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Life After Labor

Healthy but Delicious Salad Recipe Round Up
March 31, 2017 8:00 am | by

When you’re looking for meals that will be an easy way to keep good pregnancy and postpartum nutrition. consider some of these delicious options. Here are some healthy and delicious salads. Apple Walnut Spinach Salad by Real Simple Good – Delicious with a hint of sweet flavor from the apples, this is the perfect “fall salad” you can enjoy year round. Roasted Romanesco Salad With Molasses Vinaigrette by Killing Thyme – This unique salad is not only incredibly flavorful but also highly nutritious. The perfect salad for a busy mom who needs a quick and healthy meal. Chicken Paillard Arugula Truffle

 
5 Simple Stretches for Postpartum
March 30, 2017 2:00 pm | by

You welcomed your little baby into the world. Breastfeeding is established, and you are now learning what it is like to have a bundle of joy in your arms…and then your back starts to hurt…or your arms are sore. Hey, it happens and is all part of the changing postpartum body. Simple stretching is a great way to combat some of these new changes without overdoing it. Add them in your day whenever you can! Many of these you can do while holding baby. Don’t worry about how long to hold them, you can aim for 30-60 seconds but even

 
Seven Powerful Ways to Green Your Family Guilt-Free
March 23, 2017 2:00 pm | by

Whether it’s diapering or recycling, we all have some level of ” green guilt ” surrounding our family’s use of resources and exposure to toxins. Fortunately, there are a few very easy ways to empower your family and vote with your dollars, while reducing your environmental footprint and toxicity vulnerability. 1. Get rid of anything with a strong fragrance or chemical smell — a likely sign of endocrine-disrupting phthalates. Common culprits: plastic shower curtains, plug-in air fresheners, and most scented candles. Opt for fabric shower curtains, naturally scented candles, and essential oil diffusers. 2. Pare down as much plastic as possible

 
Postpartum Exercise: When & How Can I Work Out Again?
March 21, 2017 8:00 am | by

Exercising after having a baby requires some planning and preparation . This is not the time to go out and start training for a marathon or even your first 5K run. This is a time to take take things slowly and gradually, especially if you did not exercise during your pregnancy. Before beginning any postpartum exercise or physical activity, it is important to get clearance from your health care provider. Women heal at different rates. If you had a cesarean section birth or you had a repair from a tear or an episiotomy, your recovery time will be longer than those mothers who did not have these

 
Slow-Cooker Side Dishes Recipe Round-Up
March 17, 2017 8:00 am | by

When you first bring your baby home from the hospital, you might find that people bring you lots of meals ready-to-eat. But if you want simple side dishes to accompany the dinners you are getting, try some of these slow-cooker side dish recipes. Start them during a morning nap and let the crock pot do all the work for you while you take care of you and baby during those first few weeks postpartum. Three-Cheese Mashed Potatoes by Whole and Heavenly Oven – Your favorite three-cheeses with mashed potatoes are the perfect combo. They’re comforting and make a delicious side dish

 
Slow-Cooker Dinner Recipe Round-Up
March 6, 2017 8:00 am | by

One of the toughest things for new parents to adjust to is how to adjust their daily routines around the presence of a new baby. Sometimes bringing a baby home can be as challenging as having the baby. Meal time can be especially challenging which is why freezer-friendly meals are so popular as gifts for new parents. Another great meal option to keep in mind is using your slow-cooker! This allows you prep the meal during the baby’s morning nap, and have it warm and ready-to-serve when you need dinner on the table. Here are some fabulous slow-cooker dinner meals you can make

 
A Doula’s Guide to Baby Prepping Your life
March 3, 2017 8:00 am | by

Everyday I see something new for babies; some new gadget, toy, or item that is guaranteed to make your life as parents easier. When reality hits though and your sweet bundle of love is home and in your arms, the items you will use the most are pretty minimal. Here are some tips of things you really need and how to get them when baby prepping your life. Prepping a Sleeping Space for the Baby Figure out where your baby is going to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends baby sharing a room with you for the first 6

 
Getting Started on Your Breastfeeding Journey
February 10, 2017 8:00 am | by

Breastfeeding can be a very rewarding part of being a mother. It can also be very stressful. Being prepared and getting off to a good start can make all the difference. Educating yourself on the basics of breastfeeding can help you be more successful. Preparing for breastfeeding can begin while you are still pregnant. Attend a breastfeeding class. Many hospitals offer breastfeeding classes. Develop relationships with friends who are breastfeeding or who have breastfed their children. Locate your local LLL (La Leche League ) for mother to mother breastfeeding support (3). Read breastfeeding books (see references at the end of this blog). If you

 
Homemade Sweet Cheeks Bottom Powder
January 20, 2017 8:00 am | by

That perfect little bottom wrapped up in a super cute cloth diaper is such a sweet sight. Sometimes, that sweet little bottom gets a rash. Thankfully, we can make a natural bottom powder that is healing, safe, and smells delightful! It’s a good alternative to oils and creams you shouldn’t use on cloth diapers, and perfect for making yourself at home. This Sweet Cheeks Bottom Powder has just 3 ingredients: bentonite clay arrowroot powder lavender bud powder (or Rose powder, if you would prefer) I like to buy my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs or the Bulk Herb Store. I have

 
Postpartum Nutrition for Breastfeeding Mothers
January 18, 2017 8:00 am | by

How does postpartum nutrition differ from nutrition for a postpartum breastfeeding mother? Postpartum, the time following childbirth, can range from 6-12 weeks. It is often referred to as the “fourth trimester”. This is a time of healing for mom and bonding with baby and getting breastfeeding established. Due to the changes that pregnancy and childbirth cause to a woman’s body, her nutritional needs change during the postpartum period. It is a time for her body to recuperate. The nutritional focus during this time is focused on foods that promote healing and establishment of breast milk. Foods that promote healing and