Babies Welcome at the Barre

After I had my second baby, it took a while to get myself to do anything outside of the essentials, like take my older daughter to daycare and run to the grocery store. After all, it was winter, I was nursing, my new baby was fussy, and I was just trying to make it through the day as a new mom of two. But once my doctor cleared me for activity, I knew I wanted to try and get back in shape more quickly than I had with baby #1, so I tried a Barre class at Renew Mama. (more…)

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What to Expect at a Renew Mama Prenatal Yoga Class

Do you remember sleepovers from middle school? Maybe you played MASH, watched scary movies, or choreographed dance routines. I distinctly remember the conversation always turning from boys and bras to periods. Who had theirs already and who, like me, were the late bloomers. We would listen attentively to each other and ask questions about what was normal. There is still something special about a group of girls or women coming together to share these uniquely female experiences. We can talk to our spouses about it, but only other women can understand how it really feels. (more…)

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Holidays are just around the corner! It’s time to start preparing gifts for your loved ones and finding the perfect one can be difficult. With our help, you’ll find that special something with our guide for her! Use the list below as a starting point, circle your favorites, add a few more, then number them in order to let your family know which ones you’d love most. (more…)

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My Journey Towards Mindful Parenting

By Cheryl Blackington from Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness

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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.

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Amanda’s Favorite Postpartum Essentials

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…)

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Why EVERY Woman Should Try Pilates!

Women of all ages and levels can do Pilates, it does not matter if you are 30 or 50 years old, just had a baby or out of shape… anyone can do Pilates! Pilates is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, as well as enhance mental awareness. It’s more than just a workout, it can help sculpt your body while giving you energy and inner serenity. (more…)

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PMAD… Be Informed!

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…)

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Safe Babymoon Destinations

Babymoon • a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born. A babymoon is a real thing and if you’re pregnant you should definitely go on one before baby comes! Disconnect from the stresses of everyday life, spend precious quality time with your partner and treat yourself! You will NEVER get this quality time back!

Wondering when to go? The second trimester is the best and most comfortable time to travel. (According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time to travel is from 18 to 24 weeks.) Morning sickness is usually over, you tend to have a boost in energy, and your bump isn’t too big yet! Always check with your doctor prior to your trip just to be sure you’re safe to travel. (more…)

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Need Help Planning A Baby Shower??

Are you a first time mama or know someone that is? It’s time to starting thinking about the baby shower! If you’re the mama, all you are in charge of is keeping yourself and the baby healthy! Let whoever is planning the baby shower take care of the worrying and pass this along to them for helpful baby shower details, ideas, and games!

Baby showers once meant awkward small talk, silly games and tiny sandwiches, but times are changing. Today people are now throwing couples showers, sprinkles for second time moms, and diaper parties for dad’s, along with the traditional women’s shower. Talk with the mama-to-be to see what type of baby shower she’d prefer. (more…)

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