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Craving Holiday Drinks? 3 Delicious Mocktails to Spice up the Season

By Jessica Calef

Craving Holiday Drinks? 3 Delicious Mocktails to Spice up the Season
Whether you’re pregnant, nursing, or pumping there’s no reason you can’t enjoy one of our favorite, tasty mocktails to spice up your holidays and ring in the new year!

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5 Tips for Managing Stress as a New Mom

By Jessica Calef

5 Tips for Managing Stress as a New Mom

Being a new mom is overwhelming. Throw a pandemic into the mix and those already intense feelings can be magnified. Thanks to Dr. Rachel, a clinical psychologist, fellow mom, and speaker who takes a holistic approach to health, we've got some tools to support us in managing stress as we navigate these unprecedented times with a baby in tow. 

1. Be kind to yourself! Motherhood is tough, but now we have a pandemic on top of our daily stressors.

2. Stay connected. Reach out to people who you find support in. This is not the time to be isolating yourself emotionally.

3. Be okay asking for help. You can't do it all yourself, but you can ask for help. Be assertive and ask for what you need, if that's for someone else changing the next diaper or you able to sleep in for a few minutes.

4. Remember that you can't pour from an empty cup. Take time out for you. You may be thinking you have no time, and I get it, but think of micro practices you can do. For instance, while you are washing your hands take a few deep breaths, or while you are pumping or breastfeeding, use that time for you. 

5. Remember no one is perfect. You are juggling a lot, so good enough truly is enough! Be kind to yourself. 

Dr. Rachel specializes in the mind-body connection, including stress reduction, the treatment of obesity, weight management, and health behavior change.  She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and has a private practice in NYC. She is a sought after expert who has been featured in many media outlets, including The New York Times, TIME magazine, CNN, USA Today, Shape, and Women’s Health.  She loves sharing her knowledge and helping individuals live happier and healthier lives by promoting positive behavioral changes. She lives in NYC with her husband and 2 year old son and has learned to blend her work and mom life by #makingitwork. 

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The Importance of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

By Jessica Calef

The Importance of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Being pregnant is a beautiful thing, but can also be a real "pain in the neck". Chiropractor Dr. Cynthia D’Amelio walks us through the benefits of Chiropractic care for both mom and baby. 

Throughout my career as a Chiropractor, I have treated many women prior to, during and after pregnancy. Chiropractic care has a countless amount of benefits on both the mother and baby. 

During the course of pregnancy, there will be many physiological and hormonal changes as your body prepares for the birth of your baby. A recent study found that more than 75% of pregnant women experience pregnancy-related low back pain, pelvic pain, or a combination; and that this pain increases as pregnancy progresses. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, and drug-free way to manage these and other musculoskeletal symptoms during pregnancy.


What are the benefits of chiropractic prior to pregnancy?

  • Promotes regular menstrual cycles
  • Optimal uterine function
  • Prepares body for healthy implantation
  • Ensures proper nerve supply to reproductive organs


What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?

  • SHORTER LABOUR TIME 
    • Pregnant women receiving regular chiropractic care have a 25-50% reduction in labour time.
  • IMPROVED SLEEP
    • Pregnant women who sleep less than 6 hours average 29 hours of labour. Those women who sleep 7 or more hours average less than 18 hours of labour.
  • OPTIMAL FETAL POSITION
    • When a breech position occurs, an experienced prenatal chiropractor certified in a special technique called the Webster Technique, has a 92% success rate to reduce in-uterine constraint and by allowing more room to help the baby turn head down.
  • REDUCTION IN PELVIC PAIN
    • During pregnancy, the hormones relaxin and progesterone loosen ligaments and joints, especially in the pelvic area. The extra weight and body changes in pregnancy along with these loosened joints and ligaments can cause muscle discomfort, pelvic imbalances and ligament pain, especially the round ligament. 
  • REDUCTION OF BACK PAIN AND BACK LABOUR
    • During pregnancy, the body’s center of gravity moves forward increasing the lumbar (lower back) curve and placing extra strain and force through the lumbar spinal joints. 
    • Growing baby and increased fetal movement creates expansion of lower rib cage which can aggravate mid back joints that connect to ribs.
    • Increased breast size to prepare for lactation adds additional strain to the upper back.
  • HELPS RELIEVE HEADACHES AND NECK PAIN
    • Modified posture through shoulders to offset change in center of gravity causes loss of cervical neck curve leading to headaches. 
  • REDUCE SCIATIC PAIN AND RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME
    • Modified gait/walking becomes wide during pregnancy which can irritate and impinge nerves of the low back and pelvis causing sciatic nerve pain and restless leg syndrome (RLS)
  • STRENGTHENS THE PELVIC FLOOR
    • Chiropractic adjustments give women greater control over the pelvic floor muscles, which in turn makes childbirth easier and recovery shorter.
  • REDUCED NEED FOR PAIN MEDICATION
    • During pregnancy, women are limited with options of pain relief due to many medications found to be unsafe and increase the risk of birth defects. 
    • Chiropractic care is a safe alternative and holistic treatment to help resolve and/or decrease pain in pregnant women. 
    • In a hospital study that incorporated chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy, there was a 50% decrease in the need for painkillers during delivery.
  •  INCREASES POST-NATAL SUCCESS
    • Chiropractic treatments help provide more comfort during breastfeeding and greater production of breast milk.
    • Studies show less incidence of postpartum depression in those women undergoing chiropractic care. 

    Chiropractic care can help make your pregnancy experience a more positive, healthy and comfortable one. 

    Dr. Cynthia D’Amelio is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Webster Technique Certified, ICPA Training. She currently practices in Morristown, New Jersey. 

    *Please consult with your OB/GYN to determine if Chiropractic care is appropriate for you.  

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    Grab Your Gal Pal and Your Milx Bra for V-Day Self-Love

    By Ruchi Dhami

    Grab Your Gal Pal and Your Milx Bra for V-Day Self-Love
    This Valentine's Day, we're all about self-love. So, we partnered with our Galentines at BodyWiseMama to bring you a full-body workout designed specifically for new moms that's bound to leave you feeling strong, focused, and refreshed. What are you waiting for? Grab your bestie, your Milx bra, and even your baby (optional!) for a sweat sesh!

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    Let's Talk about Mom Guilt

    By Ruchi Dhami

    Let's Talk about Mom Guilt
    As moms, we all are susceptible to experiencing that “I-should’ve-done-this-instead,” “I-can’t-believe-I-missed-that” keeps-you-up-at-night monologue of guilt. But, at the end of the day, we can sleep soundly knowing that we’ve done our best — for ourselves and for our kids. Our co-founders Melanie, Jess, and Marisa share how they deal with mom guilt. 

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    Everything You Need to Know About Nursing and Pumping When You Go Back To Work

    By Ruchi Dhami

    Everything You Need to Know About Nursing and Pumping When You Go Back To Work
    Maternity leave seems to fly right by, and by the time you've finally got this mom thing figured out, it's time to get back to work. You might have a hundred thoughts, feelings, and concerns about how you'll be able to juggling it all (trust us, you've got this!), but this sit down with lactation specialist Leigh Anne O'Connor will answer those burning questions you have about pumping and nursing now that you're back in the office.

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    New Year, New Resolutions: Committing to Ourselves in 2020

    By Ruchi Dhami

    New Year, New Resolutions: Committing to Ourselves in 2020

    There’s something about the beginning of a new year. It’s arbitrary in so many ways — what really is different about January 1st compared to December 31st? But the air feels new as the metaphorical slate wipes clean, and after the celebratory confetti is swept up and all the champagne bottles (or sparkling cider — we see you, soon-to-be mamas!) are emptied, we feel a sort of freshness as we head into the new year.

    And with the turn of the calendar page, we make new promises to ourselves. About 40% of Americans mark the start of the year with a list of New Years resolutions, most of which include saving money, losing weight, or following a passion like travel or reading. By the end of January, only 20% of those who resolved to do something will still be committed. By the end of the year, that number drops to 8%.

    This got us thinking: should we even make resolutions? Being moms already brings about so much pressure — do we need to inflict more upon ourselves, only to likely be disappointed?

    Well, we decided to do something a little bit different this year. Instead of making sweeping resolutions, we chose to make a few commitments to ourselves, and we wanted to share them with you!

    We’ll make time for ourselves. Between being moms, wives, business partners, and full-time employees, there sometimes aren’t enough hours in the day for me time. And when we do get those opportunities, we’ve found ourselves feeling like we’re being self-indulgent. But that time is SO important and we are deserving of a little break! Whether it’s a quick manicure, lunch with the girls, date night, a 5-minute meditation, or a little time alone to read a book, we’re going to try to find those moments to do what we need to do to recharge our batteries, and most importantly, we’ll let that be okay.
    We’ll set intentions and refer back to them as needed. Sometimes saying a mantra out loud can breathe life into the words. Read our 2020 Milx Manifesto, created with our friend Kate Jesuele, here, and bookmark the page so you can repeat these affirmations whenever your soul needs them.
    We’ll forgive ourselves when things don’t go the way we planned. Motherhood is unpredictable. Sometimes juice spills all over the carpet. Sometimes we forget to enroll our child into music class. Sometimes our toddler won’t eat anything but cheddar bunnies. It’s hard to make mental concessions when things don’t go the way we thought they would, especially when we see a barrage of Instagram posts of moms who seem to have it all together, but as our friend Joanna Loewi says: chaos in motherhood is normal. For us, we’re going to try to remember, as long as our children are loved, safe, fed, and happy, then we’re doing our jobs just right.

     

    What commitments are you making to yourself this year? Tell us in the comments below!

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    Embracing the Chaos of Motherhood: An Interview with Joanna Loewi

    By Ruchi Dhami

    Embracing the Chaos of Motherhood: An Interview with Joanna Loewi
    Being a mom is totally hectic. Life is in a constant state of chaos, regardless of best laid plans and intentions. Our little ones keep us on our toes! But what if we embraced the craziness? Wellness coach and mom of 2 Joanna Loewi tells us how to lean into the chaos and make it work.

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