Feeling frenzied all the time can take a toll on your fertility. Here’s how you can chillax and boost your odds of baby-making success.
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Once you’re a mother, you have a bond with women in other parts of the country and in fact with mothers all over the world. This bond encourages all of us to raise the next generation of Americans and world citizens to reach their highest potential because our children will change the world for better or worse. We mothers are in this together and I, for one, am grateful that we have each others’ backs.
It's hard to believe that milk can stay out of the refrigerator and not go bad, but when it comes to breast milk, it's true. That's because mother's milk is an antibiotic of sorts, capable of killing many bacteria and viruses. That said, even though some experts say breast milk can be kept at normal room temperature for up to eight hours without the danger of bacterial growth, I'm not comfortable with leaving it unrefrigerated for more than four to six hours.
Congratulations on losing your pregnancy weight! This shows you have what it takes to do whatever is needed to succeed. For starters, don’t set goals for yourself that are too tough to reach. Be sure you have a fitness plan that you can actually follow, and build in small goals that are easy to achieve.
Also, it’s always helpful to have a workout buddy or a trainer who will help keep you accountable. If you do miss a workout or fall off your meal plan, don’t let a setback stand in your way. Instead, stay positive and get right back on track the following day.
If you’re a new mom and nursing for the first time, pumping can seem downright daunting. But with a little planning and know-how, it’s easy to master the art of pumping—and to find the time to do it. Here, expert answers to the most common questions about expressing breast milk.
With cheerful fabrics, major moisture-wicking abilities and ouch-free fasteners, modern cloth diapers are nothing like the nappies your grandma used. They make changes a snap and don’t clog landfills. Plus, choosing cloth saves money, too. “It’s possible to get set up with cloth diapers and accessories for around $350 to $500 for 2½ years of use,” says Paula DeVore, cloth diapering expert and owner of Babyworks, who notes that disposable diapers over the same time frame may cost upward of $1,800.
This healthy, delicious broccoli recipe uses parchment paper to help you get your daily dose of veggies. Read more about this easy, low-mess roasting technique.
One of the trickier challenges I’ve encountered as a personal chef for families is to come up with tasty-but-healthy ways to prepare veggie recipes for picky eaters. Over the years I’ve found one particular technique that’s easy and always a hit: roasting them on parchment. It has converted veggie-haters of all ages, because roasting removes water and condenses the veggies’ natural sugars, giving them a dense, lightly-sweet nuttiness (no mushiness in sight!).
Next time you’re in the grocery checkout aisle, see how many tabloid covers mention baby bumps, or how fast some celebrity “got her body back!” Popular culture is obsessed with women’s pregnant and post-pregnant bodies, and exhibits a strong preference that women get rid of all signs of pregnancy ASAP after birth.
The easiest way to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet is by eating salads. Full of fiber, folates, and antioxidants, greens are an excellent addition to your healthy prenatal diet—or after baby arrives! However, salad every day for lunch or dinner can get pretty boring.