Can Stretch Marks Be Prevented?
There are many physical changes that occur with pregnancy. One very common occurrence is the appearance of stretch marks. Many women are proud of their stretch marks and consider them a badge of honor. There are other women who do not like the sight of them, who fall prey to all the lotions and creams that claim to erase these marks.
Studies have shown that there is a genetic and hormonal link to why some women get these marks and others don't.
These marks will fade as time goes on, and go from red to pink, then pale silver or white.
Let's look at some ways you can try to prevent stretch marks. First of all, anybody who rapidly gains weight can get stretch marks. This happened to me my freshman year in college. I gained twenty pounds, then went on some crazy diet and lost it in one month. Voila!! Stretch marks on my hips. Ironically, I didn't get any with either of my pregnancies.
In pregnancy, weight gain is a given. Yet, a sudden sharp increase is not a given. The best prevention is a slow and steady weight gain. Staying hydrated is key. About 50% of pregnant women will develop stretch marks. Some studies say that younger women are more prone, while others indicate that geography matters.
There is some promising research on using hyaluronic acid on the skin and daily massages to help prevent stretch marks.
You are pregnant. Congratulations!! Now what? You tell your family, your friends, and you begin googling everything you can about how to have a healthy baby. It is a miracle, and you are wanting the best information, and the best care provider.
Who will be with you when you give birth? Who will help you find your inner compass? Who will help you clarify the overwhelming amount of information you are discovering?
There are birth doulas and there are postpartum doulas. While there is some overlap in training, education, and support, the two kinds of doulas offer assistance at different times during the childbearing year. The birth doula typically meets with a woman and her husband or partner a few times before the birth. She may meet them more often. The birth doula is then with her client during labor and birth, and meets with them again at least one time after the birth.
We used to have the village. It doesn't exist in most places anymore. Families are far apart, or working and unavailable to assist new families.
The postpartum doula is a listening ear, a guiding voice, and an extra pair of hands after the birth. She is there to ease the chaos in an often stressful time, when parents are learning to be parents, and babies are adjusting to life outside the womb. This time is often referred to as the Fourth Trimester.
Here are my top five reasons for you to hire a postpartum doula:
I have counseled hundreds of women on breastfeeding during my career as a postpartum doula. This isn't for bragging rights, but to let you know that breastfeeding is not difficult in most instances. There are times when a medical condition interferes, but most challenges have to do with latch and positioning.
These tips will get you off to a great start. There is nothing complicated here, and you do not need to spend money on any of it.
1) Set up one or two areas in your house where you are comfortable breastfeeding. Have a basket with snacks and phone and other items you want nearby. There could be comfortable pillows and a good straight back chair. And you can learn how to comfortably and safely side lie nursing in bed.
2) Maintain a healthy diet. Try to eat healthful snacks and meals, You can enlist friends and family to help with this. Stay hydrated. Drink fluids like water, juice, and other liquids with little or no sugar and caffeine.
3) Minimize the company. Many mothers want to have family and friends over to celebrate the birth. You may not realize how exhausting this can be. When you are learning the rhythm of breastfeeding it is best to focus on your baby to learn her cues.
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