Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
I made the mistake of serving sweet gooey treats for snack
in class tonight. It got really quiet
after we did our labor rehearsal – oops.
So what are ways of increasing your energy during pregnancy,
or additionally, your labor, if you are feeling low energy?
We talk about it often in class – deep abdominal breathing
is one of the best ways to increase oxygen in your body while still maintaining
a deep level of relaxation.
Chest breathing wastes a tremendous amount of energy.
We are officially on our babymoon. Thank you to my fellow Bradley®teacher, Lisa Pearson, AAHCC for contributing today's post that addresses the function of water in pregnancy.
We all know
it is important to stay hydrated, especially when we live in the desert. Why is it so important? Does it matter what we drink to hydrate our
bodies? What is the best way to hydrate
our bodies? How much do we need to drink
in order to properly hydrate our bodies?
start at, “
…That is the question…if you are planning a hospital birth. When you are laboring at home or a birth center, you have the freedom to eat as your appetite dictates. If you choose to have a hospital birth, you are at the mercy of your doctor’s orders and the nurse’s interpretation of the hospital protocol.
As we found out the hard way, sometimes the doctor approves something but it is not in writing and signed off on the birth plan. In our case it was something that was agreed upon through the course of labor that we hadn’t anticipated in our birth plan.
STAY COOL AND COMFORTABLE
First of all and off topic, congratulations to Lynnie Genho who won a copy of Husband-Coached Childbirth in last week's giveaway.
As you read on Tuesday (Part 1
), dehydration and hyperthermia can cause
dangerous complications of pregnancy. Remember you have permission to be a Drama Queen during the summer months! Take it easy and take care of yourself as the
temperature climbs. You can also enlist
your coach and assistant coaches to help you take advantage of one, some or all of these comfort
measures to avoid dehydration and hyperthermia in the first place.
Ideas to Have a Safe Pregnancy During the Summer Months - Hello, Mr. Sun!
Tina Lebedies, a Bradley Method® instructor in Queen Creek,
Arizona, suggested I write a post about staying healthy through the summer. As the heat in Arizona and other arid states
is starting to climb, and humidity is starting to build in the rest of the
United States, I figured this was a perfect time to address that topic. As the sun gets stronger and the temperatures
gets hotter, it is important to take extra precautions to stay hydrated and
cool if you are pregnant through the summer months.