Pregnancy


PepsiCo Inc. unveiled a new bottle Tuesday made entirely of plant material that it says bests the technology of competitor Coca-Cola and reduces bottles’ carbon footprint. The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Ultimately, Pepsi plans to also use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business.

The new bottle looks, feels and protects the drink inside exactly the same as its current bottles, said Rocco Papalia, senior vice president of advanced research at PepsiCo. “It’s a beautiful thing to behold,” he said. “It’s indistinguishable.” (more…)

Here is a repost from the blog of one of my favorite companies Healing Anthropology. Their baby care, facial care and body care products are delicious, nuturing and “clean”.   We love them so much that we carry most of the line at ilumina and the ilumina team is already addicted.

Body Burden: Why Natural is Best and Recipes for Homemade Belly Balm & Oil

Nobody should be putting chemicals on their skin (and therefore in their bodies), but pregnant women need to be especially careful about avoiding chemicals. The sad truth is that newborns come into this world with an average of 300 chemicals already in there little systems. Scientists call this a body burden and they also now know that prenatal exposure to many chemicals leads to fertility problems later on in life for these babies. If we live in a modern society, unfortunately some of these chemicals are impossible to avoid, however, we do have a choice about what we bring into our home, and what we put on and into our bodies. It is our responsibility to do our best at giving our children a healthy and happy life. The good news is that there are so many options for chemical free products and food that this responsibility is getting easier and easier. (more…)

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HEALING ANTHROPOLOGY: NATURAL SKIN CARE LINE

We are proud to announce the newest addition to our retail line here at ilumina.  Healing Anthropology is now exclusively available at our location.  This all natural skin care line offers wonderfully rich, effective products completely free of any toxins or chemical preservative. (more…)

Tune in to your body, connect with community, and embrace the birth you’re given with prenatal yoga.

By Catherine Guthrie (as appeared in Yoga Journal)

After the birth of her first child, Colleen Millen, 35, knew that she would approach childbirth differently if given another chance. Then a Forrest Yoga teacher in Chicago, Millen stuck to her typical yoga routine throughout her pregnancy. She modified her practice as her belly blossomed, but she shrugged off the prenatal classes at her studio, assuming her years of practicing yoga had bestowed on her the tools for a trouble-free childbirth. (more…)

New ACOG Guidelines: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean is a Safe Option

Washington, DC – The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), a professional midwifery organization since 1982, commends the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for their updated practice guidelines on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) released July 21, 2010. ACOG’s recent guidelines are less restrictive than previous ones. The new guidelines state that VBAC is a “safe and appropriate choice” for most women who have had a prior cesarean delivery, including some women who have had two previous low-transverse cesarean incisions, women carrying twins, and women with an unknown type of uterine scar. (more…)

I have lived my life in the sun. When I was young we used to survive the summer heat by spending days at the pool or beach.  Baby oil was the tan enhancer of choice to get our skin tan as fast as possible. As I got older I realized that maybe I should start using sunscreen. I remember my sunscreen enlightenment so clearly, I was a student working on my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona and heard: if you live in Arizona long enough you will develop skin cancer.  Yikes! (more…)