Expecting?While you anxiously await your baby’s big arrival, there’s plenty of organizing and preparation for parents to catch up on. Childbirth education classes might not be at the top of your list, but they’re actually an important part of the whole childbirth process.
Even if your’e a pair of veteran parents, childbirth education classes can help you brush up on your baby skills before the big day and keep you feeling confident and ready to go.
What are some of the benefits of childbirth education classes? As an expectant parent, it’s normal to have a lot of questions about your upcomkng birth experience. Childbirth education classes answer a lot of the questions that many parents still have as the ‘due date’ approaches. Participating in a childbirth education session gives parents confidence and peace of mind. Parents can discuss their fears or uncertainties with their instructor and other expectant parents in the session. The instructor discusses different pain management options and comfort measures to help you put all the finishing touches on your birth plan so you’re ready to go when the big day arrives.
In Home Childbirth Education ClassesGroup classes can be great but they’re not ideal for every family and private childbirth education classes at home can be easier for parents to work into their busy schedules. Private classes are tailored for the needs of the parents and they can be sure that they’re getting all the information they need and nothing they don’t. These classes help parents develop a birth plan that is harmonious with their parenting styles, cultural ideals, and the choices they wish to incorporate for their child’s birth. During private sessions, there’s more opportunity for your childbirth educator to break down the individual elements of your birth plan and give parents their complete and undivided attention.
Childbirth Education for GrandparentsThis curriculum is not exclusive to expectant parents but can also offers grandparents a refresher course on all things baby care. When parents and grandparents participate to their childbirth class together, they can stay on the same page with parenting styles. This keeps grandparents feeling included in the process and comfortable that they’re equipped to lend a helping hand.
Childbirth education classes offer valuable peace of mind to parentsGet your birth plan in place and all those questions answered so you can sit back and relax with your family in those last few weeks of your pregnancy. You’d be surprised how much of a difference a few classes make in your baby prep, having you feeling more confident than ever to start this amazing new chapter with your family.
When life hands us busy schedules it can be difficult to get some of the valuable vitamins and minerals your body needs.Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for our bodies and boasts a powerful list of health benefits. Making sure you have enough magnesium in your diet or supplementing additional magnesium rich foods is an easy adjustment to make for some great payoffs. Magnesium helps alleviate headaches, cramps, constipation and even ineffective contractions.
Only one in three people aren’t getting enough magnesium in their diets.This deficiency might actually be causing some of the symptoms you’re experiencing.While some people will require their magnesium in supplement form, there’s some food choices you can make that will give your body an all natural boost.
Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin seeds are one of the best kept secrets of the health food aisle. Raw or lightly roasted pumpkin seeds provide almost 50% of your daily magnesium intake while giving you a hearty dose of zinc and vitamin E. These seeds make a great snack that keeps you energized throughout the day whether you eat them plain or seasoned. Add some pumpkin seeds to your trail mixes for a effortless boost of magnesium.
SpinachSpinach is an amazingly versatile super food that is rich in vitamins and minerals. While eating spinach raw keeps many of these properties stronger, sautéing your servings will keep that incredible dose of magnesium intact. One serving of spinach gives you nearly 40% of your daily dose of magnesium. Try subbing your salad greens with baby spinach for that extra magnesium kick your body is craving.
Cooked QuinoaLooking for a hearty side dish for dinner or a filling vegetarian dinner? Quinoa might be a good choice for you. Similar to a rice or barley, quinoa can be worked into tons of delicious meals for anytime of day. These dainty grains pack 30% of your daily magnesium intake into a modest 2/3 cup serving that can morph to match any flavor profile.
Black BeansThese beauties are great for your digestive health and are a great way to sneak some additional magnesium into your diet. You’re getting a ton of fiber with your 30% of your daily magnesium intake. You don’t need much to gather some healthy vitamins and minerals, just a 4 to 8 cups of black beans per week for optimized health benefits.
CashewsThis delicious snack is great for busy moms on the go looking for that extra boost of energy without the guilt. Choosing to snack on some cashews can perk up magnesium levels with 29% of your recommended daily intake. Put some in bags and throw them in your gym bag for a magnesium boost on the go and some wholesome energy to help you power through a workout.
Your body tells you what it needs.Making the conscious choice to choose magnesium rich foods can help your body find some balance. If you’re experiencing some of the side effects of magnesium deficiency, making little changes in your lifestyle can help you feel much better.
I’m often asked if midwives perform routine vaginal exams during prenatal visits.
My answer is simple—no we do not.Why? Because there is no evidence that shows any benefit from the procedure unless you are planning an induction.
A routine prenatal vaginal exam is where a woman is checked for how dilated—or open—their cervix is, how much it has thinned, and the position of the baby in the mother’s pelvis.
Is this helpful? Yes and no.It can satisfy your curiosity about how open you are, it can confirm baby’s position, but it doesn’t tell us when the baby will be born. Midwives usually determine fetal position easily by feeling your belly. Sometimes ultrasound is needed to confirm positioning.
In cases of induction, it’s helpful to know what’s happening with your cervix beforehand to decide if induction at that time is the best choice and which medications should may be most effective.
The EvidenceOne study from 1984 showed that there was triple the risk of water breaking prior to the onset of labor when moms had routine vaginal exams. Avoiding this is preferable as it can lead to increased interventions such as induction of labor or an increased risk of infection in both the mother and the baby.
While the 1984 study was small (about 350 women) another study in 1992 had almost double that (over 600 women). The second study showed no increased risk associated with having a routine vaginal exam starting at 37 weeks. But then again it also showed no benefit—unless it was related to induction.
Why would the two studies show different results?There were some questions about whether the doctors in the first study had swept the membranes of the women whose water broke after vaginal exams. Sweeping or stripping the membranes can increase the risk of your water breaking before labor starts.
In ConclusionAs midwives, we typically do not do routine vaginal exams at the end of pregnancy unless requested. And we usually don’t offer it unless there is a good reason to do so. If you want to have it done it’s absolutely your choice, but the evidence says there’s no real benefit, but there’s also no harm.
If you do not want a vaginal exam it’s okay to say “no thank you” to your care provider.It’s your body. You don’t have to give a reason why you don’t want a vaginal exam.
If you’d like to back up your choice with the studies I mentioned, click on the links or review the sources link below for a list.
At Birthways, we are made up of a team of midwives with a broad range of experience and skill. All Birthways Midwives are licensed by the State of Florida and hold National Certifications while the entirety of our staff is certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP).
Christina Holmes is a Florida Licensed Midwife (LM) and Nationally Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) since 2002, assisting over 1000 babies into the world.
Committed to Sarasota’s FamiliesHaving grown up in Sarasota, Christina is fully invested in the health of families in our community. She has volunteered with the Newtown Health Council, was a Board Member of the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota, and has served many years on their Fetal & Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Committee helping to promote healthy pregnancies and babies in our community.
Christina has been active in Midwifery legislation and regulation at the State level as the former President of the Midwives Association and current Vice President of the Florida Alliance of Birth Centers. With a love for educating families and birth professionals in order to create a world of safe, compassionate birth, she has taught Midwifery, Medical, Nursing, and Physician Assistant students over the years.
Outside of Midwifery WorkBeyond being a Midwife, Christina is a Yoga Instructor and is certified to lead Sacred Beginning circles. She is the former secretary of a local bike club and participates in a local charity ride each year for the Team Tony Foundation.
Being knowledgeable in the area of herbs and natural medicines, Christina creates natural, homemade soaps, herbal teas, and formulas under Herbal Cricket. You can pick up her creations at Birthways.
Christina is a mother and a grandmother and wishes every woman, child, and family to be treated with kindness, love, and gentleness at the time of birth.
To learn more about Birthway’s Birth Team visit our website. Schedule an appointment for a visit and complimentary consultation today by calling us at 941-366-BABY(2229) or contact us. Your Midwifery Care awaits you!
Many years ago, I had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting with two influential MIdwives of color that have made strides in the birth world. Gladys Milton and Margaret Charles Smith spoke to their midwifery experiences at a conference for practicing and aspiring midwives that I’ll never forget.
In these sessions, Margaret and Gladys enlightened our group to the challenges of Midwifery in the mid-1900s. They took care of the women doctors and hospitals didn’t want to care for during that time. Poor women, primarily women of color. They had limited access to resources and were rarely paid for their work as Midwives. Midwives have made progress legitimizing their profession with specialized care and training. Gladys Milton moved and inspired us all with her experiences, validating our passion for improving the birth of children in our communities.
Gladys was recruited by the Walton County Health Department to provide birth and delivery services to women in low income areas. As this was during the peak of racial segregation, many African American women had to rely on midwives for birth services. After taking this opportunity in Walton, she was trained and licensed in nearby Alabama to practice midwifery in 1959.
After acquiring her license, Gladys delivered babies and provided in home postpartum care for nearly two decades before opening her own center in 1976. This center was the first birthing center in Walton county, now known as the Milton Memorial Birthing Center. Milton Memorial is run now by Glady’s daughter and Midwife, Maria Milton and continues to provide care to low-risk families in their community.
Margaret Charles Smith was one of the first official Midwives in Alabama in 1949 and was still practicing in 1976 when Midwifery became illegal in Alabama and was permitted to practice until 1981. She caught her first baby at the age of 5 when the Midwife didn’t show up in time, she Midwifed herself through 3 births, and welcomed over 3000 babies to some of the poorest women during her Midwifery career.
Margaret co-wrote a book in 1996, “Listen to Me Good: The Story of an Alabama Midwife” and was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010. But what I remember the most about her was the stories she told at the Mana Conference in 2000. She shared with us her trials & tribulations as a midwife and was open to questions. One woman asked her, since she was prohibited by Alabama law from performing internal exams to assess dilation, how she knew when it was time for a woman to push… her response.. “Have you ever heard of crowning?”. She had quite the sense of humor.
Since she was restricted, like most of the Midwives back then, from using medical equipment and performing specific exams, she became more attuned to nuances of normal healthy pregnancy and the signs of problems. Several years after hearing her stories and her sharing some of her tricks of the trade, I had a mother experience a prenatal complication that did not present with the typical symptoms, yet it was Margaret’s words that came to me and allowed me to recognize the issue at hand and allowed this mom and baby to get the care that they needed.
I often think of these amazing Midwives and am thank full for the knowledge and wisdom they have shared that continues to support moms & babies today.
During the month of February, we take a moment to recognize women like Gladys Milton and Margaret Charles Smith and the men and women that inspire us every day to continue improving childbirth and midwifery care.
It’s National Hat Day and although we appreciate the value of a a great hat, there’s a time and a place.It has become customary to put a little knit cap on your baby’s brand new noggin to keep them nice and toasty just after birth. Although it sounds like a great plan to keep your baby warm, it can actually disrupt valuable bonding and hormone production, and may result in an overheated baby!
We all love that sweet baby smell.. Johnsons and Johnsons tried to bottle it.. there’s a reason why we love to smell babies, especially our own!
Skin to skin contact has some incredible benefits immediately after birth and as your baby is getting introduced to their new environment. This contact benefits the mother as much as baby, and begins the bonding process that will be important during their breastfeeding journey. Skin to skin improves a baby’s respiration, regulates their body temperature and reduces stress and anxiety. The first hour after birth is important for the infant as it’s their first opportunity to become acquainted with their parents, allowing them to become more emotionally stable and confident as they age.
When your are skin to skin with your baby and able to smell your baby, your body releases Oxytocin, the hormone that rules labor and is known as the LOVE hormone. Smelling your babys head releases oxytocin, which helps your uterus contract, helps expel your placenta and minimize bleeding. Oxytocin also helps you fall in love with your baby.
So why do they put a hat on your baby?The head and face are important for a newborn’s natural instincts to acquaint with the mother’s scent, warmth and heartbeat. Newborns will nuzzle into their mother’s chest and and begin searching for their mother’s breast. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone released in the mother when her baby’s scent is nearby, that triggers the final stages of labor and increases milk production. This is one of the many beautifully simple ways that nature has perfected the childbirth process, and that cute tiny hat is getting in the way!
When mom is available, she can regulate her baby’s temperature with her OWN BODY and no hat is needed. Yes.. that’s right.. when baby is skin to skin with mom, mothers temp will increase or decrease to heat or cool her baby! Pretty incredible!
So when should you choose a hat?If your baby is born premature, underweight or has certain medical complication, a hat may be a good idea. In some of these situations, the mother or baby is not well enough to utilize skin to skin contact. When skin to skin contact isn’t possible, hats, swaddling and warmers might be the only way to regulate your newborn’s temperature. If baby is able to be held, but mom isn’t available, Dad or another family member or friend can hold baby skin to skin.
This period after birth is unique and shouldn’t be interrupted by anything, including a tiny hat.Some birth professionals say that babies remember birth. This period of bonding is unique in that it is the first impression your baby has of this great big new world. These impressions are theoretically associated with the way adults perceive the world, so we should make it count!
Besides, there’s plenty of opportunities for cute hats once your baby is a little older.
When you get stressed, you get sick.With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, stress levels are up and everyone’s getting sick.
Its no mistake that the common cold and flu are at an all time high this time of year. Immune systems are low and with all the traveling and picking up germs you’re bound to get the sniffles just in time for the holidays.
Taking extra care of yourself during the holiday season will keep sickness at bay and you feeling merry and bright for all your holiday parties and traditions.Immune System Boosting SuperfoodsThere’s plenty of delicious food to indulge in during the holidays, most of which unfortunately doesn’t provide you with the nutrients you need to naturally boost your immune system. Incorporate antioxidant rich foods like citrus and green leafy veggies to give your system the fighting chance it needs. A daily dose of probiotics in foods like yogurt will keep your digestive system on track and breaking down indulgent foods like those extra cookies you snuck at the company party. You are what you eat, so make a conscious effort to balance your party eats with a healthy variety of nutrient rich food.
Dodging Germs While Out and AboutThere’s so much to do and so many errands to run, forcing you to head out into the germy wasteland that is the mall and supermarket. Instead of putting yourself on the front lines, try shopping online in the comfort of your thoroughly sanitized home. Your treasures arrive conveniently at your door and you can avoid the crowds, lines and frustration of the holiday shopping scene. If you do have to go out, stay prepared. Wash your hands and get fresh air frequently and avoid touching your face! Germs enter your body through your eyes, nose and mouth so keep those yucky hands off your beautiful clean face.
Practice a Healthy Amount of Self CareTake care of yourself? Who has the time!Well actually, a sprinkle of self care into your daily routine takes no time at all and will help you banish stress and feeling great all season. Take the time to relax and unwind at the end of the day, and stretch out your breakfast to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. The holidays are stressful because of the constant need to get everything right and it really wears you down. Take a step back and do things that you enjoy, even if it means putting down the wrapping paper and the tinsel for a while.
Who wants to start 2017 sick in bed?Taking some extra precautions and focusing on your health this season will keep you from catching the flu or a nasty cold; the gift that keeps giving. Eat right, get some fresh air and be a little more conscious and you’ll feel extra festive for all of those upcoming holiday parties and obligations.
Tissues aren’t a cute accessory for your holiday outfit, so leave the red nose to Rudolph.
For dog lovers, our pets are family.If this is your first pregnancy, your dog might have very well been your first baby. When it comes time to bringing your baby home for the first time, you might be wondering how to introduce your dog to your brand new baby.
Our dogs are very in tune with our emotional energy, but they don’t always know what these different feelings around the house mean. Pregnancy is an emotional journey with ups and downs and your pet will likely reflect these emotions in their own behavior.
New parents shouldn’t feel stressed to introduce their two favorite “people” together for the first time, so we’re bringing expectant parents some peace of mind for this exciting new chapter for their growing families.
Break Bad HabitsWhile you’re pregnant, it’s a great opportunity to focus on your pet and breaking some bad habits they might have. If your dog has some behavioral quirks like jumping when greeting new people, territoriality or even accidents in the house, it might be helpful for you to get them on a training regimen. When it comes time to bring home your newborn, it’s a sigh of relief to have your dog being well behaved and in a calm and comfortable state of mind.
Prepare Your Pet
Dogs have an acute sense of smell and sound and these are immediately connected to many of their behaviors. Preparing your dog with the sights, sounds an scent of your new baby helps acclimate your dog to the changes around your home. Play baby sounds at a low volume throughout the day, turning the volume up while your dog is more relaxed. Use a realistic baby doll to help your dog understand how to interact around the baby, praising or rewarding them for good behavior. It can also be helpful to introduce your new baby’s scent on a blanket or an article of clothing to help your pet develop a relationship with the new baby.
When dogs are confused or anxious, they might give warning signs to people that can come across as aggressive. Low growls or mumbles out of your dog give you an opportunity to assess the situation or conflict, understanding more about what is triggering this emotion in your dog. Observe their body language, help remove them from the situation if they become visually stressed. Don’t punish the warning signs your dog are sending you, they are just looking for some understanding.
Patience is everything in the first few weeks home with your new baby and that goes for your baby’s relationship with your dog too. Don’t overstimulate your pet by forcing the interaction with your baby and a little understanding and patience will result in an amazing lifelong friendship.
Second Time’s a Charm
This is the story of my second birth. My first birth was a typical hospital birth. Epidural, episiotomy, separation after birth, ya know… just an average day at L&D. I really wanted a natural birth, but didn’t have the confidence to actually stand up for myself to get it. My experience at Birthways was pretty much exactly what I wanted, and needed, this time around.
I guess it all started on Wednesday morning. I woke up and immediately starting cleaning and organizing random things in our house, doing ALL of the laundry (I mean everything!) and packing my bag for the birth center. There were still lots of things to get done, but I was only 37 weeks and a few days (baby #1 was 4 days late) so I had plenty of time to finish up the old to-do list. Wednesday night we went to the county fair and had a fun family time. We saw lots of people we knew and got lots of comments and questions about when baby was coming. I told everyone we had a few more weeks and I needed at least one more to get everything done… famous last words! It was so special to see our 2 year old daughter enjoy the fair so much this year- even more so since it was our last outing as a family of 3!
I went to bed on Wednesday feeling completely normal and even woke up a few times during the night and mentally noted that all the activity from the previous day didn’t seem to do anything. Around 6:30 I woke up to go to the bathroom. When I got out of bed I had a little leakage and I thought I had peed myself (really?!). After I actually went to the bathroom and continued to leak fluid I realized that my water may have broken! I decided to go lay down for a little longer and see if it happened again. I knew that if I lay down and then stood up that I would have another gush if my water had indeed broken. After about a minute I stood up and determined that my water was leaking! Wow, what a surprise! I texted my husband and let him know what was going on and that our info binder said labor should start in a few hours. As we were texting back and forth I noticed I was having a few cramps so I told him to go ahead and come home around 7.
I decided to get a shower and shave my legs while I was waiting for contractions to start. (Because that’s the obvious first thing to do when labor starts?) Hubby came home and finished cleaning and tidying before we left. I started timing contractions at around 7:45 and they were already 45 seconds to a minute long and 4-5 minutes apart, but not too intense. I was supposed to go the birth center when they were 5 minutes apart and a minute long for at least an hour. It was time! I called the midwife on call (It was Cheryl) around 8:45 and she said to go ahead and head in since it was baby #2 and we lived so far away. We got our daughter situated, loaded the car, and hit the road at around 9:30. By the time we made it to the birth center at 10:45 I wasn’t able to talk during the contractions anymore and I had to focus on breathing through them.
(Times were taken from our labor flow chart because being in labor does really funny things to your perception of time!)
We got everything unloaded and settled and Cheryl checked me at 11:15. I was only 3cm, 80% effaced and -1 station. I was disappointed and a little discouraged that I still had a long way to go as the contractions were starting to get much more uncomfortable. After that I tried the birth ball, got in the shower for a little while, lay on the bed and I finally ended up rocking in the rocking chair. At 1:00 they started filling up the tub and Cheryl and Christina switched out. I got in the tub at 1:15 and by that point the contractions were super intense and I couldn’t talk in between them. I alternated lying on my back and kneeling in the tub. I wasn’t sure what kind of laborer I would be, but I found that I needed to vocalize during the contractions. My husband and Deborah helped during the contractions by pouring hot water over my back and using a rolling massage ball. Deborah also helped me focus on my breathing when I started to feel too out of control and was generous in her encouragement and praises. At this point (which I think was transition) my logical self started arguing with my laboring self. The contractions were so hard and intense that I felt like there was no way I could keep it up for the hoursof labor I knew were to come. (Remember I was only barely in active labor when I arrived) However, logic told me that those feelings were classic transition signs and that the end might be near. I also noticed that Deborah had changed clothes and that she and Christina were setting up all of their supplies. Maybe it wouldn’t be too much longer?!
As my contractions got closer and closer together, I realized my body was starting to push. I announced to the room “I think I’m pushing!” and Deborah and Christina said that it was ok. I thought that I might need to be checked again to confirm that it was time because it had only been a couple of hours since I arrived at the birth center. I didn’t feel “ready” to push yet (terrified might be a better word). Christina charted that I started pushing at 2:15, only 3 hours after I was checked and found to be 3cm. To begin with, I only pushed a little every few contractions. I just followed my body’s lead on when to push and when to let the contractions do their work. My birth team was very hands off and only occasionally asked to check his heart rate after a contraction had passed. At 2:40 Christina charted that his head was visible with the contractions and at 2:47 he was born. I delivered him on my knees, leaning over the side of the tub, so when he was born Christina helped me lean back and pull him to my chest. He cried immediately and was covered in a thick layer of vernix. He didn’t cry very long and he spent a lot of time quietly looking around. It was such a sweet and peaceful moment. I checked to make sure he was a boy and we all remarked about how big he was.
After a couple of minutes in the tub we got out and moved to the bed. We nursed a little and lounged on the bed for almost an hour waiting for the cord to stop pulsing. Once the cord was clamped, my husband cut the cord and I delivered the placenta and finally felt full relief. It was huge! After the cord was cut, they weighed and measured him. As Christina was weighing him, she lifted up the scale and said “Oh my gosh! He’s 9lbs 8oz!” We were totally shocked that he was so big that early. Christina assessed the damage to my nether regions and stitched me up. We apparently make big babies with big heads. After that we spent the next few minutes eating (sandwiches for us and milk for him) and marveling at our little boy. We wanted our daughter to be the first to meet him, so after she had seen him our families came in to meet him. He was so laid back and snuggly. He got to meet all of his family members and get lots of love. I got a shower and changed clothes, Deborah went over our “discharge” information and we left the birth center around 6:45… only 4 hours after he was born!
After having a hospital birth, my birth center experience was quite the contrast. The contractions were much more painful and intense (of course), but the recovery was a thousand times better. Just days after delivery, I felt like I hadn’t had a baby at all… more like I went and picked him up from Babies R Us. In a nutshell….#1: labored stuck in bed on my back, epidural, prolonged pushing, failed vacuum attempt, episiotomy, an hour separation after birth, exhaustion and no true rest thanks to a constant parade of nurses and doctors. #2: labored however I wanted, self-guided pushing, uninterrupted bonding, minimal tearing, healing, fulfilling, empowering, and peaceful. I felt such a sense of accomplishment. Over all it was a fantastic experience. I wish both of my births could have been that lovely, but I don’t regret my first birth because it was the catalyst for seeking change and having a better birth experience. I can appreciate my birth center experience so much more after birthing both ways. If I were to have another uncomplicated pregnancy, I would most certainly choose a natural water birth again.
As 2016 draws to a close, we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate all the beautiful babies, strong mothers and loving families that made our year a little brighter.Every year we make a long list of resolutions to start off on the right foot and make changes to be the best we can be. If you spent your holidays welcoming a new baby or expecting one any day now, your resolutions might look a little different than they did last year.
Before you fill up a long list of things you’d like to change, consider how far you’ve come and ways to make you feel accomplished every day on this long road ahead.
Emotional HealthHaving a new baby can be stressful. Emotionally draining as well as physically, it’s important to take the opportunity to de-stress every chance you get. Take the opportunity to relax and recover each day, starting with some positive affirmations for the day ahead and winding down for bed while you’re thinking about all the tiny accomplishments you’ve made. Don’t get caught up in the little things and always reassure yourself that you’re doing the best you can when you start to feel overwhelmed.
Physical HealthOnce your baby arrives, your body has plenty of recovering to do. Nourish yourself from the inside out, choosing foods and meal plans that offer sustainable energy and the nutrients you need. If you’re breastfeeding, certain foods will encourage lactation and even boost your immune system. You might feel anxious to loose that baby weight, but don’t rush yourself. Take it slow when it’s time to start an exercise routine to avoid injuries and even walking around the park is a great place to start. Make some resolutions that help you incorporate healthier lifestyle choices each day and you’ll have all the energy you need to care for your new baby.
Self CareSelf care is one of the most important areas to focus on when you’re newly postpartum. As a mom you’ll always put your kids first, but it’s important to practice a little self love too. Every day you should incorporate some relaxation strategies and confidence boosters to help keep you feeling your best. It can be as easy as treating yourself to a cup of coffee in the morning and curling up to your favorite book or TV show before bed. Take some time putting yourself together, even if it’s a little extra makeup just to run errands. When you’re in touch with self care strategies, you’ll feel beautiful, confident, empowered and ready to take on anything.
No matter what you choose to incorporate into your resolutions for the New Year, remember to focus on what’s most important to you.You’ve come so far and accomplished so much to be proud of!
We wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to the beautiful babies that 2017 will bring.
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