If there’s one thing you can avoid during labor…
If you are wondering what an episiotomy is and you are pregnant, then you will be so happy you decided to read this blog post today!
An episiotomy is a planned cut by a doctor to your perineum in order to enlarge the opening for your baby to emerge.
Why Would Anyone Want an Episiotomy?
Do you want to learn what the #1 way to increase your milk supply is?
I have nursed 5 babies, and one challenge I have had consistently each time is keeping up my milk supply- especially once I went back to work.
We’ve all been there.
I am a big believer in bottlefeeding.
You’re probably thinking: You’re a nurse and you don’t believe women should breastfeed?
Let me start out by saying I nursed all of my babies, and when I was a maternity nurse I encouraged new Moms to nurse their infants.
Having said that I truly believe that not everyone should be nursing.
Sometimes it can be a really difficult experience, from cases I’ve seen first hand.
The following are actual comments I have received from nice normal people who think they can say whatever they want just cuz you’re pregnant:
“You’re still here?”
“Are you having twins!?”
“Wow, You’re blossoming!”
Would you say those things to someone who’s overweight?
If there’s only one supplement you give your kids, make it vitamin D.
Vitamin D, also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”, is crucial to the functioning of your body.
What Does Vitamin D Do?
It promotes bone growth by increasing Calcium absorption.
It boosts the immune system which will protect your kids from getting sick.
How to cope with difficult contractions during labor?
There are many great ways to cope with difficult contractions during labor, wouldn’t it be great if they were all listed in one post?
Athletes training for competitions know all about visualizations. These influence the subconscious in producing the experience you want.
The same is true for childbirth.
Imagining and planning out how your labor will go can influence the process, believe it or not!
A friend who was pregnant with her first baby was discussing her birth plan and mentioned she wanted to avoid getting an epidural during the birth of her child.
When I questioned how she would go about avoiding an epidural during labor, one thing became abundantly clear to me: She didn’t have a plan.
I don’t mean a birth plan.
As a former maternity nurse who saw way too many messed up epidurals, I knew I would never want to get one.
My motto became:
Better suffer through temporary pain of childbirth,
than risk suffering pain afterwards.
After I had my first birth without an epidural, my doula congratulated me on not asking for an epidural during labor.
I answered her that I never considered an option.