What are you going to wish for this year?
Many people start the new year making resolutions and setting goals. I like to close my eyes and make a wish! There is still magic in the air from the Holiday's...
What are you going to wish for this year?
One of the most frustrating things about being pregnant is an increase in the gag reflex. Have you noticed your gag reflex on hyper-drive?
At the same time, one of the most important things to do while pregnant is to take good care of your teeth. The change in hormones and the increase in throwing up really attacks your dental health. To top it all off, it is almost impossible to stick a toothbrush in your mouth without needing a trip to the toilet!
Here is the secret, go easy on the toothpaste. Try cutting way back on the amount of toothpaste you use while brushing. This will decrease the amount of liquid in your mouth and will keep the gag reflux at bay. Also, use small brushing strokes, and feel free to stick close to the sink so you can continue to spit out that excess foam.
Take care of your teeth and you will have a good reason to smile!
If you have experienced the calm that comes after listening to our mediation, you might have a desire to keep that positive thinking going as you move on to your new role as a parent. Taking care of a child when they are outside of your womb is a bit different than when they are tucked away safe inside your uterus!
I happened upon this article about how using positive thinking as a parent helps you be happy and also helps you raise happy children. I thought it was a nice transition article to go from growing happy babies to actually raising them! Enjoy...
5 Benefits of Positive Thinking
Anyone who has ever been pregnant will understand this cartoon perfectly. Especially if you are currently in your 36-40 week.
It is okay to laugh and enjoy the crazy time that surrounds the birth of a baby. Happy mommies grow happy babies!
We recently received this message about finding happiness after a miscarriage. We found it humbling, inspirational and want to share it with you:
"I am the mom to three amazing children. My husband and I felt impressed that there was one more little person missing from our family so we began to try for our fourth and final baby. All of my other children were easy to conceive. We joke that I just need my husband to breathe on me and we get pregnant! It wasn't the case this time. I was surprised that after seven months of hoping for a baby, we still were not expecting. I talked to my doctor and he prescribed a hormone to help get my body ovulating regularly. Two months later, BAM, I had a positive pregnancy test. I was ecstatic. So excited that I took five pregnancy tests just to be sure.
The morning after my positive pregnancy test, my four year old daughter climbed into bed with me and we were snuggling and enjoying the quiet morning hour. She put her hand over my belly and said with assurance, "Mommy, you have a baby in your belly." I was surprised, because we hadn't told our children that we were even thinking about adding a baby to our family. My little girl went on to say, "But, you won't meet him for a long time." I didn't realize at the time how long of a wait it would be. Because two short wonderful weeks later, I started bleeding.
The minute it started, I got sick to my stomach. It was like I knew. I would not meet my sweet little baby in this lifetime. I was having a miscarriage. My tears started flowing along with the blood.
I had an ultrasound and a weeks worth of blood tests to make sure my HCG hormone count was dropping. There were moment of anxiety, when it was suspected that other complications were at play. But, the fears were quickly resolved with more blood tests. I felt like an emotional pincushion.
I was so sad, yet, the experience made me ever more grateful for all of the blessings I have in my life. I treasure my kids more than ever before. My kisses are sweeter and my hugs are longer.
My entire family was wonderful. I felt love and encouragement surrounding me like a warm giant blanket. I was given the strength I needed to overcome my fears and find hope in the future.
Through it all, I kept thinking about the positive affirmations I have memorized from the Grow Happy Babies Meditation. The words, "I am a strong and capable women" kept flowing through my mind. I felt strong. I realized that the mental and emotional changes that I experienced while listening to the positive affirmations during previous pregnancy's had made me a stronger women and prepared me to face any hard thing in my life, not just labor. The words had changed me, shaped me, and built me into the kind of woman who can turn sorrow into hope for the future.
And, I am sure I will need to be that kind of woman to try for another baby and face that pregnancy without fear. Thank you for sharing your positive affirmations. I am a better woman because of them."
This weekend, the fall leaves on the mountains by my home were full of color. I knew that if I didn't take an afternoon to explore them, I would miss out on the beautiful colors of fall. I got my family loaded into the car and we went for a short hike and scenic drive. It was a perfect afternoon. The air was crisp, the colors were at their peak and we even got to see a moose!
Afterwards, I began to think about the importance of 'seizing the day!" The power that taking action brings into your life...
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Who needs a pharmacy?
The word is that laughter is the best medicine!
Read on to find out what laughter can do for your physical, mental and emotional health...
Fall is just around the corner. You know what that means; it's Back to School season. Have you been tempted to buy some school supplies for yourself? How can you resist a pack of crayons for only 25 cents? When notebooks are four-for-a-dollar, it is crazy not to throw a stack in your cart! Don't feel guilty if you come home with a pack of pens or mechanical pencils, because you can put them to good use. This week’s Happy Mommy Tip is Journaling. (Click Read More to See Article)
If you are considering a natural childbirth, know that you are going to be laughed at, poked, prodded, questioned and envied for your decision. How do you overcome the negativity to reach your goal? Here are a few tips:
1. Love yourself. This is the first and most important part of the process. The popular public speaker and author Mike Robbins said, "When we truly love ourselves, most of what we worry about and even much of what we strive for in life becomes meaningless. We may still have some worries, and we'll definitely continue to have goals, dreams and desires. However, from a place of true self appreciation and self love, the fear behind our worries and the motivation for our goals dramatically changes from something we have to avoid or produce in order to be accepted and valued to something we're genuinely concerned about or really want to accomplish." When we love ourselves, our goals become part of who we are and we are not effected by the thoughts and actions of others around us. We know of our true power and are able to believe in our ability to accomplish the tasks we set out to do.
2. Learn to laugh. Being pregnant is a lot of work. Our bodies are in a constant state of change. Hormone levels fluctuate and cause emotions to seem out of control. If you can learn to take a step back and laugh at yourself, it really does relieve stress. Being happy allows you to avoid taking other people's comments too seriously. If you can keep a real smile on your face, you aren't likely to be offended.
3. Speak about yourself positively. Women are amazing. Birth is such an empowering experience. As a pregnant women you are actually creating life. What could be more important that that? If you are to have the confidence necessary to have a natural childbirth, when it seems no one else believes you can do it, you need to talk about yourself as you truly are. Recognize your true divine nature. Speak about your abilities in a positive way. If you believe in yourself, others will also.
4. Surround yourself with cheerleaders. You might not be able to control what people think, but you can control who you spend time with. Pick people who have the same beliefs as you do. Find the friends that will boost you up and cheer you on towards your goals. Take some time away from those who doubt you or put you down. You don't have time for negativity! If you tell your friends and family how you feel about having a natural childbirth, and ask for their support, there will be plenty of them that will surround your with their love and support. Spend your time with them.
5. Prepare your mind and body. Birth is natural. Women were born to have babies. It is innate. But, things do go more smoothly when you have prepared your mind and body to deal with it. Learn how to relax. Spend time each day meditating. Focus on your breathing and how you can control your emotions with your breath. Memorize positive affirmation statements about womanhood and birth to give you confidence. There are many free programs available to women at local hospitals and women's centers. Attend some. Knowledge is power. The more you understand about the birth process the better. Fear is replaced with confidence.
You have the right to create the birth you desire. Don't let other people influence your decision to have a natural childbirth. It is an amazing experience. You can do it!