Enjoying NYE While Pregnant

The start of a new year is always a cause for celebration. Many of these parties don’t just have snacks, but have alcohol. When you’re pregnant its okay to have a glass of wine a day, but there are other drinks you can enjoy on this day of celebration. Here are some Mocktails you can enjoy on NYE this year if you’re expecting!

 

Black-Currant Cider Sparklers (makes 2)

  • 1/4 cup black-currant juice (grape juice can substitute)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled sparkling cider
  • lemon peels, for garnish

Cranberry Kiss

  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice, light
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • sparkling water or champagne

Virgin Mimosas

  • Lemon lime soda
  • orange juice
  • limeade

 

 

These are just a few drinks that you can enjoy on NYE day, whilst being pregnant and having a good time with family and friends.

 

 

Having a Postpartum doula

A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.

Having a postpartum doula can be very beneficial to a mom who’s had her first baby or even if she’s had her 5th baby.

What can a postpartum doula do?

  • Run errands
  • Light house keeping
  • Meal planning
  • Make meals (crockpot, pre-made)
  • Give community resources/referrals
  • Breastfeeding help
  • Help with other children
  • Help with baby so mom can shower/have me time

There many other things that a Postpartum doula can do, depending on the doula, depends on what she’s willing/wanting to do for a family, so it’s good to meet with or talk to several different postpartum doulas to make sure she/he fits your needs and wants for your family.

Benefits of a Postpartum Doula

Postpartum doulas can help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth. They can help make the transition easier for new parents or parents with more than one child. Postpartum doulas don’t just support mom, they are there for the entire family; mom, Dad, and kids.

http://americanpregnancy.org/planning/post-partum-doula/

Bengkung Belly Binding 101

Bengkung belly binding is an ancient Malaysian practice of wrapping a postpartum mother’s abdomen in a long piece of batik or muslin cloth. Wrapping is an effective and important part of a woman’s recovery after giving birth. It helps the body recover in a shorter period of time. A Benkung belly bind can help improve posture; also known as the breast-feeding slouch, help stabilize loose ligaments, helps with diastasic recti; where your abdominal muscle separate during pregnancy. It gives the abdomen 360 degree support while helping get back to pre-pregnancy size.

I’ve had a C-section can I still do it?

Yes you can. You do have to wait until your stitches have healed and get the okay from your doctor/midwife, which is usually around 4-6 weeks postpartum.

For best results the bind should be worn 10-12 hours for the first 6-8 weeks. After that, it should be worn up to 6 hours until 12 weeks postpartum.

A few links to my favorite etsy shops that sell Bengkung Belly Binds:

Postpartum Sitz Bath

After you have baby, your downstairs area is pretty sensitive and can be a little bit of a mess especially if you tore or had an episiotomy, but don’t worry it will heal!  (Don’t take a sitz bath until your doctor or midwife okay’s it)

A herbal sitz bath can help your body speed up its recovery process. It can help dissolve your stitches, help clean up down there, and help relieve some of the pain that you’re feeling from tearing and/or just giving birth in general. It can help with hemorrhoids as well. Take a 20 minute bath twice a day, that will help the most.

You can buy the ingredients to make your own or you can buy them online.

Here are some of the recipes:

  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons witch hazel
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops chamomile essential oil

 

 

Home Birth Supplies: What do I need?

Preparing for a home birth can get a little crazy and may be overwhelming. You can get a list from your Midwife on what you’ll need, but there are other things that you may consider getting as well!

Usually this is what your Midwife’s list will look like

For the Bed

  • 2 sets of sheets
  • plastic sheet (fitted or plastic shower curtain)
  • blanket
  • pillows (can be covered with plastic liners)

Instructions For Making the Bed

  1. Make the bed with one set of sheets.
  2. Next, put the plastic sheet on the bed.
  3. Put the second set of sheets on (for birth).

For the Birth:

  • 3 towels
  • 4 washcloths (for warm compresses to prevent tearing)
  • 8 receiving blankets – these will get messy!
  • 2 baby hats
  • 1 package of 18 disposable underpads (aka chux pads or doggy peepee pads)
  • 1 small unopened bottle of olive oil
  • flashlight with batteries
  • unopened tube of KY jelly
  • crockpot with fresh ginger root (for warm compresses to prevent tearing)
  • heating pad/hot water bottle
  • deep bowl for placenta
  • 4 thick black garbage bags
  • ice
  • bendable straws
  • 1 roll each of paper towels and toilet paper
  • oil or lotion for massage
  • thermometer
  • hair ties
  • water bottle
  • gatorade or other sports drink
  • gallon size Ziploc bags

For After the Birth:

  • maternity pads and/or adult diapers
  • plastic squeeze bottle (peri bottle)
  • pre-soak stain remover
  • laundry detergent
  • juice, high -protein meal

Plan to have some help in the house for two weeks, including help with housework and meals.

For the Baby:

  • a supply of onesies, gowns, sleepers, etc.
  • diapers
  • receiving blankets

MY Supply List: (added with the Midwife’s)

  • chapstick
  • birthing ball (blown up to full capacity)
  • peanut ball
  • snacks
  • camera
  • phone & phone charger
  • comfortable maternity bra

 

 

For a Waterbirth:

  • La Bassine Professional Birth Pool 
  • extra towels
  • bathrobe
  • flannel backed tablecloth to put under the pool (flannel side up so there is a non-slippery place to stand when getting out)
  • make sure my hot water heater is working appropriately
  • large pots to boil water in just in case it doesn’t work appropriately

For Postpartum:

  • Nursing pillow
  • peri bottle
  • Extra-long maternity pads
  • Tucks pads
  • Sitz bath
  • Depends adult diapers (take place of mesh panties)
  • Comfortable nursing clothes

Delayed Cord Clamping

What is delayed cord clamping?

Delayed cord clamping is a birth practice where the umbilical cord is not clamped or cut until after pulsations have ceased, or until after the placenta is delivered. According to WHO (world health organization) “delayed cord clamping allows blood flow between the placenta and neonate to continue, which may improve iron status in the infant for up to six months after birth.”

Benefits

The ACOG states that “In preterm infants, delayed umbilical cord clamping is associated with significant neonatal benefits, including improved transitional circulation, better establishment of red blood cell volume and decreased need for blood transfusion. It also lowers the incidence of brain hemorrhage and an intestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis. For term infants, it increases hemoglobin levels at birth and improves iron stores for several months, which helps prevent iron deficiency during the first year of life. Iron deficiency has been linked to impaired cognitive, motor and behavioral development.”

Risks of immediate cord clamping

Studies show that babies who had their cord clamped immediately can result in them having lower iron levels up to the first 6 months of life.

Risk of delayed cord clamping

Small studies have shown that delayed cord clamping can lead to a higher risk of jaundice.

 

 

https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2016/Delayed-Umbilical-Cord-Clamping-for-All-Healthy-Infants

http://www.who.int/elena/titles/cord_clamping/en/