So you're expecting to birth a new family member sooner than you're probably ready. And maybe you already know the benefits of a soothing massage from your pre-pregnancy days. But now you’re being inundated with list after list of things that you can and can’t do during your pregnancy; things that are good for your baby’s development, and things to avoid to keep your baby healthy.
Suddenly, every part of your routine, and everything you do is in question: Is this healthy for my baby?
Pregnancy can be a tiring job-- your body is legitimately working overtime. And you totally deserve some pampering to relieve those aches and pains and to just unwind. But is massage the best way to do that? Can you get a massage while pregnant? Are you putting your baby at risk, or are you benefiting your baby by taking care of yourself?
EDITED: 14 January 2019
*Updates: links to Special Ops Doulas seem to no longer be working. I do still offer a limited number of low/no-cost volunteer births based on financial need and always offering a military discount to ALL service members. The number of volunteer births I can attend solely depends on the funds available in my "volunteer account" which is replenished by tips and donations (tho I am not a non-profit organization).
The Military Doula organizes volunteer birth and postpartum doula services through the Special Ops Doulas program. This program consists of professional doulas who have chosen to show their appreciation for the sacrifices military families make by freely volunteering a portion of their services to military families.
May is Mental Health Awareness and Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. Today, May 7th, is also International Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day.
In this post of the Self Care Series, I'd like to share some of the things on my self care plan that covers mental health.
The information shared is for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I assume no liability in the way you choose to use any products or therapies mentioned. This should not be used as a replacement for your primary health care provider.
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