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  1. How to Sleep Better Tonight and Why It Matters

    At 9 months pregnant, sleep is something that eludes me even before baby #3 arrives. I find my mind racing, which makes it hard to fall asleep and even harder to get back to sleep after one of my several trips to the bathroom (hello squished bladder!). I’m hot, then cold, sniffly or thirsty, constantly checking my phone for the time, as though calculating how many hours I’m losing will… Read More

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  2. Be Good To Your Gut

    If you know me, you know I don’t mind discussing bodily functions, including “number two.” While it’s gross, it’s also one of the greatest insights into our health. So naturally I jumped at the opportunity to take a deep dive into the topic and contribute to the Functional Medicine SF blog. Read on if you’re also into this kind of thing. If you’re “going” on a daily basis, you’re good,… Read More

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  3. The Best Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

    Check out my article on what to eat when you’re expecting, which was published on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics site. Click here. .  

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  4. How To Lose the Baby Weight

    Witnessing your waistline stretch and expand in ways you never imagined and seeing those numbers climb higher than they’ve ever been before can be tough. Especially if you’re someone who’s worked hard to maintain a healthy physique all your life. But remember, you’re having a baby. You’re literally growing life. Try to embrace the changes and have faith that you will be able to get back to a body you’re… Read More

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  5. Before You Get Pregnant, Do This.

    Getting knocked-up can be easy breezy for some and a frustrating challenge for others. This isn’t a fertility post. But there are a few things you might do to build a nice nest for the baby-to-be.   Go easy on the workouts. Think about it. If you were running from a bear, your body would be like “this probably isn’t a good time to bring a tiny, helpless infant into the world.” The fight-or-flight… Read More

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  6. Beware of the Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression

    I remember a phone call with my mom a couple weeks after Joaquin was born. “Do you have the baby blues?” She asked, “because it’s okay to feel sad sometimes.” It was so liberating to hear her say that. She explained how tough it is to be a mom, how isolating it can be, especially in the beginning when there seems to be little reward for all your efforts to… Read More

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  7. Should you go gluten free?

    It seems everyone is going “gluten-free” these days, and special (expensive!) gluten-free foods are popping up all over the grocery store. Should you be cutting it out too? Those with celiac disease MUST go 100% gluten-free, because when they consume even a tiny fraction (like the invisible amount that might be left on a knife used to cut a slice of bread), their body recognizes this tiny molecule as a… Read More

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  8. Eating for two doesn’t mean eating more, it means eating better

    Do’s and Don’ts Often we hear about the don’ts – don’t eat undercooked meat, sushi and unpasteurized juices and cheeses – but what about the do’s? In my opinion – and in our current “food-like substance” food supply – telling an expectant mother to “eat a varied, balanced diet” is not enough. We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat,” but at no other time is it more… Read More

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  9. Must Have Supplements for Mom and Baby

    I’m not one to advocate for supplements, powdered shake mixes, or fortified foods, but there are a few instances where I definitely think they can help. During pregnancy, I recommend a good quality food-based multivitamin. I say “food-based” because the vitamins and minerals harvested from actual food (like fruits and veggies) are more easily absorbed by your body. Your body is like “yeah, that looks familiar.” Whereas with synthetic it might… Read More

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  10. Breastfeeding Trouble – Overactive Letdown

    As if it’s not hard enough to be tethered to your babe for what seems like 24 hours a day, it really sucks (no pun intended) when your efforts to feed him seem to fail and a one-hour feed turns into two — just in time for the next one to begin. Yay. I recall lying in bed in fetal position next to my son crying, covered in breast milk, feeling… Read More

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