With my first pregnancy, I was one of those women who just loved being pregnant and may have actually been glowing. Then my water broke 5 weeks early. Rather, my water exploded as it doused the front seat of our car, leaking down to the toes of my boots while my husband and I drove home from our first parenting class. (more…)
By Cheryl Blackington from Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness
Cheryl Blackington will be leading the Mindful Parenting Workshop November 4th at Renew Mama 12-5 PM.ReImagine bringing mindfulness into your parenting journey. Imagine finding a source of peace and acceptance with yourself and your kids, even at the worst of times. Imagine being able to take a breath and pause before you react in an unhelpful way. Imagine developing a self care ritual so you don’t feel so overwhelmed and so stressed. Parents have a huge impact on their children. Our kids watch us and model our actions, words, and emotions based on how we conduct ourselves. It is not so much what you say, as what you do.
The weeks are approaching fast, I can’t believe I only have 5 weeks left being pregnant with my 3rd baby. In honor of prepping for baby number 3, I’ve gathered some of my favorite postpartum essentials. I’m a girl of comfort and ease so comfy nursing bras, pajamas, and fuzzy socks are definitely on the list. Enjoy mamas! (more…)
PMAD (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders)… the most common complication of pregnancy and it’s more that just postpartum depression. 1 out of every 5 women can be affected by some form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder during or after pregnancy. I had no idea what PMAD was and how many women it affected until a nurse from Pine Rest came to speak at one of our MOPs meetings. (more…)
Everyone always tells you what motherhood will be like, but you don’t truly know until you become one! It is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life. When you’re pregnant you wait in anticipation for approximately 40 weeks for your baby and to prepare you go to classes, decorate the nursery, read books, etc. However, I don’t think any of those things will ever really prepare you for motherhood, until you actually experience it. (more…)