When considering pregnancy or just finding out that they’re expecting, every woman wants to do whatever is best for their unborn child. Preparing their body for pregnancy and making sure that the delivery is as quick and pain-free as possible is definitely high on their list of priorities. If there is anything that can be done to avoid risks or difficulties during labor and delivery, then that’s what a soon-to-be-mom is going to do. So why is it that so few women have heard of the “pelvic floor”?
Did you know that a newborn baby will spend 16-17 hours a day sleeping? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, that should be on their back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. However, as a result, many infants are developing flat spots on the back of their heads.
While parents may not like how it looks, the bigger concern here is not cosmetic but the potential compromised neurological function from the cranial distortions. But what are parents to do? They can’t hold their baby every waking moment…or can they?
As women consider getting pregnant or already are pregnant they hear lots of bits of advice about what to do, how to raise their babies, what they might need. One piece that tends to not be as popularly discussed is the importance of nutrition in pregnancy. Every bite of food that we eat becomes part of our baby. Not everyone will agree on the best diet for pregnancy, but most health care professionals will agree on the basics: every pregnant woman needs folic acid, calcium, vitamin B and D3, protein and iron.