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Postnatal tips — after birth tips

The Dreaded After Pains: What really helps

Posted by Kristin Beckedahl - Naturopath, Childbirth Educator, Doula on

Postpartum is often a beautiful mess. There is a great deal happening in a new mum's body as she transitions from pregnancy to postpartum. A centre piece to this are the changes happening to the amazing uterus. I'm always surprised to learn that many women only truly find out about things such after pains and lochia, when they are literally experiencing them after the birth. Both vaginal birthing and caesareans mamas experience these after birth. If you're keen to take more of a natural approach in managing these, this is for you.  So here's a little run down on what happens...

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From Cord Stump to Belly Button: 3 tips for natural care

Posted by Kristin Beckedahl - Naturopath, Childbirth Educator, Doula on

So, the birth is now over. You've entered the land of lost time known as baby gazing. You stare at the amazing reminder on your baby's tummy of your recent and incredible in utero connection: the cord stump. The once life line. The once power cord between you, placenta and baby. Then the mama brain kicks in: What do I do with it? Does it hurt my baby to move it? Can I get it wet? Can I take that hard, plastic clamp off? How long does it take to fall off? Is that colour normal? The cord stump: At some point...

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Healing The Hot Mess After Birth

Posted by Kristin Beckedahl - Naturopath, Childbirth Educator, Doula on

It's likely at some point during your pregnancy you'll wonder these 2 things:

       1. How the heck will my baby fit through my vagina?
       2. What damage will be done to me in the process?

These concerns are so normal. In fact, tearing during childbirth is one of the top fears for most pregnant women (next to pooing in labour).

As a doula I've seen all sorts. 10 pound babies leaving no trace, 7 pound babies with a 2nd degree tear, 8 pound babies being born after an episiotomy and 9 pound babies leaving a labial graze only. And everything in between.

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