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10 Fun Self-Care Ideas For Mamas

By Angela Potter
www.drangelapotter.com

When you become a mother, you have to shift your perspective around self care.  Traditional ways of doing self care don't fit into your schedule very easily, especially when you have a newborn.

 

Here are 10 fun self care ideas for mamas.  Remember, the small things count!

 

1. Make yourself a warm cup of tea

 

2. Pick a different neighborhood everyday to go walk around while your baby sleeps in the stroller

 

3. Paint your fingernails

 

4. Light a candle in the evening

 

5. Have (at least!) one outfit that makes you feel wonderful

 

6. Take a shower everyday 

 

7. Keep fresh flowers on your windowsill

 

8. Hide some really good dark chocolate so only you know where it is.  And indulge once in awhile!

 

9. Buy a comfy pair of fuzzy, warm socks to wear at home

 

10. Get fresh air at least once a day

 

Prenatal Vitamins: Not Just For Pregnancy?

By Dr. Angela Potter
www.drangelapotter.com

 

Prenatal vitamins are important for women who are pregnant.  But I believe calling them prenatal vitamins is a misnomer.  Often, prenatal vitamins aren't suggested to women until they get pregnant which can lead to problems.

 

Why is this a problem?

 

Because one of the most important nutrients found in the prenatal vitamin, folate, is necessary for the first developments of the baby.  And these important developments (the neural tube for you science-buffs), needs folate within the first few weeks of conception which is usually before the mama knows she's pregnant!

 

What's the ideal amount of time to take a prenatal vitamin?

 

About 6 months before trying to conceive all the way up to when you stop breastfeeding your baby. 

 

Do you want multiple children? 

 

Keep taking that prenatal through all your pregnancies until your youngest baby is done breastfeeding.

 

Prenatal vitamins aren't only important for those first few weeks of development, they also give the mama vital nutrients for recuperation after birth which will benefit her for the rest of her life.

 

Simple Homemade Yogurt

By Dr. Angela Potter
www.drangelapotter.com

 

Homemade yogurt is simple to make.  My family makes it at home multiple times a week!  Yogurt is a great snack, it’s full of beneficial bacteria to help with digestion and it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

 

Some people use electric yogurt makers, which work fine, but I want to share with you how easy it is to make yogurt without buying any extra equipment.

 

Why make yogurt at home? 

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It’s cost effective
Buying a half gallon of milk and making it into yogurt will give you about twice as much yogurt for the price as buying it in the store!

 

You can choose the type and quality of milk you want to use
Since you’re saving money, you can spend more on good quality pasture milk that will have more vitamins and minerals.  Saving money and better nutrition?  It’s a win-win!

 

You control what goes into the yogurt
Some people like having sweetness added to yogurt.  A lot of the sweetened yogurts in the store have a lot of unnecessary added sugar.  Instead, make plan yogurt at home and then scoop a bit of it into a bowl, add some thawed frozen blueberries, a pinch of sugar (if you please!) and you have yourself a yummy snack.  Other things to add to yogurt are nuts, granola, or nut butters. 

 

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Ingredients
Milk*
A tablespoon of previously made yogurt

 

Supplies
Saucepan
Whisk
Glass jars, optional

 

Directions

1. Put about a quart of milk in to a sauce pan and heat up over low heat.  No need to measure exact amounts – use however much milk you want!

 

2. Let come to a boil and immediately turn off the heat and let cool to a warm temperature.  You can use a thermometer as well.  If you do, make sure the milk is cooler than 100 degrees.

 

3. Add a tablespoon of yogurt, and mix with the whisk to incorporate. 

 

4. You can pour the milk into glass jars, or, if you’re using a stainless steel pan, you can keep it in the pan to ferment.  Both work just fine.

 

5.  Turn on your oven light.

 

6.  Set inside a cool oven that has the oven light turned on.  Let it sit overnight until firm.  By morning, you will have fresh yogurt!

 

*I have always made yogurt with cows milk, I have not experimented with alternative milks.