postpartum

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.


4 Guidelines for Visiting New Moms

 | December 27, 2018 | Posted by:

There’s just something about snuggling a newborn baby dressed in a fleece outfit when it’s cold outside.

With nasty bugs going around, and everyone falling prey to them, it’s good to give some reminders on protocols for visiting new moms.

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The Essentials Guide to Meals for New Parents

 | November 27, 2018 | Posted by:

I don’t know about you, but it seems like most of the women I know are either pregnant or have just had a baby. Along with diapers and wipes, I don’t know of a more meaningful show of love than to bring a meal to those new parents.

There are a few guidelines that I try to follow, though, especially for nursing moms. I try to be mindful because that sweet babe has never had to digest his mama’s milk before. Whatever mom eats, baby eats.

Winter is a fabulous time to take food to new parents because it’s soup season. One-pot meals are my fave, and are especially wonderful when taking to another family. Plus, you can load up on veggies and broth that add much-needed nutrients.

Don’t forget to add instructions for baking or heating. Those postpartum hormones are no joke, and every little bit of brain cells we can save our sleep-deprived friends is a help.

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Motherhood, Superwoman, and God’s Glory

 | November 29, 2016 | Posted by:

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You don’t have to look far today to find pictures of gloriously fit women boasting their 3 weeks postpartum six pack abs. Heck! They never even lost the six pack to begin with! They were there all the time, wrapping their unborn babe in a cocoon of toned muscle.

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