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A recent study found that, " while the majority of women felt prepared to care for their baby, 92% said there were parts of the postpartum period they were not prepared for. Nearly two-thirds or more were unprepared for breastfeeding, mental health concerns, lack of sleep, and physical recovery."
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8cm dilated. Transition. One of the toughest parts of labour, and when you may wanna give up. I know I asked for a c-section at this point during both of my unmedicated births. Thankfully, it's usually the shortest stage of labour to get from 7-10 centimetres because it is INTENSE. But it's a good intense because every contraction is getting you closer to your baby. When you're in transition: 🌹You need a lot of reassurance to keep going. 🌹You need to let your body tell you how to move to deal with this stage. 🌹You need safety and silence to ride the waves of your contractions. 🌹You may even need someone to look you straight in the eyes and breathe through the surges with you. A lot of untrained birth partners find transition hard to watch because they believe the birthing person is suffering. But this pain is different from regular pain. This pain has a distinct purpose in normal birth and it means that something is going right, not wrong. What have you heard about labour pain? Comment below and let's have a conversation about it!👇
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I just saw this on Instagram...
You didn’t mention whether or not you’re breastfeeding, but this is pretty typical behaviour for a breastfed baby. The one thing I would try is to wake her more often during the day for feedings. Unswaddle, undress her and do whatever it takes to wake her up. Try to cram in a few more feedings during the day, especially in the evening. Make sure she stays on the first breast until she decides to unlatch so she’s getting the fatty hindmilk (it will keep her full longer). Good luck!!
Wow are you ever amazing, Mama- you are worried about screen time and so many other moms aren’t! Honestly, my last 2 kids LOVED those videos and they were a lifesaver for me! My kids would stay glued to the tv while i made school lunches for the older 2 kids, showered and even made dinner. I’m sure Baby Einstein was on for more than 12 minutes a day at one point! You’re doing great and I don’t think a little extra screen time is going to do any real harm to your babe!
I remember this well! Things I would do: Waking the babe to do a feeding around 11-11:30pm, don’t turn on lights when the baby wakes at night (except a nightlight for diaper changes) and minimal eye contact and talking at night. Also, i tried to put baby down for naps when relaxed but not totally asleep so i could do the same at night! I think it’s important to remember that it’s really normal for babies to wake at night for many months (even though it sucks!) Good luck, Mama!!
First of all, I can totally relate to crying as a first response to hurt or anger! It sounds like this woman is really insecure. It’s not normal to use children against each other or as a way to criticize another mom’s choices, and it sounds like this lady has done both. That being said, confrontation is hard for a lot of people (🙋🏼♀️). I’m not sure if you need to have a conversation with her at first- maybe just take as much distance as possible for now. Write a letter to her about all the ways you feel, all the things she’s done to piss you off, but don’t send it. Just have it on your computer so that if she doesn’t take the hint by the distance, you could use it as a guide for the “break up”. (In person, on the phone, by email- no judgements!) As far as telling the other moms what she’s said about them- I would probably decide on a per case basis: will it change anything if they knew? (Other than them not liking her anymore) Finally, I hope you understand that this woman’s words and negativity aren’t about you at all- she’s probably not going to change, no matter what you say to her anyhow. I hope you can find some other cool moms to hang out with because you sound like a good friend!
Hi there! I just interviewed a Registered Early Childhood Educator for the blog and she gave a couple of strategies for helping your child develop their speech! Check it out here: http://blog.mamasoup.ca/doing-childcare-right-an-interview-with-a-registered-early-childhood-educator