Savor, Honor, and Enjoy Your Pregnancy
1. The bubbles of first feelings
2. Your baby’s heartbeat
3. Journaling your experience
4. Legacy, Journey, and Community
How do you breastfeed?
How much and how often do you breastfeed?
How long do I feed my baby at each feeding?
How often should I switch sides when breastfeeding?
How often should I burp my baby?
How do I know my baby has eaten enough?
If you have more questions that aren’t addressed here, we are lucky to have a local resource that is thorough and moderated by respected lactation professionals called BreastfeedChicago.org. For lists of lactation professionals in your area, several troubleshooting resources, or a community of support, consider putting it on your favorites tab.
Reiki For Postpartum Healing
Postpartum healing and recovery are one of the great myths of childbirth. With expectations of bouncing back, or of 40 days of rest and solitude, most people fall short of either ideal extreme. The spectrum of healing is vast, and there are too few stories of how those in the majority are managing their care after birth. We hope to share how on Reiki may be a recovery aid for those people who are in the majority, looking for options on how to cope with life after birth.
Postpartum recovery is usually referring to the period in the first weeks and months after a person has a baby.
Past clients have found Reiki helpful for:
- Clearing fear-based energy (yours or others)
- Clearing the mind and improving focus
- Connecting with baby
- Emotional stress
- Fear releasing
- Improving blood pressure
- Increasing energy
- Releasing birth trauma
- Relieving aches and pain from tension
Reiki For Pregnancy
Here are a few ways Reiki may be beneficial for you during your pregnancy:
- Strengthen the bond between you and your child.
- Reduce stress and anxiety, and increase feelings of calm.
- Unlock fears or blocked chakras
- Reduce feelings of fatigue and nausea.
- Help with insomnia
- Body aches
Blessings, Rituals, and Ways to Honor Your Pregnancy Journey
Imagine walking into a pleasant and caring space where you are the focus of an afternoon. There is no one there who adds to your anxiety, and everyone who you hope to see when you are at your most vulnerable.
4 Common Pregnancy Complaints and Holistic Solutions
4 Common Pregnancy Complaints
and Holistic Solutions
We have put together some holistic solutions to some of the most common pregnancy concerns.
Nausea – For some, nausea never comes, and for others, it can last through the entire pregnancy. However, for most, nausea typically comes mid-way through the first trimester and continues until the beginning or middle of the 2nd trimester.
- Ginger – be it tea, a ginger chew, or a cookie, consuming ginger has helped many with pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting.
- Peppermint – Drinking peppermint tea, eating peppermint candy, or even smelling peppermint through a diffuser can be helpful. *Peppermint can adversely impact breastfeeding relationships once the baby is born, however, using during pregnancy is not typically harmful
- Eating small but frequent meals with protein, like yogurt, nuts, or chocolate milk.
- Acupuncture – Nausea is one reason of many that having a relationship with an acupuncturist through pregnancy can be helpful.
- Regular stretching in the morning and evening, such as yoga
- Staying hydrated
- Taking deep breaths throughout the day to help expel any build up of lactic acid
- Increase potassium consumption such as bananas, sweet potatoes, or spinach
- Begin receiving regular prenatal massage
- Get plenty of rest
- Diet rich in fiber
- Staying hydrated
- Chiropractic care for alignment support
- Regular exercises, such as pregnancy yoga or walking
- Toilet Stool
- Finding ways to reduce stress
- Establishing a relationship with a physical therapist with training in pelvic floor health
- Consider Yoga courses with a focus on pelvic floor
- Breathing and full relaxation when using the restroom to allow for your bladder to be emptied entirely
- Schedule and take frequent bathroom breaks
Self Love This Valentine’s Day
Self Love this Valentine’s Day
While many people are thinking about passion with Valentine’s day arriving soon, perhaps a little compassion will be extended as well. And not generally speaking – but love and compassion for working towards a healthier you.
Looking inward and having a vulnerable personal conversation about what you want, what you need, and how you wish to walk through the world is a gutsy gift to yourself this Valentine’s day. The questions get asked over and over, and how often do we stop and find a real answer to, “What do you want?”
What do you want to give in relationships?
How do you want to be treated?
What impact will you have?
However, before all of that. Before looking outward, the brave first step is to love your whole self and practice radical acceptance. All of your parts – those you are proud of and those you hide because of embarrassment or shame – all of those parts together make up the body, mind, and spirit of the unique you: a person who is deserving of the best and is capable of individual thoughts and feelings and change.
Connecting with ourselves is more than self care practices like an herbal bath or a pedicure (which are important too!). It’s taking an in-depth look into what helps us feel whole, and the things we each need to belong genuinely. For many, there is a need to heal wounds that get inflicted as we assimilate into a culture or society.
Take time for yourself to explore what needs attention. One way to do this is to tune into Stephi Wagner as she describes the “mother wound” and helps people understand that there is an innate need for healing. More so, that we are all born into a pattern of being a person who is ready to re-connect, but that our parents, and ourselves as parents, are often not supported socially enough to then give to our babies and children.
- Feeling like we are “not enough”
- Feeling like we are “too much”
- Being tone policed by others for our authentic feelings
- Feeling shame about our authentic feelings
- Struggling to make and maintain boundaries
- Shame storms: “I AM a bad mistake” (shame) rather than “I made a bad mistake” (guilt)
- Feeling responsible for other people’s feelings
- Accepting poor treatment from other people
- Self-sabotaging by backing away on the brink of a success
- Attenuation: trying to stay small in body, mind, impact,
Do you have any thoughts you would like to share about your healing journey? Please post below and join us on our Facebook Page.
Surviving Winter Pregnancy
Surviving Winter Pregnancy
Being pregnant during winter months brings unique challenges to the forefront, and we’re not talking about trying to find a jacket that fits comfortably around your torso. No, winter months are simply a lot of work for pregnant people, on top of other difficulties that can come from pregnancy.
If you are pregnant this winter, we hope it is an experience filled with cozy fires and relaxation in your home, and not red-noses and shuffling down the sidewalk on the lookout for icy patches.
A few common complaints about being a winter pregnancy have to do with the weather and soreness and muscle pain. The cold weather can make anyone’s muscles tense! If you have hunched shoulders, back and hip pain, or tight calf or shin pain from taking shorter steps in the cold, take a big deep breath…
…and take a bath.
I know, I know! They say to avoid baths with super hot temperatures. We are not advocating for you to raise your body temperature so significantly that you are sweating while bathing. What we are saying, is that in the winter, finding a way to be completely surrounded by a warmth that promotes a certain distance from the world is hard to find. Being in the water is one way to have some of that distance.
For sore muscles, we suggest adding Epsom salts to your water. And don’t be shy. Add a full cup or two. Let the stresses from the day slowly ease out and enjoy some time to be fully in your mind and your body.
If you are concerned about dry winter skin being exacerbated by the bath, add a small amount of body oil to your water. When you are ready to leave the water, take a minute before grabbing a towel, to rub in the thin layer of bath oil into your skin to help keep dryness at bay.
After getting warm and relaxed, take a few moments to really stretch. If possible and desired, have your partner give a gentle massage on the places you feel most sore. Here is a great guided video.
Another common complaint during a winter pregnancy is treating sickness or keeping it at bay. Many over the counter medicines are not recommended during pregnancy, as well as many other medications.
So what can you do to keep a cold at bay?
Bone Broth – Essentially long-simmered stock to allow as much of the bone collagen to seep into the fluid of the broth. Some choose to roast the bones in the oven before starting their Bone Broth to help with flavor and for a deep brown color. It is not the same as any stock you find in the store, and it is recommended by home remedy purists to make your own or have it come from a loving friend, especially if your friend is a kitchen witch. It is great for your hair, nails, and skin, but also promotes strong gut health.
Elderberry syrup – With vitamins A, B, and C stimulating the immune system, and the berries seem to be able to “disarm the enzyme virus’s use to penetrate healthy cells.” It can be hand-made, but is also readily available as a syrup or gummy. Cote has some delicious syrup in stock in her Our Healing Roots Etsy store. This syrup been help to stave off sickness in our families for many cold and flu seasons!
Wash your hands with soap. Often. Bacteria and viruses have extended living time on surfaces and can be easily transferred through touch and the air. Some viruses live longer in the cold weather, and that paired with the closer contact of us all staying inside more often in colder months can increase the likelihood of spread illness.
If you are interested in learning more about a medication you would like to take or are currently taking, MotherToBaby has an extensive fact sheet database you can search.
If you are looking for herbal remedies, there is still reason to do your research. Luckily we have a trained herbalist here on staff, Cote Garceau, who is skilled in discussing the purpose and methods for using natural medicine that can support you. You can find Cote’s herbal work here or you can search locally to find an herbalist near you. Here are is a great blog on the use of herbs during pregnancy by the amazing Aviva Romm.