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Kids + Life

Given the frequent common symptoms of autoimmune are fatigue, inflammation, muscle/joint pain, digestive issues and more frequent occurrence of infections, this section covers ideas for moms to manage their health with active kids and at different periods in their life. Because many autoimmune conditions have a genetic component, staying on top of your children's potential to develop the conditions is important.

Benefits of Exercise for Autoimmune Conditions

Woman exercising

Will regular exercise reduce my symptoms and flares generally? Exercise can be beneficial for those suffering from autoimmune conditions for several reasons. Exercise helps to regulate blood sugar and weight. Exercise helps increase mental alertness and feelings of well-being and exercise can help to combat fatigue if done carefully.  Exercise is very therapeutic in most all cases of autoimmune conditions if it is done gradually

Looking For Ways To Support A Loved One With An Invisible Autoimmune Illness? In Honor Of National Caregiver’s Month

Caregivers for autoimmune

If you are in a committed relationship, there is an expectation of “sticking it out” through tough times regardless of whether or not you actually nervously sputtered out the words “in sickness and in health” at a wedding ceremony. And yet, faced with a challenge such as chronic illness, many people feel suddenly inadequate as a partner. It’s no wonder, really; while much attention is given

Self Care For Autoimmune Moms: Walking the Gold-Lined Path

Walking the gold-lined path

At least once or twice a year, I go to Rocky Mountain National Park to feed my soul – the photo below is one that I took last summer while hiking in Moraine Park.  This is where I reconnect with myself, where I feel most whole.  I wish I could say I can reclaim this feeling in my normal/non-vacation life, amid the busy-ness of kids,

A Podcast With PulpNature.com On Parenting, Self-Care and Community To Be A Happy Autoimmune Mom

PulpNature.com

  I had the honor of talking to Jessica Peavy, co-founder of PulpNature.com, about all things autoimmune, motherhood and community.  Jessica had great questions for me about taking time for yourself, working with your partner to come up with a plan for handling the kids during flare times, and the general approach to motherhood that you have to take as the reality of life as

Should I Breastfeed As An Autoimmune Mom?

Three babies sitting indoors holding hands

Breastfeeding offers many benefits, for both mother and child.  New moms get to experience the undeniable bonding that occurs between themselves and their newborns during each session; and their babies receive breast milk, a natural product that delivers not only sustenance, but also important vitamins, minerals and immune factors. For expectant mothers who carry one or more autoimmune disease diagnoses, there is often concern, understandably,