It can be harrowing trying to figure out how to prepare for baby’s arrival. In Finland, everything you conceivably need for the entire first year arrives in one box. You can, of course, fluff it up with as many things as you need to help you feel comfortable, excited, and prepared, but accounting for the essentials is a good jumping off point. Just bear in mind, there’s a … [Read more...] about Practical baby preparation
Breastfeeding There are plenty of conflicting strategies and opinions about how to breastfeed—timed feeding versus feeding-on-demand, for instance—but remember that, just as you know your own body, through intuition and experimentation, you will get to know your baby’s needs better than anyone. That said, breastfeeding is not necessarily as intuitive as it is made out to … [Read more...] about Practical tips for breastfeeding success
While it’s a good idea not to overly anticipate exactly how your birth will go, a birth plan is a wonderful way to dream about your labor and the birth of your child and can be an important medium for clarifying an idea of how you’d like to approach the birth decisions you may be faced with. As you’re sketching out your desires, remember to stay with the idea of flexibility … [Read more...] about How to go with the flow of birth
We’re all entitled to a vice, and coffee is a worldwide choice. It’s actually the number one source of antioxidants for most people. During pregnancy, however, it’s time to let it go. What's the evidence surrounding caffeine and pregnancy? Caffeine is certainly not horrible, but in pregnancy its role is controversial, and there is enough evidence that points to it being … [Read more...] about The truth about caffeine and pregnancy
Aside from morning sickness, many physical surprises may happen during pregnancy. Digestion is slowing down to accommodate your pregnancy, and your body’s hormones are making massive adjustments. It’s not unlikely that you will experience insomnia, fatigue, or even lethargy, sore breasts, and bloating. There are odder symptoms such as a metallic taste in your mouth. The … [Read more...] about What is metallic taste in pregnancy all about?