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Pregnancy and childbirth is an experience that only women physically experience. There is truth in the statement ‘no one will do the labour except you.’ However, pregnancy and childbirth stimulate emotional changes in both men and women. Many cultures honour the becoming a father. Many fathers exhibit physical and emotional sympathetic symptoms when their partner is pregnant.

Parenthood Starts From Pregnancy
 This has been given termed ‘Couvade symptoms.’  The Pink Kit Method for birthing better™ resources have been loved by fathers ever where. They like the practical, can do approach and they can do. Men are absolutely wonderful childbirth coaches. Remember, they have all been born through a woman’s body. No woman has been inside a man’s body. And, they have the same body. Once they learn to work with the ‘pain’ of labour being part of the process (unless told differently) rather than indicating a ‘problem’; men will bring persistent and determined skills that their partners can rely on.

In modern maternity care, the role of the father in childbirth has changed dramatically in the past 30 years.

Up to the 1970s fathers were excluded from the labour and delivery. In some cultures this exclusion existed historically and still exists. Women were left alone in a hospital ward or room while staff periodically came in and checked them. Since the 1970s fathers have been encouraged to support their partner in labour.

As an aside, there are many terms used in childbirth discussions that no one has bothered to define or clarify but we are somehow all expected to know. Do your own research and ask 20 people what a natural birth is, what interventions mean or what a father is supposed to do to support his partner in labour. You’ll discover that we use those terms to mean or imply something significant yet few people have the same understanding.

Since The Pink Kit Method has been used by so many women and men, we have come to find our own set of definitions. Birth is natural, it comes at the conclusion of pregnancy. Birth is natural, so is  pain, death, bleeding, long labours, quick births, tears, pain free experiences, tension, relaxation, screaming, quiet breathing and all the combinations you can imagine.

Childbirth interventions can be lying down for a vaginal exam, taking a shower if you’re tense, having someone breathe with you, taking castor oil to stimulate labour along with all the medical assessments, monitoring and procedures that people discuss. Fathers, friends and relatives who support a woman can be there yet not know what to do, feel useless, helpless, a failure, know how to breathe with the woman, touch her just right, encourage her or wish someone would give her pain relief because she is so obviously suffering.

Variability is the name of the game in childbirth.

Yet, childbirth is a remarkably same experience for all women. (At the moment we will assume a woman will labour to give birth. Women who plan an elective delivery for personal choice or necessity can still use The Pink Kit Method. Doing so gives expectant parents a sense of involvement and closeness not offered in other types of childbirth education. Many of the skills learned are applicable.) Childbirth is an exercise in plumbing. An object will move through your container. Your job is to get out of the way of the object. In other words, work with the process of opening up for the object and ejecting it. The opening up phase of childbirth is accompanied by a series of contractions that open the diaphragm (cervix). Once the cervix is open and when the object has moved through the tube (pelvis), the contractions begin to eject the object by opening the aperture (vagina).

Not one woman in history or any place on Earth has given birth by a different experience. No baby has popped out of the crown of a woman’s head after a shiver started at her big toe, moving up her body until her cranium separated. No baby has delivered out a mouth, nose or ear. As silly as it sounds, we must remind ourselves of our similarities. Instead people have focused on all the variability’s, diversity and differences. Common Knowledge Trust shares our similarities:

·    The childbirth preparation that does prepare our physical container to allow this object to pass through it with less trauma.
·    The positive birthing behaviours we can use to work through the process of childbirth even when we don’t like the experience AND in and around all medical care.
·    The real and effective coaching skills that help women stay focused, open, relaxed and willing to meet the challenge of childbirth.

Pregnant women and expectant fathers have a specific window of opportunity to prepare for childbirth in the last 12 weeks of pregnancy. The pregnant body is beginning to prepare for childbirth and so is the baby. Our body and baby prepare in their own way but arrive at the same point together which is labour. If a woman needs or plans a non-labouring delivery, her body and baby don’t know that. They are still preparing for labour and birth. Why is childbirth called ‘labour’? It’s hard work. Use The Pink Kit Method and learn the skills to make your work easier.

The Pink Kit Method for birthing better™ presents 4 foundations. The first two are presented in The Pink Kit: Essential Preparations for your birthing body which is mostly about the body preparation necessary. In order to prepare for birth, we must have a relaxed and good understanding of our 3D body. As one father explained ‘Until my wife and I used The Pink Kit, I thought giving birth was about having strong muscles to push the baby out. Now I understand it’s about creating space.’ Space creation is done in a 3 dimensional reality, not a 2 dimensional one.

This means that we must know those parts of our body that are most involved with birth. Because CKT is the collective voice of ordinary people, we explain birth as plumbing: object, container, tube (pelvis), diaphragm (cervix) and aperture (vagina). Mostly we, the container, must prepare so that when the object decides to come out, we can work to open our container through the process of the efforts of our baby. The physical parts of our container must be prepared and as humans we have minds that direct us how to do that.

Humans are gifted with an amazing mind.

We can remember the past and even alter our perceptions or responses of what happened before. We can make plans into the future just as athletes mentally go over the event again and again, we can imagine ourselves working through labour and giving birth. When we prepare our container, we use our amazing Mind. When childbirth occurs, then we can use our minds to implement our skills in how to create space, stay open and relaxed for our child to move through us. It’s vigorous for most of us. Babies are big.

When we connect our mind to our body or yoke them together then we have more control over our body and instinctive responses. For example, all professional or amateur athletes have a sophisticated connection between their mind and body. They’ve achieved that by practice, practice and more practice. Although the ability to run or jump is something that humans do naturally, these athletes do not go into their events just ‘intuitively’ or ‘instinctively’ doing those things. They learn how to do them well.

Unfortunately, we give birth infrequently and have to rely on ‘something’ other than practice to bring good labour management skills to childbirth. That ‘something’ else is the process of labour that keeps going. There is nothing like it in our lives really. Once labour starts, it continues and leads us on whether we have skills or not, like it or not, are coping or not or have a good coach or not. We can use that physiological experience to apply the skills right away at each moment of the process. If we don’t apply the positive skills then we often just react, particularly if there is a lot of pain associated with labour.

We will still breathe in labour whether we breathe positively or scream.

Our body has to be in some posture or position, we can either use positions and postures that facilitate the passage of our baby through our body or we can get into positions we like that slow the birth process and keep us in labour for hours longer than necessary. Although there is a current belief that women will get into the best position, that’s hardly the case just as many women tense up naturally to the pain of childbirth. If the present day beliefs were true that women naturally knew how to give birth, that would reflect by an infrequent use of pain relief or medically assisted births. Women tense up at home, birth centre as well as in hospital.

We cripple ourselves when we believe that external factors are the sole reasons for good or bad births. We leave ourselves feeling victims to the external rather than powerful within ourselves.  ‘I blamed my first bad experience on the hospital, doctor, what they made me do and my husband for being pathetic at helping me. Next time, I changed where I gave birth … home, changed my birth provider … a woman midwife; I still had a horrible experience. Then I realised that I had to learn how to birth.’

True power for all of us as women and men is to have personal skills. Childbirth is an event in our lives where it’s easy to get skilled because the event is so similar to all women regardless of where they birth or with whom or who they are. For such a BIG and important event people perpetuated a belief that women should have to respond to the experience ‘intuitively’ or ‘instinctively’ rather than with ‘skills.’  As humans we have many physiologically natural urges besides childbirth. When we get hungry, we can browse on the nearest bush or learn to cook. We all urinate and defecate, but we don’t do it where ever we are sitting, we learn to hold it until we go to the toilet. The operative word is ‘learn’. We can learn to respond to labour contractions, use our minds and yoke our bodies and to choose positive birth behaviours in contractions and between them.

Birth discussions revolve around women taking responsibility for making choices about where or with whom they will birth or what they want done or not done to them. If choice achieved the goals, then we’d all be happy. We have assumed that ‘taking responsibility’ is about making choices. Being responsible requires two different aspects. One is choice, the other is skills not just options. Any woman in her right mind would choose an easy birth, not to tear, to heal well etc. Whether most women would choose home birth would depend on other factors: whether they prefer the hospital, have health issues, young children at home and want a break, home isn’t where they want to birth, it isn’t safe or quiet etc. Not one woman would choose a birth she found too painful, to use pain relief when she didn’t need it, have a major operation if she felt confident and knew she and her baby were healthy or to live with childbirth trauma.  All women can have skills. So taking responsibility is just as much about being skilled at doing something so that the choices a person makes are more likely to actualise.

For example, if a woman doesn’t want to use pain relief then she has to have the skills to manage the experience of labour. Such a woman can still have a very painful labour and change her mind about her choice if she doesn’t have the skills to cope and then feel let down or guilty. Shame, blame and guilt are a huge part of childbirth today.  A woman may choose a home birth and find that the unexpected happens (for example, her waters break and she doesn’t go into labour after 48 hours) and she ends up in hospital. With skills, she can still have a wonderfully empowering birth.

For the past 30 years birth discussions have revolved around ‘choice’ and ‘informed consent’ (information).

Common Knowledge Trust would like ‘skills’ to form the triad. When we couple skills to choice, we are more likely to have a goal (choice) and take steps to achieve that goal (developing and using skills). When we couple skills to information, we can are more likely to have mastery rather than data. Childbirth skills will only become the common knowledge approach to childbirth when all expectant couples know that The Pink Kit Method for birthing better™ is available and that the skills they can teach themselves work in all birth situations because … you will have another contraction regardless of your beliefs, where you birth, with whom, whether you have a long labour or a short one and all the other variables we can tell in our stories. Too often we hear pregnant women say: ‘I hope I have a good birth.’ Hope is not a plan. The Pink Kit is the plan.

Just as gaining too much weight can be harmful to you and your baby, not gaining enough weight can be harmful also.  

There are some women out there who are so terrified at gaining weight that they eat next to nothing during their pregnancy.  Please do not do this, you could be depriving your baby of the vitamins and minerals it needs and you increase your chances of having a small baby.  Babies who are underweight at delivery are at a greater risk for health problems than babies who are of average weight at delivery. 

If you find that you have gained nothing during your first trimester, do not worry. Some women do not gain anything during those first three months and some even lose some weight thanks to morning sickness.  Your baby's needs are relatively tiny at that point.  It is when you are in your second and third trimesters that you should make sure you are gaining weight according. 

If you find that you are not gaining as much weight as you should, you should try to fatten up your diet.  Increase your fat intake by a serving or too.  This will increase your calorie intake but won't decrease your appetite.  Do not increase your fat by more than a serving or two.  There are better and healthier ways to increase your weight gain. 

If you are one of the lucky few women who do not gain weight easy, you might not want to foods with the lowest amount of calories.  You can still eat healthy but you want to up your calorie intake.  Try eating avocados and more cheeses along with some beans too.  Indulge in some snacks also.  Try to add at least three snacks into your schedule.  Make sure you have a decent amount of calories but not so many calories that your ruin your appetite for your next meal.  If you are not allergic to peanuts, try some apple slices with peanut butter or some whole wheat crackers which some low fat cheese slices. 

Take some time out of your busy life to relax.  Not gaining enough weight could be a sign that you are doing too much.  You could be burning up the calories you eat instead of using them to nourish your baby.  Try cutting back on your exercise if you have an exercise routine.  You also want to make sure you eat after a workout to replace the calories you just lost.  If you are working while you are pregnant and it is a stressful job, make sure you take the time out of your busy day for lunch and snacks.  

Throughout all of this, check in with your doctor.  Your doctor may want to run some tests to make sure that you do not have a thyroid condition or any other undiagnosed medical problem that might keep you from gaining weight.   You may also want to keep track of what you eat so you can show your doctor and talk about any changes that might need to be made to your diet.   You may not be eating enough and you may find that you need to eat more.  

As per Gynaecologist's or doctors who specialize in women's health the recommended weight gain for pregnancy is 11 to 14 kgs.  

Some women will gain more, some will gain less.   But how can you tell if you are gaining too fast during your pregnancy.  

Too much weight gain can increase your chances of a c section and put you at risk for being overweight after.  

Some doctors say that if you put on more than 1.5 Kgs in your first trimester and are of a normal weight you are putting weight on too fast.  

If you are overweight and put on more than 1 kgs., you are gaining too fast.

Keep in mind though that even if you gain a lot in your first trimester, it doesn't mean that you will gain a lot your whole pregnancy.

Some women gain a lot in the first trimester because morning sickness has them only able to eat carbs and nothing else and still end their pregnancy gaining no more than 11 kgs.  If however you find that your weight gain is still not slowing down once you enter your second trimester,  there are some tips you can try to help slow it down. 

Tips to Slow down Fast Weight Gain During Pregnancy:

First, cut out the useless calories.   It is never a good idea to diet while you are pregnant but if you are gaining too much you do need to slow down the rate at which you are gaining.    Apply some basic calorie cutting strategies such as using skim milk instead of whole milk.   Eat Less Sweets.  These are empty calories that are providing no nutritional value to you or your baby. 

Next, cut down on the fat you are taking in.  Look at what you are eating and how it may have hidden fat in it.  Some salad dressings can be loaded with fat, so you might want to try putting your dressing on the side.  Watch how much oil you use when you are cooking or when you are going out to eat and stick to good oils such as extra virgin olive oil.  

Get active!  You could be gaining weight faster because you are not active.  As long as your doctor gives you the go ahead, start a walking program.  Walking is one of the best things you can do for your body and your babyNot only does it help with your weight gain, but some women and doctors swear that walking through out most of your pregnancy could help ease the pains of childbirth.  If you can not walk due to weather conditions you might want to look into joining a prenatal exercise class.

Lastly pay attention to what you are eating.  So many people don't pay attention to what they eat and find that they are overeating without even realizing it.  How many times have you sat on the couch watching a movie and decided to have some potato chips only to realize that you have eaten the whole bag?  Try to keep all your meals at the table and take your time while eating.

Even though you are eating for two, gaining just enough weight will not only make delivery and recovery easier for you, it will also make getting the weight off after pregnancy come off that much faster. 

Diabetes may be developed at the time or during pregnancy in a woman who does pursue diabetes previously. This is called gestational diabetes, which affects 2-3 percent of pregnant women in the World.

Gestational Diabetes during Pregnancy

If it is not monitored properly, it can lead to complications for the mother or even her baby. Pregnancy is most special time period in any woman’s life. It is period of great joy and enthusiasm, but also the time of anxiety and different questions occurs in mind such as: 

  • How will I deal with the pregnancy? 
  • With the pain in labor and delivery? 
  • Will my baby be alright? 
These questions may be even more difficult for women with diabetes. Having children is a big decision for anyone among us. If you are a woman who has a history of diabetes, however, it is a decision that requires much more thought, precautions and careful planning. 

Many women who have diabetes whether it is Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational diabetes have delivered healthy babies.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes occurs when the pregnant woman’s body is not able to produce or create enough of the hormone insulin. This refers that her body is not able to break down the sugar that she consumes and not able to convert it into energy. Therefore her blood sugar levels raises high and this will be passed on to the baby, which can cause severe problems.

Who Can Be Affected by Gestational Diabetes?

The pregnant women who is most likely to be affected  by Gestational Diabetes will fit the under below mentioned Seven (7) criteria;

  1. Overweighed
  2. Age above 35
  3. History of diabetes in family
  4. Previously delivered large baby
  5. Previously given birth to a baby with an malfunction or defect
  6. Undergone abortion in late pregnancy 
  7. Symptoms of gestational diabetes:

One of the troubles of gestational diabetes is that it does not marked itself with clear symptoms. The symptoms are common to high blood sugar, thirst, frequent urination, hunger as it sometimes occur, but all of them are common in the latter stages of pregnancy.

Going for baby is a big decision for anyone. If you are a woman who has diabetes, however, it is a decision that requires much more thoughts, precautions, and planning. Many women who have diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes) have healthy pregnancies and healthy and fit babies. But this does not mean that they achieved good result very easily, it requires a lot of efforts and dedication from your side.

Who is at risk of developing Gestational Diabetes?

  1. If you have one or more of the below mentioned factors are more likely to develop gestational diabetes:
  2. Perusing a family history of diabetes in a relative such as parent, brother or sister.
  3. If you had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy.
  4. If the previous baby had a birth defect or some malfunction. 

 There are a number of aches and pains that come with pregnancy.  While back in the day many doctors just brushed them aside and said that is part of pregnancy, now a days more and more doctors are recommending a well balanced diet to help.  Here are just a few pregnancy aliments that a good diet can help. 

Doctor Suggests Healthy foods during Pregnancy

A common complaint during pregnancy is tooth and gum problems.  To help keep your teeth healthy and your baby's teeth healthy, make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin C.  Always keep  chew on some nuts  like Cashew nuts, Fried Ground nuts and cheese.  

It is also not uncommon for many women to feel dizzy or lightheaded during pregnancy especially if they have gone to long without eating. This is why it is so important to eat through out the day and snack also.  Keep your snacks as healthy as you can and stay away from junk food whenever you can.  These foods will give you a quick rush of energy but ultimately leave you feeling worse than you did before you ate them.  Keep yourself hydrated also.  Snacking and drinking will help boost your blood sugar and keep you hydrated which can help you fight dizziness. 

Keep Drinking Fresh Water

Sometime during your second trimester, you may find yourself awakening in the middle of the night to leg cramps.   Leg cramps can come from not getting enough calcium.  Some say that the leg cramps implicate a shortage of magnesium while some say that dehydration can be the cause.  Either way makes sure you are getting enough calcium and magnesium.   If you suffer from leg cramps you might find it helpful to drink a glass of milk, or have a piece of cheese before you go to turn in to bed at night.  Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated also. 

Omega-3 Foods 

Swelling is another pain in pregnancy.  While severe swelling could be a sign of preeclampsia, there is a certain amount of swelling that is normal and healthy during pregnancy.  In fact more than seventy five percent of all pregnant women experience some sort of swelling.   The most common cause is too much water retention.  Staying away from salty foods and drinking extra water will help you keep the swelling to a bare minimum.  

Fish is a great Source of Omega-3 

Pregnancy is also a time where you skin might taken on the appearance of a teenager getting ready to hit puberty.    Some women suffer from dry skin, which can be cured by making sure you drink plenty of fluids to increase moisture.  If you have flakey skin, eat more omega-3 rich foods like Eggs, Fish, Cauliflower etc. or seeds and nuts.  There are some people who suffer from some skin discoloration and too much blotchiness could be a folic-acid deficiency.  This is another reason why it is so important to make sure you are taking your prenatal vitamin. 

Must eat Fruits and Vegetable every 6 -7 hours

Lastly, we have all heard about the great head of hair some women are blessed with during pregnancy since hormones prevent hair from falling out at its normal rate.  There are some women though who find that their hair is less than stellar during pregnancy.  This could be due to the lack of vitamins that you might be getting.  Through out pregnancy it is important that you get enough vitamin A, B and C.  Vitamin A will keep your hair and scalp healthy.  Vitamin B will help with your hair growth and vitamin C is needed for strength.  Make sure you are getting enough of this in your diet.  

Eating healthy throughout pregnancy does not only ensure your chances of a healthy pregnancy but it will also help you avoid some of the more uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy too.

So Eating Healthy food can Help During Pregnancy,

Home Yoga Exercise for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is not the time to try out new exercise routines. The Answer for the Question on "Is it safe to do Yoga during Pregnancy" is Yes and No . It Depends on the Context and the situation. 

Adequate physical and emotional information is needed by a pregnant woman to prepare herself for delivery. She needs practical health messages in keeping herself and the baby healthy.

What Exercise & Yoga Poses are good to do at Home

Stick with the routine you have already been doing and that your body is use to. . So if You are very regular in doing Yoga , may it be Pranayama or deep breathing Yoga Poses its very helpful to continue during Pregnancy too.

You may find that you have to make some modifications to some of your exercises or Yoga poses as your pregnancy progresses.

Here is the List of 7 great Aasana / Yoga Poses that are beneficial for Pregnant Women   

  1. Bhastrika Pranayama
  2. Udgeeth pranayama
  3. Naadi Shodhan Pranayama
  4. Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana
  5. Tri Konasana
  6. Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
  7. Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)

If you are a runner, a modified low impact jog through out your first trimester is fine but once you enter your second trimester and begin to show, your jog has to be brought down to a walk.

When to Start Exercise during Pregnancy

Learn Why Walking is the best Exercise during Pregnancy here and What Exercise you must Avoid in Pregnancy.


Yoga & Exercise Benefits During Pregnancy

Quality prenatal care should be given to a mother during her pregnancy. She should be prepared for the normal delivery of a healthy baby. Complications should be prevented at all costs. 

All of these things are boiled down to the fact that a pregnant woman should be cared in such a way that she will not be compelled to do vigorous work but should not also stay in bed and be inactive until she gives birth to her baby.

Consequently, a pregnant woman’s condition varies in relation to the growth and development of the baby in side her womb. Therefore, it is necessary that proper health guidance be provided by her physician during her visit.

Moreover, it is important to keep the pregnant woman’s life active in order to promote good health, not only for her but also for the baby most importantly.

Physical conditions like blood pressure, weight and health status is usually monitored during the pregnant woman’s visit to her doctor. For this reason, it is significant to note that exercise can be the number one factor in order to keep these aspects in good condition.

Exercise During Pregnancy Benefits

As the health experts contend, adequate physical and emotional information is needed by a pregnant woman to prepare herself for delivery. She needs practical health messages in keeping herself and the baby healthy.

Hence, for mothers or would-be mothers who are not yet aware why they should exert some effort in engaging into moderate, normal exercise, here is a list of some of its benefits so that you will be able to understand the reason why pregnant women have to exercise regularly:

1. Exercise makes Muscle flexible 

As muscle becomes fatigued, it produces less force. To accomplish a task like climbing the stairs, for example, or shoveling snow, more units of muscle must be called into play to back up the wearied muscles. 

The tired muscles are both less efficient and less effective. Hence, this will just put more strain on the pregnant woman because of the weight that is continuously adding up each day. That is why tired muscles will usually result to leg cramps or sore muscles.

What every pregnant woman must know is that exercise improves the condition of the muscles and their ability to work longer without fatigue.

2. Reduce Backpain

Even when you sit or stand, some muscles are working, and such relatively easy postures can tax some muscles and cause fatigue. The muscles of the lower back, for example, can be exhausted and worn out by the effort of keeping erect when a pregnant woman stand still for several hours.

With exercise, a pregnant woman can correct this error by developing her posture.

3. Increase the amount of oxygen

Yoga and exercise rely on glycogen, a substance produced by the body from complex carbohydrates and stored muscles and liver. 

The supply of glycogen in the muscles determines and limits the duration of activity. Exercise depletes the glycogen in the muscles and leads to tiredness. 

However, when glycogen is depleted by strenuous activity, it is replaced in quantities greater than before, as if the body recognized the need to lay in a larger supply of fuel.

Hence both Yoga (specially breathing workouts) and regular Exercise  is essential for converting glycogen to the energy that pregnant women need to wiggle a finger, flex a muscle, or practice the lungs and heart for some blowing action during normal delivery.

These are just some of the many benefits exercise can bring to pregnant women. Besides, nothing is completely wrong for a pregnant woman doing some moderate exercises. The only important thing to remember is that before starting an exercise program, whether pregnant or not, it is best to consult your doctor. As they say, doctors know best!