Guest Post Written by: Dr. Janina Duliunas
As a doula, I think of myself a little like Mary Poppins’ bag – full of resources that can help ease your transition to parenthood. One resource that tends to get used over and over? Essential oils! I recently shared my top oils for pregnancy, birth & beyond over at Mother Muse Magazine.
Coffee is such a crutch for many new parents who want to avoid feeling like a zombie after a restless night. But the caffeine content might not be the best way to recover from your night feeds, and in fact, can cause even more hormonal craziness than what you’re already facing in the postpartum period. This post isn’t to make you feel even more mom shame, because coffee is a staple for most of us. Instead, I’ve gathered a post of nutritious alternatives to get your morning energy back, because we can’t always get a full night of zzzs with a little one in the house.
the holidays are right around the corner (seriously - where did 2018 go?) & that means it’s time for all things holiday shopping. between baby registries and prenatal appointments, putting together your own wish list might have fallen to the wayside.
thus, here is the official 2018 birth boss holiday gift guide for the mama-to-be.
Fuelling your body with the right vitamins and nutrients is a great way to kick start your baby-making bod into gear, and fuel your future little one too. Healthy eating isn’t about dividing food into good or bad categories, but rather, I encourage my clients to think about how nutrient-rich food makes you feel. Click through for the ABCs of Fertility Nutrition.
We’re not talking about giving your baby face masks here... But babies need skin care routines too. When we picture our perfect little newborns, we imagine their skin being silky soft, smooth and smelling so fresh you want it bottled as a perfume. In reality, that can be pretty far from the truth. Newborn skin can get pretty funky; it can be flaky, dry, bumpy, discoloured - you name it.
You’ve scavenged through Pinterest, read all the blogs, and have spent hours perfecting your wishlist. Your baby is going to have all the things it needs to thrive, but have you thought about registering for gifts that will help you and your family as you transition to parenthood? Check out our top 5 unconventional baby registry items that will ease your postpartum period.
Sunspots, hormonal acne & stretch marks - oh my! When you announce that you’re expecting, one of the number one comments that people throw out is “you’re glowing,” and it can be a real downer when you feel anything but. I went straight to the clean beauty experts at The Detox Market in Yorkville - one of my favourite all-natural beauty stores - to hear about all their recommendations. Read through for doula-approved skincare solutions to all your pregnancy skin care struggles.
It’s finally happened. Your baby has gone to sleep, your partner is dozing away, you’ve tucked yourself in and boom - nothing. All you’ve been talking about is how exhausted you are, and when the moment comes around, your brain has a million tabs open and you can’t seem to hit the off button. Read these tips to catch up on your zzzs with a little one at home.
Listen along with us and learn how to take back your power during pregnancy, what the heck a birth vision board is (hint, it may or may not be like a Pinterest board), and why doulas are actually important to help support the dads/other moms/support person in the room.
Meeting your OB for the first time is like dating. Maybe you heard about them through a friend’s recommendation, or maybe you found them on the internet - but the first time you meet face-to-face, you’re going to have a lot of questions. While you should also ask about things that matter to you and your family, I’ve compiled this list of must-ask questions for your first OB prenatal appointment.
Pelvic floor health is a hot topic in the health and wellness community, but what does it mean? First off, the pelvic floor is made up of layers of muscles that serve as a hammock in the pelvis. These muscles are key in supporting the pelvic organs, which helps out with sexual, bladder and bowel function. Focus on the five elements below throughout your pregnancy to reduce the likelihood of pelvic floor dysfunction after baby.