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7 Steps to Prepare for Conception

By | December 28, 2015

Pre-conception is such an exciting time. You’re anticipating a pregnancy, and a new life.  You want to be as healthy as possible, so that your little one can be as healthy as possible.  Plus, preparing ahead of time can minimize morning sickness (really!) or at least make sure your nutrient stores are solid in case Read More

The Nutrients You Really Need During Pregnancy

By | December 23, 2015

Image by: Vadimguzhva By Sarah Dillingham, Contributing Writer Every pregnant woman and healthcare provider knows that adequate nutrition is vitally important during pregnancy, as key nutrients are crucial to the support of all stages of fetal development. In particular, a large body of evidence has linked folate deficiency with neural tube defects. However, symptoms of Read More

10 Natural Ways to Balance Postpartum Hormones

By | December 18, 2015

Photo by JKehoe Once you have your baby, you are ready to start getting your life situated with your new little person. Unfortunately, many women will experience hormonal issues including baby blues, mood swings, and more. As your body is readjusting, your hormone levels are working hard to readjust as well. These hormones include estrogen, Read More

Dos and Don’ts of Shopping for First-time Moms

By | December 16, 2015

By Sarah Dillingham, Contributing Writer It’s mid-December. Shoppers are bustling past you on the sidewalk, the aroma of gingerbread latte is wafting through the air, and everyone has an Amazon.com window up on their browser…the holiday season is in full swing, but there are still a few shopping days left before it’s time to panic Read More

A Home Birth Story

By | December 11, 2015

By Jill Marks, Contributing Writer The Beginning My official estimated due date was on a Thursday (a year ago today!), but since I was 8 days past my EDD with my first child (a hospital birth) the date was just another one on the calendar of this very long pregnancy. I met with my midwife Read More

10 Ways to Stand Up For Your Birthing Rights

By | December 10, 2015

Right now, much of the advocacy surrounding women’s rights deals with birth control and access to abortion.  Not very much is dedicated to rights during pregnancy and birth. That’s too bad, because most women have access to birth control (if they so choose) and abortion isn’t something most will deal with.  But pregnancy and birth Read More

10 Ways to Prepare Your Children for a New Baby

By | December 7, 2015

By Amy Wood, Contributing Writer When parents are expecting their first baby they usually only have themselves to prepare, but when the second baby — or the fifth baby, as was the case in our home recently — is on the way, there are more people to prepare. Certainly this will be a new experience Read More

Why You Should Take Natural Prenatal Vitamins

By | December 4, 2015

I’ve had five babies.  In my first pregnancy, I knew nothing about natural health, and took the standard kids’ chewable vitamins (doubling the dose — it’s commonly recommended for pregnant women who don’t want to swallow pills). In my second pregnancy, I bought a liquid prenatal from the health food store.  I really didn’t know Read More

The Umbilical Cord: An Amazing Avenue of Stem Cell Transport

By | November 20, 2015

The umbilical cord connects an unborn baby to the placenta, and is the avenue which allows for life-giving nutrients and support to flow into the baby (and also for wastes to be removed) as blood is continuously moving back and forth between the baby and the placenta. Once a baby is born, he no longer Read More

Back Labor: What it is and What You Can Do About It (Part 2)

By | November 18, 2015

Photo by Eyeliam By Jackie Scrivanich, Contributor Back labor is a type of labor that women can experience. This type of labor is characterized by intense lower back pain during contractions, often with pain lingering between each contraction. Read more about back labor and what you can do to avoid it during pregnancy here. We Read More

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