7 Self-Care Tips for Pregnancy

7 Self-Care Tips for Pregnancy

Rest. It is so important and I realize that sometimes you just can’t sleep and if you have other children, it may really be difficult. No matter how busy you get, take some time each day to elevate your feet and rest. Pro-tip, it will help with those swollen feet/ankles too. Read. Read something fun, not just about pregnancy. It’s easy to dive in and get obsessed with reading all about your pregnancy and the latest baby gadgets and trends, but read something you like. Disconnect from social media & email. Plan at least 30 minutes to silence your social media. Not all posts, emails have to be responded to right away.  Take pictures. This is the one thing I wish I did more of when I was pregnant. Yes, there are the glorious maternity shoots that are full make up and coordinated outfits, but snap some too. You may feel awful and not like yourself, but when it’s all said and done, you will want the pictures of this time.  Find a hobby. Believe it or not, you’re going to have some down time and now is great time to find something to occupy that time. I never took to knitting or crochet, but you can learn almost anything on YouTube. I still love decoupage and scrap booking (digitally), an adult coloring book would be great too, New sharp colored pencils are my fav (it will be a great time killer while in labor). The obvious ones: face mask, mani/pedi, massage or a cup of tea in a quiet place. Yoga! I am a yoga girl, but if you’ve never done it, pretty-natal yoga is a great place to start. It will help a ton with those aches and pains and the breathing practice will be key during labor. Self-care looks different for everyone, so the key is taking care of you, while you’re taking care of your growing baby. Do something that makes you slow down a little and be present in the moment. 

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Mikita Burton

Mikita is a Lifestyle Blogger in Kansas City, who blogs about her 3 awesome kids, family fun, crafts, parenting, travel and her fitness journey. She has a slight coffee addiction, but that helps her keep up with her kiddos.  When she's not blogging, she's working for the School District, watching her kids play sports, teaching yoga or at Fox 4 doing a TV segment. Mikita's TMC blog will focus on all the trimesters of pregnancy and beyond.  Things you should know and some things no one else will tell you about having a baby!  You can find me at: www.AllThingsMikita.com@allthingsmikita on all Social Media 

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Self-Care

How Self-care Can Challenge You, Drive You, and Inspire You to Be a Better Version of Yourself

by Haley Harrison

  Another mom recently told me, “The best kind of love you can give is to yourself because it allows you to love everyone else in your life.” Of course, that’s the idea behind self-care. The concept is simple enough to understand but as a habit, self-care tends to be a challenge for most of us. The problem is the practice of self-care has been all wrong.  The best self-care helps you reconnect with what inspires you, challenges you, and drives you to be better. There’s a misconception that self-care is all about relaxing and unwinding—think spa day, bubble bath, or a glass of wine. Maybe self-care should be more about venturing outside our comfort zone: confronting a challenge and basking in the lasting glow of personal growth.  I was a meditation skeptic for the longest time. For some reason, the idea of it made me so uncomfortable. That changed when I was pregnant with my second daughter and someone suggested I try a meditation app as a means of coping with my anxiety and insecurity. I figured I didn’t have much to lose. My fears and worries only seemed to be growing along with our family. It had an instant calming effect. Meditation encourages you to understand what you’re feeling and why. It encourages mindfulness. It’s not much but I find ten minutes of this mental exercise a day helps quiet the noise in my mind. My meditation habit is also good for my husband and girls. On days when I meditate, my fuse isn’t so short. I live present in moments good and bad. Gratitude is a big part of meditation that encourages others-first thinking. I’m a better mom, wife, and coworker when I meditate.  Self-care for you may look different. Maybe it’s reading a book that challenges your thinking, advocating for a cause close to your heart. Maybe it’s setting a new goal like running a marathon or just working out more. Physical or intellectual, whatever it is that moves you—try it.  Not much about self-care is selfish. What you gain is always given back to others in your life. And listen: If you get the chance to have that spa day, bubble bath, or glass of wine, take it. Enjoy those moments, too. Momma, you’ve earned it.

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youth volunteer

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS

  • OVERVIEW

    Summer Volunteer program at TMC is a great way for high school students to complete community service hours and gain experience in a medical setting. We offer two programs for youth volunteers during the summer.
  • SUMMER AT TMC

    Summer @ TMC is a traditional youth volunteer program where students 14-17 years old may volunteer up to three days a week. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer in various departments throughout the hospital. Volunteer opportunities include: hospital gift shop, inpatient nursing stations, central services, long term care and more.

    Program Dates and Times

    TMC Health Sciences District
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019-August 2, 2019 (M, W, F)
    9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Lakewood Hospital
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019-August 2, 2019 (M, W, F)
    9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Orientation

    TMC Health Sciences District
    Monday, June 10, 2019
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Lakewood Hospital
    Monday, June 10, 2019
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Deadlines

    Application: Monday, April 15, 2019
    Health/Compliance/ Paperwork: Friday, May 31, 2019

    Youth Volunteer Application

    TMC Health Sciences District Volunteer Office:
    (816) 404-3300
    FAX (816)404-3305

    Lakewood Hospital Volunteer Office:
    (816) 404-9710
    FAX (816) 404-9712
  • CAREERS IN HEALTHCARE

    Careers in Healthcare is designed for Junior and Senior students interested in pursuing a healthcare career and will incorporate observation and educational seminars, in addition to volunteering.

    Program Dates and Times:
      HSD: Tuesday June 11, 2019-Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (T, Th)
      9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

      LW: Tuesday June 11, 2019- Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (T, Th)
      9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


    Orientation:
      HSD: Monday, June 10, 2019
      Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

      LW: Monday, June 10, 2019
      Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


    Deadlines:
      Application Monday, April 15, 2019
      Health/Compliance/ Paperwork Friday, May 31, 2019


    Please complete this form and submit along with your personal statement to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in addition to submitting a Youth Volunteer Service application. Application and all application materials must be received by April 15th.

    Online Application

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The importance of self care for new moms

Make sure your own cup is full: The importance of self-care for new moms

Your precious bundle of joy that you have so anxiously been awaiting to arrive is finally here! You probably have everything (or almost everything) prepped and ready to bring that sweet babe home. There are a few things you may not be prepared for because, well, there really isn’t a way to prepare for some of the changes about to happen. For example, the feeling of pure exhaustion that you may experience in the first months (or even year) from a lack of good sleep… or the frustration you may have resulting from a baby who doesn’t sleep well or who may cry a good portion of the day. There is also that experience of losing yourself in the hustle and bustle of the day’s chaos, feeling like you are taking more steps backwards than forwards ALL while you are still wearing the PJ’s you’ve slept in the last two nights. Oh, and I forgot to mention those things your husband will probably say that you may take too literally or personally, causing you to burst into tears and leaving you (and your husband) wondering why you are crying.This sweet little baby is solely dependent on you as the parent/caregiver to meet their basic needs and to love and encourage them as they are figuring out this new thing called the world. With that being said, during this time the parents/caregivers more easily forget or put aside the important task of meeting their own personal needs. You have most likely heard the term “self-care” and maybe even read some information about self-care. It is a pretty hot topic - especially in the mom world. Google search tells us that self-care is: “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” I would definitely put parenting (especially when parenting multiple children at a time) under the category “period of stress”.We just recently brought home a new addition to our family. Sweet baby George will be 3 weeks old this week and what a precious little man he is! I was so nervous as to how my 2 yr old twin boys would receive having a new baby around to share mom and dad’s attention with. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is why I’m sharing our first family picture with you that we took the night we got home from the hospital with George (the picture at the top of this post). Let’s just say we all had some adjusting to do, LOL! This picture makes me laugh every time I look at it because it is a great depiction of how life can sometimes feel (and look) on this parenting journey. Moms wear many hats and tend to juggle a lot each and every day. We are mothers, daughters, friends, wives, employers/employees, entrepreneurs, we often maintain the household, and the list goes on! It can easily start to feel like we are spreading ourselves too thin across the board. Pouring every ounce of energy and patience into caring for our little humans, all while still learning how to incorporate taking care of ourselves can feel HARD! But let me ask you this: How can you expect yourself to effectively pour into others when your own cup is empty?This is why it is SO important to be sure that we are taking care of ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally before we can take care of others, including our children! This is where self-care comes in to play. Self-care is more than just watching your favorite show on TV at the end of the night. It is something you incorporate into your everyday. • Make sure that you are setting aside time to eat your meals and hydrate.• Take showers when needed. • Know that it is OK to need and want a little time to yourself. • Don’t put off your appointments. • Go to the dentist. • Don’t cancel that hair appointment.• Feeling depressed? TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT IT! If you need to, then go see a therapist!! Your mental and emotional state is just as important as your physical state! Give yourself the freedom to not compare your “everyday” with the highlight reels you find on everyone else’s social media. All those friends and family members who offer to come over and help out if you need it? Take them up on the offer and use that time to do something for yourself like: • Take an uninterrupted bath or shower• Take a nap• Get out of your comfy clothes and go to the store alone. One time while I had family visiting, I went to go get a coffee all by myself then I parked my car in the parking lot, and I sat in silence as I drank that hot delicious cup of caffeinated goodness. Sounds silly but that is what I wanted and needed to do. Once I returned home I felt so refreshed. Self-care looks different for everyone but it is important to find a balance of caring for yourself AND others. You can’t give away what you don’t have and you can’t take care of others well if you aren’t taken care of, too. Fill your cup first so that you are then capable of pouring out into others! And Momma, let me tell you a secret…you are worth taking care of yourself!! You are doing big things every day!

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Dori Hedden

My name is Dori Hedden, I am a wife to the love of my life, a stay at home mom to my newborn and two-year-old twin boys, and I run my own home business as a Norwex Consultant throughout the craziness of life. Truman played a huge role in the pregnancy of my twin boys. It was a very high risk pregnancy that led me to be admitted into the hospital at 26.5 weeks gestation. I then stayed at Truman on bed rest and continuous monitoring for the remainder of my pregnancy (a total of 10 weeks).

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Ultrasound vs Sonogram

Ultrasound vs. Sonogram FAQs

What's the difference?

According to the American Pregnancy Association: An ultrasound exam is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to scan a woman’s abdomen and pelvic cavity, creating a picture (sonogram) of the baby and placenta.  Although the terms ultrasound and sonogram are technically different, they are used interchangeably and reference the same exam.

What ultrasounds do you offer at TMC?

We offer Perinatal OB services, including ultrasound, high risk consultation, and intervention, starting at 6 weeks through post term (past a baby’s due date). We are equipped with the latest cutting edge ultrasound technology 3D, 4D, X-matrix, etc. Routine obstetric ultrasound exams include: Dating and Viability exams – performed as early as 6 weeks to assess pregnancy. Routine/Anatomical exams – Complete examination of anatomy, biometry, and gender. Biophysical Profile, checks fetal well-being usually ordered once a week until delivery – 28 to 42 weeks Advanced exams and procedures include: Detailed/Targeted Exam: In depth assessment of fetal anatomy for high risk pregnancies. First Trimester Screening/Nuchal Translucency Test - tests for Downs Syndrome (Trisomy 21) and Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18) – 11 to 14 weeks Fetal Echocardiography – Examines fetal heart in-depth when there is concern over cardiac defects. Amniocentesis – the sampling of amniotic fluid using a hollow needle inserted into the uterus, to screen for developmental abnormalities in a fetus. Cordocentesis – or PUBS, is a diagnostic test similar to amniocentesis which examines blood from the umbilical cord.

What does Perinatal mean?

It designates a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialty. TMC is one of the leading groups in the region that offers perinatal OB ultrasounds. We work closely with the Fetal Health Center at Children’s Mercy both referring patients and receiving referrals for genetic counseling, inpatient care, fetal surgery, and interventional procedures. TMC is accredited in First Trimester, Second Trimester, Third Trimester and Detailed screening exams by the AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine).

How do I get a sonogram at TMC?

Only through a physician referral.

Who performs ultrasounds at TMC?

Our sonographers are perinatal sonographers with some of the highest ratings available. All of our sonographers are ARDMS registered with advanced training in high risk perinatal ultrasound. Our sonographers have advanced training and certification in fetal echocardiography.

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