Premature Birth: Understanding Your Risk

Friday, April 14, 2017 By
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It is estimated that approximately 1 in 10 pregnancies in the United States will result in a premature birth–this is one of the highest rates in the developed world. Premature birth remains the leading cause of newborn death globally, and it can happen to anyone. Although its prevalence is remarkably high, premature birth remains a puzzle for medical professionals across the world who struggle to identify why so many babies are born too early. Premature birth is defined as delivering between 20 and 37 weeks. Since babies are technically not ready to leave the womb, they are subject to a variety of…


Pregnant at the Barre?

Monday, February 20, 2017 By Jessica Tomes

“Keeping active during pregnancy has a myriad of benefits for both mom and baby,” says Deanna Cordo, owner of YogaBarre Wellness and mother of two. Mom may experience an easier labor and delivery, more energy, fewer of the typical pregnancy aches and pains, better immunity, and a better bounce-back postpartum. Potential benefits for baby include a healthier heart and brain, as well as a tendency toward a healthier lifestyle and even (future) athleticism. Who would have thought, right? But it makes sense when you really think about it. We, as parents, have an opportunity to role model so many of…


Easing Back Pain During Pregnancy with Chiropractic Care

Thursday, February 2, 2017 By Alayna Pagnani-Gendron
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The moment you find out you are pregnant is a special time filled with joy, nerves, and excitement. You are also probably still feeling great, physically. Eventually, hormonal changes take over and that little baby bump grows, throwing off your center of gravity.  Then, all of a sudden, you take a step and feel a sharp twinge in your lower back. Ouch! Many women experience back pain throughout pregnancy; however, many moms-to-be don’t realize there is safe and effective help out there for back pain during pregnancy—it’s chiropractic care! Pregnancy is an extraordinary time in your life, and this is…


My Interview with Jillian Michaels About Her New Book, YEAH BABY!

Thursday, December 1, 2016 By Nina Spears
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This post was sponsored by Rodale for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Read our policies page for more information. When you hear the name ‘Jillian Michaels’ you either love her or… are afraid of her. 😉 I happen to be on the love side, and I am inspired by her no-nonsense, can-do attitude and her passion for helping others. She has done so much in her career (through television, her DVDs and/or her books) to educate and support people through their health and wellness journeys. As one of the world’s leading fitness experts and a renowned nutritionist, she has been a tremendous fitness resource for all…


Pregnancy Bites: Taking the Mystery out of “Eating for Two”

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

I am not a registered nutritionist, nor am I a highly trained chef. I have a few recipes (mostly basic items) in my repertoire, that I tend to repeat over and over — much to my family’s dismay. The first time I ever cooked dinner for my husband — whole wheat pasta with fresh spinach, tomatoes, basil, and garlic sautéed in olive oil — he looked at me like I was crazy and asked, “where’s the meat?” It’s safe to safe he and my toddlers share a similar palette when it comes to food. Married for almost five years now,…


Tips and Tricks for a Fitter Pregnancy

Thursday, May 19, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

With babies number one and two, I basically gave myself a get-out-of-jail-free pass as soon as I found out we were expecting. I stopped working out entirely — although to be fair I wasn’t really working out much to begin with — and I treated that whole “eating for two” concept as a personal challenge. Definitely not the healthiest decision I’ve ever made. I gained almost 50 pounds. Not only was I huge and uncomfortable, it took me forever to lose the weight after my babies were born (despite breastfeeding). But this time around, I decided to do things differently….


We Heart Calm-A-Mama

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

The Story Behind the Drops Hannah Garrison says she created Calm-A-Mama out of her own necessity during her first pregnancy. She suffered from anxiety, but couldn’t really take anything to safely treat her symptoms. She quickly realized other women would also need Calm-A-Mama. She wanted to create a product that would be safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. So she did! As a seasoned entrepreneur — and an accredited coach and business consultant — Hannah has spent the past decade working with moms and studying all things stress-reduction. She believes our society is very stressed out; especially about pregnancy…


6 Hip Opening Stretches During Pregnancy

Thursday, November 19, 2015 By Nina Spears

Stretching and exercise is so important during pregnancy. Why, you ask? Well, now that you’re carrying around extra weight and fluids, it can make you feel sore, tired and downright uncomfortable. Stretching during your pregnancy helps relieve your aching joints, reduce muscle tension, relieve lower back pain, increase flexibility, help you relax, and, BEST of all, better prepare you for childbirth. All of these stretches are things that you can benefit from when you’re preparing to give birth. What pregnant mama doesn’t want that? It’s time to prepare your body for labor by incorporating specific hip stretches into your prenatal workout routine. Remember that…


Fit Chick: Legs & Butt Workout

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 By Nina Spears
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As a mom, I can understand how it can be difficult to find the time to work out. I get it! That to-do list is getting longer and longer by the minute and your kid’s schedule/routine is jam packed. When are you supposed to fit in time to go to the gym? As the ultimate excuse-maker about going to the gym (no really, I am), I’m constantly telling myself and others why I don’t have time to workout. But then I tell myself, “if you want something badly enough, like staying healthy for yourself and your family, you will MAKE time to do…