Items You Might Need for a Baby that No One Told You

Ok, it is your first baby and your happy about it. You want your boyfriend to be there in the whole process. Everything you buy needs to benefit the baby. The house needs to be spotless to welcome the baby. All your friends need to be nice or they will get left. Yes, it is very exciting to have a baby. Despite the excitement part, you need a few things to make sure your going to really last the entire baby adventure.

best postpartum underwear

Pack Disposable Underwear

The pregnancy and afterbirth are going to get messy, so buy 50 underwear to support it. You don’t have to buy 50 packs of underwear, but it will help. When you are dealing with the baby, you are going to bleed a lot. This bleeding will mess up a large portion of panties you don’t want to get messed up. That’s a lot of money you don’t want to lose. So, I suggest you buy 50 panties that you don’t care gets bloody so you can make it through the whole baby adventure. Buy cheap panties at goodwill until you stop having babies. Buying the best postpartum undrerwear is also good. People will think you are being cheap while pregnant. But, the baby is the most important thing of your life now. You must do everything to keep it safe and you safe to take care of it.

Concerned with bleeding, wear some postpartum underwear. They are not just underwear. I thought they were too until I tried them on. They keep all the blood tucked inside. Every time you have a accident, you keep the blood inside and it never falls. Wear the best postpartum underwear to have higher life use. The underwear are fully disposable. Don’t concerned with pregnancy bleeding by wearing postpartum underwear.

Peri Bottle Spray for Irritated Vagina Area

Vagina can become irritated from time to time during birth. This can also happen after birth. Irritations will come from nowhere. The legs will catch something that just won’t go away. You will be tempted to scratch more often then I am willing to say publicly. Buy some peri bottle spray to keep the irritations under control. Make them seem like little flies. The spray stops scratches and helps you heal pains caused from birth. You will get the whole package when using peri bottle spray.

Drink Plenty of Caffeine to Get Rid of Headaches

The headaches will be there during your child adventure. You will get many headaches during the whole affair. Life will not stop happening. You will get a headache for this and a headache for a argument that makes no sense. Your body will cause you to have headaches for no reason. The baby will cry in the middle of night. Bills will get bigger for some reason. Consume coffee and make it your best friend. Caffeine has a way to keep the headaches down. Reduce the stress you feel from life sucking you. You will find your brain again and life becomes easier to deal with. Drink coffee and remember to stock up.

A Few Things You Should Know If Your Bleeding After Birth

Seeing more blood down there then usual is perfectly normal for a woman. Freaking out is not necessary and you can hold back the tears. Your body bleeds a little more after birth because the womb is shedding. As it sheds, the lining is being replaced inside your genitals and belly. You are going though your natural body process. There is more things you should know if you choose to know it. View the points below.

Bleeding After Birth Last a Little While

Your unexpecting blood loss will last longer then you expect. For most women, the bleeding lasts for 24 to 36 days after birth. The time is not extremely long, but you might want to get some blood pads for support. You can by the best pads for postpartum bleeding to give you the best overall support. The pads do a good job of holding the blood back and making people not be aware of the smell. That smell can be god awful if you do not wash your legs or wear pads. In addition, the bleeding you experience after birth can last longer then 6 weeks. It is normal and you shouldn’t worry. On the contrary, bleeding in the vaginal area more than 6 weeks deserves medical attention. Make sure to call your doctor soon to figure out why your bleeding more then 6 weeks.

Wear the bleeding pads made for women who just gave birth while you sleep. 24 days is a long time and you will bleed while you sleep on some days. The blood will be allover the sheets and that can be a big deal if you want your friends to think your doing well. Cover the legs up with some pads.

If You Let Out More Than a Pint of Blood in the First 24 Hours Seek Help

Leaking out more than a pint of blood in 24 hours is a sign of postpartum haemorrhage. At first, it is not a big issue. But, it can escalate and cause the insides of genital to damage more than normal. Make sure you see a doctor immediately if you have more then a pint of blood bleeding from your vaginal area. Equally important, you will experience a high loss of energy and might be unable to stand. Get someone to help you see the doctor and call doctor for you. You might not be able to handle this problem on your own.

Reduce Your Risk of Infection

Wash your hands frequently to reduce the risk of infection that comes in contact during the bleeding stage. The bleeding invites a lot of viruses and outside threats. Wash your hands every day. Wash them 3 times a day thoroughly to be safe. The more you wash, the less likely you are to receive something that can cause you to take a trip to the hospital. Wearing best pads for postpartum bleeding helps to. Pads do a good job of keeping your private area contained. The area will also be easier to wash when the day is over. Wear pads to make the bleeding leak less of a issue.

10 ways to work from home & stay balanced

It’s 11a.m. and I’m still in my pajamas. So far, I’ve written a business proposal, returned 80 emails, and spent two hours on the phone setting meetings and taking care of business arrangements. I’ve also updated my yoga class schedule and all of my professional social media sites. I’ve been productive and comfy. And now I’m about to sneak out of my bed (which has doubled as my office) and head to a yoga class.

Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
We’re in a new age in which many of us can do most of our work at home. Thanks to technology, we’re no longer bound to the office. For people with kids, this setup can be great. School’s only a half-day? No problem. Lunch date with a friend? Anytime. Have to be at work by 9am? Never again!

The perks add up pretty quickly. This lifestyle sounds amazing, but it can come with some pretty serious disadvantages. The biggest one is that, if we’re not careful, work never shuts down. It’s always with us, beeping and buzzing. It constantly feels like a siren’s call—nearly impossible to resist.
If you’ve ever had this type of work, you can probably relate.

Where was your iPhone the last time you went out to dinner? Next to your knife? We’ve made ourselves indispensible at all hours and it can become difficult to put down the device for fear that we might miss an opportunity.

Sure, we have all the flexibility in the world, but we’re starting work at 6am instead of 9am and going until midnight instead of stopping at 5pm. We may have unglued from the office, but we’ve been shackled to technology.

What happened to the days when families used to eat together, pray together and vacation together? When they used to CONNECT?

My husband, a realtor, put it succinctly in describing his job, “I have no weekdays, but I also have no weekends!”

It’s important for all of us to separate our “work time” and our “quality time.” There’s so much for us to see in this life, and if we stay connected to our computers and phones around the clock, we’re going to miss it.

Here are 10 ways to make sure your work time doesn’t peel you away from what really matters:
1. Make a list of your priorities each day. They can be work and non-work-related. Take care of what is a priority. Postpone what is not.
2. Decide a realistic time that you will turn on your computer in the morning and what time you will turn it off at night.
3. Plan time to prepare your own food and eat it without work or a computer in front of you.
4. Don’t bring your cell phone to meals or social outings.
5. Designate a “date night” with your partner.
6. Designate some “quality time” with your children and friends.
7. Make time to exercise.
8. Get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
9. Do at least one thing for yourself that makes you feel good.
10. Plan a vacation. Don’t bring your laptop or cell phone.
Now you too can have a more flexible work schedule and not be bound by ball and chain to your work all night long.

is fall the right time for a cleanse?

Many of my clients and Facebook fans have been asking me if a cleanse or Nutritional Reset or Detox Program is a good idea with the change of seasons.

And I said yes!

This is one of the absolute best times of the year to do it, so it’s much more than just a “good idea.”Resetting or cleansing your body nutritionally and emotionally is a perfect way to flow with nature and the seasons and get in balance with yourself and your environment. The season is changing and so will your body and thus, your mind.

Although many people may stick to the same diet all year round, nature is speaking to us with each and every harvest. We need to perk up our ears (and tummies) and listen! Our nutritional cycle in nature is an annual cycle (we go through three seasons). It actually takes an entire year for all of our nutritional needs to be met.

When you nourish yourself properly, your body gives back to you in the form of energy, excess reduction and positive outlook.

And most importantly, beyond even the cycle as a whole, fall is the time to flush our systems of the excess heat from summer and get on board with how we can balance our workload, stress and our emotions.

On the nutritional side, you are already most likely beginning to see more apples, pomegranates, beets and cranberries in your local markets. As we move into fall, we also need to store up fats and eat more proteins in order to warm ourselves up for what lies ahead. This is an extremely important time to reset your body and treat it right in order to keep it healthy. If you reset and cleanse during fall (especially at the beginning) it acts as a preventative medicine that can ward away against disease, viruses, and sickness in general. Do your body right and cleanse!

What is important to realize is that there are so many other layers of toxicity as well in our environment, work force and potentially, even in our relationships and in our home.

what does detoxification mean to you?

The quality of our health and our lives is greatly affected by the many choices that we make throughout our lifetime.

We make choices every day about what we will put in our mouths, what we will purchase as a consumer, what activities we would like to participate in and with whom and how to prioritize our the tasks we want to accomplish.

One of the biggest decisions we can make is to improve the quality of our health and our lives by detoxification.

When you hear the word “detoxification,” you may immediately think about food—but what I mean by detoxification is to remove from our lives that which is no longer serving us.

Our bodies are detoxifying every second; they have to in order to help us pay the price for the toxic overload in our environment.

They are incredible machines—but they cannot cleanse efficiently without our help. Sure, we can try to steer away, the best we can, from pesticides, industrial wastes, synthetic medicine, food additives, car exhaust and cigarette smoke. Yes, we can try to eat organic, live foods, exercise and get more sleep.

But we also need to examine what habits, patterns and relationships may be toxic in our lives.

Here are ten ways to tell if your body is giving you a message that it needs to de-stress, detoxify:

Are you always in a hurry and find it difficult to sit still and relax?
Do you find yourself getting irritated?
Is your digestion not as optimal as you think it should be?
Do you have trouble falling asleep or wake up during the night?
Do you feel overworked or dislike your job?
Do you have a hard time accepting yourself just as you are?
Are you judgmental of yourself or others?
Do you feel a lack of purpose?
Do you hold onto your emotions and not share them?
Do you feel it difficult to forgive others?
If we really want to detoxify, we need to let go of our negative emotional patterns so that we can experience the fullness of life physically, mentally and spiritually.

Here are ten things to consider:

If your mind feels like the chatter won’t stop, try meditation or sit quietly.
Balance work with play.
Spend time with people you love.
Ditch those that don’t support your vision.
Get deep, restful sleep.
Instead of holding grudges, find forgiveness.
Instead of expecting the worst, look for the best.
If you find yourself operating out of fear and doubt, try honesty and love instead.
Instead of considering yourself unlucky or victimized, see each obstacle as an opportunity for transformation.
Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, be grateful for all you do.
Instead of feeling like you always need to be in control, let go, surrender and watch the wealth of opportunity fall in your lap.
Why wait to receive an official medical diagnosis before you do something to improve your health?
Why not start rejuvenating and purifying your body, mind and spirit sooner? It’s the best health insurance you’ll ever spend your money on.

my car just accidentally pulled into burger king. what are you craving?

When I was 20 years old, I was diagnosed with IBS.

That’s what the doctors tell you when they can’t figure out anything else wrong with you but you’re obviously symptomatic.

Over the next 10 years I was taken off gluten, dairy and other commonly known allergies such as soy, corn, peanuts (actually all legumes and beans at one point), sugar, alcohol and fried food. Needless to say, I had a pretty clean diet. And then I got pregnant.

After 20 years of being dairy free and 10 years of being gluten free, I found my car accidentally pulling into Burger King one day and I heard myself ordering a fried chicken sandwich. (I have a photo of me eating it, which I will sell to the highest bidder.)

For the next three months, all I wanted to eat were grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes, french fries and barbecue flavored potato chips. When I went in for my 20 week exam, my husband confided in our doctor that I had not eaten a vegetable or fruit in four months.

Our bodies have an incredible source of intelligence; they are always there for us, striving to maintain a perfect balance. So, did it derail when you start to crave an entire box of chocolate or is it giving you critical information to bring you back in balance?

We all have cravings.

The questions become: Why do we have them? and How can we deconstruct them so we can understand what our bodies are really saying to us and thus provide them with the nourishment they need?

Here are 8 things that cause cravings and steps you may be able to take to stop them:

1. Lack of water or dehydration. You may be craving a certain food when what you really need is water. Before you give in to that late afternoon snack, drink a big glass of water, wait a few minutes and see if you’re still craving that food—or whether you’re really hungry at all.

2.  “Primary Food” deficit. You are “malnourished” in another area of your life, i.e. career, family, sexuality, fitness. Have you ever noticed that you may not want to eat that entire pint of ice cream when you’re happy in your new relationship? Ask yourself what you need to fix in the circle you call your life.

3. Yin/Yang imbalance. Sometimes, when you eat a certain kind of food, it causes a craving for another type of food. For example, eating salty foods can cause a craving for sweet foods; eating a lot of meat can cause a craving for alcohol. Check in to see if you are eating too much or not enough of a certain food group—or if your diet is lacking in variety.

4. Craving the foods of our ancestors. Have you ever noticed that when you go back home to visit your family for a holiday or reunion, you start craving foods you would never eat in your own home? And, if you bring your partner, spouse or a friend with you on one of those trips, they may have a totally adverse reaction to those same foods?! The foods your parents served to you during your childhood become part of your DNA; the next time you head back for a holiday dinner, note what feelings are associated with the foods that may be served. Do they comfort you? If so, why?

5. Seasonal. Do you notice when the weather starts getting warm, you crave more fruits, salads and raw foods? And then when the seasons start to move towards autumn and winter, you start to crave warmer foods, like soups and root vegetables? These cravings are good cravings. Your body, if attuned, should start to anticipate and desire what the next harvest is bringing.

6. Lack of nutrients. When your body is out of balance, you may crave a certain food that will bring you back into balance. I was very lean when I got pregnant, so during the first trimester of my pregnancy, my body needed to store fat to protect the fetus. I craved fatty foods like grilled cheese and fries. I put on ten pounds within the first 8 weeks! My body knew what it had to do to prepare the womb for a baby to grow. Once my body was back in balance, I craved a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables again.

7. Hormonal. Most of you women know what it’s like to crave certain foods around your menstrual cycle; or, as I stated above, during a pregnancy. These cravings are harder to stop since they are hormonal—but they too will pass.

8. Eating foods with little nutritional value. Products like refined foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and drugs, which have little or no nutritional value and are confusing to the body. They throw your body off balance and can create more serious cravings as your body tries to restore its internal harmony.

Cravings will come and cravings will go…but the key to stopping cravings is to understand them, not give in to them. Your diet may be too strict or devoid of essential nutrients; your lifestyle may be too stressful or you may need more exercise or more water.

Ask yourself how you feel before you put something in your mouth and what you feel like after you eat it; as you learn to decipher and respond to your body’s cravings, you will be able to create a diet and lifestyle that is more balanced.

my 3-year-old is texting?!

My parents were in town last week they watched my three-year-old during the day while I was working. While driving around downtown Boulder, my mother looked back at Madeline who was quietly engrossed in something while sitting in her car seat and asked her what she was doing. “I’m texting mommy,” she stated bluntly as she tapped at her play phone.

OMG what have I done?
Do I really have my face in the phone so often that she’s picked up the lingo and has now got it down?
I’ve spent the last 15 years managing my own business and yes, I’ll admit, I consider my iPhone indispensible to me. A lot of it’s work and now there are all these other time suckers like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
But it’s not just me. Last Thanksgiving, while sitting around the table, we calculated that between me, my husband, my two kids, my parents, my brother, his girlfriend and my sister, we owned 7 Macbook Airs, 8 iPhones, and 10 iPads. We found ourselves more than once all sitting around the living room on our respective devices. Insane.
And then, this morning, while I was taking a shower, I sat Madeline up on my bed to watch Sesame Streetand I heard Oscar The Grouch telling his fans that he was logging on to his laptop so he could listen to his online university course! Ok. They are learning it everywhere.
Our younger generations are definitely more electronically equipped than we were at their ages. Oscar The Grouch is using a laptop and my three year old has an iPad and knows how to find her favorite song, “I’ve Got To Move It, Move It” on my iPhone.
Admit it: If you need help in the Apple Store, you wish there was a 12-year-old waiting on you, not a 50-year-old (and hopefully one with blue hair and tattoos, right?).
Technology is a major part of our lives whether we like it or not. There is no denying it. Our kids are going to have these gadgets around forever. So then what’s enough? Too much? How are you dealing with preventing the wave of technology from completely overtaking your home and your children’s minds and yet not being a hypocrite about it in the process?
The latest technology has helped us become more “independent,” but at what cost? Does taking a “day off” from work, yet still spending three hours on one of these devices really count as a break? Are you able to set parameters? Although these devices may allow you to be around your family more, are you really with your family?
My family just created a new rule in the car. If we are driving with another family member and if the drive is less than 15 minutes long, then we are not allowed to text or be on the phone. This has actually allowed us to interact more as a family. Yes, it is a minimal rule, but it is a start and has proven beneficial.
Be aware of how devices affect you and your family. Set limitations. At times, forget, withdraw from or even LOSE your device.

whack-a-doodle-race-car-mind on caffeine.

Caffeine: devilish or angelic?

Whether it’s that pot of morning coffee brewing downstairs when you need a crowbar to pry open your eyes, or that cup of delicious black tea that promises to lift the fog—most of us, including myself, live to feel elevated, not bogged down, sluggish, tired or drained. There are occasional mornings I wake up feeling wrecked and, although I have been staying off the crack (caffeine that is), I jones for that occasional Americano. I admit it—now and then I reach for that fix to get my engine firing when it feels like some “unknown force” cut the wires to my nervous system and has dragged me down.

Years ago I was hooked to caffeine with an IV drip. Yep,  straight to the vein please. I even researched to see if it would be possible to get one of those IV stints permanently implanted in my arm, set to go off five minutes before the sound of my alarm clock. I couldn’t even think about getting unplugged.

But one day, after my single shot Americano had become a double (or even triple shot on some mornings), I realized my once-savior from the dark fog wasn’t working for me anymore. Instead of being awake and ready to go at six a.m. I was over-wired, bugged-out, anxious and stressedalmost like a crack addict.

Not to mention, it became impossible to fall asleep. Instead I lay awake obsessing about all the ridiculous, irrelevant details that could not find their way out of my brain wishing my brain would torment someone else. You are not your thoughts—try telling that to my whack-a-doodle-race-car-mindafter my caffeine trip took the wrong avenue and decided to flip time zones on me.

Perhaps a life rich in endless over-activity or a diet rich in junk food lends itself to staying on the crack. But, when you begin to lead a healthier lifestyle where you are actually able to feel your inner, more subtle body, and are conscious about the foods you ingest in the machine that runs your soul. Then, exercise and the potent pause are a normal part of your routine—the crack fix doesn’t quite work the same way.

Do you often feel you wind up feeling worse after ingesting the caffeine? Don’t you wish you’d just refrained or found a more natural way to push through the sludge or ride the waves of your sporadic energy levels? In our fast-paced, click-and-go society, it’s obvious why we reach for the easy out. Caffeine is the simple and quick approach to filling the gaps when our energy plops. The only caveat is the effects are short-lived. Unless you are superhuman, you are going to crash at some point. You have robbed the bank for energy you did not have and you will have to pay it back.

I’m not here to bang you over the head with the rights and wrongs of caffeine.

Do any of us really know? Studies conflict constantly about the pros and cons. And when eighty-five percent of Americans are still addicted to the little black bean, it makes you wonder what it would take to get us off this drug and into things that have more lasting effects. The most important piece to take from all of this is to judge how caffeine affects you.

For those of us who don’t want to stay hooked, there are paths to getting off the sauce that can yield longer lasting results. Five Element Chinese Acupuncture believes you only possess a finite amount of energy in your kidneys and that every time you drink coffee (primarily due to its cold bitterness), you are tapping the source. At some point, taking those deposits will leave you broke. Being broke ain’t good. So here’s the solution in order to have energy you need to do things that promote energy.

One of the best ways to conserve energy is to relax and not overextend yourself. Spending time doing things that don’t feel like a constant job might balance your energy. Who would have thought?

Then, there’s exercise. Yes, I know that for some people it’s a chore, but exercises that make you feel good spike your energy levels and have been proven to keep you more regulated. If you can build a relationship with something you love to do physically you’ll find it easier to do it and actually look forward to doing it.

Diet is also another huge factor in sustaining energy levels. Do a diet check. Are you eating foods that are rich in energy? If so, you may find that caffeine, however tempting, may not need to be the only avenue you take to feeling alive.

So, are you ready to join the “in” crowd and parade your freshly squeezed juice around town instead of your double shot, dairy free, fat free, almond milk, vanilla, hold the foam latte?

It’s just easier to say you want a green juice anyway.

why fast food is addictive: ronald mcDonald and the 6 tastes of ayurveda

Over the past 50-60 years, our American culture has slowly become out of balance with nature. With the speed of technology and the crazy, intense pace of our lives, our bodies can’t help but live in a chronic state of stress. The phrase is “fight or flight.” Either you’ve heard the terms, or you may — in fact — be living it yourself.

From the minute we wake up in the morning, our bodies are prepared for that state of emergency. It could be the almost car accident you got into on your way to work, the three jobs you’re trying to juggle, your kids screaming at you in the background, the marathon you’re training for or the relationship with your partner that has become less than ideal… Our bodies don’t know the difference. Stress is stress. And it’s chronic.
Our nervous systems are out of balance. So, Ronald McDonald went to India in 1954 to learn more about the six tastes in Ayurvedic nutrition. And, what did he find out?
According to Ayurvedic tradition, our bodies naturally crave tastes that balance our doshic make-up and shun tastes that are aggravating to our nature. The sweet taste of milkshakes are soothing and calming to our nervous systems. Salt (i.e. French fries) improves the taste of food, calms our nerves and prevents anxiety. And, the sour taste of pickles on burgers stimulates our appetites.
It’s called comfort food. Don’t you crave it when your life is going 90 miles an hour? Ah, that first bite! It’s like the needle to a heroine addict. It worked in America, and the rest of the world soon followed. Come 2012, and McDonald’s has more than 33,000 restaurants (do we actually call them that?), serving nearly 68 million people in 119 countries every day!
So, now we’re on track to have the entire world following in our American footsteps. Doesn’t that scare you?!
The problem is, there are actually six tastes that should be present in every meal and guide us toward proper nutritional health. Sweetsalty and sour are only three of them. The others are:
  • the bitter taste which is cleansing and detoxifying;
  • the pungent taste which strengthens our systems;
  • the astringent taste which cleanses our blood and helps us maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Chances are, your tongue may also be missing a few of these tastes. Can you pass by the entrance to your favorite fast food restaurant, and add more peppers, chilies, radishes, ginger, lentils, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green leafy vegetables, sprouts and beets to your diet instead?