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The Health Benefits of Chocolate

No one has to convince me to indulge in dark chocolate, but knowing its high antioxidant content makes the process that much more enjoyable.  To ensure you are getting the most nutritional value from your chocolate of choice, choose high quality varieties with at...

Using Aqua Aerobics To Stay In Shape During Pregnancy

View image | gettyimages.com I have exercised regularly for years. When we started a family, I didn’t want to lose my conditioning, but knew I’d have to take the pregnancy into account. Fortunately, I had a secret weapon – aqua aerobics. I had started water workouts...

Gratitude During the Holiday Season

 The holiday season reminds us to be grateful for the many blessings in our lives. But what many of us may not realize is that practicing gratitude as a ritual impacts our health, leading us to feel healthier and happier. Research at the University of California...

Gluten Free Yam Pie

Not only are yams delicious and low glycemic, but some fertility experts claim that high yam consumption may be the reason why Igbo-Ora, a small farming community in Nigeria, has about five times the average incidence of twins. It is suspected that the phytoestrogens...
Frenotomies–Not “Just” for Breastfeeding

Frenotomies–Not “Just” for Breastfeeding

Let's assume for a moment that breastfeeding is not important. That the oral development that breastfeeding provides is inconsequential. We'll ignore all of that so that I can give you a few other reasons to agree to have your tongue-tied baby's frenulum clipped. Just in case the possibility of...

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How Do You Know if Your Baby is Tongue Tied?

How Do You Know if Your Baby is Tongue Tied?

The term “tongue tied" refers to a tongue that is quite literally “tied” by a frenulum. The frenulum is a (usually) thin, fibrous band that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The mere existence of a lingual (tongue) frenulum is not an indicator of a problem. The...

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Is Organic That Important for You and Your Baby?

Is Organic That Important for You and Your Baby?

The simple answer is yes. And to prove that longtime brands like Walmart, Dole and Kraft and increasing their focus on organic products to meet the growing demand for what is considered “the fastest growing sector in agriculture” at “1 billion in sales in 2006.” It is important to note that...

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Tips to Alleviate Breast Engorgement

Tips to Alleviate Breast Engorgement

Engorged breasts are uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Fortunately, true engorgement can be prevented with frequent breastfeeding in the first few days/weeks after the birth of your baby. Some breast tenderness is to be expected in the first week postpartum as your breasts prepare to provide...

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Solid Foods for Babies

Solid Foods for Babies

While there is some different thoughts about starting babies on solid foods ranging from beginning at four months to waiting until one year, the average age seems to be six months. When my baby reached six months I gathered some of the best books I could find including: Super Baby Food, Into the...

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Foods that Decrease Milk Supply

Foods that Decrease Milk Supply

You probably already know that certain foods and herbs can increase milk supply. Oatmeal, fenugreek* and blessed thistle* and many others all have a reputation for helping mothers overflow with milk. But did you know that some foods can actually decrease milk production? If you're struggling with...

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The Art of the Green Smoothie

The Art of the Green Smoothie

Even though I love to eat salad, I’m always feeling like I could use more greens in my diet. Greens are, in fact, way easier for us digest when we chew extremely well (which Paul Pitchford told me is at least 30 chews per bite) or in my new favorite form: the green smoothie. My doctor was kind...

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Having a Baby- Then and Now

Having a Baby- Then and Now

On my birthday I wondered what my mother was thinking before she went into labor? Had she taken any childbirth classes? (No.) Was she informed on what was going to happen with her body? (No.) Was she scared? (Yes!) Was my Dad going to be with her during labor and birth? (No.) Was she allowed to...

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Mythbusters:  Lots of Breastfeeding Myths!

Mythbusters: Lots of Breastfeeding Myths!

These are things that I see or read every day: From my clients, from professionals and websites focusing on newborn issues. Each one of these statements could be an entire post. As time goes on, I hope to link each myth with a thorough explanation as to why it's a myth. But for now, read these and...

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Can I Drink Alcohol When I’m Breastfeeding?

Can I Drink Alcohol When I’m Breastfeeding?

You already know that alcohol consumption during pregnancy can harm the developing fetus. Even moderate drinking can cause devastating brain damage. But what about breastfeeding? Does that glass of wine you enjoyed with dinner pass into your breast milk? The short answer is, “yes.” The alcohol you...

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Swaddling Your Baby

Swaddling Your Baby

Many parents find that swaddling helps their newborn sleep for longer stretches. For sleep deprived parents, this is a good thing. But is swaddling good for babies? Swaddling done correctly should not cause any problems for your baby's physical development. A recent study published in the journal,...

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The Benefits of Cosleeping with Your Baby

The Benefits of Cosleeping with Your Baby

Both my husband and I were surprised to become a cosleeping family when our newborn arrived.  We had heard about the "family bed" concept and it's pros and cons from more experienced friends.  It happened right from the get go when the nurse handed me my baby along with a handout about safety...

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As the founder of FertileFoods.com my intention is to support men and women from the childbearing years all the way to the family dinner table by prioritizing relaxation, pleasure, exercise, healthy foods and high quality nutrient supplementation.

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