Sunday, December 13, 2015

Beat The Cheat - Holiday Eating Tips From A Picky Doula

I'm picky and particular and choosy, oh hell, I'm tough as nails sometimes.  And my clients respect me for this. When I bring someone to them for another modality related to birth such as Chiropractic or Acupuncture, they know that practitioner is terrific. Why? Because I'm PICKY! Haven't you been reading?

Things I look for in a complementary practitioner for myself as well as my clients are good character, trustworthiness, RELIABILITY, RELIABILITY RELIABILITY and their ability to listen and hear, as well as their competency in their modality.

Today I bring you Eulix Vargas, Licensed Acupuncturists who writes about nutrition from an Eastern Medicine point of view. [That's pronounced YOU LICKS for all you EU challenged preggies out there reading my blog;)]

Eating during the holidays is a tricky thing even for the non-pregnant crew. Lots of cakes and cookies and other tempting food calling out to you "eat me mommy, eat me, just one!"

Here are some tips from Eulix on how to beat the cheat!

Eulix is a mother of a four-year old who I had the unexpected privilege to catch at at a wonderful home-birth. She is an amazing mix of crunch and reality. Don't expect to see her (or me) with a hippy skirt on, long braids, and eating hemp. Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;)

Without further adieu today's guest post and sound advice from Eulix [YOU LICKS - totally true and pun intended. Get it? Food, nutrition, and YOU LICKS, you know you licks the foods. never mind. read on already, hurry up!]

"Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies to Stay Fit–and Still Have Fun"

Good, healthy holiday eating can make the difference between an enjoyable holiday season and a miserable one. The trick is to enjoy treats without overdoing them. Make a healthy holiday eating strategy and plan to enjoy the holiday celebrations without feeling bad the next day.
To read her 9 Tips continue reading here.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Pregnancy and Weight Gain

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issues an OPINION piece, called a Committee Opinion, this month on physical activity during pregnancy. This opinion replaces an earlier opinion published in 2002.

Their recommendations are that all healthy women with healthy fetus' have at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, every day, from the earliest onset of their known pregnancy throughout the entire pregnancy until the birth of their child.

"Women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be encouraged to engage in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises before, during, and after pregnancy."

As a Childbirth Educator and a Certified Doula I have always taught that it is important for pregnant women seeking a better birth, to have aerobic activity every day. I always suggest a brisk walk for one hour, every day of the week.  The proper diet and caloric intake coupled with a one-hour brisk walk will not only help maintain proper weight gain for the full 40-42 weeks of pregnancy, but it will strengthen a mother's endurance, her muscles and make her healthier over all.

The added benefits to this regimen is that it "reduces the risk of gestational diabetes in obese women, and enhances psychologic well-being", according to ACOG.

ACOG concludes there is no evidence of harm to mother or baby when not contraindicated (see chart) and observational studies of women who exercise during pregnancy have shown benefits such as decreased cesarean and operative vaginal delivery (vacuum and forceps), and postpartum recovery time.

To learn more about nutrition during pregnancy and other important topics for a better pregnancy and childbirth it is recommended that you take a childbirth education class between week 12-15 for optimal results. Although taking an education class at any point in your pregnancy is important, I highly recommend the sooner you take your classes the better. The earlier you begin learning the important information, the more time you will have to apply the topics to your life and receive the most benefits.

I teach private Childbirth Educational Classes in the privacy of your home anywhere in NYC and Nassau County, NY. Private classes take two sessions that are generally 3 hours each visit. My classes cover the topic of nutrition and exercise in a comprehensive manner. Once a month I also teach a one-day intensive that includes a lecture portion from Eulix Vargas, LAc (Acupuncturist) on the pressure points that can help during pregnancy for numerous health issues including, sleep, pain, emotions, breech babies, and help to get labor started when and if needed. This one-day intensive is 8 hours and is in a classroom setting with other parents (based on interest of five or more couples at a collective time.)

For more information or to schedule a private class or sign up for our next one-day intensive class please visit or call 917-617-7905

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Well, apparently blogging is the trendy thing to do. And while I started this blog years and years ago, well before the height of Facebook and Twitter, I focused on actually being a Doula and working with my clients and really let my blog just sit.

Now, I'm told (wink wink) that google has decided that if we are to get decent rankings so that you can find our businesses, we have to blog. It's set in their algorithms. Sigh.

I'm kind of a straight-forward gal. Any of my clients already know this about me, and love me for it. And I kind of resent that a glorified yellow pages has decided that in order to gain relevancy status for you to see my services, I must spend my time typing away to provide them content. Does a Professor post their entire content of their class and then get students to pay to sit in his or her class? No they do not. You're probably laughing right now, or at least I hope you are. Because the idea of it is beyond laughable. But that is what we are being driven to do. And you can't fight city hall or google. So I'm back!

I just want to be a Doula, Your Doula!

These moms and dads wanted my help as their Doula too. Read here what they have to say about my dedicated services.