Healthy Pregnancy Super Foods eBook: Want to Win a Copy?

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Am I the only one who has begun a pregnancy with a super-nutritious daily checklist of foods to eat posted on my fridge? 2 servings of orange fruits or veggies, 2 servings of green veggies, 4 servings of dairy, 100 grams of protein. It was with the very best intentions that I made just such a list (but far longer than the version above!) during my first pregnancy. I was determined to eat only the most excellent foods to nurture my sweet baby and myself […]

What is “Real” Health?

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer These days, it’s hard to pinpoint what health really is.  Our country’s health is going down the tubes – there are constantly reports on how more and more people are suffering from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic infections, stomach disorders, reproductive disorders/infertility, cancer, neurological disorders, learning disabilities….  And yet, if you talk to most people, they’ll claim “Yes!  My family is pretty healthy!” Something doesn’t match up.  How can individual people believe that they are “generally healthy,” yet we […]

A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils, Part 2

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Guest Post by Kimberly of Fertility Flower Continuing on from yesterday’s post on the safe use of essential oils in pregnancy, and the first two oils, Lavender and Bergamot. Using Neroli, Chamomile and Geranium Like bergamot, Neroli is part of the family of citrus essential oils. Also known as ‘orange blossom,’ it requires 1000 blossoms to arrive at 1 pound of oil making it one of the most precious essential oils available. Neroli essential oil is fantastic for skin regeneration making it an excellent choice […]

A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils

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Guest Post by Kimberly of Fertility Flower **Stephanie’s note: I had originally intended to put up a tomato canning tutorial tomorrow, but this post was long, and yet so full of good information, whether you are pregnant or simply want to learn more about the use of essential oils! So it will continue tomorrow, and you can expect the canning post on Monday… see you then!** As botanical products, essential oils smell divine but I’m not sure how much weight people place on their power […]

Exercises for Pregnancy and Beyond

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Guest Post Written by Angela While many exercises are considered to be safe during pregnancy, some are a lot more beneficial than others. Exercises that are especially important for the expectant mother are those that will help support Mom’s changing body pre- and postpartum and increase strength and flexibility to the muscles needed during labor. With increased joint laxity during pregnancy, it is more critical than ever to have well-toned, balanced muscles to increase joint stability and decrease pain. The Transversus Abominis Muscle Probably the […]

Natural Bonding with Baby During Pregnancy

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Guest Post Written by Michele When I was pregnant with my son, we chose not to do regular ultrasounds and other prenatal testing. This choice was met by surprise from many women, who assumed that an ultrasound/testing was essential for their information, “peace of mind,” and bonding with their unborn baby. I am not writing this to offend, but hope that in sharing my experiences, it will encourage you to find joy in the simple, traditional pursuits of natural pregnancy. I personally believe that ultrasounds or other tests should […]

Winner of the Naturally Knocked Up eCourse!

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The lucky winner of this fantastic eCourse is: Hannah O. Registration for the Naturally Knocked Up eCourse will be continuing only until July 16th, so if you’re thinking of signing up, do so quickly! Did you miss the first post and want to know more about what this course is all about? Read my overview of the course, or visit the eCourse info page!

Naturally Knocked Up Ecourse Giveaway!

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Are you one of the countless women who has suffered from infertility or miscarriages, and is looking for natural help with conceiving or carrying a baby to term? Or are you currently pregnant or planning for future children, and wanting to know how to best prepare your body and give your baby the very best chance of a healthy start? For women in either situation, I am so excited to announce to you that my dear blogging friend, Donielle of Naturally Knocked Up, has created […]