Pregnancy

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?


6 Reasons to Choose Water Birth

 | February 8, 2019 | Posted by:

 

Water birth has become very popular in the last ten years, and it’s no wonder! It’s been dubbed “nature’s epidural” for it’s ability to lessen pain and allow the laboring mother to relax. For many women laboring in the water has helped them achieve a natural birth without the involvement of medication.

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3 Ways to Reduce Swelling During Pregnancy

 | March 22, 2018 | Posted by:

The third trimester of pregnancy brings many things. Cravings, trouble turning over in the middle of the night, waddling…..

But probably the most irritating of these issues is a little thing called swelling.

Swelling is caused by an increased fluid and blood volume (up to 50%), but can be managed by paying attention to 3 simple things:

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What to Eat During Pregnancy: Nuts

 | November 21, 2017 | Posted by:

In “The Healthy Pregnancy Book” Dr William Sears, MD and his wife Martha Sears, RN talk about the twelve super foods of pregnancy. We have already looked at how safe seafood is one of the best ways to give the omega oils to your baby in the womb. Today we are going to talk about the benefit of adding raw nuts to your pregnancy diet.

“Nuts are one of the most nutrient-dense foods, rich in protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamin E, calcium, and many other vitamins and minerals you and your baby need.”

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