My dh read all the pregnancy books I did and in fact with his scientific mind I felt very much at eaze on a medical front with him present and involved . Beacuse of who I am I tend to view pregnancy from the more spiritual instinctive angle ;-)
In regards to nutrition I had a few books I truely loved as I mentioned in my previous post . I used herbs as part of that nutrition before conception , pregnancy and during the breastfeeding yrs. herbs such as red raspberry & red clover to strengthen uterus , stinging nettle to provide vitK , false unicorn & lobelia to prevent miscarriage and many more . I also discovered nutritional yeast when reading Birth by Raven Lang 2 T of this has apparently as much protein in it as a chunk of meat . I am not one who enjoys the grassy tasting teas so I often dilute them with my fav juices . I also drink liquid chlorophyll
I also trust the internal instinct very very much as well. Holy spirit guiding , perhaps ;-) during my 3rd pregnancy we were on a limited budget and struggling very much . I began having odd cravings . One was chewing ice constantly . It became a concern to me so I asked my midwife . She told me often women who are in need of iron or other minerals crave ice . So I made an effort to eat more iron rich foods. Cook more in our cast iron pans and , yes craving gone ! The other craving I had drove me crazy for about a week because I could not quite figure it out . I was craving earth ! Chalk perhaps ? Then it came to me one day kitty litter ! No I was not craving cat litter lol . It was clay ! kitty litter had the same scent and in fact is just a type of dried out form of clay . I told my midwife that my mother said she'd bring me some clay from her place . My midwife said she saw no reason why I couldn't try it . My mother brought me the clay and I dried it and would eat small little pieces . I also thought perhaps this was a lack of minerals again so began supplmenting . I later when traveling in Guatelmala discovered that in the markets there they sell mini crosses made out of clay . These are not decorations they are in fact made for people to purchase and eat . I also read later of women in others countries who eat earth or clay while pregnant . There is also the thought I also know in western medicine that this is somehow a phsycological disfunction . Which I think western medicine tends to label when they cannot accpet instinctual , primative practices which may actually be good for us ;-) anyway I think a woman in tune with her body will always be the best source of knowledge . I think I was once again just ahead of my time here because clay is poping up in the natural health industry all over the place .
Physically keeping ones body healthy is a must as well . Take nice walks ,cross country ski , do yoga , basically if you've been doing it already continue your practice . I've a cousin who is a taekwondo instructor . She practiced this throughout her pregnancies now I am aware vigorous exercise is not reccommned and one may need to modify your regular routine it is not nessecary to stop altogether . I really enjoyed in my early yrs of motherhood being with other preganant women and perhaps you would like to try joining a group of like minded mums . I loved the prenatal exercises I learned while in lamaze class with my first pregnancy .
How about that body ! lets talk stretch marks ! I have a confession . I never had them . Nope , not after a pregnancy . I have a few now however due to wieght gain from the peri faze ;-) My wieght gain during pregancy never ever exceeded 27lbs so I truely feel that had a big impact on skin stretching . I never have been an over eater . Keeping ones meals and small healthy snacks in balance helps . I also must say I began in my first pregancy to oil my body . This was out of instinct too . I used olive oil or coconut oil . Just oiling myself once out of the tub or shower . I think the art of massage also helps our skin .Our biggest organ stay healthy . Know of course I oil myself also with infused oils which also help my body heal. I also of course was planning to breastfeed all my babies. I began preparing for this as well beforehand by putting pure lanolin on my nipples during pregnancy . I don't know if this helped but I think it does because I've a friend who breastfed and she suffered terrible sore breasts .She did nothing during her pregnancies regarding nutrition or breasts etc. she suffered terrible wieght gain , horrid stretch marks etc. We all have our choices .What is most important we have healthy babies and they are loved but we cannot deny our part in our health .If we suffer poorly we need to be honest about our choices in diet etc.
It is beautiful how all these aspects fit together is it not . I was thinking of the physical and the oil massage how it in fact helped my body so much during pregnancy but it also played a huge role in the spiritual . While pregnant with our second child I would often have my first born help give me massage during the pergnancy . We had been using infant massage since her birth and as she grew continued this practice . I can honestly say as she was a very active beautiful child .Massage was a wonderful way to help calm her spirit especially for naps ;-) While we planned for baby to arrive we'd sit together on our family bed during the evening . We'd often have our story time . Pull out a deck of cards and she would help me massage my belly . We'd talk about pregnancy , birth and baby . I beleive having all family members connect with baby during the pregnancy is a must .
When Darlene our midwife would visit my dd would always take a listen with the fetoscope . Relationship with ones midwife is so important . Darlene often would stay for up to two hrs chatting having tea. She was always a friend not just a midwife and a member of our community . Our children would often play with hers when she'd visit and we grew to know her dh as well .I feel so blessed that Our Lord gave us such beautiful friends whom we connected with via the homebirth community .
Ok lets talk nesting ! Who cannot love nesting ! Is this not one the most wonderful spiritual & emotional helps for pregy ladies ;-) Preparing for the birth is fun and serious at the same time . We purchase a few items for mum like pads , drinks , make popcicles etc. We stock up on dettol for sterlizing the tub . preparing for a birth is a personal thing . Your may want candles , music , a camera etc. Each and every expereince will be different . I like to have these items avaliable so that they are easy to access if need be . A great tip for a plastic sheet under your sheets for the birth is to use your shower curatin or a vynal table cloth you can by those super cheap at the dollar store . Of course I absolutely love to prepare the items for baby . making new cloth diapers , buying diaper covers . Finding those real metal diaper pins ;-) . I never purchase already made recieving blankets but make our own . I like them to be big so I can wrap baby up tightly . Also you can find such amazing beautiful flannel patterns out there . I always preferred the little flannel nighteies as well instead of a sleeper for a new born , especially until the cord has fallen off. Being a fan of flannel I also like to have a nice clean flannel sheet ready for our family bed after the birth .This is just warmer for the new babe ;-) Little cotton baby socks are a must as well as a little cotton cap . Do not forget to have a good bar of laundry soap handy for those first few new born poops !
A big part of preparing for the birth is to also keep in mind our families. How to keep those other siblings involved and entertained . Having a list for friends to help deliver supers or take kids out for playdates really helps . I also always try and have a new gift for each sibling to celebrate the official Birthday . One yr a dear friend dropped off craft baskets for our older children .I thought this was a wonderful thought and could keep little hands busy while mum napped etc. Having older children is such a blessing our last baby was and still is an early riser to this day . It was such a gift when our eldest ds then 13yo would offer to take the new baby downstairs for an hour while we continued to sleep . Our then 17yo dd played with her 5yo brother the whole time during my labour .
I do not wish to write more about birth right now as that is a whole other wonderful post on its own .I hope to help in someway women know pregnancy never was nor is a burden like the lie often given and portrayed by our society . It is truely not . It is a blessing and a gift . Many blessings and gifts are work , can be difficult etc. however never a negative or a bad thing . I hope I've helped to portray the posative & good , how this is a beautiful and natural part of life to be cherished a beautiful blessing .
Later For now I must go tend to two beautiful boys who wish to start super with thier Mum .