Rebekah Mustaleski is a Certified Professional Midwife with Roots & Wings Midwifery in Knoxville, TN, where Rebekah promotes evidence-based maternity care for families seeking an out of hospital delivery. She is working to improve maternal outcomes during the childbearing year and to promote a sustainable business model for midwifery practices across the country. Rebekah is co-owner of Roots & Wings Midwifery, LLC as well as Treasurer for the Tennessee Midwives Association.
One of the first things people do when they find out they are pregnant is figure out their estimated due date—when will their baby be born? Everyone wants to know that! Some people have scheduled c-sections, which may give them more control over their baby’s birth date, but even then, babies have a mind of their own and sometimes they choose to come sooner than expected.
A lot of changes happen in your body while you’re pregnant! Swelling, or edema, is extra fluid that collects in your tissues. It is considered a normal part of a healthy pregnancy and is caused by the increased blood volume your body makes to be able to provide baby with all of their nutritional needs. This increase occurs between 20 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, which is also when people begin to notice swelling.
Your body is an incredible creation! Throughout the pregnancy your body has grown and nourished a new person, created new organs and systems, and birthed a new life into the world. What comes next? What does the postpartum look like for new parents? What can you do to support your postpartum body during the Fourth Trimester?
This is perhaps one of the most well known quotes in the birthing world and it's also the best reason I know to develop a birth plan, although I prefer to call them “birth preferences.” The thing is, birth can't be planned. Even when some details are known, like your estimated due date, birthing center, hospital bag, birth team or birth partner, and other factors, there is too much about it that is unknown for anyone to fully plan! However, take the time to look into your options about topics that might come up so you will know what your preferences are. Think of it as putting together a tool box. All of the tools will fit in the box, but there are probably some that you want to be at the top for easier access. If you needed to, you can always get to the tools at the bottom.
If you're planning to deliver your baby by Cesarean section, or if you've already given birth by C-section, you should receive an abdominal binder before you leave the hospital or you may choose to purchase your own. These postpartum support bands can help new moms during their recovery by reducing postoperative pain, reducing postpartum bleeding, and increasing mobility. So let's talk about how and when to use them for the best results.
The immediate postpartum period is such an important time for you and baby to bond and get to know each other for the first time. Your main priorities over the first couple of weeks is to rest your body and feed your baby. So what are the best ways to prepare for that? What should you have and what will make those things easier?
Compression garments have been used for a long time among several groups of people, but they are just starting to be a more common tool for the pregnant population. Maybe you're new to using compression to help with some of the discomforts of pregnancy, or maybe you've been using compression for pregnancy but hadn't thought about compression during the postpartum—either way, lets talk about how long you should wear the various compression options both before and after baby arrives.
Wearing maternity compression socks has so many benefits both in pregnancy and postpartum, but it’s very important to learn how to properly put them on for maximum relief and comfort all day long! Watch our helpful step-by-step video showing how to get the perfect fit, featuring Motif's Compression Director and Certified Professional Midwife, Rebekah Mustaleski.
You've just delivered your precious new baby—congratulations! This time in life is filled with so much fun and excitement, but recovering from a cesarean delivery is also a lot of hard work. You have an adorable newborn to care for, feed, and admire, while also healing from major abdominal surgery. I hope your family and friends will help you with caring for your house and your family in the first few weeks, but let’s take a look at how compression garments can help your body recover during this time. Isn't it nice to know there are aids available to help you heal from your cesarean?
Sore feet, swollen ankles, and even varicose veins are common discomforts that many people experience during pregnancy. Most of the time, swelling starts showing up toward the end of pregnancy, gets worse over time, and goes away completely after the baby is born. Any sudden or severe swelling should be reported to your healthcare provider, but even if your swelling is within normal for pregnancy, compression socks can help alleviate some of the aches and pains.