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.
I want to start my post out by saying this: birth can't be planned! You're going to have to make lots of choices as you prepare for the birth of your baby, but at the end of the day, birth is like playing a round of cards: you've gotta do the best you can with the hand you're dealt and you won't know what you have to work with until that day comes. When I talk with clients about “birth plans” I encourage them to rename it to birth preferences and to think of it like assembling a tool box when you're unsure of what you'll be asked to do on the job. The goal is to have as many tools as possible in your tool box so that when the work of labor comes, you can pull out the tools you need.
If you've gotten to the part of your pregnancy when you're starting to put together your birth plan, then you know there is certainly a lot to consider! If you're planning to breastfeed your baby, it certainly needs to be included on your birth plan. The first couple of hours after birth have an enormous impact on establishing good breastfeeding habits, as well as creating an adequate milk supply.
Why would you wear compression socks while you’re pregnant? There are so many reasons! Pregnancy compression socks can help reduce discomfort in your feet and ankles, support your cardiovascular system by promoting good blood flow, and they can help you stay more comfortable when you’re on your feet for long periods of time. Every expecting mother should have at least one pair of compression socks for pregnancy!
As your estimated due date gets closer there can be a lot on your mind—getting your home ready for baby, having all of the supplies you'll need to care for baby, preparing for the postpartum, and all of the excitement of finally holding your baby on the outside! Many people also find themselves wondering when labor will start and how labor will go. It is such an unknown!
Wearing a pregnancy band for compression support can be a great way to keep feeling your best while your body is growing a baby. There are many benefits to support bands, particularly if you are dealing with pelvic pain problems or if you have diastasis recti, but even for a normal, healthy pregnancy a compression band can be useful. Here are a few of the benefits of wearing a maternity compression band:
I get lots of questions about when and how to start exercising again after having a baby. What’s safe? How do I know my body is ready? Is there anything I should watch out for? These are all great questions and while I’m going to answer all of these in a general way, it’s really important to ask your care provider all of those questions. They know the particulars about you and your delivery and will be able to tailor an exercise recommendation just for you.
One of the most common questions asked about using postpartum maternity compression garments is: how tight should it be? The one thing to remember is that the garment is meant to compress, but not to be painful. Our simple guidelines can help you find the perfect fit for your postpartum compression garment.
To be specific, maternity compression garments are medically designed by experts to provide support, relief, and stabilization for increased comfort during pregnancy and to assist with postpartum healing. It’s no secret that pregnancy takes a toll on your body, but maternity compression is able to target specific areas to help you stay on your feet during pregnancy and recover after giving birth.
So you’ve heard that you may qualify for maternity compression through insurance, but what exactly is maternity compression? They’re your new secret weapon as an expectant or recovering mom. There are three main types of maternity compression garments that may be recommended by your doctor depending on your individual needs and whether you’re expecting or postpartum.
You've just had a baby – congratulations!! – and now you've entered into the transitional period called “postpartum.” Since your baby is no longer occupying the space in your abdomen, all of your organs and muscles are settling back into their usual places. Your abdominal muscles, which stretched apart to make room for baby, are slowly coming back together. Your connective tissues and ligaments that softened to make space for the birth are shrinking and firming up. Your hips, pelvis, and spine are re-aligning too.
Pregnancy is such a fun and exciting time for a family! There are so many new things to learn about, new sensations that you’ll feel, and your baby’s body is developing new parts and systems every day. But what about the changes happening to your body? Pregnancy can change your posture, your balance, and put additional pressure on your joints and pelvic floor–all of which increase the workload of your muscles and ligaments.