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Nourish Yourself: the food groups for pregnancy

The Food Groups for Pregnancy:Grain products: Five to eleven servings daily. Include:Whole grain bread, corn tortillas, rolls, bagels, muffins, whole grain waffles or pancakes, hot grain cereals, rolled oats, cracked wheat, wheat germ, cold cereal, granola, whole grain pastas, brown rice, millet, and bulgur.Vegetables: Five servings or more daily. Include: A colorful variety of vegetables such as greens (spinach, kale, collard greens, chard, bok choy, beet greens), yellows (winter squash, sweet potatoes, summer squash, corn, carrots), and reds (beets, tomatoes, red... read more

Higher Ground: pregnancy visualization

Here is a simple visualization exercise to replace negative images about weight gain with positive ones can be very helpful.To begin, find a comfortable position of relaxation. Choose a person with whom you are comfortable to lead you through the process—or tape-record your own voice if you prefer. Let that person know ahead of time which parts of your body feel heaviest and most uncomfortable to you.You’ll be using the imagery of your breath to focus on certain parts of your body, flowing from head to toes, so that by the end of this process you are not only relaxed but... read more

Body Wise: sex in pregnancy

Pregnancy is unpredictable. You may have an aversion to sex right now; you may notice no change in your sexual desire, or you may feel more passionate than ever before. If your expectations are not the same as those of your partner, it can be an emotional challenge.Get to the bottom of whatever feelings you have. Are you embarrassed about your increased desire for sex? Do you feel guilty that sex is the last thing in the world you want right now? Do you have preconceived notions about sex during pregnancy? Are you worried that sex could harm your baby?The pointers below... read more

baby earth

Poem by Dawn Urbont   my belly grows round like the globe on Matthew's desk and i watch from above small tremors and quakes on the West Coast, waves and bulges in the Caspian Sea. he flutters and kicks, bucking bronco, tiny yogi quiet little drummer in a pool of amniotic fluid. i am his Mother Earth. i am his world, and soon he will be my sea, my shores, my coral reef.   Read more poems read more


Pregnancy and birth loss brings a devastation that aches to be understood. Acknowledging the grieving process, and knowing you are not alone, can help women heal. read more

Birth Activism

Advocate for mother-friendly birth choices to make it a reality for your community! read more

Sitz Bath

Sitz baths or full body baths can be wonderfully healing and comforting right after birth. Here are two great recipes, one for a sitz bath and one for a regular bath. A sitz bath is a shallow bath in water just high enough to cover your hipbones. They’re easier and safer than a full bath in the early days postpartum. You can enjoy one once or twice a day for three to five days after birth. They are safe as early as one hour after birth. Sitz baths are highly recommended if you have perineal soreness or tearing or had an episiotomy. Run hot water for the... read more

Breech Tilt

Is your baby breech? The Breech Tilt may help your baby turn head-down. Prepare a surface where you can lie down comfortably on the floor. Have several pillows ready. Get on your hands and knees and breathe deeply for a few minutes. Sit up. Lie down on your back on a hard surface for 10 minutes with enough pillows under your pelvis to raise it to a height of 9 to 12 inches above your head. Lie in this posture with your pelvis raised as described above twice daily for 10 minutes at a time. Perform the Breech Tilt on an empty stomach. Wear loose... read more

Baby Carriers

Instead of investing a lot of money in accessories like baby swings or bouncy infant seats, purchase one or two types of baby carriers that can do double duty: keep your baby amused and soothed and help you get back into shape. Exercise is also a great way to get out of the house and is invigorating for both you and the baby. There are many different types of baby carriers. Many mothers like slings, the unstructured carriers that hang loosely in front with the baby cradled inside. There are also front pack carriers in which the baby sits vertically... read more

Sitting Sole To Sole

This is very good for limbering inner thigh muscles. 1. Sit on the floor with your spine straight, fitting the soles of your feet together. Grasp the upper part of your feet with your hands. 2. Lift your chin to the ceiling and begin inhaling. As you inhale, pull up on your feet as far as is comfortable. 3. As you exhale, keep the pull on your feet, but relax the inner thigh muscles so that you can feel your knees drop. 4. Inhale and exhale this way 4 times. Relax by sitting cross-legged or by laying on the floor on your back. read more

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