Run Away From This Christmas Gift!
It’s the season of giving! With that often comes last minute shopping, so you rush to the mall…
You walk past Bath & Body and you're greeted with fantastic fragrances, bright colors, and irresistible bundle deals. You pick up a red lotion called “Cinnamon Candy Apple” and you think “My sister would love to get this as a gift!” I mean, who doesn’t love a good gift from Bath & Body? She is pregnant and her baby is due shortly after Christmas, and you want to get her some self-care products...
Many people don’t realize that the ingredients in these popular body products can be harmful during pregnancy, and your body in general.
The scents and bright colors are so appealing! Unfortunately, they contain ingredients like phthalates, dyes, and parabens.
These ingredients can cause…
- endocrine or hormone disruption
- allergic reactions
- fetal/reproductive harm
- they are also linked to cancer
You would love to get your sister the perfect Christmas present that she can use when the baby arrives, but you know she wouldn’t be okay with all of the negative effects that can come along with popular self-care products. Of course, you don't want to get her anything less than the best skincare for pregnancy and the best skincare when breastfeeding. Luckily, there is an alternative that is luxurious and safe for her to use.
Shop our signature Almond & Coco Body Cream to avoid harmful ingredients.
It has a chocolate almond scent you'll crave and is made with organic ingredients to leave your skin nourished! It also comes in a refillable glass bottle to reduce the total carbon impact on the environment.
You can now give her the best new mom care package, help the environment, and your sister’s skin by gifting the Almond & Coco Body Cream.
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!