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Powerful Pregnancy (Leg cramps, restlessness, and morning sickness)

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I put an app on my phone so that the kids could track my pregnancy and the baby’s development. I had a hunch it would drive me crazy and occasionally angry. And it has. Every week I get the updates of how big the baby is and what organ is developing at that stage of gestation.  But then there is the section on what to expect.  It sort of goes like this, “This week in your pregnancy you will discover that your body hates you. You will be vomiting, cramping and bitchy. And the best news is there is nothing you can do help yourself feel better. Have a happy pregnancy!”

This is not my experience.  You see, I firmly believe that the fact that I conceived life, am carrying that life, can birth that life and then sustain that life through my breasts is a sign of my health and not a sign of disease. Pregnancy is not a sickness to be managed or cured. It is a powerful force of femininity. It is a reminder–every single day for 40+ weeks–that Satan was defeated through an act of femininity, an act of motherhood. **drop mic**

Pregnancy is powerful, ladies!  What our bodies are capable of is incredible! Mighty! Beautiful! And yes, it is challenging!  But, it does not have to be miserable!  Can we try to keep in mind that Jesus reversed the curse on the cross! Your husband doesn’t have to loathe going to work by the sweat of his brow every day, being tortured by the misery.  You don’t have to dread bringing forth new life by the sweat of your brow, drowning in misery. #rantover

After chatting it up on Facebook and Instagram with other expecting mommies, we decided to do a series of posts on common pregnancy complaints/symptoms and how to respond to them.  Let’s call it POWERFUL PREGNANCY!

Powerful Pregnancy

This is my belly in my 8th pregnancy. Photo credit: Cory Plowman Photography

{Here is where I insert the disclaimer. I am not a doctor. Not a midwife. Don’t play one on TV.  I am a childbirth educator and doula, but that is hardly an authority figure in your life. So, use your common sense. Nothing in this article or on this website is a substitute for professional medical advice and it is not the intent of Daja or Kristina to advise about your particular situation or health condition. Do your own research and own your own choices. You’re a grown-up.}

Let’s talk about three things I think can all have the same root cause: Leg cramps, restlessness, and morning sickness.

That right there is a trifecta of misery.  If you have ever been pistol whipped awake in the dead of night by one of your muscles cramping like no one’s business, you know what pain is.  And that constant restlessness, especially of the legs, that can keep you awake all night is horrible. And let’s not forget morning sickness, which is a serious misnomer.  It’s not morning, often. It’s morning, afternoon, evening and nighttime sickness. Icky.

These three things, although they manifest very differently, often have the same root cause: Magnesium deficiency.

According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition 68% of people suffer from magnesium deficiency.  There are over 300 biological functions that depend on magnesium.  So, it’s not something you can really afford to ignore–whether you’re pregnant or not!

Real Food Sources of Magnesium

  • Dark leafy greens (such as kale, chard, spinach)
  • Nuts and seeds (soaked and sprouted when possible!)
  • Avocado
  • Fish (are you wary about eating too much fish because of contaminants? Nourishing Our Children knocks that question out of the park with a well-sourced and excellent article. Read it here and the follow-up article here.)
  • Bone broth (from the bones of sustainably raised animals)
  • Bananas
  • Raw Dairy

Why are so many people deficient in magnesium, even if they eat a whole food “healthy” diet? The short answer is that our soil is depleted of many essential nutrients–magnesium among them–due to our industrial model of growing food. *cue very sad sigh*

Our human ancestors evolved in a world in which healthy drinking water came directly from streams, rivers, and lakes, rich in mineral content. The human body became reliant on obtaining a considerable proportion of its daily mineral needs from natural water sources.

Fast-forward to the twenty-first century. We obtain drinking water from a spigot or a plastic bottle. Pesticides and other chemicals seeping into the water supply have made everyone suspicious of water quality. As a result, municipal water-purification facilities have intensified their efforts to remove contaminants like lead, pesticide residues, and nitrates from drinking water. Unfortunately, these modern water-treatment methods also deplete drinking water of desirable minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Exacerbating this problem is that many Americans, distrustful of the purity and safety of municipally treated water, have added home water filters and purifiers that efficiently extract any remaining minerals from the water, thus converting “hard” into “soft” water. In fact, the manufacturers of these devices boast of their power to yield water free of “contaminants”—including minerals like magnesium. Thus, the magnesium content of the water that passes through most commercial filters is zero. (Source)

So, if a magnesium deficiency is at the root of the cramps, restlessness, and morning sickness and it’s difficult to get enough from the average diet, what is a pregnant mom to do?!  Here are some of the simple things we have used to address this concern and to have a happy pregnancy:

1. BONE BROTH

Back on that soap box, are we?!

Yep!  My own personal experience has convinced me of the effectiveness of a daily bone broth regiment.  You can read all about that on our post about bone broth.  Use the highest quality bones you can find.  Ask your local meat market or farmer’s market about grass-fed, pastured, free-range, and organic meats.

2. Raw Milk

Wait?! You drink raw milk while you’re pregnant?!

You better believe it!  In fact, we are not at all convinced about the safety of conventional milk purchased in the average grocery store.  But, we do trust raw organic pastured milk for local farms. Farms we can visit, check out, and we can look our farmers in the eye!  That’s the kind of accountability we like in our food system. (Chris Kresser does an excellent job of breaking down the raw milk question in a series of posts called Raw Milk Reality.)

3. Epsom Salt Soaks

Your skin is your largest organ and is like a huge sponge! It can absorb so much! (Which is one reason we should be cautious about what we put on our skin. Think about the ingredients in your shampoo, perfumes, make-up, etc.)  Especially in the first trimester of pregnancy when the queasy can set in, I take at least one (sometimes more) long Epsom Salt soak every day.  I put a couple cups of Epsom Salts in the tub and about as much water as I can to cover my growing belly.  Soak for about 30 minutes so that the mineral has a chance to really absorb. Use this time to relax and restore and for some positive meditations about your pregnancy and prayer time or Scripture memory.  Do not use this time to shave your legs or mess around on your phone or iPod.  Seriously, people. Seriously.

Don’t have a bathtub? Move. Just kidding. Try a daily foot soak!  This is also a very effective way to absorb magnesium and to pamper yourself!

4. Supplementation

There are a lot of supplements on the market. Unfortunately, if you don’t use them properly they just create expensive pee.  For example, magnesium must be in balance with other nutrients (mostly calcium and vitamin D) in order for you to absorb and utilize it.  When my students ask for a recommendation for a calcium supplement, I always recommend one that has a 2:1 ratio Calcium to Magnesium.  In addition to that, make sure you are taking in enough natural vitamin D–either from the sun or a safe source of fish oil. We like fermented cod liver oil.  (Concerned about the recent hullabaloo about fermented cod liver oil? We aren’t. We still take it every day. Read the Westin A. Price Foundations statement on FCLO here.)


Have a joyful and blessed pregnancy!  And leave us a comment with one of your pregnancy symptoms you’d like us to address!  Or tell us your best remedy for leg cramps, restlessness and morning sickness!

Lord Jesus, I lovingly pray for this sweet hope
that I keep within my womb.
You have granted me the immense gift
of a tiny little life,
living in my own life,
and I humbly thank you for choosing me
as an instrument of your love.
In this sweet waiting,
help me to live in a constant attitude
of self-surrender to your will.

Grant me a motherly heart that is pure,
steadfast and generous.
I hand over to you my own concerns;
any anxious fears that may come,
my own wishes for the little person
that I still have no knowledge of.
Grant that it may be born healthy in body,
keep far from it every peril to its soul.

Mary, you have known
the ineffable joy of a holy motherhood;
give me a heart that can transmit an ardent, living faith.
Sanctify my waiting,
bless this joyful hope that is in me,
grant that the fruit of my womb
may open out in virtue
and in holiness through your working
with that of your divine Son.

Amen

(source)

Powerful Pregnancy

{This post contains affiliate links. Clicking on or purchasing through affiliate links doesn’t cost you nothing, but a small commission goes to support this blog and the families who love to write it.} I put an app on my phone so that the kids could track my pregnancy and the baby’s development. I had a […]

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Launch of Something Beautiful

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Our good friend Rebecca is an AMAZING woman!  Having dealt with the long road of auto-immune disease she has fought valiantly for her life.  Not only fighting to survive but learning to thrive, taking back her life and finding joy in the midst of it all.  She is an inspiration and we are thrilled to help her announce the next step in her journey.

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RebeccaRebecca has created an original line of handcrafted lava stone, natural stone, and semi-precious stone essential oil diffusing jewelry. Each piece is handcrafted for essential oil lovers, life lovers, health seekers and Wild at heart souls. Rebecca shares,

I wanted to create something that encompassed my love of essential oils too, so each piece is also a mini diffuser so that you can experience all the benefits of aromatherapy!

How awesome is that?!  Not only do you get to wear something beautiful, you’ll get all the healthy benefits of diffusing essential oils to improve body, mind, and soul.

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We hope you’ll take the time to go check out this stunning line of jewelry!  As a bonus to making a purchase and supporting Rebecca you will also get to support additional worthy causes.  Each month Foodlaughterlove will pick a charity to donate a portion (10% +) of sales.

Congratulations Rebecca and Foodlaughterlove!

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Our good friend Rebecca is an AMAZING woman!  Having dealt with the long road of auto-immune disease she has fought valiantly for her life.  Not only fighting to survive but learning to thrive, taking back her life and finding joy in the midst of it all.  She is an inspiration and we are thrilled to […]

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The Maine Delay

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As many of our faithful readers know, my family has embarked on a great adventure. A big move from Urban to Rural. From West Coast to East Coast! We put all our eggs in one beautiful basket: a 19 acre farm in rural Maine! (See pictures of it here. And read the store of it here.)

Farm House in Maine

We have been immersing ourselves in all things farming. All winter we watched videos and documentaries about farming and animal husbandry. We’ve read everything our library has to offer and purchased all the Joel Salatin library. We’ve been having family meetings and planning our gardens, designing the remodels of our home. We were planning to leave Los Angeles by the end of March, getting the Maine before the ground had fully thawed so that we could hit the ground running with our plans.

The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps. Proverbs 16:9 Read More

Embracing Delays

As many of our faithful readers know, my family has embarked on a great adventure. A big move from Urban to Rural. From West Coast to East Coast! We put all our eggs in one beautiful basket: a 19 acre farm in rural Maine! (See pictures of it here. And read the store of it […]

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Benefits of Bone Broth

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It’s no secret that we love our bone broth! It has become a staple in our home and our magic bullet, so to speak.

Come to this very practical workshop and learn WHY we believe that bone broth is essential for every healthy family.  Learn HOW to make it, store it, use it and love it!  You can do this!

Bone broth is far more than just soup.  It’s the base for great cooking–soups, stews, sauces, gravies, grains, legumes, and on and on! Don’t miss this workshop!  Register early and save $$!

PLUS, you’ll get to take one 2 quarts of our homemade bone broth!!!


Benefits of Bone Broth

Benefits of Bone Broth

  It’s no secret that we love our bone broth! It has become a staple in our home and our magic bullet, so to speak. Come to this very practical workshop and learn WHY we believe that bone broth is essential for every healthy family.  Learn HOW to make it, store it, use it and […]

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Loving Yourself Well with Teas, Tonics, and Tinctures!

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One of our most popular workshops!  

 

Learn to care for yourself well, using all that God has provided for us–herbs, foods, oils, rest, and more! More than just a “how-to” class, we share a philosophy of abundant wellness that starts with you and spreads to your whole family!  Learn how to turn regular every day herbs and foods into powerhouses of healing, unlocking their restorative properties.  Learn how the practice of rest and silence can be practically incorporated into your regular routines.

 

You will get to take home some of our favorite remedies and a take-home packet jam-packed with practical resources and recipes.

Teas, Tonics and Tinctures

 

 

 

Teas, Tonics and Tinctures

    One of our most popular workshops!     Learn to care for yourself well, using all that God has provided for us–herbs, foods, oils, rest, and more! More than just a “how-to” class, we share a philosophy of abundant wellness that starts with you and spreads to your whole family!  Learn how to […]

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You Need More Provision Room In Your Life

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places!

The Provision Room www.theprovisionroom.com

FIND US ONLINE

We have a Facebook page where we share links and pictures and random quirkiness. Because that’s how we roll.

We have a new Instagram account, because sometimes there’s no other way to capture the essence of chalk covered babies, new shoes, recipes, and the occasionally deeply theological reflection.

We post YouTube videos.  Now you can maximize the time you waste watching weird videos on the internet!

We are also endlessly fascinating at the rate of 140 characters a TWEET! Come follow us!

Ever heard that if you liked it you should’ve put a pin on it? Follow us on Pinterest!

And if all that isn’t enough, make sure you subscribe to our RSS feed!

In The Kitchen

MEET WITH US IN PERSON!

We offer a variety of ways to connect with us in person!  We love meeting new people, sharing our love of home-centered living, and learning from lovely homemakers everywhere!

We offer the following classes:

  • Traditional Food (fermenting produce, kombucha and kefir, bone broth, etc.)
  • The basics of cooking and food prep
  • Cooking with children (Parent and child cooking class!)
  • Feminine Joy (turning “That time of the month” into a joyful expression of femininity and creativity!)

We also offer several retreats:

  • Daughters of the King (Weekend or One Day Events)
  • Embracing the Sabbath Rest (One Day and Half Day Events)
  • Food and Social Justice (Experience a local farm-to-table dinner and learn about food as social justice issue.)

Breathe Beautiful

CONTACT US

Contact us with questions, feedback, guest posting opportunities, or to schedule a special event!  theprovisionroom@gmail.com

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places! FIND US ONLINE […]

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Feminine Joy

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Feminine Joy[This is a private event. For information for hosting a workshop or retreat please contact us via email theprovisionroom@gmail.com]

What does it mean to be a woman? How does our physical body reveal the divine reality of God’s nature and our own uniqueness and dignity?

This beautiful one-day retreat explores those deeper questions as well as gives practical ways to support our bodies and souls in various stages of feminine development. (This includes herbs, nutrition, relaxation techniques and healing.)  We believe that being a woman is amazingly joyful!  It is something we should celebrate!!!

Feminine Joy

  [This is a private event. For information for hosting a workshop or retreat please contact us via email theprovisionroom@gmail.com] What does it mean to be a woman? How does our physical body reveal the divine reality of God’s nature and our own uniqueness and dignity? This beautiful one-day retreat explores those deeper questions as […]

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Loving Yourself Well ~ Teas, Tonics and Tinctures! Autumn Edition!

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Tonics Teas Tinctures Nov 13 2014

Tonics Teas Tinctures Nov 13 2014

One of our most popular workshops (and now book!) back at the Urban Homestead! Learn how to care for yourself and your family well–using beautiful natural and traditional methods! Say it with us: SELF-CARE IS NOT SELFISH! You deserve this relaxing time away, learning to love yourself well!

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What’s That Smell? (Dealing with body odor, naturally)

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[We’ve been writing and sharing a lot lately about raising our children into adulthood.  This post is part of that series. You can find all those posts here: Young Adults.]

I have been away from home for about a month.  And our diet has been….well, let’s just say, less than stellar.  No, we didn’t eat a bunch of Micky-D, but we did eat our fair share of junk.  We’ve just driven from Los Angeles to Maine, spent over two weeks working like mad, then drove back to Los Angeles.  So….there have been some chips, cookies, a few sodas, and other such things I’d rather not ‘fess up to.  To add insult to injury, we also haven’t been drinking our kombucha and kefir, eating our fermented veg or organ meats.  Let’s just sum it up to say it hasn’t been clean eating and there have been some nutritional deficiencies.

Guess where all this is leading? Body Odor. (Keepin’ it real, folks.  Just keepin’ it real.)

Body Odor

In our culture we have come to expect body odor as a non-negotiable.  We assume that every young person who hits puberty must start using antiperspirant and their parents better buy stock in the company, because they’ll be using a lot.  They must, as a matter of course, start showering more often, use cologne and generally do everything possible suppress that nasty-mustiness. Read More

Body Odor

[We’ve been writing and sharing a lot lately about raising our children into adulthood.  This post is part of that series. You can find all those posts here: Young Adults.] I have been away from home for about a month.  And our diet has been….well, let’s just say, less than stellar.  No, we didn’t eat […]

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Loving Yourself Well E-BOOK!

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One of the workshops we offer is called Loving Yourself Well.  It’s where we impart our hearts to women about taking care of themselves well–body, soul, and spirit.  We talk about natural healing, herbs, nourishing foods, sacred pauses, Sabbaths and shalom.  It’s beautiful and refreshing.  We sip tea and eat scones.  We laugh and share experiences and learn from one another.  But, we know that you all can’t make it to this workshop.  So, here’s what we’ve done–at the request of one of you!–condensed our 3 hour workshop into an e-book!

We want you to learn to love yourself well.  If Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, we think we should be pretty skilled at treating ourselves well!

Loving Yourself Well

This full-color 29 page ebook is jammed FULL of our best home remedies, tinctures, and tonics. Learn to build a foundation of wellness and joy in your life.  Learn what we do to honor our bodies and our souls.

What does a healthy routine look like?

What is Vintage Immune Support?

How can you improve your sleep and peace of mind?

What’s the difference between an infusion, a decoction, and a tincture?

Which herbs and essential oils are essential for daily use?

Loving Yourself Well Ebook!

Do you feel like using herbs, food, teas, and relaxation is a complicated world all its own?  Perhaps you just don’t know where to start.  Perhaps you already use natural remedies, but are looking for a handy reference, easy to use?  THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!  Handy, easy, mom-tested!  What makes this book different?  We believe in taking care of the whole person.  It’s not just a book of how to treat your ailments, but about how to live life to the fullest.

This book, normally priced $10, is available for 50% off THIS WEEK ONLY!  (GET IT HERE!)

AND you can enter to win a copy for FREE! Enter now!

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Loving Yourself Well Ebook!

This Giveaway Has Ended! One of the workshops we offer is called Loving Yourself Well.  It’s where we impart our hearts to women about taking care of themselves well–body, soul, and spirit.  We talk about natural healing, herbs, nourishing foods, sacred pauses, Sabbaths and shalom.  It’s beautiful and refreshing.  We sip tea and eat scones. […]