Inside: May 2024


Decline This Intervention If You Want a Natural Hospital Birth

Planning a natural, calm hospital birth? Create the experience you envision by saying “no” to some common interventions. Here are areas I would focus on where you can establish your autonomy and personalize your birth and the intervention options given to you: 1. Ditch the Gown, Embrace Comfort (and Confidence!) Start strong and decline the hospital gown. Walk in with confidence, wearing what makes you feel empowered. This simple act sets the stage for requesting what you need. It’s also good practice for saying “no” with a smile. 2. Embrace Your Agency: You’re Not a Patient, You’re a Birth Warrior!

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Gestational Diabetes: It’s Not Your Fault

Have you heard whispers about gestational diabetes (GDM) from other moms? Maybe you’re worried about the test yourself but don’t panic. According to the International Diabetes Federation, roughly 1 in 7 births are affected by GDM; which is a form of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It happens when your body can’t make enough insulin or use it effectively, leading to high blood sugar levels.  While it sounds scary, know this: Gestational Diabetes is not your fault, and with proper care, you can have a healthy pregnancy and birth. Understanding Gestational Diabetes During pregnancy, your placenta produces hormones that help

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Babymoon: Celebrate Pregnancy, Your Way! (And Ditch the Pressure)

Let’s be honest, for many of us expecting mamas, the idea of a babymoon is just adding another item to our already daunting pregnancy to-do list and it can feel overwhelming. When I was pregnant, the thought of traveling, planning trips, or anything spontaneous sent shivers down my spine. I was a first-time mom-to-be, and frankly, I had no idea how I would feel in a week, let alone a month. Women bombarded me with stories of exhaustion, aches, and general “feeling-like-garbage” experiences. The last thing I wanted was to be stuck somewhere wishing I was curled up on my

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