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There is nothing more pure than new life. 👼🍼☁️ Happy Born Day to Somara.. the newest addition to the tribe.. 🙏🏿   #repost     @shaaniquee  _   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Welcome to Aya’s Korner.   #repost     @ayas  _korner   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Cutest bear ever 🐻🥰   #repost     @jovanirayprince     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Mama Glow- IMPRINTING... Peace Be Still. The laboring Mother imprints with whomever she is sharing space with. During early labor it’s necessary to create safe space for the mother to ascend into the birth meditation. While a cocktail of hormones including: oxytocin, dopamine, free-flowing DMT, etc are coursing through her body, pheromones (a chemical substance produced and released into the environment by a mammal, affecting the behavior or physiology of other mammals) are being released by both mother and her birth partner. These emissions are encoded with primal information that connects and weaves us into a space of comfort. When we are surrounded by the warmth, touch and scent of our beloveds we feel at ease. Before your doula or midwives arrive, or before you head to the hospital when labor is established, before anyone aside from the primary couple enters the space, the couple has a unique opportunity to imprint and create a container of safety for ascension. Turning off the highly stimulated neocortex... the thinking brain, and allowing the mother to enter an altered state using mind and body tools. _ Connect first. Slow dance, touch, hold hands, massage, rub feet, kiss, groom, sing, pray, meditate, eye gaze, nuzzle, snuggle, stay connected.   #repost     @mamaglow     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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3rd Trimester Meal Diary⁣ This is an example of a healthy day of eating during the 3rd Trimester. Each day will vary depending on how you feel and how much time you have to prepare your meals, but this is a great example of a balanced day of eating with lots of veggies, protein, fiber, and healthy fats. ⁣ In the 3rd trimester, you are looking for an extra 300-400 calories per day and getting those calories from nutrient dense foods is key. ⁣ Nutrient Dense foods are foods that are high in nutrients, but relatively low in calories. Nutrient-dense foods contain vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats.⁣ ⁣ Some of the most nutrient dense foods are:⁣ - Salmon⁣ - Kale⁣ - Seaweed⁣ - Garlic⁣ - Potatoes⁣ - Blueberries⁣ - Egg Yolks⁣ - Dark Chocolate⁣ ⁣- Broccoli If you aren't used to eating nutrient dense foods, start by simply adding one of these from the list per day. Then slowly start increasing from there. The more variety, the more vitamins and minerals you'll get.⁣ ⁣   #repost     @juna  .moms   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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I been waitin so long for a Love like this💙   #repost     @crazyybeautyyy     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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I can cry 😭😭😭   @shotbysteph   worked magic. Can’t wait to see the rest!   #repost   @  #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Continuing with all things folate and folic acid. In my post yesterday, I talked about folate (vitamin B9) being the naturally occurring version found in green leafy vegetables, liver, and lentils. Folic acid is the synthetic version of the vitamin typically found in supplements and fortified grains. It has been a requirement for enriched grain products to be fortified with folic acid in the U.S. since 1998. Folic acid is well-known for reducing the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) and following the fortification requirement, the U.S. saw a significant decrease in the prevalence of NTDs. Regardless of which type you consume, both need to be converted to the active form of the vitamin, L-methylfolate, before the body can use it in metabolic processes (like forming new cells during pregnancy). It’s the conversion to the active form where things can get…complicated. First, the conversion requires multiple steps and multiple enzymes (folic acid requires more steps than folate). Some people are really good at converting folate/folic acid to L-methylfolate and others aren’t so good. For example, it’s estimated that up to 60% of the U.S. population has a variant for the gene MTHFR. (MTHFR is the gene that codes for one of the enzymes responsible for converting folate/folic acid to L-methylfolate.) Certain variants cause the enzyme to be less efficient at this conversion. Whether you have a MTHFR gene variant or not (there are tests to find out if you’re curious or have a family history), research has shown that taking a prenatal vitamin with the activated form of folate, listed as L-methylfolate (or 5-THF, 5-methylTHF, or methylfolate), was more effective in increasing serum folate levels in the body vs. folic acid supplementation. This is because taking the activated form of folate essentially bypasses the conversion step(s). Bottomline: eat a variety of folate/folic acid containing foods and take a prenatal vitamin that fits YOUR needs (nutrient type, dosage, pill size, budget, etc.) Nutrition is extremely individual, which is why it’s a fantastic idea to have a dietitian as part of your prenatal healthcare team 😉   #repost     @thefreshdietitian     #healthyblackmothers   f


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Man in the mitts 😃 Onesies :   @terkkids     #repost     @terk  .love   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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It’s been the longest time since I shared newborn photos!   @kyahprecious   brought her handsome baby boy for his newborn session and my my he was soo incredible. I love the greens here too! Thanking   @cwtchicoo   for the layer which smells gorgeous when you order!   #repost     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Can we get at least one good picture Boopie?   #repost     @lifeisgood399     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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According to americanpregnancy.org, “a doula acts as an advocate for the mother, encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth. The goal of a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth, whether an unmedicated birth or a cesarean. After birth, many labor doulas will spend time helping mothers begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging bonding between the new baby and other family members.” Posted   @withrepost   •   @jchavae   **Edit: PLEASE ACTUALLY READ THE CAPTION 🤦🏾‍♀️. I am a doula, a birth worker. I DID NOT give birth to these beautiful babies. Just in case you were wondering where I have been, the twins made it earthside last Monday & I was helping mama   @nita  _penn & papa   @cooperpenn   adjust to parenthood. Twins are truly a handful! These two are AMAZING parents. It was such an honor for me to witness their journey at the time that I did. These past seven weeks have shown me just how much community & support is needed when bringing a little human, let alone two, into this world. This experience has shown me just how much catering to mama is not even an option. Living with the family for almost two months has shown me how crucial birth workers are. This assignment also showed me how much I don’t want to/am not ready to have a child at this time in my life (give me a few years) & it has taught me so much about myself. I’m still grounding & adjusting to being back home, so I won’t be on here as often. We will get back to regularly scheduled programming soon. Side note, I will not be giving details on the birth as it was not my birth, nor my own postpartum stage. I will only speak of my experiences, as mama & papa have the right to a high level of privacy + respect. Thank you for understanding. 📷:   @cooperpenn     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Tough Mama. Tough Baby.⁣ Your baby should be your reason and not your excuse to make your body healthy during your pregnancy. ⁣ What are you going to do differently next week to make your body and baby healthier?.   #repost     @proteawellness     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched, along with body, making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”   #repost     @kimberrrr  __   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Do you know ,what is breast milk composition ? You might feel it is filled with lots of protein since it given energy boost to your child.But it is actually composed of 87% water.Protein is just 1.2%,Fat 3.2% and carbohydrates 7.5%.Water is a major element of the breast milk.It is very important for a mother to keep herself hydrated throughout the day.Drinking less water might also impact your breast milk supply.   #repost     @truptwellnessofficial     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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My baby is 3 months old already??? Wow time flew by!! Slow down baby girl . JB loves her milk and never miss a feeding! She loves grabbing my hair and smiles so beautifully. She absolutely hates tummy time. She is almost rolling over already!! She laughs when she sees me and giggles a lot more often. Oh the sweet joys of being your mom!! I am forever blessed. I don’t know what I did to deserve you baby girl. Mommy loves you with all her heart 💕   #repost     @alvino101     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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When your prayers are answered. 😍🙏🏾   #repost     @yourserenedoula     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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He smiles now....thank goodness 😳😂😝   #repost     @hey  _soulsistah   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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My Baby Bear 🧸💙😘   @ean  .edris   #repost   @_lovealways_c   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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What type of   #breastfeedingbaby   do you have? I think my baby is all of them 🤣🤣   #repost     @inurse  _baby   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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So this happened!!!!!   #cute    #darkskin    #darkskinbabies    #darkskinkids    #loveofmylife    #babies    #frobabies    #frobaby    #goodtobehome    #love    #baby    #melanin    #ootd    #onsie    #onesies    #infant    #infantclothes    #infantboyclothes    #healthyblackmothers    #pickoftheday  


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  #repost   @  @mizfit  _momma   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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  @erikasanchezphoto   brought out the magic using   #Photoshop   with this last maternity photo shoot at   @flydripstudios   with the   #flychick   crew   @shawnte  _elizabeth   @cece  _son   @chryscarter     @dpken     @pocahantas1024   we ended 2019 like this I can only imagine what 2020 is about to be about.   #repost     @lj  .ce   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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💚   #repost     @muneymunch     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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This is one of the most popular questions I get! Here’s some tips to increase/maintain your supply!   #repost     @thelactatingmama     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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I only have one dimple , mommy says it’s very special   #repost     @giannabrooklynn     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Can we just go back to when you were this small for a second 😩   #repost     @ean  .edris   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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😍   #cute    #darkskin    #darkskinbabies    #darkskinkids    #loveofmylife    #babies    #frobabies    #frobaby    #goodtobehome    #love    #baby    #melanin    #ootd    #onsie    #onesies    #infant    #infantclothes    #infantboyclothes    #healthyblackmothers    #pickoftheday  


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Love you too 🥰   #cute    #darkskin    #darkskinbabies    #darkskinkids    #loveofmylife    #babies    #frobabies    #frobaby    #goodtobehome    #love    #baby    #melanin    #ootd    #onsie    #onesies    #infant    #infantclothes    #infantboyclothes    #healthyblackmothers    #pickoftheday  


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Throughout my research on maternal health, I learned about birth plans and how decisions of the location of the delivery has an impact on the different types of interventions that are conducted during the birthing process (i.e. home birth, birthing centers and hospitals). Each one has advantages and disadvantages. Speaking to others who have gone through the experience or doulas who have supported other clients in the different environments might beneficial to creating an individual birth plan. Photo of:   @courtneybuttsdoula     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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My Love Makaylah Marie. I've been having so Many sleepless nights but so in love with my baby.   #repost     @amazinglyashley     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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You think I can put “breastfed for over a year” on my resume? It really speaks to my multitasking skills...   #repost     @yourbreastie     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Baby Bella’s Birth Story ~ by   @southernearthmama   ✨ Isabella’s EDD was the 8th and she was born on the 9th at 40 weeks & 2 days. Thursday: Lost my mucus plug with a little bloody show. This made me kinda nervous because I knew that my water could now break at any moment. My mama had me convinced I would have a huge water break so I was just praying it wouldn’t happen in the middle of somewhere public like Walmart. But there was also this part of me that learned that not every woman water breaks the same. I could actually have a slow water break. Or that my water could not break at all until I was actually pushing. (This ended up being my case. My water broke in labor as I was pushing...) Friday: Jorge’s getting ready to leave for work and I say, “You know we’re having a baby this weekend right? Come Monday morning we’ll be holding a baby. Watch!” Yeaaahhh, I play too much lol A little later contractions started but a bit irregular. Like 1 or 2 per hour. They felt different than the couple I had the Wednesday before. I decided to go to Waffle House just in case baby came that day. Because listen, I love breakfast food! I remember being on the phone with my cousin and him being so shocked at how calm I was during my contractions. And he was absolutely tickled that I drove to Waffle House. Labor is not always a dramatic rush. For most women, and when done naturally, it’s a lot slower than what they show you in the movies. After I ate, I had the brilliant idea to go for a walk at the trail in our neighborhood. I KNEW that this could possibly cause me to go into labor and I still went anyway. That walk ended up feeling like a hike cause I barely made it back to the car. 🤣 I remember when I got in the house I said, “Okay Bella, that was fun but can you come this weekend please? Cause I can’t breathe.” By later that Friday evening contractions seemed a little bit more intense. At this point, I think I was in denial about what was happening. Saturday morning 1am: Contractions kicked in full swing. Good thing I decided to time them because they were every 10 minutes. And they were strong. I remembered learning the best   #repost     @southernrootsbirthcollective  


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Our granddaughter First photo shoot 🎥. Thank you lord for 👑Kennedi Reign Kinchen👑 born Dec 20/19 Georgia’s newest Peach 🍑   #repost     @tewandakinchenofficial     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Classy mama   #credit     @kyraepps   🖤 ✨   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Woke up like this   #repost     @babyandxoxo     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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  #CloggedDucts   cans be a pain! But there is HOPE mamas! Try these different positions to unclog those ducts. Has anyone tried these? What worked for you?   #CommentBelow     #repost     @inurse  _baby


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Nothing or no one in this world could ruin my happiness. Believe that. I'm sooo slaying my weightloss goals after many setbacks and sacrifices. Living in a society of instant gratification, it can be hard for some to grasp that true sustainable results simply take time. I have no problem reiterating the fact... No, I do not wear corsets, waist trainers or had a tummy tuck. No surgeries, no pills, no wraps... nada! To each their own. For me, my progress and results are a direct reflection of my grind, in and out of the gym. First pregnancy 2011, I lost 100 lbs in 10 months... 34 months to lose 117 lbs in total. Second pregnancy 2015, 41lbs in 5 months. Both achieved by eating efficiently and exercising effectively and consistently. You've got to hold yourself accountable and make room for flexibility and failure. Every day isn't going to be perfect. But just as long as you genuinely try to do the very best that you can each and every day, that's what matters most.   #repost   @  @kek  _keish 💜


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Thanks for my new outfit Auntie Kim   @brizdoll   - I have so much stuff with my name on it...   #repost     @meadowjadapounds     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Hi! It has been a while since I have posted. Such a busy season 🎄 I was honored to be a part of a private breastfeeding class held by   @midwifecourtney   and learned even MORE about how incredible breastfeeding is for both mom and baby. . Still, my all time favorite breastfeeding fact remains: that baby’s saliva interacts with moms nipple, sending signals to what baby’s immune system needs during that feeding. 😳 (Low vitamin C today? No problem... 👩‍🔬) Mom’s body will actually change the milk's immunological composition, and begin to customize the antibodies and nutrients that flow out. How wild and beautiful is that? I may do a follow up post with more evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding come the new year. 🥛 .   #repost     @saltandspiritdoula     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Today’s   #WCW   is dedicated to my baby who is currently disguised as a big girl 😩. When I picked her up from preschool today, there was paperwork for kindergarten registration. KINDERGARTEN!?!?!?!? Where has the time gone? I felt an actual tear come to my eye. I’m not ready for her to grow up just yet. How do you make peace with the fact that your babies aren’t babies anymore? Comment ⬇️⬇️⬇️   #repost     @tiffanydoesitall     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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  #Fluseason   is here!   #breastmilk   is a   #healer   and has the power to help the entire family get over the   #flu   or even the   #commoncold   so if you have it, use it!   #repost     @inurse  _baby   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Maybe she’s born with it...maybe it’s the baby glow ✨✨ Can you tell my son loves to sit on one side of my stomach?! He refuses to budge at all from his cozy corner FYI this glow is courtesy of   @urbandecaycosmetics   Stay Naked foundation, powder, concealer and highlighter set   #repost     @funmiford     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Throwback to when I was a sleeping Pilot.   #repost     @romanmaximusb     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Did you know that your protein needs increase during pregnancy and breastfeeding to 71-100g/day!! . That can be hard if you don’t have much of an appetite, or you’re not eating enough, or you’re eating high carb foods, which by the way, can be a sign you’re not getting enough protein or eating substantial foods throughout the day Many protein shakes have unnecessary additives plus they’re expensive! I’m all about food first, so here are some plant based protein rich foods: -oats -hemp seeds -tofu -nut butter (Not pictured): - chia seeds, beans/legumes, certain cereals (look for >5g protein), and whole wheat bread When you pair different foods together, the amount of protein you’re eating adds up! Example: 1/2 cup oats (5g), 1cup Greek yogurt (12-15g), hemp seeds (6g), and pea milk (8g). That’s 31g just breakfast!   #repost     @aloha  .nutrition   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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40 Weeks vs 8 Months post. PC:   @momswearheels   💜   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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I can’t hear you PC:   @adelaidegracer     #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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So. Much. Baby. I’m at the end of 34 weeks now and this pic was at 33 weeks. Call me crazy, I’m actually eager for the moment when my water breaks! But I’m still praying he hangs in there until he’s full term. 👶🏽💙 PC:   @fmnv  .co   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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Tanzania I love you! I love your rich red dirt. I love your healing herbs. I love the bright white smiles. I love the delivery room filled with mamas birthing together and the community postpartum room. I love the deep eye contact and non verbal communication during labor and delivery. I love the mamas roaring their babies out next to each other. I love the soft Asante sanas (thank you) to the doulas after the mamas have their babies. I love the dadas (sisters) and bibis (grandmothers) that are here to help and love on the mamas postpartum. I love the vegetation. The fruit. The sunrises and sunsets. I love my doula sisters and all of our conversations about birth, love, sex, support, culture, and dreams. I love our coffee yoga. I love these ancient tribes and their birth techniques. I love all of the African animals. The list could go on forever but I am feeling incredibly grateful... I love you Tanzania!💛 PC:   @md  .doula   #healthyblackmothers   follow   @healthyblackmothers  


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