How to handle questions about your birth/parenting at the holidays
Author: SCV Birth Center
5 Signs it might be more than “baby blues” and how to get help
After a woman gives birth, a series of drastic changes take place in her body and her brain. There’s a flood of hormones that are meant to help her to care and nurture her baby. Sometimes, those same hormones can contribute to anxiety or depression. Couple that with the relentless tasks of learning to take care of a newborn, sleepless nights, and it’s a pretty good recipe for slipping into feelings of sadness. “The baby blues” is the common expression we hear for moms who may be weepy for no discernable reason during the early stages of postpartum. But PPD (postpartum depression) can be challenging and even dangerous postpartum mental health disorder that shouldn’t be overlooked.
How can pregnant and postpartum women boost immunity during cold and flu season?
For pregnant women or postpartum mothers, cold and flu season can bring about some extra anxiety. That’s because there are few things more uncomfortable than coming down with an illness when your body is already working extra hard either to grow or feed your baby. But there is also the fear that your newborn will contract the sickness, too, which for us as parents, can be quite scary, not to mention downright miserable for your new baby.
Breastfeeding while pregnant: Yes, you can!
There is a ton of cultural misinformation about breastfeeding while pregnant. Which is probably why, the biggest question we get asked, here at SCV is, “is it safe?” A lot of times, when women are receiving the medical care model, the rule of thumb is “wean the baby” as soon as you find out that you’re expecting again. But while there are certainly precautions to take into account when pregnant and breastfeeding, our perspective is a bit different.
3 Common struggles new parents have during the fourth trimester and how to ease them
There’s actually an entire other trimester that is usually left out of the conversations about growing a baby. That’s because this one happens after the baby is born. It’s known as the fourth trimester and is marked by the period of time between birth and the first three months of life.