Your Favorite Things: Podcast Edition

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Do you love podcasts as much as I do?

I seriously can’t get over how easy they make it to learn and take in more information while keeping pace with my busy life as a mom and agency owner.

I recently asked our community to share their favorite birthy/mothering podcasts with us, and boy did they deliver! THANK YOU. Two days was definitely not enough time for me to really dig into all of them.

But let me tell you this, I LOVED what I was able to hear.

Click on the photos to check out the individual podcasts!


This was such a fun experience for me that “Your Favorite Things” blogposts may become a regular thing around here!

And don’t forget, us small business owners thrive on your feedback. If you find yourself enjoying this blog or any of these podcasts, please don’t hesitate to leave reviews!

See you next week!

Love,

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Are you ready for this jelly?

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Get ready for the new doula service that's about to rock the doula world.

This is for those clients who would like the support of a doula but, much like an OB's office, don't mind knowing their chosen doula will be whomever is on-call.

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Allowing our doulas to plan for shorter on-call bursts gives us the opportunity to offer services at a lower cost to a larger group of clientele. This package includes:

*Group prenatals held in Salt Lake & Utah County. These prenatals will be led by Your Utah Doulas owner, Kasaundra Trout. We will go over birth plans, fears, questions, comfort measures, postpartum, and what to expect with hiring a doula. Couples may attend up to 2 group prenatals and must RSVP in advance.

*Private facebook group where you can chat, ask questions, and connect with the agency doulas and other birthing families.

*Access to the agency phone line for urgent communications.

*Monthly Meet the Team events where you can meet your on-call doulas.

*The continuous support of a doula at your birth and up to one hour postpartum.

*One optional postpartum phone call from the doula who attended your labor. 

*Access to our birth, postpartum, and newborn plans.

*Access to our exclusive lending library.

 

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We know this isn't the answer for everyone, but that's ok. Our goal as birth professionals is to provide options. If this sounds like something that might work for you, give us a call today

And for any doulas out there reading this: If this applies to your county and it sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, please reach out to us! We are always looking for backups.

 

Love,

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Best Tips for Pregnancy Discomfort from Your Doulas

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The more I learn about pregnancy, labor and birth, the more miraculous the whole process becomes. From the time your baby is conceived, your body undergoes many changes to support the growing fetus. Your body is designed to do this!

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However, many of the physical changes your body goes through can cause discomforts.

At Your Utah Doulas, we feel you deserve a VILLAGE OF SUPPORT throughout your journey. Below we share our favorite tips to help you feel more comfortable during your pregnancy.


I’ve worked with a lot of pregnant women who have discomfort while they are sleeping. I also have a hard time sleeping and I’m not even pregnant! These are some of my favorite sleeping tips that have really helped my clients feel more comfortable and get a good night’s rest.

Take a warm bath or shower before bedtimeSleep with pillows under your knees and armsRead a good book, or listen to relaxing music before bedAvoid eating large meals within 2-3 hours before bed

 

I also had a hard time sleeping when I was pregnant. I struggled with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) with all four of my pregnancies. My legs would drive me crazy when trying to fall asleep! It felt like I had the wiggles and my legs just wouldn’t relax or sit still. My husband says my crazy legs would frequently kick him in the night.

Here are some tips for Restless Legs:

  • Be sure you are getting enough Iron. Studies have linked Iron Deficiency to Restless Legs. Make sure you are taking your prenatal vitamin. Additional sources of iron are: lean meats, cashews, spinach, whole grain cereals and breads.

  • I used an Accupressure Sequence before bed and it helped so much. Here is a link: Accupressure for Restless Legs

    • I would press each pressure point and hold it for about 10 seconds, moving from head-to-toe.

  • Use a birth ball/exercise/yoga ball for comfort. I would frequently lean my upper body against a birth ball in the evenings to relieve pressure on my back and hips.

 

A lot of people get leg cramps when they’re pregnant which are a) unexpected if you haven’t experienced them before and b) uncomfortable!

The good news us that usually they’re benign and you can do some really
simple things to help ease those crampy legs.

Calcium: Leg and back cramps can be a sign that you’re not getting enough calcium in your diet to support yourself and your little one. Some calcium rich foods include dairy (if you tolerate it well), almonds, and dark leafy greens.

Exercise & Stretching: Beyond diet, you can ease your cramps with daily exercise and some gentle stretching. This being said, if you are on bed rest, exercise may not be an option but gentle stretching always is.

 

During my third pregnancy, I started to realize that it was so much easier to take some extra steps to prevent the uncomfortable, achy body rather than deal with it later.

Some of my favorite things to make the transition from first trimester to third trimester a little smoother are:

  • Invest in a good belly support band early on! It can help so much to alleviate pressure on your back and hips as baby gets bigger.

  • Prenatal Yoga is so good for loosening up tight joints. It can also make for a smoother labor.. bonus!

  • Compression socks can help with swelling- especially if you have a job that requires you to be on your feet a lot.

  • Find a good Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) that specializes in Prenatal Massage. They will be your best friend!

 

My advice? Move, move, move! Regular physical activity can keep your back strong
and might relieve back pain during pregnancy. With your health care provider’s OK, try
gentle activities — such as walking, water exercise, or yoga.

Lower Back Stretch Idea:

  • Rest on your hands and knees shoulder/hip width apart with your head in line with your back.

  • Pull in your stomach, rounding your back slightly.

  • Hold for several seconds, then relax your stomach and back — keeping your back as flat as possible.

  • If you feel so inclined, it is also beneficial to roll your hips in circles.

  • Keeping your body limber helps to prevent a sore pelvis, muscles and back. As a
    bonus, you will prepare your body for birth!

 

I had terrible Sciatica with my second pregnancy. Around 34 weeks I could barely walk!

My best tips for sciatica are:

  • Get a great belly band

  • Apply heat

  • Stretch Daily or try Prenatal Yoga.

The belly band itself made a HUGE difference for me.

Stretch Idea: Here’s a great stretch that can help. It will relieve some pressure on your sciatic nerve:

  • Stand facing a wall

  • Place hands on wall and lift your right leg behind you to the count of five

  • Switch legs and repeat

  • Do three reps on each side at least once a day

 

My secret weapon in pregnancy has been a Webster Certified Chiropractor. There are so many proven benefits to regular chiropractic care through the duration of a pregnancy! The spine houses the central nervous system, which controls your whole body. From round ligament pain, to sleep issues, long labors, chiropractors do it all. They're also the ONLY chiropractors specially trained and certified to help actually move baby into the best position for an easier birth. Do yourself a favor and find your local Webster Certified chiropractor. You'll notice the difference. Doula's honor!