Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Breastfeeding is biologically designed to keep us wired to our newborns so that they stay warm, safe, and alive.
All those glossy, shiny pictures that show ethereal mothers and sleeping babies - they are nice. Realistic? Not so much.
The immediate postpartum period is hazy. We are coming out of the birth journey through labor land, our hormones are adjusting to being not pregnant, we are minus the placenta that has been a hormone factory since it formed in utero to support the pregnancy; oh, and we have a tiny little human to look at in wonder and keep alive every day.
I wish someone had told me just how leaky postpartum
was. Now, I know we talk about this in
the Bradley™ classes we teach because it was such a shock to me after the birth of our first Sweet Pea.
Quite frankly, I
don’t remember hearing about all the different ways things drip out of you
after you birth your baby when we were Bradley™ students (and, twice!! Two teachers and no mention of this). I wonder if you, like me, just think that
postpartum is going to be sparkly and magical because the pregnancy is over and you are
holding your baby.
We said best wishes to another class...it's always hard to believe our group has been together for 12 weeks, and that the gatherings are over until reunion time.
Here is a sneak peek into a part of our last class. We share a visual of items our couples can consider keeping handy in the first few days after baby arrives:
: We suggest that coaches bring mom a tall glass of water or a full water bottle every time she settles down to nurse. One of the best ways for mamas to make milk is to stay hydrated.
So you are finally holding your baby and the outside...you are so tired - more than you ever could have imagined when you were sleepless in pregnancy...and nothing is back to normal yet. Welcome to motherhood!!
I encourage you to embrace the idea that you, your baby and your partner are on your way to finding a "new normal". This TOP 10list is shared with the hope that it will help you make some sense out of the swirling chaos, and help you start feeling more "you" and less "mombie".
Consuming the placenta has been found to be beneficial in the postpartum period to help alleviate postpartum hormone fluctuations (aka "baby blues"), increase milk supply, and reduce postpartum bleeding. More and more women are choosing to ingest their placentas to take advantage of these benefits, and you can read about other benefits of "placentophagy" HERE
Did You Just Insinuate, “Placenta” and, “Eat” in the Same Sentence?
Why, yes. Yes, I did.
When we first heard about it, both Bruss and I were completely grossed
out and questioning if the natural birth community had finally gone off the
I got to sample CredibleCravings at the Club MomMe event I attended in June 2014. I wish these had been around when I was growing Sweet Peas - green, clean *and* yummy!!
While we try to eat whole food as much as possible, life happens! When you need a snack on the run, these may be just the thing you are looking for. These are great for the diaper bag, and for hungry siblings who are always looking for a snack!
Here are some of the things that Stephanie Baker, Founder of CredibleCravings, shared with me so that I could offer some information about her delicious products to our students and readers:
This is a great week for neat events happening around the
Phoenix, AZ area, starting with special play days at the Disney Store. Click on
the image below to go to theirwebsite
There is also aSpecial Eventon Wednesday morning at the
B&N store in Chandler to celebrate the45th anniversary of The Very Hungry
Last but not least, be sure to check outTHIS
post to read
about the Club MomMe Spring Family Fest happening this Saturday in Orange
County. We are so excited to be flying
in for the day to cover this amazing event, and we have one Family Ticket to
give away to a lucky SPB reader.
WISHING YOU A MARVELOUS MONTH OF MARCH :)
Tumbleweed Park • March 7 - 9, 2014 • Time: visit website
The Ostrich Festival is a community family
event featuring live ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities, national and
regional entertainment, carnival midway, spectacular food, upscale arts &
crafts, a Saturday morning parade and much more.
In addition to bringing in nationally
known musical groups, the festival also features some of the most popular local
and regional talent in the Southwest.
Our Fall class is winding up...and we have already said, "Welcome, earthside!" to the first baby from that class. Fun times!
I thought today would be a great time to write about an idea that is gaining traction here in the West: The Babymoon.
There are actually two contexts for this term: The first one is taken before the baby arrives. A couple takes time away from their schedules to connect, intentionally make one more set of "before baby was earthside" memories; and maybe spend time talking about their birth, and their hopes and dreams for their family.
Just in time for lunch on the West Coast of the US:
Here is a collection of stories from around the web...let us know if you learned anything new in the comments. Also, let us know what kinds of topics are interesting to you. Enjoy your reading/lunch time!
Outcomes of Donor Oocyte Cycles in Assisted Reproduction
In a more detailed multivariate analysis of data from 2010,
the authors found that a good perinatal outcome was positively associated with
embryo transfer on day 5 (29.6% vs 23.