- Catherine is a mother of ten children; she married her husband, Robb, in 1974; in addition to a lot of years of parenting, they have operated a family medical practice for thirty years. This blog is a place she shares her thoughts and answers questions -- especially from other moms, but from anyone! -- about pregnancy and child-rearing, marriage, sickness and health, and lots of other things.
Category Archives: Labor & Delivery
Breathing, contractions, transition, and snacking during labour
Questions on breathing, contractions, transition, and snacking during labour from a mom very-soon-to-be: Hello Catherine, I am 38 weeks pregnant with my first baby and I have some questions for you about labour. What kinds of breathing techniques helped you … Continue reading
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How soon after delivery were you walking? How soon back to normal?
How soon after delivery were you walking? When did you feel like you were back to normal? As far as getting back to normal. Nothing is normal once you have kids. Every day brings surprises. It is a new journey … Continue reading
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What does pushing feel like? Like pooping? (and other pooping questions)
Another great series of questions from Suzie: What does “pushing” feel like? Like pooping? Will I poop on my baby? Is going to the bathroom extremely painful after delivery (when can I poop after delivery)? None of the books answer … Continue reading
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False or True Labor Contractions?
Suzie asks: How will I know if I’m having false or true labor contractions? Ok, back to labour (I go back and forth with Canadian spelling and US spelling). I have never had false labour. I have experienced very strong … Continue reading
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When will my water break?
Suzy, expecting her first baby, asks: When during labour will my water break? Will it be a complete surprise like in the movies? Water can break before labour starts. According to today’s standards, if you do not go into labour … Continue reading
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