• 5 Ingredients to Use During Pregnancy

    5 Ingredients to Use During Pregnancy 5 Natural Ingredients to Use During Pregnancy

    While pregnant or breastfeeding, it becomes especially important to be mindful of what goes in and on your body. Studies have shown that common chemicals in everyday personal care products, such as shampoo, makeup and moisturizers, are associated with developmental, reproductive and behavioral disorders, hormone disruption and cancer. Nine Naturals believes in creating products that are not only high-performing, but also completely safe and natural. Some of our favorite natural ingredients include:

    VITAMIN E: Isolated from vegetable oils, Vitamin E is an important vitamin required for the proper function of many organs and an antioxidant, meaning it helps to slow down processes that damage cells. This is important for pregnant women because it can help prevent complications in late pregnancy due to high blood pressure, PMS, painful periods, hot flashes associated with breast cancer, and breast cysts. The moisturizing properties of Vitamin E for skin is well known but it also does wonders for your hair! When ingested or applied topically on hair, Vitamin E is effective for hair growth by improving blood circulation in the scalp, prevent premature greying by slowing down the overall aging process, giving hair a lustrous shine by promoting natural strength and shine, and preventing split ends by countering damage done by heat. Find Vitamin E used in all Nine Naturals products.

    ARGAN OIL: Not all women get pregnancy glow. Some often experience dry skin, especially around the belly, breasts, and hips as the skin swells and grows. High in vitamin E, antioxidants, and linolenic acid, argan oil is a super-effective moisturizer that has been shown to prevent and treat stretch marks by maintaining elasticity and preventing moisture-loss. On top of improving your body’s immunity to diseases such as breast and colorectal cancer, argan oil is good for treating under eye circles, burns, wrinkles, brittle nails, arthritis, and rheumatism pain. Argan oil in Nine Naturals Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner gives lackluster postpartum hair a boost by adding shine and hydrating roots.

    BROCCOLI SEED OIL: Broccoli seed oil is high in vitamin C, Vitamin B, and erucic acid, which is a light oil composed of many different omega-9 and omega-6 oils. This means that it helps eliminate free radicals that can contribute to cancer, prevent hair loss while promoting thicker healthier hair, and soothe redness and inflammation. Best part? Broccoli seed oil is a natural substitute for silicone--often found in cosmetic products, particularly in leave-on skincare and haircare products, such as Nine Naturals Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter. This natural emollient hydrates hair and skin without leaving a greasy film and adds a protective layer that traps in moisture, and keeping skin and hair hydrated all day long!

    CAPUAÇU BUTTER: Found in the rain forests of South America, Cupuacu butter has a natural hazelnut aroma, is rich in phytosterols, polyphenols, and fatty acids, and is a good natural substitute for lanolin. This means that it can be used to effectively treat dry, damaged skin, combat free radicals in tissues, and protect and moisturize skin. Treating skin with cupuacu butter also allows skin to attract 240% more water, fight inflammation, and improve elasticity--making it the perfect ingredient for stretch-mark fighting belly butters! Plus, it also absorbs UV rays, adding natural sun protection. This is why Nine Naturals uses cupuacu butter in its Unscented Moisturizing Body Cream.

    COCONUT OIL: Coconut oil, used in all Nine Naturals products, is a fatty acid that is easily metabolized by the body, making it an excellent replacement for butter and oils, and helps regulate blood sugar levels while providing stable energy. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, much-needed lauric, caprylic, and capric acid in coconut oil passes from mother to child. These acids are known to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antiparasiticidal properties that support immune system in mommy and baby. On skin, this holy grail ingredient prevents stretch marks and alleviates itchiness on belly and breasts.It’s also a natural, moisturizing, and gentle cleanser. Use to remove makeup from skin, tame frizzy hair, and soothe cracked lips.


    Adding these simple and natural ingredients to your beauty routine will go a long way in helping detoxify your pregnancy. Read labels carefully and opt for brands that provide full ingredient transparency. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database is also great place to get more information about companies with high safety ratings.

  • Game-changer: Nursing Pillow

    Start your breastfeeding journey right with one of these 8 great nursing pillows.

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    The benefits of nursing your baby are countless, from nutrition to bonding to fighting off disease. While the process isn’t always easy, the right breastfeeding support can make all the difference. Sometimes literally. Investing in a nursing pillow, which is specifically designed to help you feed your baby, can be a game-changer from your first feed. Pack one of these 8 great nursing pillow options in your hospital bag now.

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    This article is by Jessica Pallay, courtesy of Well Rounded NY. Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • 5 Beauty Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy

    5 Beauty Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy 5 Beauty Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy

    A growing number of studies show that common chemicals in everyday personal care products, such as shampoo, makeup and moisturizers, are associated with developmental, reproductive and behavioral disorders, hormone disruption and cancer. That is why, during pregnancy or breastfeeding, women should especially avoiding synthetic chemicals. Here is our list of top 5 most harmful agents:

    Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. Intended to stop the growth of bacteria in your products, they disrupt your endocrine system—chemicals that act like hormones and disrupt the reproductive system. They can build up in the body over time and have been associated with reproductive disorders in babies. That is why all Nine Naturals products are free of Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates.

    Sulfates are cleansing agents used to create soaps that foam and lather. Nitrosamines and 1.4-dioxane are the two primary culprits present within sulfates and have been labeled carcinogenic. Sulfates have also been shown to disrupt hormonal balance, incite reproductive and developmental problems and seriously pollute the environment. At Nine Naturals, we use a variety of citrus juice and oils--like those in our shampoos and conditioners--because they are natural cleansers that not only maintain your body’s natural balance, but helps improve move and reduce inflammation.

    Phthalates are found in a wide variety of personal care products, such as shampoos, conditioners and perfumes, and are often a component of fragrance in products. Exposure to phthalates is associated with hormone disruption, birth defects and endometriosis. Our Citrus + Geranium Soothing Body Wash will fill your shower with a fresh, floral aroma that not only calms you, but may even help alleviate pregnancy nausea!

    BPA is a chemical commonly found in plastics mostly used for containers. Recent studies have shown BPA to cause developmental disorders, such as cancer, ADHD and asthma, in fetuses when pregnant women interact with the substance. Make sure you look for bottles that are BPA-free, as these chemicals can seep into the products the bottles were intended to hold.

    Petrochemicals are made from natural gas liquid and crude oil often used in the manufacturing of plastics. What many people don’t realize is that petrochemicals are widely added to food, personal care products and household products. Because petrochemicals are known hormone disrupters and have been linked to causing many health problems, such as cancer, Nine Naturals’ moisturizing bodycare products only use non-toxic essential oils naturally-derived from plants.

     

    The prevalence of these toxic chemicals may be overwhelming, but don’t worry! Staying educated on what to avoid and what natural ingredients are better substitutes will make the journey to a healthier lifestyle much easier. Whether it’s upgrading your beauty routine--try 7-free nail polish and all-natural mascara--or simply switching to glass from plastic, feel at ease knowing that you are creating a healthier, safer environment for mommy and baby.

  • Things We've Read: Week of August 17th, 2015

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    Why Moms Love Snapchat (NY Mag): Perfect for low-pressure/no-pressure updates

    New Study Links Preterm Birth with Microbes in Mom's Body (Washington Post): Initial links between bacteria in the reproductive tract and premature birth.

    There's A Kids' Book That Promises To Make Anyone Fall Asleep (HuffPost): Hopefully the answer to every parent's bedtime struggles.

    Shorter Women Have Shorter Pregnancies - and that can be a big problem (Washington Post): Data from a study of mothers in Finland, Denmark and Norway suggests shorter mothers had shorter pregnancies, smaller babies and a higher risk of preterm births.

    The Cat-And-Baby Video To End All Cat-And-Baby Videos (HuffPost): The cutest video to end the week

    Baby Girl...Big Sister (HuffPost): Making the transition from only child to elder sibling

    6 Questions Parents Should Really Be Asking Pediatricians (HuffPost): Helpful advice from those who have watched hundreds of kids grow up.

  • Well Rounded Recipes: Vegetarian Roast

    This hearty dish will keep you happy and healthy during pregnancy and postpartum.

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    This vegetarian roast dish is ideal during pregnancy and after birth, as it’s very simple to make, only takes 25 minutes to prepare, and is super healthy. Thanks to all the delicious vegetables, it’s packed high with fiber, iron, Vitamin C, folate and magnesium, which are all essential vitamins during and post pregnancy.

    We used a few basic vegetables we had on hand, including Spanish onion, zucchini, red capsicum, green capsicum, sweet potato, eggplant, pumpkin, mushrooms and potatoes. However you can include some more of your favorites, such as carrot, celery, cauliflower or parsnips.

    Simply chop the veggies into rustic bite-size pieces and add garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and then grate a ripe tomato on top, to add extra flavor and texture. Pop it in the oven for an hour and your appetizing dish is ready!

    Ingredients:

    – 5 tablespoons olive oil
    – 1/4 cup of water
    -1 x tablespoon dried oregano
    – sea salt to taste
    – freshly ground black pepper to taste
    – 2 x cloves garlic
    – 1/4 x pumpkin
    – 3 x zucchinis
    – 1 x red capsicum
    – 1 x green capsicum
    – 1 x large sweet potato
    – 1 x Spanish onion
    – 1 x ripe tomato
    – 2 x large mushrooms

    Directions:

    – Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
    – Chop up all vegetables in to rustic size pieces and arrange neatly in a large baking dish.
    – Add salt, pepper, dried oregano, garlic, olive oil and water. Toss well to coat.
    – Grate ripe tomato on top of vegetables.
    – Cover dish with baking paper and aluminum foil.
    – Roast for about 1 hour or until vegetables are cooked through and tender.

    This article is by Penny Zalalas, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • Things We've Read: Week of August 10th, 2015

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    What Netflix's Extended Parental Leave Means for Millennial Workers (HuffPost): With the Net Generation, "the line between work and home has been erased."

    Girls Don't Need Pink Blocks (HuffPost): Bridging the gender gap in subtle ways.

    4 Awesome Innovations That Support Breastfeeding Moms (HuffPost): "Moms and babies do all the hard work, but these advances can help" make it easier.

    Pregnancy Is the Best Time for Some Vaccines (NYTimes): Getting some important vaccines, such as the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, before pregnancy can protect both moms and their babies.

    Pregnant Officer Denied Change to Take Sergeant's Exam Fights Back (NYTimes): Fighting for equality.

    Don't Kid Yourself: All Leave Is Limited (Forbes): One writer's take on the bottom line behind Netflix's 'Unlimited Maternity and Paternity Leave'

  • Summer Hair Fixes

    Summer Hair Fixes Nine Naturals Brings You Our Top Summer Hair Fixes for Pregnancy and Beyond.

    With so much attention on protecting our skin from the sun, we sometimes neglect the damage that the sun's rays can have on our hair. The combination of heat, sweat, and humidity can seriously flatten and fry our locks. Here are our top three natural and pregnancy-safe beauty fixes to keep your hair happy and healthy this summer:

    Problem: Fried Hair

    Solution: Salt water from the ocean and chlorine from the pool can leave hair dry and brittle hair. To restore shine and lustrous texture back to your hair, use an all-natural deep conditioner in your hair, such as Nine Naturals Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner, to tame your tresses.

    For a little extra hydration, add a small amount of coconut oil and leave on for 20 min before washing out or work into an overnight hair treatment. Snipping off the damaged ends will help get your hair back to its normal, healthy texture.

    Problem: Flat Hair

    Solution: When fine or straight hair meets humidity, it can become limp. To add some va-va-voom, avoid using deep conditioner on roots, instead focusing only on the ends. Another must-avoid is heavy styling products, such as mouse or hairspray. This may seem counter-intuitive but product-buildup at the roots in conjunction with humid weather seriously flattens hair. Try blow drying hair upside down!

    Problem: Frizzy Hair

    Solution: To fight frizz, rub a tiny bit of natural conditioner into your hands and work it through your strands. Not only will this help smooth hair, it will also slightly weighing down the top layer to prevent further frizzing. Layered hair can lead to puffiness in the summer weather so don't be afraid to ask your hairstylist for a blunter cut to help hold down the ends.

  • Postpartum Style Coaching

    Jenny Greenstein of Your Soul Style is empowering new moms physically and emotionally.

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    Being a new mom is a blessing, but it’s also challenging in so many ways. Taking care of your new baby is all-consuming–so all-consuming, in fact, that you often forget to take care of mommy. Personal style takes a back seat, because, hey, baby doesn’t care what you look like, right? But at one point, YOU did.

    Jenny Greenstein of Your Soul Style thinks you should again. Now. Because your style is a vehicle of self-expression and empowerment. “I’m a firm believer that we are at our best when we feel our best and that begins at our core,” she says. “Mind, body and soul must be aligned.”

    Easier said than done, right? Not if you’ve got this (pregnant!) sylist extraordinaire (and lucky for us, WRNY style contributor!) on your side. Below, she talks about how a little “Style Coaching”–yes, you can actually hire her!–can make you look better…and feel way better.

    Why is postpartum such a tough time for women when it comes to fashion?
    During a pregnancy, women’s bodies go through many changes from both a physical and emotional perspective. While most women don’t expect to recover and bounce back to their ‘old selves’ immediately, they have to contend with embracing a new lifestyle, a new postpartum body and a new busy schedule that doesn’t allow much time for self-care. Personal style is typically one of the behaviors that winds up suffering the most, as many don’t feel it is a priority to worry about “what to wear” when they have a newborn to tend to. Closets become neglected, and women rely on wearing the “same old thing” daily to be both comfortable and easy.

    How is this related to self-esteem?
    Unfortunately this starts a downward spiral into compromised self-esteem. Many of my clients reach out to me when their baby is 6 months to 1-year-old, recognizing they have a closet full of either maternity clothes, items that don’t fit, or a pre-pregnancy wardrobe that hasn’t been updated in 2 years. Plus, many women are still not back to their ‘old body.’

    Women connect with me when they are finally ready to accept their new shape, and start paying attention to themselves again regardless. While some are still struggling to lose the ‘baby weight’ and others stuck with a stale wardrobe, I work with my postnatal clients, easing them through this transition to find empowerment again, using style as one of the vehicles to get there. My philosophy is based on the platform that mind and body must coexist in harmony and this includes how we present ourselves to the world. I help bring my clients back to life to become their best selves in order to be strong role models for their children.

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    How is this an issue that touches upon both the physical and the mental?
    Women in our society pay lots of attention to keeping their bodies in check through diet and exercise, and once a pregnancy takes place (pre and postnatally) we wind up having to surrender since so much of the physical adjustment is out of our hands.

    Even though the change is a physical shift, it affects every part of our being. Not feeling good in our bodies domino-effects into our moods, energy level and overall state of wellness. Getting dressed becomes another casualty. Personal style is a silent way of communicating who we are and what we are all about, and if things are not in balance on the inside, it will become evident in your appearance. Fortunately there are strategic ways of coping. I help my clients in getting back to the alignment of both, whether during a pregnancy and/or afterwards.

    What is “style therapy”?
    Similar to talk therapy, where a person becomes mindful and aware of their own behavior patterns, Style Coaching is a form of therapy. While style is an extension of an inner self, feeling unstable can offset the alignment with the outer self. How we present ourselves to the world is contingent upon our emotional state. Together we break down any barriers and explore the deeper layers, by evaluating body image, self-esteem, style preferences, and style choices so I can provide techniques on how to compliment your shape, personality and taste. Whether you’re going through a break-up, lost weight, gained weight, recently had a baby, are pregnant or just looking to discover your “Style Personality,” my goal is to help you find an authentic sensibility and provide guidance on how to use style as a vehicle of confident self-expression and empowerment.

    Jenny Greenstein Bump Style

    Tell us about the style coaching services you’re providing for new moms.
    Style Coaching: This 1-1.5-hour session helps to create a strong foundation by assessing individual style goals/needs. I evaluate how your appearance interrelates with the emotional states you experience on a daily basis. Through a series of questions and exercises, we identify your “Style Personality.” Some of my clients find themselves lost after a pregnancy and birth, and need help finding a way back to their core before they can understand how to present themselves through fashion choices.
    Closet Cleanse: Here, we move through your closet together and detox, get organized and set-up a closet to feel good about. We go through your entire (seasonal) wardrobe and answer things like: “When is the last time you wore this? How do you feel when you wear this? Does this item really fit anymore or are you saving it for when you lose/gain weight?” After a pregnancy, women wind up with clothes that either don’t fit, or with styles they don’t love anymore since most don’t invest heavily into new clothing when pregnant. Through this exercise, I provide tips and techniques on how to efficiently style what remains in your closet after removing what’s ‘toxic.’
    Shopping: We go shopping (or I shop for you) to find those essential new pieces.
    (Note: These can work a la carte, or as an all-inclusive service.)

    What’s the biggest frustration that your new mom clients have when they come to you?
    Contending with a new body, and how to dress it. While waiting to lose those last 5-10 lbs. (or more) postpartum, women neglect purchasing anything new, putting things on hold until they reach a goal weight. This leaves my clients with an uninspired closet with clothes that don’t really fit. I work very closely with my clients to teach them styling techniques that complement their new shape using their existing detoxed wardrobe, and offer shopping strategies on how to buy items that will work for now and later to ensure longevity in investments. There is no excuse for not having a wardrobe that you love and feel good in. No matter what size or shape you are. I work with all budgets, big or small.

    What does it mean to “detox” your wardrobe?
    Women typically hold onto clothing for emotional reasons, whether they are waiting to get back to an ‘old body,’ they envision themselves in styles they see on others to replicate a specific image, or they feel guilty getting rid of pieces they spent money on and have rarely worn. Unfortunately, this lands us in predicaments where we have too much merchandise that doesn’t work. Either things don’t fit right, they can’t make the style they were inspired by work into their own ‘Style Personality,’ or they just don’t like the item anymore.

    I help women let go in order to become their full selves. This means getting rid of things that just don’t work. They could be beautiful pieces, they could be expensive, and it may have looked amazing on that famous actress you bought it because of. The bottom line is that if you don’t feel good in it, its gotta go! Together we discover what works on an individual basis, and this is where women start to become empowered by their own choices and feel confident in them.

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    This article is by Jessica Pallay, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • Things We've Read: Week of August 3rd, 2015

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    Why You Should Work As Though Your Kids Are Watching (LinkedIn): Kids are like sponges - they absorb and know more than we think they do.

    Along With Babies, Hairstylists Are Arriving in Hospitals (NYTimes): Stylists now available for maternity calls.

    16 Women Show What Pumping Means to Them (HuffPost): Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week!

    Netflix now gives new moms and dads unlimited parental leave (Mashable): Progress!

    Breastfeeding Gets A Seussian Twist With "The Places You'll Feed!" (HuffPost): "A lactation-themed take on the Seuss classic Oh The Places You'll Go"

    Dear Mark Zuckerberg: What You Just Did Was Huge (HuffPost): Changing the conversation around pregnancy loss and miscarriages

  • 3 Ingredients In Truly Natural Mascara You Need To Know

    What’s in your mascara? 3 Natural Ingredients in Honeybee Gardens' Truly Natural Mascara What’s in your mascara? 3 Natural Ingredients in Honeybee Gardens' Truly Natural Mascara Now Available in the Nine Naturals Covet Shop

    Mascara is often filled with harmful  chemicals, such as parabens, and potential carcinogens such as petroleum and tar. These toxic ingredients have adverse effects on not only your eyelashes, but also your overall health (studies have linked these chemicals to cancer and birth defects). In mascara, these chemicals can also have negative beauty effects by hindering lash growth and causing lashes to fall out!

     

    Fortunately, using these toxins aren’t necessary to achieve the beauty results you want. At Nine Naturals, we only believe in using all-natural and organic ingredients, instead of harmful chemicals, to enhance your natural beauty and our new addition to the Covet Shop--Honeybee Gardens' Truly Natural Mascara--is no exception. Here are some of the all-natural and non-toxic ingredients that make this mascara a moisturizing, nourishing, and water-resistant must-have in your makeup routine!

     

    SAW PALMETTO: The oil obtained by cold extraction of Saw Palmetto berries is used to promote hair growth. In Truly Natural Mascara, this ingredient nourishes eyelashes while helping them grow long and lusciously, giving you naturally mesmerizing lashes!

     

    CARNAUBA WAX: Almost completely exclusive to Brazil, the oil extracted from Carnauba Palm leaves is dried into a wax that is used in the  Truly Natural Mascara. It is a natural thickener that doesn't clog pores, ensuring a smooth application for silky lashes. But it gets better! This mascara also softens lashes at the same time, leaving your eyelashes voluminous and clump-free!

     

    AVOCADO BUTTER: Rich in vitamins, proteins, and fats, avocado butter is the perfect ingredient for natural mascara. This holy grail moisturizer is high in powerful antioxidants that not only hydrate lashes but also keeps them soft even after makeup removal. That’s why we also put avocado oil in our Nine Naturals Citrus + Geranium Soothing Body Wash.


    In the case of Honeybee Gardens’ Truly Natural Mascara, quality is not sacrificed for purity. All-natural cosmetics not only keep your body healthier for you and your baby, they also effectively nourish lashes to help you look your best before, during, and after application. So embrace it--all-day silky eyelashes with natural volume and length!

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