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Hope and the Post-Baby Body

Nancy Alder by Nancy Alder | May 16th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: baby, children, Gaiam Hope Project, handstand, kids, Lao Tzu, mother, motherhood, parenting, Plank Pose, post-baby body, pre-baby body, pregnancy, pregnant, Samuel Smiles, strength, strong, Yoga, yoga class, yoga-practice

Hope and Post-Baby BodyKnowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.~Lao Tzu

Although all mothers know this, no one can truly warn you before it happens: Your body is never the same after you have a baby as it was before you got pregnant.

Sure, we see images of movie stars who bounce back from having babies more toned and fit than they were before pregnancy, but the reality for most women is much less seamless. Having a baby affects you inside and out: You stretch and move differently, and your anatomy changes — permanently — from that growing being inside your body. That pair of skinny jeans, your high school dress and your once stretch-mark-free body often become just a distant memory. This change can make women feel imperfect or less attractive than they remember themselves to be.

When I walked into the room for my first “official yoga class” (read: not with a DVD at home, which had been my practice for years) I felt weak. I was mom to a two-year-old and a four-year-old and I was out of shape. My stomach was flabby from cesarean sections, my leg muscles shaky and my self-image less than ideal. Feeling neither powerful nor like a rock star, I just hoped that yoga would help me get back the body I once had.

It wasn’t until the day that I held Plank Pose in yoga class that I finally got it: I still had an amazing body.

Eating to Conceive

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 29th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: babies, baby, conception, dairy, diet, eating, fertility, folic acid, foods to conceive, male fertily, pregnancy, pregnant, prenatal vitamins, sperm counts, whole grains

Maybe it’s the spring air, but it seems like so many people I know are either pregnant at the moment or trying to get pregnant. And as with anything having to do with one’s body, what you eat can have a huge impact on your fertility. For anyone who might be hit with spring baby-making fever, here are some tips on how you might be able to increase your odds of getting pregnant by eating better.

Clean and Green Bath Toys

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | November 12th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: baby, eco toys, green cleaning, green toys, non-toxic cleaners, phthalates, PVC

When it comes to bath time, you can’t beat squirting rubber duckies and other toys to keep baby occupied long enough for you to do the sudsing and scrubbing. But, with all the hubbub around baby bottles and other plastic items, it’s important to consider your bath toys.

Living Roundup: Growing With Yoga, Eco-Footprint Calculators & More

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 29th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News | tags: art, baby, calculator, cancer, dnc, environment, footprint, Yoga

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better.

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