Birth, breastfeeding, and, well, baby making…would you believe me if I told you this post was about jewelry? It is.
Mother’s Day is around the corner and I’m sure we’ve all seen those “mama” necklaces being advertised. Those are BEAUTIFUL and I’ll actually being doing a review/giveaway for one of those in a few months myself, but for Mother’s Day, I wanted to do something a little bit out of the ordinary.
Now, I’m not a huge jewelry person. I appreciate pretty things, but in order for me to actually wear a piece, it has to have some personal meaning behind it…things like my wedding rings, gifts from family or friends, or something with personal significance.
And this necklace? Well the significance behind it is huge.
At first glance, it looks like a delicate pendant necklace with a pretty design on it. But you know what it is? An Oxytocin molecule.
Say what? No, I’m not a huge science lover (me and science did not get along in school)…but I AM a huge lover of this molecule. And if you’re a mother, you should be too! (Well really, if you’re a human in general, but especially if you’re a mother).
Oxytocin is frequently called the “bonding” hormone, because it’s released during activities such as hugging, but I like to call it the “MAMA” hormone, because it makes an appearance during three very important parts of most mother’s lives:
1) Baby making – that fun thing that helped you become a mom to begin with!
2) Birth – it stimulates uterine contractions…ever wonder what the synthetic version Pitocin derives from?
3) Breastfeeding – not only does it trigger your milk letdown, but it also facilitates feelings of love and bonding
But you don’t have to be a biological mother to enjoy this necklace (or the benefits of this hormone!) Oxytocin is also released during cuddling and holding your baby.
So is this not the coolest “Mommy” necklace? I picked it out for myself on behalf of my husband…Happy Mother’s Day to me!!
These beautiful necklaces are made by Heather, from H Works. Here’s what Heather has to say:
Of the many interests I’ve explored throughout life, jewelery making has always been a favorite of mine. I often daydreamed about selling my work, but for some reason just couldn’t find the courage to do this. When I had my little baby boy I chose to leave my full time job as an educator and put all of my energy into being there for my new little family. Soon the time came for me to think about finding another job, but the idea of being out of the house on a regular basis? I just wasn’t ready for that. With my husband’s support and encouragement I finally found the confidence I needed to open my little Etsy shop. I find great joy in creating, and am beyond thrilled anytime someone wants to own one of my little creations.
Want one? Well Heather from H Works is generously offering one lucky Best of Baby reader a chance to WIN an Oxytocin necklace. But if you just HAVE to have one and don’t want to risk not winning, she’s also offering a 25% discount using the code BESTOFBABY (any item in her store except for squash blossom necklaces) through the duration of the giveaway, which ends April 30th.
Disclaimer: Iulia from Best of Baby received this necklace in exchange for writing a review. All opinions are her own. Other bloggers promoting the review and giveaway received no form of compensation.
HWorks Oxytocin Themed Necklace
UPDATE: Congratulations Gabrielle – winner of the H Works Oxytocin necklace!