This is such an important topic! One that is not often talked about. Did you know that maternal depression is the number one complication of childbirth and pregnancy and sadly the most under-diagnosed? More than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who are depressed. Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders fall under the maternal depression umbrella. And the most important thing for you to know is that there is help.
This interview with Dr. Sarah Ellis Duvall, PT, DPT, CPT, CNC on regaining your body after pregnancy was so incredibly informative. I also found it to be inspiring and life changing, not to mention I knew I had to share this information with all the mamas out there. If you are suffering from pelvic floor issues, SI joint dysfunction, Diastasis recti, want to properly strengthen your core, prevent issues in the future, want to get your body back after being pregnant, or suffer from back pain during pregnancy... then this is a must read.
Today I would love to share with you ways to prepare for a Cesarean Birth. Sometimes they are planned and sometimes they’re not. A cesarean is not something to be scared of but it is a procedure that you should be educated on no matter what because they do happen. Knowledge is power. And the more you understand… the better prepared you can be. And the more you can participate, the better off you’ll feel.
Can I just say....I love TED Talks! I wanted to share 13 of my favorite Ted Talks about childbirth and pregnancy. I am a believer that information is power and Ted Talks allows you to learn from experts in the comfort of your home while in sweats. LOL.... I do not know if you are in sweats but I am as I write this blog post. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have.
Have you ever wondered what an amniotic sac looks like? The first time I saw a baby being born, I was 12 years old. I was my mom's doula before I even knew what that meant. I remember being totally amazed by the whole process and the best part was that I was going to "catch" my baby sister. Don't worry, a doctor was there facilitating everything.
So a few years ago, a couple was expecting and asked if anyone had advice for first time parents. And lots of experienced moms and dads chimed in. There was some AMAZING ADVICE given and I wanted to share that advice with you because I see so many first time parents struggle in the beginning for different reasons. I think when you hear from other parents who have been there, done that... it can help to normalize parenthood.
In honor of my client who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy, I dedicate this blog to her. Aaaaaaand, I’m glad you're checking this out cause it’s so important. So many expecting moms are crazy focused on getting ready for the baby, the birth and hospital visit etc., that they totally forget or aren’t aware that they’ll need a postpartum wellness kit for themselves. Having your personal postpartum wellness kit ready after the birth is something you’ll be glad you have.
About a year ago, I wrote a blog about the flu. And 'tis the season again for flu, so I’m gonna give you my new and improved version/answer for this topic. Lots of good info to follow.
Social media outlets are frenzied over the flu shot debate (not to mention the vaccine debate in general). “To get or not to get the flu shot”. As a physician, I am often asked this exact question. My answer is that it is a complicated decision and depends on your beliefs, your genetics, and your current health.