Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
It feels like the Arizona Summer Oven just turned on last week...after a beautiful May, we are now at the mercy of triple-digit temperatures.
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
As 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 partner and other family members 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.
Originally posted Fall 2011 - sharing today since some of our Spring 2016 mamas are starting to approach their EDD's)
your estimated due date is approaching...or maybe it has passed. Those
little ones we are carrying are happily ensconced in their warm, loving
homes. To us “carriers”, it feels like we have been pregnant forever!!
remember that feeling very well. We have always had the good fortune
of having our babies before our due date. I am mentally preparing for
this baby to be the one that teaches us how to wait.
I had the pleasure of meeting Meredith Carder at the Baby Bonanza + Child Expo in May (photojournalHERE). She took the time to answer our SPB interview questions so we could share her amazing program with you.
Photos by Kristen Carter Photography
SPB: What motivated you to get involved with Baby Boot Camp?
MC:As a mom of three I know how hard it is to make time for exercise when caring for a baby. Many gym daycares won’t take young babies. Those babies that are old enough sometimes don’t do well in that setting and mom is spending her entire workout worrying about her child.
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.
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.
Ready, Set, Baby Class
Saturday, May 10
Ready, Set, Baby will talk about what happens right after the
birth of your baby and how to help mom heal better and feel better. We will
practice bathing, dressing and swaddling babies; please bring a doll. This
class also covers: Normal newborn appearance Newborn procedures Signs and
symptoms of newborn illness Safe sleep/Co-sleeping Infant CPR This class
briefly covers breastfeeding, please sign up for Breastfeeding Basics for
I first "met" Rhondda Evans Hartman after the publication of her second book, "Natural Childbirth Exercises for the Best Birth Ever
". As with many meetings these days, our first interactions were via email, Twitter and Facebook. Through the course of correspondence, it was arranged for her to come visit Phoenix, Arizona. That visit finally happened last weekend. It was such a treat to meet her in person!
As it turns out, my suspicion that her personality is the "real deal" was more than true.
I am so sorry we have not been very active on the blog this week. We have been doing extra-spiffy Spring cleaning around the house since we are hosting a very special guest this weekend!
We are thrilled beyond words to welcome Rhondda Hartman to Arizona. She will be leading some Bradley Method® teacher training sessions, as well as appearing at a public event. You can meet the author ofNatural Childbirth Exercises for Your Best Birth Everthis weekend in Tempe, Arizona!
years, she taught classes and trained and supervised other teachers in
husband-coached childbirth for Dr.
I am thrilled to be able to officially announce that Rhondda Evans Hartman, a pioneer of the natural birth movement in the US and award-winning author, is paying us a special visit in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend!
You may have seenTHIS
mantra on here a few months ago (artwork by our very talented student,Jon Garza
Rhondda's philosophy on birth is exactly what we teach in The Bradley Method. Her exercises that she designed for Dr. Bradley's patients are the ones that we are still teaching in classes today.
Welcome to today's guest blogger, Koren Michelle. She is the founder of Total Momma + Family Care, providing postpartum care, family fitness and nutrition classes, and support for mamas at all stages of their parenting journey.
I had my son in 2010, I didn’t know anyone with kids. All of our family is back in Ohio. I was on my own. However, I knew I wanted a homebirth. I was determined to succeed with
breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and babywearing.
While I did succeed with all of these things, that first year was TOUGH.