Your Favorite Things: Podcast Edition

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Do you love podcasts as much as I do?

I seriously can’t get over how easy they make it to learn and take in more information while keeping pace with my busy life as a mom and agency owner.

I recently asked our community to share their favorite birthy/mothering podcasts with us, and boy did they deliver! THANK YOU. Two days was definitely not enough time for me to really dig into all of them.

But let me tell you this, I LOVED what I was able to hear.

Click on the photos to check out the individual podcasts!


This was such a fun experience for me that “Your Favorite Things” blogposts may become a regular thing around here!

And don’t forget, us small business owners thrive on your feedback. If you find yourself enjoying this blog or any of these podcasts, please don’t hesitate to leave reviews!

See you next week!

Love,

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Showing Up is Half the Battle

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We know that motherhood is a brave new world. It wasn't until the last few decades that our culture shifted to place the burden of this transition on each individual woman. Alone.

For me, this was the hardest part of becoming a new mom. Being half-Latina meant I was exposed to the other side of things-where the flood of family invades the home, bathes the children, cooks the food, and pampers the new mother. I remember the resentment I felt when I realized that that swarm of loving family was two states away and I would be fending for myself.

With newborn twins. 

That experience and the postpartum experience with my subsequent babies left a dramatic impression on me.

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That's why our tagline is "We bring the village to you." Because when the baby isn't sleeping, your hormones are in a state of flux, and all the laundry is covered in spit up, just showing up is half the battle.

Knowing this, we've worked to create a network of support for our community. Everyone deserves that invading swarm of family. And if you weren't lucky enough to find yourself born into one, allow me to remind you that family can become the people in your day to day life who do the work of showing up for you. 

Below are the list of resources we've gathered for you:

Your Utah Mama Squad Facebook Group

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A complete Events Calendar featuring

  • Monthly Stroller Squad activities in Utah County

  • Monthly Stroller Squad activities in Salt Lake County

  • Monthly New Mama Chat support group in Utah County for pregnant mothers and mothers of babies up to 18 months

  • Mom's Night Out 

  • Playgroups

  • Fundraisers

  • Free & paid classes

  • Events hosted by agency members from their own private businesses

 

We're not there quite yet, but we've also got some exciting projects in the works to bring birth and postpartum support to families who couldn't otherwise afford these services. 

Things have been set in motion and the birth world in Utah is about to get very exciting. We cannot wait to have you join us! 

 

Love,

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Food in the Fourth Trimester

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Most women spend a lot of time preparing for their baby, but most of them forget to prepare for their own postpartum! The truth is, your postpartum nutritional needs matter.

I know, I know. Even showering is a major accomplishment with a newborn. Add in meal planning and healthy eating? Forget it! You’d rather fill up on whatever is lying around. Believe me, we know what that’s like. We have been there. Doula’s honor.

You’re not alone. In fact, one of the things you can do is to say “YES” when friends and family ask “Is there anything I can do for you?”. Let friends and family bring you and your family meals. It’s extremely helpful, and hopefully(fingers crossed), those meals are filled with ingredients best suited for postpartum healing.

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Eating nutritious food doesn’t just affect mom and baby in pregnancy, but also impacts your delivery. Your body desperately needs that fuel to pump out breastmilk(aka, that liquid gold) AND heal itself. It’s a tall order, but we’ve got some basic suggestions to help. You might find it’s easier to pick a few to focus on and then gradually add in more and more as you go. You’ve got this mama.

  • Fruits like berries

  • Sweet vegetables, like yams, squash, carrots and beets

  • Whole grains, like quinoa and oats

  • Protein, like chicken or fish

  • Dark leafy greens

  • Healthy fats, like avocado, extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, fresh flax oil, and fish oil

  • Raspberry Leaf Tea

  • Iron, especially if you suffer from postpartum symptoms. Found in things like fortified cereals, prune juice, and lean meats.

  • Vitamin C, found in oranges, tomatoes and natural fruit juices. This can help with wound healing for mothers who delivered by cesarean section.

Snacks deserve a category all their own. Your increased metabolism isn’t going to want to wait around for three meals a day. It’s important to plan for quick and healthy snacks to satisfy your cravings.

  • Whole-grain crackers with hummus

  • Nuts, like almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds

  • A cup of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk

  • A hardboiled egg with some baby carrots

  • Cheese and a piece of fruit

  • Peanut butter on an apple

  • Plain Greek yogurt — add in a cup of blueberries or strawberries to avoid added sugar

There are some foods new moms should avoid as they can either disrupt milk production or could be upsetting on a newborn’s digestive system.

  • Caffeine

  • Excessive amounts of dairy

  • Spicy foods

  • Large amounts of peppermint or spearmint

  • Large amounts of Oregano and Sage

www.kellymom.com has a much more comprehensive list. Obviously, women who choose not to breastfeed need not worry about contraindicated foods.

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Continue taking care of yourself. We know it’s not easy. We know those first few weeks are a whole new world for you. There will be things best let go of for the time being. This post is not intended to shame you in the least. We think you’re absolutely wonderful. Few truly recognize the vulnerability and love that it takes to navigate your postpartum period. We hope that in giving yourself the grace to be your authentic self, you choose nourishment - physical, emotional, and mental nourishment.

 

Love,

Maura + Kasaundra