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  • How to Have a Mother Blessing

    And what happened when we experienced this pregnancy tradition first hand.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Not a day goes by at Well Rounded without some discussion of pregnancy, birth, babies and all the other lovely things that go alongside. And yet, when my co-founder Kaity and managing editor Charlene became pregnant (and due just a week apart!), I was at a loss of how to honor them.

    I had so many ideas, and yet none seemed to truly fit. Until I came across an Instagram post that literally stopped me in my tracks: a glowing pregnant woman, on the verge of welcoming her baby into the world, being celebrated by her mama community in the most sacred, honest and beautiful way. It was called a Mother Blessing.

    It was clear from the images that this was no dainty baby shower. There was song, prayer, affirmations, love and humor. Oh and flowers. So many flowers! What better way to transition a mom-to-be into motherhood, especially the second time around?

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  • Third Trimester Style Hacks

    5 styles for your last 5 (huge) weeks.

    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Somewhere around halfway through your pregnancy, your belly finally pops and it’s so cute and fun to dress. And then it gets bigger. And bigger. And just when you think it can’t possibly get any bigger….it does. Your favorite maternity shirts suddenly become crop tops, and your flirty maternity shifts barely cover your booty. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 styles that we promise will work for your last 5 weeks of pregnancy.

    1. Jumpsuit. There’s no time like pregnancy to get into your first jumpsuit. It gives you instant style, loads of comfort, and lots and lots of room to grow. You’ll also love it postpartum when the thought of anything touching your… well, anything, just won’t fly. Hatch Collection Chloe Jumper, $298. Buy it here.

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  • 6 New (or Nearly New) Pregnancy Books That Make Life Better

    The most helpful (and humorous) pregnancy books of the year.

    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    When I was around 20 weeks pregnant with my first child, a friend gave me a copy of What To Expect When You’re Expecting. A page in, I got so overwhelmed by the breadth of information I had already missed, I stood on my couch and shoved the book as high up on the bookshelf as I could manage, hoping never to lay eyes on it again.

    Whether you’re working full time outside the home or full time at home, and whether you’re on your first, second, even third pregnancy, making time to educate yourself on what’s happening to your body during pregnancy can feel not only indulgent, but panic-inducing, if not impossible. But as hospitals sweep aside maternal care in favor of infant care, pregnancy books and prenatal education are now more important than ever.

    These 6 books for preggos – five of which were published this year – offer the kind of insight, humor, and/or relief I so craved during my last pregnancy. Luckily, 31 weeks into my second, it isn’t too late to read up and try again!

    The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People by Jordan Reid and Erin Williams

    This book was just a pure and hilarious pleasure. The intro alone lowered my blood pressure! Many of us spend at least half our pregnancy trying really hard to be our healthiest best selves and the other half feeling guilty about all that we aren’t doing right...

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  • Plant-based Proteins for Pregnancy

    Four “low-steaks” ways to up your protein intake.

    Article & Photo Courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    We all know that eating adequate protein is important–not only for us but also for the growing baby.  In recent years, there has been a shift towards incorporating dietary plant protein consumption versus animal protein due to the nature of our food supply and food quality.

    One of the biggest reasons health professionals are advocating plant protein during pregnancy and also why concepts such as #meatlessmonday are gaining popularity is due to the fact that animal protein has to be cooked and thus denatured (food safety protocol) before consumption–therefore you’re not getting the total protein from the original piece of meat. Because food safety is especially important during pregnancy, it is important to cook thoroughly before consumption. In addition, it’s harder on the body to digest animal protein, which could cause discomfort during pregnancy since our GI system slows down as the pregnancy progresses. Therefore, increasing plant protein during pregnancy is encouraged!

    Believe it or not, plant protein sources are abundant.  The most common ones are legumes, nuts and seeds.  So If you’ve been following a vegetarian or vegan diet, have no fear! You could continue the dietary pattern healthfully during your pregnancy and here’s how:

    1. Incorporate legumes into your soups or baked dishes.  Consider chickpeas instead of lean ground beef or turkey for a burger patty.  Use black beans as a base for your brownies. Add kidney beans or white cannelloni beans to your soups and stews.  Whip up some hummus for a snack.  Incorporating legumes into a variety of dishes will keep you full and provide adequate dietary protein.

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  • Prenatal Water Workouts

    Four ways to stay fit and beat the summer heat.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    As we dive into summer and it’s getting hotter, we start feeling pulled by the desire to hit the beach, splash around in the pool and even just chill by the sprinkler.  Dealing with warmer temperatures is certainly uncomfortable during the summer season, so you’re in luck, one of the best ways to workout during pregnancy is by immersing yourself into the pool.  Swimming is a low-impact physical activity that provides a cardiovascular workout that positively impacts your mobility and blood flow circulation without adding muscular or joint stress to the body. Additionally, immersing yourself in water could help ease common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, morning sickness, or heartburn.  One interesting benefit with the water is that it really helps us utilize our core muscles in order to stabilize ourselves in the water — which happens to be helpful during pregnancy.  Lucky for us, water workouts are gaining popularity and there are a variety of ways to stay fit with the water!

    1. Aqua Cycling – Cycling adds pressure on our knees, as well as keeps our hip flexors in a flexed position, which could contribute to sciatica pain at later stages of pregnancy.  With the water support, you’ll feel a natural massage and less pressure when you’re pedaling in the water...
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  • 10 Summer Foods To Eat During Pregnancy

    Beat the heat with these 10 summer foods.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    If you’re pregnant, the idea of a barbecue-filled summer is probably making you sweat. Well, good news mamas: hot weather may be uncomfortable and, well, hot, but it comes with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that are refreshing and that contain essential nutrients for your health and baby’s. What’s more, they keep you satiated and hydrated during the warmer months. So summer is actually the perfect time to pack your meals with healthier, more nutritious foods. To help you get the most out of your summer feasts, we’ve compiled a list of summer pregnancy must-eats.

    Here are 10 summer foods that every pregnant women should eat.

    1. Microgreens are part of the leafy green family. They are tasty, versatile and nutritious. Microgreens contain Vitamin C and E (antioxidant), which will help you keep your...

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