may help relieve some of your fears and anxieties.

Seek help if needed: If your anxiety and worries seem to getting too much, I advise that you try some of the advice given in this post and if it persists, seek medical or professional help.

Understanding hormones during the third trimester

Taking in too much stress can cause severe complications during the third trimester!
  1. Low birth weight: Did you know that too much anxiety during pregnancy could cause your baby to have a low birth weight? This happens when your blood vessels closes, causing a restriction in blood flow. As you can imagine decreased blood flow can cause dangerous challenges to you and your baby. The blood has oxygen, and vital nutrients to sustain your little star’s life.
  2. Stay calm as much as possible: Mamas, try not to take on too much stress because it can can hurt your baby inevitably. You do have some control of how you handle your stress. We all know that life happens. How you deal with it can have a positive or a negative impact on you.
  3. Many moms to be often worry about pain, labor and delivery during this time: Taking a childbirth class can greatly reduce your anxiety about childbirth. During a childbirth class you can ask questions, and speak directly with your nurse or midwife.
  4. Taking too much stress may decrease  the brain advancement of the child. This may afterward cause behavior issues within the child too. Stress may indeed lead to preterm births. Typically one of the foremost common impacts of taking stretch amid the third trimester. Medicine agrees   that there’s a coordinate relationship between preterm births and stress.
  5. Increase for infections are increased: Stress may lead to an increase in the intrauterine infections of women. The increase of stress hormones leads to a decrease in the optimal functioning of the the of the immune system which finally leads to these infections.
  6. Stress take in can affect your little star: The mother makes the upcoming child more prone to stressful situations in the future. This is because the cortisol level increases in women when they take the stress, and it would not have a good impact on the child’s future.

Bottom line

Pregnancy is indeed an emotional and physical roller coaster that can have either good or bad effect on your life. There are many changes that can occur. I encourage you to stay strong in God. I was able to trust Him to help me get through the tough times. So mama, take it easy during this time to ensure that you give you and your baby the best pregnancy ever. Here is a great video on the third trimester pregnancy. Thanks for stopping by. Please like /comment if you liked this post. I hope everything you dream for your pregnancy works out well. Remember to put God first hope for the best. I wish you a safe, healthy pregnancy.


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  • Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. Congratulations! on making the choice to BF!
  • The importance of appropriate infant feeding and the vital role played by breastfeeding in child survival, growth and development are well known. Breastfeeding helps to protect the infant against some of the major causes of childhood morbidity and mortality.
  • It is currently recommended that starting within one hour of birth, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, and that breastfeeding should continue up to 2 years of age or beyond.
  •  Unfortunately, infant feeding practices are still far from optimal; in many parts of the world rates of exclusive breastfeeding are low and many women stop breastfeeding earlier than they intended to.
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The Benefits of Childbirth classes:

are a great way to help get mom and her labor partner prepared for the birthing experience.

  1. Calm your fears and prepare for birth – Fear of the unknown and how your labor will un-fold is one of the most common fears we see in pregnant women. In fact, it’s one of the first things we try to address to help ease any tension you and your labor partner might be feeling.
  2. Opportunity to ask questions – It’s no secret moms-to-be and the birth partner often have a variety of questions and concerns about childbirth. Childbirth classes are a great resource for you to ask questions freely and get accurate information.
  3. Knowledge of options and choices– We believe in “freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives” and want to set every mom up for a successful birth. The common goal of all of our birthing classes is to provide you with the confidence you need to give birth and to make informed decisions during your birth process.
  4. Bond with your labor partner (s) – Childbirth classes not only prepares couples for birthing and parenting but also promotes well-being and increased intimacy in couples. This is a great way to spend time with your labor partner while learning about the birth experience. Your partner also gets to understand you during your pregnancy.
  5. Pain management with breathing and relaxation techniques – Above all, childbirth classes will emphasize the role of the support person and comfort measures for birth. We want to make sure mom and her labor partner have all the tools they need to birth with or alternative comfort measures without medication. You also get a chance to ask your questions and seek answers to your concerns with your # 1 midwife!

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This test is called a nonstress test. It is an invasive test to see how your baby is generally doing. It helps the healthcare team assess your baby’s heart which depicts fetal well being. It tells us if your baby is getting enough oxygen which is very important for the development of your baby’s organs and tissues.

Your baby’s heart rate should increase with every movement, so when you feel the baby move press this monitor. The test is for about 20 -40 minutes depending on various factors e.g. if baby is sleeping, or you did not eat or drink, can produce a poor test.

You can prepare by eating and drinking 15- 30 minutes before the test and coming out of the time when baby is used to sleeping.

What do you look for during the test?

We use 2 tools on your tummy called a

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We look for certain markers that are normal and abnormal to make an assessment on the baby’s condition. The test can fall into 3 categories:


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Understanding the Second Trimester: Everything You Need To Know!


Second trimester is truly the best trimester for most women! It was for me

Hello mamas! I hope you are all doing well. We are talking about the second trimester today. My, my! I have experienced second trimester our times in my lifetime. Ladies and gentlemen this season of pregnancy I must say was really the best time of my pregnancy. I finally got over the horrible vomiting, nausea, constipation at the beginning of the second trimester.

The second trimester of your being pregnant lasts from week 13 to 28, or months 4, 5, and 6. It’s the center section of being pregnant, while you can begin to see your “baby bump” and actually begin to feel fetal movement.

As you input your 2nd trimester of being pregnant, the morning sickness and fatigue you can have felt over the past three months must fade.

The 2nd trimester is, for lots women, the very best three months of being pregnant. Take the time now, at the same time as you feel higher and your electricity is up, to begin making plans in your little star’s arrival. I will help you  find out how to relieve common symptoms — and consider ways to prepare for what’s ahead.

What can I expect during the second trimester?

Many women are concerrned about the second trimester

During the second trimester, one of the things your infant is developing quickly. Most healthcare providers schedule an appointment for an ultrasound scan between your 18th and 22nd week of being pregnant, to see how baby is developing. You can also research the intercourse of your infant, except you’ll instead be surprised.

Although you have to be feeling higher now, large adjustments are nonetheless taking region inner your body.

Your emotions will change

Control your emotions

Controlling your emotions is one of the best things you can do for a happy 2 nd trimester

During the second trimester, you may experience much less worn-out and tired. You can check into childbirth classes. Find a health practitioner on your child. Read approximately breast-feeding. If you’ll paintings after the child is born, get acquainted together along with your employer’s maternity depart coverage and inspect toddler care options.

You would possibly fear approximately labor, transport or imminent parenthood. To ease your anxiety, study as an awful lot as you can. Focus on making wholesome life-style selections with a purpose to deliver your child the satisfactory start.

Prenatal care

During the second e trimester, your prenatal appointments will increase and detecting any health problems. Your healthcare provider will start via way of means of checking your weight and blood pressure. Your provider would measure your uterus . Try not to miss any of these appointments. They are so important in managing any medical, surgical conditions and also monitor you and your baby.

At this stage, the spotlight of your prenatal visits , you are is probably taking note of your child’s heartbeat. Your fitness care company would possibly advise an ultrasound or different screening exams this trimester. You may also discover your child‘s sex — in case you choose.

Be positive to say any symptoms and symptoms or signs and symptoms that difficulty you. Talking for your fitness care company is in all likelihood to place your thoughts at ease.

Here are some of the discomforts you can experience during the second trimester:

Vaginal discharge:

 Many women are unaware that the white vaginal discharge seen during the second trimester is quite normal. Contact your health care supplier if the discharge becomes sturdy smelling, yellow, red  in color, or if it’s in the course of pain, soreness or itchiness in your channel space. this might indicate a channel infection.
Urinary tract infections.

These infections area unit common throughout maternity. Contact your health care supplier if you have got a powerful urge to urinate that cannot be delayed, sharp pain after you urinate, piddle that’s cloudy or incorporates a sturdy smell otherwise you have a fever or pain. . Left untreated, tract infections will become severe and lead to a urinary organ infection. 

You may have symptoms like pain or burning when you pee, a frequent urge to pee, cloudy or smelly urine, pain during sex, lower belly pain, or traces of blood or mucus in your urine. Bladder infections can spread to your kidneys and cause early labor or low-weight babies, so see your doctor right away. They’ll give you a urinalysis and urine culture to diagnose the infection, and prescribe antibiotics to treat it.

Weight gain:

Morning sickness usually subsides by the end of the first trimester. After that, your appetite should return, and will probably grow. Although food is looking much more appetizing, be aware of how much you’re eating. You only need about an extra 300 to 500 calories a day during the second trimester, and you should be gaining about 1/2 to 1 pound a week.

Varicose veins:

Many women may experience an increase in blood volume to meet the needs of your developing baby. That excess blood flow can cause tiny red veins, known as spider veins, to appear on your skin which will soon disappear once your baby is born. Pressure on your legs from your growing baby can also slow blood flow to your lower body, causing the veins in your legs to become swollen and blue or purple. These are called varicose veins. Not all women experience these. You can reduce the chances of them becoming worse by moving throughout the day and propping up your legs on a stool whenever you have to sit for long periods of time. I also suggest wearing support hose for extra support. Varicose veins should improve within 3 months after you deliver.

Skin changes:

  •  Many women who are pregnant have a look where they glow due to the changing hormones. During pregnancy there is also the increase of melanin increase which causes what is known as the mask of pregnancy .
  • The dark line called the linea nigra – down the middle of the abdomen. All of these skin changes should fade after the baby is born.
  • Some women use makeup to conceal them. Your skin is also more sensitive to the sun right now, so make sure to wear a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB protection) sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 whenever you go outside.
  • Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., wearing long-sleeved clothes, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
  • You may also notice thin, reddish-purple lines on your abdomen, breasts, or thighs. These stretch marks emerge as your skin expands to accommodate your growing belly.
  • Although many creams and lotions claim to prevent or eliminate stretch marks, there is little evidence that they actually do.
  • Using a moisturizer can help soften your skin and reduce itchiness. Most stretch marks should fade on their own after you deliver.

Cramps in legs:

During the second trimester, you might feel muscles in your legs contract and cramp. This occurs mostly at night. What’s causing them is unknown. Before you go to bed, try to stretch your leg muscles to stop cramps, get daily exercise, eat magnesium-rich foods such as beans or whole grains, drink plenty of water, get the recommended amount of calcium, and wear comfortable shoes. To alleviate leg cramps, stretching, using ice, heat, or massage can help alleviate these symptoms

Quickening:

At the second trimester (20 weeks),  you may actually feel your little star moving. It usually feels like a delicate flutters of movement in your abdomen, this is commonly referred to as “quickening.” If you are not feeling your baby move nevertheless, don’t fret. Some women do not experience quickening until their sixth month of physiological condition.

Soreness at the lowest part of belly:

You may experience any cramps or aches in your lower belly in your second trimester. Cramps occur because during pregnancy, when your uterus grows, it puts strain on surrounding muscles and ligaments. Your round ligament muscle frequently cramps during your second trimester as it stretches. You feel it in your lower abdomen like a dull ache, but you can feel sharp stabs as well.

Backache:

In the last few months, the added weight you’ve gained is beginning to put pressure on your back, leaving it achy and sore.

Sit straight up and use a chair that offers strong back support to relieve the pressure.

With a pillow tucked between your thighs, sleep on your side. Stop picking up something heavy or dragging it.

Wear stylish, low-heeled shoes with good support for the arch. If the pain is genuinely bad, you can ask your partner to give you a foot message or get message services.

Contractions by Braxton-Hicks:

During the second trimester, you could begin to feel the muscles in your uterus contracting for a minute or two. These are not actual contractions or signs of labor, but symptoms that are natural. They may come and go at random, and their pace and power may feel irregular. These muscle contractions are much more likely to cause irritation than pain.

Braxton-Hicks contractions may be caused by intercourse, physical exercise, dehydration, a full bladder, or even someone holding your baby bump. To practice your breathing exercises for labor, you may use these contractions. Take a warm bath to help yourself relax, sip some warm herbal tea, change the location of your body, or drink more water.

Enlargement of breasts. You will wear off much of the breast tenderness you encountered during the first trimester, but remember your breasts are still developing as they prepare to feed your infant. It will make you feel more relaxed going up a bra size (or more) and wearing a strong support bra.

Nasal congestion:

Your hormone levels rise during pregnancy and your body produces more blood. This can quickly cause the mucous membranes to swell and bleed, resulting in stuffiness and bleeding from the nose. Congestion can be relieved by saline drops or a saline rinse. To help moisten the skin, drink plenty of water, use a humidifier, and dab petroleum jelly around the edges of your nostrils. Saline nose drops can also help.

Dental problems:

Did you know pregnancy can increase the sensitivity of your gums to flossing and brushing, resulting in minor bleeding. Irritation can be minimized by rinsing with salt water and moving to a smoother toothbrush. Your tooth enamel may also be compromised by excessive vomiting, making you more vulnerable to cavities. During pregnancy, make sure to keep up your dental treatment.

Dizziness:

Pregnancy activates movement changes that could make you woozy. Drink plenty of water if you’re having problems with dizziness- 2 glasses or more right away, stop standing for long periods, and step gently when you get up or change position. Lie down on your left side while you are feeling dizzy.

Bottom line

The second trimester pregnancy is indeed a time of great anticipation and adventure. You may find that during this time the common discomforts may still be lingering but should be steadily disappearing as your pregnancy advances. When you reach your second trimester, you are halfway through your pregnant journey. You may notice nasal congestion during the second will soon be in your third trimester so enjoy this one. Thank s or stopping by and I hope you found the post interesting. Please like / comment or subscribe to our newsletter. Congratulations you are goingto make a great mom or dad.

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