The 3 Stages of Birth: First Stage + Transition, Pushing, & the Placenta

 

Perhaps you've heard of stages before, and maybe you haven't, but once you understand what they are and how to tell when you've reached each stage, it will make a huge impact on how you and your partner work through the process of labor. This episode helps us break down the information into what's happening in each stage as well as what you will feel or notice as you reach and move through them.

Show Notes

4:07 - Early First Stage of Labor. If you're trying to figure out if you're actually in labor this will walk you through what you can expect both inside and out.

9:17 - Active First Stage of Labor. Things become serious, you're not guessing if you're in labor anymore and it's time to get to work!

15:45 - Transition. The literal transition from the first stage of labor to pushing. This is the final stretching of the cervix and often the most challenging

21:35 - Second Stage! This is when pushing happens. We're actually talking about when you finally feel that urge to push...

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How Late is TOO Late for Birth Prep?

We often get comments like, "I'm so sad I just found your podcast/birth course, I only have a few weeks until I give birth." To which we say, GREAT! That means you still have time to do tons of prep work. In case you're wondering about the very most important things you can do when you have just a few weeks to prepare, we break it down and give you our best advice! Make sure to have a pen and paper ready for this episode because it's jam-packed with all the pregnancy and birth prep goodness you can handle.

Show Notes

4:50 What you can skip when you're getting started preparing for birth when you're over 36 weeks.

6:05 Some things to definitely begin right away that will be super useful for birth.

9:00 Learn about these (get ready with your pen and paper). These are all the very best things you can do in the few weeks right before birth.

16:34 Mindset work may be one of the most important things you do to prepare for your birth.

26:12 It's never too late to change your birth...

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Working vs Stay-at-Home Moms: Pros, Cons, & How to Make It a Success

Whether you're a Stay-At-Home, Work-At-Home, or Working mom, there are definitely some good things (benefits), some not-so-great things (risks), and ways to make it successful (preparation - sound familiar?). We are here to shower every mother, no matter the situation she feels is best, with love and support!

Show Notes

3:31 - Stay-At-Home Moms

4:40 - SAHM - The Good Things! Staring at your baby, taking pictures, the snuggles, the nursing, not having to get ready for the day unless you want to, especially after a long night of nursing...it's great!

11:29 - The downfalls for stay-at-home moms including not getting to hang out with a lot of adults and having adult conversations, feeling lonely, not getting a break, postpartum mood disorders, and more.

18:23 - How to make being a SAHM successful!

26:45 - Work-At-Home Moms!

27:30 - The Good Things! Supporting your family financially, talking to other adults regularly, breastfeeding is easier, no cost for a sitter unless you...

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Transition & the Beauty of Surrender During Birth

 

The most intense, shortest, and possibly the most important part of the birth process, Transition not only moves you into the next stage of birth but also the transition into motherhood. This episode takes you through the mechanics of what's happening inside of the body during this stage, the spiritual side of transition, why surrendering is SO necessary, and what your partner must do to prepare.

Show Notes

2:00 - We go over what your body is physically doing during transition inside of your body (the mechanics!).

5:18 - How long does transition last??

6:48 - The spiritual side of transition. Yes, it may be the toughest part of birth but it's also stretching and spiritual too.

8:14 - Surrendering is necessary as we move into this part of labor. If you're wondering what this really means though, tune in here. + What surrendering doesn't look like.

21:24 - Preparation by the partner and with mom is so important before the birth, especially during this time of birth. Have your...

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Must-Haves for Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

We asked, you told us, and then we made an entire episode quoting all of your incredible suggestions for what every mom should have during pregnancy, birth, & postpartum! We absolutely LOVE this birthing community that we get to be a part of. You are all so supportive, fun, and wise. We hope you enjoy this week's episode made BY you, FOR you!

Show Notes

3:50 - All the things you need for Pregnancy! These are the things YOU said were the very best to have for pregnancy.

7:01 - The "why" behind going to a chiropractor, because sometimes we need to know a little more.

20:44 - Must-Haves for Birth. These are the things that helped tons of our mamas during that actual birth.

28:56 - Postpartum Must-Haves

35:19 - Specifics for mom postpartum. 

37:00 - Specifics for baby postpartum. 

ALL our best,
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Countdown to Baby: Final Two Weeks

The last two weeks of pregnancy can be a bit tricky because #1 you don't know when those last two weeks will actually be and #2 it feels exciting and exhausting all at the same time! We've broken it down into the most useful things you can do to transition from having baby inside to bringing home a newborn during that final countdown. We're talking about everything from prepping freezer meals, what to pack before you go, what to unpack before you give birth, breastfeeding, and much more.

3:25 - We dish on freezer meals and meal prep!

5:47 - One of the best things to do to prep for postpartum is to create "stations" around your home like in the bathroom and for breastfeeding.

10:18 - Review the birth course! When to head to the birthplace, last-minute conversations with the provider, labor rehearsals, meditation...you get it!

14:39 - The stuff that you don't want to be unpacking after the baby is home.

17:23 - The perfect time to learn about breastfeeding is right before baby is...

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What to Eat in Your Fourth Trimester: Interview with Dietician Jaren Soloff + GIVEAWAY

*Giveaway Details Below*

We talk A LOT about how to take care of yourself during pregnancy,  but what about that "Fourth Trimester" after baby is born? We had a very special interview with Jaren Soloff, RD (Registered Dietician), IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and author of The Postnatal Cookbook where we discussed the special nourishment a mother needs after giving birth to her baby, how long she needs it for, and how to implement Jaren's simple plan for making it happen. She also addresses how to remain body-positive during postpartum.

Enter the Giveaway to get a FREE paperback copy of The Postnatal Cookbook by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts! Search for the "Pregnancy and Birth Made Easy" podcast on Apple Podcasts, scroll down to “Ratings and Reviews,” click on “Write a Review," leave us a written review for the show and shoot us an email with the username.

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Top Ten Pregnancy Complaints and the BEST Solutions- Part 2

*PART 2* We asked you what was ailing you and it turns out that the responses we got were a lot of the same pregnancy complaints- things that top the list for pregnant women all over the world. You are NOT alone! So we made our list, did the research, and we are excited to give you all the details about how you can find relief.

Ligament Pain

-10-30% of women experience these quick shooting pains on the sides of the belly. More common/uncomfortable as baby grows during the second and third trimesters.

-Caused by Relaxin

-Can happen when changing positions (rolling over, sitting to standing, laying down to 

  sitting, etc.), cough, sneeze, and/or laugh

SOLUTIONS

-Pelvic tilts, stretching/yoga: especially cat/cow but not too extended, maternity belt, and to hear the rest, listen to the podcast!

WATCH OUT & TALK TO PROVIDER IF...

-You experience abdominal cramping, burning with urination (UTI/kidney pain can sometimes be similar-ish), have sharp pains that do...

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Top Ten Pregnancy Complaints and the BEST Solutions- Part 1

We asked you what was ailing you and it turns out that the responses we got were a lot of the same pregnancy complaints- things that top the list for pregnant women all over the world. You are NOT alone! So we made our list, did the research, and we are excited to give you all the details about how you can find relief.

Because we wanted to cover the solutions to these common ailments in detail, we decided to split this topic up into 2 episodes. Here's what we covered in Part 1:

Heartburn/Acid Reflux

-About half of pregnant women experience this sometime throughout their pregnancy

-Caused by the hormones Relaxin & Progesterone

-Valve between esophagus and stomach that allows food to pass through and cuts off stomach acid from coming back up gets relaxed from those hormones.

-Things move more slowly through body

-Big meals can especially cause it

-Baby getting bigger and creating more pressure on stomach, moving it higher

SOLUTIONS

-Eat smaller, more frequent meals, sit up...

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Interview with High-Risk Doctor: Nate Fox

Dr. Nate Fox, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (aka High-Risk) doctor, joins us to discuss how passionate he is about what he does as well and answers some questions from YOU! We hope you'll enjoy listening to a doctor who clearly respects women and the process of birth, and that you will use his example and the information he shares as information in finding the right provider for you.

Here are some of the questions that were answered in this interview:

  • How did you get involved in birth work? What made you decide to specialize in high-risk?
  • What is your overall birth philosophy? 
  • What does a high-risk doctor do? Who do you see/most common diagnosis you deal with? Twins? Gestational Diabetes? Etc.
  • What do you do when someone comes to you late in pregnancy - is there anything you do to make them more comfortable with the process, especially women who are switching from a midwifery model of care or are seeking a less medically-managed birth? 
  • Talk to us about why...
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