When to go to the doctor with a newborn?

When to go to the doctor with a newborn?

It’s common for new parents to feel the way you do. Until recently, you were able to keep your baby healthy by keeping her inside you. Even though you instinctively know she’s strong and sturdy, at times you also remember how vulnerable she can be.

First of all, give yourselves credit for being the caring, conscientious parents that you are. That said, you can take some precautions so that your baby will stay healthy. Keeping her away from sick people and washing your hands after each nappy change is a good start. If you’re breastfeeding, continue with it for as long as you can.

Here a list of syntomps that will you decide to go to the doctor

  • Temperament. If your baby seems like her usual happy self and is feeding well, she’s probably not seriously ill. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider an appointment to see your doctor if she has temperature or the sniffles. But a baby who has a runny nose and a big smile is probably not as sick as a baby who has a runny nose and is lethargic.
  • Unusual crying. If your baby suddenly starts crying more than usual and you can’t comfort her in the usual ways, or if her cry is weak or unusually high-pitched, she may be seriously ill. The opposite is also true — if your baby seems unhappy and doesn’t cry but is unusually inactive and difficult to wake from sleep, call your doctor.
  • Appetite. How hungry your baby is varies from day to day. But if she is hungry she should feed vigorously. A baby who tires easily from sucking or loses interest in nursing or feeding is probably sick. Also, if you notice your baby reguritating her food more than usual, with more effort, or if the possit is greenish in colour, she may be sick.
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  • Difficulty breathing. If your baby’s breathing is laboured or if she’s having trouble breathing at all, get help immediately.
  • Temperature. Although the presence of high temperature in a baby is a signal that she’s sick, the fever alone is usually not a reason to be worried. A baby can have a low-grade fever and be seriously ill, or a high fever and be only mildly ill. But if a baby under three months of age has a fever higher than 38 degrees C, she should be examined. If an older baby has a fever but appears completely well otherwise, observe her for a day to see whether she develops other symptoms.
Miscarriage: emotions, doubts and pain.

Miscarriage: emotions, doubts and pain

First of all, I’m so sorry that you’ve experienced a loss. We and so many women in similar situations all over the world grieve with you and want to remind you that no matter how you feel, the truth is that this is not your fault. Miscarriage: emotions, doubts and pain.

Experiencing a pregancy loss means that you are probably feeling more sadness than you ever thought possible. Having a miscarriage can be very difficult. The emotional impact usually takes longer to heal than the physical recovery does. Allowing yourself to grieve the loss can help you come to accept it over time.

Often people don’t view pregnancy loss as significant because the pregnancy was short. But the duration of a pregnancy does not determine the bond that you can feel with a baby you have lost. And research shows there is no relationship between the length of time a woman was pregnant and how long she will grieve the loss of that child.

What Are Emotions I Might Feel After A Miscarriage?

Women may experience a roller coaster of emotions such as numbness, disbelief, anger, guilt, sadness, depression, and difficulty concentrating. Even if the pregnancy ended very early, the sense of bonding between a mother and her baby can be strong. Some women even experience physical symptoms from their emotional distress, such as fatigue, trobule sleeping, loss of appetite, episodes of crying, sadness, even suffer with relationships with family or friends. The hormonal changes that occur after miscarriage may intensify these symptoms.

Will a miscarriage affect my ability to have a healthy pregnancy next time?

The positive news is that this is unlikely. You’re much more likely to have a healthy pregnancy than another loss. A miscarriage is usually a one-off. So having a miscarriage doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have problems next time you try to have a baby. But the risk of miscarriage increases with age, so you may want to try again sooner rather than later if age or fertility are a consideration for you. Your chances for having a healthy pregnancy next time may be good even if you’ve had three or more miscarriages in a row. Three quarters of women who’ve had normal test results after recurrent miscarriages go on to have a healthy baby. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, your next pregnancy is more likely than not to go smoothly.

How Can I cope with My Pregnancy Loss?

The causes of miscarriage vary and are often poorly understood, which makes the situation only more difficult to grasp. Respect your needs and limitations as you work through your grief and begin to heal. As you work through this difficult time:

  • Reach out to those closest to you. Ask for understanding, comfort, and support.
  • Seek counseling to help both yourself and your partner. You don’t have to face this alone.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to grieve and the opportunity to remember.

Grieving is a very normal and healthy response to pregnancy loss. For some women, physical and emotional healing happens fairly quickly. For others, it can take longer – months or even a year. And for many women, although their grief will become less acute over time, miscarriage is a loss they always carry with them.

¿Qué hospital elegir para dar a luz en Barcelona?

¿Qué hospital elegir para dar a luz en Barcelona?

Si estás eligiendo en qué hospital dar a luz en Barcelona, ¡enhorabuena! ¡Tu bebé está llegando!

Te dejo algunas reflexiones para que sea más fácil elegir un hospital para dar a luz.

Sistema público

Si vas al sistema público seguramente en tu CAP te habrán informado cuál es tu hospital de referencia y puede que te hagan el seguimiento del embarazo en ese hospital.

Seguramente tienen un formulario de plan de parto que puedes llevar rellenado el día del parto, y también podrás visitar las instalaciones antes del gran día.

Sino te convence no estás obligada a dar a luz allí, puedes hablar con tu matrona y pedir el cambio a otro hospital o simplemente le día que vayas a dar a luz ir a otro hospital: están obligados a atenderte.

Si quieres un parto respetado todos los hospitales están obligado a ofrecerte ese parto y esos cuidados pero existen dos hospitales en Barcelona especializados en partos respetados como son Sant Joan de Déu y la Maternitat.

Sistema privado

Si tienes seguro médico privado o eliges el sistema privado existen muchas opciones, ya sean hospitales grandes o pequeñas clínicas.

Infórmate sobre qué procedimientos tienen en los partos y si disponen de una UVI para neonatos por si tu bebé la necesita.

Parto en casa o casa de partos

Si decides dar a luz en casa o en una casa de partos tienes diversas opciones de matronas que ofrecen estos servicios.

How to manage labour fears

How to manage labour fears

It is totally normal to be scared of labour. Probably Hollywood didn’t make it easy for us, a lot of pain, blood and unexpected births appear in a lot of movies but… Don’t worry, your labour is not going to be like that!

Many women have anxiety around delivering a baby, they fear the prospect of pain or needing to have interventions. Others are simply scared of becoming a parent.

The good news is that you can handle that!!

  1. Information

Information is the key: read and take an antenatal course. Ask as many questions you have to your doctor and you will see how fears go away.

Look for an antenatal course that trains you to cope with pain and fears: breathing will be your best friend and there are some tips to be more relaxed during labour.

I can offer you a group antenatal course or private classes. You can write to me and I will give you more details : info@doulabarcelona.com.

  1. Talk about it

Don’t keep this fear only for you: talk about it!

Expressing your thoughts can help you understand them, which will give you insight into how to cope. And while it may be tempting to avoid thinking about labour, ignoring your worries can make the fear grow. In some cases, it can also affect your mental health during pregnancy.: if fear is not addressed, it can manifest as depression or anxiety.

  1. Go team

Picking the right people to be with you can help reassure you. A strong ally, like a doula or your partner, can advocate for you, especially if you go in with a birth plan that everybody is comfortable with.

Just remember, no matter how scared you are, you will get through it!

Trucos para volver al trabajo después de la baja por maternidad

Trucos para volver al trabajo después de la baja por maternidad

La maternidad es una increíble. Viene con su un montón de nuevos placeres, buenas sensaciones y un amor increíble. Pero también viene con unas cuantas nuevas sensaciones no tan positivas.

Seguramente estar con tu bebé todo el día es lo que más feliz te hace en el mundo, e incluso puede que tu vida de antes sea algo borroso en tu memoria pero… Seguramente has empezado a preguntarte qué sucederá después de la baja por maternidad.

No importa si has pasado 2 meses con tu bebé como 2 años: tu elección es la correcta si has pensado en volver al trabajo pero seguramente tendrás emociones encontradas.

Seguramente lo que más te preocupa, si estás dando el pecho, sea cómo mantener la lactancia materna cuando no vais a pasar todo el tiempo juntos.

Trucos para mantener la lactancia materna después de la vuelta al trabajo

  1. Si planeas seguir amamantando, deberás introducir la rutina de la extracción de leche antes de la vuelta al trabajo, por un lado para ir habituándote y por otro para empezar a hacer una pequeña reserva de leche en el congelador
  2. Una vez al día deja que otra persona le dé de comer a tu bebé con tu leche, es recomendable usar los biberones Calma de Medela porque interfieren en la lactancia. Existen otras maneras de que el bebé tome la leche, como puede ser con una taza o con una jeringuilla.
  3. En cuanto llegues a la oficina encuentra una ubicación privada, puede ser que tu empresa tenga una sala de lactancia o tal vez puedes usar una sala de reuniones vacía.
  4. Infórmate de tus derechos, seguramente tendrás ciertas horas al día disponibles para volver a casa a amamantar a tu bebé y sobre todo la vuelta al trabajo debe ser en las mismas condiciones en las que te fuiste.
  5. Seguramente los primeros días serán los más difíciles, tanto en la extracción de leche como en las emociones, permítete estar triste y ve controlando la cantidad de leche que puedes ir extrayéndote.
  6. Empieza un miércoles o jueves, así te aseguras tener una primera semana corta.

¡Ánimo amiga! Esta sensación se pasará con el paso de los días.

Tips for your last days of pregnancy

Tips for your last days of pregnancy

You’re almost there!! Congratulations!! Your baby is coming in few days!

Probably you feel tired, you can’t sleep a lot during the night, you feel heavy and you cannot move comfortably. I know it can be exhausting (I’ve been there 3 times!) but don’t worry! You will be with your baby in few days, so enjoy your lasts days as a pregnant lady!

Well, as a doula I’ve been with women in your situation a lot times, so there is a list with everything I recommend them.

  1. REST

Rest a lot, anyway you feel tired! So take a nap, enjoy of long moments of doing nothing in front of the TV or read a book… You will feel good and you never know when you go into labour.

  1. PREPARE YOUR FRIDGE

I you feel good, it is time to cook! Prepare healthy and good food for the postpartum and freeze it, so when your baby is here and you will be really busy with her you will have your food ready!

  1. LISTEN YOUR NESTING INSTINCT

It will feel so good to come back home with the baby into a tidy home.

Furthermore, exercise can induce labor, so… listen to your nesting instinct!

  1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

As your baby is going to be here soon probably you will not have a lot of time to visit your hairdresser or to have a good massage! So the time is now!

  1. COUPLE TIME

A baby it is not the end of a relationship, rather it is a new beginning: during few months you will not have a lot of time to enjoy each other, for example before the baby is here you may want to have a last dinner as a couple.

  1. READY, STEADY…

And of course, prepare the bags you will need for the hospital!

Las contracciones de Braxton Hicks

Las contracciones de Braxton Hicks

Las contracciones de Braxton Hicks (BH) son “contracciones de práctica” que tonifican el útero en preparación para el trabajo de parto.

Sin embargo, no causan ningún cambio en el cuello uterino, por lo que no causarán trabajo de parto prematuro y son totalmente normales y seguras.

De hecho, en realidad es bueno que las sientas y las tengas, ya que significa que tu útero es fuerte y está poniendo en práctica ponerse de parto. Puede ser que nunca sientas las contracciones Braxton Hicks, particularmente en su primer embarazo, así que no te preocupes si parece que no las tengas.

Los movimientos de Braxton suelen suceder en cualquier momento, sin ninguna razón, pero también pueden ser causadas por un exceso de ejercicio, el sexo, el orgasmo o la deshidratación.

Las contracciones de Braxton Hicks comienzan como un leve contracción o empequeñecimiento en la parte frontal del útero. Se sienten más arriba del estómgo y pueden parecerse al dolor de regla. Algunas mujeres sienten que la barriga se endurece o se deforma, incluso puedes sentir que te cuesta respirar.

Estas contracciones uterinas leves son irregulares y duran aproximadamente 30 segundos a la vez. La mayoría de las mujeres no experimentarán más de 1-2 por hora varias veces al día. Más adelante en el embarazo, la frecuencia puede aumentar.

¿Cómo diferenciarlas de las contracciones de parto?

Las verdaderas contracciones del parto no desaparecen, sino que se intensitican en fuerza y ​​se harán más largas y se van acercando en el tiempo.

Muchas veces digo que cuando tengas contracciones reales lo sabras porque lo notarás ya que se van hacienda regulares y cada vez más dolorosas.

Como comentamos más arriba, las contracciones de Braxton Hicks son la forma natural de practicar de su cuerpo para el gran día. Además estas contracciones no son dañinas para la madre o el bebé

¿Qué hacer si tienes contracciones Braxton Hicks?

¡Práctica! Así como tu cuerpo está practicando para el trabajo de parto, puedes usar este tiempo para practicar el trabajo mental para sobrellevar major el parto: respira, relájate y sigue la contracción de principio a fin.

Where to give birth in Barcelona

Where to give birth in Barcelona?

Are you pregnant and do you live in Barcelona or its sourroudings? Congratulations! Probably you are excited with this new life growing inside you!

How is the prenatal care in Barcelona?

You have 2 options: you can choose the public healthy systme or you can go to a private clinic or hospital. If you have a private health insurance , everything will probably be covered. In both systems, the medical contact with pregnant women is frequent, you will have scans every 3 months and several visits and tests during each trimester.

Which hospitals do I have available?

In Spain and Barcelona the most common option to give birth is a hospital but you can find some midwifes that offer you the option of giving birth at home or you can find houses of birth. Depending on where you live you will have nearby some hospitals and your midwife or gynecologist will let you know which one is your reference one, having said that, in the moment of giving birth you can choose any hospital, you are not obligated to go to an specific one. Epidural is quite common and you will have the option to ask for it almost until the last minute. If you want to have available a hot tub for dilation, there are some in Hospital Maternitat o Hospital Sant Joan de Deu. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask me: info@doulabarcelona.com

¿Qué tipos de doulas existen?

¿Qué tipos de doulas existen?

El propósito de una doula es ayudar a las madres y las familias a prepararse para el bebé durante el embarazo, el parto y después del parto, por ello, a pesar de que en España no sean muy conocidas, existen diversos tipos de doulas que especializadas en las diferentes circunstancias de las familias.

Es verdad que en muchas ocasiones una misma professional puede acompañarte en diversas estapas y que rara vez una familia elige diversas doulas para cada etapa pero está bien saber que existen diversas opciones.

Por ejemplo, yo suelo acompañar a las familias en diversas etapas y diversos momentos, es decir, que me convierto en la doula que necesitan en cada etapa o en alguna en particular, dependiendo de las necesidades de la familia.

DOULA DE PARTO

Es una voz de confianza en el proceso de parto para la madre. Proporciona asistencia física y ofrece confort emocional a la familia, contestando las preguntas de mamá y papá sobre el nacimiento.

DOULA ANTENTAL

Las doulas antentales cuidan de la madre y la familia ofreciendo información y cuidados cuando la mama todavía está embarazada. Tienen dos funciones:

  1. En caso de embarazos normales

Ofrece clases de preparto, lactancia o de cuidados del bebé, ya sean en grupo o de forma privada.

  1. En caso de embarazos de riesgo

Las doulas anteparto ayudan a la madre a sobrellevar el estrés adicional de un embarzo de riesgo y del reposo que seguramente se le prescribirá. Podrá brindar apoyo emocional, apoyo físico y ayudar a responder cualquier pregunta.

DOULA POSTPARTO

La doula posparto apoya y alienta a la familia en los primeros días del bebé. Puede ayudar también con la lactancia maternal, las noches de insomio o el dolor del postparto.

DOULA DUELO PERINATAL

Cuando existe una pérdida perinatal una doula ofrece apoyo emocional y psicológico a la madre y al resto de la familia para pasar esa etapa de dolor y pérdida.

What will you feel when you get pregnant?

What will you feel when you get pregnant?

 

You may already know that you’re pregnant, otherwise there are signs to look out for. The first sign of pregnancy tends to be missing a period, probably around two weeks after you’ve conceived.

 

There’s very little research on this topic, and early symptoms of pregnancy are different for everyone. Some women feel the first twinges of pregnancy a week or two after conceiving, while others don’t feel any different for a few months.

 

Beside missing first sign of pregnancy. You may have some other physical signs as well. These include mild cramping and a little bleeding when the fertilized egg implants itself in your uterus.

 

Feeling very tired is another common symptom of early pregnancy. Your body is working hard to adjust to all the new physical changes. This can cause extreme fatigue. You may need to sleep longer than usual at night. Whenever possible, take short naps during the day. Your energy will most likely return in the second trimester of pregnancy.

 

Morning sickness consists of nausea and vomiting. It is caused by pregnancy hormones. Many pregnant women have it to some degree in their first trimester. Regardless of its name morning sickness can occur at any time of day. Certain foods or smells might trigger queasiness or sickness. Some women seem to feel sicker on an empty stomach. Morning sickness usually goes away by the second trimester.

 

Most women notice changes in their breasts early in pregnancy. The hormones in your body change to prepare for breastfeeding. As this occurs, your breasts may feel tender and swollen. You might notice small bumps forming in the area around your nipples. Your breasts will continue to grow and change throughout your pregnancy. They may feel even bigger and fuller later on.