Many of you know that yoga holds a special place in my heart. Although I do not practice it enough, since having Aiden, Dan (my husband) is a yoga teacher and I am a huge advocate of yoga for fitness for both pregnant and non-pregnant women. During my pregnancy, I stuck to my regular Vinyasa classes with modifications, but after having Aiden I went to a few post-natal pregnancy classes with him. It was at one of these classes that I met Kristy Rodriguez. Kristy is a pre-and postnatal wellness expert and advocate. I took a new mom workshop she was offering and her knowledge and love for helping pregnant women and new moms was truly inspiring. I learned that she was writing a book for pregnant women and was honored when she provided me with a copy of Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby to review and is giving a copy away to one Baby Castan on Board reader.
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Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby is a must-read for pregnant mamas. I wish I would have had this book during my pregnancy. I read tons of books while I was pregnant and the ones that were pregnancy specific always included all of the things NOT to do while pregnant or the not-so-positive things to expect. Many pregnancy books put an emphasis on the baby rather than the mother even though self-care is critical to the health of the baby. Kristy’s book is different. It is incredibly positive and provides various tools to help you take care of yourself during pregnancy in order to have a happy and healthy baby.
I know some people may shy away from books about yoga or holistic practices; however, Kristy is very grounded and relatable which makes the book easy for anyone to read and understand. She shares several personal experiences and how the experiences led her to her path helping pregnant women and ultimately writing this book. She understands that everything she writes might not work for everyone and regularly reminds readers that they should listen to their bodies and intuition first and do what makes them happy and feel good.
She has chapters about yoga and meditation; however, the information is not overly philosophical or esoteric, but rather practical advice that anyone (yogi or not) can easily understand and practice. She reminds women not to be too hard on themselves. Some examples include if the only thing you can stand to eat is a chicken sandwich for the first three months that’s OK; if you feel like taking a nap then take a nap that is OK too, and it’s not a bad thing to tell a friend you can’t go out if you don’t feel like going out.
I love that this book is short, but chalk full of great information. I finished it in less than a week. It can be read all at once or by section. Some highlights of the chapters include why self-care is important, nutrition and nourishment, mindfulness and meditation, yoga and movement, and your pregnancy tribe. Each chapter starts with a quote and ends with a journal page for you to write down your thoughts. In addition to the great content, she also offers tons of additional resources both in the book and on her website including positive affirmations, a self-care support sheet, feel-good movie ideas and relaxing music ideas. Additionally, there is a bonus chapter full of recipes!
Pregnancy can be difficult and scary. One of the reasons I started this blog was because I felt really overwhelmed with all the information that was available and how much of it was you have to do this or that or else….There is no ‘right way’ to be pregnant or one way to raise a baby. Some things may work for you and other things won’t. Parenthood is a lot of trial and error. Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby has a similar philosophy and helps women realize that everything is going to be OK. That is why I love it and it will be in all my future baby shower gifts. It is full of positivity and great information that all moms-to-be will benefit from. You can order the book on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format. You can find Kristy on Facebook or Instagram and check out her Facebook Group for moms.
I am really excited that Kristy agreed to give one reader a copy of her new book! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter widget below.