Why does my period make me poop?

[caption id="attachment_3051" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Copyright : Vadim Guzhva[/caption] We have all been there. Your expecting your period any day now and all off a sudden there is a mad dash for the bathroom. Diarrhea and periods are synonymous for most women. So why do so many women find themselves up shit creek (pun intended) when their period comes a knocking? First lets take a look at what happens before your period. After you ovulate, your body starts making Progesterone. It...Read More

When should your child stop seeing you naked?

Turns out this is a tough question to answer. I spoke with Nancy Brooks M.S., PsyD (can) who works with children and teens here in Lancaster. As you can imagine, there is no "right" answer for every family. When is it no longer OK for your child to see you naked? It depends on how you want your child to view nudity.  Some people believe that as soon as children can spot differences in males and females that they should be...Read More

Fear of Giving Birth

There are few things in this world that scare us as much as childbirth. If this is your first child, many of those fears tend to come from fear of the unknown. Childbirth is such an unpredictable experience and each birth is as unique as a snowflake. In our highly scheduled and controlled world it can be scary to let go and let nature take its course. Today we are going to talk about some of the biggest fears many pregnant...Read More

5 Quick and Healthy Summer Meals

Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad Two of summers best ingredients come together to make one amazingly healthy salad. Enjoy as a side or add grilled shrimp or chicken and make it the star of the show! [caption id="attachment_2379" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Green Bean and Tomato Salad[/caption] Ingredients: 2 lbs of Green Beans 2 Pints (1 lb) of Cherry Tomatoes 2 Teasp0ns of Salt 1 Teaspoon of Pepper 2 Teaspoons of Lemon Zest (or lime for a bit more tang) 1/2...Read More

What is a Postpartum Doula anyway?

The 4th trimester is described as the first three months after your baby is born. Some even call it a babymoon! Your postpartum doula wants to help you adjust and enjoy this new period of motherhood. They are here to support you by helping you create a peaceful and nurturing postpartum. Baby Care - Not only can your postpartum doula answer all of your baby care questions, but they can help you understand your babies cues and nuances. They can care for...Read More

Your Pelvic Floor : What You Need To Know

Approximately 1 in 3 women in the US suffer from pelvic floor issues at some point during their lifetime. Pregnancy and childbirth can strain and weaken the pelvic floor muscles leading to leaked urine when you sneeze or cough, or even sexual dysfunction. We spoke with Dr. Deb McKim, PT, DPT, MTC; a physical therapist at Western Berks Physical Therapy who specializes in pelvic floor health. What is your pelvic floor? For those of you who don’t know, the pelvic floor...Read More

My Love

To the man that supports me while I support others, Thank you. No seriously, THANK YOU. Back when it was just me chasing a dream you supported me. Even when you thought it would not pan out, you supported me. Many nights I crept silently from our bed to support a family that is not ours. Many mornings you woke up with no idea when I would be home. Those mornings you got the kids ready, you took care of our...Read More
Multiples

Bringing Home Multiples

Becoming pregnant is awesome, but sometimes our bodies surprise us! We are capable of creating not just one baby but sometimes two, three, or even more at the same time! Having more than one baby can pose challenges you may not have considered. Lancaster Doulas LLC has worked with many sets of multiples and we have found a few things can make the transition easier. Here are some suggestions that our doulas have found to be the most helpful: Create...Read More

50 Shades : How Postpartum Depression Can Dominate Your Life

By: Callie Rineer     Mood swings, sadness, insomnia, irritability.  Combine these new mom emotions with engorged breasts and sleepless nights, and it's enough to leave any mom struggling for a moment of pre-baby normalcy. But amongst all the highs and lows of being a new parent, how is a mom to know if what she is experiencing are typical "baby blues" or something more?   While the baby blues and postpartum depression have similar symptoms, baby blues tend to only last the first...Read More
birth plan

Birth Plan ( With Free Template )

Creating a birth plan with your partner is a great way to keep you on the same page with your wants and needs. It is also a great tool to help open a dialogue with your care provider. You can use this template as a jumping off point to create a more personalised plan, or you can use it as is. Lancaster Doulas makes it easy with our birth plan template. Just print it out, check the boxes of what you would...Read More

Surviving Bed Rest – Guest Blog

Alicia Adkins of Modern Family Doulas Shares Some Wisdom on Bedrest In Pregnancy   Surviving bed rest should earn you a merit badge! Not just for simply following the rules, but not injuring anyone along the way. Bed rest is not a vacation, regardless of how many people will tell you they wish they could sit around and watch Netflix all day. No matter how far along you are in the pregnancy, suddenly being told you have to limit all your activity...Read More
Birth Affirmations

Birth Affirmations (With Free Printable)

Birth Affirmations are a powerful way many women use to envision their birth. Not only does it improve your immediate mindset, but it can also train your brain to think positive thoughts in the throws of labor. There are many ways to use birth affirmations, but we have found the best way is to create something beautiful with them (like a banner) and place them in a highly visible place (like your bathroom mirror or kitchen cupboard). Some of our clients...Read More