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So I created for myself a health chart with potential pregnancy health concerns and the correlating natural remedies. I am doing this as a targeted plan for my pre-baby routine. I  am very goal oriented and need lists to check. Check out my Pregnancy Health Condition chart.

My Action Plan in Short is:

  1. Exercise Outside 20 minutes a day
  2. Take a complete prenatal
  3. Do back and core exercises daily
  4. Drink a minimum of 64 oz of water/ hydration a day
  5. Eat 30 grams of fiber

It’s a simple enough plan and nothing new when it comes to living a balanced and healthy life. Somehow though, doing it for the goal of a baby makes it more feasible. So if I need to dangle that a baby as a carrot to stick to my routine, so be it. What helps you stay focused on your health routine?

 

 



In true military fashion I was unable to post for Military Spouses Appreciation Day because I was dealing with my husband’s hectic military schedule. Thus the reason we have a day right?!

Anyway here is a great post from MilitarySpouse.com: 

35 Things We Want Civilians to Know

http://militaryspouse.com/military-life/35-things-we-want-civilians-to-know/



REPOST:

New York Post :By Amanda Bell May 6, 2016 | 9:07am

 Here’s the hard truth about being a military wife

Photo: Shutterstock

There are a lot of nice perks to being a military spouse — great health insurance, a steady income stream for the family, and even discounted rates at the on-base supermarket, for example. But there are also many unique struggles that those of us who share our lives with servicemen and -women go through behind the scenes.
May 6 marks Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the perfect time to highlight the level of dedication it takes to be married to a service member.
As an Air Force wife, I can safely say that the commitment military spouses have for their partners’ important occupation is far more expansive than I initially expected, and ultimately, they tend to sacrifice just as much of their lives and time to the cause as the ones in uniform.
1. Your career might have to play second fiddle.
One aspect of military membership that everyone seems pretty familiar with is the fact that service members have to move around quite a bit. There’s no hard and fast rule, but families typically receive relocation orders every three to four years or so while on active duty.
For those of us who do have careers of our own going on all the while, this can be especially tricky — having to re-license in new states every few years for some professions, maybe, or even having to work totally outside your chosen field due to area unavailability or being stationed outside of the country.
For example, a friend of mine, Jillian F., is an attorney. When her husband receives his next base assignment, depending on the location, she might be facing a long road ahead if she wants to keep practicing law.
“Every time we PCS [permanent change of station, the military term for reassignment] to a new state, I would generally need to take that state’s bar exam in order to continue to practice,” she said. “This costs several thousand dollars and can take up to six months to study, take the bar and become licensed. This process would then repeat every three to four years with every move.”
This is not only a difficult and expensive process, but it also might wind up pushing someone in her position out of his or her career altogether due to the extent of the inconvenience. “Many military spouse attorneys give up on their career or work non-law jobs rather than jump through all of these hoops with every move. A minority of states are relaxing their licensure rules for military spouses, but there is still a long way to go.”
This is a challenge that extends to several other career fields as well. Another friend of mine is a nurse who, just a few years into her career, has already taken three state licensing exams (and counting).
2. You might land somewhere you don’t want to be.
Let’s face it: Not all military bases are created equal. Some are located on the beach with warm, lovely surroundings and others are basically smack dab in the middle of nowhere. Not only does this potentially present a challenge on the career front, but it can also put a strain on a person’s happiness while living in the area.
Sure, there’s the possibility that you’ll get to live somewhere exotic overseas and see and do things you never would have otherwise, but there’s also the very real chance you’ll find yourself in a small town with very little that interests you, and your job is to make the best of it. The worst part? You have exactly zero say-so about where you’ll go. Zero.
3. You’ll probably live far away from the people you love most …
If you were raised in a military family, you might already be used to the perennial shuffle. If not, though, it can be kind of a wallop to the gut to find yourself extraordinarily far away from all of your old friends and family: No longer a quick car ride to see the ‘rents but a couple of plane hops instead. This can be pretty brutal as time wears on, especially when you’re raising little ones of your own and/or watching all the fun and important times being had without you from afar.
As Katie R., who lives nearly 1,500 miles from her parents with her service member husband and 6-month-old daughter, told me, “I hate the fact that I’m away from my family, missing holidays, parties, vacations and trips and having my parents miss the birth of their first grandchild.” It certainly can hurt.
4. But on the bright side, you get to make new families.
The good news is that, if you’re receptive to meeting new people and forging new relationships, you can meet some really awesome people who are in the exact same boat as you and are willing to step up and be there for you when others can’t.
When I was expecting my first-born, for example, my husband’s commanders’ wives threw me a beautiful shower, even though they’d only met me a handful of times by then. “It’s just what we do,” they shrugged.
That sense of camaraderie and empathy was a common thread of the military service members and spousal network that existed on the base (again, a lot rides on location), so even though it wasn’t the family presence I was expecting for that moment in my life, it was a strong and supportive one all the same.
“Living in different places has allowed us to not only meet new people, it has given us the opportunity to make lifelong friends. It might be cliché to say we have a ‘military family’ but it is true. Friends we met during our first assignment have been our family the last three years, and we’ve experienced pregnancies, children, hardships and just plain life together,” Katie R. added.
“Even though we have moved away from some of them, I still consider them family. One thing I’ve learned as a military spouse is that we stick together, we are truly there for one another. We rally together whenever there is a tragic loss of life, cancer diagnosis, depression or divorce. We also celebrate the good times and keep each other sane when our spouses are busy with work or deployed. It’s a sisterhood of some sort.”
(Full disclosure: I’m happy to admit I’m among that close-knit group she’s referring to here, and yes, we are fam.)
5. Your partner’s mortality looms large.
Perhaps one of the hardest things to wrap your head around if you’re not a military spouse is that disconcerting reality that your partner may be called to put his or her life on the line while serving. If they are, it’ll be up to you to singularly maintain the household in their absence despite whatever feelings you might be coping with.
Heather T.’s husband was deployed to Afghanistan when her son was just a few days old. Not only was she experiencing uncertainty surrounding her partner’s safety and the emptiness of his seat at the table, but she was also going through one of life’s craziest experiences, raising a new baby, by herself.
“It was as if my heart weighed a thousand pounds — watching my husband kiss our 3-day-old son goodbye,” she said. “I was scared, but he showed me how to open and close the stroller before he had to go. It was an example of the things we were supposed to learn together. I watched our son do many firsts without his daddy.” She was fortunate enough to be able to welcome her husband home at the end of his tour, but for many, that moment never comes.
Moral of the story? If you’re going to thank your military service member (and you totally should), be sure to give a smile to his or her spouse, too. They’re doing some tough duty as well.

http://nypost.com/2016/05/06/5-things-you-never-realized-about-being-a-military-spouse/



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