Is It Braxton Hicks Or Real Contractions?

Is It Braxton Hicks Or Real Contractions?

It’s hard to tell when you’re at the end of pregnancy if you’re having real contractions. After all, Braxton Hicks can be uncomfortable just like real contractions.

Braxton Hicks are practice contractions so that your body can prepare for labor, in case you weren’t sure.  Their job is to get your uterine muscle ready for the big day.

So is it the start of real labor or just more Braxton Hicks? 

Let’s talk about how you can really tell whether you’re really in labor or if your body is still just practicing. 

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First Let’s go over What Braxton Hicks Are Like:

 

Braxton Hicks contractions will be really irregular. They will come at 5 minutes apart, then 10 minutes, then 2 and so on. They will stop and start up again frequently,

During this time there will be no progression for labor and your cervix won’t dilate. 

It basically just feels like your abdomen tightening over and over and while it can be quite uncomfortable and exciting, they aren’t usually painful yet. 

 

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These contractions will usually last 30 seconds to a minute although sometimes they may last longer. They are felt at the top of the uterus then squeeze down and they can start as early as the second trimester. 

They often feel stronger when you are being more active, or have a full bladder. Dehydration can bring them on as well so stay hydrated. 

If you’re having a lot of Braxton Hicks just take it easy, get some rest and drink plenty of fluids. 

 

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What True Labor Contractions Feel Like:

 

When you go into real labor your contractions will come in very regular intervals, they will increase in intensity and your cervix will start to dilate. Getting more rest or water won’t stop their progression. 

The contractions will grow closer together and they will last longer growing from 30 seconds up to a minute and a half. 

 

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The pain will begin to radiate through your entire abdomen and into your back. Sometimes you feel pain in your legs as well. 

Real contractions are often ( but not always ) accompanied by a bloody show and possibly your water breaking. 

It’s all very exciting when you’ve waited so long to see your babe and the time finally arrives!

 

 

When To Go To The Hospital:

 

It’s hard to know exactly when is the best time to go to the hospital when you’re having contractions. 

Some women believe it’s too early for their baby to come and wait too long. Others go when their contractions are a few minutes apart only to get there and have labor stop. 

 

****Other Helpful Resources: 13 Ways to cope with labor pain without an Epidural

What To Expect The First 24 Hours After Birth

What To Expect The First Week Home With Your Newborn

How to Get Through Labor Transition Without Crying 

10 Last minute things you’re forgetting to do before birth 

The best Labor Advice you’ll ever get!

 The 4 Different Stages Of Labor 

18 Pregnancy Hacks Every Mama Needs To Know To Survive! 

6 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Induction But Should!

 

That happened to me but I walked along the hospital halls all night and then in the morning they gave me Pitocin to move things forward and in a few hours, my girl was here.

Sometimes they will send you back home and that’s always a bummer. It can happen several times if your labor starts and stops over and over. It’s not uncommon. 

But as a rule of thumb, you should go to the hospital when your contractions are 2 to 3 minutes apart and the pain is becoming so intense that you aren’t able to relax anymore. 

You are especially ready to go if the above is true and you have the bloody show or your water has broken. Those things accompanied by contractions are a sure fire way to tell that it’s no false alarm. 

 

 

If you have any doubts and especially if you are several weeks before your due date it’s always a good idea to go ahead and call your health care provider. 

They can reassure you or if they have any concerns she will have you come in to get checked out. 

I hope this helps and I wish you all the luck in the world. Enjoy your special time! 

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13 Ways To Cope With Labor Pain Without An Epidural

13 Ways To Cope With Labor Pain Without An Epidural

Many women are very fearful of the pain of childbirth. Yet they want to experience it as naturally as possible. After all, women are made to create and birth babies and have done it since the beginning of time. 

It’s a great honor to experience childbirth in all its true glory and it makes you feel strong. 

But as great as all that sounds, that doesn’t make it any less scary. What you can do though is prepare yourself well.

There’s an arsenal of tools you can use and some alternatives to Epidurals that will allow you to have the experience more fully without being paralyzed temporarily from the waist down. 

A  Note to You: If you end up needing an Epidural then that’s ok too. It’s a choice and if you end up going that route don’t beat yourself up for it. The most important thing is getting the baby here safely. If you do want to learn more about Epidurals as well then read this post

So let’s talk about your options for coping with Childbirth. 

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Massage Balls For Counterpressure

 

Massage balls can be used to provide distraction or they can be put in certain places where you feel the pain the most to apply counterpressure. Your Partner or Doula can apply the pressure while you’re having contractions.

It’s a simple technique but it does really help! You can find some good massage balls here. I absolutely love these and you will too. 

 

Use Music

 

Music effects how people feel and it’s an excellent tool to use during labor. There are even a few studies that have tested the theory that music is good for pain management and they were done on women in childbirth. 

So bring some good soft music. Or bring some metal if you like, just whatever it takes to help get you where you’re going. 

 

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Take A Course

 

Taking a course is the best way to prepare for labor hands down. It’s helpful for so many reasons but especially for pain management. 

You’ll learn different coping strategies that could mean the difference in a natural birth or a drugged birth. You can easily take a course online, there are lots of options. 

 

 

 

I like Hilary’s Prenatal course. She’s a nurse that works with mothers in childbirth and her course is in video online and it’s easy to access. Many mamas take it and love it. You can get part of it for free right here so that will at least get you started. You can sign up here. 

 

 

Use A Birthing Ball

 

  A birthing ball is SUCH a good tool during labor. It can really help with the pain and you can use it in so many different ways. 

You can also use it at home before you come to the hospital when you first start labor to speed things up. Below are just a few ways to use your birthing ball. 

Rocking: A rocking motion can help you get through the worst contractions and sitting on something soft is so much better than something hard. 

 

 

 

Leaning On Ball On All Fours: This position is really helpful, especially if you’re having terrible back pain. It takes the pressure off your back and helps push the baby’s head into the cervix causing it to dilate more. 

Gently Bouncing: This will help push the baby down further and movement, in general, will create some relief in your worst moments. Bouncing on your ball gently will certainly help. 

 

You can find a ball right here made especially for laboring mamas. 

 

Deep Breathing 

 

Deep breathing of course. It will help you to push through the pain. Everyone always tells you to breathe deep to the point of annoyance when in labor. But the fact is that you’re often in so much pain you still don’t do it. 

But if you really put effort into it and believe me, it will take effort, deep breathing will completely take that edge off. You just have to really focus on it. 

There are so many different breathing techniques for laboring mothers that I cannot begin to cover them all. This is where that prenatal course I mentioned earlier comes in. You will be so glad you took Hilary’s course so go for it. 

 

 

 

Hypnobirthing

 

Hypnobirthing is a birthing method that uses self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to help a woman feel physically, mentally and spiritually prepared for what’s ahead and reduce her awareness of fear, anxiety and pain during childbirth.

You can find a course locally in most areas so look one up and see if there’s one near you. I haven’t tried this particular birthing technique but it does get rave reviews and it sure sounds interesting. 

 

Birthing Tub

 

Water during childbirth is so soothing and hopping into a big warm tub can really help dull the ache of your contractions.  

The tub, with its warm water and soft flowing jets, is mainly used to reduce the pain of labor, making it a kind of alternative treatment for women who want to avoid anesthesia during their baby’s birth, though some do use it in combination with pain-dulling drugs.

If you want to go natural and you can get a room with a tub I highly recommend it. It’s an invaluable tool during natural labor. 

 

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 A Tens Unit 

Using a TENS unit during the early stages of labor is a lovely pain reducing experience. Some hospitals have them on hand but if they don’t you could purchase one here on Amazon. 

TENS during labor is most frequently applied to the lower back, on either side of the spine. Mothers can adjust the intensity of the TENS unit as needed during contractions. TENS can also be applied by trained specialists to acupuncture points or your doula can help you out with it. 

It may not be as effective during active labor thought but it sure does help before you get to the more advanced stages. 

 

****Other Helpful Resources: What To Expect The First 24 Hours After Birth

What To Expect The First Week Home With Your Newborn

How to Get Through Labor Transition Without Crying 

10 Last minute things you’re forgetting to do before birth 

The best Labor Advice you’ll ever get!

 The 4 Different Stages Of Labor 

18 Pregnancy Hacks Every Mama Needs To Know To Survive! 

6 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Induction But Should!

12 Things you need to know about Epidurals before you have one

 

Focus On One Thing

 

Planting your focus on one thing can give you the strength to get through the toughest contractions. It will give you the mental and physical stamina for a successful outcome during this stressful time. 

 

You can find one thing in the room to focus on and put all of your energy into it during your contraction. Give in to the pain and acknowledge it’s there but keep your focus on something else.

This is a technique taught in many birthing courses and it works.  

 

Move A Bit

 

Moving around always helps. Walk up and down the hall if you can. Bounce on that birthing ball like we discussed earlier. Or get in the shower or tub. Just move instead of sitting there. 

It will pass the time more quickly and your labor will progress faster too. 

 

 

** A Quick Note: If you’re already thinking of Your Postpartum body and you’re worried about getting your body back and losing the baby weight I recommend the program The Postpartum Cure. It’s very popular and it’s helped many mamas lose the weight, flatten their tummy back out all while increasing your milk supply. It’s an excellent option if you want to get back to your shape quickly and safely. Here’s a link if you want to check it out.

 

 

And If you need some Medical pain intervention and you still want to avoid the Epidural then try one of these listed below:

 

Pudendal Block

 

With a Pudendal Block, local anesthesia is injected in the Pudendal canal where the Pudendal nerve is located. This will give you pain relief in your vagina, vulva, and perineum.

This is usually used right before you deliver your baby and it can help dull the pain from ” The ring of Fire”.

 

Nitrous Oxide

 

Another option for pain relief during labor is nitrous oxide. In higher doses, it acts as an anesthetic and anti-anxiety so it’s very helpful during childbirth.  

Some benefits of using nitrous oxide are that it doesn’t affect the baby in any way, it doesn’t affect the release of oxytocin and it doesn’t hinder breastfeeding. 

 

 

IV Pain Medications

 

Narcotics can be administered via injection or IV and take effect within minutes. Some hospitals provide a patient-controlled device so that you can choose the amount of medication released into your IV. It has a button on it you push to administer the medication. I used this during my first birth when my epidural began to wear off. 

 

 

There are many ways to cope with the pain of childbirth and I hope the list above gave you some good ideas. Just do the best you can and if you do end up needing some meds then you’re still a real trooper for even trying to go naturally. 

I wish you all the best! 

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What To Expect The First Week Home With Your Newborn

What To Expect The First Week Home With Your Newborn

What You’ll Learn In This Post:

  • The Ride Home Can Be Rough
  • You Will Miss The Hospital 
  • You’ll Be Really Uncomfortable 
  • You’ll Feel Sad And Strange
  • You’ll  Be Extremely Tired Yet Energetic 
  • Breastfeeding May Be Really Difficult 
  • You Should Have Someone There To Help
  • Your Partner Will Struggle Too
  • Your Baby May Develop Jaundice 
  • Your Babe’s Brain Is Developing So Fast 
  • Your Babe Will Look Weird
  • There Will Be So Much Poop
  • She May Get Really Rashy And Have Gooey Eyes
  • You’ll Be Seeing The Doctor A Couple Of Times

Most mamas feel like they’re ready to bring baby home after those few days at the hospital. You prepared yourself and your home and everything seems in order. 

But I can tell you from experience that despite all your preparations you can and will feel very overwhelmed. 

You learn so much about pregnancy and childbirth before the baby comes but a lot of what comes after just gets left out and you end up feeling stressed out and lonely. 

**Read: What to expect the first 24 hours in the hospital after your babe is born

I want to put everything into perspective in this post and help prepare you just a little bit more. I think it will do you good. 

***Just a note: I really enjoyed writing this article for you. I think it’s extremely helpful in painting a real picture of what it’s like during that first week and what you should expect. It also allowed me to tell my story and reminisce about my three babies and I appreciate that.  I hope you enjoy it and find it very helpful! 

 

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The Ride Home Can Be Rough

 

If you’re especially lucky your baby will sleep on the ride home from the hospital, but very often your new sweetie will cry most or the whole way home.

They cry because they’re nervous in the change of environment or just to relieve stress and that’s ok. Just soothe your baby with soft music and quiet voices. 

 

 

A screaming baby can be stressful for new parents who are already tired but you’ll soon be home so just take a deep breath and try to relax.

All three of my sweet ones cried as hard as they possibly could on the 45-minute drive home and I was an absolute wreck by the time we finally made it. It sure seemed like the longest ride ever and all I wanted was for my babies not to be scared. 

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Hopefully, your ride will be short and sweet and filled with zzzs. 

 

You Will Miss The Hospital 

 

Once you get home it seems so foreign. After all, everything has changed and you’re truly a different person. Even though you know your home well and you are comfortable there, things are just different and being at the hospital with so much help was very useful.  

You will start to worry about all the things. You will miss the staff. While you were there you could ask them questions and they helped with everything. It was a bit like a clinical bed and breakfast.

This happened with each of my babies’ births and I learned to appreciate that hospital stay just a little bit more each time. 

 

 

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I have talked to other mothers and they say they often felt the same way, so enjoy those two or three nights, eat good food and relax while you’re there. 

Making sure you have help when you get home can ease the transition a bit so you’re not as overwhelmed. We’ll talk more about that later. 

 

You’ll Be Really Uncomfortable 

 

I’m going to level with you. The postpartum time is very painful and it sucks. Whether you’ve had a vaginal birth or a c-section you’ll be pretty uncomfortable most of the week. 

Everything down there is swollen three times its normal size and many women end up with stitches. 

You should be prepared for this. Most women don’t even think about it until the baby is born and they’re experiencing it. It’s like we forget all about the consequences birth will have on our own body.

But there are a few things you can buy that will make things much more comfortable for you. I have listed them below and if you want to read more about postpartum pain and what to expect you can read this article right here. 

✅Donut Pillow

✅Incontinence Underwear

✅Pain Relieving Spray 

✅Tuck’s Pads

✅Perineal Ice Pack

✅A Cleansing Bottle Or Peri Bottle 

✅Pads

✅Healing Ointment

 

**Speaking of Your Postpartum body, if you’re worried about getting your body back and losing the baby weight I recommend the program The Postpartum Cure. It’s very popular and it’s helped many mamas lose the weight, flatten their tummy back out all while increasing your milk supply. It’s an excellent option if you want to get back to your shape quickly and safely. Here’s a link if you want to check it out.

 

You’ll Feel Sad And Strange

 

Gosh, I can’t even describe it.  You just feel really weird that first week home. The second I came in the door I wanted to burst into tears yet I was elated in every way at the same time. 

But I felt super sad too if that makes sense. I know it doesn’t really. 

You just need to know that it hits you like a wrecking ball hard and fast and it’s not fun. You’ll be on the rollercoaster ride of your life that first week. Forget your mood swings during pregnancy. 

While pregnant your hormones go up at a steady, slowish pace after the first trimester. But once you have the baby your body is flooded with the most intense changes. It’s like being hit with a tsunami that’s 59 feet tall. All I can say is just grab onto something and hold on. 

But knowing that wave is coming can help you feel a little bit more prepared. So at least there’s that.  

 

You’ll  Be Extremely Tired Yet Energetic 

 

 You’ll feel so tired from lack of sleep obviously but you will still have that crazy adrenaline rush you had when you went into labor and had your baby. You’ll also get a rush of those exciting hormones just because you have a newborn. You waited so long and now you get to spend time with her and that’s very exciting. 

All three of my little ones wanted to stay at the breast for food and comfort almost constantly when they were first born and I obliged. I didn’t sleep for two weeks straight with all three, no joke.  That’s how long that rush of hormones took to wear off. 

 

 

I would sit up all night with baby to chest, skin to skin marveling at what I had created. I was tired and would catch a few zzzs here and there but for the most part, I was pretty energetic despite it all. I felt good! Except for maybe my mood swings here and there and those weird moments where my body was just shifting. 

In my interviews with many other mamas, I have found this to be a common feeling so if it happens to you enjoy it!  It makes those harder moments pale in comparison. 

 

 

 

Breastfeeding May Be Really Difficult 

 

Breastfeeding can be pretty rough during those first few weeks, but it is SO worth it!

But at first, you’re going to have really tender nipples, even if you have a really good latch technique. 

If you don’t know how to latch your baby before you start trying the pain will be a lot worse. It’s important that you go into breastfeeding knowing what you’re doing so it will be easy for you and your babe. 

Contrary to popular belief, babies don’t know how to instinctually latch onto the breast properly. They certainly know how to suckle but there is a very specific way to latch onto the breast to get the milk. 

You don’t just stick the baby’s head straight to your nipple. Please don’t. This will cause terrible pain for you and frustration for your little one and this is why so many mamas give up on breastfeeding. 

I highly recommend you take a breastfeeding course. There’s an online video course called Milkology that’s only $19. She has a pumping class too. This is the best way to be prepared for breastfeeding because you cannot count on staff to teach you how. See The course here. 

Some hospitals will indeed have a lactation consultant but many do not so be prepared. 

You should equip yourself with some breastfeeding tools that will ease the transition from tender nipples to breastfeeding conditioned nipples. They will also help tremendously. 

The list of things you’ll need are below:

 

 

 

You Should Have Someone There To Help

 

It’s important to have someone there to help you because you will be sore all over. You’ll also want to fawn over your babe instead of cook dinner or do laundry. So have your own mama or mother-in-law do the traditional week stay after baby. 

Your partner can help some but he or she likely won’t be able to do it all so outside help is good. 

If nothing else you could hire someone from Care.com or something. It may not be as personal but it will certainly be helpful.                                  

 

Your Partner Will Struggle Too

 

Your partner will feel almost as overwhelmed as you. He or she will be elated, nervous, stressed and full of crazy emotions. Maybe not quite like the hormonal Tsunami you’re feeling but it will still be a lot for your partner to handle. 

Just having your little one there and realizing how everything has changed and how you’ve both changed too is enough to knock a strong person over. After all your parents now and it’s a big deal! 

So expect some help from him but cut him some slack. This is when that extra help will come in handy. He will want to fawn over baby as well. He’ll be happy to help but he may not be able to handle it all.

 

 

Now Let’s Talk About What’s Going On With Baby~

 

Your Baby May Develop Jaundice 

 

Infant jaundice is a common condition, particularly in babies born before 38 weeks’ gestation (preterm babies) and in some breastfed babies. Infant jaundice usually occurs because a baby’s liver isn’t mature enough to get rid of bilirubin in the bloodstream.

Severe jaundice (when levels of bilirubin are high, usually above 25 mg) that is not treated can cause deafness, cerebral palsy, or other forms of brain damage. In rare cases, jaundice may be a sign of another condition, such as an infection or a thyroid problem.

It does happen in full-term healthy babies though too. It happened in all three of mine. If it does happen they’ll have your baby lay on a special light bed or wrap them in a light blanket to reduce the bilirubin. They do this if the Jaundice shows up while you’re in the hospital and you may have to stay an extra day to help bring levels down if it stays elevated. 

It’s important to keep an eye on it when you leave the hospital as well. It can show up a few days later sometimes. That’s why it’s important to keep those appointments with the Pediatrician. 

Jaundice can be hard to see, especially in babies with dark skin. If you’re unsure, gently press the skin on your baby’s nose or forehead — if jaundice is present, the skin will appear yellow when you lift your finger.

 

Your Babe’s Brain Is Developing So Fast 

 

Your baby may be small and sleeping a lot but they are already learning so much. She will soak up everything she hears, smells, sees and touches. 

Your baby will close his hands involuntarily in the grasp reflex and will startle at sudden loud noises. She’s also likely to have sudden jerky movements while asleep. This can be alarming because she’ll throw her little arms up above her head suddenly but it’s totally normal so don’t worry. All babies do this. 

Your baby will learn to communicate with you quickly through body language. This will begin in the first week so pay attention to what your sweet babe does. 

 

Your Babe Will Look Weird

 

This is a big one. When most people think of babies they think soft, round and pink with bright little eyes. But this isn’t the case right after birth. They look very mashed and their little faces are flattened out quite a bit and their features can be very swollen.

After all, they were in a tight little space in that amniotic sack so everything was pushed down. 

Here’s what to expect:

Your baby’s head may be cone-shaped if you had a vaginal delivery and especially if you had a vacuum assisted birth. My first little boy was vacuum assisted and his head was long and he had little swollen lymph nodes on the back of his head for weeks. That scared me a bit but Doc said he was just fine. 

Your baby’s head will go to a normal shape within the first month or so but take care that your child doesn’t get a flat head from laying too much. As a side note, you can read this article on how to avoid flat head as your baby grows so they don’t end up needing a helmet. 

Your baby may also have pretty scary looking bruises on their head if they used a vacuum or forceps. These will fade too but they do increase the risk of Jaundice so keep an eye on that. 

Your baby’s facial features may be swollen and it can look a little freaky. But they will take on a lovely shape as your first few weeks progress. 

The baby’s genitals will be swollen as well. This is from the hormones you passed on to your baby before birth and it’s nothing to worry about. It can be alarming but they’ll go down quickly. 

The Umbilical cord will look pretty gross. It will  gradually dry, become black and then fall off, usually within the first 10 days.

Try to keep the umbilical cord clean and dry. If the area around the umbilical cord looks red or is sticky, let your Pediatrician know. 

 

There Will Be So Much Poop

 

Babies poop sooo much in those first few days. They are getting all the meconium out.

Meconium is the earliest stool that babies have and it looks like black tar.  It’s made up of materials ingested during the time the infant spends in the uterus: intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, mucus, amniotic fluid, bile, and water. They will poop this tar-like substance for about half the week. 

All my babies pooped about 15 times a day for the first 3 days just getting this stuff out. It was So. Much. Poop. I could barely enjoy my little one between constant diaper changes. 

After your breastmilk comes in the poop will turn to a dijon mustard yellow and they go after every feeding. This is a good indication that your babe is getting enough to eat. 

 

 

 

She May Get Really Rashy And Have Gooey Eyes

 

Your baby will very likely get rashy and his eyes will run. They can develop all sorts of rashes, which typically aren’t serious.

Common rashes include cradle cap, diaper rash, heat rash, eczema, milia, and dry skin. My first had all of them. 

Your little one may get gooey eyes too. This is a sign of a clogged tear duct and it usually gets better on its own. 

 

You’ll Be Seeing The Doctor A Couple Of Times

 

Your Pedestrian will have you come in every couple days at first and then the appointments will stretch further and further apart until they land at every six months or so. These are important so they can check to make sure your baby is gaining weight and eating well. 

They will also check to make sure your baby doesn’t get Jaundice and give injections that he needs so don’t put them off. 

I know it’s tiresome to keep going when you’re tired and just want to be home but you have to do it. 

 

 

 

Things Will Get So Much Easier After That first Week. Your body will adjust and your babe will adjust to her new home. A routine will eventually set in and you’ll get more rest. It’s all so worth it. Hang in there and enjoy these special ( but sometimes ) difficult moments. It’s all part of the package 😉

 

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How to Fix Flat Head And Avoid The Helmet

How to Fix Flat Head And Avoid The Helmet

Babies often lay flat these days with all the things mamas use to assist them. Strollers, car seats and swings all play a role in the rise of the problem. Luckily the issue is usually very benign and can be fixed fairly easily. 

Nearly 50% of babies are affected at least some with plagiocephaly. 

 

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What Is plagiocephaly?

 

Plagiocephaly (sometimes called deformational plagiocephaly or positional plagiocephaly) is a very common, very treatable disorder. It causes a baby’s head to have a flattened appearance. Plagiocephaly develops when an infant’s soft skull becomes flattened in one area, due to repeated pressure on one part of the head.

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How Is It Treated?

 

TREATMENT OF PLAGIOCEPHALY. The options for treatment of plagiocephaly are surgical and nonsurgical. Surgical intervention is required only for confirmed craniosynostosis. Nonsurgical treatment can involve positioning and physiotherapy, or the use of a molding device (helmet therapy).

 

Let’s hope your baby doesn’t end up needing surgical intervention. Or a helmet for that matter. 

You can fix your baby’s flat head without the dreaded helmet. Many parents do and that’s what we’ll talk about to today.

 

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Tummy Time

The first thing you need to do to begin correcting your baby’s flat head is to make tummy time all the time. When your baby is awake and playing they can be on there tummy strengthening their neck muscles and back. 

This will allow for good movement at night when they are laying down. Good movement and strong muscles mean that your baby can reposition easily and this helps prevent flat head. 

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It also gives the head a break from lying against something constantly so that it can begin the reshaping process. 

 

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And Get A Bumbo Seat

 

Getting a Bumbo seat is another great way to have your baby up and off her head. It will allow your baby to gain strength while you get stuff done. 

Many parents put their child in a swing or bouncer that the baby lays back in and this is one of the reasons there is a rise in positional plagiocephaly. 

Using something like a Bumbo seat is a much better option. You can buy the one pictured below on Amazon for a fair price. Just remember, never leave your baby unattended in a Bumbo seat because it could be dangerous. 

 

Preventing Flat head in babies

 

 A Special Pillow 

There are special pillows made to prevent this problem from occurring and they can also help if the issue has already developed.

 

These pillows provide the ultimate ergonomic neck and head support.  They create a cocoon-like holding effect that soothes and reassures the baby while helping to promote healthy skull development and proper head shape. 

They are a must for every new baby. You can find a really good one right here. 

 

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Reposition there head From Side To Side As They Sleep 

 

I know you’re tired but If you don’t have a pillow it would be beneficial to get up every few hours and turn your baby’s head. Perhaps you can do it after a feeding when they fall asleep. 

Even if they have a pillow it is still a good idea to angle their head slightly to the left or right alternating while they’re on the pillow. This will help keep the neck, shoulder muscles, and skull healthy. 

 

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 Get A Dock A Tot

 

A Dock A Tot is an excellent tool to have in general. But for the baby that’s developing a flat head, it’s very helpful because the head is inclined and cushioned. This takes some of the pressure of the skull. It’s good to use for naps. 

It’s also beneficial if your baby gets sick because it elevates the head nicely. There’s nothing worse than a baby with a stuffy nose that can’t breathe at all at night!  A Dock A Tot will help tremendously. 

You can get a really nice one right here. 

 

 

Baby Wear As Much As Possible

 

Babywearing is not only good for your baby but it’s also good for their skull development. Babywearing is also good for developing neck muscles if you leave the head out ( only do this if your baby is old enough to support their head ).

 

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But If you need a helmet it’s ok!

 

Sometimes your baby just needs a helmet. It’s good to try and correct it yourself but if the Good Doc really believes it’s necessary then just go for it and turn it into an accessory like below 🙂

 

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The First 24 Hours | What To Expect Right After Delivery Of Your Baby

The First 24 Hours | What To Expect Right After Delivery Of Your Baby

If you’ve never had a baby before you may be wondering what to expect right after you give birth. Things can move pretty quickly and it’s a very exciting time. 

Usually, they follow a very specific routine and that’s what I’ll go over today so You’ll know just what to expect! Let’s talk about it. Plus there’s a free breastfeeding planner for your hospital stay you can print out below. Just scroll down a bit.

Make sure you read the full post because there’s some very important info at the end you don’t want to forget about. 

 

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What Happens With Baby First 

 

Once your babe is born he’ll be given to you.  Skin on Skin contact is very important and you should be the first to meet your baby. You’ll get to hold your baby for a while and even try breastfeeding if that’s your plan. 

I got to hold my second baby for an hour before handing him over. He latched on to the breast right away and he had no trouble at all. 

After a while, they will take the baby and clean him, put ointment on his eyes and give him Vitamin K drops. 

The ointment prevents eye infections and Vitamin K is important because it helps his blood clot. 

 

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After these steps are taken they will put a hospital band on your babe and then take ink footprints of him. 

 

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What Happens With You First 

 

While you’re holding your sweet babe the nurses will begin to massage your stomach to help your birth the Placenta. This is not fun and for me, it was pretty painful. 

It feels like a dull ache and more labor pains but the discomfort is numbed by the fact that you are finally holding onto your baby. 

 

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Once the placenta is out they will go ahead and cut the umbilical cord if they haven’t already. In my case, they waited till I had birthed it but it all depends. 

Your doctor or midwife will begin giving you stitches if your perineum has a tear after the placenta has been birthed. They will also monitor your blood pressure and your blood loss to make sure you’re ok and that everything is going according to plan. 

You and your baby will stay in the birthing room for two to three hours post birth and you’ll be able to eat and clean yourself up some. Then they’ll move you to the postnatal ward for a one to two-night stay. If you had a C-section you will stay for four nights. 

They want you to stay so they can monitor your recovery and watch the baby as well to make sure he’s healthy and thriving. 

*** If you want things to go a specific way during the first few hours after birth be sure to include it in your birthing plan. Here’s a free one you can print out right here. Make sure everyone sees it so they all know just what you want. 

 

So What Happens Next?

 

You make it to your recovery room and you’re wondering how things will go from here. 

Well, first of all, you’ll get settled in and they’ll take the IV out of your arm if they haven’t already. They usually leave it in until now just in case there is an emergency or they feel the need to administer some medication to you. 

Speaking of medication, You’ll feel pretty beat up during this time so when they offer your pain meds, go right ahead and take them. You’ll need them. 

They’ll want you to use the bathroom pretty quickly so they can make sure everything is functioning properly. If you had an epidural they’ll wheel you in the bathroom to pee on this stand-up wheelchair device. Or perhaps a regular wheelchair depending on where you go to have your baby. 

They often use the stand-up device because they want you to use your legs as quickly as possible after the epidural. It just promotes recovery and healing and it lets them know you’re alright. 

It’s not fun to use the bathroom the first time. You’re likely numb and you can barely do it or you’re not and it burns like a mother. These are not fun moments but you have to get the job done. 

 

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As far as your uterus goes, you’ll be having cramps that can be as bad as labor pains. This is caused by your uterus shrinking up and the pain is worse when you breastfeed.

The breastfeeding causes the uterus to contract more, and that’s a good thing. It just doesn’t feel so great. 

If you’re torn down there it will swell up really bad like an open rose and it is super uncomfortable. Even if you don’t tear you will be really swollen. 

 

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They’ll offer you these mesh underwear and pads along with ice packs to sit on to help keep you as clean and comfortable as possible. You will bleed heavily for the first 24 hours with some big clots. 

Then after that, it will slow down some but you will bleed for about six weeks total. 

Your tummy will still be pretty big and it will take some time to go down. Maybe even a couple months, it just depends on your body.

Breastfeeding can help it shrink quicker so that’s a plus. You can help by using this special underwear or this Postpartum belt. 

These will help everything shrink back into place nicely. 

For added cleanliness, you can use this product right here to help you get through tough times as well.  This product is good for when you’re on your period too and you need to feel fresher. 

 

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What’s Next For Baby

 

Your baby will stay with you so you can bond and respond easily to their needs. You will begin your breastfeeding journey ( if you intend to do so ) at the hospital and you will practice a lot. When the baby isn’t nursing he will likely be sleeping. 

Babies are very tired after birth, he will probably sleep most of those first few days, so get rest when you can. 

While you are getting to know baby make sure you are skin to skin often. This releases hormones like oxytocin that are good for you both. It helps your baby thrive better too. 

Your baby should be able to recognize that you’re his or her mother by the sound of your voice and heartbeat. It’s a familiar sound and it brings great comfort to your babe. 

When he is awake he will hear you and likely try to turn his sweet little head towards you. When he nurses your colostrum will taste familiar like the amniotic fluid in the womb and this will also be comforting. 

 

 

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The staff will take your baby’s blood at some point. They usually squeeze it from the heel of the foot. Most of the time the baby isn’t bothered by this. A couple of mine slept through it. Other times baby may not like being squeezed at all. He may cry or fuss. Just be there to comfort him through it so he knows you are there when he needs you. 

While you are in the hospital your chosen Pediatrician will come in and do an overall health exam of your baby. This will get them started with the doc and she will see him several times over the next upcoming months. You’ll have doc appointments as much as twice weekly for the first few weeks.

If you want you can have photos done in the hospital. Most hospitals offer this so that you have photos of your newborn right after birth. Be sure to take something nice for your baby to wear if you plan on doing this. 

 

What You Need To Do Next

 

You’ll need to set up your baby’s insurance set up. You can go ahead and do this while you’re in the hospital or you can wait till you get home. Either way, it’s a crucial next step in setting up the care of your baby, so take care of it as soon as possible. Perhaps your partner can do this so you can attend to funner things.

You’ll need to fill out a birth certificate at some point while at the facility. They give you that and some other paperwork to fill out. They’ll also likely give you pamphlets on how to cope during postpartum depression or during periods of purple crying. 

You may also receive information on breastfeeding recourses as well. 

When you’re ready to leave make a double check on the car seat. Make sure it’s tight and properly installed for baby’s safety. 

Once you get home you may feel a bit overwhelmed. I know I did each time I brought one of my babies home. Hormones really start to set in too. It can feel somewhat scary. But hang in there. 

Make sure you have a really good support system and someone there that can help at least the first week or so. You’ll be SO grateful for them. You’ll see…

Good luck mama! I hope this was helpful. 

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How To Get Through Labor Transition Without Crying

How To Get Through Labor Transition Without Crying

You’ve gotten through most of your labor and things have really kicked up a notch. The intensity is peaking and you may want an epidural at this time. If you are wanting to give birth naturally then these will be your weakest moments. 

But I know you can do it, as millions of women before you have. You want to truly experience what your body was meant to do without intervention, but to get through this difficult time you must know how to cope with the transition stage. 

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What Is Labor Transition?

 

Labor Transition is the late phase when your cervix will dilate from 7 centimeters to 10 centimeters and you’ll be fully effaced. Your contractions will be a few minutes apart and last as long as a minute and a half. 

The intensity of your transactions are very strong at this stage and the experience is pretty unbearable. But your body was built for this and you can get through it. 

You may feel self-doubt and feelings of being out of control. You may also shake or vibrate as your body prepares to begin pushing.

 

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How Long Does Labor Transition Last? 

 

Transition can last anywhere from about a half hour to four hours long. Hopefully, for you, it will be short. 

Now let’s go over some tips to help you get through this most difficult stage so you can have your baby and be proud of what you’ve accomplished! You can do it! 

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Breathing 

 

The first thing you want to do obviously is to breathe very deeply in an organized way. There are several techniques that you can try and you can learn them in a birthing course. 

If you haven’t taken a course yet you can take one online. Here’s one you can sign up for and the first part of it is free so that should get you started. 

 

Get In The Tub 

 

Getting in the water will be a tremendous comfort for you during transition. It will help ease your pain and relax your body so that you can open up completely to allow baby to move through you. 

If you want to have a natural birth and this sounds good to you make sure you ask for a room with a tube so you’ll have one at your disposal. Or better yet, put it in your birthing plan. 

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Moan If You Need To 

 

This post is called How to get through labor transition without crying. But that doesn’t mean you cannot moan ( or go ahead and cry a little if ya really want to ). 

Moaning during labor helps ease the pain so just let go. Don’t be ashamed to make noise if you need to, the staff has heard it plenty before. Just make the noise your body wants to make, follow your instincts. 

Here’s a good post over at Giving Birth with Confidence that talks more about making sounds during your labor process. You should read it! 

 

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Change Positions 

 

Changing positions will help you manage your pain as well. You can sit on the edge of the bed, sit on a ball, squat, get in the tub or down on all fours. These positions will help gravity do its work and speed up labor transition. 

The movement will ease the pain during those crucial moments when you feel like you can’t take it anymore. It’s a bit of a distraction.

 

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 Try To Stay Grounded

Realizing or being reminded that you are in transition will help you cope. You will be able to focus on the fact that it’s almost over and your baby will soon be here.

It creates a feeling of acceptance and comfort despite the pain.  Focusing on the present moment or the baby will help you cope with what you’re experiencing. 

 

Swaying And Rocking 

 

Swaying and Rocking will help your body continue to gradually open up more so that baby can come. It’s comforting as well and it gives you something to do during your most painful moments. It really is very helpful! 

 

Encouragement

 

This is a great time for your partner to lay on the encouragement. They can help remind you of your goals and how you wanted things to go. They can help you stay strong if you definitely don’t want an epidural too. 

Just reminding you that you can absolutely do this without intervention will help you stay stronger. 

 

Stay Hydrated 

 

Keeping up your hydration will help you maintain your strength. It will make you feel less tired too and you certainly will need the fluids. 

So stay on top of the water intake to make things go as smoothly as possible. 

 

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What Your Partner Can Do To Help 

 

Your partner may feel very overwhelmed and transition is so intense that it may scare them a bit. You need to talk to them beforehand and let them know that you need them to stay focused on you instead of their own fears. 

 

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They can do a number of things to help ease you through to make sure they know how they can help.

They need to stay proactive by doing some of the things listed below:

 

Cold Compresses

Massage Techniques

Emotional Encouragement

Cue Phrases

Remind you that you’re almost done

Keep you Focused on the Present

Keep your Environment Calm and Quiet

Whisper Affirmations

 

This will also make them feel part of the process and it will make them proud. 

 

Labor Transition is pretty tough work but women have done it for hundreds of years naturally and so can you ( if you choose to ).  I hope the list above can help you in your most difficult moments. 

I wish you all the luck in the world 😉 

 

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