Also, How did you UCers weigh baby after the birth? I"m not concerned about weighing him immediately but would like to on the first day if possible. My friend who is a MW in training said to get a fish scale but i can't find any that are affordable. With DD i was always told to weigh myself, then weigh us both together and subtract my weight. But that was when she was older and bugging me about her not gaining fast enough. So I'm just wondering if that's accurate enough for a newborn. I'll have him weighed when I take him in for his initial visit but that wont be for a few days at least.
The weight thing was my biggest issue with my UC. Everybody wants to know how much the baby weighs, and for some reason about 7lbs is just not enough info.
If I were to go back in time I would have tried to get one of those hanging dial scales.
if you're looking to go with something herbal to help with afterpains, I personally really liked catnip.
Banana, doula wife to Papa Banana and mother to Banana One, Banana Two, Banana Three, Banana Four...
If you don't object to products made in China, there is a site called dealextreme.com where you can get things like hanging digital scales for less than $10. They have a HUGE amount of stuff on that site, and there's no shipping fees on anything - it just takes a couple of weeks to receive since it's coming straight from China.
Mama to a wonderful, happy, and delightfully odd little boy who will shortly have a baby sister.
i ordered the sitz bath herbs from in his hands that was more expensive- it was great and abundant.
JENNY, 38~ preschool teacher, birth activist, sun worshiper, singer, married for 17 years and mom to
Karan 15, Fiona 12, Bodhi 10, Bjorn 6, Devon 3, and Robin Taylor born January 16th!
If you want something for afterpains, many recommend afterease though personally it did nothing for me. I've had hideously strong, worse than labor contractions afterpains after my last four babies. They have me in tears. I resorted to Ibuprofen this last time.
I don't know if you have time to make your own herbal extract, but here is one from Demetria Clark (awesome herbal lady I met at a midwifery conference!)
2 parts motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
1 part lavender flowers (Lavendula officinalis)
1 part chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
1 part cramp bark (Viburnum opulus)
1 part lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Use 20–30 drops two to three times a day.
On the herbal baths...my favorite is "A Naturally Healthy Formula" by Shonda Parker. In His Hands has it for 8.50.
Ak Hippie mama Yamia DSD '03 DS '07 DS2 '09 & DS3 '12
Rajahkat, i pmed you.