This post is sponsored by Evivo, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
The best way I can describe birth is- full of surprises. Many of us mothers think we can plan our births, but little do they know you can’t plan much! With my oldest I had a c-section and with Lia I wanted to try for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Since it felt like my first experience in a way, I was very nervous and afraid to say the least. What did I fear? Let me share my top 3 fears before giving birth. I have partnered up with Evivo to share with you 3 Things I Feared Before Giving Birth and the ways you can help your newborn’s gut development with Evivo.
1.Having another c-section
From the time we found out we were pregnant we knew we wanted to attempt a VBAC. I mentally prepared myself for it and from the beginning had the idea in my mind Lia would be born via VBAC. I was so afraid to have another c-section. With my first birth I was not able to dilate enough to deliver Zoey and the fear of is happening again lingered in the back of my mind. Thankfully Marcos is a very positive person and he kept me positive too.
I never felt a single contraction with Zoey, so I did not know what a contraction felt like AT ALL! I was not sure whether to expect the worst or to expect it to be okay. I was afraid of feeling contractions and not being able to tolerate the pain.
3.Pooping during delivery
I think this is a fear for most women no matter how comfortable you are with your partner. I was so nervous at the thought that I would poop during delivery. The funny part is- there is no way you could possibly prevent it, but I sure liked to think I could. Well guess what? It happened. And guess what else? I didn’t know it happened! And guess what? Yes, he saw it happen. but he didn’t say anything until way later.
The pressure your baby puts on your colon during their journey down the birth canal is what causes mothers to poop. Makes sense right? But did you know that whole process has a purpose? The purpose is to pass a specific strain of gut bacteria that only lives in the colon and can only be passed to babies from their mothers. This bacteria is called B.infantis, and it allows babies to develop their gut. With medical practices modernizing, c-sections, and the use of antibiotics only 1 in 10 babies in the US are born with this necessary bacteria. The lack of B.infantis makes our little ones more susceptible to colic, allergies, and diabetes by 80%.
So what can we do as parents? Evivo is clinically proven to restore the missing B.infantis to baby’s gut. Evivo is a once per day probiotic made to help restore the good bacteria to promote gut development in your baby. As parents we have prepared ourselves to provide our baby’s with as much support as possible early in their lives. These preparations will help set up our baby for a long and healthy life.