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?
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
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!)
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.
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
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.
At some point during your pregnancy Mamas, you may experience back ache. My mom used to say when I was having my kids that if I had backache I was having a boy. Well I proved my mom right because I never had backache and I gave birth to 4 girls. lol! scientificully, thats not proven yet. There are some things I will share with you that can help you with your back ache, but lets try to understand why that happens.
The Causes of Backache during pregnancy
Pregnancy back pain typically happens where the pelvis meets your spine, at the sacroiliac joint.
Muscle separation. As the uterus expands, two parallel sheets of muscles (the rectal abdominis muscles), which run from the rib cage to the pubic bone, may separate along the center seam. This separation may worsen back pain.
Stress . Emotional stress can cause muscle tension in the back, which may be felt as back pain or back spasms. You may find that you experience an increase in back pain during stressful periods of your pregnancy.
Weight gain . During a healthy pregnancy, women typically gain between 25 and 35 pounds. The spine has to support that weight. That can cause lower back pain. The weight of the growing baby and uterus also puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back.
Posture changes. Pregnancy shifts your center of gravity. As a result, you may gradually — even without noticing — begin to adjust your posture and the way you move. This may result in back pain or strain.
Hormone changes. During pregnancy, your body makes a hormone called relaxin that allows ligaments in the pelvic area to relax and the joints to become looser in preparation for the birth process. The same hormone can cause ligaments that support the spine to loosen, leading to instability and pain.
Balance the weight between 2 bags when carrying shopping
keep your back straight and well supported when sitting at work and at home – look for maternity support pillows
get enough rest, particularly later in pregnancy
a massage or warm bath may help
use a mattress that supports you properly – you can put a piece of hardboard under a soft mattress to make it firmer, if necessary
You can take paracetamol to ease back pain while you are pregnant, unless your GP or midwife says not to. Always follow the instructions on the packet.
Here are some things you can try
Exercise . Regular exercise strengthens muscles and boosts flexibility. That can ease the stress on your spine. Safe exercises for most pregnant women include walking, swimming , and stationary cycling. Your doctor or physical therapist can recommend exercises to strengthen your back and abdomen.
Heat and Cold . Applying heat and cold to your back may help. If your health care provider agrees, start by putting cold compresses (such as a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel) on the painful area for up to 20 minutes several times a day. After two or three days, switch to heat — put a heating pad or hot water bottle on the painful area. Be careful not to apply heat to your abdomen during pregnancy.
Improve your posture.Slouching strains your spine. So using proper posture when working, sitting, or sleeping is a good move. For example, sleeping on your side with a pillow between the knees will take stress off your back. When sitting at a desk, place a rolled-up towel behind your back for support; rest your feet on a stack of books or stool and sit up straight, with your shoulders back. Wearing a support belt may also help.
Counseling.If back pain is related to stress, talking to a trusted friend or counselor may be helpful.
Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into your skin at certain locations. Studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in relieving low back pain during pregnancy. Check with your health care provider if you’re interested in trying it.
Chiropractic.When performed correctly, chiropractic manipulation of the spine can be safe during pregnancy, but consult with your doctor before seeking chiropractic care.
If you need to pick something up from the ground, use your legs to squat rather than bend over.
Don’t wear high-heeled shoes.
Sleep on your side or abdomen .
Wear support hose.
When should I seek medical attention?
If your back pain persists, you may want to consult your doctor to see what else you might try. Be sure to consult your doctor before taking pain medications. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is safe for most women to take during pregnancy. Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) are not advised. In some cases, your doctor may recommend other pain medicines or muscle relaxants that are safe during pregnancy your doctor right away if you experience any of the following:
Increasingly severe pain or pain that begins abruptly
Rhythmic cramping pains
Difficulty urinating or “pins and needles” in your extremities
In rare cases, severe back pain may be related to problems such as pregnancy-associated osteoporosis, vertebral osteoarthritis, or septic arthritis. Be careful, rhythmic pains may be a sign of preterm labor. So if you are experiencing any of these problems, it’s important to be checked by your doctor.
Backache is a common problem in pregnancy. It is nagging and uncomfortable. If you are experiencing backache just now, I suggest that you try some of the recommendations above. I just hope that something works for you. Remember God cares for you so you can also ask for His help. Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you every success. You can like, or comment if you would like. If you are a male, please share with your pregnant families and friends.
You hear your baby crying hysterically, and you run to his rescue only to find that while changing his dirty nappy, he has a reddened rash on the buttocks. Your baby looks at you and cries the sign of relief that “I’m safe now ,my mommy is here.” This is the exact scenario I experienced with my baby. Hello Mamas! today we are going to learn about diaper rash and breastfeeding with easy solutions to avoid it. I want to encourage all the breastfeeding Mamas to breastfeed your child for as long as you can because diaper rash occurs less often in breastfed babies, although it isn’t completely clear why. (Paid link)
Diaper rash is characterized by bright red, inflamed skin on a baby’s bottom. Most parents attribute it to environmental factors, such as sensitivity to dyes or perfumes, infrequently changed diapers, and chafing. But did you know that itching and inflammation could actually be caused from something in your little one’s diet? Doctor Latanya Benjamin, M.D., clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and clinical assistant of dermatology at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California believes.
The Top Foods That Cause Diaper Rash
Citrus fruits and juices: These items are very acidic, which can be tough on Baby’s digestive system. Things to avoid include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, and juices made from any type of citrus.
Tomatoes and tomato-based products: Tomatoes are another highly acidic ingredient that can exaggerate symptoms of diaper rash. Your baby should also avoid spaghetti sauce, tomato soup, ketchup, and anything else that has a tomato base.
Strawberries:Even though strawberries have a pleasing flavor, the acidity of the fruit can irritate your baby’s digestive system.
Pineapples and other tart fruits:Just because pineapple is acidic doesn’t mean your little star needs to avoid all tropical fruit. Consider trying mango or papaya instead.
What’s more, if your baby has frequent loose stools, she might develop diaper rash. It’s smart, then, to also avoid common diarrhea triggers such as dairy, fruit juice, peaches, plums, prunes, and more. My recommendation is to start with one fruit per week, instead of trying too many fruits at one time. By trying it one by one you can more easily define the culprit causing the diarrhea.
Conquering Diaper Rash Through Diet
Many babies are fed plenty of new foods when they start solids, which makes it hard to discern exactly what’s causing the negative reaction. Here’s a solution: Introduce new foods one at a time, then watch your baby for three to four days as her digestive system adapts. If you notice any negative reaction to the food, such as diaper rash, she might have a sensitivity. Consult your doctor regarding next steps; if the reaction is small, he might suggest re-introducing the food at a later date.
If your baby does develop diaper rash, feed her starchy foods that digest easily. Reliable options include pasta, bread, rice, whole grain cereal, and crackers. These will ward of diarrhea (which makes diaper rash worse) and bulk up your baby’s stool. (Paid link)
What Are Some Of The Other Causes Of Diaper Rash?
Now lets not think that diaper rash is only caused by food. Diaper rash can be caused by anything from your child’s own urine to a new food. Here are the most likely causes:
Although a child left in a wet or soiled diaper for too long is more likely to develop diaper rash, any child with sensitive skin can get a rash, even if you’re diligent about diaper changes.
Antibiotics. Children taking antibiotics (or children whose breastfeeding mothers are on antibiotics) sometimes get yeast infections because these drugs kill the healthy bacteria that keep yeast in check as well as the harmful bacteria that’s causing the illness. Antibiotics can also cause diarrhea, which can contribute to diaper rash.
New foods.We just read this one. Diaper rash is also common when your child first starts eating solid foods or tries a new food. Any new food changes the composition of the stool, but the acids in certain foods (such as strawberries and fruit juices) can be especially troublesome for some kids. A new food also might increase the frequency of your child’s bowel movements. If you’re breastfeeding, your child could even be having a reaction to something you ate (although breastfed children are usually less likely to get a diaper rash).
Bacterial or yeast infection. The diaper area is warm and moist – just the way bacteria and yeast like it. So it’s easy for a bacterial or yeast infection to flourish there and cause a rash, especially in the cracks and folds of your child’s skin. (Thrush is a type of oral yeast infection. Some children with thrush develop a yeast infection in their diaper area, too.)
Wetness. Even the most absorbent diaper leaves some moisture on your child’s skin. And when your child’s urine mixes with bacteria from his stool, it breaks down into ammonia, which can be very harsh on the skin. That’s why children with frequent bowel movements or diarrhea are more prone to diaper rash.
Chafing and chemical sensitivity. Your child’s diaper rash may be the result of his diaper rubbing against his skin, especially if he’s sensitive to chemicals, like the fragrances in a disposable diaper or the laundry detergent used to wash a cloth diaper. It could also be that a product you’re using during diaper changes irritates your child’s skin.
cloth diaper sensitivities (to detergents or materials in cloth diapers).(Paid link).
When Should I Seek Medical Attention For Diaper Rash?
Normally with some monitoring, you should be able to clear your child’s rash in three or four days without a visit to the doctor. But do see the doctor if the rash looks as though it may be infected. A diaper rash can be caused by a yeast or bacterial infection or other conditions, you should get your doctor to take a look at the rash if it has persisted for longer than a week. Signs of infection include:
Oozing yellow patches
The doctor may prescribe a topical or oral antibiotic for your child.
For a diaper rash caused by a yeast infection, your child’s doctor may recommend an over-the-counter or prescription antifungal cream or ointment.
Also call the doctor if your child develops a fever or her rash doesn’t go away after several days of home treatment. The normal body temperature of a baby is anything between a Fahrenheit temperature of97 degrees and 100.4 degrees. One way you can tell if your baby has a temperature is by touching or kissing his/her forehead. If the child feels hotter than usual, it’s probably because he/she has a fever.(Paid link).
Best Tips For Treating Your Little Star’s Diaper Rash
If diaper rash develops, take these steps to heal your child’s skin:
Dryness– Keep your child clean and dry by changing his diaper frequently. That may mean getting him up at night for a diaper change
Clean well– Rinse his diaper area well at each diaper change. Don’t use wipes that contain alcohol or fragrance. Some parents keep cotton balls and a squirt bottle or an insulated container of warm water at the changing table for easy, gentle cleanups.
Pat dry-Pat your child’s skin dry. Don’t rub!
Use barrier protection– Use an ointment that forms a barrier on the skin to protect your child’s irritated skin from stool and urine. You don’t have to use ointment at each diaper change: Apply a layer that’s thick enough to last through a couple diaper changes. This helps prevent further skin irritation from too much rubbing. There are several good barrier ointments available that include petroleum jelly or zinc oxide.
Loose fitting is key -Put your child’s diaper on loosely, or use a diaper that’s a little big on him to allow for better air circulation. If you buy disposables, try a different brand to see if that helps. There are varieties for sensitive skin, for example, and extra-absorbent options pull more moisture away from your child’s skin.
Air exposure is great– When the weather is warm and your child can play outside, leave his diaper (and ointment) off for as long as possible every day. Exposure to the air will speed healing.
Consider letting your child sleep with a bare bottom whenever he has a rash. A plastic sheet under the cloth one helps protect the mattress.
How Can I Keep Diaper Rash At Bay?
Here are some good preventive measures to keep diaper rash at bay:
Always remember- dry bottom is the best defense against diaper rash, so change your child’s diaper frequently or as soon as possible after it becomes wet or soiled.
Clean your child’s genital area thoroughly with each diaper change.
Pat her skin dry – never rub it. You can also use a hair dryer set on low to dry the diaper area after a diaper change.
If your child seems prone to diaper rash, spread a thin layer of protective ointment on her bottom after each diaper change.
Don’t use powders or cornstarch because the particles can be harmful to a child’s lungs if inhaled. Also, some experts think cornstarch can make a yeast diaper rash worse.
When your child starts eating solid foods, introduce one item at a time. Waiting a few days between each new food makes it easier to determine whether a sensitivity to a new food is causing diaper rash. If it is, eliminate that food for the time being.
Don’t secure the diaper so tightly that there’s no room for air to circulate. Dress her in loose clothing.
Use fragrance-free detergent to wash cloth diapers, and skip the fabric softener – both can irritate your child’s skin.
Wash diapers with hot water, and double rinse them. You also might add a half cup of vinegar to the first rinse to eliminate alkaline irritants.
Breastfeed your child for as long as you can because diaper rash occurs less often in breastfed babies, although it isn’t completely clear why.
When your child does need to take an antibiotic, ask the doctor about giving her a probiotic as well. Probiotics encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, which may reduce your child’s chances of getting a diaper rash.
If your child goes to daycare or preschool, make sure that her caregivers understand the importance of taking these precautions.
Diaper rash is quite common in babies wearing a diaper. It can have so many reasons for showing up in your baby. As a mom you should know what causes it and how to treat and prevent it. I have given you many tips and possible solutions to this condition. Never fail to see a healthcare provider if any condition is not improving. Never use power to treat a nappy rash because it can make matters worse. I wish you every success in your breastfeeding journey. Always ask God to give you His wisdom in every situation. He loves you and He cares. Thank you for visiting and do come again. Please comment and like this article if you really do. This website contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission from products and services you purchase through my links at no extra cause to you.