Being a new mom can be even more special when it’s shared with someone close. A “champion” is a person who supports you and stands up for you. They are with you before, during, and after your baby’s birth. This can be the baby’s dad, your partner, your mom, or someone else who cares about you and the baby.
It’s simple! Just talk with your family and friends while you are pregnant about how they can support you. Ask someone you trust to be your champion.
During your pregnancy, your champion can go with you to prenatal classes and exams. This helps him or her learn what to expect and what your needs might be. Your champion can also learn how to help you prepare for a great start as a new mom.
Your champion can be with you during the baby’s birth. This will help you stay calm and comfortable. He or she can also stand up for you to be sure the things you want for your birth are honored.
After your baby is born, you and your champion will marvel over your little miracle. You can watch your baby adjust to his new world in the magical first hour. Once you are back in your room, your champion can help you calm and comfort the baby. He or she can snuggle with the baby and even hold the baby skin to skin. Your champion can also talk with your nurse, doctor, and visitors about the things you want.
When you are by mom’s side, she will be able to relax and enjoy her new role. As her champion, you are crucial to her success!
Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed babies. But both mom and baby must learn how to do it. Learn all you can so you can support her. You can also hold the baby skin to skin when mom is not able to so baby feels warm and loved.
Being a new mom can feel a little lonely at times. It’s easy for her to feel down, especially if she isn’t feeling well or things don’t go as she planned. Praise goes a long way to help her feel confident. Tell her you are proud of her. Show her she’s doing a great job.
Your champion will help you greet your baby into a strong family of love.
Having a new baby is a wondrous time. It can also be a lot of work right at first. After the birth you will need lots of rest. Your champion is by your side to help make it easier. After all, you’ll need to get strong to care for your baby once you’re home.
There is no greater joy than marveling over your little miracle with someone close. Keep your baby in your room so you can both get to know the baby. Baby knows both of your voices! Baby will feel calm and relaxed knowing that people who care are near.
Most women feel both baby bliss and baby blues soon after the birth. This is often due to rapid changes in your hormone levels. The baby blues often go away soon. Having a champion near you for support helps you bounce back more quickly.
You’ve waited a long time to see your little one. Soon you will meet your baby face to face and become a family. As anxious as you are, give baby all the time he needs to fully grow. It may be a hassle now when you’re tired of being pregnant. But knowing your baby is healthy will make it all worth the wait!
You can wait until your baby isready to be born, even when you’re sore and tired. Try these comfort tips during your last weeks.
Your doctor will set your due date. This is the time when your baby will likely be ready to be born. It usually takes babies around 39-41 weeks from the last day of your period to be “full term.” Babies who are born full-term have the best chance of being healthy.
It’s hard to know exactly when you got pregnant. Even a sonogram is not perfect. Your due date can be off by as much as 2 weeks! If you induce labor too soon, your baby can be born too early before he is fully ready.
Talk with your doctor about the right time for your baby to be born. Don’t insist on inducing the birth to fit it into your schedule. This can cause problems for both you and your baby. Instead, let labor begin on its own. Your body will tell you when it’s time!
The March of Dimes has launched a campaign, Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait!®™. This campaign educates moms about why they should wait at least 39 weeks to give birth. Learn more at their website at: www.marchofdimes.com
As mom’s champion, you have a vital role in her last weeks of pregnancy when it can be so hard to wait.
The last weeks of pregnancy are often the hardest. The baby is large and there’s not much space. The baby puts pressure on mom’s back, legs, and other areas. She may complain a lot because relief does not come easily. Here’s where you can shine!
As mom’s champion, you can help her cope with the last few weeks while waiting for her baby to be born. Treat her like a princess. Bring her food and help her get comfortable. Take a walk with her. Keep her busy while waiting for the baby to come. And remind her that soon the wait will be over. Having a healthy baby will make it all worthwhile.
When you see the beautiful face of your new baby, you’ll be glad you waited. Every single week helps your baby grow healthy and strong.
In the last few weeks, your baby grows in crucial ways. Your baby’s brain develops rapidly in the last few weeks. His lungs and liver finish development. Fat cells are grown to prepare baby for staying warm outside the womb. Your antibodies are going into your baby to prepare him for the germs he will encounter in the world.
When baby is born full-term, he is able to suck better. He is also better able to combine sucking with when to swallow and breathe while he feeds. This is a crucial skill to be able to breastfeed well. Baby also has more energy to stay awake long enough to feed well.
When labor is started too early, your baby may not be fully mature. Drugs may be needed to get your labor going and to deal with pain. These drugs brings on stronger, more frequent labor contractions. They can also delay your milk coming in and lead to the need for formula. Starting labor too early can also increase your need for a C-section.
Your little one is nearly here! Soon you will meet each other for the first time. Once your labor begins, you can find comfort to help shorten your labor and feel less pain.
The key to coping with the work of labor is learning how to relax. Here are some tips to help.
One of the best ways to prepare for labor is to learn all you can. Attend classes. Arrange for a doula and a personal champion to provide support. Read all you can about what will happen during labor. Practice ways to relax with your champion.
During labor, it helps to move often. Try walking with your champion or swaying from side to side. Rock in a rocking chair, or roll on an exercise ball. Lots of moms find that it helps to moan in rhythm to their movements.
A doula is trained to support you before, during, and after your labor. A doula is not the same thing as a midwife. A midwife will focus more on the birth. Your doula will focus on giving you direct support to remain calm and comfortable. A doula also helps your champion support you. Studies show that when moms have a doula their labor goes better. They are also less likely to need a C-section.
As mom’s champion, you have a starring role as her major support during labor. She will look to you for support to cope.
Between contractions is a good time to check to see if she is relaxed. Look for tensed muscles in her face, hands, arms, and legs. Gently massage tense areas and remind her to relax those muscles. Keeping other muscles relaxed lowers her pain while her uterus contracts.
As the baby moves through the birth canal, mom might feel strong pressure against her back. She needs your help to manage this! Press your fist or the heel of your hand against her lower back. She will tell you where she needs to feel pressure. You can also roll a tennis ball, rolling pin, or a cold soft drink can that area.
A woman in labor faces one of the hardest jobs of her life. Her emotions might range from wanting to give up to feeling out of control or even angry at times. She needs to know you are there for her, no matter what.
Being able to relax can shorten your labor and help with pain relief.
When you are relaxed, your body is able to do its work. Your body will produce more labor hormones to move your labor along. You’ll also have more energy. When you are tense, your muscles tighten and labor hormone levels go down. This can slow down your labor.
Labor is a normal process of giving birth. When you are able to use comfort measures to stay relaxed, your body releases feel-good hormones to help you cope. Being relaxed can help you manage labor without drugs. It might also help you go longer without needing drugs for pain relief.
Birth without drugs will help babies to be more alert and ready to engage right away. Babies latch more quickly and suckle better. A baby who is alert is also more likely to feed better and more often. Without drugs, your milk might also come in more quickly.
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