Category: Pregnancy

What is Placenta Encapsulation and Why You’d Want to do It

What is placenta encapsulation? This pregnancy related trend is one the rise in the western world only recently but it’s been part of eastern medicine for ages! 10 years ago, if you had heard about placenta encapsulation, you would have thought the person telling you had something seriously wrong with them. Today, you might still be shocked to hear someone mention placenta encapsulation but it is becoming more common. And there’s good reasons to give placenta encapsulation a thought when you are preparing for childbirth! Things are about to get a big messy… are you ready? What is Placenta...

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Ways to Make Your Postpartum Recovery Easier

The following is a guest post from Stormy of The Happy Herbal Home. If you’re pregnant you’re super excited (and probably a bit anxious) to meet your new little bundle. If you’re getting close to your due date, then you’ve probably already prepped really well (probably too well) for your little one’s arrival. You read the parenting books, figured out how you’re going to feed, dress, and diaper your baby. Researched your birthing options, made your choices and created your birth plan. You’ve got this whole thing figured out! All of that is great, except so many mamas forget to prepare for...

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Top 10 Health Giving Foods During Pregnancy

The following is a guest post from Suzi Richards Pregnancy and eating can be the best of friends or the worst of enemies. Either way, neither can live without the other. A pregnant woman needs to eat, and eat well. Supplements, basking a few minutes under the mild sun, and taking in the fresh outdoor air just aren’t enough. Nature and markets have made available a wide range of food products that a woman in her pregnancy can take to nourish herself and that beautiful human being developing in her. The mother has to recognize that pregnancy is the most potent window of time to...

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My Natural Hospital Childbirth

In the natural living world, a hospital birth is practically a no-no. Hospitals are seen as a bad thing and anti-natural. Yes, to some extent this is true. Obviously, if you wanted to get back to your roots and the way things were done way back when, then yes, a hospital is not the place to birth. However natural births require moms to feel comfortable in their environment and thus they should choose their birth locations accordingly. For some that is at home, for others (like me) that’s actually at a hospital. I choose to have my babies in...

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15 Tips for Having a Natural Childbirth

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I wanted a natural childbirth. I read the pregnancy and childbirth books that we’re given to me and that was about it. I had some tips in my head but for the most part, things were going to be a “grin and bear” it type labor. That method can work for some women but for the most part, if you want a natural labor you are going to need more than just a tough it out mentality. I can attest to that. My first labor was not so easy. I basically...

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Herbal Pregnancy Tea Blend

I went through my first two pregnancies completely unaware that there was such a thing as pregnancy tea or even the very basic red raspberry leaf tea. I wish I had but of course there’s no changing the past. With my third and fourth pregnancies I learned about red raspberry leaf tea and all it’s benefits. Red raspberry leaf tea by itself is an amazing thing to drink during pregnancy. I have a whole post devoted to it but in short, it helps make contractions more effective once they do start because the tea helps tone your uterus. This...

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Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! Unfortunately, that first trimester usually brings morning sickness. Not exactly the happiest symptom of pregnancy. I’m on baby #5 right now and I have to say it’s been my easiest in terms of morning sickness. Now of course there are probably a hundred reasons why this time is easier but using natural morning sickness remedies have helped a lot! To help YOU get through those moments of queasiness and nausea, I’ve created a list of some great natural morning sickness remedies.   Natural Morning Sickness Remedies Magnesium Oil Magnesium oil is the new remedy on the block....

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