All in Pregnancy

S is for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

In our last blog post we covered Round Ligament Pain, so I wanted to talk about another similar source of discomfort some women may experience during pregnancy. Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, or SPD, affects 31% of all pregnant women. Unfortunately, many are told this is just another "ache and pain" to be dealt with, but for some it can be incredibly painful and make pregnancy much more stressful. Let's take a closer look at what causes it and how we can get some relief.

Q is for Questions

Questioning your care provider can be intimidating, let alone interviewing several to decide who will fit your needs best! I'm going to give you the run down on how to focus on the important questions, get the answers you need, and make the best decision possible. First, I want to mention that when you ask these questions, your care provider should be excited to answer them and engage you fully. Yes, they are busy. But anyone that you want to work with should take the time to answer your questions. 

Giving Birth at Sentara

If you're pregnant and looking at delivery options in Hampton Roads, Sentara Hospital System is going to come up in your search. Specifically, Leigh's Family Maternity Center is exceptional and known for it's LDRP suites where families remain comfortable in one room throughout their hospital stay. Mothers who have delivered there have even described the experience as similar to staying at a hotel!

10 Key Points from a Doula

There are many things to consider working as a Doula, from the time you are hired well into postpartum support. It's easy to get caught in your own headspace, or feel unsure of the right thing to say in any given situation. I have collected several key phrases or things to remember through my years working as a Doula, and I wanted to share these little bits of wisdom with you! I frequently read them before writing an article, interviewing with a client, or attending a birth. 

D is for Diastasis Recti

The statistics are absolutely shocking. Even though there are only 200,000 cases of postpartum Diastasis Recti reported each year, sources report anywhere from 2/3 of all women to 98% of mothers experiencing this condition in their lifetime. That means if you're a woman intending to become a mother or already are, this information will be invaluable to you. First things first, this condition cannot be cured. Lifelong care and attention may be needed in extreme cases, but most cases are manageable with minimal effort after the initial recovery period.