Self Care for a Natural Pregnancy: Mindfulness, Healthy Bodies, Clean Beauty

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Taught by Laena McCarthy

Laena is Founder and CEO of Anarchy in a Jar, a jam and mustard company based in Brooklyn. She's an entrepreneur, instructional designer, birth and business coach–empowering people through work, life, childbirth, and transformation. In her private practice, she coaches people who crave financial freedom and an integrated work/life/cycle.

Laena launched her startup, Anarchy in a Jar, in 2009. It has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Martha Stewart Show, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, and more. Laena's cookbook, Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, was published with Penguin Random House in 2012. Her newest venture is Integrated Hustle, a firm that coaches and educates lean entrepreneurs.

Laena graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, received an MS in Information Science from Pratt Institute, has trained as a birth coach and food scientist, and was awarded the United States Antarctica Service Medal by the Department of Defense for her work with the National Science Foundation.

When she’s not making it rain with mustard and startup nitty-gritty, you can find her dreaming about her next adventure and chasing her children around Brooklyn.

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In this comprehensive class, herbalist, food entrepreneur, birth and postpartum doula and mom Laena McCarthy, will discuss healing traditions and practices to boost the body's natural resilience during pregnancy, from the inside and out. The class will begin with an overview of what a natural pregnancy looks like, why taking care of your body is important, how to heal and take care of your skin and body, and how to identify simple herbs and remedies for a healthy pregnancy.

We’ll cover how a plant-based diet can be used for both physical and emotional health during and after pregnancy, how to choose herbs for cooking, teas and tonics, and how to work with the body's own natural cycles to restore balance.  All the products discussed are simple, edible ingredients that many already have in their pantry. 

The last 30 minutes of class, we’ll learn a simple exercise set, Laena's "daily 15 mend me minutes" of self-massage, stretching and breathing that can work wonders for maintaining physical and mental health during pregnancy, and prevent damage from stress and exhaustion.

Participants will learn about resources for herbs, oils and ingredients, and will take home a natural pregnancy guide Laena's created with DIY herbal care, recipes for a healthy plant-based diet, and mindfulness exercises covered in the class, as well as a greater understanding of how to enhance their daily self care rituals, empowering them to take their healthy pregnancy into their own hands.


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