Healthy Moms Blog
Are the holidays over yet? If you’re anything like me (and I hope you are), there’s been a bit of overindulging happening in the past week or two. You may also have had it up to here with cooking for large gatherings, so now is the perfect time to kill two birds with one stone: go out to eat something healthy! The Healthy Moms card has you covered in that department.
In the past three years, five months and 12 days, only two bits of parenting advice have penetrated the baby brain fog deeply enough to embed themselves permanently into my memory. The first came from Aviva Allen, who described the division of nutritional labour in the home by explaining that it was my responsibility to give my child healthy food, but that it was his responsibility to eat it. The second, I got recently from my Peaceful Parenting coach Sarah Rosensweet, who told me quite firmly that—despite the fact that it’s not fair that he keeps insisting that he loves daddy better—my toddler isn’t responsible for my feelings.
Pregnancy is a miraculous and exciting time! It is also a time of great biomechanical stress. Growing a new human is no easy feat. We experience altered rib movement, changes in the position and angle of our spinal curves due to added weight and changes in weight distribution – our center of gravity moves forward, we have compromised core strength and stability due to muscular stretching and weakening, and add on top of all of that the laxity in our joints due to the hormone relaxin which softens and loosens our ligaments so that we can widen to grow and deliver a baby.