Posts tagged: Giving Birth

  • Dr. Payal Adhikari On Delivery Rooms, Takeout Food & More Coronavirus Concerns

    Dr. Payal Adhikari On Delivery Rooms, Takeout Food & More Coronavirus Concerns
    Chicago-based pediatrician and mom Dr. Payal Adhikari (@mommypmd) addresses more of your coronavirus (COVID-19) questions and concerns. Below she addresses questions on multiple topics, from pregnancy and deliveries to ordering takeout.As things continue to evolve daily, Dr. Payal’s favorite websites for accurate information are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Read on to discover her helpful tips and be sure to tune into Monica + Andy’s Instagram live story every Monday and Thursday at 12on...

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  • 7 Things To Know Before Getting the Epidural

    7 Things To Know Before Getting the Epidural
    The epidural’s more popular than ever for pain relief during delivery (71 percent of all expecting mamas get one!) but what should you know before opting in—or out—of that go-to numbing med? Read on. It’s Ok (And Even Advised) to Get It Early To administer an epidural, doctors insert a tiny tube into your lower back, and you’ve got to sit super still for it. (Yep—hard to do when contractions are coming in fast.) So while you may have planned to tough out contractions for as long as possible before...

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  • The Delivery Room Dish: Danielle Moss and Margot

    The Delivery Room Dish: Danielle Moss and Margot
    Welcome to The Delivery Room Dish—a place for new moms to spill on the highs, lows, and nitty gritty of giving birth. What you'll learn: there's no one 'right' way to have a baby, the delivery room is full of choices (even when labor doesn't go as planned), and every mom's got a birth story worth sharing. Up next: The Everygirl and The Everymom co-founder Danielle Moss, who gave birth to her daughter Margot in July.I realized labor was starting when: I was actually induced on my due date, so...

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  • What Contractions Really Feel Like, According to Six New Moms

    What Contractions Really Feel Like, According to Six New Moms
    Until you’ve gone through it once, the bodily sensations of labor and delivery remain a mystery—all we’ve got to go off are the purple-faced women pushing out babies in movies, your mom’s ‘eh it wasn’t that bad’ brush off decades after the fact, and mom friends who, kindly, may spare you the hardcore details to ease your jitters. The pain of contractions (aka: the tightening of your uterine muscles, which helps dilate the cervix and shimmy baby down the birth canal) depends on a number of things—the positioning of your...

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  • Monica + Andy's 2020 Hospital Bag Checklist Is Here!

    Monica + Andy's 2020 Hospital Bag Checklist Is Here!
    The coziest button-up pajamas, nursing mama must-haves, superhero baby care essentials—our 2020 list has everything you need for a smooth hospital stay! Take a peek at the video below for our full checklist (modeled by a M+A twin mama), and don't forget to share with any expecting friends.     The coziest robe and loungewear you won’t mind taking a few pictures in.Our pick: Monica + Andy Organic Lounge Robe; Monica + Andy Organic Lounge Set Super soft essentials to dress and cuddle your baby with.Our pick: Monica + Andy...

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  • The Quick Guide to Writing Your Birth Plan

    The Quick Guide to Writing Your Birth Plan
    There’s really only one thing you can bet on when it comes to delivering a baby—unpredictability! Babies tend to arrive on their own schedule, in their own way. But there are lots of choices to be made in the delivery room, and before the action starts, it’s helpful to write down your preferences and hopes in a “birth plan.” (Because hey—even if that all natural water birth doesn’t go as planned, you’ve still got control over the music.) To get started, create a bulleted list answering these questions: Who should...

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  • The Delivery Room Dish: 'We were shocked the baby came a month early'

    The Delivery Room Dish:  'We were shocked the baby came a month early'
    Welcome to The Delivery Room Dish—a place for new moms to spill on the highs, lows, and nitty gritty of giving birth. What you'll learn: there's no one 'right' way to have a baby, the delivery room is full of choices (even when labor doesn't go as planned), and every mom's got a birth story worth sharing. Up next: Monica + Andy's Director of Brand Strategy and Digital Content Jessie Mash, who gave birth to her daughter Maxine in November.The first sign of labor was: contractions I thought were Braxton...

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  • What You Need to Know About Having a C-Section

    What You Need to Know About Having a C-Section
    Being told you’re having a caesarean section (whether it’s in advance of labor or smack dab in the middle of it) can feel a little unnerving, despite the fact that it’s pretty common. (32 percent of all deliveries are by C-section!) And while you can't always choose whether or not to have one, you can arm yourself with the facts well before your delivery date, says Jennifer Hollings, MD, an ob-gyn with the Richmond Community Hospital in Richmond, VA. (She’s had three C-sections of her own.) Here’s what to expect...

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  • What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Doula

    What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Doula
    You've probably heard friends or fellow pregnant women talking about hiring a doula to help them through labor, delivery and early motherhood. But if you're new to all this, you may be asking yourself: What exactly does a doula do? Doulas offer physical, emotional and informational support to couples as they prepare to enter parenthood, says Lindsey Tjernlund of Minnesota-based Hummingbird Doula. Doulas — who are trained and certified through organizations like DONA — are most commonly known for helping out during labor and delivery, but a doula's services aren't...

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  • What's in My Hospital Bag: Kimberly Lapides of EatSleepWear

    What's in My Hospital Bag: Kimberly Lapides of EatSleepWear
    First-time mom-to-be Kimberly Lapides can admit it: She 'most definitely' overpacked her hospital bag...but that doesn't bother her. Another thing the successful blogger is unbothered with ahead of her August 29 due date? Sticking to a specific birth plan. @eatsleepwear 'The actual labor process does scare me,' Kimberly told us. 'What I will say is that I am open to the plan that baby has for me. Everyone keeps asking if I have a birth plan and really, the answer is NO. I will go with the flow and do...

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