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Your best Holidays ever!

How to care for yourself and your baby during the holidays Here we go! We have arrived to the end of the year, just passed winter solstice, Hanukah and Christmas and now we are getting ready to say goodbye to 2013 and welcoming the new light. And how are YOU doing? Resting from the rushing shopping you did for Christmas or from the chocolate cake you had at your in-laws? Boy, I know it can be challenging to avoid excess food during the holidays. And also, to balance all the emotions we go through the holidays. We […]

Are you drinking enough water during pregnancy?

Before my pregnancy I was a real camel. I could live days in a row without drinking much water. Bad  behaviour, since our bodies are made of 70% water, we all need big amounts per day to maintain some balance. During pregnancy it’s even more important. When I got pregnant I started to suffer from headaches, swollen feet and legs. I felt weird contractions long before I should have them. Both my doctor and doula made it clear: “Rakel: You are not drinking enough water”. I was dehydrating without knowing it. Yes, I felt […]

Giving Forward!

The Power of Prayer Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday in North America, similar to the “day of Grace” celebrated in South America. It includes family gathering and sharing of the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie. According to history, the holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. Special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. Prayers and positive thinking are uplifting and heart opening tools to share with family and friends. At the dinner table […]

Facial Exercises to Reduce Pain During Labor

One of the exercises I practiced the most while preparing  for the birth of my baby was face relaxation. You would be astonished on how related  the muscles of the face and those of the rest of our body are. My doula was specially insistent on this, the face can be a major thermometer on how the rest of the body is doing during birth. If you are contracting it too much, you are producing a leak of energy that you won’t have available for the moment of pushing out the baby into the world. Here there are a few […]

The Heart is the Key

Did you know that your baby’s heart started as a bunch of spread out cells that around day 22-23 of the embryo development decide to synch together and beat in unison? In every human body, the heart is the first organ that forms and synchronizes its rhythm so that all its fibers beat together. Science still cannot explain what makes it gather its electrical impulses and form an organ but it can tell us things that will blow your mind. The Heart Math Institute has been researching the heart as a center for information processing. No longer just “a […]