Pregnancy has been a confusing time for me. Not only has this been the biggest change I’ve ever experienced in my life, but each mom I talk to and each book I read seems to offer contradictory advice. It was important for me to examine the source when seeking information, and that was when I reached out to Melinda Olson who shares Viva Glam’s passion for organic, non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free products. Melinda is a nurse and an herbalist, as well as the founder of Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics. She was kind enough to answer some of my top pregnancy questions.
Tell us some of the most important things a pregnant mother can do for herself and her baby.
Start reading labels and know what you are putting on yourself and your baby. Some of the ingredients in even “natural” products can be very worrisome. Start paying attention now and find safe products that you feel comfortable using for your family.
Once your baby is born, keep taking care! Sleep when the baby sleeps, clean when the baby cleans! Really, you’ve done the most amazing thing, and your body needs to rest so you can take care of your baby. It’s like they say on the plane: put on your oxygen mask first! You have to take care of yourself to be present for what a baby requires, so eat well, sleep any time you can, and say YES to anyone who offers to help. And ask for help when you need it.
What are your recommendations for pregnant moms battling fatigue?
Rest any time you can, pay attention to those small moments when your body is telling you to slow down. We think that’s the time to put your feet up and have a nice, comforting cup of organic herbal tea. Earth Mama makes safe, organic and Non-GMO Project Verified pregnancy teas, and Organic Peaceful Mama Tea is especially good for mamas with a busy mind and a restless body.
What are your recommendations for preventing stretch marks?
Now is the time to start thinking about what goes on your skin, because what goes ON you goes IN your baby. Itchy, stretching skin needs lots of TLC, and a twice-daily massage – or more as needed – with a safe, toxin-free oil is a good start. Natural Stretch Oil was formulated with 100% natural herbs that help nourish and encourage skin’s natural elasticity. It’s light and readily absorbable and has no artificial fragrance so the natural, delicate scent won’t aggravate morning sickness. Mamas love it for a bath oil and for perineal massage to help avoid tears and episiotomy during childbirth too.
What inspired you to create these natural products?
When I was pregnant I noticed a disconnect between the 100% natural process of birth and the way western medicine sometimes “medicates” perfectly natural pregnancy and birth discomforts. I considered pregnancy a natural process, not an illness and I knew there were safer, more natural ways to nurture those common problems. I researched and studied herbal medicine and began making products as my friends needed them.