Motherhood is a journey that begins before conception and lasts forever. From pregnancy to childbirth and postpartum, from breastfeeding to child rearing and nurturing family connections, Keith's Cacao is an invaluable companion every step of the way into parenthood and beyond.
Scroll down for the most comprehensive and accurate guide on how to use Ceremonial Cacao to support your transition from maiden to mother! Read our post on responsible consumption of Cacao during pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and its effects on babies. Watch videos of pregnant women talking about their journey with Cacao. See how birth doulas and midwives use Keith's Cacao to support the women in their care, and how some Keith's Cacao practitioners use Cacao to nurture family bonds. Last but not least, read what Keith Wilson, who has been making and sharing his Ceremonial Cacao with the world for 20 years, has to share.Buy Cacao Now
As Ceremonial Cacao spreads fast and wide across the globe, many women in their child-bearing years want to know is if it is safe to consume it while pregnant.
If you are a Keith's Cacao drinker, you probably already know that your own body will provide you with all the answers you need.
However, here is what we know from scientific studies, ancient and indigenous uses, reports from midwives, birth doulas, and Cacao practitioners who have used Cacao during their own pregnancies and beyond.
At 7 months pregnant, Susy Markoe Schieffelin shares the huge role Keith's Cacao has had in her pregnancy journey.
Mama Cacao has been Susy's companion and aide, "the most beautiful tool" that has helped her connect to her body and to her baby.
Helping her stay connected to her heart, Cacao lovingly held her as she "opened to receive and look at all the things that come up in the journey of becoming a mother."
As a nutritional science and lifestyle medicine graduate, Daniella was well aware of the nutritional value of Cacao before becoming pregnant but has appreciated it even more during her pregnancy. Cacao filled her with a sense of both physical and spiritual abundance.
Drinking Cacao through all three trimesters, she experienced a blessed, smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, no heartburn, very little cravings, and loads of energy - all under an overall sense of calmness.
Rightfully nick-named 'Mama Cacao' for its soft, gentle, and nurturing properties, it's no surprise that Keith's Cacao has become the perfect companion for pregnancy and motherhood.
For 5 years previous, Cacao helped Laura slow down, live a more heart-centered way, and even eliminate sugar from her diet. It wasn't until her initiation into motherhood that they embarked on a whole new journey, through the womb, together.
Grace Hall is a birth keeper, a doula, and a hypnobirthing coach, supporting families in their journey through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum in a holistic and empowered way. She is also a Cacao Practitioner, bringing all the amazing benefits of Keith's Cacao to labor and birth, holding mothers through this rite of passage with courage and empathy.
Chances are you were brought up on hot chocolate. And if you are now a parent, you are also bringing up your children on chocolate, perhaps unbeknownst to you that you are giving them loads of processed sugar and artificially modified junk food. Unless that is, you have discovered the world of Ceremonial Cacao! Then you are - or are thinking about - fuelling your children with the one truly healthy "hot chocolate" in the world instead.
If you are concerned about whether it is safe to give Ceremonial Cacao to kids, don't be! This nutritional superfood is packed with nothing but goodness for young and old kids alike, guaranteed to improve and enhance their minds, body, skin, mood, mental well-being, and so much more.
Keith says there is no one way to share ceremonial Cacao; there is only your way. This doesn't just apply to "ceremony" but also to how we share Cacao at home with our family.
Natasha Vavasour is first and foremost a mother of three. Natasha has been practicing a Cacao morning routine for many years. Early morning is when she can guarantee she can sit with it before life takes hold of her.
Mornings are also when she mostly shares Cacao with her children! Summer holidays offer more of an opportunity for that, but they have their school morning routine too. Natasha takes her Cacao in the car for the 40-minute drive to school. She has learned that "ceremony is a state of being". So before they set off, they set an intention and they all take a sip of Cacao from her cup. Natasha thus brings sacredness into the mundane and keeps the family connected all day through the Cacao that runs in their veins!
Ditte Hofman Lessner, Keith's Cacao Practitioner, wife and mother of three was first introduced to Cacao in 2019, during a 7-month-long family trip to Central America. Once in San Marcos, Ditte her husband were drawn to their very first Cacao Ceremony. The kids, then aged 4, 10, and 12, joined in; and loved it!
Over the years, Keith Wilson, our founder and catalyst of the modern-day Ceremonial Cacao movement has accumulated a wealth of information and knowledge on the subject of Cacao, mothers, and babies.
Want to know the difference between traditional, grocery store-purchased hot chocolate mix and the authentic, healthy hot chocolate? Read on to find out why Ceremonial Cacao should become your go-to drink when its time to connect with your children, family or dearest friends!