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5 Smoothie Hacks for a Healthier Pregnancy

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Sometimes a nice, tart, fruity smoothie is the only thing that sounds good when you are pregnant (or am I speaking for myself???). The problem is you still might not get everything you need nutrient-wise for your growing baby. Here are a few hacks to get the extra vitamins/minerals and protein you need, without compromising on taste for your crazy sensitive taste buds.

  1. Coconut Milk Ice Cubes – If milk isn’t doing your body good because you can’t choke it down, try this. Use water as your main liquid in your smoothie/shake, and then instead of ice cubes to make it frothy, add a few frozen coconut milk cubes instead. Freeze them and then throw them in a zip lock in your freezer to make it easier next time you pull out the blender. Coconut milk is FULL of healthy nutrients, like calcium and fats that you desperately need while growing another human.
  2. Crushed Flax or Chia Seeds -Like peanut butter needs jelly to make a delicious sandwich, you need Omegas to help make a healthy baby. But often you can’t stomach the smell, let alone the taste of fish oil. We get it – it’s awful! So try crushed flax seeds in your smoothie/shake. They will blend into your drink so smoothly you will hardly notice, and you will get those Omega 3’s you need without the nasty aftertaste and/or burps throughout the day. It’s a great alternative.
  3. Pregnancy-safe Protein Powder – You are technically supposed to get 75-95 grams of protein every single day during pregnancy (you need more if you are having more than one baby!). Even if you are a major carnivore, it’s hard to get that much when you are pregnant. So try a pregnancy-safe protein powder! If you aren’t sure about the safety, check the label. There will be a warning sign specifically for pregnant/nursing women. Or you can just try Mommi 3-in-1! It was designed for pregnant women so it’s full of good nutrition that won’t harm you or baby while you are growing together.
  4. Oats Oats and more Oats! – Carb is no longer a 4-letter word when you are pregnant! It’s time to rejoice but only if you are getting the right kind of carbs and not shoveling white toast and mashed potatoes down your throat all day (but no judgement if you are – that’s what I did when I was sick and pregnant and I had 75 pounds of weight gain to show for it). Eat better carbs to improve energy, help fill your belly, add an amazing full flavor to smoothies/shakes, and wait for it… boost milk supply if you are breastfeeding! Seriously oats do WONDERS for your breastmilk supply. If you are like me you aren’t high on oatmeal or warm food while you are pregnant and not feeling great. But adding them to a smoothie is a great way to go. We have a ton of recipes on our Instagram @mommihealth.
  5. Drink a Rainbow – I could not keep down green smoothies while I was pregnant. No matter how hard I tried to eat like a beautiful vegan goddess, my body (or baby, who knows) rejected it EVERY TIME. However, I found that when I added a frozen banana to my smoothie/shake alongside spinach and kale, I was good to go! The tangy creaminess of the ripe and frozen banana covered up the taste of the greens but I still got all the benefits. So think about adding all the colors to your shake if you can’t keep down the pure green goodness. And if you can drink the green while expecting, then more power to you!

Do you have smoothie hacks of your own? We want to know what they are! Let us know how these work for you as well – we’d love to hear from you and make more suggestions to our pregnant/breastfeeding friends out there. Afterall, it takes a village!  Happy smoothie-making mamas!

 

The ONE Ingredient That Makes Hair Healthier Than a Prenatal

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When I was in college and definitely not trying to get pregnant, I was taking prenatals. Why, you may ask? Well I had just gone to a hair school to get a cheap haircut and the girl gave me bangs. And let’s just say that bangs were not a good look for me. So I needed my hair to grow… STAT. I went to the closest grocery store, grabbed a bottle of prenatals, and started a routine. And I’m telling you, it grew like Jack’s beanstalk.

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Fast-forward 10 years and I found myself taking prenatals again, but this time I was pregnant. I was also lucky to have a lot of pregnancy-safe protein powder with prenatals and DHA lying around (thanks to Mommi:). Hair growth is not something I anticipated or even thought about while designing Mommi 3-in-1. I was looking specifically at prenatal health for the baby and mother’s benefit.

But naturally, it was a perfect fit for hair growth as well. And what I discovered was a really cool hidden benefit. The protein in Mommi was helping my hair grow just as much as the iron, biotin, copper, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, & E found in the shake (prenatals & DHA). So it was like a Blake-Lively-hair-party-for-9-months-and-beyond experience. Win win win win….winning (like Charlie Sheen but with way better hair).

Basically, protein in your diet helps the body to produce keratin, which is fundamental to the hair structure. When keratin weakens, hair strands are more prone to breakage. To nourish hair with protein, eat a diet that includes high-quality, lean protein, aka Mommi 3-in-1.

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Don’t believe me? Give it a try? What have you got to lose? Definitely not your hair! Do you have any tips or tricks for hair growth that you want to share? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @mommihealth. I’d love to hear them!

Vanilla Cream Cupcakes from Eat Your Cake Too Were Definitely Favoring One Gender

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Who doesn’t love a delicious and absolutely GORGEOUS cupcake to reveal the gender of your unborn baby? As we were putting together the pieces for our recent Mommi photo shoot I was ecstatic that Kristine Guerrero of Eat Your Cake Too was willing to create her brilliant cupcake and cake masterpieces for us to enjoy. Our “baby shower” would not have been complete without them.

It was so much fun to see all of the genders revealed from our 12 beautiful Mommi mamas and to find out all at once that 9 of the 12 were boys!! And I’m not going to lie… it was really fun eating her baby shower mint ombre cake (see my enjoyment below) and sneaking cupcakes here and there as well! No shame in enjoying good cake!

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Trifecta of Photo Perfection

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These 3 amazing ladies made our President’s Day Pregnancy Photo Shoot a trifecta of perfection!

Our baby bumps and hearts are overflowing with thanks!  Each of you made this day so very special and we cannot thank you each enough for all you did to make this day beautiful. 

Mamas looking for photographers that truly capture your inner and outer beauty—be sure to follow these amazing women on instagram @christyodomphotography,  @leighcastelliphotography,  and @ohmygoddardphotography

And then visit their websites for some more awe-inspiring images!

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Sneak Peak of a few highlights from our day!

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Maternity Wellness Healthy Pregnancy Holiday Giveaway

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Enter now for your chance to win a Maternity Wellness Trio of Gifts.

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We are super excited for the 12 Days of Christmas.  So for Day 3 we bring you a wonderful trio giveaway for the fit mom-to-be.  For this awesome prize we are teaming up with two of our favorite brands—For Two Fitness and Sara Haley Fit.

This prize pack features everything you need to keep yourself feeling great inside and out. One lucky winner receives prizes from these 3 great brands. Entry form below.

First up, $150 For Two Fitness Workout Wardrobe 

To keep you looking good throughout your pregnancy, is a $150 workout wardrobe from For Two Fitness.  Discover maternity workout clothes from For Two Fitness – the most raved about, world-class apparel for every prenatal workout.

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Second, a DVD bundle from fitness celebrity, and personal trainer to the stars, Sara Haley.

Stay fit, healthy and motivated through pregnancy and beyond with pre and postnatal fitness specialist, Sara Haley’s, award-winning workout programs. Both are safe and effective for all moms. Expecting MORE will guide you through your prenatal fitness journey and Expecting MORE: The 4th Trimester Workout will guide you through postnatal recovery to be a MORE fit and stronger mom.

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And rounding out this super fun Holiday Giveaway is Mommi 3-in-1 prenatal protein shake and Mommi water & shaker bottle. 

Mommi 3-in-1 is a prenatal protein shake formulated by an OB/GYN and top nutritionists, that conveniently delivers 15 grams of pregnancy safe whey protein, 100%DV of 14 essential prenatal vitamins and 200mg of DHA!  The Mommi Shaker & Water Bottle is great for on-the-go Moms. It has a dual opening cap, holds 24oz of liquid and is BPA free.

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Entry form must be completed to win. Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

Grateful for the Smallest Things #CHOOSEGRATITUDE

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Last night we ran a tweet chat—we were a small but might group. The topic #choosegratitude.

Here are the 7 questions we asked over a period of 30 minutes! A few answers stood out as pretty powerful. We thought we’d share them with you.

Q1: Why do you #ChooseGratitude as a mom or a dad?

@erinschurtz – A1: Because the alternative makes life miserable… I’ve been there. It’s better to #choosegratitude

Q2: Who is someone you are grateful for that has helped in your role as a mom or dad?

@msbubbles3A2: My great grandmother for me—always there for me – teaching with patience

Q3: What are you most grateful for as a dad or a mom?

@erinschurtz A3: Oh my gosh EVERY DAY I’m grateful my kids love each other. It makes the chaos more manageable!

Q4: Give us your best advice on how to turn a negative attitude upside down in parenting?

 – A4: Taking a step back and analyzing the situation helps!!

Q5: What are you most grateful for during pregnancy?

@MommaTBlog – A5: I was grateful for a smooth pregnancy with my first.

@happygirlcom  – A5: That both of us survived! My pregnancy was very high risk, only 9 other cases in the world.

Q6: How can we show gratitude to our husband/wife/partner in motherhood?

@JennellBStewart – A6:lots of hugs and kisses. Celebrating being great parents. Always telling him he’s a great dad.

Of course we needed to know what an adventure day date was…Tiara told us “anything from hiking, mtn biking or even snowboarding. Options are endless!”

 

Q7: How can we teach gratitude to our kids?

@JennellBStewart – A7: Lead by example, give selflessly, consider others first.

So as you can see sometimes it is just simple things that take up the most room in your heart.

Best of ABC Kids 2015 – The Best New (and FREE) Breastfeeding Tool!

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At the ABC Kid’s Show in Vegas the week before last I was the Queen of pump and dump! I had never left my baby boy while still breastfeeding and I didn’t want to give it up for a little 3-day work trip. So – I decided to pump. Which led to the most embarrassing breastfeeding moment of my entire life so far – I hope anyway:).

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3am Road Trip to ABC Kids!

 

I left my house at 3am to drive to Las Vegas in time for an 8am meeting Monday morning – the 2nd day of the expo. I arrived at 7:30am exhausted but ready for a full day, and extremely engorged! I ran into the conference center, found the closest bathroom, and pulled out my single breast pump. I found an outlet and put my cardigan over to conceal my frontside because I had forgotten my trusty Covered Goods nursing cover at home (sad face). While women filed in the bathroom in a long line I just sat there on the dirty bathroom floor and pumped away trying not to make eye contact with anyone. Then my breastmilk started filling into the tubes aughhhhh! I went to fix it and my cardigan fell off exposing my bare chest. But that’s not the embarrassing part! As I scrambled trying to pick it up I dropped the single breast pump on the ground (the gross and dirty ground) and my milk started squirting milk everywhere and all over the mirror! Aughhhhh I was so embarrassed. The things we do to preserve our milk supply right??? The best part was 10 minutes later when I found out that there was a beautiful nursing lounge on the 2nd floor I could have gone to pump in comfort.

So all of this leads me to the best thing I found at ABC Kids. Ameda!!! First of all – I must be so focused on Mommi business that I totally missed that insurance companies are now offering a double breast pump FOR FREE! Did you guys know this??? What rock have I been living under? When my new best friend from Ameda came over to the Mommi booth and let me know about this great perk, I was stoked… and then destroyed because my baby is too old to qualify. Even though I knew I was missing out until my next baby came along, I decided to visit their booth and do a little video to tell you the good news and also show you all of the coolest breastfeeding tools they have available for you!

HOW FREAKING COOL IS THAT???? Actually 2 cool things – 1) Free double breast pump with most insurances (to check if yours is one of them check Ameda’s website HERE) and… 2) All the amazing innovation with breastfeeding products – and especially the double pump with clean tubes that your milk can’t fill up and that you don’t have to clean.

I love my new Ameda double breast pump!!!

I love my new Ameda double breast pump!!!

As I packed up to leave after doing our interview the Ameda ladies gave me the best surprise that made me CRY… they gave me a double breast pump!!! I was seriously so bummed out when I found out that I couldn’t get my own double pump from insurance so when they gave me this one I felt like it was Christmas. I have been using it now for the last 2 weeks and let me tell you guys… it is a GAME CHANGER. I have never had a double pump before and it is saving me so much time. The settings on the pump that you saw in the video are so easy to use and I feel like it gets my milk out so much faster. If you find out your insurance doesn’t get you a free one then go get one from Ameda and you will be in breast pump heaven … which now exists for me haha.

Erin Schurtz & Pregnancy Perfect? Do those 2 things go together?

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Today is a great day! First of all – it’s my parent’s anniversary (yay Byron and Linda Elton!!). Secondly – I am featured on the Pregnancy Perfect Podcast with Kayla Geddes. Guys – she is awesome! I love what she is doing in the media to bring awareness to pregnancy-related issues. I remember when I first found out I was pregnant with JoJo I was so excited and then it hit me like a ton of bricks that this was about to be the most stressful and physically miserable 9 months of my life. We need each other to get through those tough times and Kayla really gets that info out of her guests to help others going through the same thing.

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So… if you are pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant at some point, or are done with those years of pregnancy but just want to re-live it a little – follow her podcast! I love it over here!

When 40 Weeks Turns into 40+ … and what to do about it

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You go through 40 weeks and build up excitement the whole time to meet your bundle of joy. Your doctor even tells you it looks like you will go into labor early and all the signs are there… and then you wait… and wait… and wait. Nothing! How do you even handle the anticipation??!!

Carly, Cash, Jax, Chad = one happy family about to welcome baby boy #3!

Carly, Cash, Jax, Chad = one happy family about to welcome baby boy #3!

Carly, a 3rd time mom is going through just that and talked to The Mommi Files today about the waiting game at the end of her pregnancy – and what she is doing to not go crazy and we love her story.

So we asked her a few questions about her experience with pregnancy, motherhood and anything inbetween and we LOVED her responses. We think you will too!

What is your ‘When You Finally go into Labor’ Playlist?

1. Walk It Out by UNK– Watch HERE

2. Push It by Salt n Pepa – Watch HERE

3. Baby by The Biebs – Watch HERE

What is your go-to advice for figuring out motherhood?

Spend at least 20 minutes of uninterrupted time playing with each of your children every day. I remember realizing that I was so busy around the house and with other things I wasn’t spending quality time with my children. Once I focused on doing it for even 20 minutes a day it made a major difference in their behavior and our relationship.

What was your favorite healthy recipe during this pregnancy?

Quinoa + hummus + black beans + feta cheese + cherry tomatoes + avocado bowls = Just make everything and keep it in tupperware in the fridge all week. Throw it in a bowl, in a wrap or on top of lettuce. It’s always amazing and so easy and healthy!

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Photo Credit: TasteSpotting

Thanks for sharing Carly! We wish you all the best in your upcoming delivery with Baby Boy – we will post a follow-up photo of the cute little man once he is here:).

You can follow Mommi all across social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn)! Now also on our weekly podcast The Mommi Files

What You Put on Your Skin Really Does Matter—During Pregnancy & Beyond

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Our friends over at Nine Naturals take extra care to be sure what you put on your skin is safe for you and your baby. Here’s a great, go to list of a few natural, alternative ingredients to look for when shopping for haircare and bodycare products!  Thanks Nine Naturals!

Follow @mommihealth and @ninenaturals on Instagram starting tomorrow (Monday, Oct 12) and just maybe you can win a great #babybelly giveway.

What you put on our skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream and passed on to your baby, so paying attention to what you’re putting in and on your body is especially important while pregnant and breastfeeding. Chemicals found in common personal care products like shampoo, makeup and moisturizer are often associated with developmental, reproductive and behavioral disorders, hormone disrupters, and cancer.

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Luckily, Nine Naturals uses plant-based and high-performance ingredients in its line of haircare and bodycare products for non-toxic beauty before, during, and after pregnancy. Here is Nine Naturals’ list of high-performing, yet natural alternatives to conventional ingredients:

BROCCOLI SEED OIL
This exotic emollient helps prevents hair loss while promoting thicker healthier hair, soothe redness and inflammation, and hydrates hair and skin without leaving a greasy film by creating a protective layer that traps in moisture. Best part? Broccoli seed oil is a natural substitute for silicone–often found in cosmetic products such as leave-on skincare and haircare products. Find it in Nine Naturals’ Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter!

CUPUAÇU BUTTER
Found in the rain forests of South America, cupuaçu butter treats dry, damaged skin, combats free radicals in tissues, and protects and moisturizes skin by allowing it to attract 240% more water, fight inflammation, and improve elasticity! Because it is a good natural substitute for lanolin, Nine Naturals uses cupuaçu butter in its Unscented Moisturizing Body Cream and Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter.

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ARGAN OIL
High in vitamin E, antioxidants, and linolenic acid, argan oil is a super-effective moisturizer that has been shown to prevent and treat stretch marks by maintaining elasticity and preventing moisture-loss. Argan oil in Nine Naturals Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner gives lackluster postpartum hair a boost by hydrating roots and adding shine.

COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil, used in all Nine Naturals products, is a fatty acid and excellent replacement for butter and oils. On skin, this holy grail ingredient prevents stretch marks and alleviates itchiness on belly and breasts. It’s also a natural, moisturizing, and gentle cleanser. Use it to remove makeup, tame frizzy hair, and soothe cracked lips.

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Remember to follow @mommihealth and @ninenaturals on Instagram starting tomorrow (Monday, Oct 12) for our #BellyBump Giveaway!

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