The dog days of summer will soon be upon us, and if you will be caring for a newborn or young baby for any length of time between now and the end of September you need to understand a few key points about summer baby care. You may call some of these tips a bit obvious, but I spend lots of time with parents who simply don’t understand. Not trying to insult anyone’s intelligence, just stating the facts.
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?”
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.