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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

Inside Look: Mama Boxes

I had the pleasure of meeting Mandy Holmes at theBaby Bonanzain May.  She is offering a fantastic pregnancy concierge service - read more about it today:



There is a brand new concept taking the nation by storm.  Everyone's looking for the perfect gift for their pregnant daughter, friend, or themselves. Mama Boxes are a band new-nothing like it-one of a kind concept we want to share with you.
 
What are Mama Boxes? Mama Boxes are delightful care packages, similar to a subscription box service sent out at each trimester to pregnant women and delivered to their doorstep.

Meet the Doula: Laura


Our "Meet the Doula" feature is back.  This month we are featuring Laura Pruett, MT-BC.  I met Laura at a Doula Care meeting for active doulas.  I am so pleased to introduce her to our students and readers today. She has much more than traditional doula skills to offer her clients.



SPB: When was the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
 LP:The first time I heard the word “doula” was when my friend found out that our mutual friend was a doula. She asked if, as a doula, she could take out her IUD for her.

Stay Safe and Cool Through Your Summer Pregnancy - Part 2

STAY COOL AND COMFORTABLE

Bradley Method® instructor Krystyna Bowman, AAHCC shares ideas for staying safe and cool during the summer monthsAs you read on Tuesday (Part 1), dehydration and hyperthermia can cause dangerous complications of pregnancy.  Remember you have permission to be a Drama Queen during the summer months!  Take it easy and take care of yourself as the temperature climbs.  You can also enlist your coach and assistant coaches to help you take advantage of one, some, or all of these comfort measures listed below to avoid dehydration and hyperthermia in the first place. 

The simplest steps you can take are staying hydrated, getting rest, and staying out of direct sunlight and high temperatures.

Stay Safe and Cool Through Your Summer Pregnancy - Part 1

Ideas to Have a Safe Pregnancy During the Summer Months-
Hello, Mr. Sun!
 
My friend and colleague Tina Lebedies suggested this topic.  As it turns out, there is a lot to write about when it comes to coping with the heat while you are pregnant!  So this is how I am going to organize this topic: I am going to split in two parts.  Today I am going to share why it is so important that you take extra care – be a Drama Queen when it comes to taking care of yourself if you are pregnant in the summer.

Pregnancy Exercises in Summer Weather

It feels like the Arizona Summer Oven just turned on this week...after a beautiful May, we are now at the mercy of triple-digit temperatures.   

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale  A big concern for me as the heat continues to ratchet up in Arizona is that mamas stay hydrated, especially those that are still pregnant.  It is super important for their health, as well as their baby’s health.  Having gone through three summer pregnancies, I remember very well the discomfort; and the need to stay hydrated in spite of multiple trips to the bathroom throughout the day.

3 BIG Postpartum Secrets Exposed

I wish someone had told me just how leaky postpartum was.  Now, I know we talk about this in the Bradley™ classes we teach because it was such a shock to me after the birth of our first Sweet Pea. 

Quite frankly, I don’t remember hearing about all the different ways things drip out of you after you birth your baby when we were Bradley™ students (and, twice!! Two teachers and no mention of this).  I wonder if you, like me, just think that postpartum is going to be sparkly and magical because the pregnancy is over and you are holding your baby.

Nutrition: Snack Ideas

When it comes to pregnancy, we are passionate about helping families achieve a nutritious, whole food, balanced diet.  We serve a snack at every class, adn try to use it as an opportunity to model healthy snack choices.  Of course, you have to factor in pregnancy cravings, so we also try to include a little treat for the sweet tooth.  We also try to avoid foods our students have aversions to by passing out an info sheet on the first or second class so we know what *not* to buy when we are doing our grocery shopping.

Q&A with SPB: Healthy Pregnancy

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Question: What can I do to have a healthy pregnancy?

Answer: A lot, actually! Come to Saturday's class to learn more about what any mom can do to lay the foundation for their Sweet Pea to have a healthy start in life.

See today's VLOGHERE
https://youtu.be/-PJ5B0lBjkc
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We are excited to announce the kick-off of our Healthy Pregnancy Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this month!  As a childbirth educator, one thing has become painfully clear over the last five years...no matter how many things a family will "do right" during pregnancy, we just don't know what the birth journey will hold until they are on the other side, holding their baby.

Q&A with SPB: Can I put sunscreen on my baby?


Most of us start spending more time in the sun as the weather warms up.  In the United States, Memorial Day weekend (which just passed) is our summer kick-off.  Most families and facilities consider this "open pool" weekend...which means sunscreen time for mindful parents.

Here is VLOG I did today about sunscreens:


Summary:
NO if your baby is under 6 months old - their skin is less mature, they have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults.

Top 10 PostPartum Tips

So you are finally holding your baby and the outside...you are so tired - more than you ever could have imagined when you were sleepless in pregnancy...and nothing is back to normal yet.  Welcome to motherhood!!

I encourage you to embrace the idea that you, your baby and your partner are on your way to finding a "new normal". This TOP 10list is shared with the hope that it will help you make some sense out of the swirling chaos, and help you start feeling more "you" and less "mombie".
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