Bringing baby home is exciting but it can also be a little nerve-racking when you are not sure what you can expect. The first few days and weeks are a challenging adjustment period. There is a lot you can do to make things easy on yourself. Do not feel like you have to have a spotless house and be perfectly put together. Ask for some help, especially from your partner and anyone coming over to visit and meet the baby. Give yourself permission to take some time to figure things out and don’t feel like you have to have it all together from day one. This episode covers everything you need to know when you bring baby home from the hospital or birth center so you can be confident when you start your parenting journey.
Breastfeeding is so important and one of the best things you can do for your baby. There is no formula that comes close to mimicking breastmilk. Your milk contains every vitamin, mineral, and nutritional element your baby needs. Babies who are breastfed are at a lower risk for ear infections, intestinal upsets, respiratory problems, allergies, dental problems, and their immune system will be stronger. Nursing produces prolactin and oxytocin, which are hormones that foster a connection to your baby and help you recover from birth better. You can do two key things to make sure you are successful with breastfeeding; learn and get help if you need it. Listen to this episode of the Pregnancy Podcast to get the information you need to get breastfeeding off to a great start!
All the episodes we have done thus far have been leading up to the big day. This is it. We are talking about the day when you get to meet your little guy or girl. We will be covering everything you can expect, some signs of labor, the different stages and how your labor progresses, procedures you can expect, and in general how everything happens. Keep in mind that at the end of the day you get to meet your baby. You may have specific plans for your labor and if you do your homework and are prepared you have a good chance of it going as planned. Listen to this episode to learn everything you need to know about birth.
An intervention is any procedure performed by a care provider, usually a doctor or midwife to assist in the delivery of the baby. Interventions include IVs, epidurals, fetal monitoring, assisted delivery (using forceps or a vent house suction cup), episiotomy, induction, augmentation, and cesarean. By learning what each procedure entails and when and why it is performed you will be better able to make sound decisions as to whether or not you really need or want it.
Some people feel like they have been planning their whole life for baby and others may feel like they are flying by the seat of their pants trying to get everything together before the baby comes. No matter which camp you are in let me tell you right now, don’t stress out. Yes there are a lot of to dos and to buys before your baby comes but if you can get by on much less than you think. Literally the only things you absolutely must have are a car seat and diapers. You could live without anything else. Of course there are a lot of things that make your life easier and baby’s life more comfortable but you do not need to get wrapped up in buying everything on a six page list of must have items. In this episode we talk about maternity and paternity leave, health insurance for baby, car seats, diapers, the nursery, strollers, toiletries, clothes, toys, blankets, breast pumps, and bottles.