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.
There are ways for you to prepare and “stack the deck” in your favor for an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. One of those is to help baby be in an optimal birth position before labor starts. How do you know? And how do you do that? Great questions! Let's talk about it...
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:
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.
Are you expecting a new bundle of joy? As your body prepares for delivery, you may begin to experience new aches, pains and fatigue. Luckily, help is available through Maternity Compression garments. And the best news? Maternity Compression garments are often covered through insurance with a doctor’s prescription.