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One thing I am amazed by is how many decisions must be made in preparation for a new life. This list actually comes from my own preparation. I made a running tally (or tried to) of all the decisions, major and mundane that had to be made. These are just the ones I took time to research and really way my options.  Even with all of this I still felt under prepared. The bottom line is you will never be completely ready for a baby.  But if you are a list lover like me this may help you get started when you don’t know where to start. This list is in no particular order, just how they came up in my pregnancy. 

  1. Cloth or disposable diapers
  2. Breast feed or formula
  3. Gender reveal or surprise
  4. Midwife or Doctor
  5. Ultrasounds or No Ultrasounds
  6. Prenatal Vitamins – Deciding on whether to take them at all and whether natural nutrition is a better fit. Also deciding on the brand of vitamins.
  7. Delivery in a hospital, birth center, or home
  8. Decide on what to drink: Alcohol once a week or none at all. Quit caffeine cold turkey or just limit consumption.
  9. Exercise routine – if you are able to exercise. Otherwise setting a date to start again in the second trimester.
  10. Diet changes, if any at all.
  11. All natural remedies for nausea or medication.
  12. When and how you will announce the pregnancy
  13. Baby name – you think it’s easy but it isn’t. We had a boy and girl name picked out and still changed it once the baby was born. 
  14. Continue working or become a stay at home parent
  15. Journal or not to journal – most mom’s want some way to commemorate this life changing event. The decision comes in when you have to decide how you are going to track your changes; pictures, memory book, social media, etc.
  16. Crib, cradle, Co-sleep. Sleeping arrangements: Co-sleeping, allowing the baby to sleep in-room, or starting the baby out in a nursery from the very beginning.
  17. Whether or not to have testing done. There are so many tests now, glucose tests, screening tests, screening tests or amniocentesis to test for Down syndrome as well as other chromosomal abnormalities, genetic disorders, and neural tube defects. Believe it or not, all of these are optional and there are pros and cons to each.
  18. Doula or no doula.
  19. Baby moon, Staycation, or nothing at all.
  20. Baby shower or Diaper pounding
  21. Method for preventing stretch marks
  22. Childbirth class or not
  23. Permissible interventions. Making a baby plan is so essential. Not so much because care providers will read it, but so you can think through all of your options before the big day. That way you and your partner can advocate for your informed choices.
  24. How you will budget for a baby.
  25. How you will prepare your pets.
  26. How you will prepare your older children.
  27. Dental care. Will you continue using floride tooth paste, will you see the dentist, how will you avoid the increase of tooth decay that occurs with pregnancy?
  28. Postpartum recovery plan
  29. Baby registry items
  30. Maternity leave, paternity leave, extended break
  31. Childproof your home or making home improvements
  32. Breastfeeding or formula
  33. Fetal kicks counting  or no. I chose not to until the very end. It just added stress to an already apprehensive mama. As long as baby moved at regular intervals I called it good. 
  34. Additional classes: CPR, breastfeeding, hypnosis, etc. 
  35. Therapy or no: Sometimes you have unresolved issues you want to handle before becoming a parent.
  36. Pediatrician – Who, what, and where. Who are you looking for, what’s their practice philosophy. Where are you willing to travel. 
  37. Vaccinations, partial vaccinations, delayed vaccinations or no vaccinations
  38. Circumcision or no circumcision
  39. Nursery decor
  40. Preparations for the babies future; i.e. Life insurance or no, will or trust, college fund now or later. 

 

Resources:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-ultimate-pregnancy-to-do-list-third-trimester_10341209.bc

 

 

 

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Once nausea subsided from the first trimester, heartburn kicked in. I am having a hard time not relying the go to over-the-counter medicines for relief. Most contain sodium bicarbonate and magnesium trisilicate which really isn’t healthy for pregnant women.  The go to advice is to avoid acidic foods, eat smaller meals, and avoid eating before bed. But I already do all of that. The other day, I ordered tea at a cafe. There was nothing to eat there except pastries and bread. I’m trying to reduce my sugar and anyways, bread give me heartburn. I literally had nothing but tea and… (you guest it) heartburn. So what’s a gal to do?

Here are some natural suggestions for heartburn. I’ve also added whether they worked for me:

  • Water – Basically this is the cure for everything in life. Pregnancy makes the consumption of water both necessary and difficult for me. I drink my water best in large gulps throughout the day, except when you have a growing person inside and hormones raging, consuming anything in large amounts just doesn’t happen. I sip water all day, but apparently not enough to reduce the fire in my chest.

  • Raw apple cider vinegar

  • Fresh lemon in water- This made my heartburn feel worse in my opinion.

  • Ginger tea

  • Coconut water

  • Fennel seeds

  • Peppermint

  • Yogurt or Milk

  • High Enzyme Foods

  • Fermented foods

  • HCL & Pepsin

  • Bentonite Clay – Now this is an old remedy from the south. The fact that it sells in health food stores for $10/ ounce is ridiculous to me. Especially since poor black women have been using it for years, and its use is consider low-end and almost witch crafty or superstitious. But whatever, it really does work and is good for adding nutrients to the body.

  • Aloe Vera – This is the best solution I have found. It last longer than anything else. Before aloe vera, I literally had been sleeping at. 90-degree angle. Anything less cause severe burning in my chest. I have been hard to avoid prescriptions so I am glad I finally discovered the drink I enjoyed in Korea actually is useful for my pregnancy. 

  • Almonds

 

Resources:

https://www.mamanatural.com/pregnancy-heartburn/

http://www.myhealthtips.in/2014/04/natural-cures-for-heartburn-in-pregnant-women.html



{February 1, 2017}  

You know that time where life is happening so fast and all of its blog worthy but you can’t seem to keep up with it all? Yea, me too. The last six months have been a blur of blogable events and yet I haven’t really blogged. So I figured maybe if I just list everything that’s been going on then I can organize my thoughts and pump out some posts. So here we go:

  1. Husband and I developed a fertility diet for me after weeks of research based on some great books and blogs. 
  2. We found out we were pregnant after one cycle on the diet. Which was wonderful because we’d been trying for awhile and had received really distressing news from the doctor. I attribute a lot of this to faith in action. I had faith God would make a way, but I didn’t sit on my laurels either. 
  3. We celebrated a milestone birthday for hubby with a trip to Yellowstone National Park. It was amazing and we loved it. 
  4. Then I went about finding the right care provider by of course researching. Who would have know this sadity girl is crunchy when it comes to her baby. I wasn’t impressed with the apathetic or overly medical options I was being offered with traditional medicine so we picked a midwife. What! It’s actually becoming more common but mine is not associated with a hospital so for me that meant I could seek the care I want and not the treatments dictated to me. 
  5. I have had to do a lot of traveling for work and family in the last few months. Which has helped me come up with a pretty stellar travel “must haves” list for the pregnant woman. 
  6. I also switched my fertility diet and exercise routine to a prenatal one. I didn’t follow one particular plan but rather I took practice options from several to create a plan for a real pregnant person. You know one who is has a  below average fitness commitment and likes food (even if it does make her sick right now).
  7. I put together a registry early on based on great advice from my sister and mother, two vets in the game. It’s also gender neutral!
  8. I’ve resisted the new mom stereotype of everything must be new and instead opted for a Sadity Cents type nursery and baby preparation. 
  9. I’m prepping for taxes because organization and life don’t stop with a baby. 
  10. And of course cooking! I will say that’s fewer and far between because standing and smelling for too long just aren’t working right now. 
  11. As a bonus I figured out the man I married is awesome! And really is the best daddy-to-be. He’s consistently take on a number of chores and pampering techniques to make this a wonderful pregnancy. 

Follow the links, which I will add as I write the relevant posts. Said posts will be written in between naps, so please be patient. 🙂



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?

 

 



{February 26, 2016}   Healthy Body to Healthy Baby

Hubby and I are completing our first year of marriage soon. According to our plan that means trying for a baby. I’ve worked hard over the last few years to get healthy. While I’m not as skinny as I would like to be, I would venture that I’m definitely in better shape than I was when I could fit into a size 4 dress ( I just PR’d in Crossfit). However, could I be better? Always. I’m entering my 30s so why not be just a little more cautious and make sure I’m at my prime when I conceive.

In recent months I’ve been attempting to focus less on a dress size and more on getting my body prepared for baby. I tried to find articles that discussed steps to a healthy pregnancy, but instead most of them were very generic. My type-A personality likes an actual list. Most gave the very basic and generic advice,  ‘get your body healthy.’ Not very helpful…

I mean we all want to be healthy. But how do I actually take steps to achieve that health? What does that look like?  What health concerns should I focus on preventing? So I made my own list, specific to my issues by doing a little reverse engineering of sorts.

Here’s my thought process: Why do women want to be healthy for pregnancy? To avoid complications. So rather than the generic instruction of “get healthy,” I decided to specifically target the most common complication in my health efforts. Hopefully by tailoring my health regimen in this manner I will decrease my likelihood of developing complications and increase my overall health.

Here are the most common general health issues in a pregnancy:

  • Anemia
  • Back Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Bleeding gums
  • Constipation
  • Cramp
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Faintness
  • Feeling hot
  • Fibroid/ complications with uterine fibroids
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Itching
  • Leaking nipples
  • Morning sickness and nausea
  • Nosebleeds
  • Urinating a lot
  • Pelvic pain
  • Piles (haemorrhoids)
  • Skin and hair
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stretch marks
  • Swollen ankles, feet, fingers
  • Teeth and gums
  • Tiredness
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Varicose veins
  • Weight/ Excessive Weight Gain

 

The highlighted health issues are the one’s I’ve witnessed in my own family or I am personally concerned about.

  1. Anemia
  2. Backache
  3. Cramps
  4. Feeling Hot/ Hot Flashes
  5. Fibroids
  6. Headaches
  7. High Blood Pressure/ Pre-Eclampsia
  8. Itching
  9. Pelvic Pain
  10. Teeth and gum issues
  11. Excessive Weight Gain

My strategy is to develop a health plan that targets these issues with natural means of relief. If I make it a way of life now, hopefully it will reduce or eliminate my susceptibility to these health concerns in the future. Stay tune for the full plan!

Resources

http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pregcomplications.htm



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