My Pregnancy Journal – Week Twenty-Five

Twenty-five weeks pregnant

Welcome to a crazy cool new segment of my blog. Since I’m pregnant, I’d love to share my pregnancy journal with you! I’ll post some generic information about each week at the beginning of the post and then give you some insight into my days. This is all through my eyes, a labour and delivery nurse with an avid interest in pregnancy and birth. I mean it, I’m like a junky. A birth junky, really, just ask my husband. All I read about and talk about is babies and birth, so I thought it would be interesting to listen...

Top 10 Things to Avoid During Pregnancy

Top Ten Things To Avoid During Your Pregnancy.

How to Know What to Avoid During Pregnancy? I don’t want this to be a negative post about all the things you can’t do in pregnancy. I don’t like scaring you guys, believe me! Certain things can affect your baby’s development, or cause serious harm like miscarriage or disabilities. So you see, it’s very important for you to know what they are. Read more on Babytalk about our journey to a healthy pregnancy: Infertility – Reducing the Stigma People have all sorts of opinions on what you should or should not be doing while pregnant. It can be extremely confusing....

Expectful. Meditation for Fertility, Pregnancy and Motherhood

The Expectful app is a great tool to guide you through your meditation practice during before conception until postpartum.

Pregnancy meditation is huge these days, and well frankly, meditation for any season of your life is getting more popular! Pregnancy is usually a happy time in people’s lives. But it can also be a very stressful and difficult time. When things are tough, and when your mind isn’t able to deal with anxiety, it can lead to problems in your life. That’s when you need tools to help you through. Expectful is a meditation app that helps you during this transitional time in your life. Even if you have never meditated before, Expectful is great! Just for you...

Make The Perfect Birth Plan. A Step by Step Guide.

This blog post will cover what your birth plan should include. It might be helpful to use each heading in this post as a separate heading in your actual birth plan. I'm not a huge fan of preprinted checklists, there are a bunch of them on google, but I find that when women use those they tend to be less thought out. That being said, a preprinted checklist birth plan is better than none at all!

Birth Plans Birth plans, ahhh, what a controversial topic! They really shouldn’t be. My opinion is that a birth plan is an incredibly valuable tool and every woman should bring one with them to the hospital. Having a birth plan usually means that women have researched what can happen during labour and birth. It also means they have come to a conclusion as to what they would like to happen in every possible scenario. It’s true that every birth is different and technically there is no way to plan for it, but the birth plan makes it easier to...

Question & Answer Session with a Labour and Delivery Nurse: Part 2

This post contains questions I get when working as a labour and delivery nurse. Do you have any that I haven’t covered? Feel free to contact me and I’ll include it in the next question and answer period. Does the Epidural Hurt? Well it’s hard to say, because pain is subjective. Depending on where you are in the labour process and how you usually respond to pain, it can be different for every woman. When you get the epidural, you get two needles. The first poke is for local anaesthesia, so that you’re numb before you get the actual...