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  • Pregnancy Articles

    Early Signs of Pregnancy

    Think You’re Pregnant, Now What?

    Whether you are suspecting a planned or unplanned pregnancy, your body often sends subtle, and not so subtle, signs that something is changing. Before there is a missed period, many women experience early signs of pregnancy that make them suspect a pregnancy during those first couple of weeks.

    One of the pregnancy hormones, progesterone, rises sharply with pregnancy. As the progesterone levels rise, this triggers breast changes and an overwhelming feeling of fatigue.

    Breast changes

    Swollen and tender breasts and tender or painful nipples result from the hormonal changes that occur within the first few weeks of pregnancy. These changes are preparing your body to eventually provide breastmilk for your baby.

    Fatigue / exhaustion

    As the progesterone levels continue to rise, this also causes a sleepy feeling or exhaustion. In addition to the hormonal changes, blood, oxygen and nutrients are being pumped by the mother’s heart and circulatory system Read more

  • Labor & Delivery

    Oxytocin: The “Love Hormone”

    Oxytocin: Making Labor and Breastfeeding Easier

    Oxytocin has been referred to as the ‘love hormone’ and the ‘cuddle chemical’ because it surges when we feel ‘in love’ or loving, when we connect with others, and can be triggered by touch such as massage or cuddling. This amazing neurotransmitter plays a critical role in your childbearing year, from triggering contractions to making the milk flow to helping you bond with your new arrival. Oxytocin, at optimal levels, not only helps us to feed and birth our babies, but also to fall in love with them. So how can you help maximize your oxytocin levels?

    Oxytocin builds in your body throughout labor, causing the increasingly strong contractions that lead to the birth of your baby. As you near the end of your labor, your skin becomes flushed, your pupils dilate, and your senses heighten. This hormonal rush may lead you to seek Read more

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  • Postpartum

    Baby Nurses & Postpartum Doulas

    Doulas: The Differences and Benefits
    As any parent will tell you, a typical newborn/infant is awake and in need of care for several hours every night for at least 3-5 months. In the past, most parents had extended family members to help with this 24-hour schedule, and mothers were able to remain in the birthing center or hospital to recuperate. Today, however, family members are geographically spread out or cannot leave work themselves, and most mothers are not given the chance to properly heal before being sent back home (and back to work!). In order to get the vital sleep needed to care for their family and function at work outside the home, some new parents choose to employ postpartum help such as baby nurses, newborn caregivers or postpartum doulas.

    Baby Nurse

    Traditionally, overnight nanny responsibilities have been held by women with the title of baby nurse. Usually this was family Read more

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  • Feeding

    Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

    Breastfeeding :From a New Mom’s Perspective

    I am a strong proponent of breastfeeding. It is the best thing for the baby and for you. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 1 year and longer if mutually desired by both the mother and child. The truth is – any amount of breastfeeding will be beneficial for you and your baby: 2 days, 2 months or 2 years. Stick with it as long as you can and know that you are doing the best thing for you and your baby. Breastfeeding mothers loose weight quicker, get protection against certain cancers, and have a host of other medical benefits. Breastfed babies are healthier and studies have shown that there are increases in their IQ scores as well.

    Breastfeeding is also easy – no need to think about packing bottles and no worries about staying out longer than planned –

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  • Shopping

    8 Must Have Baby Products

    It is easy to be overwhelmed by the huge “must have baby products” handed to you by employees of stores where you register for baby products. When it comes down to it, simplicity in baby products is the easiest and best philosophy. You should look for products that develop with your baby while also helping your baby develop. While it is easy to immediately get caught up in major stroller combos, matching wipe warmers, and busy bouncy seats, babies have survived for hundreds of years without those items, and sometimes starting small and purchasing items as you need them can be an advantage. Maybe your baby does not like swinging motion, or maybe there isn’t enough room in your home for a bassinet, crib, and pack and play. Give yourself time to learn your baby’s needs and wants, then purchase accordingly. Make sure you look at smaller retail outlets Read more

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  • Baby & Family

    Reducing the Mummy Tummy: The Tupler Technique™

    Flattening the “Mummy Tummy”

    It’s called a “mummy tummy” or “pooch”. You got it with the birth of your bundle of joy. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that thicker waist and bulge around your middle that you can’t get rid of, no matter how many crunches you do. The bad news is, if you’re like many women, you have an anatomical problem. The good news is, the Tupler Technique™ can fix that.

    The research-based Tupler Technique™ is a 20 year old, four-step program that has proven to flatten the “mummy tummy”. Julie Tupler, a registered nurse, created it in 1990. Researchers at Columbia University’s program of Physical Therapy found the technique helpful in decreasing the size of the diastasis recti during pregnancy. The results were published in The Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy in 2005. Proponents of the technique range from Elle Macpherson to Dr. Oz.

    The basic premise of the Read more

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