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Matraea Mamas - Rebeccah Moore

Matraea Mamas - Rebeccah Moore

It's Mother's Day and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than to highlight one of the incredible Matraea Mamas who is not only a wonderful mother but an inspiring entrepreneur as well! 
Rebeccah is the new (as of February 2018) owner of the Matraea Baby Boutique. She has curated a fantastic assortment of products for moms, babies, and kids with a focus on locally and sustainably made items. We interviewed her last week for our first Matraea Mama feature - read on to find out more about this incredible woman and her shop at the Matraea Centre.

5 Tips for a Smooth Adjustment to Life with Your New Baby

5 Tips for a Smooth Adjustment to Life with Your New Baby

With each of our children, there are things that I feel like we did very well in the first month and things that we could have done differently that would have helped for a smoother transition, less stress, and more new baby bliss. Here are five insights on simple strategies that can make a big difference those first 30 days with your sweet, new baby! 

Contributed by Kristy Martin Hale, Mother/Writer

Nourishing the New Mama

Nourishing the New Mama

Growing a baby takes a lot of nutrients!  For nine months, you have been supplying your baby with every bit of goodness it needs to grow and prepare for a brand new life.  After the birth of your baby, it is important to replenish and give yourself the nourishment you need to embrace motherhood. 

Written by Karen Van Dyck Herbalist and Natural Formulator Extrodinaire!

Mama On The Move, Positions for Labour

Mama On The Move, Positions for Labour

The journey out from the womb seems like such a short distance, but in reality, navigating the passage through the pelvis is a long journey for a baby! Your muscles, tissue, and bones guide the baby’s positioning throughout labour and birth, and as the baby descends actually assist in signalling when to rotate its head or shoulders or extend to flex its neck.  You can help your baby along the way by changing your positions for labour frequently. 

By Selina Boily, RM

Is Drinking Herbal Tea Safe In Pregnancy?

Is Drinking Herbal Tea Safe In Pregnancy?

Many health care providers including doctors, midwives and naturopaths believe that drinking certain herbal teas during pregnancy is an excellent way to support a healthy pregnancy.

We get most of our vitamins and minerals from our food, however herbal teas can often provide an additional natural source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron that we need when we are pregnant. Due to the lack of clinical studies and trials on most herbs, it is encouraged to use caution when drinking herbal teas in pregnancy. For that reason, the herbs that are commonly found in pregnancy teas are ones that have been used from ancient times and have been proven over time to be not only effective but safe as well.

Contributed by guest blogger Cate Black

Bloodclots After Childbirth: What's Normal, What's Not

Bloodclots After Childbirth: What's Normal, What's Not

Passing clots of blood is not uncommon during the first two weeks postpartum and clot size can range from the size of a pea to a golf ball – and can be quite shocking if you’re not prepared.

Blood clots form when you are sitting or laying down – remember that blood we talked about pooling in the vagina?  As it pools, the blood may clot. Some women experience discomfort walking or using the toilet and many report that after passing a clot the discomfort goes away. Typically the rule of thumb is golf-ball sized clots are fine but baseball-sized clots require follow up with your midwife or doctor.

However, if you have prolonged red bleeding and clots after the first week postpartum and are experiencing pain in your abdomen or have any sign of fever or chills you should contact your care provider.

Written by Gill Polard

The Green Baby Shower--what you really need to know

The Green Baby Shower--what you really need to know

Manda Aufochs Gillespie, founded The Green Mama in 2007, bringing 15 years of environmental planning and research to the issue of raising healthy children. She has been described in the media as “the green guru” and “serious, but not absolute.” Her work has most recently been showcased on the televsion shows Save My Planet (on ABC’s Living Well network) and The Lazy Environmentalist (on HBO). She is currently writing a book on the environmental impacts on pregnancy and birth.