I Teach Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding Classes...

@birthlady (5613)
United States
November 22, 2006 11:40am CST
Ask me any questions...
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• United States
27 Nov 06
DO you have any tips for a 2nd time mom who is planning an HBAC (home birth after cesarean)? Also, do you have any experience with Red Raspberry Leaf teas or any other herbals?
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• United States
27 Nov 06
Ugh so sorry for all the posts! It said there was an error so I didn't think it posted... Bah!
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
27 Nov 06
That's okay, happens to me, too~
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I enjoyed Red Raspberry Leaf tea while I was pregnant, it was soothing if I felt nausea, and I drank this tea throughout my pregnancy and during labor.
@desiret (2122)
• Italy
27 Nov 06
interesting job. at the moment i don't have question! thanks anyway
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
27 Nov 06
You're welcome! Check back often!
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• United States
27 Nov 06
DO you have any tips for a 2nd time mom who is planning an HBAC (home birth after cesarean)? Also, do you have any experience with Red Raspberry Leaf teas or any other herbals?
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Hi, thanks for your questions. Does your prenatal care provider know you are planning a HBAC? Will your care provider be attending your birthing? What was the reason for your previous cesarean? If your prenatal care provider is not attending your birthing, is your attendant licensed and experienced with HBAC? Do you have emergency medical back up? Are you planning a UB? I used Red Raspberry Leaf teas during each of my own three pregnancies, its great as a nausea relief, I also drank Red Raspberry leaf tea during labor. I have experience with other herbals as well.
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@sherzy (954)
• Philippines
27 Nov 06
Can I take Gulathione(whitening pills) while also taking my contraceptive pills?
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I am not a pharmacist nor a medical doctor and I cannot answer this question because it is outside my scope of practice. Please ask your doctor or pharmacist and let us know!
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• United States
4 Dec 06
How wonderful! I have a few if you have the time...First I am currently nursing my youngest (22 months). We are just now starting to try to conceive again. I plan to continue nursing until my toddler self weans. If I do conceive while she is still nursing toward the time of birth when my body will start producing colostrum will there be any negative problems with my toddler still nursing? I know many wean because they don't like the taste but my concern is if my toddler is nursing will that affect my colostrum supply at all at birth. ie even if she is nursing will my body still continue to produce it until after birth and the first few days for the new one. I know it is usually produced for only a short time. My toddler nursing won't cause my colostrum to turn back to regular milk before the baby is born will it? Also if I do tandum nurse, I know there are teas being sold to help support a higher production of milk. Are they necessary? Do I need to drink them before, after birth or both? Also all three of my children have developed jaundice in the first few days of life. Our pediatrition treated this with bili lights, blankets and beds. For my last I took Milk Thistle after birth and she had the shortest duration of it yet. Are there any known herbs or such that can help PREVENT the jaundice in the first place. I will be planning a homebirth and would like to limit the medical involvment as much as possible. Lastly, my first was born at 39 weeks, my second at 37 and my third at just bairly 36 weeks. They where all healthy and strong and scored Apgar scores of 8 and 9. Even my 36 weeker showed NO signs of being premature so I think she was just ready. However my planned homebirth with my last was not to be because she was "early". Is there anything to be done to help prevent another "early" start to labor this time around. I sooooo want that homebirth this time. Also note that the last two where born during or very close to winter storms so I think my body reacts strongly to changes like that. Part of the reason we are hopeing to have a summer/early fall baby this time. Thank you SOOO much!
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Thank you for the questions! I'll be right back!
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Check out Auntie Natal 911 ~ Nutrition http://www.auntienatal911.com/basics_good_nutrition.htm Right now since you are not yet pregnant, learn all you can about the preventative aspects of applied science nutrition in the human reproductive cycle! Maternal nutrition in pregnancy is associated with the course of pregnancy and the outcome of pregnancy, including premature birth. Go to 5 a day, a website published by the US Dept of Agriculture, to get a detailed dietary analysis for your weight and height. Then get back to me, and lets talk! http://www.5aday.gov
• United States
4 Dec 06
Thank you for your response. I enjoyed reading through your website very much. According to the 5 a day site I am consuming the proper amount of fruits and veggies for my activity level. However I do think that nutrition certainly may have played a role in all this with me. I have ALWAYS been underweight according to all the charts. I also have a very small bone structure though and thinness seems to run in my family. I have always eaten well during my pregnancies, taken my vitamins etc..With my first I gained the most weight and that went the longest. However with my last I probably ate the healthiest, cutting out junk, eating fresh organic ...I think I eat very healthy now. We eat no artificial colorings, additives, preservatives etc..in our home because one of my children reacts severaly to them. We eat alot of organic and fresh foods and no prepackaged. I prepare everything from scratch from breads, pie crusts to jelly. But after reading through some things on your site I think maybe I don't eat enough. I have never ever tracked how many calories I consume. I just eat when I am hungry. But that may be my problem that I don't take in enough foods that have a high calorie content. I will have to watch that more closely. I have never had problems conceiving, feel healthy, nails grow well, hair is shiney etc...during any prenatal blood tests in the past I always was fine on all my counts. But I suppose if I'm not taking in enough calories to support myself and baby it might make baby want to exit early huh LOL. Although I'm still confused on all that because technically my last one (36 weeks) was the only one who was considered early and she other than the fact that she was tiny and early didn't show ANY signs of prematurity. She could breathe fine, scored well on Apgars, wasn't covered in vernix, her foot creases where all developed etc...But I have to say reading the first birth story on your site about how that doctor said even 38 and 39 week babies at 8 pounds might actually be preterm due to nutrition issues was very interesting and made me think...Thank you!
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• United States
27 Nov 06
Let's see if you can help me! I'm 39 weeks pregnant! My 1st problem...I can't get any sleep! well maybe 3 hours at the most! What can I do to help me sleep longer!? 2nd...I don't really walk..so do I really need to walk to speed up labor?
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• United States
28 Nov 06
thanks for the info. I will look into it!
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Nov 06
you're welcome!
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• India
28 Nov 06
thanks
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Nov 06
you're welcome
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Nov 06
you're welcome
• United States
28 Nov 06
pregnancy? thats the greatest felling .. right?
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Nov 06
right!
• India
28 Nov 06
GREAT
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
1 Dec 06
thank you
@chiquitita (1227)
• Indonesia
28 Nov 06
Thanks a lot, Birthlady! Your explanation is very helpful. I went to ask a midwife (which happens to be my neighbor) and she said that I should have NO problem with my pregnancy later. Thank God! She suggested me to do some exercise to add my stamina. What's the best exercise for me? I love doing aerobic, is it going to help? Thanks, Birthlady!
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Nov 06
Your very welcome! I'm happy you saw a midwife! Walking is great exercise, it isn't too hard on you and also builds stamina. If you like aerobic exercise, please do this! All exercise helps build red blood cells to fight anemia. I recommend eating wholesome foods of a well balanced diet every day, beginning now! Please keep in touch!
@jray721 (1969)
• United States
28 Nov 06
that is great! how did you get into that? id like to do the same thing. message me if you get the chance! thanks so much !
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Nov 06
I was trained 30 years ago! I got into this when I was pregnant with my eldest, 30 years ago! I am trained and certified by The Association for Childbirth at Home, International; The Inter-National Association for Parents & Professionals for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth; and Dr. Tom Brewer, obstetrician. I've had lots of other training along the way too. I train others to become educators and Doulas. Check out my website, Auntie Natal 911 and message me http://www.auntienatal911.com
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
28 Nov 06
thanks. how about caring for a newborn baby? any tips you could share, too?
• United States
27 Nov 06
DO you have any tips for a 2nd time mom who is planning an HBAC (home birth after cesarean)? Also, do you have any experience with Red Raspberry Leaf teas or any other herbals?
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• India
8 Dec 06
after marriage i will contact u
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
8 Dec 06
Thank you, I look forward to hearing from you!