Stay Healthy for Your Growing Baby
Holistic Wellness Support
You are moving through the transformational journey of pregnancy. This is a momentous time of self-reflection and growth, and so it is time to take the best care of yourself and your growing baby. To support you on your journey, I highly recommend that you enroll in the Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness program to learn ways to deeply nourish your body-mind-spirit. This beautiful online program offers weekly gems to support your holistic wellness throughout pregnancy, including 30 prenatal yoga videos, 9 audio recordings, inspirational themes and education, developmental benchmarks, nutritional recommendations and recipes, self care practices and creative projects to cultivate mindfulness. Sign up here!
Check out my article Eat Right During Pregnancy for 8 tips for optimal maternal and child health.
You should be eating around 80 - 100 g of protein every day to help your baby grow! Read about the Brewer Diet for more information on why this is so important during pregnancy. Here is a very traditional protein source chart, and here is chart that gives ideas for many more planet-based proteins. Check out this list of natural grocers in Boulder for places to buy whole, nutritious foods.
Please remember to be drinking at least 8 glasses of filtered water every day. Your amniotic fluid is recycling every couple of hours, and needs fresh, chemical-free water to do it!
Be sure to get enough exercise while you are pregnant - it is important for your physical and mental health. Plus, staying in shape will make your birth easier. Every day, try to do at least one of the following: stretch, do strengthening exercises, take a walk outside, do prenatal yoga at home, or try going to a prenatal yoga or Pilates class. Remember to also practice your Kegal Exercises when working at the computer, standing in line, or watching a movie! For local yoga classes check out De West Yoga or classes at Yo Mama in Boulder and Yoga Junction in Louisville.
Soothing Lavender Pregnancy Tea: This Vibrant Souls tea blend is ideal for pregnant mothers who wish to provide their baby with essential vitamins and minerals by supplementing their nutritious diets with herbal tea.
Yemaya's Nursing Tea: This Vibrant Souls blend is ideal for nursing mothers. It contains herbs that stimulate the production and flow of breast milk, and is packed with vitamins and minerals to enhance the nourishment baby receives!
Stay in alignment before and after birth with Bellies, Babies and Beyond Chiropractic. Keep your body relaxed and open with Graceful Waves prenatal and postpartum massage or Faith Davis' maternity massage, and be sure your baby is pampered with infant massage. Want to learn to give your baby a massage yourself? Check out Boulder Community Health's infant massage class or the Baby Massage and Playtime Workshop at YoMama.
Be Informed for a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth
Recommended Reading & Film
- The Birth Partner, Third Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions By Penny Simkin
- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth By Ina May Gaskin
- Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers By Nancy Mohrbacher
- Check out this list of great films about pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum.
Reputable Informational Websites
- Childbirth Connection. Start with their amazing renditions of how the body changes throughout pregnancy!
- Evidence Based Birth
- Science and Sensibility is a research blog about health pregnancy, birth and beyond.
- Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness
Childbirth Education Classes and Groups
- Classes at Belly Bliss
- Classes at Yo Mama Boulder
- Bradley Method classes specifically for natural birth with Birth Mojo
- Birth Boot Camp is an accessible, contemporary education for natural birth and breastfeeding.
- Monthly Group: Pregnancy Night Out. Gain wisdom-pearls on topics that will support your pregnancy, your labor and your postnatal time with Maria and Jenevieve.
Be sure to make a conscious decision about whether or not you want to have your baby boy circumcised. This half hour presentation will help you get educated about the common procedure, which does have its drawbacks. Watch it here.
Delayed Cord Clamping
Take a look at the article Cord Clamping: Give Me All My Blood!, an in-depth overview of the reasons delayed cord clamping is so critical, including the importance of immediate skin-to-skin contact, prevention of blood loss and avoidance of oxygen deprivation.
Cord Blood Banking
When a child is born, blood remains in their umbilical cord – this is called "cord blood". This blood contains valuable stem cells, which can be used as a treatment for over 80 diseases, including autoimmune disorders, blood conditions and even certain cancers. Cord blood can now be stored, or "banked", by families. When parents choose to store their baby's cord blood, they can use these cells for medical treatment. The child, their siblings, and close relatives can all benefit from stored cord blood. With dozens of FDA-approved clinical trials underway, cord blood may treat life-changing conditions like autism and heart disease in the near future. Learn more about cord blood banking.
Vitamin K Shot
Vitamin K plays an important part in making our blood clot. If blood can't clot properly, uncontrolled bleeding can happen. Babies are often born with low Vitamin K stores, and are therefore at risk of excessive bleeding or bruising. Giving your baby a Vitamin K shot has no serious negative side effects, and will ensure your baby's blood can clot, just in case! The shot provides infants with enough vitamin K to last until they get sufficient amounts through diet.
An erythromycin eye ointment is routinely applied to newborns to prevent ophthalmia neonatorum (ON), a type of pink eye that caused blindness in 3% of infants who were affected in the 1800s. However, the condition can not be contracted unless the mother has chlamydia or gonorrhea. Read this Evidence Based Birth article for a detailed overview of the history, benefits, risks and alternatives of the erythromycin eye ointment. Some hospitals will allow you to refuse the ointment, or delay it so that bonding is not impacted, however they may ask you to sign a release form.
Compassionate Sleep Solutions is a mindful approach to healthy and dependable sleep based on the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE™) philosophy of caring for the young child with respect and authenticity.
Check out Happy Little Tots for top baby product picks.
Green Your Nursery!
- Do a yoni steam after your birth to help heal, cleanse and tone your reproductive system. This ancient treatment is a tradition used by Mayan midwives. I recommend waiting at least a week after giving birth, just to give your body some time to heal on its own before introducing the warm steam. In cases of extreme bleeding or hemorrhaging, a yoni steam would be contraindicated. I recommend you use my Devi Steam™ and Devi Steam Seat™ and download my ritual guide to learn how the practice is done.
- The Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder
- The Catalyst Center: Specializing in the treatment and prevention of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Mellow Mood - Spa for Mamas and their families
- Weekly Parents with Infants Group: Connect with adults who also have infants, and get your questions answered by Maria and Jenevieve.
- The Parent's Directory for Boulder and Broomfield Counties. This useful PDF resource includes information about child care, play groups, parenting classes and support, health care, counseling, financial assistance, legal assistance, and recreational activities.
- You can find great local parenting classes through Real Parenting
- The YWCA offers a co-parenting class
Child Safe Homes
- Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation Mother's Milk Bank
The Birth Center of Boulder
The birth center was created for the community. It's a space born out of great passion and inspiration. We are a free standing center that provides all aspects of maternity, labor, postpartum and well woman care to healthy ‘low risk’ women. The birth center is a comfortable space with all the necessary amenities, medications, and appropriate providers to ensure a safe birth. www.birthcenterofboulder.com
Boulder Community Health Family Birth Center
Our Family Birth Center is the most medically progressive maternity center in the Rocky Mountain region. This state-of-the-art facility is located at the Boulder Community Foothills Hospital at Arapahoe and 48th Street, just east of Foothills Parkway.
Mountain Midwifery Center
Mountain Midwifery Center provides a full range of midwifery services for clients in the Denver Metro Area, the front range, across Colorado and even further locales.
Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting Retailers
Becoming Mothers’ mission is to participate in the lives of women, from the early stages of pregnancy through the time that the baby becomes a toddler. We want to embrace and celebrate the changes women go through becoming a mother. We want you, a mother of a young child, to look and feel becoming throughout this time in your life. www.becomingmothers.com
At Bosom Buddies carries a wide variety of products that offer you convenience and peace of mind while breastfeeding. The company's goal is to provide you with answers to your questions through our website and two Denver-Metro locations. Plus, they carry bras for your life beyond breastfeeding! www.bosombuddies.com
For Fun and Memories
Check out photography by Brook Lorimer Photography.
Play Groups and Centers
- Colorado Mountain Mamas - Hiking group for moms and babies
- WOW - World of Wonder Children's Museum - Lafayette
- Play at Grandrabbits!
- The Family Room (Denver)
Infant Aquatics at Swim*Float*Swim
Additional Resources for Women & Families
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) of Boulder County
Support for Single Parents
- Resource Directory for Single Parents in Boulder County
Having a baby who has special needs entitles a family to certain supports, services and rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
ConsumerDangers.com is dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm. The website is continually updated with breaking news from Government agencies, Watchdog Groups, and concerned citizens about Recalls & Safety affecting consumers. The team at consumerdangers.com strives to provide a comprehensive free resource for the public to learn more about every day products that can potentially cause harm. If you would like to get in touch with them, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Abused women shelters and support groups
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)
SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against women, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing. Our vision is a just and equitable world for women and their families. www.safehousealliance.org
Alternatives To Family Violence (ATFV)
ATFV is a Colorado non-profit organization founded in 1978 to eliminate domestic violence by providing safety and empowerment to those affected. www.atfv-adamsco.org
Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA)
MESA is a program of Mental Health Partners serving the Colorado counties of Boulder and Broomfield. MESA’s mission is to end the suffering in our community caused by sexual assault. www.movingtoendsexualassault.org
Family Tree Women in Crisis
The purpose of Family Tree Women In Crisis (WIC) is to keep victims safe from domestic violence by providing a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, safety planning, advocacy, community resources, health care and other supportive services. www.thefamilytree.org
Mother’s centers/parent and child centers
Mother House provides a safe haven for pregnant women who are at risk. We are committed to protecting their unborn children, providing a nurturing and loving home, and encouraging them to build the confidence and the skills necessary for a successful future. www.mother-house.org
Sacred Heart House
The needs of homeless women and children change as their situations and the economic conditions in Denver change: It is the goal of Sacred Heart House of Denver to respond appropriately and effectively to meet these families. www.sacredhearthouse.org
The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. www.tgpdenver.org
Real Choices Pregnancy Care Center
Provides free, confidential services including: pregnancy tests, medical and legal referrals, adoption support, support groups for pregnant, single moms, support groups for moms and their babies, one-on-one mentoring, maternity and baby items, post-abortion support for women and men, abstinence education. www.realchoicespcc.org
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Support
Highlands United Methodist Church
First Tues of each month at 7:00pm
3131 Osceola St., Denver 80212
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