Archive for the ‘Third Trimester’ Category

What parents might do to get ready for the birth of their baby

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


in joy





Birth, New Mom, Baby Care & Breastfeeding

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Have a Happy Birthday


Pregnancy and Group B Strep Testing


¨GBS is a type of bacteria that some woman carry as part of their normal vaginal flora

¨In the USA, pregnant woman are screened for the presence of GBS between 35-37 weeks

¨Some women who carry GBS can pass the bacteria on to their infants during birth and RARELY, these infants can sick with Early Onset GBS disease.

¨Woman who test positive for GBS are informed and will be offered IV antibiotics when they are in active labor


Now  that you know some of the basics and I know you may have more  questions ,but what I wanted to pass on to you even more importantly is



As many of you know I believe being proactive has a positive effect on the mind and body so after searching for a long time  Ifound these tips to pass on to you to help decrease your worries of GBS.


Start at 32 weeks since most of you are screened between 35 & 37 weeks.  Use one, all ,or a combination of any of these.


Probiotics take one per day

Echinacea 3x a day with food

Vitamin C 500mg daily

Garlic –eat fresh garlic daily preferably raw and organic (crush in salads, soup etc)

Burdock Root & Echinacea Root infusion:

Steep 0.5 oz of Burdock and Echinacea in 4 cups boiling water. Steep for 2 hours. Strain. Drink one cup daily. Store any extra to drink the next day.


Enjoy these healthy remedies while boosting your immunity and decreasing overgrowth of GBS.


In joy,




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!