I miss having six pack abs, don't you? Ha! Who am I kidding? I NEVER had a six pack!
What is diastasis recti? This is a gap caused in the abdominal area from separation of the abdominal wall. During pregnancy as the uterus grows, it stretches muscles in the abdomen. Within the abdominal area there are two large bands of muscles. This can cause those to separate and sometimes even be torn a bit. That leaves the gap we were referring to. To identify it a different way; the muscles that allow you to have a six pack - those are the ones that can and may separate. Some will notice a bulge in their stomach that makes it look as if they are still pregnant. This can lead to a hernia if not taken care of or watched by you and your specialist. Have you ever heard of women leaking urine after giving birth? This is most likely the culprit for it! Obviously this isn’t an everyday conversation. Diastasis Recti is more likely to happen amongst women who have given birth multiple times or had several babies at once. This isn’t just something women who have been pregnant get! Men and children can have it happen to them as well, after an injury or surgery.
Luckily there is a self-check you can do at home to see if you do suffer from this. It’s easily done by laying flat on your back, knees up with your feet flat against the floor. Raise your head and shoulders off the ground like you would do during a sit-up. Place your fingers on your stomach, right above your belly button and gently push. There is where you can feel the gap. There are different variations of this. Open diastasis, open below the navel diastasis, open above the navel diastasis, and completely open diastasis. There are ways to heal this though - don’t worry. Certain exercises should be avoided that focus on your core. No matter how right they sound, they can actually worsen the separation! Stay away from things like crunches, sit-ups, or planks. Avoid yoga poses that focus on your core. While it sounds like it should help, it doesn’t. All of these focus on tightening your abs alone, not pulling them back together.
A couple exercises you CAN do to help close the gap are flat stomach exercises (also known as transverse abdominus exercises), such as towel assisted crunches. Towel assisted crunches work by wrapping a towel around your abdomen with the ends in the front area. As you pull up into your crunch, also pull both ends of the towel up and together as if squeezing your abdomen. This pulls the muscles toward each other as you raise up, unlike regular crunches where muscles are only tightened. Most doctors recommend exercise during pregnancy to help prevent this from happening. Be sure to consult your midwife or doctor after giving birth to find out when this can be started, as you want to help your body and not cause more harm than good!
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Losing your hair shortly after giving childbirth is nothing out of the ordinary. This is called postpartum hair loss. It is normal and temporary. To give an idea of how long this last it can go on for six months up to a year. This just depends on the woman and her hormone levels. The amount of hair loss is something that depends on each woman as well. It can be very dramatic or very little. Any other time in her life, between 80-90 percent of hair person has is actively grown while the other percentage is in what is referred to as a resting stage. Once the resting stage is over, this hair falls out. You probably have noticed it before; during shampoos or simply while brushing your hair. It has been said the average women sheds around 100 hairs a day. During pregnancy, however, your estrogen level and hCG comes into play with the growing stage. The resting stage is prolonged. This leads to fuller, thicker hair.
Once baby makes its entrance into the world, your estrogen levels as well as several other hormone levels take a sudden vacation per-say. They drop in levels tremendously! This leads to more of your hair entering the resting stage, and within a few months, it is likely to notice more hair falling out when you brush or shampoo it. Not every new mom will notice dramatic changes during her pregnancy with her hair. Postpartum hair loss is more common among women with longer hair. If this becomes excessive seek medicinal attention as it could be something along the lines of anemia or postpartum thyroiditis which are treatable. I know you’re probably thinking… “Oh no!! What can I do to save my hair from this happening?”
Unfortunately, there isn’t a prevention but you can try different products such as hair thickening agents or mousse to make your hair appear fuller during this period. Do avoid heavy conditioners, these will weigh the hair down and not help the appearance of fuller hair at all. Have you always wondered why its so common for moms to get a shorter hair cut? Sometimes referred to as a mom cut? This is one reason behind it. It does have advantages of being easier to care for while having a newborn around!
After baby, make sure you are eating healthy. Foods to help improve hair heath would be anything dark and leafy for iron and vitamin C. Sweet potatoes and carrots are good as well for the beta carotene. Don’t forget to take your daily vitamins, too! Continue your prenatal vitamins as long as you are breastfeeding, and don’t forget to take your placenta pills!
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I have to ask you “Have you been getting your rest?”. The reason I asked is because if not, you will be tired and this can cause trouble! Are you nipples hurting and you’re not sure way? They might be trying to tell you something is wrong.
Take a long look at the next few points that will happen if you get your rest:
1- In nursing mothers, many kinds of breast problems are eased.
2- Prolonged or heavy vaginal bleeding, peri-menopause or post-partum, lessened.
3- Depression and general crabbiness, reduced.
Just these three points should be enough encouragement for bed rest. If not, here is another one: Going to bed with only you in panties and the baby in a diaper for 24 hours, this will help with the building up of milk production. Make sure you have PLENTY of fluids to drink, something to read for yourself and all the items baby will need for changing time, all placed on a bedside table.
A family member or friend can bring you any food or other items you might need - don’t be afraid to ASK!! This is for your health and the baby’s health. After the 24 hours is up, you will see a huge change in the amount of milk your body has created. Make sure you do not get up and move around a lot. Go to the bathroom and lay back down, skin to skin with your baby.
You have to stay at home, it’s not ‘let’s go to the Grandparents house and I’ll lay down there’. Guests can come to you or wait until you are up again. A few weeks of postpartum rest is not much time compared to some cultures where 40 days rest for a new mother is standard. Your husband, boyfriend or life partner can help you out. Ask a friend to start a Meal Train for you! This is a great tool to allow others to bring your family a hot meal in those first couple weeks home with baby.
The best ways to start off Motherhood is skin to skin with your baby (that’s why most nurses have you remove the clothes), high protein meals, and rest. Make sure you rest with the baby. Nine months was a long time to wait to see that little angel face, now take advantage of the time you can spend one on one skin to skin with him or her.
Once you are up again, tell the father to hold the baby with both being shirtless, as this helps the baby create a better bond with the father, as well as help regulating their internal thermostat. The father to baby bonding is an awesome experience to feel! “I am not sure how to describe the feeling I felt the first time I held my newborn”, many fathers say. Don’t worry Mom; your bond will never go away. The baby learned the sound of your voice and heart long before they learned anyone else.
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There are several types of twin placentas in the human race. You will be surprised to know that not all twins share a placenta and sometimes two of them will merge to become one. To really understand how all this magic happens, you need to understand the different types of twins, how they are conceived and how they are positioned in their mother’s wombs. Let us take a look at the different types of twins.
Dizygotic twins are those that result from the fertilization of two eggs by two different sperms. They are known in layman’s terms as fraternal twins. These are like two siblings who share 50 % of genes unlike identical twins who have the same DNA. Each fetus will lie in their own membrane and will not share any vessels with the other. They lay in different amnion and each of them has their own sac.
The two fetus do not share the same placenta. Each has their own set of blood vessels and their own amnion. In this case there will be two different placentas released after birth. You will also notice that the two placentas in some cases will merge to form one placenta. Though it is not common enough to be the standard it is not very unusual as well. All the dizygotic twins are di-chorionic. This just means that they have different placentas and different sacs. The sacs can be fused, sharing amniotic fluid or completely separated.
These are the result of one egg being fertilized by one sperm. The fertilized egg will then split in a few days after fertilization to form two individual embryos that share the same chromosomes. Monozygotic twins are commonly referred to as maternal twins or identical twins. These two will share almost 100% the same DNA. The two can lay in the same sac or in different sacs depending on when the egg split into two. You can also have the same outer sac and two different inner sacs which is known as monochorionic/diamnotic.
Should the twins split after 3-4 days after fertilization then the membrane configuration would be dichorionic/diamniotic. This means that the twins would be in different sacs and have different placentas just like fraternal twins. The difference is that the two have 100% the same DNA. Fraternal twins only have 50% similar DNA.
Should the egg split between 3-8 days after fertilization then the membrane configuration would be monochorionic/diamniotic. Here the twins share the same placenta and vessels. This is dangerous because it can lead to complications.
Splitting of the egg after 13 days of fertilization means the twins will be in the same sac and will be conjoined.
Most of the IVF embryos end up being twins. Roughly 35% of them turn out to be twins. Most of the multiple pregnancies are twins.
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Protein is an important part of your daily nutritional value, but when you are pregnant it is crucial for your baby’s healthy development. Protein aids vital aspects of your body, including your red blood cells and muscle tissue. It carries nutrients and oxygen to and from red blood cells and regulates clotting around the uterus and placenta.
As your baby enters the second and third trimester, growth will happen rapidly. Protein is critical at this stage to support healthy development.
How much protein you should consume depends on both your ideal weight and physical activity. Always consult with your OB/GYN or midwife before making dietary changes.
Signs you aren’t eating enough protein
If morning or evening sickness is affecting your food intake you may end up not getting enough protein. Some symptoms of too little protein are recurring infections, build up of fluid in your extremities (hands, feet, ankles, arms, or legs), unexplained weight loss, and fatigue of the muscles.
Sources of protein
Even if cravings for ice cream are at an all-time high, and cravings for food rich in proteins are low, there are many sources of protein that can be tried. These include lean meats (poultry, fish, or shellfish), milk, tofu, yogurt, beans, eggs, and soy.
Throughout your pregnancy protein will provide a lot of benefits for both you and your baby, such as:
A leaner figure
Protein builds lean muscle rather than fat. Lean muscle is lighter and will reduce health complications by putting less strain on your body. With less strain you will experience less stress and so will your baby.
Remaining full during the day
While weight gain in pregnancy is normal, too much weight gain can lead to serious health complications. Eating a daily intake of approximately 80 - 100 grams of protein, depending on weight and physical activity, will keep your food consumption moderate.
Reduce the risk of gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is usually a temporary condition. As the placenta secretes hormones it may block the body from absorbing insulin, which will cause unhealthy blood sugar levels. Gestational diabetes may also turn into Type 2 diabetes later in life, so it is best to prevent its development.
Protein can prevent many of the issues associated with gestational diabetes such as increased birth weight and premature delivery.
If you are 35 or over, overweight, or diabetes runs in your family, you may be tested more frequently for this condition.
Promote your baby’s development
In the third trimester, protein really shows its benefits for your baby. It ensures your baby’s cognitive abilities and brain size are increasing as they should. Your doctor will monitor growth but you can feel comfortable in knowing you have eaten foods that support your baby’s maturation.
Finally, always remember to eat a variety of foods. Your baby needs an assortment of nutrients throughout development.
Adequate protein encourages a healthier placenta! Contact The Placenta Pill for your encapsulation if you live in Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
Placenta encapsulation, or consuming your placenta, has been known to provide a wide range of benefits to new mothers. It began as a common practice in Chinese medicine but over time has found a place in Western medicine, as well. Today’s mothers choose The Placenta Pill from all over the DFW and Southern OK areas, including Gainesville, Denton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Argyle, Grapevine, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Fort Worth, Allen, Keller and more!
The placenta exchanges nutrients and blood with the fetus while it is in the mother’s womb, and is believed to increase the mother’s health after the baby is born. There are many ways to ingest the placenta. One way is to convert it into pills. Some women eat the placenta raw, with food, or combined with a smoothie, however The Placenta Pill upholds the highest in preparation safety and therefore only offers the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of steaming the placenta to lock in the essence, as well as effectively killing any harmful bacteria that may be present. The placenta should be consumed by the mother soon after birth, or stored safely. If you choose The Placenta Pill to encapsulate your placenta, you will receive detailed instructions for safe handling.
Here are some benefits of placenta encapsulation:
This hormone is responsible for a host of pro-social behaviors such as friendliness, bonding with your infant, and sexual pleasure. Having a baby can be hard and though mothers love their bundles of joy, some may suffer from postpartum depression as their hormones fluctuate. With an increase in oxytocin they may be able to gain support from friends, create a securer bond with their infant, and reap the benefits of intimacy with their significant other.
Another benefit of oxytocin is related to the uterus. This hormone helps the uterus return to its regular size.
Increase in stress-reducing hormone
Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH) is released by the hypothalamus and plays a big part in reducing stress. After giving birth the demands of unpredictable hormones, body changes, and an infant can produce a lot of stress for mothers. Placenta encapsulation has been known to help women cope with these demands which will lead to an easier return to normal activities and relationships.
Regulation of iron levels
After child birth, low iron levels may lead to anemia. This can cause excessive tiredness, dizziness, and difficulty taking in enough air. These symptoms can be reduced or prevented by using the natural nutrients of a placenta.
Better milk production
In a study conducted by the First Obstetric Clinic at Charles University, in Prague, researchers found that 86% of the 210 women given placenta showed an increase in milk supply within a few days. While the study proves placenta hormones do positively affect milk production, it will need to be expanded to discover which hormones produce this effect.
Ingesting the placenta can boost the pain-relieving qualities of opioids. This can lessen side effects of these medications and allow the mother to bond better with her infant.
There are a variety of studies that support placenta encapsulation. They are listed here, if you would like to take a look.
As always, consult with your encapsulator and your medical care provider with any questions. The Placenta Pill looks forward to serving you soon! Contact us today to book your professional encapsulation.