Nicole Riley - Healthy Moms Blog

Nicole Riley is mom to an exuberant two year old boy, who brightens every day with his zest for life.  She is expecting her second child in the new year and is eagerly looking forward to having a new little one to cuddle. Nicole has spent the past ten years immersed in the health and wellness industry practicing as a Homeopath and Holistic Nutritionist and on faculty at The Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine, teaching and serving as the clinic director.  She has recently taken on a new role in business development at League Inc, and is loving every minute of this new challenging venture. 

How Chiropractic Care Made My Pregnancy More Comfortable

How Chiropractic Care Made My Pregnancy More Comfortable

During my pregnancy, the first two trimesters passed without any discomfort beyond the occasional calf cramp and bout of heartburn. As I entered the third trimester, however, I found that the aches and pains of pregnancy started to rear their ugly heads. Despite being tired, I no longer looked forward to bedtime, because that was when the restless legs and hip pain started. As I would sink into my lavender-laced pillow each night, the familiar dance of switching sides to find short-lived comfort began. When using the Snoogle® pillow failed to alleviate my hip discomfort and upper back pain, I realized I had to seek professional help beyond massage. At 34 weeks pregnant, I booked an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Wise and waited anxiously, hoping for some relief.  

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Saving Your Skin From Stretch Marks

Saving Your Skin From Stretch Marks
As the fatigue and nausea of morning sickness fades, the second trimester often ushers in skin issues caused by those delightful pregnancy hormones. Acne, itching, darkening and stretch marks are the hallmarks of pregnancy and although many symptoms fade after delivery, those pinkish silvery streaks known affectionately as stretch marks are often a badge we wear long after babe is out of diapers. Stretch marks occur when your skin grows too quickly and the fibers in your skin tear. When they first develop, stretch marks are red or purple, but over time, they mark their permanence with their silverish- grey streaks. As the skin around your belly stretches, it may also become dry and itchy, a symptom that can be managed by moisturizing daily.          Choosing the Right Moisturizer For Your BellyWhen scouring the aisles for belly butters and mummy tummy creams, I am always horrified at the long list of toxic ingredients. Parabens, synthetic fragrances and mineral oil are the usual suspects. I have always gravitated towards natural products but during pregnancy I make a point to stay away from ingredients that stray too far from their natural form. I used organic coconut oil during my first pregnancy but was never truly satisfied with the results, so I was delighted when I was introduced to Zaya’s Belly Oil, particularly since I had been eyeing their line of natural, organic infused oils for quite some time. Before I even opened the box I was charmed. The bottle of oil is stored in a beautiful box that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away. The box now houses my favourite watch and a few special trinkets. I also love that the oil is stored in a dark glass bottle, which prevents the oil from oxidizing when exposed to sunlight.  The Belly Oil is comprised of naturally sourced oils and infused with vanilla and petitgrain. While I am usually drawn to vanilla, the slightly musky petitgrain was a new scent for me. Some women can be bothered by scents and smells during pregnancy but I can happily report that the scent of the Belly Oil does not linger once it is applied. Just 3-4 pumps will generously cover your belly and unlike some oils, it absorbs beautifully into your skin and leaves no oily residue. I initially applied the oil on dry skin but upon noticing the recommendation to apply to damp skin, I gave that a whirl and found this enhanced the absorption. I have been using the oil now for two weeks so although it is too early to tell if Zaya will save me from those silver badges of honour, I absolutely love the ritual of using the oil every evening and taking the time to connect with my baby.  Zaya will be featuring their Belly Oil at the Healthy Moms Toronto Zone at the Baby Show this weekend, October 1-2 at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. Stop by their booth and receive 20% off when you purchase the Belly Oil or other face/body oils.Check out Zaya Eco Skincare's listing at http://healthymomstoronto.com/zaya to find out more and receive 20% off your online purchases with your Healthy Moms Toronto Discount Card. 

Kid-Approved Lunch Box Ready Snacks

Kid-Approved Lunch Box Ready Snacks

I love a good energy ball recipe or labor-intensive, homemade cheddar cheese cracker, but with the dog days of summer drawing to an end, I would much rather be out enjoying the sun than home watching the oven while I make my very own strawberry-raspberry chia fruit roll ups. I have spent hours scouring the health food aisles to find the most natural and healthiest snack options and have put together a toddler-approved list of some of my favorite lunch-box friendly (read: nut free) snacks.  

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