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    We have five children, and we live in a city that...

    We have five children, and we live in a city that has a rural feel to it. We allowed our children to stay home alone when we felt that they were mature and responsible enough. That varied for each...
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    If you want to get pregnant as quickly as...

    If you want to get pregnant as quickly as possible (most women do) then it's very helpful to understand your body's personal signs of fertility.

    I planned our first pregnancy and did a lot of...
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    Hi Cherie, Thanks for the details of what made...

    Hi Cherie,

    Thanks for the details of what made your past breastfeeding experiences more challenging.

    Thrush is yeast, and yeast feeds on sugar. We always have yeast and bacteria in our bodies....
  4. Waking up during the night can be caused by many...

    Waking up during the night can be caused by many things. Often women find that as baby gets bigger and puts more pressure on the bladder, that awaken to empty their bladder.

    Sometimes, if you're...
  5. I'm guessing that the reason you don't want to...

    I'm guessing that the reason you don't want to start perineal massage too soon is so that you don't damage the vaginal tissues. As I mentioned in another post, your body will send hormones to the...
  6. I remember having pain under my rib cage with my...

    I remember having pain under my rib cage with my pregnancies. It's probably common, as baby gets bigger. I'd encourage you to move into the most comfortable positions possible when it becomes...
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    You don't need to be concerned about vaginismus...

    You don't need to be concerned about vaginismus causing problems during birth. When you begin to feel like pushing your baby out, it will be a bowel-movement-like feeling in your bum. If you have a...
  8. If baby has a hard time latching, and is not able...

    If baby has a hard time latching, and is not able to get enough milk on her own, then you will want to pump in order to keep your supply up until baby is able to latch well.

    Some things that can...
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    Hello Zifmil, How are you doing? Have you had...

    Hello Zifmil,

    How are you doing? Have you had your surgery or at least been diagnosed?

    Thinking of you,

    Kate
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    Vitamin E and Zinc are really important for...

    Vitamin E and Zinc are really important for proper sperm and semen production. I had my husband take this for 3 months before we conceived our first baby.

    For women, it's important that you get...
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    Chapped nipples during pregnancy is an indication...

    Chapped nipples during pregnancy is an indication that the body needs more of a specific nutrient. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D because they are not getting enough sun on their bare skin...
  12. As LJ mentioned, it's really important to weight...

    As LJ mentioned, it's really important to weight the benefits with the risks before choosing to be vaccinated or to have your children vaccinated.

    My husband and I spent months reading and...
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    I had five homebirths, and the last two were...

    I had five homebirths, and the last two were water births and the easiest of them all. I loved every one of my homebirths and would absolutely have done it again. I also educate others on the...
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    I had a really hard time with prenatals making me...

    I had a really hard time with prenatals making me nauseous during pregnancy, and I struggle with taking a multi-vitamin even now, due to the strong flavor of the Vitamin B-1. So I end up taking a...
  15. Something that helped our toddlers to adjust to a...

    Something that helped our toddlers to adjust to a new baby was allowing them to be a part of the birth. I had five homebirths, and my 19 month old daughter was around me during labour, and saw the...
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    I also wanted to mention that having your spine...

    I also wanted to mention that having your spine aligned may also help to calm the Braxton Hicks at your stage in pregnancy. Braxton Hicks should go away when you change position. It's an excellent...
  17. We co-slept with all of our babies, and the...

    We co-slept with all of our babies, and the youngest three transitioned into their beds between 2-3 years of age. If I was pregnant and needing a full night's sleep, I would have the toddler start...
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    Hi Chelsea, Back pain is not normal during...

    Hi Chelsea,

    Back pain is not normal during pregnancy or anytime. Chiropractic adjustments or Craniosacral Therapy can be very helpful in aligning the spine, relieving tightness in muscles, and...
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    Hello Kamechan, A placenta that is low is...

    Hello Kamechan,

    A placenta that is low is called a low-lying placenta or Placenta Praevia. My last baby's placenta was low but not dangerously so.

    In Placenta Praevia, the placenta is attached...
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    Hi Momof2, I noticed that you mentioned that...

    Hi Momof2,

    I noticed that you mentioned that you are exhausted from not getting enough rest at night. Rest is super important, so I'd encourage you to limit your extra activities and be sure...
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    I co-slept with each of our five babies, and I...

    I co-slept with each of our five babies, and I understand the feeling of needing them to transition into their own bed.

    I will say that they transitioned to their own bed closer to age two, but...
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    Hello Momof2, I'm sorry to hear about the rash...

    Hello Momof2,

    I'm sorry to hear about the rash and dry patches on your baby's cheeks. Creams sometimes help, but they don't address what's causing it.

    In infants, dry skin, like Eczema, is...
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    LJ had some great suggestions. You can also take...

    LJ had some great suggestions. You can also take a high quality probiotic every day and add plain kefir or yogurt. I'm drinking 1/2 cup to 1 cup of raw, grassfed kefir each day and I find it...
  24. I don't have any experience with a baby in a...

    I don't have any experience with a baby in a Pavlik hip harness, but from what I've read, babies may hit developmental milestones at various ages after coming out of the harness, but by the time...
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    Hello RamboJoes, Some babies who have a blue...

    Hello RamboJoes,

    Some babies who have a blue vein on the nose, that you can see, are especially sensitive to sugar and need probiotics to help with digestion and re-populate good gut-flora. This...
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