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Gestational Diabetes: Making Informed Choices About Your Best Path To Healthy Blood Sugar Levels In Pregnancy

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

Gestational Diabetes testing is a common, even routine, intervention in most pregnancies today.  The infamous “orange pop test” is almost seen as a rite of passage, and is understood by many to be a necessary part of ensuring a healthy pregnancy.  The question we need to ask is whether there truly is 'cause for alarm' or is GD a 'diagnosis looking for a disease'? I believe that healthy blood sugar levels are of *vital importance* in pregnancy, but standard GD testing may actually be missing the mark.



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Healthy Teeth & Fluoride Alternatives

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Dentist: Do you floss?Me: Yes daily.Dentist: And of course you brush?Me: Twice a day. Sometimes more. Very rarely only once. Dentist: Do you eat a lot of sugar?Me: I eat sugar, but not excessively.Dentist: Hm. I don't know why you have cavities then.Me: I've been told in the past that my enamel is soft (hypomineralization). And my boys both have enamel hypoplasia.Dentist: Hm. Your enamel looks great actually. Must be something genetic. When I got my numb-mouthed post-filling self into the car after the appointment I noticed my travel mug of lukewarm coffee sitting there and after 20 years of wondering, it suddenly hit me that oral hygiene practices aren't my problem....

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2018 - from doula to herbalist/birthkeeper and beyond

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2018 - - it was a big year for our family, and for me. We moved. I turned 40. We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. But there was SO much more to 2018 than just those events.

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Spanking vs hitting, and ending the cycle of harm

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

Hitting your child in the form of spanking is technically legal at this point in Canadian history but that doesn't make it beneficial or good in any way. 50 years of evidence shows that corporal punishment in ALL forms causes harm to our kids. As parents today, we have the opportunity to do better by our kids. 

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FAQ: Skin Soothe vs Skin Seal

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Skin Soothe or Skin Seal - which is best? This post explores both products so you can decide which is most suitable for you.

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