at baby+co. we love everything about the holiday season: the shopping, the decorations, the crisp weather, and of course, the delicious food. but it can seem like the last few months of the year are one long buffet of not-so-healthy choices, starting with halloween candy and ending with the clink of a champagne or beer glass at midnight on new year’s eve. our health coach in our cary, nc center, makayla mclaughlin, shares her tips for eating mindfully during this festive time. drink a glass of water before eating. whether you’re an expectant parent, a breastfeeding mom, or trying to… Read More

as if fall isn’t busy enough for most of us, there’s one more thing to add to your adulting to-do list: open enrollment. that’s the time – usually just once a year, and usually in the fall – when you may have an option to buy new health insurance, or to shop around and switch plans. the rest of the year, you may not be able to buy insurance at all, unless you have special circumstances like changing or losing your job, or getting married. if you don’t have health insurance, you have a 6-week window to get insured. because… Read More

it’s fall and during this time of year many families start to feel more stress. you might have children who need lunches packed and to be driven to school or extra-curricular activities, or you may be feeling the pressure of looming deadlines at work. it seems that once fall hits, then we quickly move into the holiday season – and we all know the stress that can bring! we have found that the best way to lower stress levels is as simple as a walk outside. after all, when we go outside we don’t have the distractions of traffic, phones,… Read More

are you considering expanding your family? are you starting to think about adding a little one to your family, or maybe trying for number two or three? did you know there are some easy pre-pregnancy wellness steps you can take to improve your health and better equip your body to conceive? that’s why baby+co. created our new, pre-pregnancy wellness program, well+prepared. baby+co.’s pre-pregnancy wellness program specifically is designed to improve the health of women for future pregnancies, as this pre-conception program provides individuals with a wellness plan customized just for them. every woman’s pregnancy journey is not the same. that’s… Read More

mindfulness can be the calming antidote to the many distractions of modern life, and may even have benefits for fertility and pregnancy. there’s not only an app for that, but literally hundreds of mindfulness apps. the good news is many of them are well rated by users, so there are lots of solid choices. but being confronted with so many choices might make you feel the opposite of serene. it will help to go into it knowing what kinds of features you want. so read about these eight different types of mindfulness apps, download one to try out, and set… Read More

You may have heard of mindfulness but what is it, really? Let’s take some time to learn about what it is (and what it isn’t) and how it can help you to navigate the stresses and challenges, and deepen the joys in your daily life.  What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being present to whatever is before us in this moment. This may sound simple but it is not easy! It takes practice and lots of it! Our minds are constantly moving from thought to thought, evaluating, analyzing, judging, thinking about the past or the future. We… Read More

If you’re focusing on foods for fertility, here’s a healthy and easy option, especially if you already have little ones whose palate you need to please. No-bake energy bites 1-cup oats 1/2-cup peanut butter (a great source of plant-based protein) 1/2-cup flax seed (another great plant protein, and packed with folate) 1/2-cup chocolate chips (for your sweet tooth) 1/3-cup honey (can substitute agave if desired) 1 tablespoon chia seeds (for omega-3 fatty acids) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for flavor) Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor to desired consistency. Roll into bite-sized… Read More

While we all know that eating fruits and vegetables is important, do you truly know why? Phytochemicals are the nutrients in plants that help prevent cancer and other diseases. They are also responsible for the color in produce, as well as protecting plants from bugs and the sun. These phytochemicals form as the vegetables and fruits ripen on the vine. This means that in order to ensure nutrients are preserved, produce should be picked just as it ripens. Taking it a step further, in addition to eating fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s important to “eat the rainbow” as well. Most… Read More

There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re trying to conceive. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the timing of intercourse, obsessed over the consistency of your cervical mucus, or stressed about the amount of sleep you are getting. But starting with one of the most basic of activities may prove to help you conceive. Making small changes to your diet may not only increase your odds of conception, but will also support better overall health outcomes for you, your baby, and your family. Start with the sweet stuff A good place to start is reducing sugar in your… Read More

Most women think that pregnancy care begins when you find out you are pregnant. The latest research, however, tells us that the best time to start your care is before you become pregnant or start trying for a baby. A check-up before pregnancy is called a pre-conception visit, and it is the healthiest way, for mom and her future baby, to begin the pregnancy. A pre-conception visit is part of making sure that you and your partner are prepared, both physically and emotionally, for the addition of your next little one. It’s a first step to understand and address any… Read More

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