Getting closer to your estimated due date is a very exciting time for parents to be. More frequent visits to the doctors / midwives are a real sign that you are getting closer to having your baby. Completing your childbirth and breastfeeding classes and visiting the birthing facility or getting your home ready for a home birth. You may also be preparing your birth wishes to help you create the safe, comfortable birth environment you are hoping for at the birth place and when the new baby is home.
When those things are completed or in the process of being completed, be sure to remember to take time for yourself and your relationship. Take walks, go to a movie or out for breakfast together, get a massage, read some books, and get your rest. These may seem small but they are significant in ensuring a happy and peaceful minded parents
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Please enjoy this article on attachment parenting, I would love to hear your thoughts on this philosphy
Highlighting Attachment Parenting
The decision to follow the style of attachment parenting has become an increasingly popular choice among today’s mothers. Although attachment parenting has seen a recent gain in popularity, many mothers and mothers-to-be are unaware of the concept and how the parenting style compares to a more traditional style. It is helpful for many women to have an indifferent source to compare parenting styles so they can make the best decision for their family.
The main component of attachment parenting is focused upon the mother providing for the child’s basic needs while fostering a strong emotional bond beginning very early on. This style of parenting begins when a mother is pregnant and making decisions on her delivery experience. Deciding whether to use pain medications, whether to utilize umbilical cord blood banking and when and how many immunizations will be administered will all affect the delivery experience and how soon a mother can begin bonding with her baby.
These are some of the key elements of attachment parenting:
- The parent is encouraged to remain within close distance of their child during all tasks, including sleeping and feeding. Within attachment parenting, the mother’s role is to assess what is best for the child by responding to the child’s external cues. It is also her role to be seen as a nurturing provider to the child.
- Breastfeeding for how ever long the child desires is common. For example, if the mother doesn’t feel as though her child has expressed a need to discontinue breastfeeding, regardless of the child’s age, she will continue to breastfeed.
- Co-sleeping or bed sharing. To practice co-sleeping, the mother has the child in the same room using a bassinet for an infant or a bed for an older child. Bed sharing is simply the mother sleeping in the same bed as her child and is primarily encouraged while breastfeeding.
- When administering methods of discipline, the mother focuses on working on strategies to find a solution that benefits both the child and the adult, rather than focusing on consequences and punishment of the child. Harsh or physical discipline is not a tactic used by attachment parents.
- Reading a child’s behaviors and constantly promoting solid emotional development. This parenting approach primarily focuses on working towards a balance of responding to the child’s needs while still maintaining authority.
While the approaches of traditional and attachment parenting lack resemblance, both styles can create a loving environment for a mother to raise her child in. Whatever path a mother decides to choose when raising her child, it’s best to select the style that she feels most comfortable with. Both attachment and traditional parenting are practiced styles that produce happy children.
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PREGNANCY / HEALTHY PREGNANCY / 1ST TRIMESTER (WEEKS 1-12) /
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Great information for your pregnancy and labor
You and your body will undergo more physical, mental and emotional changes during pregnancy than almost any other time in your life. For some women, reading the multitude of “what to expect” guides is empowering; for others, all of that information fills them with fear and paranoia.
Learning to relax and enjoy the journey can be an empowering and delightful experience. Follow these tips for a zen-like pregnancy, trimester by trimester.
1ST TRIMESTER: ASSEMBLE YOUR TEAM
Most women begin prenatal care around weeks 8 to 12 of pregnancy. This is the time to set the stage for a healthy and supported pregnancy. Women who get early and regular prenatal care have the best possible outcomes, research shows.
Schedule your first prenatal visit, which will typically be your longest.
Take your partner along for every possible prenatal visit: A University of Missouri researcher, Mansoo Yu, has found that stress related to pregnancy uniquely affects the expectant fathers too, which in turn, influences the health of expectant mothers and their infants. Get dad on the same page with you and baby for best outcomes for all.
2ND TRIMESTER: MOVE IT!
Exercise is a natural stress-reliever in pregnancy. The 2nd trimester brings with it a rush of new energy and a revived sense of wellbeing. This is the perfect time to capitalize on new research that shows not only does exercise in pregnancy do mom’s body good, it also strengthens your baby’s heart in a way that protects him post-birth, say University of Kansas Medical Center Researchers, who demonstrated regular prenatal exercise strengthens fetal heart rates.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity at least 3 times a week for both your and your baby’s benefit.
Be active everyday in some way, even if just for a walk upon waking or after dinner.
3RD TRIMESTER: EDUCATE YOURSELF
This is it, the home stretch—the last third of your pregnancy. This is the time to begin to prepare for labor and birth, and there’s no better way than taking childbirth education classes. Research shows that women who have an educated and general sense of what labor will be like are more relaxed and less fearful, which can also help in dealing with labor pain.
- Schedule a tour of your desired birthing facility to get familiar with the surroundings.
- Take a class on labor pain management and natural, vaginal birth.
- Bring your partner along so that you both feel confident about the upcoming big event.
The main reason most hospitals restrict eating during labor is that they treat your labor as “medical” thus if you need a C-section you will not have any complications from anesthesia. the truth is that most c-sections are not done under general anesthesia and if you do need that emergency c-section they will give you something that will dry up your secretions to prevent aspiration. With that said read on to understand why eating and drinking during labor is your choice
More harm takes place when women are forbidden to eat during labor. A lack of energy, first and foremost, to do the single most physically challenging task that her body will ever accomplish is a great harm. Also, a lack of dignity and respect exists when an adult woman who is transitioning into motherhood has been forbidden to eat.
Eating and drinking during labor can increase energy and prevent dehydration.
Listen to what your body tells you is the best advice for eating or not during labor
suggestions for foods during labor
chicken or vegetable broth
fruit fresh or dried
red raspberry leaf tea
What was your favorite food during labor?