PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION IN DFW? WE GOT YOU!

DFW PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

Looking for Placenta Encapsulation in DFW? Look no further! This service has become an increasingly popular way of regulating hormones after birth. It’s been noted to increase milk supply and energy levels while also decreasing feelings related to the “baby blues.” We’re happy to offer this service from south of Ft. Worth, all the way to Oklahoma! Take advantage of nature’s solution for a happier and healthier postpartum! Check out all theses goodies included!

THE PLACENTA IS FULL OF BENEFICIAL HORMONES, CHEMICALS, IRON, AND PROTEINS.

These healing substances include:

Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping.

Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.

Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.

Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy.

Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.

Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.

Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection.

Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.

Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression.

Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.

Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.

Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Antibody molecules which support the immune system.

Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lactation in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels.

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EXERCISING DURING PREGNANCY. THAT’S A NO BRAINER, RIGHT?

Exercising during pregnancy. You would think would be a no brainer, right? Exercise is good for you why not keep up with it while you’re pregnant? A bit to my surprise, one of the biggest statements I got while pregnant with my twins was “Oh wow, you do CrossFit? I could never do that. Are you going to continue to do CrossFit now that you’re pregnant? You better be careful”

“ARE YOU GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO CROSSFIT NOW THAT YOU KNOW ITS TWINS?”

 

Photo by: AyD Photography

Throughout those months as I became more noticeably pregnant similar statements kept coming and as they did my desire to want to change the mindset grew. In a healthy mom, healthy baby the best thing you could possibly do is to continue with your active lifestyle to help your body produce those stress reducing hormones and build strength! All you active women out there, if you’re embarking onto this journey called parenthood and want to continue doing you but not sure how to go about it here some helpful you links to guide you.

ACOG- Exercise During Pregnancy

ACOG-Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Want some daily motivation?

These are my favorite IG pages to follow!

@coach.kerri.grace @shenashville and @pregnant.postpartum.athlete

Let me also say this, if you were super active before pregnancy and not so active during that’s ok. If you were active at the beginning of your pregnancy and not so active later, that’s also ok. What’s not ok is carrying around guilt from taking a break and focusing on resting and soaking in your baby growing season. Be mindful of what your body is telling you and rest assured that you are creating a beautiful and peaceful environment for your growing baby to thrive. If you are searching for the right support feel free to reach out! If I am not you’re area I will do everything in my power to connect you with the right people to help you keep moving safely and efficiently.

For any high intensity exercise program make sure you’re getting the green light from your care provider. Not everyone is the best candidate to continue to follow the same program you were following pregnancy.

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6 TIPS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IN PREGNANCY

We have some great tips for helping you boost your immune system this cold and flu season! Being sick is awful, but being sick while pregnant is even worse! Did you know there are so many things you can do throughout your pregnancy to help boost your immune system and stay healthy during cold & flu season, and all year long? Here are our top 6 tips to boost your immune system during pregnancy.

Tip 1: Extra Supplements

Hopefully you’re already taking your prenatal supplements, but when sickness is going around, it’s always a great idea to add some extra Vitamin CVitamin D, and Probiotics!

Tip 2: Immune Shot!

This is the kind of shot you want! This not-so-great tasting shot is a few simple ingredients that are great for boosting the immune system!

Here’s what you do:

  • Use a garlic press, grater, or finely chop 1 clove of garlic
  •  Add 1 tablespoon of raw local honey
  • Add 2 tablespoons of organic raw apple cider vinegar
  • Dilute with filtered water.

Shoot it down quickly and then drink a glass of water.

Tip 3: Cold Calm Homeopathic Tablets

Cold Calm is a great homeopathic remedy that can help relieve common symptoms of colds. Make sure to follow the directions and consult your medical practitioner when taking any homeopathy or herbal supplement. Other homeopathy choices that you might want to consider are Eupatorium or OscillococcinumSpongia Tosta and Hepar Sulph are other products that can support a cough.

Tip 4: Aromatherapy

Along with homeopathy and herbs, diffusing essential oils can help give your immune system a big boost and even keep the air purified in your home. Try diffusing 100% pure essential oils like Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint. I love using Young Living essential oils throughout pregnancy! Lavender is also great for improving relaxation and sleep, which brings us to our next immune booster!

Tip 5: Extra Rest

Sleep is a great medicine! You’re already needing extra rest while growing that precious baby, but when you’re feeling a little under the weather, you need to get even more ZZZs. Do what you can to rest, and get extra sleep to boost your immune system. Take an epsom salt bath or warm shower, diffuse some calming essential oils, and take a rest. Even a short cat nap is great at aiding the immune system in fighting off whatever sickness you’re dealing with.

Tip 6: Stay Hydrated and Well Nourished

Make sure to cut the sugary drinks and get plenty of water, around 60-80 oz. a day. You can add an electrolyte powder, like DripDrop or Liquid I.V., to your water for extra hydration as well. Not only do you want to cut down on sugary drinks, but cut down on the processed foods and sugary foods and get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Other nourishing foods to consider would be bone broth or veggie broth, fermented foods, warm water with lemon and honey, and herbal teas safe for pregnancy.

 

*Consult all supplements and remedies with your medical provider.

MEET R.E.S.E.T. BY JEM

DFW food and fitness

Welcome to the second installment in our DFW birth professional provider series! Giving you a more detailed look at some of the resources available for your prenatal and postpartum seasons. Sarah recently sat down with R.E.S.E.T. by JEM, a holistic and wellness services company based in Ft. Worth. They believe a happy, healthy, healed pregnancy starts with food and fitness first! R.E.S.E.T. stands for Rejuvenate, Empower, Stimulate, Enlighten, and Transform; all things we could use a little more of in our lives!

Improving Generational Health Increases Generational Wealth

These words are the force that drive Jaquatta Klein, owner and operator of R.E.S.E.T. by JEM, when she sits down with a client to form his/or her perfect personalized program. R.E.S.E.T. by JEM is a holistic health practice offering preventative care programs designed to provide customized tools, direction, and one-on-one coaching to help you towards a healthier you. A quick look on her website will show you that while she serves retired senior citizens and post-surgery patients, her major focus is on the health and well-being of new mothers. With over 6 years of experience in preventive care, Jaquatta is able to assist new mom’s through this special time and form a program specifically designed to help her feel enlightened and empowered.

How does she do it?

While every individuals program will vary, all programs offer flexibility and are centered around fitness, nutrition, and education. Through her own struggles and accomplishments Jaquatta learned that by transforming your daily routine and incorporating healthy habits you can play an active role in ensuring you don’t lose yourself along your journey to creating new life. As your nutritional coach, Jaquatta offers to organize your pantry, demonstrate how to better organize your grocery list, guide you through maneuvering the distracting grocery aisles, and educate you on meal prepping. A full list of her services can be found on her webpage: https://www.resetbyjem.org/our-services/

Jaquatta also teaches a series of prenatal and mommy-and-me fitness classes, including water aerobics, with Oh Baby! Fitness through Texas Health in Ft Worth. For a full list of classes and times you can go to https://www.ohbabyfitness.com/ and enter “Ft Worth, TX” into the search bar.

How long are the visits?

You can expect to spend around 1 hour for the initial consultation at her main office in Arlington.. The consultation will serve as a time for you to discuss your health background, lifestyle, goals, and form a plan. Remember, the plans are customized to fit your goals and lifestyle!

How do I schedule a consultation? 

It’s simple! Just head on over to her page and fill out her contact form: https://www.resetbyjem.org/contact-us/

Thank you, Jaquatta, for meeting with me and allowing me to learn more about your practice!

-Doula Sarah

MOVEMENT – A FRIEND OF LABOR

DFW MOVEMENT

Birth doesn’t have to be a dramatic movie depiction of a woman laying on her back with her legs in stirrups!  This version of labor, known as the lithotomy position, has been widely used for the last 200 years. Prior to this time, the recorded history of birthing indicates upright birth postures were used across the world, regardless of culture or economic development. What if you combined that upright birth posture with movement?  Here are a few suggestions for aiding labor progression by utilizing one key tool: MOVEMENT!

As a Birth Doula and Dancing For Birth™ instructor, I have found utilizing movement, through dancing and upright positions to have overwhelmingly positive effects for the laboring mother.

When a mother is allowed to move into the surges she is experiencing, she becomes in-tune to her body’s needs.  Dancing during pregnancy and birth has many benefits, including the reduction of stress and tension, the true enemy of an easy labor and birth.  Low impact exercise also helps increase the body’s release of  pain killing endorphins and the flow of Oxytocin, the hormone that brings about labor naturally.

During Dancing For Birth™ classes, you will learn exercises to keep you moving during pregnancy, as well as prepare you for labor.  These classes can help shorten the length of labor, reduce your risk of interventions and aid in optimal fetal positioning.  While attending DFB classes, your pelvic outlet opens wider and your comfort level increase.  Ultimately, you are helping your baby rotate and descend into a better position with each class.

Movement keeps you in an upright position allowing you to benefit from gravity. When laboring, keep in mind, that the bed is not the FOCUS of the room.  The bed is a tool for labor!  Try utilizing this tool by resting over it while making use of a birth ball. It may also help you balance while doing a birth preparation position, such as squats or lunges.  When a laboring mom is confined to the bed, her pelvic outlet is restricted and her sacrum is compressed.  In order to create more space for  baby in your pelvis, get up on your feet and use gravity to your birthing advantage.

The discomfort of labor can be intensified by being on your back consistently.  Other tools to consider utilizing are walking, swaying, or even hip circles on your birth ball to help you through those labor pains and contractions.  These movement tools can stimulate mechanoreceptors. Essentially, pleasurable sensations reach the brain  much quicker than uncomfortable labor pains.  In some cases, the movement tool can be a distraction to overcome contractions.  Get your partner to help support you in the upright movements and listen to your bodies natural cues to move. Movement can be an instinctual coping method.

Lastly, movement can help your baby descend down and help you progress in labor. The upright labor position combined with movement creates more productive contractions  by placing  pressure on your cervix.  As you move your hips instinctively, asymmetric space is created in the pelvis.  This allows more room for your baby to navigate through and could lead to an easier labor and birth.  As you create your own language of movement during this life changing experience, you are allowing your body to open up to its most optimal potential.

Overall, being able to move about freely during labor could help shorten the duration of your labor.  Only you will know what feels right in the moment.  Begin practicing movement now (dancing, walking, swaying, birth ball techniques) and build your stamina for labor.  Surround yourself with an exceptional birth team, rest when needed, and bust a move when your body cues it.  Dance through labor like no one is watching!

Nicole Moffitt

WARNING SIGNS OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

DFW POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

For approximately 80% of new parents, the first two weeks following birth can be quite a hormonal affair. You and your new baby are trying to get to know each other. There are many struggles to connect with a new baby and to ensure that you can do this “parenting thing. The most common being lack of sleep, mood swings, irritability, and at times uncontrollable crying. And then there’s the breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding debate and whether or not the baby is getting enough to eat. Having a strong support system and time to adjust to parenthood is crucial to overcoming this normal “baby blues” period.

Postpartum mood disorders are the most common complication of childbirth. Approximately 20% of mothers will experience some form of postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety. Before I go any further, it is absolutely important to know that a) you are not alone, and b) none of this is your fault. While postpartum mood disorders can often leave you feeling inadequate, this simply is not true. You are NOT a bad parent and with treatment, your symptoms can improve. Treatment will vary based on your individual needs. It may include medication, therapy, or a combination of both. It is also important to note that if you are suffering from a postpartum mood disorder, there is a 50% chance that your partner will also suffer from a similar disorder.

But what happens when the baby blues to not improve? What are the warnings signs of postpartum depression? When should you consider seeking professional help? To help answer these questions, I recently sat down with Bina Bird, MA, LMFT of Haslet Counseling.

Mrs. Bird highlighted the most common warning signs of postpartum depression with me. They include excessive crying, constant feelings of panic and/or nervousness, having difficulty in decision making, excessive guilt, feelings of hopelessness, loss of appetite, inability to sleep, obsessive thoughts, and even thoughts of death (yourself and your baby).

Research shows that if you are experiencing any of the following risk factors, you should discuss them with your medical provider so you can plan accordingly. According to Postpartum Support International risk factors and warning signs of postpartum depression include:

  • Personal or family history of depression, anxiety, or postpartum depression
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD or PMS)
  • Insufficient support in caring for yourself or your baby
  • Experiencing financial and/or marital stress
  • Infertility
  • Experience with a complicated pregnancy or birth or are having difficulties with breastfeeding
  • Recent major life event
  • Parent to multiples
  • Baby had to spend time in the NICU,
  • Thyroid imbalance
  • Any form of diabetes (type 1, type 2 or gestational)

As I mentioned earlier, postpartum anxiety (also known as perinatal anxiety) can also be prevalent in new mothers. Postpartum Support International lists the most common signs of postpartum anxiety. They include excessive worrying, continuous racing thoughts, sleep and appetite disturbances, the inability to sit still, physical symptoms such as dizziness and nausea, and a nagging feeling that the worst is going to happen. Risk factors for perinatal anxiety include a personal (or family) history of anxiety, previous bouts of perinatal anxiety, or thyroid imbalance.

It is important to trust your instincts, as you know yourself and your body better than anyone else. If you are experiencing ANY of these symptoms more than 2 weeks after giving birth, please seek out your medical provider or another medical professional.

What about managing postpartum depression? Self-care is not always easy after giving birth, but it is important for your mental state to find time to take care of YOU. Try to eat as nutritiously as possible – this not only helps you feel better, but should you decide to breastfeed it can help with building and maintaining your milk supply. Exercise is also important – go for daily walks. Fresh air is always a good thing and it’s good for both you and the baby to get outside. It is also important to avoid, or at least limit, your intake of substances such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. Sleep is very important as well – while it is not always easy, try sleeping when the baby sleeps. It does not have to be every time the baby sleeps, but try to squeeze in an extra nap or two during the day.

If you are unsure if what you are feeling is normal, reach out to your medical care provider or seek out a therapist. Do NOT be afraid to ask your family and close friends for help. Sometimes we want to appear as “super parents” and give the perception that everything is under control, when in reality we’ve lost control and need help. The problem lies in the fact that friends and family may not see that you need the help. Asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of; it does not mean you are weak. We all need help from time to time, and support from friends and family is crucial during this time.

If you are reading this because you know a new parent that is experiencing a postpartum mood disorder, there are ways in which you can help. Encourage these new parents to get rest when possible and to take time to care for themselves. Offer to help with housework, cook meals, or help take care of the baby. New parents can catch a nap or even get a shower – both of which are great ways to relieve stress! If you are comfortable doing so, encourage the new parent(s) in your life to seek support. Let them know that postpartum mood disorders are treatable. Reiterate to them that they are not alone in their journey, that this is not their fault, and they are wonderful parents who deserve to enjoy this time with their newborn baby.

Following a birth, postpartum doulas are another wonderful resource for any family. Postpartum doulas are trained to understand the needs of both newborn babies and their parents. Generally available for both daytime and overnight shifts, doulas can offer parents feeding support, tips for soothing babies, and education on normal newborn behavior.

In conclusion, remember that for most new parents, some form of postpartum mood disorder is a normal part of the parenting process. You are NOT alone in this and there are many resources that can help you during this time. There are plenty of resources available to you – friends, family, medical professionals, therapists, and postpartum doulas. The key is going to be asking for help.

 

Bina Bird is a Licensed Therapist based out of Haslet, TX, that specializes in maternal mental health. If you are local to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and would like to schedule a free consultation or an appointment, you can contact Bina by going to www.hasletcounseling.com

For more information on postpartum doulas, go to www.dfwbirthresource.com

Amber Gates