Prep Work for Pregnancy

Good nutrition in the 3 months leading up to when you conceive can help you get ready to create a safe and nutritious haven for your unborn and rapidly developing baby. The first 3-8 weeks of pregnancy are vital for fetal development. This is often before you even know you are pregnant! So planning and…

Prenatal Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy has become a highly sought after form of relief for common pregnancy related aches and pains.  In a 1994 survey of prenatal massage therapists, the primary focus of their clients was to seek relief from aches and pains associated with their pregnancy.  According to a Swedish study, 48-56% of all pregnant women experience…

I’m pregnant! What’s happening here?

Photo credit: super-structure / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA What Should I Expect During the First Trimester of Pregnancy? You are pregnant!  Congratulations! Now you might be wondering, what happens next?  If this is your first baby then you are in for some wonderful and amazing changes as your body starts to grow a new human…

Should You Kegel?

  Introduced in 1948 to strengthen the pelvic floor, Kegel exercises have recently experienced a surge of controversy. The discussion on how and when Kegels (an exercise designed to improve core strength and support the internal organs) are appropriate for women requires examining how the pelvic floor functions and what keeps it in shape. This article discusses the function…

Common Swelling in Pregnancy

Some minor swelling in pregnancy is not uncommon for women, especially in the final trimester. Any swelling should be discussed with your care provider as it can, in rare instances, indicate a bigger problem. Typical swelling, however, can be relieved with a few simple tips. Exercise~ Light exercise like walking, swimming or yoga can help…

Is it safe to have sex while pregnant?

Pregnancy is a magical time. It is also a time of worry and concern for many families. We naturally want to do what is best for our baby and not endanger them in any way. Many people wonder if it is safe to make love during pregnancy. Of course, you should always consult your care…

Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

Pregnancy is a time when most every woman decides to start taking prenatal vitamins.  But there are so many choices out there.  How do you decide WHICH prenatal vitamin to take?  Of course, you should consult your health care provider first. Many woman prefer to take a prenatal that is whole food based and doesn’t…

Where to Find a Doula for Your Birth

Doulas have proven to be a great way for the entire family to have a more wonderful birth experience.  A doula assists the mother and father to get the birth that they desire.  An experienced doula will feel comfortable doing everything from navigaing the procedures in the hospital to showing dad how to comfort mom. …

Protein in Pregnancy

Does protein matter in pregnancy?  Many women and care providers feel that it does.  Any body builder knows that to build a healthy body he or she must get adequate protein.  Some feel that the same is true for a woman building a baby body.  Many women report that when they get adequate protein in…

Thinking About Homebirth – Where to Begin

Are you thinking about a home birth but wondering how to get started?  Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling.  First, decide what you are looking for in a midwife.  What things do you feel you will need at your birth in order to feel safe and happy?  What kind of skills…