Recently, we were asked to take a look at POP: 50 Amazing Secrets to a Successful Labor & Delivery or C-section, by Pamela Peery. We happily obliged, because who doesn't love a good secret?
And, we thought it would be fun to do our own, NaturallyBorn take on this theme. Our mamas are so prolific and generous with their advice that we thought we'd challenge our mamas as follows:
What is the ONE piece of advice, or the juiciest "secret" you could share, about childbirth?
Tell us below in the comments for a chance to win a copy of POP! Even if you are not pregnant now, it makes a great gift for an expecting mom in your life.
I'll even kick things off. See the first comment associated with this post. :-)
Here's a bit more about the book itself...
When I found out I was pregnant (now almost a year ago to the day!) I had already made the decision to breastfeed exclusively. And it was funny how often that question came up, “are you going to breastfeed?” almost as often as “do you know what you’re having?” And I would reply, yes, I hope. Because I knew it was hard and I knew a lot of people that didn’t. The only thing I didn’t know was really how hard it would be at first.
I read a lot before the baby came about how to breastfeed, how to get the best latch. Remember, the books said, the baby is learning to latch and you’re learning to breastfeed but its a lot of instinct – she knows what she needs to do.
I knew, even when I was still pregnant, that I planned on breastfeeding the girls. However, I was not fully prepared for what a challenge it would be. I set several mini-goals for breastfeeding. The last goal I set was to get to the six month mark.
Once we got to six months, I knew we were in it for the long haul.I figured at this point it would be silly (and expensive) to give up on nursing. By this six-month mark my supply was very well established and the girls were, in general, very efficient nursers. We seemed to have gotten past that tricky point where my milk did not seem to be satisfying enough.
I'm here to tell you that your relationship is important, it is worth investing in, and may well be the best gift that you can give your children.
Today I am going to share with you five (not so simple) steps you can take to protect your marriage after baby is born.
Having a new baby brings a whirlwind of emotions from pure elation to complete exhaustion. Many moms worry about their milk supply and whether or not their babies are getting enough nutrition. If your baby is gaining weight and has wet diapers then don’t jump to the conclusion that you have a milk supply problem!
Diet can impact the quality and quantity of your breast milk and energy, as well as your overall health. With that being said, the human body is very forgiving and breast milk is made to protect and nourish your baby, even if your diet isn't perfect. If you’re looking for some easy ways to give yourself and baby the best diet possible, here are my four important tips for nursing moms...
Part of this may have to do with the fact that I long ago decided that I'm a horrible "get down on the floor and play with my kids" type of mom. My brain is far to analytical and I just don't "play well".
But what I do well is read. Even my middle school and elementary aged sons want to join in when I am reading to their twin sisters.
Last night we read a book that was new to me: Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes. The girls loved the repetetive story of Pete the Cat who really, really loves his white shoes. He loves them so much that he sings a song about how much he loves them . . . until he steps in a pile of strawberries, and his white shoes turn red. "But did Pete the Cat cry? Goodness no! He just walked along and sang his song."
I distinctly remember the first time after I had a baby, someone asking me to tell them more about myself. "So, what are you all about?" he asked, seeming genuinely interested. He was a professor whose amazing ideas I had been hearing about all semester from my husband. I felt boring, and bored by my concerns in that moment. "What AM I all about now?" I wondered.
Like most parents, I am in love with, fascinated by and driven crazy by my children. But in the moment when this gentleman asked me what I was all about, I was aware of how much I missed being a part of an adult conversation of ideas. Our culture constantly presents this to us as a choice: You either take care of your children and allow their "infantile" world to subsume yours, OR you "abandon" them to caregivers while you pursue your own "selfish" ambitions. I was curious about a third way, a way that would honor the needs of EVERYONE in my family, including the intellectual needs of a stay-at-home mom. And so I began with some babysteps of reclaiming my brain.
One of the first things new parents notice is that their brains simply don't work as well anymore. Dates and words escape you, you find yourself using words like "potty" even with adults. Mary Goulet and Heather Reider, authors of "The Momstown Guide to Getting it All", gives the brilliant suggestion of signing up for a word-of-the-day email from the smarty-pants folks over at Websters.com. Not only is this an easy way of getting your communication past the vocabulary of a toddler, it helps probe parts of your brain that you may have forgotten that you enjoy. Being reminded of the word tangent, for example, may remind you of how much you love Geometry....