Stay Fit in Maternity Fashion

Fitness experts agree that any woman who exercises regularly can usually continue to do so throughout her pregnancy. Bicycling, jogging and walking are ideal, as are prenatal exercise classes that are developed especially for pregnant women. Exercise increases lung capacity, improves circulation, eases back pain from added weight, keeps weight under control, helps prepare a woman’s body for labor and delivery, and enables her to recuperate more rapidly after childbirth. Read More …

Water Immersion during Childbirth

The healing and pain-relieving properties of water have been hailed over the centuries, and the use of water immersion during labor is becoming a popular pain control option for women who are looking for ways to avoid the use of painkillers and anesthetic drugs. Hospitals across the country are now including whirlpool baths as part of their maternity ward facilities and birthing suite renovations, and women are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of hydrotherapy in labor. Read More …

Nutrition during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a unique time for women and their partners. There is a new life to consider—a baby who will need soft, tiny clothes and lots of diapers. But for now, during pregnancy, the best gifts an expectant mother can provide are the nutrients that will help her baby grow and develop. Read More …

Childbirth Resources

Everything you need to know as you prepare for the birth of your first baby. Peaceful Birth? Considering Natural Childbirth by Shelley Albini, a Childbirth Education Practitioner teaching Hypnobirthing in Connecticut. Midlife Motherhood: What’s Age Got to Do with It? Read More …

Choosing to Breastfeed

Choosing to Breastfeed
by Jan Moeller, RNC What is the profile of a mother today? She may be a career woman who postpones family until established in a profession, or the professional woman who chooses to stay home rather than continue her career. She may be a teen parent or a single mother struggling to provide a living for her family. She may be part of a couple who must maintain dual incomes, thus requiring a return to the workplace after an 8-12 week maternity leave. She comes from varied cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds with or without the support of close family and friends. One thread in common is that she will be making many decisions throughout her pregnancy, with feeding methods for her new baby as one of the most significant. Read More …

Prenatal Music for Baby

When I say I teach prenatal music classes, people can’t believe what they’ve heard. I hear polite laughter and the question, "What exactly is prenatal music?" I’m only too glad to answer because it isn’t a laughing matter—unless we’re having too much fun! Read More …

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Benefits of Breastfeeding
by Carol Townson, RN, CCE, IBCLC Breastfeeding is THE most important thing that a mother can do for her baby. Breastfeeding is the baby’s first immunization, providing important and protective antibodies. Colostrum, the pre-milk substance that the baby receives for the first 1-5 days prior to the milk "coming in", is especially rich in antibodies, which protect against bacteria and viruses. Infants receive antibodies and protection against ANY bacteria or virus to which the mother has come into contact with and developed a resistance to. Breastfed babies have fewer allergies and a lower incidence of juvenile diabetes. Immunizations are more effective in breastfed babies and urinary tract infections are less common. Most people are familiar with the fact that respiratory illness, ear infections, diarrhea and stomach upsets are less frequent in breastfed infants, but here are some lesser known facts: Read More …