Epidural During Labor Yay or Nay

Epidural During Labor Yay or Nay

Epidurals – Yay or Nay

About epidural during labor because there were some issues in the beginning of my pregnancy that made me high risk and I may have needed a c-section I keep hearing mixed things about getting the epidural and would like to hear more opinions on it

Epidural During Labor Yay or Nay
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For many women, epidurals are the pain relief of choice during labor and birth.  Unfortunately, many women are led to believe that they are completely safe, work effectively every time, and are nothing to worry about.  Many women and sometimes doctors claim they enhance the labor and birthing process and make for a happy, memorable event for the parents.

Some women decide early in their pregnancy that they want an epidural as soon as they go into labor.  It seems to be a growing trend that women “shouldn’t have to” experience pain during labor.

While epidurals are used nearly routinely in most hospital environments, they are not without their side effects to mom and baby, nor are they something to be worry-free about.

I am very surprised by the frequency of doctors claiming they are safe while there is evidence documenting the opposite.  The more I teach and follow up with my students and talk with pregnant women who are not students but have questions, the more frequently I run into women who have had short term or long term problems as a result of their epidurals, or their labor was effected in such a way from the epidural that a cesarean section or instrumental delivery had to be done.

The more I teach and follow up with my students and talk with pregnant women who are not students but have questions, the more frequently I run into women who have had short term or long term problems as a result of their epidurals, or their labor was effected in such a way from the epidural that a cesarean section or instrumental delivery had to be done.

I’d like to start blogging about epidurals, doing little parts at a time. I think it makes for easier reading instead of putting everything out there at once.  This is something women need to know about and need to educate themselves from a variety of sources.

There are a variety of ways to reduce pain during labor – both medical and non-medical – and each is capable of enhancing your labor and birth experience, while still making for happy memories.

Epidurals DO have their place in labor and delivery, and I will get into that.  But first I’d like to start off with what an epidural is and how it’s used, so we’re all familiar with it before I go into more detail.

Comprehensive information with women’s stories Epidural now Wikipedia 

Nursing in Public! Breastfeeding is natural

Nursing in Public

How to Nursing in Public

Nursing in public may take some practice, and some moms are more comfortable with it than others.  The majority of moms are afraid to nurse in public because they feel embarrassed or are afraid they will expose themselves too much and other people will see what they are doing.  This may take some time to feel comfortable with, that’s alright.  The public has a false view of breasts – men think they were put on women for their pleasure, and sometimes women have to get over the fact that their breasts are to nurse their young as well.  As a nursing mother you have a right to nurse in public – would you ever consider eating your dinner in a dirty public restroom?  You shouldn’t expect your baby to either.

Breastfeeding in Public Natural

Nursing in public has several benefits.  First of all, it makes feeding your baby easy.  You don’t have to pack bottles or formula, you don’t have to mix anything, there are no bottles to take home and clean.  Second, it reiterates to the public the real reason women have breasts.

The more people are exposed to breastfeeding in public, the more natural it will become.

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Breastfeeding is the best nutrition you can provide to your baby – formula will never, ever give you baby the many benefits breastmilk can.  And, by the way, most of the time people won’t even realize you are nursing your baby.  They don’t go out looking for it, and when they see a mom nursing, they might assume you are just holding your baby!  In

They don’t go out looking for it, and when they see a mom nursing, they might assume you are just holding your baby!  In fact, I have had people come up asking to see the baby – while I am nursing.  They had no idea I was nursing in the first place, and just assume my baby is sleeping or being held close.

To begin nursing in public with confidence, first practice at home!  Stand in front of a mirror and practice nursing your baby in public – you will see what other people will see as you latch your baby on and nurse, so you won’t have to wonder what you are exposing.

You can practice nursing several different ways – by simply lifting up your shirt, unbuttoning your button up shirt from the bottom, a nurse under a blanket or shawl.  Receiving blankets are especially handy to nurse under – you don’t need a full-size sheet to keep yourself covered up, and you certainly don’t want a blanket so heavy your baby is uncomfortable or has trouble breathing under.

Some babies cannot tolerate being covered while they nurse, and if this is the case with you, try to find a way to nurse without covering with a blanket, or try using a nursing necklace to occupy your baby while he’s nursing under the blanket – sometimes a diversion is all it takes to get his attention off whatever is covering his head.

There are ways you can make life easier while nursing.  For example, there are shirts made with invisible flaps or slits in the shirt for nursing moms.  There is no shirt lifting, unbuttoning or otherwise with these nursing shirts (and they are available in a bunch of styles and colors!).

Another example: a nursing bra can be more convenient than a sports bra.  The fold down flaps prevents you from having to raise your sports bra over your breast (which may attract attention as you wrestle with yourself). There are also very comfortable “undershirts” with nursing bra’s built-in, so you don’t have to worry about showing off your back or your sides while lifting your shirt up to nurse.

Wear a shirt over these and when you live your shirt and fold down the nursing flap of the bra, your skin will still be covered.  In fact, you can easily make a shirt like this (without the build in bra) by finding an old tank top, cutting out circles where your breasts will be, and when you prepare to nurse and fold down your nursing bra to nurse, you will still have your skin covered.  This was comforting to me especially in the early weeks after having a baby when I still had flabby skin and stretch marks.

Another great option is nursing in a sling.  Slings are great for not only carrying your baby close to your body (you can use a sling from the day baby is born until they are too heavy to carry – they can lay down, be carried upright, on your hip, on your back, forward facing – and they are excellent to nurse your baby so that no one can even notice you are nursing.  The great thing about slings is that your baby is carried close, and baby is generally always covered by the sling – which means your breast will be too.  You can adjust the sling so your baby is in a cocoon and not visible, or you can use the tail of your sling as a blanket to cover you baby with. while you nurse.  There are many varieties of slings available.

How to Organized through Pregnancy and Postpartum

Staying organized through pregnancy and postpartum

pregnancy and postpartum

How to Organized through Pregnancy and Postpartum

My latest craze these days is a household notebook I’ve created.  This isn’t a new idea by any means, but I am finding the organization exciting and want to tell everyone about it!  If you read my latest post over in Home Life, you can visit a great link that is an amazing resource for household notebooks.

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Anyway – a household notebook can be great for pregnancy and postpartum.  Many women find it hard to remember things during their pregnancy and also during the postpartum period.  Having a notebook where everything important is stored (along with prenatal appointments, belly and baby stats, etc.)

When should you start looking for a routine Guide

A daily, weekly and monthly to-do list helps keep track of regular and routine tasks.  Make a note of all of the things you need to get done when they need to get done, and their priority so you can take a peek when you’re having an I don’t know what to do next moment.  If you have a checklist of your cleaning tasks divided by room and frequency of needing to be cleaned, this can be VERY helpful during the postpartum period for your partner or other people eager to help.  All of your regular chores will be written down so they can take a look at your list and do something on it.

Keep a running list of items you want to buy before baby.

Make notes of things you’d like to try during your labor and birth, and postpartum if necessary.  Sitting down to write up a birth plan is helpful, but generally, you won’t remember all of the details.  Its great to keep a running list through pregnancy so you can avoid the Oh, I wanted to try that! afterwards.

Bringing a baby into the family is undeniably one of the life’s most momentous experiences and more tasks. Which baby gear essentials do you need to through pregnancy and postpartum.

Keep a list of favorite recipes and what cookbooks they can be found in.  Start planning some freezer meals so you don;t need to cook (or rather, your partner or family) after the baby is born.

Keep a list of books and movies you want to read.  After the baby is born if you’re nursing, there will be a lot of downtimes.  If you’re not gazing at your baby (and that will be a lot!), you can catch up on some good books!

If you want to keep track of your new baby’s feedings and diaper changing, you can print off some pre-made charts (you can find some at chartjungle.com) and have them ready to go.

Start off on the right foot and print off health record forms to have ready for your baby.  Document important things like birth weight, length, blood type, and more.  If you choose to vaccinate,

Resource: Pregnant  WHO (World Health Organization) Report Partners to help you get!