ALEXIA BRUE’S WELL+GOOD WAS FOUNDED IN 2010— A TIME WHEN WELLNESS WASN’T YET AT A GOOP-LEVEL FEVER PITCH. BUT WITH WELLNESS BECOMING A MUST FOR EVERYONE (EVERYWHERE), NO OTHER PLATFORM PROVIDES INSIGHT INTO HOW TO TRULY LEAD A LIFE THAT’S WELL AND GOOD.
Whether it be about natural beauty tips, juicing, nutrition, events or work out techniques, Well & Good is our go to for easy learning and easier action. Needless to say, we’re over the moon to introduce W+G’s co-founder Alexia Brue as our Wellness curator…here to guide your pregnancy so it’s all Well. And GOOD.
HATCH/ WHAT WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT FOODS FOR YOU DURING PREGNANCY TO MAINTAIN ENERGY?
ALEXIA BRUE/Choosing a high-quality multi-vitamin with folic acid is really important, so I did that. I ate about 10 ounces a week of fish (mostly salmon for the Omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins) and foods rich in protein and iron. Plus, I craved filling, grounding foods like oatmeal and sandwiches (I’m not normally a sandwich eater). I gave into my craving for processed carbs and ate way more pasta, bread, and baked goods than usual, though not exactly sure they gave me energy! Oh, and lots of omelettes with cheese, greens and mushrooms mixed in. And smoothies with nut butter!
HATCH/DID YOU STICK TO ANY PARTICULAR DIET DURING PREGNANCY?
AB/During my first pregnancy, I was much more rigid and followed all the conservative rules, like no deli meats, no soft cheese, no sushi etc. For my second pregnancy, I used my common sense and ate a really varied diet with lots of fruits and veggies, grains, protein, etc. My obstetrician for my second child took a really laid back approach which helped me feel calm; for example, when I was fretting about eating deli meats because of listeria he said that in the thousands of pregnancies he’d been part of, he’d only seen one case of listeria and that was when a woman had raw milk straight from a bucket. He said, “If sliced turkey and chicken are an enjoyable source of protein for you, you shouldn’t worry about that.” That story put things in perspective for me. All this worry for something that had a tiny probability of happening!
HATCH/WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF PRE-NATAL EXERCISE?
AB/Modified bootcamp to stay strong and a whole lot of indoor cycling especially in the third trimester when my balance wasn’t as good! And as much prenatal yoga as possible throughout. I also did a lot of barre workouts because they’re a low-impact way to get a terrific full body workout.
HATCH/IS THERE A SPECIFIC PRE-NATAL PILATES OR YOGA TEACHER OR STUDIO THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND?
AB/I lived near Kula Yoga at the time and I went as often as I could.
HATCH/WHAT WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT REFERENCES (IN PRINT OR ONLINE) FOR YOU AS A MAMA-TO-BE?
AB/I Googled a lot of things, until my doctor told me to stop. I regularly consulted What to Expect When You’re Expecting and received those weekly emails from BabyCenter about your baby’s growth. As the birth neared, I enjoyed reading Ina May Gaskin’s books on giving birth. I loved all the stories of how the birthing process can go and found her books to be much more instructive than the birthing course.
HATCH/WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS DURING PREGNANCY?
AB/I thought a lot more about what I was putting on my skin during pregnancy. I started using organic lines like Naturopathica and red flower exclusively and for make-up using lines like RMS and W3LL People and Vapour.
HATCH/WHAT WERE YOUR SUBSTITUTES FOR THOSE LESS-THAN-FRIENDLY BEAUTY PRODUCTS DURING PREGNANCY (IF ANY)?
AB/I’ve unfortunately never found a make-up shade I like as much as Bobbi Brown’s sandwash pink. But W3LL People has great colors and a great ingredient list so I became devoted to those.
HATCH/HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT BEING PREGNANT AFFECTED YOUR APPROACH TO WELLNESS?
AB/I think pregnancy is that wake-up call to “clean up your act” for a lot of people. I definitely thought about what I put in my body and what I put on my body in a much deeper way and, as a result, I made more conscious product choices. That’s something that’s stuck with me.