Month: May 2014

Pregnant? Let nourishment flow

Welcome to the journey of bringing a child into this world. If you are reading this it is likely that you are a woman who cares about the health of her body and baby. You, like most every woman I know may have concerns over a changing body and weight gain. Questions come to mind such as:                        Will my body ever be the same?             How much weight should I gain?             Do people think I am getting fat? Let me start by reminding you that you are not getting fat. You are having a baby which looks and feels very different than an increase in body size due to dietary weight gain and inactivity. When you are pregnant friends, family, and even perfect strangers seem to think it is now open season to comment on your size. This can be uncomfortable for a healthy, fit, body-aware woman. When this happens (and it will!) boost your  confidence with this mantra: My body and health are perfect, beautiful, and amazing. Trust  your body’s innate ability …

Post baby body can be better than pre-baby! Really.

Many women have the notion that there body will never be the same post-pregnancy. This may be true. In fact, it is actually possible to have a healthier, fitter, and happier body after pregnancy! Why? Because thanks to your new baby you have a whole new perspective on what is really important, enjoying the journey and challenges of motherhood. Far too many women are plagued by guilt and restrictions associated with food, which can bust the good mood of any new mama. I am proposing you reclaim your body with gusto by letting go of the pressure and expectation to look and be a certain way. Invite a new approach to reclaiming your body, trusting your nutrition intuition. We are smart women, it doesn’t take a doctor or a dietitian to tell us what to eat. We do know. Trust yourself and let pride be the guiding light. By trusting your gut instincts on good health and following your nutrition intuition you can reconnect to your own “inner dietitian” that has been clouded by years …

A Story of Supply and Demand: Breastmilk

There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the best nourishment for your baby. My own son, now a healthy and happy seven year-old boy, was born at twenty-six weeks and two days. It was frightening, but at the moment I delivered my body created the perfect food for him tailored by nature specifically to his one pound and fourteen ounce body. As he was whisked off to the NICU the doctor entered my room with a small little tube that could hold only 3 millileters. He stressed the importance of my ability to capture the first drops of milk, colostrum, that would be made available to my son as soon as possible. I am forever grateful for the lactation consultant that spent time with me teaching me to self-express these  tiny drops of “pure gold” that would help him to develop his premature digestive system. This was my gift to him and the only way I could put my nurturing instincts to good use. It was then that I truly understood the importance of giving …