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Rebekah Mustaleski, CPM

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.

Pregnancy Fatigue Tips to Stay Energized

It goes without saying that many women experience fatigue during pregnancy—for some people, it can even be their first sign of pregnancy! It’s typical for energy levels to ebb and flow throughout the trimesters. And many pregnant people find they struggle the most with fatigue in the first and third trimesters, but they return to feeling normal energy levels during the second trimester. It shouldn’t be surprising that feeling so tired comes with the territory of pregnancy! After all, your body is working hard 24/7 and growing a whole, completely new person. That takes a lot of effort! What exactly does that mean? Even when you're sleeping, your body isn’t getting the deep rest it usually gets. Remember it is still busy building a baby. While there’s nothing that can be done to decrease your body’s need to work all day and night, you can help support your body in doing that extra work. Here are my top 7 tips to help you stay energized during pregnancy:

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How Postpartum Compression is Different From Shapewear

How Postpartum Compression is Different from Shapewear

If you’re looking around online, you might wonder if postpartum recovery garments are the same thing as shapewear. If you already own a corset or body shaper, you might be tempted to wear those after the baby is born. However, I  don’t recommend doing that! Postpartum compression garments are specifically designed to help your body heal after birth. Shapewear helps smooth the curves of your body—those are very different functions! To be even more specific, let’s take a closer look at five differences between postpartum recovery garments and general shapewear.

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Finding a Midwife: Questions to Ask and What to Expect

Finding a Midwife: Questions to Ask and What to Expect

Aren’t all midwives the same? No! They are different! While all midwives are trained in natural childbirth, their specific ways of practicing and protocols for their work might vary quite a bit. This can feel confusing while looking for your midwife. There is good news! You can meet with your potential providers before you try to decide who to choose for your prenatal care. So, what does an interview with a midwife look like? Let's learn about questions to ask. The best way to interview the people you’re considering using for your prenatal care.

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FREE Newborn Baby Care Log and Tips From a Midwife

FREE Newborn Baby Care Log Tips from a Midwife

Welcome to the world of parenting: where sleep is minimal, diapers are plentiful, and you probably don’t know the last time you showered! But seriously, even though becoming a parent is the most natural thing in the world, that doesn’t mean the transition happens smoothly. In fact, here’s a little inside tip: most of us always feel like we’re winging it! It’s ok to feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. All parents feel that way from time to time and most of us feel like that at some point every day. Be kind to yourself. As much as you may try to develop a rhythm to your days, to some extent every day is different and you’re going to have to go with the flow. And sometimes the days are so similar that they all start to blur together, too. That’s when having a baby care log can come in handy! Use this template to keep track of your first few weeks with baby and make sure that even as you’re figuring it out, you’ve got all your bases covered. 

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Managing Postpartum Discomforts

Managing Postpartum Discomomforts

When you’re expecting a baby, there is so much time spent focusing on taking care of yourself during pregnancy and preparing to give birth, that sometimes what to expect during the postpartum can be overlooked or more of an afterthought. But that’s not a good way to set yourself up for success! It takes just a little bit of time and planning to gather the items that will help ease your transition to motherhood and prepare you for an easier postpartum.

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Using Compression After Cesarean

In the United States approximately 1 out of every 4 babies are born by cesarean section. Some parents intend to give birth via a planned c-section and others have complications arise during the delivery that leads to a cesarean birth. With almost a quarter of deliveries taking place in the operating room, it is a good idea for all expectant parents to know how to best care for themselves after a cesarean birth. And if you're reading this article after you've already delivered your baby by c-section, then this information will be even more important for you to have!

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The Perks of Pregnancy Support Leggings and Shorts

When you’re pregnant, it can be difficult to find clothing that changes with your body and is comfortable to wear all day, but Motif Medical’s pregnancy support leggings are going to check all the boxes! They are available as leggings or as shorts and are buttery-soft, machine washable, and provide just the right amount of support for your bump and your back. If you aren’t convinced that you need at least one pair of these in your closet, here are the top 3 perks to wearing support leggings or shorts during pregnancy.

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Spring Cleaning Safely During Pregnancy

If you’re expecting a little one, you may have noticed that your desire to clean your home has increased—that’s normal! Most people call it ‘nesting’ when it happens in the third trimester. However, some people feel extra vigilant about cleanliness throughout pregnancy. And the fact is that pregnancy is the perfect time to take a closer look at the cleaning supplies you use at your house. A maternal instinct can kick in once you’re pregnant, and that instinct is to do whatever you must to protect your baby. Unfortunately, in many ways, today’s environment isn’t the safest place.

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5 Pregnancy Myths According to a Certified Professional Midwife

When pregnant, you start getting advice from friends, family, neighbors, and even complete strangers! All of it is well-intentioned, but sometimes pregnancy advice and old wives' tales are misleading or even flat-out wrong. Let's tackle 5 of the common pregnancy myths I've heard and see if we can separate fact from fiction.

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Valentine’s Day Self Care Tips to Make Pregnancy a Little Easier

February 14th is right around the corner! Do you have big plans for love day this year? Although Valentine’s Day is traditionally spent loving the people around us, it’s also a good reminder to love ourselves. So many women struggle with body image issues during pregnancy—everything is different and changing, and some people don’t even feel like themselves. So why not spend some of the days loving yourself? Take this time to thank your body for doing such a fantastic job growing your baby, and give yourself some appreciation for all your hard work!

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