Archive for the ‘pregnancy’ Category

Friday Funny: How Babies Are Made… Or Not

February 22, 2013

Let’s wrap up our week with a giggle — enjoy!


Alisa & the women of Blooma

P.S. – This came to me via multiple e-mail forwards… if you know where it came from, please let me know so I can give attribution!

Wellness Wednesday: Massage Therapist Lisa West

January 16, 2013

Never was there a knot in my body that Lisa West couldn’t coax out with her magic hands. I count her as one of the most amazing gifts of my two pregnancies (and before, after, and in between!).

We’re wildly lucky here at Blooma to work with some of the best bodyworkers in the Twin Cities, and we count Lisa West as one of them. Today’s Wellness Wednesday spotlight on prenatal/postnatal massage therapist Lisa is a reminder of that.

This feedback just rolled in from a mom-to-be as well:

My massage with Lisa yesterday was great. Exactly what I needed. At 10 days overdue I’ve been feeling a little antsy waiting for baby. Lisa was sweet, professional, and did a super job! Thanks, M.

Learn more about Lisa in our Q&A below!

Lisa West

Lisa West

Then schedule your massage with Lisa online or by calling Blooma St. Paul at 651.340.8538. She’s available Tues. and Wed. mornings in St. Paul for you to experience massage bliss! (more…)

Empower Your Pregnancy — A Talk With Sarah This Thursday

January 15, 2013

EYP-top-page-graphic-MHBWe’re so excited to be part of the Empower Your Pregnancy online conference taking place this Jan. 17-18.

This free call-in seminar for expecting mamas features over a dozen pregnancy and birth “experts” who will share their wisdom of how to create a happy, healthy pregnancy and empowered birth.

Set a reminder on your phone to call in this Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m., when Blooma founder, prenatal yoga teacher and birth doula, Sarah Longacre, chats with Nichi Hirsch Kuechle of My Healthy Beginning about the benefits of prenatal yoga. Her talk is titled: Your Inner Goddess/ Bringing Her to Your Pregnancy through Prenatal Yoga. That’s a pretty perfect title if you know Sarah!

Sarah Longacre, Blooma founder and prenatal yoga teacher

Sarah Longacre, Blooma founder and prenatal yoga teacher

Registration for the call (and all the other amazing panelists, too) is FREE, but you’ll need to register in advance. (Registering is as simple as providing your first name and email address.) Then you’ll be e-mailed the phone number to call when it’s time, and a full schedule of speakers and topics for Jan. 17-18.

After you sign up, all you’ll need to do is chill on your couch with a cup of tea and listen in. It’ll be almost as if you’re having tea with a slew of birth experts right in your own living room!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Secrets for Strong Abs During & After Pregnancy

January 14, 2013

Everyone wants to know how they can create and maintain stronger abs throughout and after pregnancy, right? Right??

Sure, it’s nice to look great, but more importantly, strong abdominal muscles will help you feel and be strong. A healthy core is connected to a healthy pelvic floor, back and hips — all so essential during and after baby’s arrival.

Pilates instructor Karin Twigg teaches Abdominals: Before & After Birth at Blooma

Pilates instructor Karin Twigg teaches Abdominals: Before & After Birth at Blooma

Join Pilates instructor Karin Twigg for Abdominals: Before & After Birth at Blooma Minneapolis, Jan. 17 (this Thursday!), 7:30-9 p.m. There are just a few spots left! (more…)

Strengthen Those Mama Abs

September 5, 2012

Karin Twigg, founder of Awaken Pilates, is back at Blooma next week to offer her fabulous Abdominals: Before & After Birth workshop.

After this Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. workshop, you’ll walk away with exercises you can do at home, both during pregnancy AND after to help strengthen your core — your abdominals, pelvic floor, back and hips. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how your abdominals contribute to your overall body strength and well-being.

Don’t miss this, mamas! Sign up now.

Below, Karin shares a recent podcast for postpartum mamas. Enjoy!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Sarah Talks About Pregnancy Depression

August 23, 2012

Not everyone knows that pregnancy depression exists, but for some women, it’s a very real thing. See what Blooma founder Sarah Longacre has to say about it (and how yoga can help!) in an article posted this week on Disney’s

If pregnancy depression sounds like something you might suffer from, please also check out local resources through Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN. We are gifted with so many wonderful counselors and resources in our community!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

August 21, 2012

Two fantastic opportunities to rally for healthy birth and postpartum support are coming up. You just need your walking shoes!

1) National Rally for Change: Decorate your strollers and wagons and stroll around Lake Calhoun to support evidenced-based care for birthing mamas and their babies. This Minneapolis rally is part of the National Rally for Change. Families all over the country will be walking at the same time!

When: When else? Labor Day! Monday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-Noon

Location: Meet at the southwest corner of Lake Calhoun near the volleyball courts.

Sponsored by: Blooma, The Better Birth Coalition, The Childbirth Collective, Enlightened Mama, Everyday Miracles, Helping Hands Birth Services, MN ICAN, Morning Star Birth Center, Spinning Babies, and more.

2) Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM) is assembling a team to participate in a walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Sept. 22, 2012. From the organizers:

  • Have fun!
  • Raise funds for NAMI Minnesota!
  • Spread awareness about PPSM and our HelpLine and other activities!

Please sign up to walk! (Click on “Walk With Me” and it will take you through the registration process.) Or help us sell onesies and distribute postcards at our table at Minnehaha Park.  If you are not able to make it to the walk, you can also donate to NAMI.

Deadline to sign up: Aug. 25


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Pregnancy Photo Project Looking for Participants

August 16, 2012

We thought we’d pass along an opportunity to participate in a fascinating photography project about pregnancy in the workplace. Details are below or you can download a flyer about the project. If interested, contact Prof. Deutsch directly at Act soon — the project winds down at the end of this month.

Saturday Schedule, 2011; Photograph by Hillary Mixon-Jones

Mamas, what are some of the challenges you’ve discovered about working while pregnant? What kind of support have you received?


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

My name is Todd Deutsch.  I am a photographer and Associate Professor of Art at St. Catherine University.  I am working on a national project called “Showing: Pregnancy in the American Workplace.”  As the name suggests, photographers around the country have been invited to photograph pregnancy at work with the goal of encouraging public discussion around work- life balance and women’s health. 

More information about the project, which will include an exhibition and a book, can be found at  Examples of my own work can be found on my site,

I am very excited by the potential that this carries.  While pregnancy in general is a common subject, pregnancy at work isn’t often shown. It presents something of a hole in the collective photographic record.  “Showing” aims to change that. 

Right now I am trying to make connections with people who might be interested in participating. Those who choose to participate will receive prints from me for their family albums, regardless of whether or not any of the photographs were selected for publication. 

See It: Conception to Birth, Animated

April 30, 2012

Sometimes when we’re in the midst of pregnancy, it’s easy to lose sight of what a crazy, amazing miracle this whole growing-a-baby thing is. The brilliance of our bodies to divide cells, create organs, nerve systems, give birth, and so much more — well, it’s mind-blowing!

This point was demonstrated in a TED presentation by Alexander Tsiaras, who created a medical visualization showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. He says,

Even though I am a mathematician, I look at this with marvel: How do these instruction sets not make these mistakes as they build what is us? … It’s mystery, it’s magic, it’s divinity.

Truly, it is!

Thanks to prenatal yoga teacher Bridget McGreevy for passing along this video. She writes: “I LOVE how you can see the baby as a partner in the birth and that there is LOTS of room in the bony pelvis for baby to navigate — it is the muscles that need to yield.”

Enjoy more of Bridget’s gems of wisdom at her Monday 5:30 p.m. class in St. Paul!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

Breathing Into Those Last Days of Pregnancy

April 11, 2012

Oh, how I remember those last few weeks and days of pregnancy. For some mamas, the days fly by with work or other children, and for some (most?) those last days simply drip by. They drip with emotion. With wonder. Anxiety. Excitement. Waiting. Wondering.

In all cases, breathe into these feelings, mama. Come to your mat at prenatal yoga (MinneapolisSt. Paul or Shakopee!). Sink into Goddess pose or Warrior II and reconnect with your confidence. Take comfort in the support of other mamas around you.

Take in beauty! Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers. Listen to your favorite music and dance, dance, dance those hips! Go for long walks. Gaze into your honey’s eyes. Get a massage. Write a love note to yourself, as you are at this very moment.

Today’s post at’s All Things Mothering is about this exact time — the time of in-between. It is so very, very beautifully written that you all must go there immediately and read it. It’s full of so many juicy kernels of wisdom! (And also happens to be written by a Duluth midwife!)

Here’s a teaser:

The time of in between, where the opening begins. Giving it a name gives it dimension, an experience closer to wonder than endurance…

To give birth, whether at home in a birth tub with candles and family or in a surgical suite with machines and a neonatal team, a woman must go to the place between this world and the next, to that thin membrane between here and there. To the place where life comes from, to the mystery, in order to reach over to bring forth the child that is hers…

We need time and space to prepare for that journey. And somewhere, deep inside us, at a primal level, our cells and hormones and mind and soul know this, and begin the work with or without our awareness.

Sweet mamas, how many of you out there are in this exact place? How many of you have been there, and how did you find ways to be with yourself to cross from this dimension to the next? 

We send you much love!


Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma