When you find out you’re pregnant, you can almost feel your to-do list Growing from XL to OMG. There are books to read, rooms to redo, an almost absurd number of things to buy—and on top of it all, you’re supposed to morph into a responsible, even-keeled, fully actualized adult in nine months. Hellooo, intimidation. “Many women are afraid they’ll be found inadequate when it comes to pregnancy and being a mom,” says Laurel Schwartz, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Stamford, Conn.
“They end up wasting the whole nine months worrying about falling short.”
Even before she became a new mom, Daphne Oz knew a thing or two about the importance of creating moments of bliss in her daily life--as evidenced by this excerpt from her book "Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun." Whether you're trying to conceive, rocking a baby bump, or are already a veteran of motherhood, we think you'll be as inspired by Daphne's list as much as we are. Remember: A happier mom equals a happier baby!
Looking for a healthy, decadent snack to ease your chocolate cravings? (Umm, always.) Try this easy-to-make bark recipe, courtesy of Edward Marc Chocolatier.
Recipe by Kelsey Nixon • Photo by Sara Remington
This chicken soup gets an infusion of extra hearty, home-style flavor, with a simple trick. Simmer the rotisserie chicken and fresh herbs in store-bought stock, while you prep and cook the veggies for the soup. Then, add one of several optional ingredients to customize the bowl to your taste. Related: The latest Easy Soup Recipes on Pinterest!
Every Sunday during our family summers up in Maine, we would spend the morning feasting on pancakes. Sometimes we made them with heaping handfuls of wild Maine blueberries, but the sweet caramel of bananas and buttery pecans has always been my favorite. My mom would get up early to get the batter started, and by the time my siblings and I came down, there would be perfect cakes lining the griddle. We piled them high, poured on the maple syrup, and then went back for seconds . . .
This protein-packed whole grain dish, featured on The Chew, will keep you full for hours. Here’s how to make it at home. Related: Daphne’s Favorite Prenatal Eats
Daphne’s been making this twist on traditional Turkish lentil soup throughout her recipe—she calls it “super nutrient-dense” and adds that “you can’t f--- it up…sorry, screw it up.” It’s cozy and filling and, yep, super easy. Make it tonight! Related: Daphne’s Favorite Prenatal Eats
Between taking care of a newborn, prepping for your return to work after maternity leave, and still decorating the nursery, getting a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables can feel more stressful than the thought of having your least favorite in-law move in next door.
Related: 5 Steps to a Worry-Free Pregnancy