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

Avoiding harmful substances

Monday Mantra - Letting Go

There is no time like the present to let go of the situations and the people that are not serving a positive purpose in our lives, or from which (or whom) we have finished learning the lessons they were meant to teach us.

Pregnancy and postpartum are time of threshold and initiation. They are times when things are new, when things are in transition, and when quite frankly, they are sometimes completely turned around and upside down.  

In times like this, the extra stress of situations that bring negativity are the things that keep us from being present for ourselves and for our baby.

Inside Look: Poofy Organics with Rebecca

Avoiding harmful substances is a huge part of having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy.  It is also vitally important to reduce exposures to chemicals and toxins when our Sweet Peas are earthside.  Today's "Inside Look" is at a company dedicated to reducing chemical exposure for the whole family.

Rebecca was one of our Fall 2011 Bradley students.  She was already passionate about having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy before she started our classes, so it's no surprise that she found this company way back when they started out of the founder's kitchen.

Cooking with Herbs + Breastfeeding

 Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Since we have welcomed new readers to our blog, I thought I would take some time to update a post from 2011.  I wrote this post in answer to a student’s concerns about herbs in holiday food that *might* affect a breastfeeding mother’s milk supply. 

"Might" because each of us is unique. Some people may be affected differently than others...trust your observations if what you see is different than what is listed below, "true for you" may be different than what other people have experienced.

Q&A with SPB: Top 5 Holiday Tips

I am sharing a video version of last week'sholiday safety blog poston today's VLOG.  One thing I didn't mention in this take was that we encourage you to get on the floor to childproof.  Check out and see what is within your child's grasp from their perspective, and then get it out of their way!!

Here is an idea one of our students shared when she was childproofing their Christmas tree with their under1 Sweet Pea: http://goo.gl/W2BJU0

Finally, here is the video version of our holiday safety post:

Holiday Safety Tips

This was first published in 2011 - sharing it again today since the holiday safety tips are still relevant.  ClickHEREif you would rather watch the VLOG instead of reading this post:)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
 
It is such a gift to enjoy this season with our children.  They are filled with wonder at the sight of our Christmas tree.  They love to look at the ornaments, especially the ones with their pictures in them.  They are so excited about Santa and presents and at the top of the list, the family coming to visit them from all across the country.

To Test or Not to Test: 5 Need-To-Know Questions to choose for YOU


I saw the question come up again in a chat group:

Should I get "X" test? Should I decline "X" medication?

You could also substitute the words 
"procedure" or "intervention" in those phrases.

As childbirth educators, we make every effort to keep our opinion out of the equation whether that question comes up in a live class, or when we see it on message boards and chat groups.  The bottom line is that YOU are the only one that can make decisions about your body and your baby.

Info Sheet: Oral Glucose Challenge Test

Please note that today’s info sheet is about the 1-hour screening procedure, not the 3-hour test used to determine whether or not a patient has gestational diabetes.

Image Source: http://babybearbulletin.com/2013/01/28/one-hour-glucose-test/

*Definition
"The oral glucose challenge test is performed to screen for gestational diabetes. This test involves quickly (within five minutes) drinking a sweetened liquid (called Glucola), which contains 50 grams of glucose. A blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm about 60 minutes after drinking the solution.

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.

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We are excited to announce another Healthy Pregnancy Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this month!  It is a two-hour class designed to introduce the basics of having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy that is best for mom and best for Sweet Pea.

Q&A with SPB: What's In Your Tote Bag?

As vacation season nears, I thought it would be fun to do a travel post.  Whether you are going on your "babymoon" with your love before your Sweet Pea arrives, or if you are traveling with your Sweet Peas who are earthside, using non-toxic products makes vacation safer and more enjoyable for your body and your Sweet Pea...healthy bodies can take advantage of all the pleasures and indulgences of a vacation.

We travel with a Be Prepared in Sea Amo 
by Jujube+tokidoki


We have meandered our way to a more natural lifestyle.

Bonus Class: Healthy Habits

We were happy to welcome Dr. Ross back to our class this week.  Every session, we offer a bonus class with him so he can share his perspective on having a healthy pregnancy from a physical, chemical and emotional standpoint.  He also share information about chiropractic care for pregnancy, postpartum, and the newborn.  The last portion of class is dedicated to teaching techniques that may be helpful if the couple experiences back labor.  It is a full and awesome class!
 
Today I am sharing a couple of segments as they relate to the physical aspect: nutrition.
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