Many people wonder if it is safe to make love during pregnancy. Of course, you should always consult your care provider if you have specific problems or questions. But, in general, sex during pregnancy is perfectly safe.
In fact, there can be many benefits of sex during pregnancy.
As a transitional time of life, keeping the intimacy in your marriage alive is both healthy and important for both of the partners. Also, sex during pregnancy can be very stress free for many couples. They don’t have to worry about trying to get pregnant or trying to avoid getting pregnant.
There are also known benefits to sex during pregnancy. Semen is a natural prostaglandan (cervical ripener) and some midwives report that their clients who are sexually active during pregnancy are less likely to go overdue. In fact, many women report that they start labor after making love. Sex with orgasm causes an oxytocin release that can kick start an overdue baby.
Despite the ability of sex to start labor, unless you have a history of preterm labor, sex is still perfectly safe throughout pregnancy. Your body will know when it is time.
Happy New Year from Birth Boot Camp!
As we look back on 2012, we saw an exciting year of growth and have much to be grateful for. Birth Boot Camp launched in March of 2012 under the direction of our founder, Donna Ryan, and our Advisory Board. We started offering the first, full series of professionally filmed, streaming online childbirth education classes. Our online and in-person classes have now been taken all over the country, and even in other countries.
In June, we did our first training for childbirth educators in Dallas, Texas. We had a wonderful group of birth professionals that included a midwife, some doulas, a massage therapist and an amazing lactation consultant. We had a great time and learned a lot.
This summer, Donna met with Gail Tully of Spinning Babies. We are honored to have Gail’s Belly Mapping represented in our Field Manual (student workbook).
September brought another instructor training workshop and added teachers all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth area along with a few in Oklahoma.
We are so grateful for all the people who have reached out and helped us share the news of Birth Boot Camp with the world!
Another fabulous instructor training workshop was held in November. New instructors were sent all over the country; to Washington, Utah, Oregon, California, Oklahoma and more locations in Texas. It was so much fun and incredibly flattering to see all those women put their faith in us and take the leap with Birth Boot Camp.
We have had over 150 students take our live and online classes in 2012 (21 different states and 6 countries!) and we know that 2013 will be even better! Three instructor training workshops are scheduled and filling up quickly.
Thank you all who have been involved in this first fabulous year at Birth Boot Camp. We are honored to be a growing force for good in the birth world. We look forward to serving you for many more years to come.
Group B Strep or GBS, is a bacteria that lives in the intestines, urinary and genital tracts of many healthy people. It is generally not serious in adults, but can be life-threatening to a newborn. Most adults do not have symptoms, but occasionally will develop an infection, such as a bladder infection or urinary tract infection.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that all pregnant women be screened between 35-37 weeks of their pregnancies to determine if they are carriers of GBS. The pregnant woman’s vaginal and rectal areas are swabbed during the screening. According to The March of Dimes and the CDC, approximately 25% of pregnant women are found to be colonized with GBS.
Options for testing and treating GBS vary depending on birth place and region. In many hospitals the standard treatment for a GBS positive mother is IV antibiotics repeatedly throughout labor.
Some question the impact the IV antibiotics will have on the newborn baby and the incidence of thrush during nursing in both the infant and the mother.
In some parts of the world a Chlorhexidine rinse is done during labor or even before labor to rinse the vaginal area.
Talk to your care provider about what your options are regarding both the testing and the treatment of group B strep. If birthing in the hospital, discuss with your care provider your various options and how you and the baby will be treated. If you are birthing at home, discuss with your care provider what will happen in case of transfer if you have not been tested for GBS.
Be sure to further research the likelihood of transfer to the baby and the known risks to the baby of standard treatment.
Many families are beginning to realize how important a natural birth can be to both them and their babies. But the idea of having a natural birth can be overwhelming and when you first begin pursuing it. Here are a few tips on getting the natural birth you are looking for.
1) Take a natural birth class: 1000 years ago everybody had a natural birth, it was just “natural”. But today most people deliver in hospitals and there is much to learn if you desire a birth slightly different than the norm. A good class with an experienced teacher can help you learn how to make this happen.
2) Carefully choose your birth place: All hospitals are not the same. Some offer a good NICU, others fantastic surgeons. If you are particularly looking for a natural birth, you will want to find a hospital that has policies that help with that desire, rather than hinder it. Your birth teacher will be able to teach you what to look for.
3) Carefully choose your care provider: From OB to midwife, there are lots of options in both skills, personality, and experience. Interview, discuss, and find out what birth professionals in your area recommend in your local care providers. It will be worth your time and effort.
A natural birth is possible, but it takes preparation and passion.
In our childbirth education classes, we recommend to parents that they seriously consider hiring a doula. There are many benefits to having a doula attend your birth, including fewer interventions, shorter labor and a more positive experience for both mom and dad. Physical and emotional support for mom are key to a great labor. So what, exactly, is a doula?
Many women, especially when pregnant for the first time, are anxious to know when they will begin to show.
Today we wanted to share a thought with you from one of our online students. It shows how very important a well prepared partner is to the laboring woman. That is why we are so passionate about training him and teaching him right along side his birth partner. You just can’t neglect the birthing woman’s biggest helper!
We also just love how supported this mother felt during her birth. A woman who chooses a great birth team won’t regret it. They can make all the difference in your birth experience.
But the best part- education. Knowing what will happen in labor removes fear and increases enjoyment of labor. More women should be able to talk about their birth like this mom did!
Congratulations Rachael! We are so happy for you!“I had a beautiful home water birth assisted by my amazing midwife and two doulas and warrior husband. Looking back at the birth pictures, I can see that my husband was working as hard as I was…deep breathing and moaning right along with me. Birth Boot Camp taught him how to do all this, how to be calm, and what to expect during labor. I overheard my mom say to my midwife, “Wow, she makes labor look easy.” My birth team also told us this was one of the most beautiful births they had ever been a part of.
Thank you to Birth Boot Camp for the fantastic preparation.” ~ Rachael M.