Lately, I’ve started posting fun facts about pregnancy and postpartum health on my Instagram page. I don’t want you to miss out on any of these facts, so I’ve decided to post these facts and images on my blog in addition to Instagram.
I hope you enjoy this new series of blogs. If you’re on Instagram, come find me @rockyourhormones 🙂
Since breast milk often doesn’t contain enough vitamin D to meet the needs of growing infants, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that nursing mothers give their babies a vitamin D supplement (400 IUs/day).
This study suggests that if mom supplements with at least 6400 IU/day of vitamin D, she does not need to offer additional supplementation to her infant. In the study, blood levels of vitamin D did not differ between infants who received a supplement of vitamin D and those whose mothers received supplementation.
It’s important to know that this is just one study, so talk to your healthcare provider and determine what’s best for you and your family.
We talked about VBACs on our last episode of Real Food Mamas podcast. Make sure to check that out, if you haven’t already 🙂 Here are a few suggestions to prepare (mentally and emotionally) for a VBAC.
1. Find a supportive provider/hospital
Some hospitals have a VBAC ban and some providers aren’t comfortable with the procedure.
2. Partner with a midwife/doula who has experience with VBACs
3. Talk about your past birth to release emotions and help you move forward
4. Find an ICAN chapter in your area and join FB support groups
5. Educate yourself (there’s a lot of great research on ICANs website)
6. Listen to success stories and visualize what your experience will look like
7. Create a birth plan with a Plan B (this could include having a gentle cesarean aka family centered birth)
8. Do the normal healthy things to get your body ready for childbirth and help avoid interventions:
Eat real food
Move your body (do squats, strength train, walk, prenatal yoga, mobility)
See alternative providers (chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist)
Mayan massage: helps break up scar tissue and helps guide organs into their proper position
Are there any other tips you’d recommend?