Saturday, February 15, 2014

Trust Me: Trust Your Gut

I trusted mine!
Everyone always asks me: "Alisa, how much should I trust MY gut?" I always answer: A TON!

My new Mommy and Daddy friends, your gut is the ultimate decoder, the "Fountain of Confidence" and you should drink from it often.

I am a firm believer that at the moment we become parents we are gifted a special magic called "Gut Feelings."

Some examples: you're breastfeeding and the baby's weight gain is not EXACTLY what the Doctor ordered, in your heart-of-hearts, you just know everything is fine. Your gut feeling. Baby has been cranky and just "a-little-off", you have a feeling that there is an ear infection brewing. Your gut feeling. Trust me: trust it.

We need to trust that these gut feelings can be right-on, just because we may be new at this doesn't mean our instincts need training.  It can be very unsettling to be asked to do something that goes against our gut feelings, and this my friends, may end up being a HUGE RED FLAG.

It reminds me of when I was in labor with my first baby, contractions coming every 1 1/2-2 minutes for hours yet barely 2 cms dilated.  The nurses and doctors threatening to send me off to labor at home when my GUT FEELING clicked-in and forced the words out of my mouth: "What if she is breech leading to a lack of dilatation?" My gut feeling.

Next thing you know they did an ultrasound and 20 minutes later my breech baby and I are being wheeled into the operating room for a c-section. I owe it ALL to my gut feeling.

The Calm Baby RN

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