Why Am I So Tired in Pregnancy?

Why am I so tired in pregnancy? Why am I so fatigued in pregnancy? How can I get more energy during pregnancy? These are questions I’m asked nearly every day so I thought I’d try and answer them for you here. The short answer is…it’s hormones! Be kind to yourself, and listen to your body,…

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Can I Use Deep Blue in Pregnant?

Can I use Deep Blue in Pregnancy? The short answer is…Absolutely YES! It’s totally SIP/B – (Safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding) dōTERRA has several products in their Deep Blue line including, Deep Blue oil, Deep Blue Touch (pre-diluted), Deep Blue Rub, Deep Blue Stick (with Copaiba), and Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex. These are ALL SIP/B…

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Fertility

For many couples, pregnancy comes easily, but others have a harder time conceiving. If you are one of those who struggle with this, it can be very stressful for both spouses and the relationship. When you add up all the variables that must be in perfect alignment for conception, it’s a miracle anyone conceives. Infertility…

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Methods of Using Essential Oils

Topically: Applying certain oils to the bottoms of your feet every day will help you stay healthy. Essential oils have been shown to destroy threats in the body while simultaneously restoring homeostasis. I recommend diluting essential oils with fractionated coconut oil. I like this because it stays in a liquid form and doesn’t go rancid…

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Virtual Midwife

I hear all the time, “I wish you could be my midwife”. So I got creative, thought outside the box and this is what came of it. I Am a Virtual midwife I help pregnant moms, doulas midwives, and people just like you get the clarity, confidence, and tools you need to trust birth and…

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Are Essential Oils Safe in Pregnancy?

You may have come across many books that debate which, if any, essential oils are safe during pregnancy. You will often see a warning on the label or an advisory to contact your physician before using essential oils.You may read that “studies” showing certain oils can cause spontaneous abortions, miscarriages, or uterine contractions. The problem…

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Menopause

If you’re having some anxious feelings when it comes to menopause you’re certainly not alone. Hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, uncomfortable sex, irritation, and mood swings are all the things and while these definitely are valid complaints there is help that doesn’t always have to involve hormonal therapy. While hormone therapy may help some…

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Preparing for Birth

Pregnancy and childbirth can be so confusing, what’s safe? what isn’t? What’s best to take to the hospital? What’s best for my baby? So many books, posts, blogs, friends, parents (the list goes on!), all offering different advice and sometimes sharing things that may not necessarily be true! There is so much preparation that goes…

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The Golden Hour of Birth!

The first hour immediately after your baby is born is often referred to as the golden hour because so many beautiful and perfect things happen in this hour. They are “golden” and you don’t want to miss out. Your baby is usually awake and alert during this time, so bonding is easy. Oxytocin has been…

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Cycle Phases

When you have a bunch of girls living in the same house somehow they all start syncing their cycles. This was my family. SIX girls (including our exchange student) and me all on the same cycle.  My poor husband! His name is Paul and his definition for PMS was Paul Must Suffer.  Here are some…

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Children at Birth

Have you ever wondered if it’s a good idea to have your other children at your birth?  I have attended many births where other children/siblings were present, and it was a powerful experience.  When choosing a home birth, I am in your home doing home visits quite often and listening to baby’s heartbeat, feeling your…

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The Essential Oil Guide for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies

Pregnancy and childbirth can be so confusing. What’s safe? What isn’t? What’s best to take to the hospital? What’s best for your baby? So many books, posts, blogs, friends, parents- the list goes on. All offering different advice and sometimes sharing things that may not necessarily be true!  Using essential oils in pregnancy creates an…

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Indigestion in Pregnancy

If pregnancy were a contest and you don’t have “the burn” or other tummy discomforts YOU WIN!  This seems to be a complaint with every pregnant mama I know.  Learning natural ways to help with this yucky feeling is exactly what we’re talking about today.  Heartburn and indigestion in pregnancy is normal. Of course it’s…

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Postpartum Plan

I’ve often thought if moms put as much effort and planning into their postpartum plan as they do their birth bag, life after birth would be SO much easier. Have you even ever heard of a Postpartum Plan? It’s basically one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. It will…

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Student Midwife

So many of you are connecting with me because you love what I do and you too are feeling the call to serve women in pregnancy and birth. This has touched my heart and makes me smile so I wanted to reach out and connect with you. So many have asked if I have any…

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Fertility Support 30 Day Cleanse

One question I am asked over and over is how can doTERRA help with fertility. Unfortunately, I think we have a rise in fertility issues over the last couple of decades and I feel much of it has to do with yeast overgrowth in our gut. Cleaning up our diet and resolving the yeast issue…

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TWO Births in 1 Day!

Originally posted on August 7, 2008 TWO births in one day… This is the second one.  I got home from “You Are My Sunshine” birth just in time to take my sister out to dinner, I’m feeling a little guilty for her traveling so far to come to see me and I’m out all day…

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LifeLong Vitality

If you’ve ever wanted happier moods, to feel less stress, to get sick less often, reduce aches & pains, to have mental clarity and SUSTAINABLE energy and SO MUCH MORE… then you need to give your body what it needs to give you these things. These are complaints I hear nearly every day and LifeLong…

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The Fourth Trimester

Hey mama! Pregnancy can be one of those journeys we take where every few days or weeks you say “are we there yet”? You’re grateful to reach a new milestone and soon you can’t wait to get through the next one.  You think the actual BIRTH is the big one and indeed it is a big…

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Another Little Miracle!

Originally posted on July 25, 2008 I went to bed about 10:00 pm, now normally I fall intently to sleep, but this night for some reason the thinking part of my brain would not shut down, so I finally got up about 11:30 and went into the other room to read a bit.  I read…

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Adrenal Fatigue in Pregnancy

Trying to conceive and being pregnant are both hard work and exhausting, now add adrenal fatigue into the mix and it’s no wonder you can’t get anything accomplished. Adrenal fatigue can throw everything having to do with energy out of balance. Stress is a Main Ingredient for Adrenal Fatigue One of the things your adrenal…

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Baby’s Sleep Patterns

Why is it that babies often have their night and days mixed up? Sleep is never overrated when it comes to much needed postpartum sleep but it’s difficult to feel like you get enough when your baby isn’t on the same sleep schuss you. Lack of sleep causes excess stress and that’s the last thing…

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Peri Massage

Perineum massage is an old practice that has some debate around it. Some moms and midwives swear by it, and others are opposed. I will give you some direction here, and you can see if it feels right for you. I do feel like perineal stretching can increase your confidence in your body’s ability to…

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Hey mama…has this been your experience?

You go to your normal prenatal appointment and you are measuring just a little big, so your care provider decides to do an ultrasound. A big baby is confirmed so the doctor recommends an induction or even a cesarean birth because looking at your hips there’s just no way you can birth this baby vaginally.…

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Postpartum Secrets that Nobody Tells You

We talk so much about pregnancy and birth, but sometimes we forget about postpartum. If I had a nickel for every time I heard a mama say…” I wish I would have known…about postpartum”.  Well, mama, I’m here to tell you all the things! Well, maybe not ALL the things, because there are SO many,…

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Are You Considering a Home Birth?

I hear you, mama… you have never thought about having a midwife or a home birth until now. Still, with all that’s going on, especially with it being a very real possibility of some hospitals restricting and not allowing even partners or your doula in the hospital with you, it’s a question you are considering. …

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Tummy Tamer

Are you one of those mamas who spent your whole pregnancy wondering who your baby would look like? What would her little personality be like? Would she like to snuggle and be snuggled? Would he have his dad’s hands and big feet? Would he love sports like his dad? Nine months of dreaming and imaging…

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Pain in Labor

The pain in childbirth is one of the biggest fears that moms have, and you all want to know what pain management tools and which essential oils will help me have the most successful natural birth. “There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”…

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Bolivia

Today is totally random thoughts…If you could return to one place or time, which one would you choose? As I’ve thought about this, I have MANY awesome memories I might like to revisit but this one in May of 2014 had one of the greatest impacts on me as a healthcare professional. This was a…

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You are my Sunshine

Originally Posted on August 5, 2008 One baby due this week, and a house full of company, but no worries, usually first-time mamas go over their estimated due date…. Key word… USUALLY!  Not this one, it is her due day, her Birth-Day!  5:00 AM I get a call, mom’s water has broken, she has been…

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Essential oils for Newborns and Babies

Babies and mamas are my passion, add essential oil to that list and now I’m living my dream! I discovered essential oils in the ’80s and over the years I’ve used them personally, with my family and with my clients. I love to empower women and I can do that best with essential oils. Please…

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Interview with The Essential Midwife

What is your birth philosophy?  Homebirth is not for every woman. My clients and I are a team. We look at all the choices surrounding pregnancy, labor, and birth, and I support them in whatever they choose through offering education and choices. I am the mother of four daughters, three of whom were born at home.…

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The placenta is a Unique Organ

Hey Mama… Do you know how truly amazing your body is? When you are pregnant you are not only growing a human but you are also growing a whole new organ to supply your baby with all the nutrients it needs for nine months in your womb.  The placenta is such a unique organ, it…

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Positive Birth Plan with COVID 19

As we all try to navigate a new normal that doesn’t really feel normal at all, it’s natural to feel anxious, scattered, or generally off-balance. The world has changed, and we are all feeling it. I’m writing this not to be doom and gloom but to help you be prepared, for when you are prepared…

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It’s Not Your Fault

Hey mama…just for the record… It’s. Not. Your. Fault! Some babies just seem to fuss a lot with no apparent reason. Some babies want to be held all the time just as if they were still in your womb. Some babies just seem to cry a lot despite your best efforts. Some babies want to…

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The Perfect Pregnancy Kit

I hear you, mama! You are pregnant and want to ensure that you and your little family stays healthy! I get it! I want you to too! But I also want to bring calm to the storm. So here is the deal, pregnant mamas don’t appear to be any more susceptible to the effects of…

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Postpartum Hair Support

We all know that being pregnant and having a baby is HARD…but one of the perks of pregnancy is awesome thick hair. Normally, we lose around one hundred strands of hair on any given day, but in pregnancy because of our increased progesterone levels the process of that hair loss is minimal, so less falls…

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Birth, Baby & Postpartum Essentials

I hear you mamas!! You have asked several times what the best, SIP (safe in pregnancy) and most cost-effective way to get started with essential oils. So…here it is…The Perfect Pregnancy kit! These oils are my essential go-to’s when you are about to welcome a new baby. Adaptiv is for the mama who is trying to…

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Postpartum Baby Blues & Heavy Heart

I hear you mama…it’s day 5, you’re home from the hospital, your mom just left to head back home, your hubby had to go into work for a few hours and you’re home alone with 2 other small kiddos and your new baby. Your milk came in two days ago and you’re super uncomfortable with…

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Use Your B.R.A.I.N

If you’ve ever been pregnant, I’m sure you’ve experienced a bit of “Pregnancy Brain.” Throughout pregnancy, you read everything you can get your hands on to have the best experience you can and create the perfect birth plan, but there’s one problem, you can’t remember half of what you read. In normal life, you could…

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Dilation

Have you ever wondered what those centimeter measurements actually look like in labor? I’m a visual learner so I thought this might help to visualize exactly what it looks like when your doc or midwife says you are xx cm dilated. Putting things into perspective with some everyday items! However, keep in mind that your…

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Turmeric Benefits

Mmmm…Turmeric smells amazing…said no one ever! But the benefits truly ARE amazing! The question I keep getting is… “How is the oil different than the spice, do I have to take it with black pepper and is it safe to use in pregnancy and while breastfeeding?” The short answer is VERY different, NO and YES!…

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Validation is Everything

I hear you, mama…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even if other people have experienced worse. Even if someone else who went through the same experience doesn’t feel debilitated by it. Even if it could have been avoided. Even if it happened a long time ago. Even if no one knows. Your trauma is real and valid, and you deserve…

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Essential Oils for Fertility

For many couple’s pregnancy comes easily, but others have a harder time conceiving.  If you are one of those who struggle with this, it can be very stressful for both spouses as well as on the relationship.  when you add up all the variables that have to be in perfect alignment for conception, it’s a…

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Lifelong Vitality is Safe for Pregnancy

Listen up, mama! I’m unwrapping the myths around supplements because I know it can be a full-time job! There are millions of supplements on the market. Why should you choose doTERRA’s? If you’ve ever wanted happier moods, to feel less stress, to get sick less often, reduce aches & pains, to have mental clarity and…

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Why doTERRA and Not Amazon Oils

Why should I buy dōTERRA oils instead of oils from Amazon, Walmart, Costco, TJ Maxx, and other much “cheaper” retailers? I’m so glad you asked this question because I am committed to educating people on why it matters what oils you use. The Essential Oil Industry is Unregulated What this means is that you can…

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The Amazing Oil Turmeric

The Amazing Oil Turmeric

Can we just talk about the amazing oil turmeric for a bit, The question I keep getting is…”How is the oil different than the spice, do I have to take it with black pepper and is it safe to use in pregnancy and while breastfeeding?” The short answer is VERY different, NO and YES!  When…

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Coffee Enema

Well…here it is, you asked for it. But before I continue, please know this is NOT something I recommend in pregnancy or while breastfeeding. When I posted the picture about how I take my coffee my intention was just to bring a little humor as I gave you a look of what a day in…

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Overcome the Challenges of Being a Disabled Parent

There’s nothing more fulfilling than watching your child grow, and that’s what makes parenting so special. No doubt, playing one of the most important roles as a human being will fill your heart with love, hope and joy as you watch your little tyke take their first steps, speak their first words and open their…

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Life Long Vitality

If you’ve ever wanted happier moods, to feel less stress, to get sick less often, reduce aches & pains, to have mental clarity and SUSTAINABLE energy and SO MUCH MORE… then you need to give your body what it needs to give you these things. These are complaints I hear nearly everyday and LLV is…

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Essential Oil Labor Support Blend

Interesting FACT… Did you know there is a direct connection between your throat and your cervix? Labor is a LOT of work and just like if you were straining to lift something heavy you may make some noise as you lift it. I don’t know why but making noise always helps. The same applies in…

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Fertility Support 30 Day Cleanse

One question I am asked over and over is how can doTERRA help with infertility. Unfortunately, I think we have a rise in fertility issues over the last couple of decades and I feel much of it has to do with candida overgrowth in our gut. Cleaning up our diet and resolving the candida issue…

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The 8 Great Essential Oils for Stress

Essential oils are my first go to when it comes to emotional stress in pregnancy. There’s not much you can take when pregnant but essential oils have been used for thousands of years to help balance your emotional self both while pregnant and not. They can bring a sense of calmness when all else fails.…

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A Recipe for Asparagus (It’s that time of year!)

1 pound of asparagus 2 teaspoons olive oil or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vinegar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 drop of black pepper essential oil 1 garlic clove, minced 2 teaspoons fresh herbs of your choice (parsley, tarragon, or sage) or 1 tsp. dried   Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash asparagus thoroughly, snap at…

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TerraZyme

doTERRA’s TerraZyme Digestive Enzyme Complex is probably one of my favorite products doTERRA offers. You’ve probably heard the saying your gut is your second brain and I’m pretty sure that’s true.  If the digestive system is on track you are set up for your whole body system to be on track and the opposite it…

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Soothing Peri-Spray: Immortelle

Every mom has a favorite blend and this is at the top of this list for postpartum. I make this spray up for all my new mom’s to have right after she welcomes her new babe. This is a must have peri–spray for every new mom. It offers amazing soothing comfort to that “oh so…

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Birth Affirmations

“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” ~Marie Mongan Our minds are powerful beyond belief and it can be your best tool or your worst enemy when it comes to labor.  Just moving out of your own way helps your body to do what it was created to…

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Diffuse Essential Oils for a Restful Night Sleep

I know (actually I don’t know, I can only imagine) the work, the scientific knowledge and the intuitive knowledge that goes into making a proprietary formula.  Seriously, each blend represents the converging wisdom of many years of therapeutic essential oil experience and validation of research and scientific study.  Each blend is formulated and synergistically balanced…

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Serenity Restful Complex

Serenity

Sleep is right up in the top five priorities to sustain your superpower when creating a baby and making milk to feed that baby. Serenity Restful complex soft gels before you go to bed and a drop or two of the Serenity oil on your foot and/or pillow will be your nighttime BFF. Order doTERRA…

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Deep Blue

Deep Blue will be your best friend in pregnancy because it is an amazing soothing solution for muscles and joint discomforts. It is a blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus that all work together to soothe and relax muscles and ease achy joints. Its effects are deep and penetrating…

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Gemstones

Gemstones, with their powerful energies and profound relationship with the human body, are the perfect energy wellness tools. Like other forms of energy wellness, gemstone energy wellness uses the body’s inherent healing force to nourish and heal us in multiple ways. Each type of gemstone embodies a unique energy that can focus and amplify this…

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Homemade Shower Disks

  I often wake up a little stuffy in the morning and I diffuse eucalyptus in the bathroom to help clear it out while I’m showering and getting ready for my day. I’m not one to spend too much time in the shower, but when I heard about this cool shower disk I was excited…

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Diffuse Douglas Fir and Grapefruit

Diffuse Recipe

Looking for a boost of positive energy? Diffusing Douglas fir and grapefruit is positively amazing together. Not only can this combo help with clear easy breathing, but they are super motivating when there’s a job to get done. There’s no magic recipe, just put 2-3 drops of each in your diffuser and enjoy. [button href=”http://www.mydoterra.com/theessentialmidwife”…

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Ginger

Ginger

Ginger is an amazing oil because of its effective digestive properties. Whether we’re talking about an upset tummy or severe nausea in pregnancy, ginger has been used for thousands of years as an effective digestive aid. It comes from the same family as cardamom and they both actually block the nausea receptors in the brain.…

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Arborvitae

doTerra_Arbovitae

Arborvitae has been a favorite oil since the day it came out. I was speaking at convention and when I heard it teaches us there is no need to be fearful; relax, take a deep breath and trust. I knew I needed this before I went on stage and sure enough, there was a bottle…

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Natural Sunscreen

Natural Sunscreen

Summer is upon us, and that means FUN…but we want that fun to not be ruined by painful sunburns. Most sunscreens on the market contain ingredients that aren’t very healthy to our skin and bodies.  Even the so-called “natural” sunscreens may have some hormone-disrupting chemicals. I personally try to avoid sunscreen all together, but there…

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Are Oils Safe for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding?

Are essential oils safe in pregnancy & breastfeeding?

The short answer is to avoid Clary Sage during pregnancy and peppermint while breastfeeding. You will find warnings everywhere about which oils you should and should not use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. These previously were very valid concerns because of the impurities that were so prevalent in the oils available and the threat that they…

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Just in Time

4:00 AM Mom calls to say she has been having contractions for an hour and they were about every 10 minutes. She said you said to call you when there is change. (Note to self, tell mom’s unless you need me there now, if change happens in the middle of the night, and it’s not…

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FREE Deep Blue

Deep Blue: Deep Blue is an amazing soothing solution for muscles and joint discomforts. It is a blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus that all work together to soothe and relax muscles and ease achy joints. Its effects are deep and penetrating with sustained results. Once gently rubbed into…

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Round Ligament Support

Round Ligament Support

There are lots of “normal” discomforts in pregnancy, after all, the body is creating a human and that’s a lot of work.  Nevertheless, those discomforts are real, but we have natural tools to help and sometimes understanding what is happening is half the battle. Did you know that you have round ligaments on each side…

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Breastfeeding Tips

BREASTFEEDING TIPS DID YOU KNOW…low levels of essential fatty acids may decrease your milk supply? The basic vitality supplements offer the perfect amounts of essential omega fatty acids to help with this. If you feel your body is craving more, you can add extra omega three’s to your daily routine. They have the best source…

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Why Choose Cloth Pads?

Why choose cloth pads? They are soft, absorbent, incredibly comfortable, dependable protection for menstruation, postpartum (or incontinence!).  You might be enticed to try reusable pads because of it’s tremendous long-term reduction in cost or because it’s the eco-friendly choice, (in fact, you will actually keep thousands of dollars in your pocket over the long run)…

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doTERRA Cares

Due to the nature of the doTERRA business, many Wellness Advocates have the opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles and educate others on wellbeing. Wellness Advocate, Elaine Davis, has the unique opportunity to provide healing therapy for people in pain. Aside from promoting her doTERRA business, Elaine also volunteers with Bio-Touch—a touch-healing therapy program. This program…

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Simple Green Smoothies – Recipe Book

Simple Green Smoothies

It’s probably my favorite time of year. There something to say about warm and fuzzy socks, busting out my slower cooker and curling up with a book. And what a better way to enjoy the start of this cozy season by diving into a new book from a free giveaway? [shareable]This book will change your…

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Should I avoid Clary Sage in Pregnancy?

clary sage

Some might ask, “Should I avoid CLARY SAGE during pregnancy?” I usually recommend avoiding clary sage in pregnancy until 40 weeks, then in labor, if you need to intensify or strengthen contractions clary sage is perfect. Clary sage is not going to force the body to go beyond what it’s capable of. It’s adaptogenic and…

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Poppy Jasper

poppy jasper

Poppy Jasper enlivens your body by throwing vortices of uplifting energy toward areas where energy flow is blocked. These vortices help to break up the physical impediments, encrusted patterns, and energetic blockages that prevent life force from entering certain parts of your body. Poppy Jasper’s energy is positive, happy, and joyful. It inspires, invigorates, and…

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How To Use Peppermint Essential Oil in Pregnancy

peppermint

Over the last several years, the quality and purity of essential oils has improved and far surpassed anything I have ever used in the past. dōTERRA is the brand I choose to help my clients and their babies have an easier pregnancy, labor and postpartum as well as ease my job as their midwife.  I…

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Makeover My Diaper Bag

Makeover My Diaper Bag

When you become a mom, all of the sudden the way you have done things in the past isn’t good enough; you want your baby to have the very best. Your diaper bag becomes your new purse and it’s a great place to include your healthy basics. Now you can make everything from homemade wipes…

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