Fertile and Fit: Best Prenatal Workout Tools
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Fertile and Fit: Best Prenatal Workout Tools

Fertile and Fit: Best Prenatal Workout Tools Originally posted by Amy Tara Koch on bumpitupstyle.com Fudge, not fitness, is usually top of mind when you are pregnant.   But, let me tell you from experience, exercise makes a huge impact on how you gain the baby weight.  I hardly exercised in my first pregnancy and the…

What If I Don’t Choose to Breastfeed?
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What If I Don’t Choose to Breastfeed?

We are rounding the last lap of the National Month celebrating Breastfeeding.  We have shared stories and been inspired by women all month in our twitter parties and FB chats on their experiences nursing.  We have supported a day of public nursing in in LA County, #Boobolution.  And we have provided vital information and linked…

New Generation of Breastfeeding Moms Need Support
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New Generation of Breastfeeding Moms Need Support

  Image by Ingrid Franz Moriarty Its true that breastfeeding is “natural”, that the reason why the human race exists is because throughout history mothers fed their newborns with breastmilk.  This is just a fact.  Before formula existed, we existed because of breastmilk.  Interestingly since the introduction of formula, women have lost the natural ability…

Nesting Into the Heart of Pregnancy with Scrapbooking
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Nesting Into the Heart of Pregnancy with Scrapbooking

A friend of mine created this beautiful one-of-a-kind quilted binder cover many years ago, and it was so pretty I didn’t know what to do with it! She knew I loved warm, bright colors and designed it just for my personality. It sat in my closet waiting for a special occasion. The time finally came…

Pediatrician Tips on How to Prevent Choking in Babies/Toddlers
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Pediatrician Tips on How to Prevent Choking in Babies/Toddlers

We continue to drive the message of baby safety this month.  Many thanks to Dr. Nina Shapiro, Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at UCLA for partnering with us in some blogs this month as well as in our upcoming Twitter Party on Monday September 15th – #SafeBaby. As any of us with children know, babies and…

Fever Fever on the Wall ….. One Mother’s Journey
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Fever Fever on the Wall ….. One Mother’s Journey

Fever Fever on the wall….One Mother’s Journey Caring for my child last weekend with a high fever confronted me with the reality that I have “fever phobia”.  A blog I was reading on Dr.Greene.com described me perfectly; basically panicking that the fever my child was exhibiting would somehow be the end of her.  Of course…

Your Well Being Depends On This One Simple Thing
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Your Well Being Depends On This One Simple Thing

If you’re reading this, you’re at least a small part of the disconnect we, as mothers and fathers, have with nature. Many of us are first-generation digital natives, having been brought up with technology as part of our daily lives. We have begun to lose touch with ourselves, as Dr. Carl Gustav Jung implicated many years…

Dr. Alyssa Berlin’s 5 Key Principles for Happy Parents and Effective Parenting
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Dr. Alyssa Berlin’s 5 Key Principles for Happy Parents and Effective Parenting

I want to share some principles for happy parents and effective parenting. But before I do, I want you to know that I am a firm believer that your ability to care for others, be it a partner or a child, stems from nurturing yourself. If you are completely depleted than you have nothing to…

Eating for Two: Staples to Reach for When Every Bite Counts
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Eating for Two: Staples to Reach for When Every Bite Counts

Part of being pregnant is feeding your growing baby—with every bite of food you eat. It can be hard to pay attention to what those bites should consist of, especially when you’re both nauseated and hungry. Most pregnancy books and blogs suggest the usual: a diet of fresh, whole foods—and lots of them. But what…

DIY Nature’s Pregnancy Pain Relief Kit
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DIY Nature’s Pregnancy Pain Relief Kit

Who doesn’t have the occasional sore back or achy feet with pregnancy? Here’s a great little kit you can make yourself to help soothe yourself when your maternity massage therapist is on vacation. It’s a great money-saving quick fix, too. It’s especially fun to use when your significant other can help! What You Need –Essential…

Second Month of Pregnancy: Survival Mode
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Second Month of Pregnancy: Survival Mode

Image by Ingrid Franz Moriarty By the second month, most moms-to-be know they’re expecting. This stage may seem a bit surreal in your mind, while your body faces reality head-on. Many experience fatigue, breast tenderness, digestive upsets and “morning sickness,” which can honestly be “all day sickness.” Nausea and throwing up lie on a spectrum…