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Birth, New Mom, Baby Care & Breastfeeding

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Managing the Art of Labor and Birth

I have been known to compare labor and birth to many thing like going to  the dentist and  not getting novacaine to see if mental imagary really works   ( it did but all you get is a silver filling at  the end, not as great as a baby!) So yesterday while taking a spinning class we were doing intervals, they came every minute lasting one minute and we did this for about 15 minutes. I started thinking of the laboring woman a contraction lasting 60 seconds and how you can distract the mind by  listening to music, hearing someone talking to you with encouraging words,  knowing 30 seconds have past and that you will great a break soon. Never discounting the work you do is hard but staying strong remembering the miracle  at the end and that YOU CAN DO IT!!!

As each interval (contraction) approached I thought that each one brought me closer to the end ( closer to holding your baby in your arms)

Feel strong and proud,that is how I felt at the end of class.

in joy


To Kegel or not Kegel that is the question?

Ok, you are out with some friends  you laugh and oops you leak some urine,  yikes  you are not alone.  Studies show  1 in 4 woman have pelvic floor issues  that include bladder control problems. I teach woman to start kegeling ( rhymes with  bagel) in their first childbirth classes. ,Perhaps something they do not have to have any worries about yet but with each birth they have the increase the chances  loss of bladder control issues . The baby passes through the kegel muscle   which controls the uterus, bladder and rectum and if it gets too sstretched out it loses its ability to keep your pelvic floor strong. So we do muscle strenthing by squeezing the muscles around your vagina and anus as if you are trying to stop the flow  of uringe and gas. Stop it then release hold for 10 seconds 10-15 times , repeating  that 5 times a day. Easy to get in while brushing your teeth, sitting at a red light, changing the babies diaper….

Simple and effective way to prevent pelvic floor weakening ,  and yes you can relax and laugh as hard as you want!