Ever feel rushed? Like every day? Taking our time, doing it our way --that's how we want to live but it's not always how we actually live. Then we get to birth and everyone's staring at us, looking at our privates, scrutinizing us with clocks, rates and their own busy schedules. Everyone wants the baby now. Well, they can wait. In fact, they need to wait.
Patience is a virtue in the best of times, but it's priceless when dealing with our bodies in labor. Nature takes its time bringing us to full term. We should follow suit and take our time with the process of labor and delivery.
Maybe it's home birth, maybe it's a hospital birth, no matter what it's your turn to do it exactly your way in exactly the time that your baby and your body feel is right. Sinking deep into that space, giving ourselves that time is critical to feeling good about the birth. We love our families. We can't wait to meet our babies, but giving ourselves that gift of time and spaciousness can make every birth better. So, let the world wait and be prepared for others to see your power, your moxie and your strength.
Diet Tips to Keep in Mind while Breastfeeding
As the experts agree, “breast is best!” Moms who are able to breastfeed and choose to do so for at least the first few months can feel great knowing the are giving their little ones the nutritious gift of “liquid gold” as it’s often referred to. When it comes to diet, there are a number of things for the nursing mom to consider. For one, she can be expected to experience an incredible sense of hunger. Although mom really only needs between 300-500 extra calories per day while nursing, the best advice is to skip calorie counting and simply rely on normal hunger cues.
Two to three additional snacks—nutrient rich snacks to be exact—per day will usually suffice. Besides the benefits for baby, many women choose to breastfeed because it’s believed to promote post-pregnancy weight loss. Although that belief is not a proven fact, some nursing moms restrict their intake of calories while nursing in order to improve their success at losing the baby weight. I cannot stress enough the risk of restricting calories while nursing. Not only does calorie restriction potentially deprive baby of the nutrients he or she depends on mom for, but it can also impair mom’s milk production. This can lead to states of distress for baby and, among other things, can potentially hinder the beautiful bonding experience that comes with nursing. For the mom who is exclusively breastfeeding, there are certain nutrients to keep a close watch on for baby’s benefit (and mom’s too). Remember, mom’s dietary choices and practices largely influence the quality of baby’s nutritional intake.
Three key call-outs from a nutrient standpoint are vitamin D, the omega-3 fatty acid DHA and calcium.
Don't skimp on the D--As mentioned, vitamin D is naturally found in very few foods (namely salmon and egg yolk) and rarely consumed in amounts needed to fulfill one’s demand. Because this vitamin plays such a key role in bone and immune health, it’s too risky to depend on mom’s intake of vitamin D in order to satisfy baby’s requirement of 400 IU per day. Therefore, supplementation is often recommended for mom, baby or both.
Or the DHA! --It is a similar scenario for DHA. DHA, which supports healthy brain and eye development of baby, is found in marine algae and oily fish like salmon and halibut. Typically, mom’s dietary intake of DHA is not enough to pass the recommended amount of 200 mg along to baby through breast milk. This is largely why the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages breastfeeding moms to consume two to three sources of DHA per week or to supplement with 200-300 mg DHA.
Lastly, calcium remains a very important nutrient for mom to ensure through her diet while breastfeeding. Just as mom doesn’t require more calcium during pregnancy, she doesn’t need more while nursing. With that said, calcium tends to be consumed inadequately among women and so it’s worth stressing in order to maintain optimal nutritional status of mom. For any further advice and tips while breastfeeding, be sure to consult your trusted health care professional.
- Meghan Lyons, MS, CredibleCravings Nutritionist and Mom
This is the month where everything kicks into high gear. The holidays are upon us, school and work are in full swing. The days get shorter and our nights get longer. We're taking some time to dream in our house. The kids dream of what they'll be when they get older now that Halloween has sparked their imaginations. Mama is dreaming her dreams, too.
In a city and in a world where everything seems to move so fast I've almost got whiplash, it's easy to get caught up in the business of raising the kids, making a living and keeping this start-up business going and growing for myself and my employees. It's a lot!! My eyes are on the prize, though...I want a world where all women feel themselves and feel how powerful they really are. I dream of a world where for 40 weeks each and every pregnant woman is recognized and cared for as the special and unique lady she is. It's not just my dream. It's the dream of so many of us and together, we're going to love and support each other until this dream becomes reality.
All the small decisions, all the pushes and pulls to care for your baby according to other people's expectations or to "norms" begin to pile up and by the time delivery comes you're half sure you know what you're doing and half sure you should have read just one more book or attended just one more class or maybe...you don't know what to think! Does any woman ever feel 100% ready for this birth, not your sister's or your mother's, not your first child's or maybe your third's but this birth, this unique moment that is happening now.
The answer is YES, you have got this. The answer is YES, you are ready. You are listening to your body and your baby's body. You are fully equipped to home birth, hospital birth or flying out of a plane birth if that's what you thought sounded like a good idea at the time. Let go of worry. Let go of the "should's" and be where you are right now because everything comes as it was meant to be and the reality is, you don't have to try so hard. Breathe, be and labor your own way at your time. We believe in you. You are ready. Kick, scream, curse or praise the world; you've got this and it is way more beautiful and you are way more beautiful than you ever realized.It's your gift, your journey. This is your labor and the first chance for your baby to say "Hi!" Trust and believe in your power.
We can all recognize at least one time in our lives when we wanted to run with the "in-crowd" when our happiness revolved around fitting in. When a woman gives labor it's her time to dig deep and find her way to get through the difficulties, the pain and the potentially awkward moments of modern delivery. Some women do it with laughter and yoga balls, some do it with hypnobirths and dance sessions. Whether it's kicking and screaming or rocking out through the contractions, the path through pregnancy is a universal experience with infinite expressions. Each woman is unique and so is each pregnancy.
We're so lucky to have our design studios and our manufacture here in New York and the surrounding area. We help people have jobs. We help people who sew, pack and deliver bring a better quality of life to their children. We hope other people find the supply chains they need to proudly say, "Made in America." This Friday there is a Made in NYC initiative on twitter and all over social media to promote Manufacturing Day on 10.04.13. Use the Hashtags #madeinNYC #HowItsMade and #MFGstory. You can visit here for more details from Made in NYC.
For a view from the office tonight, as we work late and prepare for our trip to Las Vegas, click here.
After many weeks of gestating baby the day starts to seem real. A big change has been brewing inside you and with a mix of excitement and so many other emotions, the delivery date nears and you prepare to greet this new person, this small, new life.
All week in the office we're getting ready for the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. We're bringing our gowns out in a big way to meet the buyers and tastemakers in our industry. We've grown, we've changed. We're entering a whole new chapter of our mission to bring empowered femininity to the delivery room. We love babies, but we loves mothers, too.
We believe women are born with jedi powers: keen intuition, strength and the flexibility make us graceful, teach us to work through the fear, the pain--the whatever it is that comes up. We believe in birth plans and informed consent and in letting nature express its wonders through us. We believe in using the force that keeps us all going as mothers, as women and not taking anything too seriously.
Here's to growing our options and growing our voices. Here's to trusting and breathing. Here's to listening and waiting and delivering your baby and going through life knowing you're a jedi at heart and teaching your kids to be jedis, too.
Today we're honoring your genius and your body's genius. It is built for birth. It is built for delivering your baby safely. Not every birth goes according to plan. Everyday we hear a different story, learn of a different twist--things you never knew could go wrong happen all the time. Unwanted C-sections happen. Water births sometimes end up in the hospital, too. The point is not to shame ourselves. The point is to be kind to our bodies and to cherish our experiences because they are ours.
Life almost never goes exactly to plan and birth is definitely a part of life. It's also a part of the realm of small miracles. The girlfriend who makes you laugh, the amazing husband you didn't think you'd ever find who loves you even if you can't see your toes. Daily miracles are often so intense around the time of pregnancy and birth. Let's honor the miracle of birth by honoring ourselves. We are mothers, sisters, midwives and doulas. We are also doctors, husbands and brothers. We are a growing number of those who know and believe that life is serious and sometimes difficult so we keep each other close so when the going gets tough we can laugh, smile, and cry together if that's what we're feeling. As long as it's honest, and as long as we're honored, there's nothing that can stand in our way.