Learn from a Local Expert About Prenatal Yoga: Aja Lefebvre, Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor at The Studio

Learn from a Local Expert About Prenatal Yoga:  Aja Lefebvre, Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor at The Studio

I've been a lover of yoga for some time, practicing on and off for about the last 10 years.  So, as both a doula and expectant mother, I had been looking more into prenatal yoga offerings in Madison, and I was so happy when Aja Lefebvre, instructor at The Studio, agreed to participate in a Q&A for this blog!  Read on for lots of great info from Aja about yoga during pregnancy.

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Learn from a Local Expert About Personal Style During the Childbearing Year: Krystle Marks, Co-Owner of RAAH Clothing

Learn from a Local Expert About Personal Style During the Childbearing Year:  Krystle Marks, Co-Owner of RAAH Clothing

It can be so difficult to know what to wear in order to feel your best when your body is changing during pregnancy, as well as during the tricky postpartum period when you aren't quite ready for your pre-pregnancy clothes.  I was so thrilled when local stylist Krystle Marks, co-owner of RAAH Clothing agreed to do a Q&A for my blog, because I know her pro styling tips for the childbearing year will be so helpful to all the expectant and new moms out there.  Read on for some real nuggets of fashion wisdom!

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Learn from a Local Expert about Nursery Design: Mindi Kessenich, Owner of Amazing Space by MK

Learn from a Local Expert about Nursery Design:  Mindi Kessenich, Owner of Amazing Space by MK

I'm so excited to share this Q&A with my good friend, who also happens to be a very talented home stylist, mom and real estate professional.  I know I felt challenged with how to go about decorating my daughter's nursery, and figured my clients and other readers would love to get a pro's thoughts on where to start.  Read on for Mindi's expert tips and tricks for decorating a baby room.

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Birth Preferences (Part 3): Birthing Environment and Choosing a Care Provider

Birth Preferences (Part 3):  Birthing Environment and Choosing a Care Provider

Two of the most important decisions are often made early in a woman's pregnancy journey:  where she will give birth, and who will care for her.  In the Madison area, there are basically three choices for places to birth your baby: SSM Health St. Mary's, UnityPoint Health Meriter, or at home.  Sometimes insurance coverage plays a part, and often location and choice of provider go hand in hand.  The good news is, in my opinion, all three locations are great options, and there are lots of fantastic providers to choose from.  Here are some differences you may find helpful as you consider your choices, as well as a few tips to keep in mind.

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It's Not All Sunshine: 8 Common Pregnancy Complaints and How to Deal

It's Not All Sunshine:  8 Common Pregnancy Complaints and How to Deal

I mean, let's be real.  Is this a pregnant fairy in a field of wild poppies??  I feel like there are images like this everywhere, and while I appreciate a beautiful photo celebrating the pregnant form as much as the next gal, I also feel they can put undue pressure on women who may not be feeling particularly goddess-like during their pregnancies. I'll be honest, during my pregnancy I did feel like a magical creature at times.  I mean, I was growing a human!  As women, that's our super power!  But it was not always awesome. Pregnancy is not all sunshine and poppies, or daisies, or whatever.  Sometimes growing a miracle is not so much fun.  If you're experiencing some of the less than fantastic parts of pregnancy, read on for some ideas that may help:

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