Edenway Blog

2 Carriers to Have as Your Baby Grows

 | May 14, 2019 | Posted by:

Women have been baby wearing for thousands of years, but somehow we Westerners have only jumped on the bandwagon relatively recently.

Here are our two favorites!

K’tan

This is a k’tan and we love it because it’s versatile. It will hold an 8-25 pound baby, and is perfect for those first few months. You can tighten or loosen according to the baby’s growth. There are lots of fun patterns and colors to choose from. You can really let your personality shine through in your choice.

Ergo Original

This Ergo Original is very practical from day one through toddlerhood. You can purchase a newborn insert separately and once they grow you can remove it.

These carriers are the perfect addition to your baby registry. They will save you on days where your baby just wants to be held and on days when you’re out and about with the family.

We love baby wearing and love talking about our favorite styles. Feel free to talk with our midwives at your next visit to discuss any questions you might have.


3 Tips for Starting Postpartum Workouts

 | April 29, 2019 | Posted by:

Now that your baby is two or three months old, maybe you’re thinking about easing back into your workout routine. But where to start?

Here are some pointers for safely easing back into a workout routine.

  1. Start by walking. Take your baby outside and walk around your neighborhood or park. After a few days add in 10-20 lunges every two or three minutes. After a few weeks maybe try a minute or two of light jogging while you push the stroller, then walk for 5 minutes, then do some lunges. Thirty minutes of light cardio is all you might need to focus on.
  2. Add some weights. Once you feel like your body has adjusted to movement again try adding some weights. You can do lunges, squats, shoulder presses, bicep curls, tricep dips, and so many other great moves without even having to go to a gym.
  3. Be careful of crunches. Make sure that you are working your abdominals correctly. There is lots of information on how to safely heal your diastasic recti. You can always talk to your health care provider and they’ll point you to some great resources.

Do you have a post-pregnancy workout routine that you follow after your babies? We’d love to hear about it! Drop us a comment and let us know.


Natural Ways to Diminish Stretch Marks

 | April 16, 2019 | Posted by:

Pregnancy can leave its mark on you in so many ways; physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Physically, it can leave a literal mark…..lots of marks or a few marks. Whatever the case may be, there are some natural ways to reduce their appearance (I don’t think anything can actually eliminate them….and who would really want to? They’re part of your motherhood journey).

Mama Natural has a lot of great things to say about this topic, with wonderful recipes for body butters and such. I just want to talk to you about a big topic that you’ll often hear from the midwives here at Edenway

|Diet

Did you know that the way you eat can affect your skin? A diet rich in good fats, protein, healthy carbs, and moderate dairy can do wonders; even help with stretch marks.

Along with the basics of a good whole food diet there are some things you can do to really boost your health in many ways; your skin included.

Gelatin

No, I’m not talking about sugary jello that you find at the store. I’m talking about a powder rich in protein from animal bones. Ever wonder why your mom or grandma wanted to make you chicken soup when you were sick? It’s because of the health properties found in the broth that had been simmering with the chicken bones. Cool, huh? And you can safely add this to your food during pregnancy.

Gelatin has many health benefits that go beyond health for your skin. Here are just a few:

Helps your body digest food

Promotes joint health

Stabilizes blood sugar

These are amazing benefits! The cool thing is that you don’t have to cook and de-bone a chicken anymore! If you’re one who likes to throw chicken breasts in a soup without the hassle of bones, just add a scoop or two of gelatin to the pot!

There are also tons of fun recipes that use powdered gelatin. So many options!

The only type I have personally tried and love is from Trim Healthy Mama. This is in no way an add for them; I just love their company’s products because they actually in their very hearts care about the ingredients. They’re also a business run on wonderful principals, and I love to send business their way whenever possible.

Collagen

Another super powder that you can add to SO MUCH is collagen. I literally add a scoop full to smoothies, soups, and sauces…..whatever I happen to be blending or simmering on the stove.

Collagen helps skin elasticity and reverses aging. This is beneficial to eat even during pregnancy. Like gelatin, there are many other benefits:

Helps you build that muscle and lose that fat

Helps digestion

Helps diminish cellulite ( Hallelujah!!)

Again, the only powdered collagen I have personally tried and love is from Trim Healthy Mama. Truly, I’m not paid to advertise for them. It’s purely from my own experience with their company that I wholeheartedly endorse them.

There are many oils and supplements out there that also help your skin look its best; we just always want to encourage you to approach things like this holistically, which includes diet in a big way.


3 Reasons to Walk During Pregnancy

 | April 3, 2019 | Posted by:

Here in N. Texas we are limited in how much we can walk outside during the year, due to fear of melting into a pile of ash from the summer sun.

Lucky for us, it’s spring; the most wonderful season in Texas for being outside and enjoying nature.

With that in mind, let’s look at three reasons why walking during pregnancy is beneficial.

Prepares your body for labor

Walking helps strengthen your back, hips, and legs which are major players in your labor. Try finding a route with some hills to give you a higher heart rate and burn more calories, creating more muscle.

Helps you sleep

There’s nothing like exercise to help with your sleep pattern. Working movement into your day and having a good wind-down routine at night work together for your benefit in allowing your body to sleep well.

Helps you control stress

Have you noticed how getting outside in the sunshine helps lift your mood? The endorphins released after a cardio burn help you control and release stress in your mind and body. It’s a natural anti-depressant that’s free, too!

What benefits do you see when you walk during pregnancy?


Your Birth Stories are Important

 | March 20, 2019 | Posted by:

Here at Edenway we just had an open house where we invited ladies to come hear some of our client’s birth stories and have their questions answered concerning out of hospital birth.

It struck me how important birth stories are; how beneficial it is to tell and for others to hear.

As women, we have need of one another.

We have the need to share experiences that have made us into who we are today. We want to know and be known.

Birth is a raw and real experience. It takes every ounce of everything we have. It doesn’t leave us the way it found us.

It’s a metamorphosis; the turning from one thing into another.

This is true no matter how many births you’ve had. Every child changes you. Every birth furthers you in your journey. Every life is a miracle that expands your whole outlook.

No matter what your births have looked like, it’s something worth talking about because it has made you who you are today.





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