Postpartum


15 Ways to Engage with Your Baby

Monday, March 13, 2017 By Nina Spears
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Life with a newborn is an adjustment. It’s exhausting, repetitive and at times overwhelming, but it is also absolutely wonderful. Your days pretty much consist of changing diapers, feeding baby, soothing baby, bathing baby and putting baby to sleep. But once babies get a little older they start staying awake a little longer. Parents then begin to wonder what they should do with their babies. It’s not like they can move around, play or babble or laugh with you. What are some things that you can do with your new baby? Here are 15 different great ways to engage with your baby. 1. Babywearing There…

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Spring Forward: 3 Simple Baby Sleep Tips

Thursday, March 9, 2017 By Violet Giannone

With daylight saving time just around the corner, it means we lose an hour of sleep, but for your baby it may be more complex than just that. Your baby’s internal sleep clock helps put your baby to sleep at a certain hour, and helps wake her up at pretty much the same time each morning. So it may be a little difficult to put your baby to sleep at the usual bedtime, and have her wake an hour later in the morning. If you have an early riser you may be getting excited about your baby waking an hour later,…

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How to Survive a Stay in the NICU

Thursday, March 2, 2017 By Quinn Kelly
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Tips For Surviving a Stay in the NICU No one gets pregnant and imagines they will start their child’s life out in the NICU, but it happens to even the best of people. And whether the stay is due to a known condition or due to something that surprises the doctors at birth, it’s never easy on parents because it’s a rollercoaster full of emotion and stress until their child gets to go home. So today, I wanted to let a few parents who have made it to the other side—Jason, Ryane, Julie, Megan and Hannah—give future or current parents…

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How To Do Infant Massage

Friday, February 24, 2017 By Nina Spears
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The power of touch is profound. It can strengthen connections, heal, communicate, influence, and soothe when done lovingly. Our skin is our largest organ and it is the pathway for touch–one of our most powerful and important functions. For long-term wellbeing, touch is as important as food and security. It is such a powerful means of communication and is the first sense that we develop and the first language we learn. Done appropriately, massage has a profound capacity to nurture our relationships and our overall well-being. This is why massage–whether performed on adults or babies–has incredible results. Infant Massage As I was completing my birth doula and postpartum doula certifications,…

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5 Things Every Mother Should Know Before Baby

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 By Nina Spears
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There are a lot of things that women say they wish they would have known before they had their baby. You obviously know that having a baby is going to change your life forever, but what do experienced moms wish they’d known before little ones came along? Here are the top five things moms have told us they wish they had known before baby: 1. Enjoy your sleep now, like seriously. I think we all know that you are not going to be sleeping very much when you have a baby. But I do think that there are some soon-to-be…

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Cord Tissue Banking Vs Cord Blood Banking

Monday, February 13, 2017 By Nina Spears

This post has been sponsored by Americord. Read our policies page for more information. Until recently medical staff have been discarding the placenta and umbilical cord as medical waste after babies were born. Now research has shown us that there are multiple therapeutic uses for cord blood–the blood that remains in a baby’s placenta and umbilical cord after the delivery of the baby and the umbilical cord has been cut–and now even cord tissue. But why would someone want to save their baby’s cord blood or cord tissue? What can cord blood or tissue be used for? Cord blood contains a rich source of blood-forming cells known as hematopoietic…

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Easing Back Pain During Pregnancy with Chiropractic Care

Thursday, February 2, 2017 By Alayna Pagnani-Gendron
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The moment you find out you are pregnant is a special time filled with joy, nerves, and excitement. You are also probably still feeling great, physically. Eventually, hormonal changes take over and that little baby bump grows, throwing off your center of gravity.  Then, all of a sudden, you take a step and feel a sharp twinge in your lower back. Ouch! Many women experience back pain throughout pregnancy; however, many moms-to-be don’t realize there is safe and effective help out there for back pain during pregnancy—it’s chiropractic care! Pregnancy is an extraordinary time in your life, and this is…

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What is Colostrum?

Friday, January 27, 2017 By Nina Spears
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Around your third month of pregnancy, and continuing through the early days of breastfeeding, your breasts will produce colostrum, a special type of breastmilk for your newborn baby. But what exactly is colostrum? Colostrum is the first type of milk that your breasts make. It is a thick and sticky liquid that has a yellowish to orange color. During the last few months of pregnancy, you may even begin to leak a small amount of this thick yellowish substance. But do not worry if you are seeing this sooner or aren’t seeing any at all. Some women start to leak earlier and some women…

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Sex Drive After Baby

Thursday, January 26, 2017 By Jessica Tomes

Did you know that it’s completely normal to have a decreased sex drive after giving birth? I had no clue until I experienced it firsthand. This feeling can actually last for months; however, most women report this decrease in libido to be temporary. Some women also report a decreased sex drive while breastfeeding, saying it returned once baby weaned and they stopped nursing completely. But if you think about it, doesn’t it stand to reason that a life change so major would have an impact on your love life? After all, a new baby affects everything else . . ….

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Questions to Ask About Cord Blood Banking

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 By Nina Spears
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This post has been sponsored by Americord. Read our policies page for more information. You’ve probably been hearing (and reading) more and more about cord blood banking. More parents are taking advantage of this service as it becomes increasingly popular. You might be considering banking your baby’s cord blood, too, but you you probably have a ton of questions. I get it. Cord blood banking is a bit of an obscure business and I had a lot of questions, myself. It is important to make sure that you are asking the right questions when talking to different banks. You obviously want to choose the right cord blood bank for…

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