What to do about constipation during pregnancy

Your heightened progesterone level will cause the smooth muscle of your body, such as that of your digestive system, to relax and become sluggish. The slower moving digestive tract allows more water to be reabsorbed leaving a harder, drier stool. The pressure on your intestinal tract from the growing uterus compresses the digestive system making …

Why no alcohol during pregnancy?

Women who are pregnant, or may become pregnant should be aware of the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy.  Did you know why? Alcohol readily crosses the placenta, and because of the design of fetal circulation, is not filtered by your baby’s liver before being sent to every other part of her body. The alcohol …

How hard will be be to organize maternity hospitals in the United States?

Today I want to share two studies describing what may be considered the ‘capacity’ of hospitals. 1 2  The research team surveyed hosptials in California about their staffing, treatments available, and the types of treatments they are able to provide. Why? Because the joint ACOG/SMFM statment on regionalization of hosptials organized hosptials by thier ‘capacity’.3 These …

Childbirth Meditation: Change

Change your habits if they are causing you problems or not healthy. Change the way you talk about your baby’s birth. Stop using words like “delivery” and remember that your birth happened several years ago. Change the way you think about your plans. Don’t feel obligated to say you want something “just in case.” It …