When it comes to giving birth, most women want to know: how much is it going to hurt and will they be able to cope with the pain? Unfortunately, you can’t answer either of these questions with certainty. But what you can do is improve the ability to cope with pain during labour, as well as understand the options for pain relief and their impact on mum-to-be, labour and baby. While you are pregnant, you
What is TENS for Labour? If you are looking for non-medical pain relief, a TENS machine may be just the thing for you. TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. A TENS machine consists of a small box, with a clip on the back that you can attach to your clothing. The machine gives out little pulses of electrical energy. You can purchase a TENS machine at a midwife clinic, some pharmacies, or online.
What is the Pelvic Floor? The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments which support the bladder, uterus (womb) and bowel. Each of these organs has openings which pass through the pelvic floor; the urethra from the bladder, the vagina from the uterus and the anus from the bowel. The pelvic floor muscles attach to your pubic bone at the front and the tail bone at the back and run along the base
This weekend my girlfriend was telling me about her road trip that she took with 3 of her other girlfriends. She was joking about how many times they had to stop to take bathroom breaks. This is what people feel is normal. Just plan the trips around the bathroom stops. 3.3 million Canadians, mainly women are planning their lives around the bathrooms. We all know someone like this, or it is happening to us. It
To Pump More Milk, Use Hands-On Pumping Would you like an effective method for pumping more milk? Until 2009, most assumed that when a mother used a breast pump, the pump should do all of the milk-removal work. But this changed when Jane Morton and her colleagues published a ground-breaking study in the Journal of Perinatology. The mothers in this study were pumping exclusively for premature babies in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. For
Will you still make milk once you start with solid food? YES! Your milk still matters to your baby. And it feels great to see your breastfeeding baby thrive. Here are the basics from 6 to 12 months. Fun Facts You will make milk as long as your baby breastfeeds. Your baby’s time at the breast drives your milk production. Health organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least 1 year. (WHO Recommends 2 years) Your baby
Has somebody told you that your baby doesn’t need to breastfeed at night past a certain age? This age often varies by advisor. However, science tells us that in many cases, this simply isn’t true. Why? Babies and mothers are different and these differences affect baby’s need for night feedings. Some babies really do need to breastfeed at night, at six months, eight months, and beyond. This is in part because if their mother has
This post struck as a such a huge part of losing a child close to the birth is dealing with your milk supply. It is an emotional topic and there is not a right or good answer. The following is from This post is from Tanya at Motherwear.com. This is a review of a publication By Jessica Welborn. Review: Lactation Support for the Bereaved Mother A few years ago I collaborated with Carol McMurrich, the