D - Development
Today’s topic is all about Infant Development. You may be wondering how this ties into postpartum. One of the factors that influences postpartum recovery is how the infant is developing (Simkin). Which makes sense. If you, a new mother, have constant worries about how your newborn is developing, your mental health probably is not where it should be. Of course, we all worry to some extent that our children are developing on track but once it becomes an obsession, it needs to be addressed. Also, if the baby isn’t developing “normally”, this can lead to extra added stress on the parents which can be difficult during the postpartum period.
C - Connect.
I’m not talking about reaching out to others for help. That’s another topic in itself. In regards to this post, Connect with yourself after birth. Really process what happened and move forward through any emotions you have surrounding the event. Trust me, you need to do this.
B - Bond.
One of your most important jobs as a new parent is to bond with your baby. The benefits of bonding are immeasurable and the pay-off in the long run is outstanding. This is why it is so important to focus on healing and bonding in those first few weeks/months postpartum and to continue the bonding through your parenting style well into the third year.
A - ACOG's New Postpartum Guidelines
It is not new news that the United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Between 2000 and 2014, the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births more than doubled.
Well, it's that time of year again..."flu season"!
While there are many ways to prevent and treat the flu, I wanted to take a moment and touch on the natural remedies our family uses.
Earlier, I shared what was in my hospital bags for when I deliver my twins. I wanted to expand on the oils I chose and my protocol for using each.
If you've seen my homepage, follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you probably know that I'm expecting boy/girl twins any day now. I'm 35 weeks along and they're measuring fine so they could literally come at any moment (a *huge and overly stretched* girl can dream!). With that being said, we finally got around to packing our hospital bags. Yes, bags (plural).
August 1-7, 2018 is World Breastfeeding Week and August is National Breastfeeding month so I figured I'd do a series of blog posts about my breastfeeding journey with my son.
If you've read my other posts, you know I have a son named Kitt who was born in September 2016 via cesarean. Prior to becoming pregnant with him, I really never thought twice about breastfeeding. Like many Americans, I was only used to seeing babies being bottle fed. I'd never known anyone who breastfed.
Sleep is the #1 issue parents of newborns report the most trouble on. In our culture of fast-paced, keep-up-with-the-Jones's mentality, it's no wonder we try to make babies conform to our schedules. However, it's time society and parents realized that babies are born with biological instincts, not with learned schedules. These instincts just don't fit into our modern day world so it's time to shift our thinking. Here are 5 Infant Sleep Facts and info to back them up!
Here’s a little preface before I jump right in. Starting in January, I vowed to take more control of my fertility and begin charting and tracking my ovulation. I hadn’t been on birth control since October and, although we were pretty “careful”, I didn’t want to take a chance. Our plan was to start trying in August/September in hopes that we would get pregnant on the first or second try and when baby was born, Hubby would be off for the summer (he’s a teacher).
Allesanda received her Bachelors in Behavioral Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2013. She now lives in North Texas with her husband and three children. As a maternal support practitioner and educator of family sleep and eco-friendly living, she blogs about family sleep, wellness, nutrition, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, holistic health, and parenting.