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We All Need BIRTHFIT

Birth Based in Love, Not Fear

Mom Crush Monday #MCM   It is with tears in my eyes looking at my children that I feel a sense of duty to write this blog. I share their birth stories because I do not want any woman or partner to feel the way we did after their births …

Train for Birth

Train for Birth

As the mama of a toddler and also pregnant with number two, I am constantly staying active. My goal for exercising while pregnant isn’t to race in a 5K or marathon, lift heavy things, or even reach new fitness goals; it’s to train for birth. Birth is a mental and …

Abnormal Placental Cord Insertions

Marginal and Velamentous Cord Insertions: A True Story of Abnormal Placental Cord Insertions

Did you know the umbilical cord can insert into the placenta in a variety of ways? To be perfectly honest, I had no idea these variations existed until my placenta and I became an abnormal statistic with Baby #4.   Before we dive into cord insertions, let’s quickly recap the …

Sex During Pregnancy

Sex During Pregnancy

Can I have sex during pregnancy? This is such a common question for women and their partners when they first get pregnant. Sexual connection can be an important part of our lives. It leads to connection, intimacy, bonding, improvement in self-esteem, and trust.  In the beginning of your pregnancy, it …

What is a Midwife?

What is a Midwife?

Pregnancy, birth, and parenting are accompanied by their fair share of unknowns, but there is one thing that is guaranteed – you will be faced with choices to make! Being educated and informed about what your options are often results in a sense of empowerment and confidence in the choices …

Symphysis Pubis Pain

Symphysis Pubis Pain aka “Lightning Crotch” or Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Symphysis pubis pain is un-affectionately known as lightning crotch. It’s that feeling that 20% of pregnant women know all too well—the sharp and sudden pain deep in their pelvis. The feeling of their pelvis shearing, pain that can stop a mama mid-step or leave her gasping for air trying to …

When to Change Providers During Pregnancy

When to Change Providers During Pregnancy

As BIRTHFIT CEO Lindsey Mathews says, “When it comes to birth, there are only two people with guaranteed tickets for the ride: mom and baby.”  Very likely, the next person on the short VIP list is your OB or midwife. This is with good reason, as your OB/midwife is who …

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety During Pregnancy

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety During Pregnancy: My Personal Story

I can’t remember the exact age I became anxious. I like to mentally prepare, and I worry when there are unknowns. When I became pregnant, it didn’t come as a shock to me that along with it would come a heightened sense of anxiety, which hasn’t always been related to …

What is Moxibustion? How Is It Beneficial With Malpresentation of My Baby?

Moxibustion is a technique using an herb (Mugwart) in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a form of heat therapy that consists of burning herbs on or above specific points in the body to warm regions and meridian points (the body’s energy ‘highway’) with the intention of stimulating circulation and …

What is IAP?

What is IAP?

Key Differences between IAP regulation, Valsalva, and Bearing Down One thing active pregnant mamas constantly hear is to be careful not to increase intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) because it will cause a diastasis or pelvic floor disorders. This is most common in the mamas who lift and exercise during pregnancy. While …