Nope, I'm not talking about pounds. I'm talking about physical activity for mental health. Losing the depressed mood. I know, I know, you've heard it a million and one times before and, if you're anything like me, you are sick and tired of it. How on earth can you squeeze in a workout (that you don't even like doing, by the way) when you barely even have time to keep the house clean and run kids 300 different places? Stick with me and maybe I can offer something you haven't heard before.
Ok, so it's pretty common knowledge that we need to change our Standard American Diet (it's appropriately abbreviated SAD) for many reasons, but sleep issues could be one of the most important. Adding more fruits and vegetables could be one answer.
"Baby must go down drowsy but awake!" "Don't bedshare!" "Cosleeping gets Mom the most rest!" "Nursing to sleep helps comfort and soothe." "They'll never learn to 'self soothe' if they don't cry." This is enough to leave your head spinning@ . Pregnant and new families have enough to worry about - sleep should not be one of those things!
Almost all toxins fall into one of three classifications. When a client hires me for a Healthy Home consultation, we look at their family history and determine which category to begin with for the reducing stage. Although some toxins fall into more than one category, we focus on the top priority and go from there. So, what are the three classifications.
Once upon a time in a land called Blisstown lived a woman named Kate and her 8 month old son, George. Kate was a stay-at-home-mom - or was she a work-at-home-mom, she wasn't too sure. She "sold" those essential oils on the side but who really has time to focus on a business with a baby anyway?
A category of services I offer is called Healthy Home. In this post, I talk about what that is, my credentials and how I got here, and outline what the packages include.
J - Juggling Siblings
Giving your child a sibling is one of the greatest gifts you can give them - or so they say. I wouldn’t know, I’m an only child. BUT I have given my oldest child two siblings, so I’ve been in your shoes...times two since it was twins! Welcoming a new baby is definitely a transition for everyone involved and there are a few things you can do to prepare older brother or sister beforehand as well as many things you can do to ease their transition once baby has arrived.
I - Incision Care
Having a Cesarean is not easy and there is extra healing that comes along with having the surgery. Once in recovery, you’ll be asked to stand and walk a few hours after surgery to aid in healing faster. What many moms don’t expect is what it feels like and what to do with their incision.
H - Herbs for Healing
In our modern society, it is the expectation for a new mother to bounce back almost immediately and get back to “normal”. In the U.S., for example, most women only take a 6 week leave from work, if they’re even fortunate enough to take that. Often times, due to the lack of the village, the new mother is left at home to fend for herself while her partner goes back to work a day or two after the birth.
Ladies, we need to take whatever length of time we need to heal. Period.
In most circles, a doula is almost synonymous with an all-natural, vaginal birth. It’s true, doulas do help tremendously with vaginal births and you may even see doulas use the following statistic to sell their services (guilty!): "Women who hired a doula saw a decrease in cesarean births*." BUT, did you know that a doula can be just as beneficial for a cesarean birth?
Allesanda received her Bachelors in Behavioral Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2013. She now lives in North Texas with her husband and three children. As a maternal support practitioner and educator of family sleep and eco-friendly living, she blogs about family sleep, wellness, nutrition, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, holistic health, and parenting.