Each pregnancy is unique and each baby can present themselves in a number of different positions at the time of labor/birth. Learn ways to help baby turn and what to expect during labor if baby is in a less conventional pose. Breech is a variation of normal, but there are certainly things to prepare for. Research to know when it’s safe to deliver and when you should seek medical assistance. As always, be informed and trust your gut.
Why Your Due Date Is Not What You Think –
We have it ingrained in our heads throughout our entire adult lives-pregnancy is 40 weeks. The “due date” we are given at that first prenatal visit is based upon that 40 weeks, and we look forward to it with great anticipation. When we are still pregnant after that magical date, we call ourselves “overdue” and the days seem to drag on like years. The problem with this belief about the 40 week EDD is that it is not based in fact. It is one of many pregnancy and childbirth myths which has wormed its way into the standard of practice over the years-something that is still believed because “that’s the way it’s always been done”.
I have suffered this kind of extreme morning sickness with all my pregnancies except for Becky’s (more on that later). For those who are new to this blog, I am currently expecting our 8th child. In other words, I have been through this horrible morning sickness thing many times. I have also connected with other ladies suffering from NVP (nausea and vomiting in pregnancy) and HG (hyperemesis gravidarum). Having suffered from HG for collectively a couple of years of my life, I have studied this subject intensely since my first pregnancy in 2001, desperate to find some logical explanation, and then hopefully, a cure.Having said all that, I am beyond thrilled to tell you that I am certain I have FOUND both the underlying cause, as well as the cure for morning sickness, ranging anywhere from mild to severe. I will not have time to add all the scientific footnotes, study references, etc. that this knowledge is based upon. Obviously, I didn’t come up with the puzzle or any of its pieces, I just finally put it all together, thanks to the work and insight of too many others to name. Maybe one of these days I will find the time to write up a little booklet on this, with the proper footnotes and an extensive bibliography, but until then I just want to get the information out to those currently suffering, or trying to preempt future misery.Since this information is all FREE and PUBLIC, you can just read the info, do your own research, and like it or leave it. Chances are, if you are suffering from HG, you are incredibly desperate and willing to try just about anything. At least this one won’t cost you much more than your time reading this post.
I first blogged about the connection between H. pylori and NVP/HG about 9 months in my blog post, The Cause and Cure of Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum. With a view count of over 52,000 to date, it is THE most popular post on this blog, bar none. I have heard from scores and scores of readers who reported that their NVP/HG greatly improved by addressing the underlying issue of H. pylori colonization. During my most recent pregnancy, not only was I able to reduce my symptoms of hyperemesis and morning sickness by about 90% by following the protocol outlines in the blog post, but I was able to do so while expecting twins, which typically is accompanied by exacerbated nausea. Personally, as well as based on the testimony of others, I am convinced that gastrointestinal issues, more specifically an over-colonization with H. pylori, are the true cause of morning sickness. I just wish there were more doctors and researchers studying this subject in depth, and developing natural, safe, and effective treatment methods.
Feel strange about sex during pregnancy? It’s perfectly safe to have sex when pregnant – in fact, that’s when many women want it more than ever! Remember that if you’re happy, then your baby is too. The chemicals released during orgasm help relax you, and this peaceful feeling will be passed onto your baby. Don’t forget, your child wants to come into a good relationship that is happy on all levels!
If you’re finding sex awkward and your bump is getting in the way, you’ll probably need to find some new positions that work for your growing body. We’ve rounded up the best sex positions to try throughout pregnancy – we hope you enjoy them!
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Women’s bodies know how to give birth, but many surgeons and midwives don’t know how to WAIT for birth. Before a woman consents to a routine vaginal exam she should have a good idea how she will feel if the results don’t mirror her anticipation, and what recommendations her care provider will make based on the results.
As my 4th pregnancy is nearing the end I have bittersweet feelings. I can’t wait to meet and hold my little man or lady, and definitely I won’t miss having to pee 4 times a night or hearing my now pliable pelvic bones move and crunch when I try to pull myself out of bed in the morning. But, there’s so much I will miss.
“Germans have a word, zwischen, which means between. I’ve co-opted that word for my own obstetrical uses. When I sense the discomfort and tension of late pregnancy in my clients, I suggest that they are now in The Time of Zwischen. The time of in between, where the opening begins. Giving it a name gives it dimension, an experience closer to wonder than endurance…
I call out Zwischen in prenatals as a way of offering comfort and, also, as a way of offering protection. I see how simple it is to exploit and abuse this time. A scheduled induction is seductive, promising a sense of control. Fearful and confused family can trigger a crisis of confidence. We are not a culture that waits for anything, nor are we believers in normal birth; waiting for a baby can feel like insanity. Giving this a name points her toward listening and developing her own intuition. That, in turn, is a powerful training ground for motherhood.”