Ember's "Fiery" Birth Story

I had tried almost every “natural” form of induction that I had heard. I was starting to think I was stuck pregnant. My original due date was November 4th. After having an early ultrasound, my due date was pushed back to November 28th. But I felt sure I’d have this baby before then. On November 8th, I started having signs and feelings that she was coming soon. Thanksgiving came and went; my due date came and went and at 41 weeks I really started to get nervous, I really didn’t want to be induced. Finally, at one week and two days past my due date, I had my membranes swept. The plan would be to come back the next day (Thursday) for another sweep and again on Friday. Then, if still pregnant, they would do a “midwife induction” on Saturday and, lastly, a hospital induction on Sunday. Read More

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Will I Ever See My Ankles Again? Or how to Survive Being Pregnant in the Summer in the South….

Though we had some relief early in the season with some cooler days, the hot and humid days will be here to stay soon! The last few weeks before I gave birth to my summer baby were intense, with swollen feet and legs, lethargy from the heat, and terrible crankiness.  Generally pregnant women feel warmer than usual during pregnancy, and the heat of the summer tends to exacerbate this feeling. The heat also tends to increase swelling in feet, ankles and legs that is often experienced during pregnancy. This can make for a miserable time of things. There’s the small consolation in it being warm enough to wear flip flops (and not have to figure out how to get on socks and tie shoes), but otherwise it can feel really unfair!  Read More

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes in many different ways. Some of these changes are due to hormonal fluctuations. Others are caused by the additional mechanical stress on the musculoskeletal system of carrying another human being in one’s uterus. It is important to be aware of what these changes are so that you can better understand what’s happening in your body and learn ways to support the changes to be as comfortable as possible. Read More

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