An ancient Chinese treatment that restores balance to your body through the use of needles and herbs, acupuncture can be used during pregnancy to help you feel more energized and focused. As an expecting mom, it's common to feel anxious, scattered, and fatigued...all at the same time. Growing a baby is tough work! An acupuncturist can help reset your body and mind by targeting specific meridians in your body. If your baby is breech, some acupuncturists even perform moxibustion, a practice that encourages them to flip!
A birth doula is like having a personal cheerleader who provides emotional and physical support during labor; she can also be an advocate for your birth preferences and a great encouragement to your partner!
Chiropractic care provides pain relief through manual adjustments. In other words, they help work out all the kinks! From postural changes and altered body mechanics to lower back and pelvic pain (hello, growing bump!), they help you get back to doing the activities you love—safely.
Specifically trained to support women or couples that are trying to conceive, fertility coaches are a lifeline of calm and encouragement who help counsel you through decisions during the fertility process.
Positive, lasting changes are yours with a health coach. Dedicated to addressing your wellbeing, health, hormones, and balance holistically, they're a huge help to expecting moms looking for practical and sustainable solutions to nourishing yourself and your growing babe. From meal planning to grocery shopping to finding time for yourself, they show you tips and tricks to make healthy actually happen in all facets of your life!
Breastfeeding may be natural, but it often feels anything but! Lactation counselors and consultants are trained to help moms around all things breastfeeding—and can even do at-home visits. Lactation consultants are board-certified professionals with years of training and 1000+ contact hours whereas lactation counselors have a few days of training and ~20 contact hours.
Becoming a parent hugely changes your priorities. If you're having a tough time determining your personal or professional goals for after baby—and how to reach them—a life coach (also called a motherhood or career coach depending on the subspecialty) can help you. They can help you navigate career decisions, like if and when to return to work, and practical steps to take to feel more focused in the pursuit of whatever sets your soul on fire.
If you’re in need of a good night’s sleep (and what new parent isn’t?), a newborn care specialist, sometimes called a night nurse, is your answer. She’ll build your confidence in newborn tasks like feeding and diaper changing—and care for your babe all night while you catch some zzz’s.
These professional baby whisperers capture and keepsake important milestones on your path through motherhood: your growing bump, the sweet days with your newborn, and you and yours at that special 6-month and 12-month mark. If you're already wondering who is going to capture the "cake smash," look no further.
Developing good eating habits and knowing what's best to eat (and not eat!), especially when you're pregnant, can be tricky. A nutritionist will offer specialized plans and tips based on your specific needs and dietary preferences. They can also help you make the best decisions for you and your babe as you transition into postpartum.
If your pelvic floor feels weak or you've experienced past trauma, you're not alone! A specialist can help address issues surrounding your pelvic floor and core. From strengthening and relaxing particular muscles, to preventing diastasis recti, to managing pelvic pain, they can help you feel confident down there as you prepare for labor.
For bump-friendly workouts, look no further than a perinatal fitness instructor. Specially trained in the limitations and modifications for women in transition, you'll feel strong and safe as you gain strength and mobility as you prepare for the biggest sporting event of all—labor!
A massage not only promotes a calm mindset, it also helps moms-to-be actually relax and could even assist in postpartum healing. Specially-trained massage therapists help relieve sore muscles from carrying around a growing bump and use modified massage techniques to keep mom and baby safe. Good news, right?
Sometimes you just need an objective opinion to work through anxiety, worry, and relationship issues. Therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists are a wonderful way to help you nurture your mental health and be proactive about preventing anxiety that can bubble up during pregnancy or postpartum. They can help you find equilibrium so you feel more assured as you transition into your new role.
Beginning life with a newborn can be incredibly daunting. Luckily, postpartum doulas are trained to teach and support new parents (and brothers or sisters!) by preparing nourishing meals, doing light housework, and caring for the mother.
A gentle, Japanese form of energetic healing that can be used during postpartum, reiki restores the flow of vital life-force energy to optimize function, support deep relaxation, and bring harmony over body, mind, and spirit. When hormonal shifts during pregnancy make your spiritual energy feel stagnant and your mental energy feel scattered, reiki practitioners can help you find center again.