You have the baby clothes washed and folded, the car seat ready to go, and the nursery set up… but have you prepped your birth canal?? (And I don’t mean kegels or a pre-birth bikini wax!)An important transfer takes place during a vaginal birth as healthy bacteria from the mother’s birth canal helps colonize the baby as it passes through.Read More
I shared a post on facebook about some simple, but very effective, coconut water ice cubes for labor that ended up being most most popular post to date. I wanted to write a follow up blog to share more information with additional options, because as I experienced first hand, you never know what scents and flavors will appeal to you during labor. So it’s best to have two or more of these different ice cube flavors prepped ahead of time.Read More
Even if a woman isn’t accustomed to taking vitamins regularly, most usually begin supplementing with something when they find out they’re pregnant. It's also important for pregnant women and new mothers to focus on nutrient dense foods, but there are times when this can feel challenging. Such as during early pregnancy when nausea and food aversions are common, or early postpartum when the new demands of motherhood may cause a women to turn to poorer quality convenience foods.Read More
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Pregnancy is such an exciting time, but it can also be a time full of uncertainty. Proper prenatal nutrition is essential for both you and your baby, but figuring out what to eat can be very confusing. There are so many decisions to make when you’re pregnant, but while you’re picking out baby names and decorating the nursery, it's important to make nutrition a priority as well.
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As a prenatal nutritionist, I felt confident about my knowledge of what to eat during my first pregnancy and excited to put it into practice to nourish my growing babe. I was much less confident when it came to what I ‘should and shouldn’t be doing’ physically though. I spent my fair share of time on Dr.Google, reading different things about heart rate limitations, lying on my back, inversions and other restrictions put on pregnant women. Just like the nutritional advice found on the internet, the contradictory advice only confused me further.Read More