Pregnancy Safe Skin Care

The perpetual question:  Where is my pregnancy glow?
Pregnancy hormones can wreak havoc on one’s usual skin balance causing some complexions to become oily and acne prone.   With the increasing number of beauty products and regimes out there, it is hard to discern which are safe to use with pregnancy.  Products marketed at “natural” might appear to be harmless, however, the opposite might be true.  While some essential oils are perfectly safe to use with pregnancy, there are others that have potential risky side effects.
Below is a cheat sheet of beauty products, ingredients, and services to avoid or use sparingly while pregnant:
Retin-A, Retinol, and Retinyl Palmitate
Retinoids are found in all types of skin care products from anti-aging moisturizers to acne creams to hyperpigmentation treatments.  They are a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division (quickening your skin’s renewal) and prevents skin collagen from breaking down.  While vitamin A is necessary for proper fetal develop…

Eating for Two??

Nutrition with Pregnancy

Nutrition and diet is the one thing that we can control with our pregnancy. Good nutrition is key for a healthy pregnancy. We cannot stress enough that it is important to eat a diet loaded with healthy foods and limit junk food during pregnancy.

Everyday consume the following:
· 10 to 12 glasses of water
· Fruits and veggies: 6 to 8 servings per day including two leafy greens, one yellow and one orange
· Whole grains: 2 to 4 servings
· Calcium rich foods: 2 to 4 servings per day
· Protein foods: eggs, lean meat, fish, chicken, legumes: 2 to 4 servings per day
· Flax seeds: 1 to 2 tablespoons ground

Limit the following form your diet:
· Refined sugars
· White foods: White bread, rice, flour, potatoes
· No more than one glass of fruit juice a day
· Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil

We believe that you can get all the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy by eating healthy foods.

Here is a current research article about how nutritional int…

Unpacking the Transfer Rate at NBBC

The road to preparing for your natural childbirth at the birth center is long.  Between childbirth education and breastfeeding classes, infant care preparation, regular exercise, finding a doula— so much is invested in your success at the birth center.   As midwives, we are often asked: What is your transfer rate at Natural Beginning?  About 30% of our clients who opt for the birth center midway through pregnancy transfer to the hospital setting.   One half of our transfers include women whose pregnancy becomes high risk in the second half of her pregnancy.  Women “risk out” of the birth center for reasons like breech presentation, gestational diabetes requiring medication, high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.   Our high risk mamas are still cared for by midwives and physicians in our unique collaborative care model.  Each provider at the practice of OBGYN North and Natural Beginning Birth Center is a woman who practices evidence based obstetrics, opting for intervention only when med…

NBBC Blog Intro

This blog is meant to offer helpful information and links to expecting women. Our goal at Natural Beginnings Birth Center is to support women during this time of immense change. We believe birth is normal and in treating it as such. Below is a great article about normal birth.

Interesting Facts About Pregnancy

We’ve all heard the pregnancy-related old wives tales, but there are truly a lot of fascinating facts about those magically wild nine months you still might not know, even if you’re currently carrying a baby in your belly. 
Right now 4% of women in the U.S. are pregnant. And, no matter when your baby makes an entrance, while it might feel like forever, there’s no way you’ll trump the world’s longest human pregnancy at a little over a year long. 
It’s not just the belly that grows in pregnancy, a woman’s uterus expands to more than 500 times its normal size. In addition to her uterus, a woman’s feet and heart increase in size during pregnancy. Plus, women have about 50% more blood by week 20 of their pregnancy than they did before they conceived. 
As if those weren’t enough changes, when a pregnant woman is full term, her placenta will produce more estrogen in a day than a typical woman would produce in three years!
Moving on, to the incredible way our bodies work, did you know that if a …

Lessons for a Labor Coach (reposted from the Sacramento Bee)

The article below, by Adrian Kulp, was originally written for and was posted today on the Sacramento Bee. The article quotes our very own, Dr. Sebestyen, in an informative article for expecting Dads. Enjoy!

Lessons for a Labor Coach

When it was my turn to coach my wife through the birth of our first, I wish I'd been better prepared. Case in point: As I rode the hospital elevator with another expectant dad, he asked me if I knew about "the bathing suit thing." What!? (More on that below.) Since I've been down that road three times now, allow me to share my experiences with you, along with some advice from the experts.
And I'm not talking about an escape plan! (It's too late for that.) Before labor, sit down with your partner to map out how you want delivery day to go. To get started, research different hospitals, consult a doula or take a childbirth class together. Discuss what will make her feel positive and negative dur…

Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in females in the United States and the second most common cause of cancer death in women. Approximately one-half of newly diagnosed breast cancers can be explained by known risk factors, such as age at menarche, first live birth, menopause, and proliferative breast disease. An additional 10% are associated with a positive family history. Risk factors for breast cancer may be modified by demographic, lifestyle, and environmental factors. 
So, what increases our risk? What can we change? What do have no control over? 
Age:  the risk of breast cancer increases with older age.  In recent surveillance risk stratifies as such: Birth to age 39 - 1 in 203 women;  Age 40 to 59 - 1 in 27 women;  Age 60 to 69 - 1 in 28 women; Age 70 and older - 1 in 15 women;  Birth to death - 1 in 8 women.
Female gender:  Breast cancer occurs 100 times more frequently in women than in men.  In the United States, over 200,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer e…