You may have heard of mindfulness but what is it, really? Let’s take some time to learn about what it is (and what it isn’t) and how it can help you to navigate the stresses and challenges, and deepen the joys in your daily life.  What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being present to whatever is before us in this moment. This may sound simple but it is not easy! It takes practice and lots of it! Our minds are constantly moving from thought to thought, evaluating, analyzing, judging, thinking about the past or the future. We… Read More

If you’re focusing on foods for fertility, here’s a healthy and easy option, especially if you already have little ones whose palate you need to please. No-bake energy bites 1-cup oats 1/2-cup peanut butter (a great source of plant-based protein) 1/2-cup flax seed (another great plant protein, and packed with folate) 1/2-cup chocolate chips (for your sweet tooth) 1/3-cup honey (can substitute agave if desired) 1 tablespoon chia seeds (for omega-3 fatty acids) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for flavor) Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor to desired consistency. Roll into bite-sized… Read More

While we all know that eating fruits and vegetables is important, do you truly know why? Phytochemicals are the nutrients in plants that help prevent cancer and other diseases. They are also responsible for the color in produce, as well as protecting plants from bugs and the sun. These phytochemicals form as the vegetables and fruits ripen on the vine. This means that in order to ensure nutrients are preserved, produce should be picked just as it ripens. Taking it a step further, in addition to eating fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s important to “eat the rainbow” as well. Most… Read More

There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re trying to conceive. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the timing of intercourse, obsessed over the consistency of your cervical mucus, or stressed about the amount of sleep you are getting. But starting with one of the most basic of activities may prove to help you conceive. Making small changes to your diet may not only increase your odds of conception, but will also support better overall health outcomes for you, your baby, and your family. Start with the sweet stuff A good place to start is reducing sugar in your… Read More

Most women think that pregnancy care begins when you find out you are pregnant. The latest research, however, tells us that the best time to start your care is before you become pregnant or start trying for a baby. A check-up before pregnancy is called a pre-conception visit, and it is the healthiest way, for mom and her future baby, to begin the pregnancy. A pre-conception visit is part of making sure that you and your partner are prepared, both physically and emotionally, for the addition of your next little one. It’s a first step to understand and address any… Read More

So it’s getting to be that time: returning to work after your maternity leave – but you’re breastfeeding. You’re not alone. Almost two-thirds of women work during their pregnancy, and 70% take leave after giving birth. On average, the leave is approximately 10 weeks, but 16% of women only take 1-4 weeks off. (The state of maternity leave in this country is a whole other post…). In order to make both work and breastfeeding happen, then you will likely end up needing to pump. Before you go on maternity leave, you should be familiar with your rights as a… Read More

If you’ve started looking into trying to conceive or downloaded a fertility app, you’ve probably seen the term “basal body temperature” and its abbreviation, BBT. It refers to your body’s lowest temperature when at rest. When you ovulate, your BBT rises slightly – about half of a degree Fahrenheit. Your most fertile window of time is the two days before that temperature rise. So tracking BBT to predict ovulation as a method for pinpointing your most fertile time has long been used in natural family planning. You can get started tracking by choosing an oral digital thermometer that is precise… Read More

Humanity did a great job of reproducing before the invention of the fertility tracking app —but apps have drastically simplified the process of pinpointing your fertile days. Search for “fertility tracker” in the App Store, and you’ll come up with too many choices to count. And at the time of this writing, around 30 of those choices were highly rated by users (4.5-5 stars). These applications generally allow you to track your menstrual period as well as your basal body temperature, discharge, and other factors related to your cycle, and they spotlight your fertile days. Often they… Read More

You might be feeling the tug to have another baby, or maybe your plan was to be pregnant by now. But you still haven’t lost the weight from your last baby. Is there a benefit to losing those last few (or not so few) pounds before trying? The kinds of foods you’re eating and the quality of your overall diet is more important than your weight for a healthy pregnancy. If your diet is high in sugar, if you’re not eating many fruits or vegetables, or your eating habits are just out of whack, you could be at risk for… Read More

Not sure what your employer’s parental leave benefits are and don’t see anything about it in your benefits paperwork? You may have benefits available to you that cover parental leave under a different name altogether, but if you don’t know about them you could miss out. Pregnancy, birth, parenting are not disabilities, but they are sometimes covered by short-term disability insurance, which replaces a part or all of your income for childbirth or the care of your baby. Your company may offer this automatically, or you may have to sign up and pay for it. Heather Price, Baby+Company mom… Read More

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