You’ve Got This: Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy and Postpartum Shift

We gathered some of Los Angeles’ top pregnancy and parenting experts for a panel called You’ve Got This: Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy and Postpartum Shift. Here are a few of the highlights:

Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy

It’s important to create a sense of safety with your care provider, it’s a critical element to satisfying birth experience. — Dr. Susan Gilbert- Lenz MD, OBGYN

Exercise During Pregnancy and the First Few Weeks After Baby

Feel free to continue on with whatever exercise you did pre pregnancy, running, weightlifting — your body will let you know when you need to slow down You just need to listen to it. — Debbie Allen, LM, CPM Midwife of Tribe Midwifery

Nutrition For Babies

New research is showing that introducing varied foods as early as four months can help attune you baby’s palette to enjoy a wider range of foods. Foods like nuts that we’re previously considered risky for younger babies can be incorporated to reduce the incidence of allergies. For example, oatmeal with peanut butter could be a great first food option. — Dr Tanya Altman, MD Pediatrician

Zika Virus

The CDC ( Center For Disease Control ) has the and most up to date information around, that’s a great place to stay up to date on what’s happening next, it going to keep evolving.Dr. Susan Gilbert- Lenz MD, OBGYN

Breastfeeding

Get support and manage you expectations. Having a home lactation visit can help you get off to a confident start. Also It’s totally normal in those first few weeks to be nursing or holding your babe 20 hours out of a 24 hour day. It will get easier, just know that it’s ok if things don’t get done at the beginning, nursing is a full time job.Jennifer Lezak IBCLC Lactation Consultant

Erica Chidi Cohen

As a Maternity Support Specialist, and the founder of Loom, Erica integrates her skills as a birth and postpartum doula, lactation counselor and chef to create unique support experiences for growing families.

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