A few years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I was really interested in educating myself on what to expect during birth and after. Some mamas don’t take any classes, which I can understand. However, in the absence of living in communities with mothers, aunts, and grandmothers who educate us on what to expect, we often find ourselves having to seek out information.
I was interested in educating myself on what to expect. I took classes in hypnobirthing with my doula, which were amazing, and breastfeeding, which were essential. It was especially good to have my spouse take them too even though we were both not sure that it would be necessary. It was.
Another class that not many people take but was important to me was on cloth diapering. I was committed to cloth diapering our baby for all of its benefits, including less impact on the environment, less money and waste, and better potty training outcomes for baby. It takes 500 years for diapers to decompose and most...
Baby massage is a stimulating experience that engages all of baby’s senses. Why is it important for baby to have a multi-sensory experience?
In the early years, baby is creating the structure for his or her brain, based on what he or she is observing in the environment. The newborn brain develops two to three million synapses a second! These synapses create the route for sensory messages to reach the brain and become permanent the more they are used.
“Multisensory teaching techniques stimulate the brain in a variety of ways so that each sensory system becomes more developed and higher functioning. This improves essential functions of the brain such as listening skills, movement, vision, tactile recognition and conceptualization.”
Studies have found that mom just looking at baby or smiling at baby, for example, is not quite enough in terms of social connection. For bonding, the engagement really has to be multi-sensory. They need to feel you, hear you, and be...
No parent needs to discover that their infant has a potentially severe nut allergy while having their first birthday celebratory cake. In 2016, that’s where we found ourselves. I had family visiting, who don’t eat eggs, so I made a vegan cake made of cashews and walnuts. After her first bite in, my daughter started breaking out in a rash and then came the vomiting. My husband and cousins rushed out to get Benadryl. We were able to get it under control, but we were terrified.
We immediately made an appointment to see the pediatrician, who feared a nut allergy and referred us to a well-known allergist in Arlington. Neither of us had a family history, and I ate lots of nuts in pregnancy and postpartum, so it came as a surprise.
After skin pricks and blood tests that left all of us drained, it confirmed our fear and worse. My daughter was allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, eggs, and sesame seeds. We were devastated, fearful for her wellbeing, and worried how we would...
Before I entered the world of essential oils, I thought they were a nice luxury to have around the house. I had no idea the plethora of benefits they held in their potency. I was overwhelmed though by all the choices, and, like anything else, delving in was a financial commitment. I interviewed two essential oil experts from DoTeRRA and Young Living for the Vyana Infant Massage Course to learn more and to help simplify such decisions for parents. To start, you want to make sure you are purchasing organic oils from a reputable company and following recommendations of 1-2 drops for little ones.
So, what are the top oils for parents to have? Here is my list of the top 4:
1. Lavender: Lavender is the most versatile oil that you can have, so it is a must for your tool chest. It helps with everything from sleep and relaxation (yes, please!) to skin eruptions and bug bites. It smells great and babies can tolerate it, so you can apply directly, place it in a diffuser, or diffuse it in a...
"The long-term benefit of homeopathy to the patient is that it not only alleviates the presenting symptoms but it reestablishes internal order at the deepest levels and thereby provides a lasting cure." - George Vithoulkas
I thought my first real experience with homeopathy was when my daughter was teething, but I actually had experienced its benefits for years. This experience, though, solidified my enthusiasm for adding it to my mom as Chief Medical Officer arsenal.
When my daughter was teething, we tried the typical interventions like teething rings, frozen washcloths, etc. but nothing seemed to work. We didn’t want to medicate, which is now discouraged by doctors. So, we looked for natural interventions. The amber teething necklace was one that did work for us. One day when she was fussy, we put it on, and she immediately calmed down. The amber contains succinic acid, found in broccoli, which has anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties and provides pain relief when...
When I was pregnant with my daughter, like other moms, the baby registry was one of the most daunting tasks to complete. An entire industry profits on the fear and uncertainty of first time moms, who have anxiety about what they can expect and how they will manage motherhood. We are made to feel that the right product will make our transition to motherhood easier. We will rock motherhood, if we have that perfect stroller or the warmer to heat the wipes or the expensive nursery. What a scam!
Friends, who had their babies before I did, sent me their spreadsheets with products, links, reviews, costs, and their own research, a spreadsheet worthy of any company. There were pages and pages of products. The minimalist in me (read: clutter phobe) was selective but still ended up getting more than I needed.
There is a significant difference between what you think you need and what you get vs what you actually need and use once baby arrives. You also don't know what...
Conscious Pregnancy Guest Blog for Goodhew Photography
When mamas are pregnant, they're educated about the importance of eating well and being active but there is so much more to that. Take a look at my guest post for Goodhew Photography:
“Typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat”
“Only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week”
"Roughly 20% of Americans have a sleep disorder. Since 1985 the percentage of adults getting less than six hours sleep each night has increased by 31%.”
“In the United States, about 55 percent of adults said they had experienced stress during “a lot of the day” prior, compared with just 35 percent globally.”
“1 in 5 Americans rarely, if ever, feel close to others, and only about half, 53 percent, report having meaningful, in-person social interactions with friends or family on a daily basis.”
We know very well the staggering physical, emotional, social, and mental health statistics in America. We can also venture to understand why we have those statistics....
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Turmeric. Ghee. Quinoa. Acai. Palo Santos. The list goes on. What do all of these items have in common? Well, they’ve been in existence and in use by ancient cultures for thousands of years and are subject to cultural appropriation.
As I was growing up, when cold season and the inevitable sniffles came around, the ancient Indian concoctions made their appearance. Against much resistance, my parents urged us to try these home remedies. One of these was a cup of warm milk with turmeric. This is better known today as a “golden milk latte.” We made faces at the taste and questioned the ability of something put together in a kitchen to heal us (I've since grown the wiser).
For many years, until I was in my 20’s, allopathy and western medicine were where I placed my faith, value, and importance. These people know what they're talking about with their white coats and fancy commercials.
There was so much of the ancient Indian culture and spirituality that I had at my...