Can You Prevent Morning Sickness?

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Is there any way to prevent morning sickness? I’m on a mission to find that out. I’ve had severe morning sickness for all three of my pregnancies, but this last time was by far the worst. I wasn’t officially diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (the pregnancy complication of excessive vomiting/nausea that can sometimes be dangerous.) But… [read more]

7 Things to Never (EVER) Say to a Pregnant Woman

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OK, so at 33 weeks pregnant with my third little one, I was getting grouchy and irritable with third trimester discomforts. And then there’s the fact that I’m only 5’2” (OK, fine! 5’ 1.5”!) and because there’s just nowhere for baby to go but out, I always carry huge. Even though I’m on round three,… [read more]

My Secret to Beating Pregnancy Stress and Worry

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It is about to get deep up in here and my crazy is for sure going to show. There is nothing like a pregnancy to make all your anxiety disorders come to life, add in that you have suffered a prior miscarriage and frankly pregnancy can become terrifying. It was my first pregnancy, my husband… [read more]

Placenta Encapsulation

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Last year I took a certification course from Full Circle Encapsulation and learned how to encapsulate placentas. I had no intention of doing it for a living, but I am so glad I got the information.  I feel that information about placentas is really a lost art and I am thrilled to be a part… [read more]

Bed Rest Tips (and only a little complaining)

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I do not want to terrify all you pregnant women out there as I tell my story of what has become the craziest ride of my life. Full of ups and downs, highs and lows and moments that I may or may not have absolutely lost all sense of reality (let’s call it what it… [read more]

Balancing Hormones for Conception

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Since this spring I have felt the call and tug of a little soul wanting into our family.  At first the tug was gentle and patient because I was not ready yet. I flatly asked the soul for patience during our communication through meditation (check out this guided meditation I recorded to help you connect with… [read more]

The Intersection of Childbirth, Motherhood, Self Discovery, and Healing

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As much as we all want motherhood to be sunshine and roses all the time, the reality is that in between the beautiful and perfect moments, the majority of the time it is the most difficult thing in the world.  Not just simply because of manual labor and exhaustion involved, but because of the emotional… [read more]

7 Natural Ways to Avoid an Induction

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You passed your due date. You’re huge, uncomfortable, sick of being pregnant, and oh-so-eager to meet your baby. Your midwife or OB-GYN suggests an induction. Do you have any other options? Yes! There are many natural ways to help kick labor into gear and they’re worth trying before scheduling that induction! Why Avoid an Induction?… [read more]

From Maiden to Mother eCourse is HERE!!

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I know that I was put on this planet to help mamas and babies. No matter what I have done that last past 15 years, it has been some sort of manifestation of helping mamas and babies. And now, I am pleased to announce that the From Maiden to Mother eCourse is here! **UPDATE** Course… [read more]

How to Make the Best of Cesarean Birth

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The cesarean birth rate in our country is 32.8%. We as a country are ranked 47th in the world in maternal death rates and 34th in infant death rates. The cesarean birth rate has risen nearly 60% from the most recent low in 1996. Of course I appreciate modern medicine when truly needed and I… [read more]

Causes of a Displaced Uterus

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This is the year of the uterus here at M+BL!  I took a life-changing training back in January about how to put a uterus back into it’s proper place.  I also learned about all the health issues that can manifest in women who have a displaced uterus and some amazing self-healing tools like Vaginal Steam… [read more]

The Period Frown

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Tell me, tell me, please, I am not alone in suffering from the period frown. That moment when you realize Aunt Flo has arrived and despite the fact that you are not even trying to get pregnant, actually you are trying to NOT get pregnant, you still frown at the thought of no new life… [read more]

9 Tips for Accurate Blood Pressure Readings

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photo credit High blood pressure during pregnancy is a serious condition not to be messed around with. Although it is entirely possible to have an otherwise healthy pregnancy and delivery, getting diagnosed with hypertension is usually just the beginning of a cascade of interventions for most births, whether or not there are any other issues… [read more]

Maiden to Mother Ebook ReLaunch!

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This eBook has been a labor of love and I am pumped to share the revised and updated version with you today!  A new cover and a totally redesigned layout, making it easier to read and way prettier to look at it! If you are trying to conceive, pregnant or a new mom – then… [read more]

Postpartum is 3 Years, Not 6 Weeks

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That’s a picture of Miss Penelope.  She is almost three-and-a-half. I don’t know where time goes!  Seems like just yesterday I was giving birth to her. It’s weird no longer being a postpartum mom and making the transition to having a kid and not a baby. Did you know that postpartum is technically three years long?… [read more]

I Hate Pregnancy: A Handy Guide for a Tough First Trimester

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Time for some honesty: I hate being pregnant. Now don’t get me wrong. I love my babies. I love motherhood. But the first trimester and I are not friends. The first 3-4 months of pregnancy are a roller coaster of misery for me. The unyielding nausea, vomiting, and exhaustion make labor seem like a walk… [read more]

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