How to Naturally Boost Your Iron Levels

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Though I’ve been somewhat low in iron in previous pregnancies, this was the first time I truly felt the physical effects of the deficiency. And in fact, this isn’t only a pregnancy-related issue, but being low in iron be a common struggle for women as we routinely lose blood (and therefore iron) with our monthly cycle. Many women are low or deficient in iron without actually realizing that’s the problem. Ensuring that we maintain strong iron stores is crucial for our overall health and well […]

How I (Finally) Had A Natural Childbirth

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By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I just had my third baby, and I (finally) had a natural childbirth. Induced and with Pitocin, even. Virtual high-five, anyone?? This was not easy, but I had planned it for a long time. I had horrific experiences with my two prior births. There was the emotional disconnection and fallout of the medicated births, but I also had spinal headaches with both of my sons. Talk about starting your newborn days out wrong! A week-long migraine is NOT the way to go! […]

Our family’s new addition {and why this was my best first trimester yet}

Our family's new addition {and why this was my best first trimester yet}

You’d think by number five I’d have learned how to announce this more creatively, but perhaps it’s that with each child, a smaller percentage of my brain seems to be left with full function. (I’m only half kidding on that.) So I’ll just come right out with it and tell you we’re excited to announce there’s a new little Langford on the way, set to arrive sometime in June 2015! As I said on my personal Facebook page: Kepler would like a baby brother. Johanna wants […]

What I Wish I Could Have Told My Pregnant Self

What I Wish I Could Have Told My Pregnant Self {KeeperoftheHome.org}

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions; talk to your doctor or midwife about pregnancy, postpartum and newborn concerns. You know how hindsight is 20/20? I wish I had a way to talk to myself when I was pregnant with my first child. There’s so much I want to share. You know what I’d say? I know how scared you are. I know you know absolutely nothing about bringing up babies, but that’s OK. Relax. […]

10 Questions for Expectant Moms to Ask BEFORE the Third Trimester

10 Questions for Expectant Moms to Ask BEFORE the Third Trimester

Christina has been a semi-regular guest poster over the years here at KOTH, and I love her posts for several reasons, but the main one is that she is nothing if not well-researched and thorough. Her meaty posts show off her passion for digging deep into hard, controversial issues, and then using that information to empower women to make their own educated decisions. — Stephanie Guest Post by Christina Szrama As a new doula, I’ve spent the past year learning a lot through trial and […]

Three Attitude Adjustments During Pregnancy

Three Attitude Adjustments During Pregnancy

                  By Natalie, Contributing Writer Pregnancy is such a mixed bag, don’t you think? On the one hand you have the miracle of LIFE filling your body. On the other hand you also get the garden variety of emotions and physical stresses that come with the complete package. If you’re lucky, that is. If you’re not so lucky, you get worse. That can include anything from bed rest to miscarriage to infant loss. But wait a minute. […]

5 Practices of Natural Mothering

5 Practices of Natural Mothering

Please note that today’s post is not intended to make any mother feel “unnatural” or that this way of mothering is “better” than or superior to other ways. I am friends with plenty of mothers who do not chose these practices, and many of them are much better mothers than I am! This post is simply to educate moms new to natural living about several aspects of what comprises “natural motherhood.” By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I first became a mom nearly five years […]

First Steps to Eating for Fertility

First Steps to Eating for Fertility

Note from Stephanie: Many years ago, I connected with fellow blogger Donielle Baker through the realization that we shared a common struggle of infertility due to having a diagnosis of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). What bonded us further was that we were both using real foods, herbal remedies and supplements, and making natural lifestyle changes to address the hormone imbalances of PCOS– and wonder of wonders, these lifestyle changes really worked! While I continued to focus on healthy living and homemaking in general, Donielle saw […]