My pelvis is going to split in half!

http://www.homesteadingdoula.com/blog/2015/10/4/my-pelvis-is-going-to-split-in-half-symphysis-pubis-dysfunction

GREAT info on how to prevent and relieve Symphsysis Pubis Dysfunction. (click link to read)

Why does it hurt to roll over in bed?

It shouldn’t!

Why does my pelvis feel like it’s on fire when I’m trying to put on pants?

It shouldn’t!

Why does every.single.step I take HURT?!

It shouldn’t!

A lot of pregnant women are afraid their pelvis is going to split in half during labor. For most women, this is just a laughable, irrational thought. But for some women, it’s a real possibility! Symphsysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) is a serious, and I would hazard to say grossly under-diagnosed and under-reported, issue. We’ll start with the basics, then move on to solutions. If you’ve wondered any of the above, it’s possible you might be dealing with SPD.  If you’re here because you know you have SPD and don’t need the background, feel free to jump right down for SPD solutions.

Why Doulas are Expensive (and why you’re glad they are)

http://www.cordmama.com/blog/2015/3/23/why-doulas-are-expensive-and-why-youre-glad-they-are

I spent all of my 30 hours of early labor at home, and most of my six hours of active labor there as well. I continued to delay calling my doula, not knowing how much longer I would be laboring, and certain that I needed that “tool” in my tool belt to realize my goal of an unmedicated, birth center birth. My doula met us at the birth center, and two and a half hours later my daughter was born in the water and placed on my chest.

Now, I won’t break it down for you (though my husband might) what it cost us per hour to have doula support for my final 2.5 hours, but what I will tell you:

It was worth every single penny. 

(click link above to read article)

Moms Share How Counting to 10 During Pregnancy Saved Their Babies

Moms Share How Counting to 10 During Pregnancy Saved Their Babies

**This purpose of this post is to educate & inform, not cause scare pregnant mamas!

If we could just save one baby, it would all be worth it.

That was our wish for the Count the Kicks campaign that started in Iowa in 2009.

We were five Iowa moms determined to make a difference. We met after we lost daughters within months of each other due to pregnancy complications or stillbirth. Through a series of conversations with doctors and each other, we realized one thing that could help save babies: Counting Kicks.

Our public health campaign, Count the Kicks, teaches expecting parents to track their baby’s movements daily during the third trimester of pregnancy. Scientific studies indicate that in addition to prenatal visits, keeping a daily record of baby’s movements (kicks, rolls, punches, jabs) during the third trimester is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor baby’s well-being and can reduce the rate of stillbirth, which occurs in one in every 160 pregnancies in the United States. (click link to read on Huffington Post)

PRENATAL YOGA AND CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION: PREPARING YOUR BODY AND MIND

http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Wellness-Lifestyle/prenatal-yoga-and-childbirth-education-preparing-your-body-and-mind.html

World-renowned yoga teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa shares her thoughts on prenatal yoga, childbirth education and listening to your intuition in an interview with filmmaker Sarah Kamrath for Kamrath’s childbirth- education series, Happy Healthy Child: A Holistic Approach.

 

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Length of pregnancy can vary by up to five weeks, scientists discover

The length of a pregnancy naturally varies between different women by as much as five weeks, scientists have discovered for the first time.

Although it has always been known that human pregnancies usually last between 37 and 42 weeks, the variation has previously been attributed to imperfect methods of estimating due dates.

A woman’s due date is calculated as 280 days after the onset of her last menstruation and is only ever considered a best guess. Only four per cent of women deliver on their due date and only 70 per cent within 10 days of it.

(click link above to read the entire article)

Mother’s Exercise May Boost Baby’s Brain

Mother’s Exercise May Boost Baby’s Brain

If a woman is physically active during pregnancy, she may boost the development of her unborn child’s brain, according to a heart-tugging new study of expectant mothers and their newborns. The findings bolster a growing scientific consensus that the benefits of exercise can begin to accumulate even before someone is born. (click link above to read on nytimes.com)

 

The Lie of the EDD: Why Your Due Date Isn’t when You Think

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-lie-edd-why-due-date-isnt-you-1958162.html?cat=25

We have it ingrained in our heads throughout our entire adult lives-pregnancy is 40 weeks. The “due date” we are given at that first prenatal visit is based upon that 40 weeks, and we look forward to it with great anticipation. When we are still pregnant after that magical date, we call ourselves “overdue” and the days seem to drag on like years. The problem with this belief about the 40 week EDD is that it is not based in fact. It is one of many pregnancy and childbirth myths which has wormed its way into the standard of practice over the years-something that is still believed because “that’s the way it’s always been done”. (click to read on Yahoo!)