Birth You Desire https://birthyoudesire.com Washington DC Metro Area Premiere Birth Support Thu, 10 Sep 2020 15:26:45 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://birthyoudesire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cropped-B-1-32x32.png Birth You Desire https://birthyoudesire.com 32 32 Treating Morning Sickness Naturally https://birthyoudesire.com/treating-morning-sickness-naturally/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=treating-morning-sickness-naturally https://birthyoudesire.com/treating-morning-sickness-naturally/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:23:16 +0000 https://birthyoudesire.com/?p=4301 Morning sickness is often one of the first signs of pregnancy. It is a common complaint for many new moms, but it often passes by three months into the pregnancy. However, for some, severe morning sickness can be bothersome.

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Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is often one of the first signs of pregnancy. It is a common complaint for many new moms, but it often passes by three months into the pregnancy. However, for some, severe morning sickness can be bothersome.

Normal, physiological morning sickness can last all day for some people. Morning sickness occurs in over 50 percent of all pregnancies. It usually starts around week six of pregnancy and disappears around week twelve. However, this is a guide, not a rule and each birthing person can have a different experience. In fact, nausea does not happen only in the morning. Most women find that it eases as the day goes on, but for some women, it may continue all day. 

Morning sickness does not need medical attention unless it is severe and leads to dehydration and weight loss. There is more information about active management due to excessive vomiting near the end of the blog.

The exact cause for morning sickness is unknown. It may be due to pregnancy hormones, fluctuations in blood sugar, or an acute sense of smell. It doesn’t have to be something you simply grin and bear. There are plenty of treatment options that are available that can help you feel better. It can be managed in a number of ways, including through dietary measures, supplements, alternative medicine, and rest.

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Natural Remedies

Eat With Care

You have heard this before but it bears repeating. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. As many of 5-6 small meals a day instead of the traditional three. By not eating you can make nausea worse. Stay upright after you eat: Some people are more likely to experience reflux or become nauseous if they lie down within 30 to 60 minutes following a meal. 

Fatty and spicy foods as well as caffeine can increase your stomach acid. This can change as the pregnancy progresses. As the baby grows in size and pushes against the digestive tract. Bland foods are less irritating for many.

Starting the morning with some salty crackers or a protein snack before getting out of bed helps some. Also makes sure you get a potassium source in the morning, like a banana. Potassium may help prevent more morning sickness. 

During the day have some Carbohydrates like baked potatoes, rice, and dry toast. Add more citrus or potassium foods midday too. Sour foods can actually tame a sour stomach!

At night, eating a high-protein snack before going to bed will help regulate your blood glucose levels during the night.

Hydration

It is important to stay hydrated at all times, especially in pregnancy. Dehydration can aggravate feeling nausea. However, try to drink fluids only between meals and reduce your fluid intake with meals. Consider

  • Using a sports drink to replace lost electrolytes.
  • Sucking lemon or lime flavored ice cubes or frozen fruit juice 
  • Consider ginger drinks like ginger ale soda. 
  • Consider peppermint tea hot or cold. Peppermint is another great tummy tamer. 

Stay physically and mentally active

Being physically active has been found to improve symptoms in women who experience nausea during pregnancy.

Keeping busy can help take your mind off the feelings of nausea. Reading a book, doing puzzles, watching television, playing cards, or going for short walks around the block will help to keep you preoccupied. 

Rest

It is important to get a good night’s sleep. Napping during the day may help too, but not straight after a meal, as this can increase nausea. As time goes on and the body changes shape, a maternity body pillow may help support your back and abdomen. Also sleeping on your left side appears to help with nausea.

Alternative Medicine

Aromatherapy is an easily accessible option to treat nausea. It is portable and effective. Several studies demonstrated that smelling peppermint oil is another alternative likely to help reduce nausea. Peppermint can be inhaled using essential oils or by inhaling peppermint tea. Other people report great success in smelling lemons, citrus foods, ginger, and even rosemary.  

Acupuncture or Acupressure

These are two scientifically studied techniques to reduce nausea. In traditional Chinese Acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body to calm and reset it. Acupressure aims to stimulate the same points of the body but uses pressure instead of needles to do so. Both techniques have been shown to be effective for treating nausea with virtually no side effects.

It is easy to test out this easy acupressure technique on your own. Start by pressing three fingertips gently but firmly on the base of your palm, just above where you’d take your pulse on your wrist. Breathe deeply and press that area with your fingertips for a minute or more, gradually increasing the pressure until you feel slight discomfort. The sensation should be the same as the feel of a mini-massage. 

Several studies report a benefit from stimulating the P6 point. You can stimulate this nerve on your own simply by placing your thumb 2–3 finger-widths down from your inner wrist, between the two prominent tendons. Once you’ve located it, press down with your thumb for about one minute before repeating the same procedure on your other arm. Repeat if needed. 

P-6 acupressure point

There is little scientific evidence to support Homeopathics but don’t write them off your list. There are four common homeopathic for nausea. It is important to read through the description of each one to see which remedy is for you. 

  • Pulsatilla – if you feel better outside, crave rich sweet fatty foods but they make you feel worse and your moods change frequently throughout the day.
  • Colchicum- if you are sensitive to food smells, and report nausea lasts all day worse with motion and prefer to lie curled up.
  • Ipecacuanha- for severe nausea not better with vomiting, you also have profuse salivating.
  • Nausea vomica- if you are unable to vomit, and it is worse when walking. You feel hungry but then feel worse after eating. You report feeling cramping and sensitive to light and noise.
  • Sepia- if you are worse with the smell and thought of food. Feel a sinking sensation in your stomach and heaviness in your pelvis. Eating is a temporary help with cravings for sour & sweet foods. Exhausted but exercise makes you feel better. 

 

Avoid Triggers 

Wear loose and comfortable clothing. Restrictive or tight clothing may worsen the symptoms of nausea. Women who experience nausea during pregnancy have fewer symptoms of nausea when they wear loose-fitting clothes.

Reduce eye strain by avoiding monitors and TVs. If it is not possible to avoid using a computer monitor, it may help to

adjust the screen by making the fonts bold and larger and changing the background to a blue-blocker. This will help reduce eye strain. 

Morning sickness is linked to an increased sensitivity to smell. Some strong smells can worsen the symptoms, try to figure out which smells are triggers for you, and avoid them. Also smelling clean, crisps scents such as lemon, peppermint, and rosemary may help to keep nausea at bay.

  

Supplements and Medications 

Supplements should only be used under a doctor’s supervision. If you are taking vitamins it may be best to take them before bed and with a snack.

Vitamin B6 may help reduce nausea. Timerelaese vitamin B6 or 25mg of B6 three times a day is increasingly recommended as an alternative treatment for pregnant women.  A combination of both vitamin B-6 and Unisom has been recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for treating morning sickness in the first trimester. 

It is also possible that Iron supplements can sometimes lead to nausea. A doctor may recommend a slower-release form or a lower dosage. Also, take iron supplements with orange juice or another drink with Vitamin C to increase absorption.

 

Excessive vomiting

Excessive vomiting during pregnancy is called hyperemesis gravidarum. It can lead to dehydration, malnutrition, and weight loss. It affects around 1 in every 300 women during pregnancy. It usually only lasts for the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Reach out to your provider if:

  • You lose more than 2 pounds in weight
  • You are vomiting blood, which may be red or black
  • You vomit more than four times in one day
  • You are unable to keep fluids down for more than one day

The doctor may recommend the suggestions above, and the use of antacids. In severe cases, the patient may need to receive intravenous fluids and nutrition. Medications are usually not recommended as they may have unexpected adverse effects during pregnancy.

Frequent vomiting can damage your throat with stomach acids, leading to heartburn, and a sour stomach. Acid reflux medications like Zofran and Vistaril may lower the acidity of your stomach, improving your ability to draw nutrients from your food, and reducing the damage caused when you do vomit.

Many women find that a combination of the methods above can help them to manage their discomfort. 

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Losing someone you can about is never easy, especially in today’s world.  Even if you do everything ‘right’ everyone is being touched by loss, due to this pandemic.

Losing somebody you care about can be one of the worst feelings in the world. Somehow, you never feel quite prepared for it, and then it hits you and you have all kinds of things to deal with. You need to deal with your own emotions, and on top of that, you may also need to help other people cope, on top of making funeral arrangements or carrying out your loved ones last wishes. It can be a lot to handle and is often an extremely heavy time period in a person’s life. There are certain things you can do to cope. Not all of them will apply to you, but it’s important you take care of yourself at this time. Below, you’ll find 7 suggestions. Take a look and see what you can do to cope after losing someone you care about.

 

  1. Allow Any Emotions That Come Up

Various emotions will come up when you’ve lost somebody you care about. The important thing is to make sure you process them and don’t shame yourself for feeling what you feel. Everybody has a different grieving process, and you should never try to rush through it. Accept your emotions and you’ll better be able to move through them. Don’t try to rush them or push them down. 

2. Reach Out To Somebody Else 

Perhaps you can reach out to somebody else for support. It might be a good idea to reach out to somebody else who is grieving to talk things through and share stories, however, it’s important to note that this person is grieving in their own way. You don’t want to make things worse for them, so make sure you both have the capacity to hold space for one another first. 

3. Look Into Professional Help 

Professional help may be the way to go if you’re struggling with what has happened more than you feel you can handle. Emotions can feel like physical burdens, and it can be tough to work through them alone. A professional can help you to understand your feelings and give you the tools needed to work through them safely.

4. Try To Stick To A Routine

Try to stick to a routine as best you can. In the first few days or even weeks, you may not feel able to do this, but eventually, you should try to get back into your routine. You can still grieve, but a routine will give your day some structure and normalcy. 

5.  Find Ways To Honor The One You’ve Lost 

Find ways to honor the one you’ve lost. Look at upright headstones for the cemetery, urns for ashes, and even jewelry that you can wear to honor them. 

6.  Get Lost In Activities that Provide Some Relief

Certain activities can distract you and help you to feel better. Try painting or journaling, or something else you’ve wanted to try for a while. Make sure you can get lost in it. 

7.  Join A Support Group

A support group is a group full of people going through similar things. It might help to share your story where nobody really knows you.

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Finding Resilience With My Second Childbirth https://birthyoudesire.com/my-second-childbirth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-second-childbirth https://birthyoudesire.com/my-second-childbirth/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 14:32:29 +0000 https://birthyoudesire.com/?p=4852 When I struggle with an area of my life I often want a “redo,” I take the time to assess what I learned from that experience and then try something very similar again. I often hope that my knowledge can help me have a better experience next time around. This has served me well in many areas. However, I wondered if this methodology would work after my first pregnancy, which was high risk and resulted in a traumatic birth. Could I overcome that very difficult experience with a second childbirth?

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When I struggle with an area of my life I often want a “redo,” I take the time to assess what I learned from that experience and then try something very similar again. I often hope that my knowledge can help me have a better experience next time around. This has served me well in many areas. However, I wondered if this methodology would work after my first pregnancy, which was high risk and resulted in a traumatic birth. Could I overcome that very difficult experience with a second childbirth?

I lived with the fear of having another traumatic childbirth experience from the time my first child was born until my second arrived. Thankfully my story is one with a happy ending. It’s a beautiful narrative about how a baby can ease her mother’s worries, end a chapter of grief and concern, and pave the way for a beautiful relationship from day one. Here’s what I learned. I hope the story of my second childbirth helps other mothers who also had traumatic experiences with a first pregnancy and/or birth and would like to have a second biological child.

Feeling at ease with my beautiful second child during our beach holiday at the end of my husband’s paternity leave.

Wait until you are ready.

I promised myself I wouldn’t have another biological child until I was ready. For me this meant rebuilding my body, having some time child-free time both by myself and with my husband, getting my psyche back in order with good therapy, and having the necessary medical work done (for me this even included a surgery) so a second pregnancy could be as healthy as possible.

The surfing lesson I took when I was only three weeks pregnant before the tests would give me a positive result.

I also did a self-evaluation of everything that had gone well with the first pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience as well as elements I wanted to change. This was a great planning tool! For my second childbirth, I found a new doctor team and brought in the amazing doula Ursula who could help me no matter what arose, as she had a background in high risks births and a lot of experience.

Prepare for it to still be hard and that curveballs may happen.

I didn’t like the feeling of being pregnant the first go around, as I was nauseous the entire time. During my second pregnancy, I felt so ill, and doctors diagnosed me with hyperemesis gravidarum. This nausea was another level, and potato chips were my friend much of the time.

In the early days of my baby bump. I may be smiling, but I didn’t feel great

Less than a month after I lost my grandmother I found out about my second pregnancy. I thought I was pregnant before the test said so. In that season of deep grief, I was struggling to connect with anyone and barely holding it together. Somehow I just knew it was a girl, the way I knew the first was a boy (yes, I know this is not scientific). It was such a blessing during a rough time. I got exactly what I hoped for: a son and then a daughter. My daughter was born two and a half years later, almost to the day.

My second was a c-section. It took almost an hour and was still a stressful and physically challenging experience. Having things go slowly—from entering the room to the epidural going into the procedure length—it was a bit nerve-wracking. It was not as stressful as the emergency situation, but it did give me time to process the shiny steel instruments.

Right before my planned C-section. I appreciated knowing the date and time after the chaos of my first birth.

Make the right pregnancy, birth, and postpartum choices for you.

I agonized over whether to try for a VBAC or have a scheduled c-section for my second childbirth. The first four months after my first c-Section was rough, however, I had recovered well long-term. The advice that most resonated with me was from my friend who had an unmedicated first vaginal birth and second c-section with twins. “Go for the C-section, as your body has already been messed up in that way.”

I picked a c-section for many reasons. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted a third child, for example. I had conquered a c-section before, and I had a good pre-birth and postpartum PT plan. But boy did I obsess over the choice! I was surprised that my doctors gave me the option of a VBAC, but this pregnancy was different in many ways. It just didn’t have the risk of the first, even if I could never fully get my mind around that while pregnant.

I also took off more time to spend with my daughter than expected. Three months after she was born I wasn’t ready to go back to work full time, while with my son I was so happy to be back. I was lucky to be in a position to just work part-time then.

Nursing in the Operating room

Embrace those magical moments when they do happen.

I loved hearing the sweet little cries when my babe came out, and what a healthy little girl she was. My favorite second childbirth memory is of the song “Dear Theodosia” coming on my birth playlist (the Ben Folds and Regina Spektor version), singing it with my husband, and the anesthesiologist stating what a great song it is.

The most amazing part of the birth was afterward when it was time to latch. I loved holding my sweet girl, and I couldn’t believe it when she latched right on. And then she stayed on for AN HOUR AND A HALF. Let the snuggling begin!

Loving my little girl’s first latch! It was one of the most magical moments of my life.

With my first child, I felt I couldn’t really care for him physically. With my second I was so happy to hold and feed her. I told her father to sleep at night in the hospital, as I had this one. With my first, I relied on my husband heavily. I wanted the chance to care for my baby myself and I still cherish those “just us” times.

Mother and baby bonding

Be open-minded about how the new mother/child relationship may unfold.

A strong connection, right from the beginning!

Caring for my second has been easy and beautiful so much of the time. I naturally have known what to do at nearly every step, trusting my gut. The joy of being a second parent is more than I had even hoped for, with my perfect little girl.

Celebrate yourself, your bravery, and your resilience.

This is a story of hope, resilience, rebuilding, and rewriting the narrative. It is one where I tackled my fears head-on, took on months of unpleasantness and years of worry, and ended up with the most precious prize. All kinds of unique things came together to make this possible, including getting great doctors just six months before they retired. Somehow all the puzzle pieces aligned with the gift of my daughter.

 

Mother and baby on beach

Originally published at https://washingtondc.momcollective.com/pregnancy-postpartum/birth/my-birth-story-finding-resilience-with-my-second-childbirth/

Author: Rebecca Ballard https://www.mavenwomen.com/

Rebecca is passionate about market-based social change, values-based consumptive behavior, and ending homelessness. She founded the DC-based sustainable fashion company Maven Women (www.mavenwomen.com) to create a socially conscious option for elegant, flattering women’s attire and “move the needle” in the global garment industry. Rebecca has two children, Nathan (2017) and Lily (2019). Her parenting passions include social justice and minimalist parenting, (re)claiming her authentic self in her journey, and hyper-local child-raising. Likes: vegetarian street food, sunning & swimming, long city walks, sleeping late, old Hollywood fashion. Dislikes: mushrooms, driving, the saying “everything happens for a reason”, being told something is impossible.

 

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Your Baby Head to Toe

Newborns. We dream of them, we wait for them, and they are perfect. That is perfectly imperfect. Parents should be prepared and realize that not all newborns look like one another or look perfect form head to toe.  

 

Your baby’s head and features

 

Newborn babies’ heads are rarely round. Actually, they are more oval with occasion bumps and scratch from birth or even cone-shaped. Babies who are born naturally via the vagina can have cone-shaped heads, swollen areas, prominent ridges, scratches, or marks from navigating mom’s pelvis. Babies born via cesarean may also have similar marks or may also have the classic round shape. All are completely normal.

Some newborns are born with a full head of hair and others are bald. The hair at birth usually looks darker and curlier due to the amniotic fluid. Many babies have extra hair on the forehead, sideburns, and even some back hair. This is normal and it will fall out after birth. Your baby may also lose the hair on their head becoming bald before growing it back and others lose it little by little.

Newborn babies are born with a smushed flat nose. This is not their permanent nose rather a nose that has yet to be revealed. They are also “obligate nasal breathers” which means their natural preference is to breathe through their nose. If the nasal passage is blocked, it can be dangerous and uncomfortable. So you may notice your baby sneeze – a lot. As they can’t clear their airway consciously by sniffing or blowing their nose. So they sneeze, to clear out whatever is sitting in the nasal passages. 

For babies that have more mucus, saline sprays or drops, plus a good nasal aspirator can help keep their airway clear. Also, consider a good cold water humidifier for the baby’s room.

Their newborn eyes are often very swollen at birth. The swelling will abate a few hours after birth allowing them to open their eyes more. They also focus best on bold patterns and the colors of red, black, and white that are 9-12 inches from their eyes for the first few months after birth.

It is common for a newborn to have a blocked tear duct. This means that they have a build-up of discharge on or in their eyes, which should be cleaned with damp warm cotton wool pads or a bit of breastmilk. It usually resolves on its own.

They can have hiccups at regular irregular times of the day. Many babies who have regular hiccups in utero will follow the same pattern after birth. Some babies will also hiccup when overstimulated. Either way, it doesn’t bother them and eventually, they will go to sleep.

 

Your baby’s body and umbilical cord 

 

All babies, especially females, may have swollen nipples at birth and into the postpartum period, some even leak small amounts of colostrum from the nipple due to the hormones they shared within utero. This will clear up as the hormones are passed through their bodies.

All babies also have an umbilical cord stump that needs care until it separates and falls off. It usually falls off around day 7-10. Before falling off, you may notice some spotting or mucous on the baby’s chest or onesie as it starts to detach. Keep the area clean and dry until it falls off. If it smells unusual call your pediatrician. Once the setup has separated you can bathe your baby, directly in the water instead of sponge bathing.

 

Your baby’s genitals and diapers 

 

Your baby’s genitals will appear large at first. Females can have swollen and exposed vulvas. Males will have swollen heavy scrotums. Females may also present with a slight vaginal discharge which can be clear or blood-tinged due to all the maternal hormones that she shares with her mother in utero.

If you choose to circumcise your male baby, the head of the penis will look raw and irritated for about 10 days. Follow your provider’s instructions for care.

Newborns can also pass orange or rusty colored urine or uric acid crystals. If you see this, check with your pediatrician during a weight check. As your baby grows this passes and is totally normal. This also can be a sign that your baby is not getting enough nutrition. Your baby should have 5-6 wet diapers per day by day 5.

The first bowel movements are a thick black tar-like substance called meconium. As your baby ingests more food the bowels will change to a pea soup consistency to a liquid yellow stool if breastfeeding or a more solid brown stool if formula feeding. Your baby should pass a palmful of stool or more a day.

 

Your baby’s skin

 

Babies have sensitive skin. It’s not uncommon for a newborn to present with a body or face rash or pimples after birth. Baby acne is common and usually shows up around day 10, lasting for a week or two and no treatment is needed.

When babies are born they have a cold cream like covering on them called vernix. This sophisticated biofilm is antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial. It is also thermoregulating, helping your baby to regulate its core temperature as long as the vernix is present. Babies born at 37 weeks will have a thick layer that is rubbed in at birth and babies born at 42 weeks only have a slight coating as it has broken down in the amniotic fluid. Thicker layers keep babies from drying out or having peeling skin. Both are normal. 

Birthmarks are also common for all children of all races. About 80% of all babies have a birthmark. 

Common birthmarks include small pink ‘stork bites’ or ‘angels kisses’ that can be found on the baby’s head and neck. Slate blue-grey birthmarks called Mongolian spots are usually on the body of darker pigmented children. There are also moles, port wine stains, hemangioma, and others. Talk to your pediatrician about treatment but most fade or disappear on their own.

 

 

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If you’re newly pregnant, you might be concerned about what you should eat during pregnancy to ensure your baby gets all the nutrients it needs. Dr. Dee and the team here at Healing Hands Chiropractic understands this concern and wants to help you out! That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you get started on eating the right foods for you and your baby.

How Many Calories Do You Need?

You have probably heard the term, “I am eating for two” which has given many women the license to eat whatever they want. Contrary to popular belief, you are eating for 2 but you only need to increase your calories by a slight 200-300 per day. As long as you eat when you’re hungry, eat only to satiation, and choose to eat healthy foods, then you should be fine.

What Should You Eat During Pregnancy?

It’s important to eat the right foods to ensure your body gets the right nutrients to support your growing baby. Your body will take the nutrients your baby needs to grow directly from your body. If you don’t replace them with the foods you eat, then you can suffer from health problems as your body starts lacking in vital nutrients (known as micronutrients).

You can easily replace these by carefully choosing the foods you eat. Try to select a few from below for each meal to create a well-balanced meal. Also, be conscientious of the snacks you choose to ensure they are calories with a purpose.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are packed with micronutrients. Even though you should limit the amount of fruit you eat, they are an important source of many different minerals. While you shouldn’t gorge yourself on them, eating a little fruit throughout the day is a great way to feed your sweet tooth.

Vegetables are also packed with fiber which is more important when you’re pregnant since pregnant women are prone to gut issues. You can vary the fruits you eat to ensure you are getting enough micronutrients. At each meal, fill your plate with a variety of dark green vegetables.  Avoid most lettuce since it has no nutritional value and instead chooses dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and bok choy.

Fiber-Rich Foods

Only 5% of Americans consume enough fiber. During pregnancy, it’s even more important to eat enough fiber. This is because the hormones and changes that take place in your body make you more susceptible to gut problems such as heartburn, constipation, and inflammatory bowel disease. The general recommendation for fiber is about 25-35 grams per day for a pregnant woman. Good sources of fiber include:

  • Wild rice
  • 100% whole wheat bread and pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Dried fruits
  • Jicama (1 medium jicama has 32 grams of fiber)
  • Brown jasmine rice
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Edamame
  • Potatoes with skin

If you aren’t used to eating a lot of fiber in your diet, start off at the lower end of the requirement. You can also cause bowel problems by suddenly and dramatically changing your fiber intake.

Healthy Fats

Nuts and avocados are not only a healthy fat but they are also a great source of micronutrients such as vitamin K and E, B vitamins, and potassium. Avocados are also beneficial if you’re struggling with leg cramps during your pregnancy. One avocado has twice the amount of potassium as one banana.

Seeds such as almonds and sunflower seeds are not only a good source of iron but they also contain high amounts of magnesium, copper, and vitamin K along with many other vital nutrients. Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and are essential to building your baby’s brain and eyes. Most people don’t get enough of these long-chain fatty acids (otherwise known as DHA and EPA). One thing to consider is that you should only eat salmon once or twice a week while you’re pregnant because of the mercury found in it.

Lean Protein

Pregnant women need about twice as much protein as someone who isn’t pregnant. You can fill this need with sources of lean protein. Eggs are a great source of protein and are also high in choline, which is important for brain development. One egg contains about ¼ of your daily requirement of choline.

Other good sources of lean protein include quinoa, legumes, nuts, and beans. Chicken breasts, certain fish, and soy products are all lean proteins that can be included in every meal. If you are struggling with low iron levels, you can eat lean cuts of beef or even cook with bison, which is much leaner than beef.

Calcium-Rich Foods

Calcium is important for your health and also for bone development in your growing baby. You can eat dairy products in moderation to get the recommended 1,000 mg of calcium per day. If you’re vegan, some plant-based sources of calcium include calcium-fortified soy products, collards, okra, kale, beans, broccoli, and mustard greens.

What If I Am Anemic?

Most women start their pregnancies with plenty of iron stores. However, as your pregnancy progresses and your blood increases by 50%, you might find yourself anemic. If you struggle with low iron levels during pregnancy, there are foods you can add to your daily diet such as:

  • Egg yolks
  • Red meats
  • Beans
  • Dried fruits
  • Cooked oysters
  • Legumes
  • Dark, leafy greens such as broccoli, spinach, dandelion greens, and asparagus
  • Whole grains
  • Seeds such as brazil nuts and almonds

It’s important to eat a varied diet to ensure you’re providing your body and your baby with proper nutrition. Anemia that is left untreated can lead to problems such as preterm delivery, extreme fatigue and irritability, and low birth weight.

Water

Due to the increase in blood volume, your water needs nearly double when you’re pregnant. Even mild dehydration can cause constipation, headaches, and uterine cramping. Most pregnant women need nearly a gallon of water per day but your need depends on your body. Rather than looking at the volume, you drink, look at your urine. You want your urine to be clear or pale yellow. If it starts getting darker in color or if you’re struggling with headaches, increase your water intake.

What Foods Should You Avoid?

If your doctor hasn’t discussed it with you yet, there are some foods you want to avoid during pregnancy. They are as follows:

  • Soft cheeses
  • Anything not pasteurized
  • Raw eggs
  • Undercooked meat
  • Lunchmeat
  • Foods loaded with nitrates
  • Pate-either meat or plant-based
  • Shark, marlin, swordfish or other high-mercury fish
  • Undercooked ready-made meals

It’s important to discuss with your doctor foods and drinks you should avoid during pregnancy as the recommendations change and might be different for you.

Chiropractic Care Helps During Pregnancy

Anyone that has been pregnant can tell you about the aches and pains of pregnancy. Regular chiropractic care can help alleviate much of this pain and pressure you feel. It can also ensure your body is in alignment to help prepare your body for birth. The team here at Healing Hands Chiropractic enjoys helping out our community here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Call today so we can get started!

 

Reposted with permission from Healing Hands Chiropractic in TN and originally shared at https://www.favoriteborochiro.com/what-should-you-eat-during-a-pregnancy/

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8 Steps to Raise a Healthy Toddler

 

A healthy child is something every parent wants to raise, but if you’ve never raised kids before, you might be overly terrified of doing something wrong. The good news is that it isn’t as difficult as you might expect, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still consider how to provide your toddler with the healthiest life possible. 

 

Make Mealtimes Fun 

 

It’s no secret that kids can be messy eaters, so it’s essential to make them associate dinner time with something enjoyable. One way to do so is by creating a family environment for mealtimes where everybody gets together and talks about their day. 

 

The more you show you are enjoying your food, the more your toddler might want to give it a try for themselves. Your toddler will try to model their parents, so if you can prove that food isn’t so bad, they will be more open to trying new things. Not only will this prevent wasted food, but it also encourages them to try new things more readily. 

 

Let Them Decide How Much to Eat

 

Many households of the past forced children to eat everything on their plate before they were permitted to leave. While this may have been effective once upon a time, it can also create unhealthy associations with food that could affect your toddler later in life. 

 

By all means, offer plenty of nutritious foods for your toddler, but allow them to decide how much or how little they want. They may eat it all, or they may take a few bites. But it would help if you didn’t force them to eat it, as they will be more resistant to eating it as they grow older. You and your partner can eat any leftover food, so there’s no wastage. 

 

Offer Plenty to Drink 

 

Fluids, fluids, fluids are essential for developing excellent health habits, and it can include everything from water to juice, or even breast milk if they’re still feeding. Through these fluids, kids will get the nutrients they need and can keep them hydrated, which is vital if they’re spending all afternoon running around the park or playing with friends. 

 

As it’s easy for kids and toddlers to get wrapped up in their activities, encouraging regular drinks breaks will prevent them from overheating and getting exhausted. If possible, you may be able to give them a watch with an alarm that will remind them to take a sip every 30 minutes to an hour. 

 

Keep an Eye on Their Concentration

 

Focus is something that kids, by nature, struggle with. Especially if they are toddlers. There are too many stimuli around especially right now with the pandemic, and they want to take it all in at once. Despite this, a lack of focus, headaches, and concentration could be hints of other issues. 

 

One key issue could be vision problems. You can look here to consider the causes, symptoms, and treatments, but it’s also worth knowing how vision issues can impact your toddler when they get to school. If they can’t focus because they can’t see the work on the board, there’s a risk they’ll fall behind. 

 

Listen When They Talk 

 

Hollywood has this trend where kids are wiser than their years, but while it might seem like a tired trope that has long outstayed its welcome, there could be some truth to it. Kids are more tuned-in to the world, and their feelings than many adults expect. 

 

If you want to raise a healthy child, it’s best to start listening to them while they are a toddler. Sure, much of what they say may be mindless chatter, but allowing them to speak to you about thoughts, feelings, and emotions will help them to become more comfortable with these aspects as they grow up. 

 

Reward Them With Praise

 

No child wants to feel like there’s nothing they can do to impress their parents, so while it’s important to discipline them when they act out, it’s equally important to praise them for doing well. 

 

There are plenty of places they can do well, too. It could be school and homework, sport, finishing their meals and eating healthily, or even treating their friends and siblings with care and respect. Whatever positive actions your toddler does, you should praise and encourage it, and reward them, as this will inspire them to repeat this behavior in the future. 

 

Encourage Energetic Play 

 

All kids need to burn off energy; otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to control them. Anyone with toddlers knows how they can be huge balls of energy that don’t stop running around. While many parents can become exasperated by this, it’s good to encourage energetic play, and not just because they will eventually burnout. 

 

Energetic play will boost endorphins and make your toddler feel happy. They might not understand it now, but as they grow older, they can rediscover this feeling with exercise such as going to the gym, running, or playing sports. As they’ll associate these healthy habits with happiness, they might be more willing to pursue them. 

 

Limit Screen Time 

 

Screens are everywhere nowadays. If you look around you right now, you’ll likely see at least three screens close enough to reach and pick up. Some parents will use screens as a parenting tool. They want to distract their kids, so they’ll put Youtube or Netflix on. 

 

However, this will create bad habits for your toddler. It will make them resistant to anything other than the instant gratification of the TV. You can still allow them to watch and play games, but they should also do other things, too, such as read books, create, or play outside. They may not like it at first, but it will stop them from spending all day indoors. 

 

Healthy Growth 

 

We all know how stubborn kids can be, especially when it comes to things that will benefit them, such as exercise and healthy eating. However, with the right approach, you can promote and encourage healthy habits in them while they’re still young, and this will set them up perfectly to continue these habits as they get older, so your healthy toddler will grow into a healthy teenager and adult.

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Quality Family Time While in Quarantine

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Quarantine, social distancing, and the uncertainty that permeates this time might have been particularly tough for moms to be. This is an incredibly important time in your life, and it is easy to feel scared and overwhelmed. However, turning this experience around is not too challenging, with a little inventiveness and commitment. Instead of worrying about everything that is happening, make every day special with family time, and create precious memories.

Make Time for Yourself

Spending time alone doing the things that you love the most is paramount to enjoy the time you spend in the company of others. It is reasonable to feel anxious and overwhelmed when your routine is disrupted, but finding peace within yourself is essential to be ready to enjoy others’ company. Even taking 15 minutes out of a busy day for a quick yoga or meditation practice can help. 

Cook Together

While expecting, you might be coping with mood swings and fears that you can’t always control. However, don’t forget that others around you are ready to offer support if you allow them. Propose to do something together, such as cooking or baking. While it can only take an hour out of your busy day, it can be an excellent occasion to let go of something that scares you and reconnect with your other half. 

Don’t Forget About Date Nights.

If you have always had time for an occasional date night, why not reintroduce the tradition now? Naturally, your routine might have been disrupted, and spending all day with your other half or your little ones might come with challenges that always seem difficult to overcome. However, don’t underestimate the power of date nights! They can be an excellent way to reconnect with your partner and enjoy some quality time together outside of your routine. Don’t forget to dress up and add candles to the table to make it an extraordinary evening!

Throw a Garden Party

It is undeniable that stress has been accumulating in the past months, and finding a way to let go of anxiety is essential. While you might have dedicated yourself to a new hobby or pastime, sometimes it is good to have funds. With bars and restaurants still closed, the opportunities to meet your friends and family might be limited. However, this should not stop you or your family from enjoying a sunny day outdoors! Since you will be spending a large part of the summer in your garden, make sure it is equipped with all the furniture, BBQ facilities, and fairy lights you need to turn it into a private oasis.

Exercise Together

Pregnancy during the quarantine is among the most challenging experiences you will have. However, dedicating some time every day to look after your body can yield results you were not expecting. Indeed, just a little more stretching and mindful movement allow you to release the tension you might have accumulated in the past weeks. Don’t forget to ask your other half to join in and have fun together.

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CBR launches research partnerships to study cord tissue MSCs and COVID-19

Peace of mind today, protection for tomorrow

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a lot of consideration about our own health and the health of those we love. When uncertainty is high, the decision to preserve newborn stem cells is one that can provide your family peace of mind: you’ll know you’re prepared with more healthcare options down the road.

Whether you’ve already made the decision to preserve (or plan to), we want to assure you that CBR is committed to supporting newborn stem cell research. Our goal is to connect our families to even more treatment options when they need them the most.

Stem cells are emerging on the frontier of medicine

It’s no surprise why mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) — the kind abundant in cord tissue — are one treatment option being studied in clinical trials for COVID-19-related complications. MSCs have well-documented anti-inflammatory and tissue-repair properties. These special characteristics make MSCs ideal candidates for intervention in a number of different diseases, including COVID-19. You can read more about why newborn stem cells are being considered for COVID-19 patients in our previous blog post, written by CBR’s own Ph.D. scientists.

It’s news like this that makes us especially excited, as more people are being made aware of how stem cells could play a key role in helping to treat many conditions for which there are no optimal treatments.

How CBR is helping drive COVID-19 research initiatives

Advancing the science of newborn stem cells has always been central to CBR’s mission. We also believe in supporting new and innovative ideas, especially when solutions are urgently needed, like in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

What are we doing to help? CBR is providing cord tissue from consenting donors to support clinical and laboratory COVID-19-related research studies.

Before COVID-19, we demonstrated through research partnerships that MSCs from cryopreserved cord tissue retain their anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating qualities.1-3 Importantly, these qualities may also be relevant to certain COVID-19 complications.CBR is partnering with top research institutions to study how cord tissue MSCs might help treat the symptoms of COVID-19.

What does this mean for you?

While we greatly appreciate the willingness and generosity of our client families, at this time CBR is not accepting planned cord tissue donations. We encourage expecting parents to preserve their newborn’s cord tissue for their family’s potential future use.

We also want to be clear that this research is not an opportunity to use your stored cord tissue for COVID-19. We do hope that this will pave the way for future options, and CBR is prepared to work with our families who enroll in any FDA-approved clinical trials or compassionate use protocols where their newborn stem cells may be part of treating COVID-19 and associated complications.

Early-stage research is critical to the development of new stem cell therapies. We hope you share in our excitement of helping science respond to this global health concern, while also making newborn stem cells an even more valuable resource for our client families.

Interested? Enroll now and use this special coupon offer.

Create a login here and enter the social coupon code “BYD1”.

 

References:

1. Srivastava AK, Prabhakara KS, Kota DK, Bedi SS, Triolo F, Brown KS, et al. Human umbilical cord as a source of multiple potential therapeutics to treat experimental traumatic brain injury. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy 2018.

2. Sutton MT, Kaur S, Brown KS, Skiles ML, Folz MA, Caplan AI, et al. Anti-inflammatory therapeutic development and optimization of umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Journal of Stem Cell Research and Therapy n.d.;8:435. 3. Prabhakara, K, Caplan, H, Brown KS et al. Evaluating umbilical cord tissue-derived MSC populations for immune potency using multiparametric non-radioactive lymphocyte proliferation assays. Presented at the International Society of Cellular Therapies, North America meeting 2019.

Published with permission from https://blog.cordblood.com/

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WHEN to Eat to Help You Get Pregnant

Hey lovely, on your journey to fertility I know you hear a lot about what to eat, eat carbs, don’t eat carbs, eat lots of fat, fat makes you fat, watch your calories don’t count calories. It’s all so confusing but definitely important however we don’t hear a lot about WHEN TO EAT. 

When you eat is just as important as what you eat. Timing your meals properly is going to help your food work with your body instead of against it. You are in charge of your fertility so let’s use your meals to push you towards fertility instead of working against.

5 MEAL TIMING TIPS

These tips will help you learn how to time your meals so you stay full longer and nourish your body properly, so you are constantly in the baby making zone.

1. Eat like a queen at breakfast, a king at lunch, and a pauper at dinner. Lunch should always be your biggest meal. The reason supper is called supper is that it is a supplementation meal and not meant to be huge.

2. Always eat within 30 minutes of walking to get your metabolism rocking. You burn 400 more calories per day when you start your day with a healthy breakfast and being at a healthy weight is so important when trying to conceive.

3. Stop eating about 7 pm and don’t eat again until 7-9 am the next morning. Depending on your bedtime and wake time you can play with those times however you want to try to get 12-14 hours of fasting overnight. During fasting your body is healing, resetting, repairing, and rejuvenating. This will allow your hormones to balance, your immune system to strengthen, your digestion to balancing out and your body ready to make a baby.

4. Try to make each meal 20 minutes or more. Allowing at least 20 minutes will allow you to enjoy your food and will send signals to your body that you are full and will keep you from overeating. You will also have more of a meal experience which the body so craves.

5. Try to go 4-5 hours between meals. Insulin and glucose resistance as well as high blood sugar are the main contributors to infertility and being unable to conceive giving a longer time between meals helps to heal your body of these conditions, so you can finally conceive.

Start implementing some of these tips into your day starting today. This will not only help you put your body into the optimal state for conception but will also have you feeling and looking your best!

This is a guest post by Coach Kela Smith. The original post can be found (link to the original post). You can learn more about her services and everything you need to know about getting pregnant and balancing your hormones here- www.hormonepuzzle.com.

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Cord Blood Awareness Month

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month! We’ve put together answers to some common questions about regenerative medicine and why newborn stem cell preservation is such a good investment in your family’s future health.

Spread your new knowledge by sharing this article!

What’s regenerative medicine? Why do I keep hearing so much about it?

Regenerative medicine is an area of science that aims to restore or establish normal function in the body. Put simply, it involves repairing damaged cells.

Newborn stem cells play a very important role in regenerative medicine. In fact, over 500 regenerative medicine clinical trials using newborn stem cells have already begun.1,2

Why newborn stem cells? Because they can migrate to sites of injury, decreasing inflammation and helping heal damaged tissue.3

This is important because many of the diseases that affect both children and adults are believed to be related to inflammation of the immune system.

We see a future where newborn stem cells can be used in new approaches for things like gene therapy and a reduction in organ or tissue damage caused by age, chronic disease, or trauma.4,5,6

Are newborn stem cells already being used?

Cord blood was discovered over thirty years ago as a source of life-saving stem cells used to treat certain cancers and inherited disorders. This therapy relies on using partially or fully matched stem cells for a bone marrow transplant to cure a disease.

In general, the closer the match, the better the outcome. Depending on the condition being treated, a physician may look to use a child’s own stem cells or may prefer to use those from a related donor, like a sibling.

A cord blood transplant is still an important option for certain families. However, 80% of CBR clients who have used their cord blood have done so for regenerative medicine applications.

Do newborn stem cells stay good forever?

While no one can suspend time itself (yet!), cryopreservation can stop the clock on your newborn’s stem cells. Given all the information available today, it is believed that stem cells in proper cryogenic storage can be stored indefinitely.7

Is banking newborn stem cells a way to invest in my family’s future health?

As research continues, as methods of transplantation become more effective, and if and when more uses are discovered, your baby’s stem cells will not only retain their value today but will likely become more valuable over time.

Why? Because you’re banking on the advancement of an entire field of research and science.

For example, because of advancements in regenerative medicine, researchers are using newborn stems as the source material for advanced applications like immunotherapy, which aims to restore or improve how the immune system responds to disease.

Another example? Regulatory T cells from cord blood could be used to treat autoimmune conditions like Type 1 diabetes.8,9 Also, NK (natural killer) cells and CAR-T cells have anti-tumor effects, and could one day help treat cancer.10

There are already over 80 approved uses for cord blood stem cells for use in a stem cell transplant today. However, we believe that uses will increase in the area of regenerative medicine, especially since last year we saw cell therapies account for 20% of all regenerative medicine trials.

Why are newborn stem cells being studied for COVID-19-related conditions? 

Because newborn stem cells can help regulate inflammation and stimulate tissue repair, they’re becoming relevant to treating respiratory symptoms due to acute lung injury, including damage from severe COVID-19.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) found in cord tissue have been used successfully in many clinical trials for the treatment of lung conditions with encouraging results, long before the emergence of COVID-19.

Looking forward, these anti-inflammatory properties may have even more uses. Researchers believe that many diseases, particularly those associated with aging, are related to dysfunction in the immune system. Since newborn stem cell therapies may help these conditions, preserving cells now means you could benefit from advances in research later on!

How is CBR supporting COVID-19-related research efforts? 

Advancing the science of newborn stem cells has always been central to our mission.

Before COVID-19, researchers showed that MSCs from cryopreserved cord tissue retain their anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating qualities.11-13 Importantly, these qualities may also be relevant to certain COVID-19 complications.

We’re happy to say that CBR is partnering with top research institutions to study how cord tissue MSCs might help treat the symptoms of COVID-19.

How do I preserve my baby’s stem cells with CBR?

It’s easy! Follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Enroll with CBR online at cordblood.com/enroll, or call us at 1.888.240.1996.
    Pro Tip: Use code: BYD1 for extra special savings when you enroll!*
  2. Wait for your collection kit (we’ll ship it to you).
  3. Bring your kit to the hospital or birthing center on your big day.
  4. Call the medical courier after your baby is born and your newborn’s stem cells have been collected by your healthcare professional.
  5. Let CBR handle the rest. We will notify you when your newborn’s stem cells are safely stored in their new home!

Watch the entire process here!

Questions? Give our specialists a call at 1.888.240.1996. And don’t forget to share this article with friends and family!

References:

1. clinicaltrials.gov 2. Verter F, Couto PS, Bersenev A. A dozen years of clinical trials performing advanced cell therapy with perinatal cells. Future Sci OA. 2018;4(10):FSO351. doi:10.4155/fsoa-2018-0085  3. Citation: Meier C, Middlelanis J, Wasielewski B, et al. Spastic paresis after perinatal brain damage in rats is reduced by human cord blood mononuclear cells. Pediatr Res. 2006;59:244-249.  4. Couto PS, Bersenev A, Verter F. The first decade of advanced cell therapy clinical trials using perinatal cells (2005/2015). Regenerative Medicine. 2017;12(8):953-968. doi:10.2217/rme-2017-0066.  5. Williams DA, Moritz T. Umbilical cord blood stem cells as targets for genetic modification: new therapeutic approaches to somatic gene therapy. Blood cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7749118. Published 1994. Accessed March 9, 2020.  6. Chen HK, Hung HF, Shyu KG, et al. Combined cord blood stem cells and gene therapy enhances angiogenesis and improves cardiac performance in mouse after acute myocardial infarction. European journal of clinical investigation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16269017. Published November 2005. Accessed March 9, 2020.  7. Broxmeyer HE, Lee MR, Hangoc G, et al. Hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells, generation of induced pluripotent stem cells, and isolation of endothelial progenitors from 21- to 23.5-year cryopreserved cord blood. Blood. 2011;117(18):4773-7.  8. Haller, M.J. et al. Autologous umbilical cord blood transfusion in young children with type 1 diabetes fails to preserve C-peptide. 2011 Diabetes Care 34, 2567–2569.  9. Haller, M.J. et al. Autologous umbilical cord blood infusion followed by oral docosahexaenoic acid and vitamin D supplementation for C-peptide preservation in children with Type 1 diabetes. 2013. Biol. Blood Marrow Transplant. 19, 1126–1129.  10. Herrera L, Santos S, Vesga MA, et al. Adult peripheral blood and umbilical cord blood NK cells are good sources for effective CAR therapy against CD19 positive leukemic cells. Sci Rep. 2019;9(18729). doi:10.1038/s41598-019-55239-y  11. Srivastava AK, Prabhakara KS, Kota DK, Bedi SS, Triolo F, Brown KS, et al. Human umbilical cord as a source of multiple potential therapeutics to treat experimental traumatic brain injury. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy 2018.  12. Sutton MT, Kaur S, Brown KS, Skiles ML, Folz MA, Caplan AI, et al. Anti-inflammatory therapeutic development and optimization of umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Journal of Stem Cell Research and Therapy n.d.;8:435.  13. Prabhakara, K, Caplan, H, Brown KS et al. Evaluating umbilical cord tissue-derived MSC populations for immune potency using multiparametric non-radioactive lymphocyte proliferation assays. Presented at the International Society of Cellular Therapies.

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