Living dirty for better optimal health is an idea that I've just been introduced to after reading "The Microbiome Solution" by Dr. Robynne Chutkan. Dr. Chutkan is a gastroenterologist working at Georgetown University Hospital and also running her own integrative health center for women. What does all of this have to do with pregnancy and birthing a new baby? A lot. The … [Read more...] about Strengthen your immune system during pregnancy
What is a family-centered or gentle C-section?
What is a "gentle" or "family-centered" C-section? Anyone who has had a traditional cesarean section, or C-section, can tell you that the mechanics of the surgical procedure can distract from the celebration of bringing your baby into the world. During a traditional C-section, the mom and child are frequently separated in the moments after birth when a connection to one … [Read more...] about What is a family-centered or gentle C-section?
Microbiome, birth, and baby: What you need to know
Micro- what? The microbiome is something scientists and doctors are learning more about everyday. The microbiome plays a big role in our overall health and well-being. This is true for even the tiniest of us, newborn babies. I had the chance to talk with Toni Harman, director and producer of the film, MicroBirth. Find out exactly what the microbiome is and how it plays a role … [Read more...] about Microbiome, birth, and baby: What you need to know
7 tips for recovery from a C-Section
I recently wrote about my unplanned C-section recently on here, and today I wanted to share a few tips on how I had a good recovery from the surgery. Remember – your body is recovering from major surgery, as well as adjusting to caring for a newborn, so have realistic expectations! It will take a week or two to feel some semblance of normalcy. 1. Stay on top of your … [Read more...] about 7 tips for recovery from a C-Section
An Unplanned C-Section
The birth of your child is extremely personal and unique- and yet, somehow, very much the same. The CDC says that in 2013, Cesarean sections accounted for 32.7% of all births in the United States. That’s a lot- approximately 1.2 million, give or take. Talk to any mom, seasoned or rookie, and at some point they’ll probably tell you how birth plans never go the way you … [Read more...] about An Unplanned C-Section