Birth & Family Life
A blog about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding,
parenthood & everything in between...
parenthood & everything in between...
Pregnancy and exercise, the words don't really seem to fit together right?Wrong! You need to keep your body moving during your pregnancy and here are my top 4 ways to WORK IT OUT! Note: please talk to your care provider before adding or changing your exercise program.
1. Prenatal Yoga
OMG. I used to look forward to my weekly prenatal yoga sessions. Being with other women with gorgeous swelling bellies was always a way to catch up and be surrounded people who understood me. Our teacher had many great tips to share and always was helpful for adjusting us into more correct positions. Savasana was (and still is) my favourite position due to the stillness. I especially loved my prenatal yoga class when pregnant with baby number two. It was a time for me and me only. We've some listed Calgary prenatal yoga classes on our Resources page!
As the pregnancy weight increases, swimming allows your body to forget about gravity dragging down on your growing shape. Slow laps or prenatal water workouts are great for cardio. Check out the listings at the local pool to see if they have specialized prenatal classes or ask the instructors if they can modify them for you. And laps, just head to an open lap time and float away!
If you were a runner before pregnancy, you can probably be a runner for most of your pregnancy. Anyone, however, can be a walker. Head outside, count your steps, take the stairs; whatever gets you moving. My friend and I would walk the neighbourhood in the evening to catch up and focus on us. Outside, inside, up stairs or down, just do it!
4. Birth Boot Camp
I didn't have this program when I was pregnant, but lucky you!! Part of the Birth Boot Camp mandate is to help you to stay low risk and we have an exercise program within the course! Starting from week 2 and onward, you'll receive new stretches and exercises to incorporate into your daily routines straight from our advisory board! Have you heard of foam rolling? We'll show you how to massage yourself with a foam roller!
We start the second class in our series next Friday June 12 and can send you class 1 online to catch up; perfect for couples that are due in August, September or October! Can't make it? We offer private classes in your home or an online class!
What is your favourite way to exercise during pregnancy? Please share it below in the comment section!
With Love and Light,
The birth of my second child was an awesome moment; not only was she here and healthy, but she was my natural birth. I thought I had it all figured out with my first babe, but it wasn't until I met some wonderful new friends, my doula and several amazing books that I truly realized what my body was capable of doing. Birth Boot Camp is running a contest right now called Why I Loved My Natural Birth. The video with the most "thumbs up" on YouTube will win $100 towards gear, books or training.
I'd love to win and stock up on some extra prizes for my students! You can watch the video below and then make sure to give it a thumbs up!
You can view all the great entries here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWBimSYVrJcOzD8TQRYGgIJyN4wIyHOwx. Women and couples sharing why they loved their natural births with a wide variance of experiences of VBACs, HBACs, hospital births, home births, birth centre births and more! Warning, watching these videos may increase your oxytocin levels!
Your turn!! Leave a comment below about why you want a natural birth or why you loved yours!
With Love and Light,
Something happens when we see that first plus sign (or double line, depending on your test) and it seems like all our money goes to the new baby!Last post I talked about why it was important to save or set aside money to attend a childbirth class like our Birth Boot Camp. Now let's talk about HOW!
1. Stash the Cash
Before we talk about how, let's talk about where to put that extra savings! Open up a Tax-Free Savings account and call it your Baby Fund, or something a little more fun. A separate account like this will make you think twice before removing funds for something frivolous. Or go old school with a piggy bank that you need to beak open! Even a mason jar can help make it easy to keep the extra money separate.
Trade Lunch for SavingsIf you work outside of the home, it's easy to get into the habit of eating lunch or grabbing that snack or daily coffee at the place close by. Sadly, its an expensive habit! You can cut your costs by packing your lunch with leftovers or easy fixings. Not only will your wallet thank you, but your body will too as many to go type meals are high in salt and bad fats. You can increase your protein, good fats and good carbohydrates with your made at home (and with love) meals.
We love (happy) chickens in our home. In order to save money, we purchase whole chickens in bulk (10 at a time). Roasting a whole chicken is super easy and makes several meals worth of chicken all ready to go! Stir fries, sandwiches, fajitas, soups...just added the already cooked meat! Plus, make your own bone broth with the bones for extra health and savings!
2. Used is the New Cool
There are a number of items that you can pick up on the local Facebook swap groups, Kijiji or from friends that will save you big money and still be safe. Strollers, baby carriers, cloth diapers, clothing and toys can be found at great prices. Inspect EVERYTHING before you buy and be safe when meeting up with strangers. The one item I would never recommend you buy used is a car seat. But maternity clothes...head to the consignment shop! Baby & Me in Calgary has an awesome selection of consignment maternity for all sizes!
3. Less is More
There are so many cool gadgets and STUFF on the market for babies and new parents. Are these things really needed? Not really. Talk to your mommy and daddy friends about what stuff they actually used and scope out the minimal homes blogs for ideas.
4. Baby Clothing: Minimize
The strangest thing happens with baby clothing...they never wear half of what they have. Check out your local second hand kids store and see the numerous baby sets still with tags. Sure, you end up changing baby frequently (especially with poo-numis and disposable diapers), but expanding beyond the usual repertoire of a sleeper or onesie (weather dependent) is rare. Take the hand-me-downs your friends offer or hit up the second hand stores.
5. Nursery Games
Hold onto your hats, this is going to get real...what if you didn't set up a nursery? What if baby didn't have her own fancy and decorated room? What if you didn't have a change table or you set a used one up in your living area? What if there was no crib and you co-slept with baby? There are so many alternatives to the traditional and expensive baby's room. Pinterest has some amazing set-up ideas for inspiration to think outside the box.
6. Register with Meaning
Finally, take advantage of a registry for your babe, but do it with purpose. If you are going to use one, try one of the many online versions that you can input from many local stores the EXACT items you would like. Do not put silly or not truly needed stuff on it!! If you want to be taken seriously, use it properly. Direct people to use it and ask repeatedly that they do use it to select a gift if you have one. You can even add your birth class (select it early enough) to the registry for a great group purchase!
I hope these few suggestions will inspire you to save money for your new baby and ensure you are putting the cash down for the priority items. What items are a priority for you and your partner? How have you saved money creatively? Please share with us in the comments section as it may help someone!
With Love and Light,