Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Five Things I Wished Someone Told Me While I Was Pregnant

1. Your doctor/midwife is NOT the absolute authority. If you don't want a procedure, say an induction, you have the right to refuse.

2. Breastfeeding can be challenging in the beginning. There are experts to help you with that called Lactation Consultants. There are also breastfeeding support groups mainly - La Leche League. Also it's normal to have sore cracked and even bloody nipples for the first week - you can and should nurse through it - it will go away quickly.

3. There are so many dangerous foods and health care providers don't always warn you. Make sure to ask what foods to avoid. Your health care provider should have the latest information on bacteria outbreaks and the likes.

4. You DO get a medal if you have natural childbirth. That medal is the health of both you and your baby. Additionally moms who have natural childbirth have almost no recovery time ***BONUS***

5. Newborns don't need all the vaccines that hospitals insist upon. I'm fairly certain that a newborn isn't at risk for Hep B - a disease spread through sex, needles or other bodily fluids. Do your research and determine a vaccine schedule (or non-schedule) that feels right to you.

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