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Callie provides childbirth classes in North Dallas and Flower Mound, TX and birth doula services in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex. The Swaying Doula provides birth services for pregnant mothers and their families, as well as prenatal exercise and dance fitness to help pregnant mothers have a healthy pregnancy and prepare their bodies for labor, birth, and postpartum recovery.

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The Swaying Doula - birth doula services and natural birth classes in the Dallas Fort Worth Texas area including Flower Mound, Highland Village, Denton, Coppell, Lewisville, Grapevine, Irving, Plano, Frisco, and The Colony TX.

Getting your "body back" after baby

Callie Corless

This isn’t a post about what to do to fit in your pre-pregnancy jeans as soon as possible, so if that’s what you were hoping for - sorry (but also not sorry!). I still think you’ll want to read this post - because I’m also not going to tell you that it’s wrong to miss your pre-baby body! This is a judge-free zone.

I am going to tell you how to get your body back. Or rather, how to feel at home in your body again. To become acquainted with the new you - and take the focus from just what you see on the surface, to the big picture. Your overall health includes so much more: emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, etc.

I don’t pretend to be an expert in this arena. But being involved in the world of birth has been powerful medicine for any body negativity I’ve struggled with. Seeing women in their most vulnerable and powerful moment, giving birth to a new life and becoming a mother, makes it almost impossible not to have an overwhelming sense of awe for how insanely awesome our bodies are. And if you are just sitting here thinking about how much you are in love with your body and can’t see any reason why you’d think otherwise, high five! That’s great news. Leave a note at the end of the post and share the body love with us. I bet there are lots of us who'd love to hear from you. 

If you’re struggling to feel like you again, here are some tips. And leave me some of your favorite tips in the comments! I’d love to build up my list.

Nourish your body

Feed your body well. Your body needs to recover and especially if you are breastfeeding, you need plenty of nutrients and energy for you and your baby. Now isn’t the time to diet - a healthy balance and variety in the food you eat is the best approach. Oh, and water. LOTS of water.

Practice daily self care

Eat, drink, sleep. It seems simple, but when you barely have time for the basics self care needs to become very basic too. Pick up a good book from the library to read while you nurse. Place a few snacks at “nursing stations”, where you often sit to nurse, and include fruit, nuts, whole wheat crackers, etc. Say yes to the friend who offers to help. If you find yourself stumped when people ask what they can do to help, start a list. Then the next time they ask, pick something from the list! (Trust me - they wouldn’t be asking if they aren’t up for it. Take them up on whatever is comfortable for you. It's so worth it.)
Find one thing each day to do for you. Even something as simple as sitting in the sun for a few minutes alone, calling a friend for a quick conversation with an adult, or drinking a few extra glasses of water. Whatever your body is telling you it needs.

Kick the negative self-talk to the curb 

There’s no room for comparison here. Or self shaming about how long it’s been since you’ve been pregnant, where you “should” be in size, shape, weight - whatever - just shut it down. Ain’t nobody got time for that. You just made a BABY. ‘Nough said! And if all else fails, the next time those negative thoughts creep in, picture what it would be like if you said it to someone you really love. Terrible, right? Well you don’t deserve it either.

Reconnect with you

Your body may feel like a stranger to you. Maybe at times you feel sad, unsettled, or just confused. But your body is still yours. It can take time to settle back in again. Keep doing the little things that leave you feeling nurtured and strengthened. Those will matter over time, and I promise, you'll feel like you again. If you find yourself struggling with persistent thoughts, depression, or you just don't feel right - get help. Many women will experience postpartum depression to some degree, and what's best for you and baby is to have a healthy, happy mother. 

In the end, you and your body are in it for the long haul, so treat your body well, and it will thank you!



12 Great Uses For Nipple Cream

Callie Corless

So you’re out of the baby phase and you find yourself with leftover nipple cream such as lanolin or those fancy little tubs that cost a pretty penny. What to do? Don’t toss it out just yet! Gather up your (clean!) extras and put them to good use. Here is a handy list of things to put that cream to good use!

12 Great Uses For Nipple Cream

*Can you guess number 12???*

1. Diaper rash

(If you’re cloth diapering, check what you’re using with the diaper manufacturers instructions to avoid staining or damaging your diapers!)

2. Drool-induced baby chin chafing

3. Baby neck rash

I love CJ's Best Boobie Butter and would use it on diaper rash or baby neck chaffing. 
- Kristina Seawell - Doula and BBCI in central N.C

4. Lip Balm

5. Winter colds/dry air

I’m always using my lanolin sample tubes for chapstick. The best [use] I’ve found thus far though? Keeping my nostrils alive during cold season! You coat your [nostrils] with that stuff and it keeps them from getting too raw when you’re blowing your nose every two seconds! 
Kate Williams  - BBCI in Algonac, MI

6. Dry Hands

Calendula Oil! Ooh la la! I use it as moisturizer and a general fixer of problems.
- Jillian Blakeman - BBCI in Fort Worth, TX

7. Soften cuticles

8. Grease a door hinge

Need a clean getaway at bedtime? That cream can help take the squeak right out. 

9. Cracked heels

10. Rug Burns

(I saw this firsthand as I worked on this post - my oldest got a wicked rug burn from playing rough on the carpet and she loved putting some lanolin on it! It provided a barrier and kept it from bleeding as it healed.)

11. Cradle Cap

And the last, but definitely the most entertaining...

Number 12...

Chafed nipples!!

Wait, I thought this whole post was about being past that phase?!? 

Oh, but we're not talking about breastfeeding woes here. Breast-feeders aren't the only people who experience nipple pain!

Sometimes [my husband] irritates his nipples with a cotton shirt while running, lanolin heals them right up!
- Rebekah Lewis - BBCD - North Dallas, TX

I hope this list gave you some ideas to get started using up that extra nipple cream...what will you use yours for first??

*If I missed any fabulous uses for nipple cream, drop me a comment - I bet there are more ideas to be discovered!

Birth Questions Answered: My Baby is Still Breech! Do I Have to Have a C-section?

Callie Corless

"I went to my prenatal today, and my OB says baby is breech! I am 36.5 weeks. Does that mean I have to have a C-section?

Not necessarily. Barring other risk factors determined by your provider, there are options you can consider before scheduling your babies birthday. Anything from simply waiting, to more invasive procedures. Babies can get themselves in all sorts of interesting positions before birth.
Sometimes baby decides the position they need to be in is breech, either foot/feet - or bum - first.  

Things to consider when baby is breech

While a cesarean birth can be the best option in some cases, it’s always a great idea to look at all the options before making a decision. If a cesarean birth still ends up being the best choice, great! Or maybe you’ll learn something you weren’t aware of and decide to look into it further. Your birth is full of choices that you get to make for you and your baby.

Babies like to move

When a baby is breech in the last weeks of pregnancy, this doesn’t always mean they’ll stay that way. Around 36 weeks your provider might notice that baby is in a breech position, but you may be surprised to know that some babies will still turn in the last days of pregnancy. Sometimes right before birth. This isn’t a guarantee by any means, but it is a possibility.

Have you considered chiropractic care? 

Don’t write it off too quick. There may be some imbalances in your body or pelvis, causing baby to settle into an awkward position. Keeping a balanced pelvis during pregnancy with chiropractic care doesn’t just help some babies turn, it can lead to less discomfort and pain during pregnancy, and even shorter labors! (Who doesn't want that??)  Find a chiropractor who knows how to work with pregnant mothers, babies, and kids. A chiropractor trained in The Webster Technique will know how to take good care of you. If you haven’t seen a chiropractor throughout your pregnancy, but discover the benefits because of a breech baby, even one visit could be beneficial. But the earlier chiropractic care is started, the better!

“If the baby has not moved head down by 36 weeks or so we usually will check to see if the sacrum is out of alignment and then [check]  the opposite round ligament. Using Webster protocol it will relieve the pressure on the front and the back of the pelvis, and allows the baby to start to move head down. The Webster protocol has a very high success rate - *85% + of the time it will help the baby move into the right position.” 
-Twila Henderson, D.C., Chiropractor in Denton County, TX

The ECV procedure

ECV stands for External Cephalic Version, a procedure you may opt to attempt when you are full term, to help turn baby head down. An ECV will be done in a hospital, with the baby closely monitored by your OB for signs of distress. Not all providers will give you this option, and if that’s the case, you’ll need to find recommendations for someone who does. ECV is successful a little more than half the time, but keep in mind that some babies will turn back around anytime in the days and weeks after it’s performed.

We don’t often know why babies choose the positions they do, but seeing as how they have an up close and personal view of their environment - we should be cognizant of how much effort we are putting into getting them to do what we think is best. Good practice for later parenting!

Vaginal Breech Birth

There are babies born breech on purpose you say? Indeed there are. The key is to find an experienced provider if this is an option you choose! Breech birth isn’t around much nowadays - training for delivering breech babies has all but vanished in most areas. When we do see providers offering breech birth, it’s often a skill passed on from one provider to the next.

There are risks to a vaginal breech birth, just as there are risks to a cesarean breech birth. Do your research, and weigh your options. Sometimes a vaginal breech birth isn’t an option if there are risk factors with the mother, location of the placenta, or position of the baby. We have options for vaginal breech births in North Dallas, TX, but depending on where you live, you may not be able to find a provider willing to attend a one. In this case, if you’ve exhausted all your options, you can extend your travel radius, or plan for a cesarean birth. Again, it’s great to have options!

In the end, the most important thing isn’t how your baby is born. It’s whether you did what you found to be the best option for your birth, after careful consideration of your choices. My hope for all women and/or couples is that they have the resources and mindset they need to feel good about their experience. Birth can be amazing! Even if the outcome is different than what you originally hoped for.


Further reading:

Spinning babies

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - If a baby is breech

Setting the stage for baby to turn and Chiropractic Care

More information for breech babies