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Pregnancy Diary

11 weeks (1st official appointment with our homebirth midwife): Peter and I went to our first prenatal visit the other week. I had been excited about it all week. My first official prenatal visit as an actual pregnant woman! The morning of the visit, I woke up full of jitters and as the morning wore on, I just couldn’t wait to get to my appointment. Even though I have taken,…

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How to Prevent Morning Sickness

How to Prevent Morning Sickness 2

**This is a guest post from my long time friend, Lindsey Morrow of MotherRisingBirth.com. She is awesomesauce! She has graciously agreed to share tons of great info from her new eBook, Morning Sickness Remedies.**   Hi! I’m Lindsey! What I’m about to share with you is of epic proportions and included in my new eBook, Morning Sickness Remedies. I almost didn’t write this post, as I thought it would giving…

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Healing From Birth Trauma

I have been working with moms for 14 years. When I say that outloud, it sounds totally crazy, because I am only 31, less than a month I will be 32, but still. I became a massage therapist, yoga instructor and energy healer at 18 and very quickly found my niche working with pregnant women and new moms. At even younger age, I vowed to heal all of my wounds…

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Some Babies Just Want to Be Carried

Stories of pregnancy loss and infant death have long been stories that I have resonated with, I connect with the stories on a personal levle because of my experience in this life time, but also I connect with them on a global, crossing all time barriers, engertic level. I believe there is a collective consciousness of mothers, and that when one mother experiences something, we all experience it on some…

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Can You Prevent Morning Sickness?

Can You Prevent Morning Sickness?

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 I couldn’t even keep water down and my midwife finally insisted that I take the…

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

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

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, I’m still shocked by what strangers consider appropriate small talk regarding my pregnant belly. I…

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My Secret to Beating Pregnancy Stress and Worry

My Secret to Beating Pregnancy Stress and Worry

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 and I decided to try for a family and the first month there we were…

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Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation

  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 of this renaissance. If you’ve been following M+BL for awhile, you know that I…

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Bed Rest Tips (and only a little complaining)

Bed Rest Tips (and only a little complaining)

  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 was, I lost my SH#T!) So, instead of sharing the details of why I…

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Balancing Hormones for Conception

Balancing Hormones for Conception 3

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 your soul baby) and prayer. I hear you, I would say, but I need more…

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