All Posts in ‘Baby Health’

Jul
22
2013

Now A Mother Of Two

Categories: Baby Health, Kids Health, Shannon Chung

1004613_10151494302403133_1516362788_nI just wanted to take the time to let all our readers know that there have not been any posts for a month as I gave birth at the end of June.  I am now almost recovered and the baby is doing excellent!  Thank you all for your support and I will start posting more often again. My second was born June 28th 2013 at 4:36am.  Her name is Teagan.  I am very blessed to have two healthy little girls.  We will see how Danica my 2 year old adjusts.  Tips of how to manage two kids are always welcome!  Thank you all and I hope everyone has a wonderful summer.

Sincerely

Shannon Chung

Jan
29
2013

Hero Yummi Bears® Gummy Multivitamins

Categories: Baby Health, Children's Health, FLYER SALE!, Savings At Alive!

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Full Spectrum Of Daily Vitamin + Mineral for Children

We have many parents coming into Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus who are looking for a good multivitamin for their kids.  Even when you kids are eating well, it is challenging to ALWAYS make sure they are getting all their vitamins and minerals.  Below is all about Yummy Bears Gummy Multi-Vitamins.

You want the BEST for your kids… superb nutrition being at the top of parents list. Sometimes it is very difficult to get all the recommended daily value of Vitamins and Minerals due to our fussy little eaters.  Hero’s Yummi Bears are good for your kids and they TASTE GREAT too!  They are Gluten, Casein & Allergen Free. All Natural Fruit Flavours & Colours. Yummi Bears® gummy vitamins are made with premium ingredients that are scientifically formulated with a child’s growth and development in mind. Yummi Bears® provide optimal nutritional support for your little one naturally.  At our stores, we have countless customers raving about these multivitamins!!

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do MAIL ORDERS call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

May
29
2012

Teething Tips for Your Baby: Relief with Boiron Camilia

Categories: Baby Health, Children's Health, Parents, Quick Tips

My daughter Danica is almost one years old!  It has been a blast, but I think any parent will agree that teething is not the best part of watching them grow.  It is so hard to watch our little ones go through the pain of teething and we cannot remember what it felt like, but we can only imagine that it is uncomfortable.  The discomfort from teething happens when the tooth is trying to break through the gum which may be weeks before it actually appears.  This article will hopefully find you well when it comes to the battle of teething.

One of my favourite products is by Boiron Camilia:

Camilia by Boiron for Your Teething Little Baby

Teething: Painful gums, restlessness and irritability

Camilia® relieves symptoms of teething.

Developed specifically for babies and toddlers aged 1 to 30 months, Camilia® is made with sterile water and contains no sugar, no colouring and no preservatives.

Camilia® is neutral-tasting and comes packaged in sterile, drinkable and unbreakable unit-doses, making it an easy-to-administer, and fast-acting way of soothing teething woes. With Camilia®, your baby will be smiling again in no time – and so will you!

Symptoms of Teething:

Your baby tells you they are teething by drooling more than usual.  If you are changing their bips more than their diapers you know they are teething!  Another sign is when they frantically chew on their hands, toys and even feet!  Teething often leads to crankiness, fussiness, a runny nose, trouble feeding, trouble sleeping and often they just want to be held.

Dosage:

Administer one drinkable unit-dose. If symptoms persist, repeat at 15-minute intervals for up to 2 additional doses. Generally symptoms resolve with 1 to 3 doses. To administer a unit dose, twist cap to open and squeeze entire contents into mouth. Repeat dosing regimen as required with subsequent episodes of symptoms. Maximum 12 doses per day.

Other TIPS To Help Your Baby Get Through Teething:

  • Give your baby a clean wash cloth that is dipped in cold water to chew on.
  • Put their teething ring in the fridge, but make sure it is not too cold before giving it to them.  Never put it in the freezer.
  • Be careful with teething biscuits because they often contain sugar and they do not sooth as well as we think because they dissolve so quickly.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do MAIL ORDERS call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

May
4
2012

Renew Life Life Flora Baby

Categories: Baby Health, Children's Health, Colon Health, Diarrhea, Digestive Health, Eczema, Kids Health, Parents, Probiotics

Just wanted to share with you a fabulous product for your little ones.  Probiotics are not just for you, but even your baby…

FloraBABY is a blend of probiotics (good bacteria) that is specifically formulated for the intestinal tract and colon of children. It is a no flavour powder which can easily be mixed into warm or cool drinks such as infant formula, water, juice and milk, or soft foods such as yogurt and apple sauce. This allows parents to provide probiotics to children who do not like or have a difficult time taking supplements. Please note that it should not be mixed with hot liquids or hot foods.

FloraBABY is a blend of 5 strains of probiotics normally found in children: Bifidobacterium Breve, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, Bifidobacterium Infantis and Bifidobacterium Longum. These 5 probiotics work synergistically to help ensure a healthy microbacterial environment in the intestinal tract of children.

The term ‘probiotic’ means supporting life. Probiotics are friendly, beneficial bacteria. These bacteria are normal inhabitants of the large and small intestines and are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Recent research shows that probiotics help improve gastrointestinal function, respiratory and allergy response, as well as help to counter the negative effects of antibiotic use. Further, these beneficial bacteria help the body to 1) produce vitamins, 2) absorb nutrients, and 3) control overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do MAIL ORDERS call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Mar
29
2012

Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus Spring Flyer on Now: Fat BUSTERS, Dr. Oz Recommedations and More

Categories: Alive Brand, Anti-Ageing, Antioxidants, Baby Health, Belly Fat, Cleansing, FLYER SALE!, Hot products, New Products!, Savings At Alive!, Weight Loss

Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus Spring Flyer on NOW until April 21st 2012!

We all have wishes and goals for ourselves and we tend to do them in January.  If you feel like you let yourself down and that you are not meeting your new years resolutions, it is never too late to start or get back on track!  Come on to an Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus.  We are ALWAYS happy to lend an ear and help you get your health where you want it to be.  Spring into a new you and celebrate with savings at Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus.  If you are wanting Dr. Oz’s fat busters, we have it all!  Now is a great time to get your health in an even better place than it is currently.  We all can improve our health.  So whether you are a Marathon runner, or you know you have a long way to go to get yourself feeling better you might as well take advantage of our Spring Savings in our annual Spring Savings Flyer!

We are famous for our flyer sale that is pages and pages long, filled not with just reduced prices, but also an abundance of information!  There is sure to be something there for everyone.  Here are some of the favourites:

  • Alive Brand Royal Jelly is always a favourite at BUY 1 get 1 FREE main benefits (longevity, energy, youthfullness, super nutrients)
  • Alive Raspberry Keytones – Tricks your body into thinking its thin and literally shrinks fat cells
  • Lorna Vanderhaeghe’s – GLA Skin Oil! An absolute favourite that helps with: glowing skin, dermatitis, crapple cap for infants, eczema, stops breast pain and cramps and more…
  • Alive L-Carnitine
  • hCG1234 – incredible weight loss results for people in serious need to lose weight
  • Alive African Mango – weight loss appetite supressent
  • Argan Oil all natural way to get that beautiful radiant skin
  • Alive Brand Phase 2 the white kidney bean that recues carb lovers helping you to lose those stubborn pounds
  • SafSlim is highly researched in specifically targeting BELLY FAT, Dr. OZ just talked about SafSlim on January 3rd
  • And there is much much more. Everything from cleanses to hormone help to antioxidants.

Alive Spring Flyer April 2012 (BC Locations)

Morning Sun Spring Flyer April 2012 (Alberta Locations)

Supplements Plus Spring Flyer April 2012 ( Ontario Locations)

As always we look forward to helping you at a location near you!  If there is not a location near you we would love to help you with a mail order, you can call toll free 1866-499-9546

Mar
2
2012

Taking Supplements When Pregnant or Nursing

Categories: Baby Health, Breast Health, Digestive Health, Omega 3's, Pregnancy Tips, Probiotics, Weight Loss, Womans Health

I often have women who are prenant or nursing asking me what they can take for weight loss or even what supplements they can even just take period.

I have an 8 month old at home and I know how you feel. With regards to the products discussed in my weight loss posts, it is not advised for pregnant women to take many of those.

What can you take?

You can take a good quality Whey Protein Isolate for example from the brand Progressive.

Fish Oil from Ascenta for example

Calcium Magnesium such as Coral Calcium from Alive

Really the main thing during pregnancy is to just eat the most healthy as possible. One of my favourites that always made me feel full was Kale salad. Just oil and balsamic vinegar, cracked black pepper, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, feta cheese, pine nuts or whatever nuts you like. you can modify the salad of course if you like red peppers that is nice too. The key with Kale is it is really crunchy so you can actually put the dressing on the night before and it will be a nice texture the next day. Veges that are super dark are very rich in nutrients and it makes you full because they are so dense with lots of fibre.

Keep in mind that now is not the time to lose weight.  So just make sure you have lots of hearty healthy calories. You will feel fantastic. Also I ate more in the morning and less and less throughout the day and I slept excellent. Now I am still nursing so I have to be careful still with supplements, but I continue with my Platinum Prenatel, lots of Ascenta fish oil, cal/mag, probiotic (helps with digestion and totally safe throughout pregnancy/nursing).

A tip for breakfast is NutraCleanse!! This is amazing. Really helps regularity great for the breast milk its a fabulous product and is extremely safe, natural and healthy. You just sprinkle it on cereal or what ever you want. http://www.alivehealthblog.com/2011/05/26/nutracleanse-high-fibre-food-source/ there is the link.

Above is a just an example of a response that I often have to make.  Just wanted to share.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Feb
15
2012

Exercising After Pregnancy

Categories: Baby Health, Parents, Pregnancy Tips, Quick Tips, Womans Health

Being a mother is a wonderful experience, but finding the time for yourself can be challenging.  It is so much fun looking after your little one, watching them reach all the milestones and discovering their personality.  BUT, don’t forget to take time for yourself!  You will both will be better for it.  A happy mom makes for a well adjusted happy baby.

Moms are very eager to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight, but remember to not be too hard on yourself.  The most important thing for the first month after pregnancy is to recover from giving birth.  Whether you have had a caesarian or natural birth you have to give your body time to recover.  Make sure you work with your health practitioner to find out what types of movements are best for you.  Just because your friend is jogging doesn’t mean that you are ready to put on your Lu Lu Lemon’s.  That being said it is generalyl a good start for most women to give walking a try.  It is something that both you and your baby can handle.  It is excellent to get fresh air and if your baby had Jaundice, Physicians often recommend to take your baby outside for small bouts of sunshine.  Of course be wary of how long and what time of day you are putting your baby in the sun.

Tips to Getting Started:

  • Start with walking, some women start after 2 weeks and some women need more time such as a month.
  • Caesarian takes roughly 6 weeks to heal and this means there should be no heavy lifting.  Rule of thumb is to lift nothing heavier than your baby.  As for tender muscles this can take much longer and then in terms of the numbness around the incision can take 6 months.  Again this is varies from woman to woman.
  • Be careful when introducing weights and resistant type exercises.  Sit ups, push ups and planks are definetly out until your core muscles are ready for strengthening.
  • Having trouble fitting in exercise? Try exercising when your baby is most self soothing.  For me my baby is almost 8 months old and she is the most easy going after her morning feed.  She likes to play on her Bright Start Albert Einstein mat.  She will basically practice her yoga while mommy does her work out!  I really like the “10 Minute Trainer” videos with Tony Horton.  Then I place the baby in a spot where she cannot see the TV, but she can still see me moving around working up a swet!
  • Also, there is local personal trainer that I have used, her name is Angela Sasso.  She is located in Vancouver BC. She is amazing, extremely positive, motivating, knows the fitness industry inside and out.  You can check her out as she has her own youtube channel.  She helped me get into shape before I got pregnant.  I had excellent core strength going into pregnancy and this greatly helped me maintain a work out plan during pregnancy and it also helped me during labour.
  • If time is a problem and you do not have any help raising your baby, try to find ten minutes to exercise when while your baby sleeps.
  • Keep in mind the first couple of months is all about sleeping when your baby sleeps, so again take your time introducing exercise into your routine.  Also, if you are able to breast feed this is a great way to get your weight down.
  • Eat healthier than ever before!  Seems like a logical thing to do, but sometimes women see the weight coming off due to breast feeding so they cheat.  This is not a good idea as your metbolism will slow right down and your energy will become sluggish; before you know it weight will be packing on.  Also, you want to be feeding your baby healthy nutrients.

Lastly, if you are breast feeding, you must continue to air on the side of caution when taking supplements.  Doctors and health practioners agree that a prenatal multi-vitamin, fish oil and calcum/magnesium is pretty much it while breast feeding.  These means no cleansing, no weight loss supplements with caffeine etc.  However, there are some things that you can sneak into your diet that are good for both your metabolism and your babies health.  Things like coconut oil are safe.  This is one of the best cooking oils to use as it is not carcinogenic when heated.  It is an excellent oil for the heart and metabolism!

As always thank you for reading.  If you have any more questions concerning exercises as well as what supplements are safe during breast feeding we would be happy to answer your questions at a location near you.  Or you can feel free to call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Aug
16
2011

Easy Multi Prenatal by Platinum Naturals

Categories: Baby Health, Mood, Parents, Pregnancy Tips, Womans Health

Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting moments in life.  Once you know, then come all the decisions of what doctor to go with, what hospital to deliver in, or perhaps you want to have a midwife.  Will you formula feed or breast feed… and the list goes on.  One of the most common comments from expecting mothers is that during pregnancy is the healthiest they have ever been!  When it comes to choosing your prenatal multi, there are many out there on the market and it is hard to know which one is the best.  For myself, co-workers, friends and family, the favourite seems to be Easy Multi Prenatal by Platinum Naturals.

Why Easy Multi Prenatal by Platinum Naturals?

It is extremely convenient.  All you need is one a day!  It also has fish oil (DHA) in the multi.  Just a refresher of why you want fish oil in your prenatal… fish oil has the essential acid DHA which is shown to be crucial for the babies brain development.  It is also good for the mood of a child.  When kids are too excitable or have an attention deficit disorder, doctors as well as the natural health care professionals agree that a fish oil with a high concentration of DHA is key!

Also Platinum Naturals entire Easy Multi line is known for being one of the most absorbable.  You know the expression, “You are what you eat.”  Platinum’s slogan is, “You are what you absorb.”  They believe in making clean supplements with no binders or fillers.  The Easy Multi Prenatal is absorbable because it is in a liquid capsule.  What I absolutely love about this multi, is during the time period where I experienced morning sickness I was still able to get in my multi-vitamin because it was only one a day and the capsule is small.  Also there was no fishy after taste.

When to take Easy Multi Prenatal?

EasyMulti® Prenatal is a comprehensive multivitamin for pregnant, nursing mothers and those trying to conceive.
Supplementing with a high quality multivitamin with DHA during pregnancy is important to you and your baby’s health.  DHA is important for your baby’s brain and eye development, as well as their hand-eye coordination.  Unfortunately, if you are like most women, you’re probably not getting enough DHA from your diet alone.

Benefits for you and your Baby!

For Mother

•    Replenishes stores of vitamins and minerals depleted by the added demands on the body of a growing fetus
•    Corrects nutritional deficiencies resulting from dietary restrictions, food intolerance’s and complications of pregnancy like nausea, vomiting and poor   absorption
•    Reinforces the mother’s immune system at a critical time when she cannot afford to become ill
•    Enhances the mother’s vitality and combats feelings of exhaustion, low energy and  weakness often experienced in pregnancy
•    Helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia
•    Reduces the risk of developing preeclampsia

For Baby

•    Makes up for nutritional shortfalls in the mother’s diet and ensures that the baby has an adequate supply of nutrients
•    Increases the odds of carrying the baby to term
•    Reduces the risk of low birth weight
•    Improves the quality of breast milk
•    Contributes to the development of healthy bones and higher bone density
•    Potentially increases the child’s visual acuity
•    Helps to prevent common birth defects of the spinal cord (spina bifida) and of the brain (anencephaly)

As always, thank you for reading.  We look forward to helping you at a location near you with whatever your health concerns are.

Also we do mail orders, and you can call us toll free at 1866 499 9546

 

Jul
16
2011

Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate

Categories: ADHD, Baby Health, Depression, Injuries, Kids Health, Mood, Pain, Sleep, Stress

Your body goes through a lot of changes and physical stress when going through labour: tense muscles, bowel movements are difficult because you can’t push, back pain, irregular sleep and much more.  Even when we are not going through labour or a healing process, we are all constantly dealing with stress, sore muscles, injuries, anxiety and sleepless nights.  Lastly, Natural Clams Magnesium is also safe for your kids.  Sometimes parents come in looking for a solution for their kids constipation.  Sometimes kids hold in their bowel movement because they simply don’t like going to the bathroom because their stool has been too hard in the past and has hurt.  This is a natural way to help soften the stool.  The other benefit in using Natural Calms Magnesium for kids is it is excellent for the brain!  Fish oil is always recommended for ADHD, but so is magnesium!  The Natural Calms Magnesium is the way to go since it is in powder form, mixes instantly in water and tastes great!  It is nice to know that there are natural solutions to help you with these kinds of issues and one of the best is Natural Calms Magnesium Citrate.

CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM & STRESS

What Natural Calms Has to Say about the Calcium Magnesium Relationship:
Calcium and magnesium are two different sides of a coin. Calcium excites nerves while magnesium calms them down. Calcium makes muscles contract. Magnesium is necessary for muscles to relax. Calcium is needed for blood clotting but magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely. It is vital to keep these minerals in balance. Too little magnesium to balance calcium can be both uncomfortable and unhealthy.

To ward off the negative effects of a prolonged period of stress or an overreaction to stress, calcium needs to be balanced with adequate amounts of magnesium. Going through a stressful period without sufficient magnesium can set up a deficit which, if not corrected, can linger, causing more stress and further health problems.

Today we have diets dangerously low in magnesium. Factor in the recent addition of nutritional calcium via supplements and food fortifications meant to stave off osteoporosis, and many of us are getting inadequate magnesium plus too much calcium.

Magnesium has an important role in essentially every life function. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve activity, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and keeps bones strong.

Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is involved in energy metabolism. Many researchers believe that no single dietary factor is as critical as magnesium.”

This is just a quick post today!  Hope you enjoyed it.  As always thank you for reading and if you have any questions find an Alive Health Centre, Supplements Plus or Morning Sun location near you!  You can also call us toll free at 1866-499-9546.

Jul
14
2011

Shannon’s Labour Experience: True Story…

Categories: Baby Health, Parents, Pregnancy Tips, Womans Health

This article is much different from what you have been used to here with the Alive, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus Blog.  I tend to stick with articles telling you about different products, specific health concerns and how to treat them or I put recipes up on the blog to share with everyone.  I try not to get too personal I guess you could say.  BUT over the last nine months of pregnancy I have had a blast.  I really enjoyed my first experience of being pregnant and now I am absolutely amazed at how wonderful motherhood can be.  I want to share with you my labour experience.  I would like to tell you right away that this is a positive article!  Not an article telling you how awful the pain was, or about everything that went wrong, but instead an article to help women as well as men who may be anticipating a baby some things they can expect.  Therefore, I should mention this is not a scientific article, it is merely my experience of what happened and the things that I am soo glad that I thought of and did as well as looking back some things I would have done differently OR better yet will do for next time!  Honestly, the whole experience has been so wonderful I am very excited to have more then one if its meant to be!  Hope you enjoy the article…

 

My Little Girl Danica!

June 30th 2011 I go in for my weekly Dr. appointment.  I notice that I have had clear discharge, but very little.  However, just to be safe I asked my doctor if it is possible that my water broke.  (In prenatal classes you learn that to go into labour your water doesn’t have to be the first sign.  Also you learn that when your water breaks it is not like the movies! It is not necessary a huge water fall.)  Mr Dr. suggested we air on the side of caution and so she sent me to the hospital to run some tests on the fluid and to check if the cervix was open.  So at around 11am we went to the hospital and long story short, no sign of baby and the fluid was not from the water breaking.  They said I probably will not deliver early most likely late.  My due date was July 6th, roughly a week away.  So I went home with my husband.  We made plans for the weekend to see some friends since we figured this will be our last chance to hang out without a little one around.  We had a relaxing day and we were ready to go to bed at 11pm, just turning off my side table lamp and then gush… (this time my water definitely broke!)  I was laughing and ran to the bathroom trying to prevent the water from getting on the bed.  I was fairly successful.  Right away I had very weak contractions; the early phase of labour had began!!  Remember there is no rush to go to the hospital when your early phase starts (this is assuming you have had a normal pregnancy throughout and that you are not delivering twins.  Most times it is best to stay home in the beginning because you are more relaxed to get labour going and you have your own food, comforts of home and a shower which is a huge help by the way!)  The next step is to call the hospital and your Dr. to let them know your status.  This way they can be expecting you in the next little while…

So the night goes by and it is now July1st! Happy Canada Day!! I have had contractions all night at this point, but they have been irregular and they have been mild.  Slightly stronger but nothing to really get this party started!  However, I still call the doctor at 8:30am because in this situation my water has broken.  What this means is usually they need the baby to come out within 24 hours of the water breaking.  If my water had not broke and I was just having contractions, sometimes they will let this part go on much longer.  The goal is to try to get your body to go into labour by itself.  BUT if there is one thing I can pass on it is: “At the end of the day all that matters is HEALTHY BABY HEALTHY MOM, it doesn’t matter how the baby gets in your arms, all that matters is the family is united at the end of it all.”  So many women have an idealized plan in the mind of how their labour will be perfect or just the way they planned it.  The sooner you let your stubbornness go the easier your labour will be.  Know your options before you deliver.  Meaning: know the pain meds, know the methods of delivery etc, but don’t write a script if you can help it.

Ok where was I…. so my water had broke and it was 8:30am and I called the Dr. and she said that if I do not go into labour on my own, with 411 which mean 4 contractions 1 min apart within 10 minutes of each other with some hefty pain, then they will have to induce me around 7:00pm….

Waited all day, and somewhat regular contractions started in the evening and I ended up going to the hospital at 6:00pm.  They looked at me, heart, blood pressure, position of baby which was head down, cervix open and I am ready to go!  Induction started at 8:00pm!

What is being induced?

Induced is when you need to go into labour faster than your body is doing it.  So they hook you up to an IV and start pumping in Oxytocin a hormone that induces (starts) labour.  Oxytocin is safe, it is literally a hormone you produce.  The interesting thing about being induced is that your contractions become like clock work.  It is a much faster process and labour doesn’t take as long, however it is intense! My Dr. warned me that I may need an epidural because the pain becomes so intense, rapid and strong quickly.  When you go into labour on your own it is more gradual.

What I personally did to cope with the PAIN and make labour easier!

  • I had a private room, lights were dim…
  • I had a exercise ball that I sat on and bounced around in (helps relieve the pressure down below)
  • Remembered to sit tall, but sit relaxed, don’t tense up, let your body relax… makes labour easier and shorter!
  • I did not sit on the table except when the nurse needed to put my IV in etc, the rest of the time I wanted to be free to walk around
  • I did visualization, tried to think of positive thoughts… trust me it is very easy to slip into “Why am I doing this, the pain is too strong, I want to give up, never again…” use the power of your mind and just keep repeating POSITIVE thoughts.  I am a strong women, I am meant to do this, I am going to be a mother soon, my baby is counting on me, I have the power to bring this little one in the world, the pain will pass and the baby will last my lifetime…”
  • I had the support of my husband.  Make sure you have some sort of coach or support in your room.  There are Doulas or you can have a friend but make sure they know what they can do to help support YOU!  They must be strong, not freak out and remember they can’t fix anything i.e. your pain, but they should be positive reinforcement that you are strong and amazing!
  • I had music!  Such a help, I got lost in the positive motivational words!
  • DEEP Breathing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a help!
  • Low tones……. instead of high tones I made low tones.  Some studies show that the baby feels more calm when the mother has low moaning verses screaming. It also calms you and reduces the perception of pain.
  • SHAVE ahead of time… this is a weird tip I know, but one of my girlfriends told me, shave before you go to the hospital otherwise they will do it for you.  I know personally I would rather do that myself down there.  It is one less thing for them to have to do and it is one less reason that they have to go poking around down there.
  • I kept telling myself that the contraction only last 1 minute!  I can do this, then I will have a break.  (Remember the contraction will not last forever! AND remember the contraction is helping you it is getting that baby out!)
  • DO NOT watch the clock or the minutes going by! It makes the labour seem much longer.  I watched the level of the contraction.  That number on the monitor helped me know when the contraction was coming on and it allowed me to time my breathing better.

Story continued…….

Close to the end I needed something to help me with the pain.  I knew I was very, very close, so I went with the laughing gas.  Benefits are: it is safe for the baby, it helps you focus on breathing.  Downside: it can make you throw up!  BUT I discovered how to make it not do that.  At first I was afraid of the laughing gas and I wasn’t taking a deep enough breath and I was stopping half way through the contraction etc.  Then I would throw up because I had the after taste of the laughing gas.  The nurse said sit tall, relax and fill those lungs, take a deep breath and also remember to blow out completely afterwards.  Once I started concentrating I was off to the races!!

At about 1:00am I turned to Nelson and said: “I am not sure how much more I can take…” I may need the epidural.  This is where I had to be realistic.  I didn’t want to have the epidural because you can’t feel when to push and sometimes it slows down the labour, but I was prepared to change my plan.  We decided to page the nurse.  The nurse came in and said: “Do you feel like you want to push, do you feel like you want to take the biggest bowel movement ever?!  I actually laughed and was like YES!!!!  She said well then get on this table she checked and I made it I was 10cm ready to get this baby OUT!! I was so happy no epidural for me!

BUT you know how I said she was head down… well somewhere during labour she turned and feet were coming out.  This means she has breached.  This is not good, but not life and death either.  These days it is completely easy to get that baby out so that the baby and mother are safe, but it just means a rapid change in plans.  Head always first, you can never deliver safely with feet first, so the nurse said: “Hun, good news you made it with out meds, but we have to do an emergency c-section.  Therefore we need to do a spinal (full epidural) and get the baby out, so STOP pushing and BREATH.”  They are very efficient and I felt completely looked after and safe.  I was very scared of a c-section, but I knew that the best thing to do was to surrender, healthy baby, health mom and trust the professionals.  They were so amazing.  I delivered at BC Women’s Hospital and honestly I am very thankful to the whole staff there.

10 minutes later…. baby is in my arms.  We made it!! Danica was born at 1:30am! Healthy as ever!  Again it was different than I had imagined my delivery to be.  Instead of soft lighting and having my husband beside me, I went to bright lights, people in surgical masks, a curtain in front of me, 10 people in the room and my husband coming in after.  So yes the mood changed and it wasn’t intimate, BUT it was still beautiful to see our little baby girl enter this world!!  Now that almost two weeks have gone by I couldn’t be more happy, she is amazing…

Also remember how I said to shave down there!  Well I am sooo happy I did.  In the frantic moments of… “Hurry we need to do a c-section, let’s shave her!” They looked and were like, never mind, she’s good to go.  Trust me at this point you just want the baby out so any little thing you can do to speed up the process is good.

Lastly some things I would do Differently for NEXT time:

  • Have the nurse check more often to see if the babies head is still facing down
  • Have my water ready and my puke bowl ready for when I throw up
  • Prevent throwing up by using the the laughing gas correctly
  • Bring photos that make me happy, maybe a baby picture of myself with my father holding me and maybe my favourite picture of my husband I and a picture of my family dog since he is soo cute and lovable
  • Start putting nipple cream on weeks before the pregnancy so that they don’t get so irritated.  Try to stick with it, mine did crack and even bleed a little bit the first week, but it does go away once you and your baby figure things out, (Also buy a BREAST PUMP!! Great way to get your milk out if your nipples are sore.  Gives you a fighting chance to breast feed.  BUT don’t beat yourself up if you can’t breast feed)

Well sorry it was a long article for a blog post.  Hopefully you got something out of it.  I realize that this pertains to a small audience, but hopefully it helps someone you may know.  As always I truly love helping people as well as the staff at Alive health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus.  If you have any questions feel free to email me at shannon@alivehealthblog.com and if you have questions there is a toll free number 1866 499 9546.  I will not be there because I am working from home now looking after the little one.  However our staff are all pretty well mothers, so if you have questions find a location near you.  Our caring staff would love to be of help!