As I plan for the arrival of my baby girl, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in exactly that – planning for the arrival: eating the right foods (pizza is a vegetable, right?), putting together a birth plan, cobbling together a nursery (that will never look as good as Pinterest makes it look), figuring out what to put on the registry, and so much more. But what about after the baby arrives – then what? It’s not something most people think about or plan for and until I sat down with Kimberly Johnson, founder of integrative motherhood resource magamama.com, it was…

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After years of struggling to get pregnant (read about my pregnancy story here), it finally happened. My at-home pregnancy test read positive! I jumped for joy when I read that plastic little stick. Standing in my bathroom staring at that stick is a moment I’ll never forget and one that seems so long ago now that I’m in the middle of my second trimester. (Due May 2018 with a girl!) I can honestly say becoming pregnant has been the best thing to ever happen to my life, and simultaneously the worst thing to ever happen to my skin. Okay, FINE, I exaggerate;…

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I’m so happy to announce that – I’m pregnant! This simple yet life changing statement is one I’ve been hoping for, waiting for, wishing to be able to say for the past few years. Getting here wasn’t easy. The emotional rollercoaster of trying to conceive took me for turns I felt ill prepared for. My self certainty wavered time and again. And there were moments I felt resigned to living a life without children, even embracing the idea that maybe I didn’t want them or wasn’t meant to be a mother. Such empty consolation thoughts momentarily helped me bear the emotional difficulties…

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