Pregnancy

Pelvic Floor PT

PELVIC FLOOR

Your pelvic floor is something that you will use your entire life. It is a group of muscled that support our pelvis. It protects our pelvic organs as well as supports a woman’s urethra, vaginal opening, and anus. As life goes on and we have children our pelvic floor is something that can lose its tone and possibly even prolapse. Because we use our pelvic floor on a daily basis it is super important that we take good care of it.

Salt lake doula talks about Pregnancy Pelvic floor health

HOW CAN WE STRENGTHEN OUR PELVIC FLOOR?

In prenatal visits with mommas a question of what can I do to strengthen my pelvic floor comes up often. Let me be the first to admit, I too have pelvic floor issues and have to be aware of that particular muscle on a daily basis. Something I wish I did during pregnancy that unfortunately wasn’t even on my mind was pelvic floor PT. As a doula and having my own doula I felt supported during the birth of my son (VBA2C) but in no way was prepared for the aftermath of how my pelvic floor would be feeling.

Let me introduce you to my good friend Valerie. She is with Well Being Pelvic Physical Therapy.

Although she typically doesn’t attend the birth of your baby with you she is excellent in helping you prepare your body/pelvic floor for the birth of your baby. She not only helps with the pelvic floor strength but she also can help with the following.

Posture:

Standing, Sitting, Working, Sleeping, lifting children and items, and nursing for the postpartum period.


Pain:

Pelvic floor symphysis, SI joints, Pain with Intercourse, Sciatica, Hips, Lower back, Scar pain, Swelling.


Labor and Delivery:

Pelvic floor and abdominal wall control, good labor positioning, good birthing positions, perineal care.


Exercise: 

What is safe, what to continue and discontinue, Individual program for you and your needs.


Incontinence:

Leakage during pregnancy and postpartum- it is NEVER okay or normal. Is it your water?


Education: 

Diastasis recti – prevention and treatment, birth preparation, prep for delivery, pain management, recourse


When to start and where to go? 

Starting early is so important. Like I mentioned above I really didn’t even think about my pelvic floor health during pregnancy. BUT now that I know more about it I suggest everyone goes in and has a consultation with a pelvic floor PT soon after discovering you’re pregnant especially if you have experienced any trauma to your pelvic floor area in previous births, experiencing pain/discomfort, would like to help your diastasis recti, looking for great pregnancy/postpartum support etc. Also it is important to know that seeing a pelvic floor PT is also super important and beneficial in the postpartum and pre pregnancy periods as well. Valerie is incredible and can help you only feel even more supported along the way. She is there for you and wants to help your experience be comfortable. To find out more about what to expect and learn answers to common questions visit her website here

Having both a Pelvic PT and a doula on your birth team is going to enhance your chances of reaching goals and having a positive experience. If you’re looking for someone to help you with the things listed above give Val a call today. She is located in Murray Utah .1-801-904-3502 Open Mon-Thur 9-4, Fri by appointment

 

Gender Reveal!

How did you find out the gender of your baby?

Talking about Gender Reveal!? Did you do a gender reveal party? If so how did you do it? I love seeing all the fun ideas of how families learn the gender of their babies. Today I want to share a new and very fun way that I learned. Its MAGIC! Yup you read it correctly. Find out your gender via magic. Doug Roy has come up with a fun exciting way to tell families what they are having through magic. When he told me this idea I thought it would fun to share with the world.

A little more about who’s behind all the magic:

Meet Doug Roy –  The Gender Reveal Magician

Magician Doug Roy began his journey into magic at the young age of nine, when he first saw a magician perform in-person, and has been inspired by old-time magic greats  Harry Houdini and Harry Blackstone, and current greats David Blaine and David Copperfield. His magic is a fun mix of typical magic as well as mentalism, and his style is strong… personable… and often includes a touch of humor.  Doug is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and has been performing professionally for over 13 years. 

Earlier this summer Doug discovered that Gender Reveal Parties were becoming extremely popular, but that no magician in the U.S. provided a show solely dedicated to that theme!  This surprised him, since the entire process of pregnancy and childbirth is so amazing and “magical”!  With this newly discovered info he decided to get to work and develop a show designed around the Gender Reveal theme… and to become  known as “The Gender Reveal Magician”!   

So how does it work?

Doug’s 1-hour Gender Reveal Magic Show is totally unique and customizable!  It can include any combination of stand-up magic (performed in front of the entire group), strolling magic (close-up magic while people are mingling with each other), and a hands-on magic class for children ages 5-10. Yes, Doug’s show has something for anyone

Doug’s show also allows everyone to participate! This element is very important when it comes to the siblings, who sometimes can feel a bit left out of the typical reveal party. During Doug’s Gender Reveal Magic Show the siblings and other family members actively participate in the show, and thus become an important part of it!

Lastly… but not ‘leastly’, Doug’s Gender Reveal Magic Show is designed in a way that reveals the gender through magic!  In typical gender reveal methods… you know, for example, that the cake IS going to be either pink or blue inside! Or… the balloons WILL have either pink or blue confetti inside!  Not much surprise here… other than the actual “knowing”!

In Doug’s show… no one has ANY idea how the gender will be revealed!!  In other words… it’s wonder, anticipation, and excitement… on steroids!!

THAT is the type of magic that every Gender Reveal Party deserves!! :)))

So if you’re looking for unique, and highly entertaining alternative to the typical balloon or cake-type reveal parties, Doug’s Gender Reveal Magic Show is a superb choice!

To contact Doug and book your party today- check out his website  HERE

Antepartum depression

I am SO excited to share this post with you today. Have you heard of the blog “A Good Mom” If you haven’t you should head over there and give it a read. Her name is Elise and when I found her blog i was captivated by her honesty, tips, view points and just over all simplicity. Something that Elise talks about on her blog is overcoming anxiety’s and depression. I contacted her to see if she would be willing to write a guest blog talking about antepartum depression and what she has done to get through those really hard times. Working in the birth world I feel like this specific need is often lost in the hype and excitement of having a new baby and everything should be super happy and nothing but. However Its not sometimes all happy and joyous. Join Elise on her incredible blog post as she shares her incredible story and the things she’s done to help her through this next pregnancy.

 If you’re experiencing antepartum depression it is OKAY. To seek for help click Here.<<<<

Elise Shares………

This has been one of my deepest, darkest secrets that I have been keeping to myself for several years now.

I am terrified to be sharing this with the universe, but I’m writing this because I feel that it needs to be said, and I need to help bring more awareness to antepartum depression.

A good mom blog shares on tiny blessings doula services blog about depression

When I found out that I was pregnant with my first, it was as beautiful as I ever imagined it would be.

I cried happy tears. I fell to my knees and thanked God. I was glowing for days!

Over time, my emotional state began to deteriorate.

Any time that I would make mention of the things that I was experiencing, I would hear things like “That’s normal.” “Pregnancy is hard for everyone.” “You’ll get through it.”

I never truly confided in anyone, not even my OBGYN at the time, about the intimate details of my emotional state for two reasons.

1. I was very embarrassed. And to be completely honest, I still am…

2. I downplayed it hard core thinking that it was just a normal part of pregnancy.

I WAS DEAD WRONG!

I was so physically sick that I lost 20 pounds over a period of 2 months. Keep in mind that I was already very thin and in shape.

That should tell you just how sick I was.

I was too sick to eat.

Most women eat, and then throw up. I was throwing up before I could get the fork to my mouth.

That’s not normal either.

My physical state was at it’s absolute worst.

Just to be brief- I was blacking out and passing out frequently, among other unpleasant things…

I just remember begging and pleading with God to spare my child!

I just wanted her to live!

Now I know that it is nothing short of a miracle that my fetus survived when I myself was hanging by a thread. Literally.

Now for a little science lesson of the day- your physical state is directly linked to your emotional state.

When you are suffering physically, you will also suffer emotionally.

But it was more than that for me.

I already suffered from depression prior to my pregnancy.

So to take my current (untreated) depression, and couple that with physically dying- it was a very ugly combination.

As much as I don’t want to go into the details of my emotional state at the time of my first pregnancy, I will.

I was suffering emotional breakdowns on just about a daily basis.

I would curl up in little corners, or in the shower, or on the floor and just felt like my spirit was perishing.

I had thoughts of harming myself

I had thoughts of suicide and death

My marriage was suffering gravely

I felt guilty. Oh so guilty for feeling the way that I did when I had so many friends and family members struggling with infertility. I thought that I should just be happy and grateful to be able to be pregnant!

I felt guilty that I hated myself and had such violent thoughts towards myself.

I felt that I wasn’t worthy of my child and that she deserved a better, stronger woman to carry her to birth.

I feared that my emotional state would never improve and that I would utterly fail as a mother.

The amount of hopelessness and worthlessness that I felt was overwhelming. And “overwhelming” is an absolute understatement.

I was one of the unfortunate women that was physically ill until I reached my 8th month of pregnancy.

Which means that I was suffering emotionally for those 8 months!

Once I started feeling better physically, I was finally able to follow a normal diet again.

I finally got to experience what a “normal pregnancy” would feel like.

For the last 2 months.

It’s fine.

That was when my emotional state improved DRAMATICALLY!

Like I said, there’s a direct correlation between the physical and mental state.

And I am very happy to report that my postpartum depression only lasted a week. ONE WEEK, PEOPLE!

And just like that, I was back to being me again!

So if you are feeling like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, there is.

Here’s what I learned from this incredibly dark, lonely, and terrifying time of my life:

1. I can clearly see that I was not thinking straight. I should have consulted with my doctor about every grueling detail of my emotional state. Without reservations.

2. What I went through was NOT normal, and listening to other people say that it was- was the STUPIDEST thing that I have EVERRRR done to myself.

3. I will never put myself, or my unborn child at risk like that again. This will never be repeated. And I am happy to say that with this current pregnancy (I am 7 months pregnant currently), I was prepared. My doctor and I have been proactive about treating my sickness, and nipped the physical and emotional sickness in the bud before it ever even got close to getting out of hand! Hallelujah!

4. I don’t care about anybody else’s opinion. I will do WHATEVER it takes to keep myself healthy, and therefore my child healthy (and ALIVE). Even if that means taking medication while pregnant. Yep. I said it. And if you are judging me for that, then count yourself blessed that you are not one of 20% of other women that experience what I did during pregnancy.

5. What I went through, and what you may be going through is very real. It is serious. It is not in your head. It is not just part of pregnancy. It needs to be treated immediately, and if your current doctor is not validating you, then you need to find a new doctor who will.

6. I wish that I would have educated myself at the time, on the resources that were available to me! For instance- Doula Services!!!! Which is basically a source of emotional support- which would have been incredibly beneficial to me during such a fragile time.

Some women’s bodies handle pregnancy like a boss.

Other women’s bodies do not.

It is not my fault that my body hates being pregnant.

It is not in my control.

If you are one of those women too, then accept that you are not at fault and rid yourself of your guilt immediately.

Everyone reacts to pregnancy differently.

And in many, many cases, each woman’s body reacts differently to each pregnancy that she has!

Isn’t that awesome?

For a person like me with severe anxiety to have to deal with that much unpredictability is just great. (Not!)

Take heart.

There are resources out there for you.

If you are struggling with antepartum depression, or even postpartum depression-

Seek help IMMEDIATELY!!!

You are NOT weak!

You are NOT failing!

You are NOT doing anything wrong!

Your body is making the shots, and you are suffering the consequences.

Seek advice from a medical professional, or emotional support from another source such as a Doula.

Do NOT be afraid to try different things…even if it’s medication.

Especially if it means saving your life, your unborn child’s life, and/or your marriage.

Priorities.

For your sake, and your child’s sake, and your marriages sake, and for all of the sakes!

Take action.

And remember…This too shall pass.

You WILL make it through this.

YOU GOT THIS, MAMA!!!Meagan Heaton doula shares guest blog about antepartum depression

Fitness- Arms and Legs

These are fitness videos arefor anyone needing a quick workout. This Arm and Leg workout was designed for everyone! As many of you may know I have started a YouTube channel. My goal with this channel is to help anyone feel like they can get a nice quick workout in during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum. Today’s workout is nice and short but will hopefully leave you with a little shake in your arms and legs. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE and look out for more videos coming out soon.

I would love to know what type of workout you would like to do. Please e mail me and tell me what you would like to work on and Ill get that video created for you!

Tiny Blessings doula starts YouTube Fitness Channel

Check out the video HERE 

Pregnancy/Postpartum Workout (Arms and Bums)

Pregnancy/Postpartum workout video number one (Arms and Bums)

Before I became a doula I taught a fitness barre class and dance. I love the feeling I get when I see someone sweat or smile after a workout. The feeling of accomplishment after a good burn is always something I look forward to when I walk into a class or start a workout. SO Today I started my own youtube channel. It is designed to help mothers perinatally, pregnant, and postpartum feel like they can get a good workout in their daily lives. Fitness is so important and even if it is 15 minutes I am feel great if I do it.

I am SUPER excited to have my first video up. (Arms and Bums) Along with being a mom, wife, and doula I have a love for fitness. These videos will be designed for those who would like to workout during pregnancy, after baby comes, and or anytime! Its designed for all. Thanks so much for all of your support!

>>>> Be sure to subscribe for more to come. LINK BELOW

SUBSCRIBE AND SEE MORE HERE

Chiropractic care during pregnancy

Something that I learned while I was pregnancy with Webb was the importance of an aligned body. I started going to a chiropractor at 18 weeks pregnant and continued throughout my pregnancy. This one of of the KEY things that I believe I did that helped me achieve my VBA2C goal. Right now a good friend of mine is offering a fantastic deal.  I wanted to share it for all of you to see. Go check him out his name is Jake. He is kind and gentle and is fantastic at what he does.

Give him a call: Jake Johnson (801) 923-2882

5 common doula myths you may hear

 

doula-myth
Common Doula Myths

When I tell people I’m a doula I get a lot of responses like oh my gosh you deliver babies, or do you take over the dads job during labor?
I think there are a lot of myths about doulas. Here are a few of the most common myths.

As your Doula my goal is to help couples enjoy their birthing experience by providing educational support as well as physical. I can help you get through any doubts or fears that you or your partner may have, while helping you gain knowledge of the situation and comfort you along your birthing experience. Although Im not on call until 38 weeks I am there for you from the moment you hire me, via phone, e mail, text.

In our prenatal visits I will help educate you with questions you may have and help provide the needed resources for further research or care IE: Chiro, Energy work etc. I am there as apart of your birthing team and will support any decisions you make during your journey. A lot  of people think that doula’s only support unmedicated moms and that is not true. I want to support couples in all birth settings. One of my goals as your doula is to help your partner feel at ease and educated about what is happening.

Here are 5 Common Myths about Doulas:

1 – I am not wanting to go unmedicated, so I wont need a doula.* Something to remember is as a doula I am there to support you no matter what your birth plan may be. If you are wanting a medicated birth there are still many ways that I am able to help you. ie: Positions on the bed that can help with rotation of baby and progression, education on what the next step of labor and birth may be and what to expect once its time to push, Support for the partner so they can feel comfortable with what is happening. I want to be there to support and educate you along the way no matter what birthing choice you have in mind.

2- I have a planned cesarean section. A doula cant help me. * As a fellow cesarean doula I cant stress this myth enough. There is so much as your doula that I can help with. A C-section is a major surgery and a mom and partner may have a lot of questions and may need help after. I am happy to be there before hand as well. Something I have done with c section mommas is make a blend of essential oils to help keep them calm and then also have something refreshing for them to smell while they are in the OR, I have been able to help dads know what is going on on the other side and help keep them calm while they wait for their sweet baby to arrive, I have also taken pictures for clients.

3- I have a midwife so there is no need for a doula. *Midwives are amazing! I have had my own and I don’t know what I would have done without her. However with that said I also don’t know what myself and my husband would have done without my doula(s) either. They were  with me constantly and helped my husband feel comfortable with everything that was going on. Doulas are able to provide constant physical, educational, and emotional support. Most midwives suggest a doula.

4- I wont need a doula. I have my husband. * I love hearing husbands wanting to be involved. Birth can be daunting. As your doula I will never try and take over a dads position. I am there to help dad and be on your team. Birth can often require a lot of physical support. After time it can become tiring for mom as well as her partner. That is where I step in. I can provide breaks for the partner and give ideas of how he/she can help mom cope. As your doula it is my goal to only help during the labor process not replace.

5- Doula’s try and take over . * As your doula it is not my role to make decisions for you. It is actually outside of my scope to do so. I am simply there to help you as you are making decisions to feel educated/comfortable with your decision. As your doula I will not speak to the hospital staff on your behalf or coax you into making decisions. I help educate and help you feel comfortable.  So the decision you are making is the correct one for you and your family.

I am happy to answer any questions that you may have.

mheaton23@gmail.com

801-916-3926   Meagan Heaton

 

Birth Photography.

Birth Photography has become one of the largest trends on photography along with the milestone images and capturing that gorgeous belly before baby arrives. Tiny Blessings Doula Services has partnered with Captured in time photography who is offering a wonderful “Labor of Love” Package to Tiny Blessings clients. I would like to share her blog with you today. She is very talented and wonderful to work with and services the SLC an Davis County areas. If you have any questions for her please contact her Here