March 21, 2023 | by: Cara Terreri
Adapted from Giving Birth with Confidence, 3rd Edition.
Moving in labor serves two very important purposes. First, it helps you cope with increasingly strong and painful contractions, which signal your body to keep labor going. Second, it helps gently wiggle your baby into your pelvis and through your birth canal.
March 16, 2023 | by: Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Adapted from The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence. Letting your body go into labor spontaneously is almost always the best way to know that your baby is ready to be born and that your body is ready for labor.
February 28, 2023 | by: Cara Terreri
Preterm labor -- labor that begins before 37 weeks of pregnancy -- can lead to premature birth, which increases a baby's risk of short- and long-term health risks. Learn more about your individual risk for preterm labor by talking with your midwife or OB. Approximately 1 in 10 babies in the United States are born preterm. The following is a list of events or conditions that can trigger preterm labor.
February 27, 2023 | by: Cara Terreri
The best time to announce your pregnancy is when you feel ready. Ultimately, it is that simple. You don't owe anyone any announcement of any kind, on any timeline. If you're feeling unsure of when to tell people in your smaller and wider circles and want to make an informed decision, use the following questions as guideposts when deciding who and when to tell about your pregnancy.
February 10, 2023 | by: Cara Terreri
Welcome to Month 7 of your month-by-month checklist guide to a healthy pregnancy and birth! This to-do list with a twist contains key tips and action items for optimal health and birth preparation, in addition to reminders for fun things, too. Looking for later months? Stay tuned as we post months 8-10, plus postpartum, in the coming weeks! Take a look at the checklists from previous months.