Good to Know, TMI Tuesday

My uterus is MAD

Thats right, I’m a female, hear me ROAR!!
I hate to be cliche and discuss menstrual cycles like most women feel prone to talk, blog, post, write or even comedically open up about. However, with my line of work as a Certified Lactation Counselor and Postpartum Doula this is an important topic that is continually questioned. Plus as a female I think this is a topic we can all learn more about.
Lets start from the beginning, what is a period? Why do we have one?
Easy answer, your body is mad that you didn’t get it pregnant. I personally love this meme that demonstrates to my simple self as to what is happening within me.
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For those of you who are more appropriate and prefer “adult” answers here is the National Health Services explanation, “A period is part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle is the time from the first day of a woman’s period to the day before her next period. A period is a bleed from the womb (uterus) that is released through the vagina. It happens approximately every 28 days, although anywhere between 24 and 35 days is common.”
Now that we know why this happens lets discuss what is considered normal. Do you or have you ever thought how much blood loss during your period is “normal”? It’s not an everyday thought but as we painfully survive this monthly occurrence it might cross your mind, is this a normal amount? Do I even have enough blood in my body to loose this much? According to the experts, “the average amount of blood lost during a period is 30-40 millilitres (ml), with 9 out of 10 women losing less than 80ml. Heavy menstrual bleeding is considered to be 60-80ml or more in each cycle. However, it is rarely necessary to measure blood loss. Most women have a good idea about how much bleeding is normal for them during their period and can tell when this amount increases or decreases.”*
Thanks for the milliliters but I’m a visual learning so approximately 30-40 ml or around 1.5 oz is a little less then a full shot glass.
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So doesn’t seem like a large amount until it’s secreting from your body. Just saying males, you have it pretty easy when it comes to the period/menstrual necessities of life.
Next area to give some insight to is how do we as females contain this disaster? You might not realize how many options are out here, most of us are only made aware of pads/panty liners or tampons. In the pads/panty liner department you even have multiple choices. Do you go disposable or reusable? Yes, there are options ladies. If you are into the organic natural or just thrifty then go investigate some reusable menstrual pads. I hear there are some gorgeous ones sold on Etsy.
Now tampons are pretty straight forward, I’m personally not aware of additional choices in that line except the brands, styles and amount of coverage. However, an option that sort of mimics the place of a tampon, literally, is the menstrual cup. Yes, menstrual CUP. It’s an item I was only made aware of when I was in my late 20’s. No, I haven’t personally tried this method but the explanation of how it works seems fairly simple. Wikipedias overview is “a menstrual cup is a type of feminine hygiene product which is usually made of medical grade silicone, shaped like a bell and is flexible. It is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid (blood).”
With all these options being given to you please keep in mind that I’m no professional medical gal here. You need to research whats best for you and even speak with your doctor about these items. I know personally, from being part of the female gender, that we are all different and that goes for every part of our bodies. One thing might work great for one of us gals but not for another.
So do what works for you!
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Also please note that after giving birth and during breastfeeding menstrual cycles can be completely different then you’ve ever experienced or not occur at all during breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding your menstrual cycle. As much as we complain, moan, groan, cry and plead for it to stop our menstrual cycles are extremely important to our overall health as females. Please be aware of your body and always contact a doctor immediately with concerns.
*http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Periods-heavy/Pages/Introduction.aspx
originally published June28, 2016

Good to Know

called “snot nose kids” for a reason

 

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Calling kids snot nosed is as old as time. There is reason behind this, you’ll know this all to well when you’re blessed with kids or being around kids.
Snot sucking has become a talent of mine, getting it done as quickly and efficiently as possible with minimal meltdowns preferred.
Nowadays we have multiple mechanisms that help pull out the snot, literally. I demostrate a few and would like reviews on one I’ve only heard of but never seen in action. Let me know your preferred method on getting this parenting duty accomplished.
originally published June 22, 2016
Good to Know, TMI Tuesday

Bladder Leakage for ALL

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Imagine for a moment, you are in the middle of a friendly conversation and start to let out a true belly laugh only to abruptly stop due to the sensation between your legs. Whats that sensation? Bladder leakage!
If you’re pregnant, have been pregnant, or given birth, you fully understand this situation happening. Bladder leakage might sneak up on you from a belly laugh, common everyday sneeze, a fitful cough, lifting a box or rigorous physical activity.
The misconception out in the world is that bladder leakage only happens during pregnancy. A baby is sitting on top of your bladder so it’s understandable this could happen. The actual technical term is stress incontinence. Fancy lingo to say, you may pee yourself during common activities.
WebMD poetically describes stress incontinence this way;”The bladder sphincter is a muscular valve that lies at the bottom of the bladder. It works to control the flow of urine. In pregnancy, the expanding uterus puts pressure on the bladder. The muscles in the bladder sphincter and in the pelvic floor can be overwhelmed by the extra stress or pressure on the bladder. Urine may leak out of the bladder when there is additional pressure exerted — for example, when a pregnant woman coughs or sneezes.”
We are talking ALL kinds of sphincter pressure to disrupt our ability to control the urine flow. What we don’t realize is that after birthing a child we can still be in trouble with this situation. The technical term after birth is urinary incontinence.
There are many medical reasons someone can have urinary incontinence. It is common after pregnancy, in the postpartum phase of life. This is due to the pelvic floor muscles possibly being weakened or even due to the bladder and urethra being moved around during pregnancy. Whatever the reason could be, women can be unprepared the first time after pregnancy to yet again experiencing that sensation between the legs and having to abruptly stop whats going on to focus on stopping the flow.
The way to help prevent this issue is quite easy and I’m sure you’ve heard of this little exercise.
I’m talking about the good ole’ KEGEL!! The simple yet taboo exercise that needs to be taken much more seriously. Easiest way to describe how to perform the Kegel exercise is to tighten your pelvic muscles as if you are stopping the flow of urine. Even taking part in some Kegel practice while urinating is recommended. WebMD states to hold the exercise for 10 seconds and to release for 10 seconds. Doing 10 Kegel exercises in the morning, afternoon, and at night should show improvement in the leakage issue in about four to six weeks.
The wonderful thing about this exercise is that anyone and everyone can take part in it, including the significant other! Thats right, it’s a household workout! Sitting around the kitchen table in the evening discussing the daily events is the perfect time to ask if everyone has done their Kegel exercises. Best part is that this valuable, simple exercise can be done right then and there. No stopping or disrupting life to complete this. Eating dinner, chatting on the phone, watching your favorite show and just about every other daily task can be done while working on the Kegels.
Take it from someone who has had to stop mid run to cross her legs quickly, squeeze them tight, before letting out a sneeze. Kegel exercises are less disruptive to your daily life then peeing your pants. You’ll thank me someday!
source: WebMD http://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/america-asks-11/pregnancy?page=1
originally published May 24, 2016
Good to Know, Midweek Meltdown

Whats not ok….

This midweek meltdown has been coming along for awhile. I fought the urge to discuss this topic but it keeps being brought up in my life and i feel it was time for me to voice for issues with it. I have no room in my life for Mommy Guilt, so I am here to say i support YOU and YOUR choices for YOUR family. Us moms need to support each other and leave the snarky remarks or questioning our choices behind. Join me in getting out the issues.
Have you experienced Mommy/Daddy Guilt being thrown at you?
originally published July 6, 2016
Good to Know, Midweek Meltdown
Midweek Meltdown happened in the midst of a mundane task making me eager to get some advice on how your household manages this.
Betty Crocker is not an image I’d be compared to, but I’ve tried every way imaginable to accomplish the daily task of “whats for dinner?”
Going out to eat would be ideal but due to finances and health that doesn’t exactly fit into daily life.
So here I am, bandaged wound and all, asking for your secrets and support on how you handle this in your household.
Comment your secrets and as always thanks for watching!
originally published May 18, 2016