Rebekah Mustaleski

Best Foods to Eat While Pregnant

Having a well-balanced nutritional plan is one of the foundational pieces to having a healthy pregnancy. What you put in your body not only affects your health, but your baby's future health and can have an impact on your labor and delivery, too. Which is why it is so important to make sure you know which foods are the best ones to eat during pregnancy and what makes one food a better choice over another food.

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Top 5 Postpartum Care Tips from a Midwife

The postpartum period is a time of transition and a lot of change. If you’re a first time parent, you’ll be figuring out how to care for a tiny human and if you already have a child or two, you’re learning how to integrate the new sibling into the family.

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Fighting Pregnancy Fatigue

Growing a new person inside of you is exciting, but it can also be exhausting. Pregnancy fatigue is often one of the first signs of pregnancy, and the first trimester and third trimester are notorious for that can't-keep-your-eyes-open tiredness. So what causes this common pregnancy complaint, and is there anything you can do to give yourself more energy?

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What is Diastasis Recti?

Once you’re pregnant or in pre-pregnancy planning, you start learning about all sorts of things that you’d never thought about before, like diastasis recti, which sometimes it needs special attention. But many expectant and new moms wonder how do you know the difference, how it affects your health, and is there anything you can do to prevent it or treat it?

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Inducing Labor: Myth vs. Reality

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.

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Swelling During Pregnancy: What’s Normal

pregnant woman doing yoga while wearing motif belly band
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.

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Postpartum Body – What to Know & What To Do

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?

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Birth Plan Template and Checklist

“If you don't know your options, you don't have any.” - Diana Korte

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, a baby’s birth can't be planned. Even when some details are known, estimated due date, location, preferred birth method, etc., there is too much about it that is unknown!

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