BBL 034: Breastfeeding and Your Fertility

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Fertility while breastfeeding is confusing – even frustrating! I can’t give you all the answers, but I go a long way towards clearing up the confusion in this podcast episode. I discuss signs of returning fertility, how to delay the return of fertility, and how to encourage your cycles if you want to get pregnant again!

In this episode I cover:

  • The truth about breastfeeding as birth control
  • How to participate in breastfeeding fertility trials
  • When will normal fertility return?
  • What steps your body goes through while breastfeeding
  • Cervical fluid changes during breastfeeding
  • What (besides pregnancy) can stop your cycle
  • How stress influences fertility
  • Should you consider weaning to get pregnant?

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BBL 033: How Charting Helps You Get Pregnant

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Did you know there are only a few days every month you can get pregnant? Women’s bodies go through a monthly cycle building up towards ovulation, then sustaining a newly conceived baby. Understanding when you’re fertile can help you get pregnant faster, and figure out why you’re not getting pregnant. This episode covers the parts of your cycle and how you can chart them!

In this episode I cover:

  • How many days are you actually fertile every month?
  • How can you know when you’re ovulating?
  • What to expect with cervical fluids
  • What can stop fertile fluid patterns
  • Does conception occur in the uterus?
  • This hormone helps you stay pregnant once you get pregnant
  • Using charting get pregnant
  • The difference between FAM and NFP
  • Which charting software should you use?

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Why You Should Consider Online Childbirth Classes

You’re busy. Sometimes getting to a childbirth class is really hard to do. Sometimes the drive to get to a good natural birthing class is just too long to manage (especially when you have to pee every 15 minutes).

Enter online childbirth classes. They’re convenient, but they’re also so much more than that. Read on to discover how they’re a perfect fit for your natural birth plans:

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Some moms have fast, natural births without much planning. They decide they’re going to do it drug free and that’s what they do. Many other moms want a natural birth but find themselves shocked and overwhelmed in labor – both from the intensity of the experience and the pressure they feel from care providers, regulations, and even well-meaning family. [Read more...]

BBL 032: The Newborn Exam, Step-by-Step

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It’s a rite of passage for babies: the newborn exam. What’s checked during the exam? How is the exam done? This episode covers the basics, why you want to watch, and what you should ask.

In this episode I cover:

  • What is the newborn exam?
  • How does this exam differ from the APGAR
  • Why you should be next to your baby during the examination
  • What gestational age your baby is (and why that’s important)
  • A “head-to-toe” walkthrough of what’s checked on your baby
  • What to expect with head molding
  • How to know your baby is breathing normally
  • Umbilical cord issues
  • When to ask for more details on anything you notice about your baby

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BBL 031: Your Awesome, Flexible Pelvis

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Did you know your pelvis can flex for your baby? It’s actually made of bones, joints, and connective tissue, meaning it’s good at moving out of the way of baby! This episode covers how your pelvis can flex (and how tiny changes can mean big help for baby). I also show you how you can discover what positions and techniques make you the most “open” on your baby’s birthday!

In this episode I cover:

  • The podcast is going weekly!
  • Why your pelvis is important during pregnancy and during childbirth
  • Does it matter if you have “birthin’ hips” (or if you don’t)?
  • What’s the “false pelvis?”
  • And what’s the “true pelvis?!”
  • Did you know your pelvis isn’t all solid bone?
  • Discover what makes YOUR pelvis open up for your baby

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What to do on the Days You Hate Parenting

Sometimes parenting is hard. It’s really hard. Some days you just don’t like it. That’s OK. I have six kids. I love kids. I love being a mother. I see intrinsic value in each of my children. I celebrate their individuality and uniqueness. There will never again be a soul like them ;)

That doesn’t mean parenting them is always easy. Sometimes it’s work. Sometimes it makes me want to cry. Sometimes it makes me sob. I’ve been there (I’m sure I’ll be there again). Here are some tips if you’re there, too:

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BBL 030: More on How to Handle Postpartum Changes

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Postpartum body changes can feel a little overwhelming (or maybe really overwhelming), but knowing what to expect helps a lot. This is the second half of our series on what’s going on with you during the postpartum time. Here are some things you may experience – and how to handle them!

In this episode I cover:

  • Afterpains – what they are (and how to handle them when they hurt)
  • Engorgement and Leaking milk
  • Belly pain (why it happens and how to stop it)
  • What’s normal with postpartum bleeding – including lochia flow and clots
  • Going to the bathroom after having a baby
  • Why you need to pee a lot postpartum!
  • Getting the nourishment you and baby really need
  • Why “sleep when baby sleeps” really is good advice

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Split Pants vs. Leg Warmers for Elimination Communication

You don’t need anything special to use elimination communication with your baby, but some baby clothing choices certainly make it easier to help your baby potty.  Split pants and leg warmers are two choices available to diaper-free families.  Which one is better?  Here’s our experience!

I’ve tried to keep Corwin diaper-free during the day on most days.  Corwin “scoots” around on his bottom, so I try to keep his bottom covered with tiny undies to prevent rug burn ;)  He usually wears a weather-appropriate shirt.  I don’t use many bodysuits (“onesies”) because they just get in the way, but sometimes I’ll put him in one and snap it up to the side while we’re at home.  I pair the top with either leg warmers or split pants.

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BBL 029: What to Expect in the Early Postpartum

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Pregnancy and baby information are everywhere – but there’s not a lot of information on the early postpartum period. This podcast is the first in a series of two covering what to expect postpartum so you’re feeling confident and prepared about what you’ll experience in your body, mind, and emotions.

In this episode I cover:

  • What you can expect immediately postpartum
  • How to create a safe 3rd stage with minimal bleeding
  • Why your nurse or midwife may massage your uterus
  • What is checked regularly postpartum (at hospital, birth center, and home births)
  • Summary of postpartum medications and when to consider them
  • What happens to your body in the early postpartum
  • How you can use this time to bond well with your baby

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