Bump Naturally – Childbirth Education & Doula

Natural Childbirth Education, Doula, Photographer – Bossier City, LA / Shreveport, LA


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Maternity Style Hacks

Maternity clothing is expensive and somewhat limited. Since I was pregnant during the winter (in Minot, ND) with my first child and currently pregnant in the 100 degree summer heat (Bossier City, LA), I decided to get a little creative instead of investing in a whole new maternity wardrobe.

Dresses

I got this jersey fabric t-shirt dress (in three different colors) on sale for $15 each at Old Navy! The stretchy fabric makes it perfect for accommodating a growing bump. Any dress you already have that is big enough (even if it’s not stretchy) will work if you add a high waisted belt. Adding a belt helps give your bump a more defined shape so you don’t just look like a blob.

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Preggo Product: Raspberry Leaf Tea

I swear this tea gave my uterus super powers the first time around (with my lightening fast labor)… so you better believe I’m drinking it religiously this time around as well.PreggoProducts-3

Raspberry Leaf Tea is believed to help “tone” the uterus, increase milk production, decrease nausea, and ease labor pains. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Many other pregnancy teas contain red raspberry leaf to help promote uterine health during pregnancy.

I recommend starting to drink Raspberry Leaf Tea around 20 weeks. Begin with just one cup a day. You can increase to 2 cups a day around 25 weeks, 3 cups a day around 30 weeks and the last couple weeks try to consumer 4 cups a day! This tea really doesn’t have much of a flavor so you may choose to add some honey or almond milk to it but I typically just drink it as is.

I’d love to hear your experiences with drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea during pregnancy! Do you think it helped tone your uterus?


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Preggo Product: Piper Wai

Since I’m pregnant, I’ve decided to start a new blog series about products I love to use during my pregnancy. First up is the natural deodorant, Piper Wai

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Our skin is our largest organ and while pregnant it’s even more important to limit the amount of chemicals and yucky stuff we lather on our skin. One thing, that’s a must is deodorant… but I hated using the aluminum kind (especially while growing another human). I had been searching for an alternative but had no luck and kept going back to my aluminum-laced Secret deodorant. Continue reading


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Best of Both Worlds

Being a stay-at-home mom was something I really wanted, however, I didn’t want to completely give up my career either. Prior to becoming a mom, my passions were rooted in social media marketing. After taking a natural childbirth class and having an amazing birth experience, I knew immediately that my passions had shifted.20160222-_DSC5120

I set my sights on becoming a Birth Boot Camp Instructor and later a doula and birth photographer as well. My background in social media really helped me be able to promote my classes and become established in our new city of Bossier City, LA. As a childbirth educator, I started making nursing necklaces as a prize for my students which led to me make several other birth-related items (Rice Sacks, Birth Affirmations, Birth Ball Covers, etc.) and decided to add them to my NessArsty Etsy shop! I have now expanded my shop to include custom mugs and onesies as well.  Continue reading


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Hospital Birth? What to Pack…

So you’ve decided to deliver your baby at a hospital and you’re wondering what you need to bring with you, right? Well, first of all, make sure that you take a hospital tour and get to know the environment/what kind of amenities they offer (do they have showers/tubs, birth balls, squatting bar, etc.). Keep in mind, even if they do have birth balls, some hospitals have limited quantity, so it’s a good idea to bring your own or have your doula bring one!

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Popular Baby Registry Items… Yay or Nay

So you’re expecting and excited to start your registry for all the baby gadgets and goodies, right? First off, I highly recommend building your registry on BabyLi.st. Using this site you’re able to add items from any store and even add invaluable chores friends and family can commit to like walking your dog, doing laundry, etc.

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Puj Tub Infant Bath – After trying out several different infant tubs this one was by far my favorite! I love the comfy and lightweight material that’s easy to dry off and store without taking up tons of space like most other tubs. I also love that you can have the water continuously run during the bath which helps keep baby warm and calm.

Bassinet or Co-Sleeper – Especially if you’re breastfeeding, life will be much easier for everyone if baby has a designated sleeping spot close to mom. Not only can mom quickly meet baby’s needs before reaching a full awake hysteria, sleeping next to mom helps to regulate baby’s heart rate and breathing.

Swaddle Blankets  If you think about what baby’s life was like in the womb, they were always the right temperature and hugged tightly by the uterus. Baby’s find open space unsettling and even if they at first fight the swaddle, most babies are comforted by a snug swaddle.

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Babywearing in my Sakura Bloom ring sling

Babywearing Apparatus  Multitasking just became possible! Not only will baby be comforted by being close to your heartbeat and warmth, they are soothed by the movement of your walking. Ring Sling baby carriers (like Sakura Bloom or Wildbird) are great for around the house and running errands since they are easy to get baby in and out of and easy to breastfeed in!

10483564_353429401476417_1327107135_n.jpgJogging Stroller – I was told my running days would be over and not to waste money on a jogging stroller… I’m glad I didn’t listen. *If* you are an avid runner prior to having a baby, chance are you will want to get back into running! I love my Bumble Ride Indie and even ran a half marathon with my son. Continue reading


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Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy

Prior to my pregnancy, I had never been to a chiropractor. I’d never had any chronic headaches or back pain before so I never saw the need. I learned in my natural childbirth class that chiropractic care during pregnancy could potentially lead to a shorter and easier labor… so of course I was going to try it out!

During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis in preparation for childbirth. This is great but it can also cause your body to become out of alignment. Regular chiropractic care (by a Webster Certified Chiropractor) during pregnancy can not only ensure efficient communication between your body and baby but can also reduce pain, improve digestion, help you to sleep better and so much more. Continue reading