• Things We've Read: Week Of March 23rd, 2015

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    Air Force Mom Breastfeeding In Uniform Is A Stunning Look At Military Motherhood (HuffPost): Staff Sergeant Jonea Cunico of the Air Force speaks to the supportive environment she experienced as a mother in uniform.

    GMO Labeling Will Not Increase Food Prices (Environmental Working Group): The Environmental Working Group comments on the House Agriculture Committee hearing regarding GMO labeling and the potential impact on food prices.

    Stakeholders Support Senate Bills That Extend Maternity Leave (Good Morning America): The Senate Committee on Women, Family Relations and Gender Equality discussed bills to extend paid maternity leave for new mothers on Tuesday. Advocates argue that an extension of the current 60 days will allow mothers to fully recuperate before returning to work.

    This Is What It Looks Like When Men Are Allowed To Take 480 Days Of Paternity Leave (BuzzFeed): Photographer Johan Bävman documents how Swedish dads fare when they take advantage of the country's generous paternity-leave legislation, allotting them up to 480 days to spend with their newborns.

    A Series on Parenting With the Brain in Mind (HuffPost): Neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, M.D., explains how parents can employ psychology to their advantage. An understanding of interpersonal neurobiology on the part of the parents can optimize their child's brain development.

    Supreme Court Says Woman Can Sue UPS In Pregnancy Suit (CNN): On Wednesday, a Supreme Court majority ruled in favor of former UPS driver Peggy Young whose pregnancy was not accommodated by her employer.

    The Myths About Food And Pregnancy (BBC): There are plenty of myths out there about what you should and should not eat while pregnant. The U.K. National Health Service shares some advice on which tips to follow and which to ignore.

  • The Nursing Bra You Need: Interview With Au Lait Founder Emily Hsu

    Finding nursing bras that make breastfeeding easy and don't compromise on comfort can feel impossible to find, but Au Lait has you covered! We sat down with Au Lait founder Emily Hsu and discussed the inspiration behind her line of unique nursing wear. The Au Lait line provides privacy, comfort and support through design and materials that are safe for you and your baby – which is why we’re so excited to have them as our newest addition to The Covet Shop!

    1) What inspired you to start Au Lait? 

    I had a really hard time trying to sustain my breastfeeding efforts while traveling for work.  I was not comfortable with exposing myself especially while I was on business flights and conferences.  Au Lait's styles are made for the nursing mothers on the go, while providing 360 degrees of privacy.

    2) How are your clothes different from other nursingwear brands?

    Au Lait combines timeless style with a focus on fabric and feeding technology so that breastfeeding moms are not restricted to nursing tops that are overly casual.

    3) Tell us more about the nursing bra. How did you design it? Why is it special?

    I suffered from repeated bouts of mastitis while I was breastfeeding Avery.  The doctor told me to not wear a nursing bra to help prevent future occurrences but as any nursing mom knows, not wearing a bra is not really an option unless I just stayed home all day and even then, I wouldn't want to be in a wet shirt all day!

    So while designing a new nursing bra, I had two goals in mind.  I need a bra that grew and shrank with me throughout the day (and especially nights) and also, a bottom band that provided support but did not "pinch" my milk ducts as my doctor told me was one of the possible causes of mastitis.

    Our Seamless Lounge Nursing Bra utilizes an ultra fine spandex spun just for our bottom band so that it sits against your rib cage but does not restrict or roll.  The bra has a crossover design on both the front and back so it truly expands and shrinks with your every change.

    I added special pockets to hold removable cups because I personally can use the shaping help and also, I was so sick of dropping and picking up my reusable nursing pad everywhere.  So you can tuck your reusable nursing pads into the special pockets to keep them in place as you go about your day with your little one.

    4) You don't have a white bra. What is the reasoning behind your color selections?

    The process of making a garment white involves both bleaching and the application of optical whiteners.  Synthetic fabrics that are widely popular these days due to their more technical nature (good stretch, and wicking) requires 2 processes in order to achieve a true white. The kind of white that I know your brand new baby reminds you of: pure, untainted, cloud-like cleanliness.

    Due to the fact that reductive bleaching and optical whiteners both use fluorescents to achieve the clean white that we so love, I had to make the call and err on the side of caution as I slept in my nursing bras.

    In fact, except for when I was showering, I lived in my nursing bras 24/7 for as long as I nursed Avery.  I am sure that 99% of the chemical traces are washed off eventually and I know even our laundry detergents have traces of fluorescents in it to make "our whites white and our brights brighter!"

    However, I had to think about the tired, desperate, first-time mom with aching boobs, who just wants to pull on the bra right out of the package.  I have to think about her and what is best for her and her baby.

    5) What's your favorite Nine Naturals product?

    I have been using the Natural Pregnancy Belly Oil religiously since its launch!  It is so luxurious and easy to spread around my belly.  I use it twice a day and I haven't gotten the belly itches yet and I'm due this week!

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    Born into a family dedicated to designing and creating the highest end performance textile products, Emily H. has spent over a decade in crafting fit, design, and production for the performance sports industry and working with the world's most innovative brands in textiles and garment construction technology.

    While breastfeeding her daughter Avery, Emily was constantly frustrated and shocked at the lack of clothing options for breastfeeding women. Although comfort is very important, it should not be a hindrance to pursuing style and functionality. Utilizing her knowledge in fabrics and garment construction, Emily decided to solve the two biggest issues with nursing and breastfeeding tops: privacy for the nursing mother and designs that avoid the drab look that nursing tops feature today.

  • Baby Registry Solved: Expert Advice From Cricket's Circle Founder Rachel Blumenthal

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    1) Tell us what inspired you to create Cricket’s Circle?

    When I was pregnant with my son Griffin, I found the registry process overly complicated and frustrating.  What I wanted more than anything was one master list of what to buy.  Instead, I received endless spreadsheets and emails passed from experienced moms to new ones like me.  I was overwhelmed and couldn’t find a website (or any source) that simply and explicitly told me what I needed.  My need for a quick, stress-free registry process was ultimately what inspired me to create Cricket’s Circle.

    2) It can be completely overwhelming to create a baby registry, how does Cricket’s Circle make the process easier for moms-to-be?

    Cricket’s Circle is the shoppable, short-answer solution for moms that tells them what they need, what they don’t, and what’s “nice to have.”  To keep the process simple, each product category (200+) is narrowed down to the top three recommendations.  Specifically registry on Cricket’s Circle is so special because moms-to-be are walked through the buying and registry process based on their stage of pregnancy and actual needs and preferences (lifestyle, price point, health needs, etc). Relevant content and reminders are delivered to her based on what she's added to her registry already and what she still needs.

    3) During your own pregnancy, what registry item was the hardest to choose for you personally?

    The breast pump and the stroller. Because I live in a city and your stroller is basically your home, car and trunk all in one, finding the right one for your specific lifestyle is essential - the UPPAbaby Vista was perfect for me. I always hoped I could nurse but I didn’t want to jinx myself and be overly prepared by researching, testing and buying a pump ahead of time. Instead, I waited until I was so physically desperate (any mom who has nursed knows what I mean) and had to let my husband go and pick out the pump for me. Fortunately he nailed it and loved my pump (Medela Freestyle Pump) more than anything.  And last but not least - not the hardest to choose, but definitely life changing: a hands-free pumping bra.  For someone like me who is always on the go, this made a world of difference!

    4) As experts that have the #babyregistrysolved, we would love to share your top 3 recommendations for the following registry items:

    Stroller

    1. UPPAbaby Vista 2015 + Bassinet
    2. Baby Jogger City Mini 2014
    3. Baby Jogger Vue Stroller

    Crib Mattress

    1. Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight 2-Stage
    2. Naturepedic Lightweight Organic Cotton Classic 2-Stage

    Baby Monitor

    1. Dropcam’s Pro Home Security System
    2. Summer Infant’s Baby Touch Boost Digital Color Video Monitor
    3. Motorola’s MBP36 3.5" Color Video monitor

    Crib

    1. Oeuf’s Classic Crib
    2.  Babyletto’s Lolly Crib
    3. DwellStudio’s Mid-Century Crib

    Carseat

    1. Chicco’s KeyFit 30
    2. Nuna’s Pipa
    3. Cybex’s Aton 2

    5) Last, but not least - What is your favorite Nine Naturals product?

    Considering I’m pregnant right now, I can’t live without the Natural Belly Oil. I’m uber sensitive to scented products so I appreciate the minimal scent more than ever. I also love that if you don’t go overboard with the application, it actually has a dry finish on your skin so it doesn’t feel all slippery and sticky - now that’s a smart product!

     

    Rachel Blumenthal, Founder and CEO, created Cricket’s Circle to solve the what-to-buy conundrum she encountered during her first pregnancy. Rachel began her career in the publicity department of Yves Saint Laurent, developing her aesthetic sensibility and passion for curation. Following YSL, Rachel’s first entrepreneurial venture was as designer and founder of the fashion jewelry brand Rachel Leigh, which after a few short years was available worldwide in over 300 high-end retailers and named one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.” The brand was licensed to GlamHouse in 2011.

    Rachel then lent her hand to Warby Parker, which was cofounded by her husband Neil. When the eyewear retailer – and their son, Griffin – were up and running, she got to work on Cricket’s Circle. A Tufts University graduate, Rachel is a proud and active supporter of Baby Buggy, HELP USA and Healthy Child, Healthy World. Originally from Cape Cod, Rachel now resides in Manhattan with her family.

  • Well Rounded Wellness: Baby Colds

    5 natural ways to help infants beat the common cold

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    One of the worst things in the world is to watch your kiddo get sick. The runny nose, coughing, and low grade temp can be especially heartbreaking when it happens to an infant. Since cold medicine is unsafe (and even dangerous) for babies, most new moms aren’t sure what can be done to ease their discomfort.

    While hand washing, avoiding crowded areas, and staying hydrated can lessen your baby’s chances of getting ill, there are a few natural remedies that can be added to your mommy arsenal to shorten a virus or avoid it all together.

    Elderberry
    Elderberry is a plant with a myriad of uses. Most commonly found in natural cough syrups or supplements, elderberries contain flavonoids which can reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. Dr. Joseph Malak of Bambini Pediatrics, a holistically centered practice in Poughkeepsie, NY says, “For winter colds and flu-like illnesses, we like concentrated elderberry extracts. We are comfortable recommending short-term use of alcohol-free preparations down to two months of age.” The benefits are heightened when taken within 24-48 hours from when symptoms begin. Luckily many options taste kid friendly and won’t make your little one run and hide.

    Vitamin D
    Missing out on those warm rays of sun may be part of the reason why so many of us get sick during the winter. The sun is the only thing in nature that produces Vitamin D. Those who are deficient miss out on its ability to fight off microbial infections. Dr. Eden Fromberg of SOHO OBGYN states, “Vitamin D is necessary for over 3,000 gene expressions and is a deficiency risk in breastfed infants whose mothers are also deficient. My approach as an OBGYN is to test and supplement maternal vitamin D, and many pediatricians are supplementing babies,” Dr. Malak adds, “We generally recommend 1000 units of D3 daily for toddlers, 2000 daily for elementary school-agers, and 4000-5000 daily for teens.” Luckily just a few drops of a vitamin D supplement can have your baby armed and ready for the rough season ahead.

    Humidifier
    We all know how dry the air is during the winter months. Using a cool misting humidifier in your nursery is a simple way to keep those little noses moist and free of congestion. Though essential oils shouldn’t be used on babies under 3 months, adding 5 drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil to the humidifier will help open tight airways, allowing you and you baby much needed sleep. If you don’t have a humidifier, try sitting with your baby in your bathroom after running a hot shower.

    Saline and Aspiration
    Though most babies won’t be keen on having anything up their nose (prepare for some tears) this is one of the simplest ways to help them breathe more comfortably. First mucus can be loosened by using saline drops or spray. Then once it starts to run, you can clear their nasal passages with a bulb aspirator or the handy-dandy Nosefrida.

    Breast milk
    In their eyes, nose, or mouth, breast milk can be your sweet babe’s first defense against pesky colds and flus. Not only can it be used to hydrate and nourish your baby, but its antimicrobial properties work just as well at clearing their nose or stopping a viral eye infection. “The antiviral, anti-bacterial, immune promoting benefits of breast milk have been studied extensively and are not confined to feeding, as breast milk has long been used by mothers to safely treat their infants’ ocular and nasal symptoms”, says Dr. Fromberg. One of coolest things about mama’s milk is that if your baby does get sick, his/her saliva will tell your body what kind of antibodies they need and your milk will produce them! Yup, your boobs are super smart.

    This article is by Nacia K. Walsh, 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.

  • Toxin-free Nail Polish With A Story: Interview With Founder Of Trust Fund Beauty

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    We are so excited to introduce Trust Fund Beauty as our first curated addition to The Covet Shop. We sat down with the founder of TFB, Samara Granofsky and learned what inspired her to create a high-quality line of fun nail polishes that are safe for you and those you love. With Trust Fund Beauty, you can look fabulous without compromising your health.

    1) What inspired you to start TFB?

    My mother was going through chemotherapy and wanted a safe, non-toxic nail polish. The non-toxic nail polishes she found had limited colors and weren't fun or didn't have cool names. Inspired by my mother, years later I put her want and our joint sense of humor into creating Trust Fund Beauty, a luxury line of high-end, collection-themed, toxin free polishes.

    2) We (and I'm sure other women as well!) love the playful nature of the names of your polishes. What inspired these names?

    The names were inspired by my life and the pop culture we all live in. Every name has a meaning behind it - for example, the story behind the Rich Bitch nail polish is "Self-explanatory. You get what you want, because you can. And you do it with style."

    3) What are the chemicals you want to avoid in nail polishes? Why are they harmful?

    We formulate our nail polishes in accordance to FDA regulations and David Sazuki Foundation guidelines, in order to eliminate the chemicals that are deemed toxic while still producing a quick drying, durable and long wearing polish (thank you science!).

    4) Tell us more about TFB formulations. What makes them unique to other brands?

    Our nail polishes are actually 7-free (meaning free of parabens, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde and resin), but we do not use it in our marketing because the term hasn't caught on just yet. The polishes are still quick drying, long wearing and super pigmented. It just goes to show that you don't need chemicals to have a great product!

    The polishes are also cruelty free to both humans and animals (no part of our product is made in a country with questionable human rights records or labor laws).

    5) What's your favorite/go-to TFB nail color?

    It depends on my mood, but I love Rich Bitch. For me, it's the perfect red! And sometimes I break a nail and have to file the rest down short to match and it also looks good on both long and short nails.

    As a lover of the finest things life has to offer, Samara Granofsky created Trust Fund Beauty out of a desire to bring out the rich bitch in everyone. A skilled shopper who never denies herself the pleasure of “one in every colour”, Samara is a self-proclaimed polish addict so the idea to start a 7-free luxury line of high-end, collection-themed polishes was a no-brainer!

    The Covet Shop is a curated collection of beauty and lifestyle products to help you discover the brands we Love + Trust + Covet.

  • Braving the Elements

    Being a dad in NYC requires passion, innovation… and lots of coffee. Jon Feldman of Stumptown shows us how it’s done.

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    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Fatherhood is not for the faint of heart, especially in New York City. There’s no shortage of challenges: small spaces, big expenses and lots of subway stairs, just to name a few. But for those willing to brave the elements to raise a family here, the reward is immeasurable–where better to bring up baby than in a city overflowing with passion and creativity?

    Over the next few weeks, we’re collaborating with our friends at Bugaboo to showcase some NYC dads who embody that passion and creativity, alongside a stroller that’s equally as innovative: the Bugaboo by Diesel. The only thing that could possibly make this stroller cooler is these guys pushing it…with their totally adorable kids inside.

    First up: Jon Feldman of Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

    If you’re a new parent, coffee is probably one of the staples in your diet. And as general manager and director of operations for the eastern region of Stumptown, Jon Feldman just might be fueling your very long days (and nights). A Culinary Institute of America-trained chef who’s managed some of NYC’s most buzz-worthy restaurants, Jon’s now overseeing every world-class bean that makes it into every flavorful cup of Stumptown coffee in New York (and half of the U.S. for that matter), all while raising 8-month-old Eli alongside his wife in South Slope, Brooklyn.

    We recently stopped into Stumptown’s Red Hook roastery to see the artisanal roasting process firsthand, and chatted with Jon about coffee, fatherhood and the city he calls home.

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    What do you love about raising kids in NYC?
    The variety of places we can see and experience, and also the variety of people Eli can meet. There’s something special about raising my kid in NYC…it’s a place I dreamed of living my whole life.

    When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I was really into cooking and food, but I never thought I’d be into coffee. The one thing I always knew I wanted to do was live in NYC. Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, I was obsessed with New York.

    How did you end up doing what you’re doing?
    I went to boarding school in Montana and we did a lot of work around the farm. I helped create an organic garden, and cooked a lot–I was fascinated by ingredients. From that point on, I knew I wanted to be in the food business. I worked my way up in the restaurant world, and then I joined Stumptown four years ago. We have a mission at Stumptown to deliver some of the best coffees in the world, and to create a special experience for our customers at retail and wholesale. There’s a lot of ex-restaurant folks like me here, so hospitality is something we all bring to work. There’s a real element of family and team, and the culture at Stumptown is the glue to that.

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    What are some things you hope to teach your little one about your craft?
    The biggest thing I want to teach Eli over his lifetime is less about what I do specifically at Stumptown and more about not being afraid to follow you heart. There’s a blueprint to being successful: identify what you love, find the people who are doing it the best, and be with them. Absorb and learn.

    What surprised you most about becoming a dad?
    Before I became a dad, I spent a lot of time thinking about all the what-if’s of being a parent. When you think too much about the big picture, it can be paralyzing. I’ve been surprised by how in-the-moment I feel when I’m with Eli, and how natural fatherhood feels.

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    How has becoming a dad impacted your work and creativity?
    It’s mellowed me out, in a funny way. When you have a lot of balls in the air, it’s easy to get stressed out. Eli has really helped me not to sweat the small stuff. He makes the small things seem smaller, and he’s given us a lot of perspective. Now there’s this life that I’m in charge of, so I’m seeing everything through the lens of: Is this really important? Does it really matter? I love my job and my wife is wonderful, but Eli adds so much joy to everything.

    What’s your best strategy for achieving a family/work balance?
    I’ve had to be very aggressive with regards to finding that balance. As soon as one takes over, it’s easy to lose control of the other. I’m lucky to have flexibility at Stumptown if needed, and we’re very fortunate to have a great nanny, but truthfully, the balance has all just come naturally, and so far it’s all just worked out. My wife, Leslie, and I committed to folding Eli into our world, and it seems to be working. It feels good to me, even though I know that can change day to day.

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    How has your style changed since becoming a parent?
    If I was at all vain, I’m even less so now. My style is still my style, but I put less importance on constantly changing things up or adding things to my wardrobe.

    What everyday things have made you realize that being a parent involves bravery?
    I think the fact that Leslie and I have decided to live in NYC is pretty brave. It takes bravery to live here! It also takes bravery to trust your gut and ru
    n your household the way you want to run it. It’s easy to get off track and follow the masses. And it definitely takes bravery to leave Eli every day and go into my own world at work. There’s this element of trusting the universe a little bit that has gotten us through this parenting experience so far.

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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 March 9th, 2015

    Pregnancy News Nine Naturals Things We've Read

    New Research On Antidepressants And Pregnancy Finds No Link To Asthma (New York Times): Many women feel that if they’re taking antidepressants before they get pregnant, they ought to wean themselves off the medication to prevent negative side effects for their baby. The medical journal Pediatrics challenges this assumption.

    An Unusual New Policy For Working Mothers (Washington Post): Vodafone Group reported they by the end of 2015, all of its companies would impose a minimum of 16 weeks paid maternity leave for all employees, as well as an hours-per-week maximum when the new mother returns.

    Eva Mendes Won’t Give Motherhood Advice Because She Hasn’t ‘Earned the Right’ (People Magazine): Eager to receive any advice on motherhood, Eva Mendes is hesitant to give any, feeling she hasn’t quite earned the right. Mendes speaks to her first six months as a parent to daughter Esmeralda Amada.

    Motherhood Hits Home For Kelly Clarkson, Life And Music (New York Times): Kelly Clarkson reveals how her pregnancy and experiences as a new mother have informed her music. Her latest album, “Piece by Piece,” debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 this week.

    10 Times Mean Girls Quotes Directly Applied To Motherhood (HuffPost): The iconic high school royalty we loved to hate may have had some insight into the navigating the convoluted hallways of motherhood.

    Spring Break For Families (New York Times): Don’t stress if you haven’t planned anything for your kids’ spring break. Here are some great ways to avoid the crowds, even with a little crowd of your own.

  • How To Fight Morning Sickness Naturally

    Congratulations, you’re pregnant! The elation that you’re feeling may soon be curtailed by perhaps the most unpleasant of pregnancy symptoms—morning sickness.

    What’s Morning Sickness?

    Morning sickness, one of the first signs of pregnancy for many expectant moms, typically begins around the 6th week of pregnancy and tapers off around the 12th week of pregnancy, or the end of the first trimester. The nauseated feeling associated with morning sickness is due to the body’s response to the surge of human chronic gonadotropin (HCG), aka the pregnancy hormone, during the first trimester. Morning sickness, also called nausea gravidarum, can be accompanied with vomiting and dizziness, and for some the nauseated feeling lasts well past the noon hour and into the evening.

    Make It Go Away

    We’ve compiled 9 tried and true remedies to keep the queasiness at bay, so try a few (or try them all) and let us know what worked best for you!

    1. Start The Day Right: Never allow your stomach to be empty, especially in the morning! Keep a handful of saltine crackers on your bedside table, and eat a few each morning before starting your day.
    2. Eat Often: Low blood sugar can trigger nausea, so eat a snack or small meal every three hours. Create a list of foods that you currently enjoy eating, as taste and smell aversions begin to form during the first trimester.
    3. Drink Up: Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day to avoid dehydration. Water, milk, and juice are all suitable beverages, as are anti-nausea ginger ales, ginger teas and carbonated waters.
    4. Take Your Vitamins Correctly: Prenatal vitamins can be disruptive to the stomach, so swallow or chew them during your biggest meal of the day, suggests renowned pediatrician Dr. Sears.
    5. Make Ginger Your New Best Friend: Ginger is commonly used to treat stomach upset thanks to its anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. Candied ginger, hard ginger candy, ginger soda, and ginger tea are all excellent options for naturally curbing nausea.
    6. Apply Pressure: Wear acupressure bracelets—such as Seaband bracelets —that feature a plastic stud which, when positioned properly on the wrist, apply continuous pressure on the P6 point. This drug-free, anti-nausea solution will not cause you to experience any side effects, just relief.
    7. Chew Gum: Chewing gum to prevent nausea, but choose a brand that contains sugar to avoid the artificial sweeteners in the sugar-free varieties.
    8. Opt For Complex Carbs: Incorporate more complex carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, into your diet, as your body metabolizes them quicker, leaving you feeling satisfied and energized.
    9. Ditch The Physical Labor: If completing certain physical tasks exacerbates your morning sickness, consider asking a co-worker, family member or friend for help.

    Contact your healthcare provider if you experience excessive nausea and vomiting and/or if your morning sickness symptoms extend well into your second trimester of pregnancy.

  • PregPrep: The Fertility Kit To Help You Make That Baby!

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    Whether a woman is trying to conceive for the first time, or perhaps second or third time, preparing for pregnancy is often the first thought. That is why we are pleased to introduce you to PregPrep, a company a company that is devoted to helping women become pregnant.

    1) What is the story behind PregPrep?

    We launched PregPrep to help all women who are ready to get pregnant. My sister-in-law, Dr. Lara Oboler, conceived the idea when she was trying to have a baby. While researching ways to conceive naturally and quickly, she discovered that mucolytics (used to break up chest congestion) can help thin cervical mucus, making it less “sticky” and allowing the sperm to swim more easily to the egg. As this made medical sense, she gave it a try and became pregnant in the first month - with all 3 of her babies!

    So Lara and I teamed up (after consulting with top OB/GYNs) to create PregPrep’s Natural Conception Kit - doctor formulated supplements that promote conception during the most important days of a woman’s cycle.

    2) What role do mucolytics can play in increasing fertility?

    Mucolytics are compounds commonly found in cold and cough medicines to thin out mucus in the lungs. They also thin out cervical mucus, allowing sperm to travel more easily to the egg. The main ingredient in our FertilPrep is N-aceytl Cysteine (NAC), a naturally occurring amino acid, mucolytic, and highly effective antioxidant. NAC is safe for use pre and during pregnancy.

    3. What’s in each Natural Conception Kit and how is it used?

    PregPrep’s Natural Conception Kit empowers women to take charge of their conception journey and optimize their chances of conceiving. Our kit contains 3 safe, natural, doctor-formulated products that work together to target a woman's most fertile days. Included in the trio of products is a bolstered, natural mucolytic and antioxidant (which works to facilitate successful transport of sperm to egg), a unique, specialized pre-conception vitamin, and a select blend of aroma therapeutic oils to encourage overall well-being during the pregnancy journey. We have created a therapeutic program; every day a woman trying to conceive is putting the essential nutrients in her body that can help the conception process.

    4. How is PregPrep different from regular prenatal vitamins & what makes it so effective?

    PregPrep’s VitaMelts are unique. They focus on providing women with the essentials they need pre-pregnancy, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, and B12. Conventional prenatal vitamins are used pre, during, and post pregnancy. They are incredibly large, difficult to swallow, and can cause nausea and constipation. VitaMelts are small, pleasant tasting, and cause no unpleasant side effects.

    PregPrep’s FertilPrep is a doctor-formulated supplement that targets a woman’s 5 most fertile days (the 5 days pre-ovulation) to optimize her fertility. FertilPrep thins cervical mucus to help ease the transport of sperm to egg. It contains N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC), a naturally occurring amino acid + highly effective antioxidant, as well as a blend of natural supplements including chaste berry extract and evening primrose oil which work together to ensure hormonal balance and support.

    5. Aside from using the PregPrep kit, what are top 3 things women can do to prep their bodies for pregnancy?

    1. Nurture with Nature: Women should become informed about how the nutrients found in certain foods can promote optimal fertility and health (and how others can actually impede fertility). Even achieving a healthy weight was recently shown to have a positive effect on conception success.
    2. Find Your Rhythm: It is important for women to get a good sense of their monthly cycle and physical cues that signal ovulation to have the best odds for success. But there is another kind of rhythm that is equally important to consider: the rhythm and balance of one’s personal life. Achieving a blend of work and play that maximizes satisfaction and minimizes stress can have a huge impact on all the body’s functions, including the reproductive system
    3. Take The Wheel: Our philosophy is: “Good things come to those who go out there and make them happen”. Our kit was designed to allow women to take charge of their conception by harnessing the benefits of key nutrients at the right time. Women have a tremendous power to shape their destiny by being proactive with their health choices. And it’s not about feeling pressure to adhere to an exercise regimen or diet. It’s about being good to yourself, taking responsibility for and reveling in, the things that bring you joy.
  • 7 Healthy Snack Options For Moms-To-Be

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    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    If I got a penny for the amount of times I have been asked, “What’s a good healthy snack I could eat while I am "on-the-go”…frankly I’d be on an island somewhere. There’s a constant battle to find a healthy and nutritious snack that will both satisfy your taste buds and your appetite. As a dietitian and new mom, I am constantly looking for food products that fit the aforementioned criteria.

    Here are a few I’ve been enjoying recently:

    Lenka Bars
    Lenka has been making fresh, delicious, all-natural granola bars for 6 years now. Made with organic granola, there’s four different types to choose from: Nuts and Berries, Omega, Cranberry Granola, and Berry Omega. While I was breastfeeding, I found both the Berry Omega and the Nuts and Berries Bar helped keep my milk supply constant. Not only are the Omega bars a good source of Omega 3 and 6, but they also provide 9g of protein. In Manhattan, I’ve been able to find them at boutique coffee shops, but you can also place an order directly on their website.

    Siggi’s Yogurt
    Siggi’s yogurt has been a favorite of mine since becoming a mom. The yogurt brand lives by using simple yet authentic ingredients, which is what gives it the true flavor. The milk is locally sourced and does not use any growth hormones. Plus, this higher protein and lower in sugar yogurt is an excellent on-the-go snack. Add to a ¼ cup of granola or berries and make your own parfait!

    Adora Calcium Supplement
    These chocolate chews are available in organic dark and milk chocolate, certified by QAI using Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa, and will certainly satisfy that sweet tooth. If your doctor approves, each Adora® Calcium Supplement disk delivers 500 mg of calcium and now has double the amount of vitamin D3 – 500 IU – for enhanced calcium absorption. At only 30 calories each, they provide 100% of the daily value of calcium plus vitamin D3 and magnesium for optimal absorption, and are made without GMO’s. Calcium is an important mineral for bone health and especially during pregnancy.

    Kettle Brand’s Real Sliced Potatoes
    Craving something savory to go with that burger or sandwich? These chips, which come in five different flavors, will satisfy in a healthful way! What I love most about them is that their ingredient list is rather short. Plus, Kettle Brand is the first potato chip brand to be verified using NON-GMO ingredients.

    Outshine Yogurt Bars
    These new to the market yogurt bars are absolutely delicious. The yogurt — which is the main ingredient — is made from scratch by the Outshine team and then made into bars. Flavors include strawberry, pineapple, lemon, blueberry and peach are made with real fruit or fruit juice. Each bar is 90 calories and contains 5g of protein, and there’s no artificial flavors or colors (this includes NO high fructose corn syrup).

    Luna Bars
    While Luna bars aren’t a new name to the market, they are certainly innovating in their flavor offerings. With a gluten-free selection now available, you can enjoy flavors like Chocolate Cupcake, which has 9 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 70% organic ingredients. For those with a history of gestational diabetes or borderline blood sugars, these bars are also considered low glycemic. The Luna protein line of flavors provides 12g of protein per bar and 3g of fiber. These bars are also a good source of calcium, folic acid, iron and Vitamin D (important for prenatal and postnatal lifestyles).

    Fruit and Nuts
    It’s easy to put together your own healthy snacks with a simple combination of fruits and nuts. Easy options include a medium-sized fruit such as an apple or ¼- ½ cup of mixed nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pecans. Both nutritious options!

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