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Stroller Strides at the ZOO!

The sun is shining, I can feel it, Spring is almost hear!! It’s time to get outside and enjoy all of the beautiful flowers and trees that are beginning to bloom.

Your Workout, Your Kid's Playgroup!

Stroller Strides is a group of moms who want to get outside, spend time with their children, socialize with other great moms and children…and get in great shape!

The next session for Stroller Strides Alamo Heights will be meeting at the San Antonio Zoo! How cool is that. This won’t even feel like a workout. Stroller Strides classes at the Zoo will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30am. Certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, Tristin Burell will lead you in a fun workout while everyone can interact with their children in their strollers at the ZOO! Work on cardio and muscle tone and work every major muscle group in each class.

Your first class is FREE (so bring a friend!) and the workout is perfect for ANY level of fitness. Jogger strollers not required but if you need one I know where you can get one!

For more details please visit the Stroller Strides Alamo Heights website, email Tristin Burell or giver her a call at 210-535-5710.

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When to Cut the Umbilical Cord

I came across an interesting blurb in the March issue of American Baby about the advantages of delaying clamping the umbilical cord. Did you know that a two- to three-minute delay in clamping the umbilical cord improves a child’s iron levels for this first SIX months of life, according to a new study published in the journal Maternal & Child Nutrition. Following delivery, iron-rich blood continues to flow from the placenta to the infant, and clamping and cutting the cord within seconds – a common practice in many hospitals – leaves baby with indadequate blood volume. Missing out on extra iron can hinder motor and cognitive developement. “Ahead of time, when discussing other aspects of your birth plan, ask the physician about delaying cord clamping,” suggests study author Camila Chaparro, Ph.D.

Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord improves a child's iron levels.

Researching a little further, I also found the following articles: When to Cut the Umbilical Cord: Advantages of Delayed Cord Clamping

It makes sense to me. If I was having another baby I would definitely be having this discussion with my OBGYN. What are your thoughts?

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Lilypadz: fantastic alternative to breast pads

lilypadz-2Before I had my first baby I created a breast feeding arsenal and filled it with every imaginable tool I’d ever need including tubes of Lansinoh, nursing bras, a nursing bracelet to keep track of feedings, and boxes of traditional, bulky nursing pads. Just days before my daughter was born I heard about a product called Lilypadz. Hedging my bets and wanting to make my intro into breast feeding as painless as possible (Ha! AS IF!) I bought a pair and threw them into my handy box of nursing supplies too.

madonna-cone-braIt’s a good thing I did. My breast feeding experience would have been a whole lot less pleasant without Lilypadz. I did try traditional nursing pads because I had some on hand but I hated the bulky, scratchy pads because they leaked, chafed and make me look like Madonna during her unfortunate cone-bra experiment.

But once I used Lilypadz, I never went back to traditional nursing pads. Why would I? Lilypadz are comfortable, reusable and, most importantly, effective. And as any nursing mom who’s had an embarrassing breastmilk leak in public knows, effectiveness in a breast pad is worth its weight in gold.

Lilypadz adhere, gently, to your skin and halt the flow of breastmilk. They keep your breasts from leaking and, because your nipples aren’t sitting in soaking wet cotton for hours on end, there’s no chafing either.

lilypadz-1Lilypadz are reusable so, at $25 per pair, you end up saving money in the long run because you don’t have to keep buying disposable nursing pads. I got at least 4-5 months of wear out of each pair I purchased. Lilypadz are also easy to clean: just wash them in hot, soapy water and dry them thoroughly after each use and be sure to boil them for a few minutes every few days. You’ll be amazed that their adhesive stays effective and holds up over several months of use.

Now, whenever my friends get pregnant, Lilypadz is my go-to baby shower gift!

Lilypadz are available in our store and online at Bloom Maternity.

Madonna image courtesy of OC Register. 

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