My Aching Back…………

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Many pregnant women have backaches as their bellies grow bigger and their muscles and spine strain to carry the extra weight due to the forward shifting of their center of gravity.  During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin, causes the loosening of ligaments throughout the body which is great for childbirth but in the months leading to that, it makes pregnant women less stable and more prone to injury. 

Here are some ways to help ease your back pain:

  • Try not to lift anything that weighs more than a few pounds. If you have to pick up something heavy (or a small someone), make sure to lift correctly. Don’t bend down at the waist — instead, bend at your knees, squat down, and lift with your legs, not your back.
  • Don’t sit or stand for long periods, use a box or stool to prop up one foot when standing or both feet when sitting. If you must stand for a long time, make sure to take frequent breaks.
  • Sit in chairs with supportive backs or put a small pillow at the small of your back. And try to sit up straight.
  • Stand up straight. Resist the urge to push your belly far forward. Good posture is important.
  • Apply a warm towel, warm water bottle, or heating pad on the lowest setting to your lower back.
  • Wear an abdominal support garment or maternity pants with wide elastic bands that fit under the belly.
  • Don’t wear high heels. Shoes with low heels and good arch support are the way to go.
  • Sleep on your side, with at least one knee bent. Try using a pregnancy pillow or a peanut ball  to make sleeping more comfortable. Or put a pillow between your knees and another under your belly.
  • A firm mattress is best. If you don’t have one, you can try putting a board between your mattress and box spring.
  • If your provider gives you permission stretching exercises and if any low-impact exercises are good for you — safe regular exercise can help with back pain.
  • Get a gentle pregnancy massage if your provider approves it.
  • Avoid crossing your feet and or legs . With will decrease your circulation 
  • Do not take any medicines without checking with your provider.
  • Back pain maybe sign of something else going on, like labor starting or a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you have any questions or concerns, severe pain, pain that isn’t getting better, or other symptoms, get medical assistance.

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Pregnancy and the COVID Vaccine

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There is still Covid-19 risk!  You are presently breastfeeding and your good friend is confirmed to be pregnant.  Should you both take the Covid vaccine or is it too risky?  Do you know what the recommendations from CDC are? What is the correct answer?

  • The vaccine can pass to your breastmilk some passive immunity and can be unsafe for the newborn .
  • COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 5 and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future.
  • Studies are limited and  you should not take the vaccine at the time of pregnancy or breastfeeding 
  •  You should only get the vaccination with your provider’s  approval  if you are pregnant or  breastfeeding.

It’s time, you are in the process of having your baby – now what?

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It’s time, you are in the process of having your baby. Your provider tells you to experience something known as “The Ring of Fire.”  Do you know what she is referring too? Can you pick out the incorrect statement below?

  • Once your baby has been delivered you will feel a strong burning sensation to your vaginal area.
  • It’s a feeling created when the baby is crowning –when the head is pushing and stretching the vaginal opening.
  • The burning feeling that you get in your vagina as it starts to stretch in order to allow your baby to exit the birth canal.
  • Perineal massage during your antepartum can help reduce the pain from “The Ring Of Fire” during birth possibly

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Once you have delivered

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Once you have delivered your newborn, discharge to home from a hospital usually will be >24 hours to 3 days postpartum depending on how you delivered and if there were any ongoing medical concerns.  You must have a car seat in order to be discharged.  Assembling a car seat  can be challenging. Which statement below is accurate.

  • You can go to your neighborhood fire department station and they will assist you
  • The fire departments are no longer trained to help you with the car seat
  • The facility you gave birth at will help you assemble the car seat and help you put your baby in the car seat. 
  • Related to liability and risk factors staff members are not allowed to assist you with the car assembly or putting the newborn in the car seat.

At the Birthing Center Of NY classes we help you be prepared for labor, delivery and postpartum. How to care for yourself and your newborn, practical tips. We provide you with information you need to know. Take my class and be prepared!

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You have a lot of things to think about

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Congratulations on your pregnancy.  You have a lot of things to think about!  Do you know how to prepare yourself for breastfeeding?  Which statement is incorrect?

  • Get your breast pump and learn how to operate it.
  • Choose a Lactation Consultant. 
  • Wash your breasts daily using soap, lifting up the breast and wash underneath it.
  • Never use soap on the breast it causes the skin to dry and crack .  Only use water and air dry.
  •  Take lactation classes to better prepare yourself. 

Yes!  Breast milk is best – but what do you do if you are unable or having difficulty?  Take my class and learn more about feeding your newborn!

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How to calm a fussy baby.

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The best way to calm a fussy baby is to give it a cozy, cuddle hug.  This is the same effect of swaddling your little one.  Do you know which statement is inaccurate?  I provided the answers below because it’s truly important to know. Why? Because we do care. Everyone including hospitals, facilities and basically every person in care of child swaddles an infant using several methods. It is important to know how to do it right – ah, take my class!!

  • Swaddling should end when the infant is about 2 months old
  • Swaddling a baby after 2 months outweighs the benefits once a baby learns to roll over
  • Keeping the baby swaddled all the time can hinder motor development and mobility as well as limit the opportunity to use and explore the hands and legs when awake
  • Baby swaddle too tightly may develop a problem with their hips- ( tightly wrapping a baby legs can lead to hip dislocation or hip dysplasia. Dysplasia is formation of the hip joint  where the top of the thigh bone is not firmly in the socket hip.
  • After the 1st month try to swaddle your baby only during naps and nighttime sleeping. 
  • You should swaddle your baby with the arms down and to the side . Not across the chest . Swaddling with the arms down reduces the risk that you child will wiggle out of the swaddle and bunch the blankets up to his face. 

Answer – All are correct, there is no wrong answer.  Sign up for my class and get prepared & ready to bring your newborn home.  

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Your baby has fed and is still on the breast, he is comfortable and content . What should you do?

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You are successfully breastfeeding.  Your baby has fed and is still on the breast, he is comfortable and content .  What should you do?

  • Let the child remain on the breast, he is quiet and comfortable.
  • Do not allow the child to use you as a pacifier 
  • Release the child immediately when he is finished, even if he cries
  • Give him a pacifier,  just don’t encourage a pacifier if it’s not needed 

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Trying to initiate labor on your own?

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You are now 41 plus weeks pregnant “postdates”- you are interested in trying to initiate labor on your own.  You should collaborate with your physician/midwife to ensure you have no relative contraindications, (make sure your baby is moving well and no heartrate abnormalities, etc.), you are ready to initiate labor on your own hopefully!

Can you pick out the acceptable methods that may be used and statements that may be true?

•Exercise

•Sex

•Nipple stimulation

•Acupuncture

•Acupressure

•Castor oil

•Spicy foods

•Waiting for labor spontaneously

•enema

•have your significant other stretch your vaginal muscles

•Providers do not encourage you to even attempt to self induce labor before 39 weeks gestation

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Breast Milk is best!

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It’s Baby time! I’m sure you have been informed over and over again, that breast milk is the best!!

Breast milk is the best way to feed your newborn (barring certain medical or physical conditions that limit this). At The Birthing Center of NY, we encourage, teach and support you on how to successfully breastfeed your baby. We take into consideration, your lifestyle, activities, work , social life, home life, medications, surgical and medical history as well as your breast anatomy. We listen to your needs, desire, expectations and your plan for newborn care. For those times when breastfeeding is not possible or not advised, we discuss the proper bottles, milk preparation, etc. with you as well.

Did you know that are various ways to give your baby breast milk . Can you pick out the one that is positively wrong and should not be done at any reason or any time. Good luck! Take my class to learn the answers!!!
• Breast milk in a bottle
• Syringe feeding
• Finger feeding
• Bottle Propping- put breast milk in the bottle, this will assist you while you are cooking, dressing, bottle prop allows you to do something else while baby self feeds
• Spoon feeding
• Breast feeding Supplementer

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Help with breastfeeding

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This is day one of your delivery. Your mind and heart has been set on breastfeeding,  You find it is not a good experience.  When you feed the baby you have abdominal pain similar to light contractions.  What should you do? 

  • Stop breastfeeding and give the baby a bottle. 
  • Change your position, you are not properly latching on and its causing you to have abdominal pain. 
  • Take ibuprofen 20- 30 minutes prior to breast feeding – baby is releasing hormone oxytocin causing discomfort. 
  • Obviously breastfeeding is not for you, you should consider bottle feeding, 

Did you have to guess?

Stop guessing and schedule class – It would be my pleasure to teach you!!!

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