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 grew up making traditional jam with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley, and after a career in science and academia decided to make her passion for jamming into a business. Founded in 2009, Anarchy in a Jar makes all natural condiments, cooked by hand, all natural, and made primarily with produce from local and small farms. You can find the jams at many grocery stores and cheese shops throughout the US. 

Laena is also an herbalist, wellness maven, and birth coach, supporting women and helping empower their bodies through childbirth and life's vagaries. She launched her beauty line, Edible Beauté, in 2016, using edible organic herbs and oils to feel good and nourish the skin. 

Anarchy in a Jar has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Times T Style Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, New York Magazine, Bust, Elle Japan, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, and Saveur. Laena's cookbook, Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, was published with Penguin in 2012.

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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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