Sitz Bath – What it is and Why We Recommend It

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My very first awareness of a sitz bath was in the hospital after having my first baby. Nora was the first baby born in a brand new labor and delivery wing of our hospital in Wisconsin. They thought of everything in this place. It’s hard to remember all of the perks because they become a little less important when you are gazing into your 1 day old baby’s face, but the two things I loved and remember well were the family bed (a full sized hospital bed) and the sitz bath room.

The hospital had a small room that a postpartum mama could reserve. It was reminiscent of a bathroom except it contained a shallow, bidet-type seat. The seat held a small amount of water to sit in with a faucet of constant flowing water set at a warm temperature. The sitz bath was so good for my sore body. It is a huge understatement to say that your body goes through a lot during labor. About 5 times during my 2 day hospital stay, I would request the sitz bath room, bring a magazine and just sit. It was as good as any spa I’ve ever been to.

However, there was one element in this postpartum luxury that I was missing…sitz bath herbs. Nature has so much goodness for us. And because of the wisdom of all the mothers and midwives who have gone before us, we’ve learned how to put them together to heal our warrior lady parts after they just took a beating.

Some common ingredients used in sitz bath herbs:

  • Uva Ursi leaf – kills bacteria in the bladder
  • Lavender flower – traditionally used for women’s health, gives a calming aroma
  • Witch Hazel bark – soothes swollen, sore perineum and treats hemorrhoids
  • Marshmallow Root – soothes and heals minor wounds

Herbs are combined to make a tea…the non-drinking kind of tea. It still needs to be brewed like a tea, but then the brew can be used in various ways.

I think the most comfortable postpartum way to use sitz bath teas is to pour the brew into a pad and freeze it. This combination really helps with swelling and inflammation. Otherwise, you can keep it warm and fill a pad to wear right away. Another way is to put the brewed tea in a peri bottle and rinse yourself with it after going to the bathroom. Or you can create your own postpartum spa by putting the tea directly into the bath and soak.

You can make your sitz bath extra memorable with you baby, too. Sitz bath herbs help heal your baby’s umbilical cord and the lavender will calm your baby as he adjusts to the new world outside of you.

Read more from Gwen’s Nest, who gives great instructions for each way to use sitz bath herbs.

 Also, we love and recommend anything from Birds and Bees Teas. You can buy a bag from them or wait to get it in your Month 9 box. 🙂
Happy Sitz-ing!

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A Calm & Centered Pregnancy | How Yoga Can Benefit Pregnancy

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We’ve teamed up with Mommies in Spanglish to discuss how yoga can positively impact your pregnancy journey! Keep reading as they discuss ways to incorporate yoga into your routine and the positive impact it can have on your pregnancy. 


I have been blessed to have a great pregnancy experience thus far and wanted to continue this positive energy in practicing prenatal yoga. Mama Bird Box has curated a special box to help mamas continue with a calm and centered pregnancy. I particularly enjoyed this easy at home prenatal yoga sequence and massage ball that have helped me with my form and stretching. 

Here is how I found yoga to help during labor: Prenatal yoga addresses the physical challenges inherent to pregnancy, such as a shifted center of gravity and lower back pain. These moves will help alleviate aches and build strength in your legs, back and abdominals to prepare you for giving birth. Yoga also can ease labor and delivery, with moves that relax the hip muscles and use gravity to your advantage.

Consider yoga a way to get physically stronger and emotionally healthier during pregnancy. Even if you’ve never done yoga before, the modified moves taught in prenatal yoga are both safe and beneficial to expectant moms. Plus, women with difficult pregnancies may find comfort in yoga’s gentle motions and breathing.

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Standing Mountain
To warm up your muscles, most yoga sequences start with this pose: Stand with feet farther than hip-width apart, knees slightly bent and toes pointed straight ahead, your palms touching at “heart center” (in front of your chest). Close your eyes and breathe deeply

1. Inhale and sweep your arms out and overhead, bending back slightly.
2. Exhale and stand upright, returning your hands to your heart center.
Repeating for 10 full breaths.

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 Stretching is extremely important during pregnancy, as our muscles and joints start to shift. With these stretches, I am helping my body get more acclimated to the movement and adjustments of my muscles. This is especially beneficial during labor.

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Child’s Pose (Cat/Cow Sequence)
1. Kneel on all fours, abdominals drawn in. Inhale and gently arch your back, tipping your tailbone up, eyes looking up toward the sky.

2. Exhale and round your back as you tuck your chin in toward your chest (previous slide).

3. Sit back on your heels into Child’s Pose and relax for 1 breath (this slide).

Repeat sequence 10 times. Remain in Child’s Pose for 5 slow breaths to cool down.

You can use this move during labor.

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 Most importantly, I have found that prenatal yoga has helped me meditate and keep a calm sense of self. It is so important to clear your head as much during your pregnancy because there are so many changes going on as it is. For me, making sure that I stay calm and centered has only amplified my pregnancy experience and helped me enjoy this journey!

I would love to here how other mama’s stay relaxed and calm throughout their pregnancy?

Namaste xo,

Stephanie

5 Dishes to Cook for New Parents

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Looking for the perfect dish to cook for new parents? Sandwiches, takeout, and snack food can only cut it for a little while – you can wear on on that stuff so easily! Why not surprise the mom and dad with a home cooked meal instead?

We’ve rounded up three delicious, tried-and-true meals below that are sure to wow! Plus… we’ve included additional tips for how to go above and beyond when pampering new parents with food!

1. Pancetta, white bean and chard pot pies (Smitten Kitchen)

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This is one of our favorites! Not to mention the crust is the most delicious. Be sure to make some extra for yourself! Get the recipe here.

2. Fettuccine with asparagus and smoked salmon

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Another absolutely delicious option. Creamy and filling the smoked salmon is the perfect addition! Get the recipe here.

3. Portuguese chicken and crispy potatoes (feasting at home)

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Goodness. This one has yet to disappoint. While this recipe calls for a whole chicken you could also use skin on pieces for a little more ease. It really is incredible! Get the recipe here.

4.Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos (melanie makes)

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Crock pot recipes are so easy for new parents. Either bring the ingredients and make it in their crock pot while you visit or bring yours to get another day. Lentils and brown rice offer iron and energy for a sluggish, tired mom. Get the recipe here.

5. Lasagna with Slow Roasted Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

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Lasagna is a classic post baby meal. Make yours spectacular! Ellie from Kitchen Wench has the recipe here!

When you’re dropping off food for new parents be sure to bring all things in disposable pans. That way mom and dad won’t have to remember who to give items back to and clean up is a snap! We also suggest including a bottle of wine or a dessert of some sort of sweet. A little decadence goes a long way to new parents.

After you gain permission to hold the little one be sure to wash your hands before you reach for baby. A new mom will probably ask you to, but it’s awfully nice to not have to ask!