Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
"I deserve to nourish my body and my baby with fresh, energizing food every day."
The one thing we can all do for our growing sweet peas is make an effort to eat well. As we come into the summer season, there is the opportunity to purchase from local farmers at community markets, and there are LOTS of sales at the stores.
If you need to watch the budget, check out your grocery store circulars that come in the mail. I also like theEWG Dirty Dozenlist. You can see it online or download it as an "app" on the smart phone.
This has grounded me so well lately. It's a great validation that I really have all I need to handle life's ups and downs...because as sure as the tides rise and fall, just as the waves crest and break...so moves the rhythm of life.
It has been a great comfort to remember that I do not have to do it alone. Part of the "all I need" are the friends, allies, and resources that can be called in to help when it all gets to be too much. I can call a friend for a heart-to-heart talk, I can call a family member to come help when I can't make it to all the places I need to go, there are tremendous resources available to us online.
There is the elusive, "I will be happy when" or "I will be fulfilled when" that is inherent in much of the positive-thinking, goal-oriented, resolution-focused thinking that is pervasive in our culture.
What about now??
One of the reasons I love this affirmation is that it invites me to be happy and joyful NOW. It is also inviting me to think outside of myself and do for other. By finding joy and happiness in the service of others, I have the opportunity to have joy and happiness every moment.
"I am radiantly beautiful, and my baby is too."
I love this affirmation. You can be beautiful, and then there is radiantly beautiful.
Pregnancy, especially a first one, is potentially full of moments when we are trying to accept the physical changes that are taking over our body. There is no way to stop them, they just are. In fact, they must be in order for the Sweet Pea inside of us to grow and change and be ready to meet us earthside.
If like me, you dreaded watching your body grow bigger than it ever had before, take a moment to breathe in the fact that you are growing a new human, and that you are still YOU.
"I choose to see the beauty in this whole process of bringing new life into the world."
Pregnancy is a time of many changes. Some we breeze through, others not so much.
The gift is that every day we are pregnant, is one day that we are closer to meeting our Sweet Pea. Sometimes it's hard to see the positive when we are in the throes of morning sickness, or in the final weeks of pregnancy when everything feels too big and too much as we maneuver our belly around, or anytime in between when it's just a rough day.
I am so
excited to feature Michelle Ludwig on the blog today! She is a birth doula and placenta
encapsulation specialist in the phoenix metro area.
vlog, Michelle is sharing some ideas for postpartum self-care to help make the
early days of healing and breastfeeding a little smoother – every tip helps!
Please join us to celebrate the
Willow Midwife Center for Birth+Wellness
Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
2045 S. Vineyard
Mesa, AZ 85210
Here is a preview of the silent auction:
Little Boy Blue Basket: $300
Starting Bid: $50
- $200 voucher from Julie Papia (A Graceful Beginning) for birth or postpartum doula services
- Placenta Encapsulation
from Michelle Ludwig (The Modern Mama Doula Services)
- Nursing Necklace from
Denise Franklin (Denise Doula)
- Hat+Sock Set
- Bandana Bib
Q: Is taking a Vitamin C pill as good as eating food rich in Vitamin C?
A: If that is the best you can do, then do it. Optimally, your body is looking for "bioavailable" vitamins and minerals...
During pregnancy, we encourage our students to get a daily serving of Vitamin C and five servings of Vitamin A every week.
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.
Give me an A!!
Vitamin A is involved in
immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication . Vitamin A also supports cell growth and plays
a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys,
and other organs.
Most fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin A have yellow or orange-colored flesh.