Not Just Old Wives' Tales: Herbal Remedies that Work

herbal-remediesLong before pharmaceutical companies convinced everyone that their products could cure anything, women relied on traditional herbal remedies to combat a variety of issues. Herbs have been used for centuries to treat a wide array of physical and emotional issues, especially issues pregnant women experience such as headaches, nausea, swelling, and mood swings. 

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Tips for Your Maternity Photos

StefanieHarrington1Maternity photos capture the excitement and anticipation of pregnancy and help document the memory of a fleeting and magical time in a woman’s life. As a maternity and newborn photographer with years of experience, I have written a 2-part series to help you prepare for any upcoming photo sessions for you or your family. This article focuses on tips for photographing your beautiful bump; next, I’ll offer tips for your baby’s newborn photos.

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How to Avoid Anemia During Pregnancy

AnemiaYou don’t have to be told that when you’re pregnant your body goes through many changes. That’s pretty obvious, right? What you may not realize is that your body is also busy making more blood—about 50% more blood, in fact. And this increase in blood volume means the need for more iron. Iron is necessary for making hemoglobin, the part of your blood that transports oxygen from your lungs to your body’s tissues.

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4 Important Questions to Ask During a Hospital Tour

Hospital TourIf you’ve decided to give birth in a hospital, then you should tour the hospital as soon as possible. If this is your first time visiting a hospital labor and delivery ward, trust your instincts and choose a birthing place you feel matches your personality and will honor your preferences. Your tour should include Intake, Labor and Delivery, Recovery and Maternity. During the tour, ask these four key questions to determine if the hospital is right for you.

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5 Ways to Combat Morning Sickness Naturally

Morning SicknessAs you may have discovered by now, morning sickness is quite a misnomer; “morning” sickness can strike during your commute, while you’re at work, or while you’re getting ready for bed. Fortunately, many natural remedies exist to help you tame this experience. Natural remedies are often more effective than their synthetic counterparts and have few, if any side effects. Here are the top five ways you can combat morning sickness naturally.

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How to Help Your Toddler Welcome the New Baby

Toddler and lil babyUntil now, your toddler has enjoyed being the center of your attention. As far as your toddler’s life experience goes, you are there to meet every single need whenever it arises. However, with a new baby, this worldview is about to change. Your toddler may have to wait for what he wants because you’re tending the needs of your newborn. This can be a hard transition; here are four great ideas to help smooth this transition for your toddler.

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5 Great Exercises for Pregnancy

preg exerciseOver the next nine months it's important to continue working out. The demands of growing a new human being are many, and maintaining your commitment to a weekly exercise routine can help prepare your body to handle the added stress. Exercise not only keeps your body in shape, but also helps improve circulation and reduce stress.

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6 Great Foods to Power You Through Your Pregnancy

5 Foods To Power Thru Preg As your baby continues to grow, so will your nutritional needs; but eating more food isn’t always the answer as many foods lack the key nutrients a momma-to-be needs. Prenatal vitamins are a good start, but fresh food sources of essential nutrients are always better.  The next time you’re headed to the grocery store, consider picking up some or all of these 6 great foods to provide essential nutrients to both you and your baby.

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First Trimester Tips: Four Easy Habits to Start Now for an Easy Pregnancy Later

pregnant Yoga BallCongratulations! Becoming a parent is a wonderful experience. However, over the next nine months, your body will experience many changes. Developing good habits in the first trimester can help your body deal with the multitude of changes it will face in the coming months. Here are four great habits to start early, and maintain throughout the pregnancy, in order to make the next nine months a truly enjoyable experience.

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The Best Spots to Shop for Maternity & Nursing Apparel

Pregnant StyleAlthough it took a few years – or rather, generations – designers now take maternity fashion more seriously. Someone finally realized that just because you’re now dressing for two doesn’t mean your sense of style went the way of your waistline.

You can now find the right maternity pieces to fit your personal style, stage of pregnancy and budget. In the second trimester, you may prefer skirts or dresses for comfort or you may prefer pants or jeans to cover up potentially swollen ankles. Whatever your preference, the following stores will make dressing for work, the grocery store, or the gym a breeze during pregnancy.

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Chiropractic During Pregnancy

ChiropractorsChiropractors are trained, non-surgical medical professionals who focus on realigning the body. By focusing on the nervous system, chiropractors treat musculoskeletal conditions as well as back pain, joint pain, neck pain, strains, herniated discs, and sprains among other issues.

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What is a Doula?

DoulaIn simplest terms, doulas are professional birthing coaches. They provide physical and emotional assistance to women throughout the later stages of pregnancy, during childbirth and after birth. Doulas are trained to assist women in having safe and comfortable birthing experiences, visiting their moms after birth to assist them with everything from breastfeeding to cooking healthy, nutritious meals.  When translated, doula literally means “servant of women”—an apt translation as doulas work to prepare women to become mothers, something they have been doing for centuries.

Long ago, a doula’s art was considered a hereditary profession. Mothers taught their daughters how to care for new moms through extensive practical training. Modern doulas undergo a similar apprenticeship, but most now earn certifications through internationally recognized institutions.

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What is a Homeopath?

HomeopathyHomeopathy refers to the practice of treating ailments through natural substances. These substances include botanicals, animal products or mineral substances. Whereas herbalism uses only plants, homeopathy uses a wider range of natural substances. This natural art promotes the body’s natural healing processes and emphasizes a healthy lifestyle and diet in order to achieve optimum health.

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What is an Herbalist?

HerbalistHerbalists provide complimentary healthcare services to those seeking natural remedies for ailments. In the United States, no official license exists to become an herbalist. However, many institutions offer certification courses which explore how plants can address diverse health issues. Typically, an individual attends a two to four year program to qualify as an herbalist, although shorter programs do exist.

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Acupuncture During Pregnancy

acupuncture during PregnancyA centuries-old alternative to drug therapies, acupuncture is a healing art which both men and women have used for hundreds of years. As an alternative to modern drugs, this practice uses the body’s natural flow and energy to help calm and heal itself. Especially during pregnancy, when many women suffer from nausea, back pain and other various ailments, it exists as an excellent source to address problems naturally.

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How To Avoid Testing GBS Positive

image4The thought of testing postive for Group-B Streptococcus (aka GBS) scares a lot of pregnant women.  But it doesn't have to be scary.  By following a healthy prenatal diet and keeping a couple of tricks in your hip pocket, you too can avoid Group-B Strep during pregnancy and birth.

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