Fun Facts About June Babies

June, the month of the summer solstice, is a perfect month to bring a new life into the world.  While June marks the end of spring and most new beginnings, it also marks the beginning of summer when life flourishes.  There are two possible origins of the name of this month.  The first is a reference to the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno (Hera in Greek mythology).  The second reference bears more relevance to your new baby—the Latin word iuniores.  The translation of this word is “younger ones!”

There isn’t really a lot in the way of June holidays, but some important days in June include D-Day and Flag Day in the UK, Denmark, Argentina, and Romania.  Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in June in Luxembourg only, but Father’s day falls in June in Belgium, the US, the UK, Mexico, Canada, and several other countries.

The birth flowers for the month of June include the honeysuckle and the rose.  Honeysuckle traditionally stands for bonds of devotion, love, fidelity and generosity.  Few flowers have as many meanings attributed to them as the rose.  Depending on the type of rose, roses can indicate romantic love, secrecy, desire, gratitude, mourning, impossible hopes, modesty, joy, love at first sight, innocence, sacrifice, and much more.  In the traditional language of flowers, roses are among the most important flowers.

June birthstones are the pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite.  Alexandrite represents health and longevity.  Moonstone represents change, new beginnings, and the shifting tides of emotion.  Moonstone can help a wearer to alleviate stress, especially due to sudden changes in life.  Moonstone is also believed to increase intuition and aid in lucid dreaming.  Pearls symbolize purity of heart and faith, as well as growth and transformation through trying circumstances.

Babies born between June 1 and June 21 are Gemini signs.  If you are a Gemini, you are a mutable air sign and your characteristics tend toward high energy and a thirst for new things.  Your talents may include consolidating information and people and using what you learn to charm and inform other people you meet.  Geminis sometimes struggle with repetitive tasks, but excel at communication.  Gemini children often forget to finish their chores, but learn quickly.  You can help a Gemini child to thrive by constantly providing new activities to keep him or her engaged at school and outside of it.  Some Gemini celebrities include John F. Kennedy, (May 29), Marilyn Monroe (June 1), and Judy Garland (June 10).

If you were born after June 21, then you are a Cancer sign.  Cancer is a water sign, and the center of a Cancer’s life is usually home and family.  Cancers are deeply rooted, almost like earth signs, but have a strong emotional current in their souls.  They are often sensitive to slights, but have an inner sanctum within themselves which they can retreat to when threatened.  Cancers look for stability, which means if your child is a Cancer, you will want to make sure your home life is as stable as possible.  Later in life, Cancer will prefer stable jobs and relationships, and will notice immediately if something is amiss.  Cancers have a deep emotional connection to the people and world around them.  Two famous Cancers were Princess Di (July 1) and Nelson Mandela (July 18).

Both Gemini and Cancer are passionate signs which belong to individuals who connect strongly to others around them, so in your new Gemini or Cancer baby you should find a loving child with a deep nature.

Do you epidural?

The decision about pain control in labor is highly personal.  You may have experienced that unspoken competition between women when they swap birth stories..”I had mine all natural…” one recalls as she puffs her chest and squares her shoulders.  “I loved my epidural,” the other says while she smiles and remembers the relief it provided.  So what’s the answer? There isn’t one. Some women are dead set on going it without so much as a sniff of the narcotic vial, and others beg for drugs before they are ever really in labor. It’s just the difference in women. Continue reading “Do you epidural?”

Oh my aching….

You can fill in the blank. It’s amazing to me how differently some women handle the aches and pains of pregnancy (and child birth for that matter) so differently, and how different the discomforts of becoming a mother vary from pregnancy to pregnancy. With my first child, I could have run a marathon, and I would have if someone had asked.  In fact, three weeks from my due date, someone dared me to channel my old cheer leading vibes and do the splits–which I did, belly and all. I was an unstoppable force, and I loved the way I felt.

Continue reading “Oh my aching….”

Beyond the blues–the secret of post partum depression

It’s a medical condition that is surrounded by a tremendous amount of stigma. And yes, it really is a medical condition.  Until I suffered from my own extreme cases of postpartum depression I couldn’t say that it really held any sort of physical foundation.  And yes, I said case(s), plural.  With both children I suffered from extreme postpartum depression.

I’m a totally normal person typically…well, that might depend on who you ask. But I have absolutely no history of mental illness, nor do I have any real lingering effects now–except the stinging memories (or lack thereof) from the first weeks of my children’s births.  It’s sad to me, and disappointing that during those important weeks that I should have been bonding, I was crying, sleeping and forgetting–all as a result of a medical condition that I had no idea was going to get me. Continue reading “Beyond the blues–the secret of post partum depression”

Induction of Labor Increases Chances for Cesarean Section

New research appearing in a past issue of Obestrics and Gynecology is confirming what many have long suspected. Induction of labor can double a mother’s chance of delivering by C-section. In a study that focused on reasons for labor induction and labor outcomes, mothers were 2.6% more likely to take a trip to the operating room for the birth of their baby.

Induction of labor involves administration of intravenous medications, or medications placed into the vagina to start contractions, and soften/dilate the cervix. In the past, inducing a patient for labor was done only for medical situations in which the baby needed to be delivered due to medical complications in which it is not safe to continue the pregnancy. Recently however, more and more women are requesting labor inductions for a variety of new reasons, and it appears that physicians are complying. (Even though I don’t know why…) Continue reading “Induction of Labor Increases Chances for Cesarean Section”