Out of the mouth of babes:
What we’re watching:
Favourite yoga pose:
Mika: Supta Baddha Konasana
Supta means “reclined”, Baddha means “bound”, and Kona means “angle” – a great pose for pregnant women in preparation for childbirth! The benefits include freeing energy flow in the pelvic area, increasing vitality in digestive organs, and quieting the mind.
A note for beginners: if you’re not comfortable reclining on the floor, you may use a bolster or folded blankets to support the spine. You may also want to place a block under each knee for support.
Ayda: Did you get engorged when your milk came in a few days after giving birth? Besides warm showers, feeding baby, and Tylenol, I often suggest using cold cabbage leaves to reduce the swelling! Your breasts are often so hot, the cabbage leaves will actually wilt – just replace them, or use another method to soothe them. Engorgement usually lasts 2-3 days while your milk comes in. Do note that extended use may decrease your milk supply, so try various ways to reduce your discomfort.
What we’re reading:
Heather: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
This book was a total impulse buy. I was in Kingston, Ontario, at an independent bookstore downtown, and a young woman was at the checkout counter, buying a copy and raving about it to the owner. Of course I had to ask what book it was. She showed me and said she had already read it and was buying this copy for her mom. She said, “Every woman should have this book.” Well, with an endorsement like that, I had to get my own. Luckily, the owner had one copy left. This compilation of essays is an absolute gem, and I have to say I agree with the woman at the bookstore. I already sent a copy to a friend in Vancouver, and I plan to buy several more.
Well, that’s been our week! Thanks for reading! We’d love to hear what you liked best! And let us know if you have any Mommy Gadgets to add to a later edition.
Have a lovely Sunday and see you in two weeks!
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