Circumcision can be a very controversial topic and a very confusing one. Circumcision is the removal of foreskin from a penis, and it is a permanent surgical procedure. The considerations in making a decision to circumcise your baby include your baby’s health, benefits and risks of the procedure, and religious and social considerations. From a medical standpoint, on one side the claimed benefits are decreased risks for sexually transmitted diseases, easier or better hygiene, decrease risks for urinary tract infections and penile cancer. On the other side proponents against circumcision cite the risks for complications of the procedure and inflicting pain in your baby for an elective procedure. This episode is about the pros and cons, the research available, and all of the considerations to take into account when deciding whether to circumcise your baby. There is a lot of literature available on this topic and a lot of strong opinions on both sides of this debate. After listening to this episode you will have all of the information you need to weigh the risks and benefits and make the decision that is right for you and your baby.
The process you go through to create your birth plan, which includes educating yourself, and working with your care provider is really important to get the birth experience you want. The final step of creating your birth plan is writing it out. A written birth plan is going to serve as your blueprint for how you want your birth to unfold from start to finish. This episode answers a question about whether it is really necessary to write out a plan and hand a copy to your doctor or midwife.
No matter what type of birth you have, the most important thing after your baby is born is that you get skin to skin with your baby. Skin to skin means that your baby is not swaddled or clothed and their bare skin is placed belly down against your bare chest. Being skin to skin stabilizes your baby’s heart rate, breathing and temperature, and reduces stress in both you and your baby. It also increases your interactions with your baby and increases the likelihood and length of breastfeeding. The benefits to both you and your baby are well documented.
It is common to have some discomfort in your vaginal area and perineum after having a baby. This can obviously come along with an episiotomy or a vaginal tear, but even without a tear you will probably be tender. Padsicles are a fantastic tool to help soothe your sore areas and are super quick and easy to make. Padsicles are postpartum healing pads that you can DIY at home. By adding a few ingredients to feminine pads and freezing them before you give birth you can be more comfortable once you are home with your baby. This episode answers a question about what recipe to use and gives you simple step-by-step instructions to make your own postpartum healing pads.
Choosing a pediatrician can be a stressful event, but it doesn’t have to be. You have two options when it comes to picking a doctor for your baby; a pediatrician or a family physician or general practitioner. The upside to a pediatrician is that they are specially trained in providing care for newborns, babies, and toddlers. A pediatrician is your trusted partner in your baby’s health. Together you ensure your baby is growing and developing on track and if there is any deviation from the norm you work together to figure out what is going on what is going on and how to treat it. A pediatrician will monitor your child’s growth and development and be there in the event your baby’s health is not optimal. This episode gives you tips to choose a pediatrician and lets you know what you can expect from your doctor visits with your new baby.
It has long been rumored that cabbage leaves are a remedy for breast engorgement and drying up your milk supply. It is thought that the phytoestrogen property of cabbage is what helps to draw the fluids into the cabbage leaf. Engorgement can be so uncomfortable when you are breastfeeding. This episode answers the question of what's up with cabbage leaves? Do they have magical properties or is it simply a popular placebo?
Huge thank you to Lori Isenstadt of the All About Breastfeeding Podcast for contributing to this episode!
Dental care during your pregnancy may not be the most glamorous topic but it is an important one. Your body does some wacky things when you are pregnant and this also applies to your mouth. There are some dental issues you may experience during your pregnancy and this episode talks about what those are, why they are important, and what you can do to prevent issues and keep your mouth healthy during your pregnancy. It can also be confusing as to whether routine things like cleanings and x-rays are okay, and some not routine procedures like cavity fillings or root canals. Find out what the recommendation is for dentist visits, cleanings, x-rays, medications, and dental procedures. Listen to this episode for everything you need to know to keep your beautiful smile healthy during your pregnancy.
There are a lot of rules about what you can and cannot eat during pregnancy. Sushi is on the list of foods to be cautious about and this episode breaks down all the info you need to know to decide whether you are comfortable eating sushi during your pregnancy. There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether it is safe to eat sushi. Your main concerns are parasites, bacteria, viruses, and mercury. This episode talks about what your risks are with eating raw fish during pregnancy and answers a question about whether it is safe to eat sushi when you are pregnant.
Whether this is your first pregnancy and you are planning on more children or this is your second or third time around there are a lot of things that will be different from the first time you were pregnant. This episode covers everything you can expect when you are pregnant with your second baby. Your risks for certain complications can also change the second time around. It can be a challenge to prepare your existing kids for their new role as big brother or sister. This episode has a lot of tips on how to deal with pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding if this is not your first baby.