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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  Sometimes, it seems like the only holiday that has been left relatively untouched by the overarching, plastic coated, consumerism that has slowly overtaken every other celebration. But Thanksgiving is still a holiday about a virtue – gratitude, thankfulness, noticing the good and being grateful for it.  What can be more wonderful than that?

Today I am grateful for so many things.

Birth  What other gift is more wonderful than this one?  The ability to grow closer together as a couple and as you welcome a bundle of pure innocence. 

Education  I am so grateful for the quick and easy access to knowledge that we have in this day and age.  I am especially grateful for the education that helped make all my birth experiences wonderful. 

Motherhood  It isn’t always easy, but every mom must admit that being a mother is simply amazing.  You spend the journey of motherhood thinking that you are giving and sacrificing only to one day wake up and realize that you have received more than you could ever give. 

Family  Family is what it is really all about, isn’t it?  Growing babies and raising children and being happy together.

May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with happiness, good food, friends and family and may we all be a little more grateful for the many gifts we have been given.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Sarah

 

 

Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

Pregnancy is a time when most every woman decides to start taking prenatal vitamins.  But there are so many choices out there.  How do you decide WHICH prenatal vitamin to take? 

Of course, you should consult your health care provider first.

Many woman prefer to take a prenatal that is whole food based and doesn’t upset their stomach.  Pregnant women need extra iron but sometimes iron supplements or prenatal vitamins with cheap iron in them cause nausea or abdominal discomfort.

Looking for a vitamin that has absorbable iron in it and is whole food based (rather than chemically manufactured) can help you find something that is easier on your body and more likely to be used .

Some other whole food supplements that pregnant women report improve their pregnancy well being include:

  • Brewers yeast- Brewers yeast can be purchased in bulk at your local health food store in flakes.  It tastes great on air popped popcorn with a little melted butter or olive oil.  It adds flavor, amino acids, protein, and B-vitamins.
  • Vitamin C Powder- Many pregnant women experience  symptoms during pregnancy such as varicose veins or bleeding gums that can be an indication of a vitamin C deficiency.  A good quality vitamin C  powder can be mixed into your morning orange juice right along with your  yeast supplement for a powerful morning start.
  • Blackstrap molasses- Unsulphered Blackstrap molasses is full of iron and potassium and can naturally increase your intake of these important vitamins in pregnancy.  It can be poured on top of cornbread or biscuits or mixed in milk instead of less healthful chocolate for a protein and vitamin rich snack. 

Eating well through pregnancy includes not just prenatal supplements but a nutritious diet rich in naturally occurring vitamins.

Where to Find a Doula for Your Birth

Doulas have proven to be a great way for the entire family to have a more wonderful birth experience.  A doula assists the mother and father to get the birth that they desire.  An experienced doula will feel comfortable doing everything from navigaing the procedures in the hospital to showing dad how to comfort mom. 

But how do you find the right doula for you?

A good first step is to ask your natural childbirth teacher.  She should be familiar with the local doulas in your area and can help you find someone who can best meet your needs.

Talking to other women in your community who have used a doula is another great way.  When it comes to your birth, the experience of another mother who has been where you are can be very helpful.

If you prefer or need to use the Internet to help in your doula search, Doulas.com is a great resource which has listings for doulas certified by various organizations.  You can also simply do an Internet search for doulas serving your area.

Taking the time to find a great doula is certainly worth it.  Both moms and dads report increased satisfaction with their birth and are more likely to achieve the natural birth they desire.

Protein in Pregnancy


Does protein matter in pregnancy?  Many women and care providers feel that it does.  Any body builder knows that to build a healthy body he or she must get adequate protein.  Some feel that the same is true for a woman building a baby body. 

Many women report that when they get adequate protein in pregnancy (about 80 or 90 grams) that they feel much better.  Some things that they report:  decreased nausea, increased energy, fewer or no headaches, less sugar cravings, healthy but not excessive weight gain, and much more.

But how do you get enough protein in pregnancy if you are used to only eating 30 or so grams a day?

Childbirth educators recommend the following to their students:

  • Snack healthy- Pregnant women get hungry often.  If you have healthy snacks with you at all times, then you are less likely to get junk from a vending machine.  Healthy nuts, trail mix, celery and nut butter, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, and dairy in any form are all ways that experienced mothers sneak protein into their everyday snacking.
  • Record your eating- Many people simply have no idea what they eat in a day.  Often a good birth class will incorporate a dietary journal into the curriculum because they know that how you eat while pregnant can impact the birth itself.  Start recording your food and your protein intake to see where you stand and what you need to work on.
  • Get your protein early in the day- Starting your day with a protein rich breakfast can make all the difference in the world to how you feel and how you eat for the rest of the day.  A boiled egg, a small bowl of oatmeal with some raw sunflower seeds and fresh berries and a small glass of milk is a healthy, tasty, and protein rich way to start your day.

Educating yourself about proper pregnancy protein intake can have an invaluable impact on your labor and birth.  You and your baby are worth it.

Thinking About Homebirth – Where to Begin

Are you thinking about a home birth but wondering how to get started?  Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling. 

First, decide what you are looking for in a midwife.  What things do you feel you will need at your birth in order to feel safe and happy?  What kind of skills do you want your midwife to bring to the table?

Second, start talking to birth professionals- Doulas, natural childbirth educators, and experienced mothers in your area may be able to help you find a midwife who fits with you and has the skills and personality that you would like present at your birth.  Once you get a good list of people, then start interviewing midwives.  After an initial phone interview, you may decide to meet in person.  Bringing your partner to this meeting may be a great idea.  You will both be around her during the birth and it is important that you both have a good relationship with her.

Third, begin educating yourself.  Choosing a home birth is just the beginning of your birth journey.  You will benefit from a comprehensive natural childbirth class that covers relaxation and helps prepare your partner to help you.  Reading books, especially those geared towards home birth, can help prepare your body and mind for the process.

Fourth, do everything possible to stay low risk and healthy so that you can get the birth you desire.  Proper nutrition, chiropractic care, exercise, and, of course, education make a huge difference in having the joyous home birth you dream of.

Home birth is growing more popular and can be a wonderful option for the prepared family.

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