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5 Ways to Physically Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy

If you've made the decision to embark on the journey of pregnancy, you probably have a million questions and concerns running through your head as you move into this phase of planning and trying. And as a busy, parent-to-be who values fitness and well-being, you may be wondering about how this is all going to affect and change you body.  I know for me, personally, it was the reason I got into this work. I spent 10 years in NYC as a professional modern dancer and the changes my body was going to go through during pregnancy was a big concern. That may sound vain, but my body was my business. I had spent my entire life training and strengthening it to be able to rehearse and perform. I wasn’t willing to risk injury or not being able to return to dancing in postpartum.  And here’s the most important thing I learned: PREVENTION IS KEY.   If you are thinking of becoming pregnant or already trying, now is the time to start taking some proactive steps to physically prepare your body f

LACATION SUPPORT COOKIE RECIPE

Lactation support cookies are a popular snack for breastfeeding mothers. These cookies are easy to make at home or can be purchased from a variety of online retailers. Here are a few key ingredients and why they are so great!  Oats are a rich source of iron and fiber, which are both important for maintaining good milk production. In addition, oats contain saponins, which are believed to stimulate the production of hormones that promote lactation. Brewer's yeast is a type of yeast that is used in the brewing of beer. It is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as iron, which can help boost milk production. *This can have a bitter taste in cookies. so my recipe uses nutritional yeast instead.   This provides a better tastes with slightly less benefits...but in my world, taste is EVERYTHING!  Flaxseed is another popular ingredient in lactation support cookies. Flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain development in babies. In addition, flaxseed contains