Sommerville Postpartum Resources
Planning for a baby is no easy task and there are so many products on the market. Here are our favorite suggestions from baby must haves to music classes.
Feeling confident in your parenting decisions, looking for the perfect family home or saving for college can feel overwhelming. Here are our favorite local resources.
Staying healthy during your pregnancy is so important. Learn how chiropractic care, yoga, acupuncture and massage can help your body handle weight gain and prepare for birth.
Adding a baby to the mix can be stressful, simplify your life by getting organized and finding the right support with household chores, pets, baby proofing and more!
Caring for yourself postpartum is absolutely key to a healthy transition to new parenthood. Discover our favorite local resources to ease your postpartum recovery.
A gentle hands on therapy that can help with birth trauma, colic, gastrointestinal pain and reflux, constipation, head shape issues and developmental delays.
Tongue & Lip Tie
If your baby has a tongue or lip tie, it’s no laughing matter. It can interfere with breastfeeding and milk production. Seeing a professional in tongue and lip ties sooner than later can be a life saver for both mom and baby. Learn more from our blog on When you’re all tied up.
New Mom groups
We all know going somewhere for the first time with a new baby can be awkward, but let’s face it, all new moms go through this. A new moms group is a great way to escape from isolation and connect with other local moms.
Acupuncture is a technique for balancing the flow of energy that flow through pathways in your body. It can help to alleviate morning sickness, get baby in an optimal position for birth, help soften the cervix and induce labor.
There are many hormonal and physical changes that happen during pregnancy and 50% of women will experience some sort of back, hip or joint aches and pains throughout their pregnancy. Seeing a chiropractor regularly can help align your hips making more room for baby to get into an optimal position for birth.
The power of touch can help moms to be get better sleep, strengthen their immune system and reduce stress and anxiety, Some studies show that women who have regular prenatal massages throughout their pregnancy have a higher chance of reduced pain during childbirth. (sign me up!)
Prenatal yoga is a key ingredient to a happy and healthy pregnancy. It can help improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, increase strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles used in childbirth, decrease lower back pain, and help relieve headaches and nausea.
Adding a new baby to a household with a dog can be overwhelming for you and your dog. Dogs that don’t get enough exercise or attention can exhibit destructive behavior because of borem. Hiring a dog walker to come once a day for the first weeks can be a huge help!
Getting down on your hands and knees to scrub the toilet while eight months pregnant and chasing a toddler, is challenging and exhausting. It’s ok to just need help with the everyday things. Having someone come in once or twice a month and tackle bathrooms, dusting and vacuuming can be a huge help.
Your to do list before baby arrives is a mile long. The spare room needs to be cleaned out and turned into a nursery. Everyone loves the idea of “finally” getting organized but planning and executing are two different things. Sometimes the only way to get it all done is call in the professionals.
Designing a nursery that is both beautiful and functional is no easy task. With Pinterest it’s easy to come up with color schemes and furniture layouts. But as I have learned I can’t always “nail it”. Interior Designers offer a range of services, from creating color schemes and giving furniture and organizing ideas to fully overseeing the project from start to finish.
Prepare with a breastfeeding class and find an experienced friend or family member for extra support.
In terms of the physical “things” you need, I suggest having nipple cream, gel pads,The Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding Answers, breast pads (these are the best on the market!), cabbage leaves (to help ease the pain of engorgement) and coconut oil (great nipple moisturizer and antifungal barrier) all on hand before baby comes. Buy a few nursing tanks ahead of time (Target has some great options), but hold off on buying nursing bras until after the first couple weeks of breastfeeding when your breasts have reached their new size.
Breastfeeding in public can seem scary, but with covered goods, they’ve got you covered! It’s a nursing cover, carseat cover, cart cover and a scarf all in one!
Picking out the right breast pump and having it before your baby arrives is so important! It can help with your milk supply in those first few weeks! There are so many pumps on the market and your insurance will cover one! My two favorite pumps are Medela or Spectra S2. If you’re not sure how to figure out what pump is best for you, then Acelleron can help and they handle all of the insurance paperwork for you. The best part, they overnight the pump to you! Bing, bang — you’re done!
Some of us are fortunate to never leak during our breastfeeding journey. Then there are women like me with breasts like Niagara falls if I hear any baby cry. I always wore black in public, since it was less obvious to see wet spots on my chest. Oh how I wish I had known about Marley’s Monsters then, they are the BEST breast pads ever and you can support a mom by buying them!
Eating healthy foods, including vegetables, fruits, protein and whole grains is so important while breastfeeding. Your body needs more calories than it did while you were growing your baby on the inside. Stock up on snacks that are easy to eat with one hand. You will be surprised how hungry you get every time you sit down to nurse. Say yes to anyone that is offering to make or buy food for you. Better yet, ask a friend to set up a meal train for you.
Think carefully about what foods you are eating if you are breastfeeding. Most babies are sensitive to gassy foods like broccoli, cabbage, garlic, pineapple (bummer) and anything really spicy, along with the milk proteins in dairy. Baby’s intestines can take time to adjust to new foods, and can result in a very fussy baby.
Nursing Station and Pillows
You will spend a lot of time nursing or feeding your new baby, so setting up a few nursing/feeding stations around your home can be a huge help. Find a comfy chair — i.e. one that you can imagine spending countless hours in. Have a little table within arm’s reach with a basket filled with water and snacks that are easy to eat with one hand, breast pads, your phone, charger and a good book on tape.
Nursing Pillows — again there are so many on the market! It really comes down to personal comfort. Here are a few of my favorites to look at:
Healing tips for down under
Stiz bath spray is the bomb and must have for your lady bits. Let’s be honest sometimes, delivery can be a little rough on your vaguna. It will help heal your lady bits heal in no time! Be prepared and have it on hand before you give birth, if you don’t use it you can always gift it to a friend.
Make your own vaginal Ice packs ahead of time. Soak the middle section of large pads with witch hazel and freeze in a large ziplock bag.. These can be made as early as a month before your due date. When you come home from the hospital your sore bottom will thank you.
This doesn’t really have to do with prepping for baby, but … have you thought about Placenta encapsulation? Taking your dried placenta as a pill can help reduce bleeding, support good milk supply, speed up recovery, boost energy, replenish depleted iron levels, and relieve postpartum blues.