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Hi! I’m Brecke from @purefitpurefood. I just had my 3rd baby 6 months ago. I know working out after baby can seem like the last thing on your mind. You are up all night with a new baby, body is still not feeling like itself and you are supposed get in your workout clothes and workout!!?? Seems like the worst idea.

BUT once you get just start (just a little) It will help you feel better about yourself, and you will have more energy to take care of that new little baby.

Always check with your doctor to see when it’s safe to begin working out again. AND don’t jump back into doing core work too soon. Your tummy is healing too (think how stretched out it was)

Here are 4 great exercises you can do right at home, with our without weights:

LATERAL LUNGE

weight between your legs (or no weight) lunge to one side keeping weight in the standing heel. Hold you core nice and tight. Try 12 each leg

 PLIE PUNCHES

 while in a squat feet turned out, punch those arms out from in front of you. 24 total.

 BICEP CURLS WHILE LUNGING 

walking lunges, while you are down in the lunge curl arms one at a time. Try lunging 20 times

SINGLE DEADLIFT

this is more of an advanced move, if you want you can leave both legs on the ground. Chest is lifted slowly moving the weights down your leg and lifting one in the air. Try 8 each leg.

Ok! These are a great full body exercises remember to hold your core in the entire time.

You can find out more about Pure Fit Pure Food and the products and services they offer here.  Be sure to follow them on Instagram @purefitpurefood for great motivation, quick workouts and real food advice.

The lovely ladies of Pure Fit Pure Food are offering their 10 Week Transformation Plan to one lucky winner:

Pure Fit Pure Food Giveaway

PUPPS RASH, also known as Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP) is a chronic hive like rash that strikes some women during pregnancy. The main causes are unknown and the generally accepted treatment solution among doctors is ultimately delivery.

However there are some things that have been found to help ease this treacherous rash or at least take away the itch momentarily. Here are our top 3 things that can help PUPPS:

1- ALOE AND OATMEAL BATHS:

These are said to help soothe the itch while decreasing the red appearance of the condition. It may only bring temporary relief but even a little bit helps.

2- SARNA LOTION:

This lotion has a very distinct smell but it creates a cooling feeling on the skin and then numbs the skin slightly.  This definitely helps ease the itch.  Check with your doctor to be sure this is 

approved to use as it may not be safe to use around a newborn.

3- GRANDPA'S PINE TAR SOAP

This is a soothing soap containing allantoin (anti-inflammatory), aloe vera gel, baking soda and coconut oil.  The smell is terrible and smells much like a camp fire, but the benefits many have reported are definitely worth it.


And 2 bonus treatments we have heard that work:
Banana Peels to treat the itch
Drinking V8 Juice 

*be sure to check with your doctor before using any of the above recommendations

Every new mama could use a little help with dinner. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for meals to take to new moms:

1- CHICKEN ENCHILADAS-This amazing recipe is a definite crowd pleaser.  Be sure to omit the cheese if the mom is doing no dairy (or any of the family members have a dairy allergy).

2-  GARLIC CHICKEN WITH ORZO NOODLESThis is a great kid friendly dish and a bit more mild for a breastfeeding mom.  

3- CROCKPOT CARNITAS- Carnitas with all the fixings usually offer something for every family member, plus they are easy to reheat so mama can eat anytime.

4-  TORTILLA SOUP- Another great meal to reheat and serve when ready.

5- PESTO AND SAUSAGE BAKED ZITIWe can't leave out a casserole and this is a great one!  Take it uncooked and mama can freeze it to have on hand later or bake when they are ready and the leftovers aren't bad either.

Be sure to send everything in disposable containers because the last thing a new mom needs is to remember who to return dishes to.  In addition to meals,  items that can easily be eaten with one hand while feeding and holding a newborn – granola bars, muffins, scones, etc, are perfect.

Oatmeal is a pregnancy superfood and it helps with milk supply postpartum.  We rounded up some of our very favorite Oat Recipes to share:

  

Peaches & Cream Oatmeal
This sweet and crunchy combo is divine! Thanks Katie Dudley Photography!

INGREDIENTS:
1 serving oatmeal (steel cut if possible)
Sliced peaches (canned or fresh)
Milk or Cream
Syrup or honey and top with sliced Almonds 

Shredded Apple Cinnamon Oats
INGREDIENTS:
1 serving oatmeal (steel cut oats are great if you have the time)
1/2 an apple shredded (we just use our cheese grater)
Top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon


Raspberry Coconut Oats

 
INGREDIENTS:
1 serving steel cut oats
3 T coconut milk 
2 T unsweetened shredded coconut 
1-2 T pure maple syrup (or honey)
1 T sliced almonds
1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Overnight Banana Oats
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups old-fashioned oats (Note: Not the quick cook/instant kind)
3 ½ cups water
2 cups milk
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 bananas, mashed
1 banana, sliced for garnish (optional)
PREPARATION:
Using non-stick cooking spray, thoroughly spray the bottom and sides of the Crockpot insert.
Add the old-fashioned oats, water, milk, cinnamon and brown sugar to the Crockpot. Mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Cover and cook on the low setting for 8 hours.
Prior to serving, stir in the mashed bananas. Garnish with additional banana slices if desired.

Milkmakers Oat Recipe

Oats expert Emily the creator of milkmakers cookies shares her favorite and it's all about the toppings.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup thick organic rolled oats.
Top with:
cinnamon
slivered almonds
hemp hearts
dried organic cranberries (NOT CRAISINS!)
Rolled date pieces 
Milk or cream.

Maple Pecan Oats



INGREDIENTS:
1 serving steel cut oats
10 pecans chopped
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp chia seed

10 Breastfeeding Tips

While breastfeeding may come naturally to some, most women could use a little help.  Here are Top Ten Tips for Breastfeeding Success from one of our favorite Lactation Consultants at Lactation Link:

 
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Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC is a registered nurse and board certified lactation specialist. She owns Lactation Link, a private lactation consulting company. To find out more or schedule a class, click here.

I was intrigued by cloth diapers when my 3rd baby was born. I wanted to give it a try, so here is what I did to prepare:

-Online research (great for pregnancy insomnia!)

-Cloth Diaper 101 class (thanks Honey Bump Maternity!)

-Invested in some good cloth diapers & supplies. (I bought most of the items gently used)

My major obstacles were that my husband wasn't on board. I guess it was more than he could handle. We both work, so in our home we share the baby duties. With that in mind, I set a realistic goal for myself. I was going to do at least ONE CLOTH DIAPER A DAY. I figured if I could save one disposable diaper a day, for at least the first 6 months of my baby's life, it would be a meaningful contribution and still realistic.

Some would say I failed at cloth diapers because I used disposables also, but I consider it a win and am proud of all the disposable diapers I saved in my efforts.

As an aspiring cloth diaperer, I am so impressed by the awesome moms out there who are committed to cloth. And when I meet moms who cloth, I don't mock or act astonished, instead I thank them for their efforts in making our earth a little bit cleaner and cuter. (Let's face it cloth diapers are WAY cuter than disposables!)

Sincerely, A cloth diaper admirer.{Elena}

Our GCDC2015 is almost here and our Great Cloth Diaper Giveaway is drawing to a close.  The final company we are spotlighting is Kangacare. 

We love Rumparooz diapers and are excited for this amazing giveaway:

Kangacare Giveaway

Everyone needs a little comfort when they are nursing.

Here are our Top 3 Nursing Nipple Staples:


1- Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads

Get these gel pads BEFORE you have the baby and start using them immediately after the baby is born, before your milk comes in or your nipples feel sore. 

2- Bamboobies Boobease Natural Nipple Balm

This balm is all natural and safe for babies! It's also great for pumping. This little container will last forever, a little goes a long way.

3- Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt Value Bundle 

You will wear these tanks every day, so make sure you get 2 for when one is in the wash!

The next company we are highlighting as part of our Great Cloth Diaper Giveaway is The Natural Baby Company. We absolutely LOVE Grovia Diapers!  They are giving away a GroVia Trial Kit which includes: 1 Hyrid Shell with Hook & Loop Closure, 1 No-Prep Cloth Soaker Pad, and 3 Disposable BioSoakers plus Magic Stick Diaper Balm.

Grovia Giveaway

The next amazing company in our Great Cloth Diaper Giveaway is Nuggles Diapers.  It was founded by a Canadian Mom who wanted to produce quality, functional and smart products.  We have partnered with Nuggles to offer an amazing giveaway.  

The Nuggles Starter Kit includes:

3 Tuck-Wrap-Go Covers (Size 1 6-20 lbs)  

- 3 Daytime Bamboo Prefold Inserts (Size 1)  

- 1 Nighttime Bamboo Prefold Insert (Size 1)  

- 3 Bittees Newborn All-in-one Diapers  

- On-the-Go Wet/dry Bag  

- 3 FREE Signature Stay Dry Bamboo Boosters

 

Nuggles Diapers Giveaway

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