Posts Tagged ‘Pregnancy’

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Powerhouse Pregnancy Foods Your Doctor PROBABLY Forgot To Mention

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If you’re getting your advice on pregnancy nutrition from the likes of What To Expect When You’re Expecting or BabyCenter, you’ll hear advice like “choose extra-lean meat” or “replace ground beef with ground turkey.”  Or “Replace your whole milk with skim to reduce your saturated fat.”  Or “Reduce your salt intake to avoid swelling.” Or worse yet, “Instead of butter, pick margarine with oil or water listed as it’s first ingredient.”  (These are actual phrases I’ve found online today!)

The thing is, this advice could not be further from the truth.  And it’s certainly not the way traditional healthy cultures have ever eaten, especially during childbearing years.

Understanding how to eat during pregnancy goes far beyond the proverbial “eating for two.”  Your body is literally building a person!  A person primarily made up of protein and whose brain is primarily made up of cholesterol.  This little one is surrounded by amniotic fluid, which your body has to produce from somewhere.  In addition, this constantly growing person is being sustained by an organ–your placenta–your body created from scratch in the first trimester, will sustain the whole pregnancy and then discard when you are done!

To boil it down to it’s simplest terms, to grow a baby you need: Read More

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS: Boiled eggs topped with fish roe, salt and pepper.

If you’re getting your advice on pregnancy nutrition from the likes of What To Expect When You’re Expecting or BabyCenter, you’ll hear advice like “choose extra-lean meat” or “replace ground beef with ground turkey.”  Or “Replace your whole milk with skim to reduce your saturated fat.”  Or “Reduce your salt intake to avoid swelling.” Or […]

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The Pregnancy Rules

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(Obviously, I am not a doctor and I’m not recommending you go out and do risky things.  I believe in being healthy and eating right and avoiding drugs, and all that.  You can read my tongue-in-cheek approach to this, right?  This was written in the first trimester of my seventh pregnancy, in 2011.)

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Is it just me or does pregnancy seem so…..complicated?  It cannot have been this difficult for all of time.  There are so many things you are supposed to remember and do and eat and not eat.  Makes my head swim.

Do take prenatal vitamins.  Don’t eat soft cheese. For that matter don’t eat fish more than twice a week and never eat sushi.

Do exercise.  But, don’t bounce, sit in a hot tub, do leg lifts or lay on your back.  Not even while you are sleeping.  Also, don’t do anything that requires balance such as riding a bike, walking a balance beam or for me, walk up stairs.  While we’re at it, don’t wear high heals for the same reason.

Do keep having relations with your husband.  But, don’t do anything kinky.  Or during your last few weeks.  Or if you experience spotting.  And remember about the not lying on your back thing.

See your doctor regularly.  Like every couple weeks.  Take every test and give them whatever they ask for including your blood, urine, swabs and cultures of every kind, pictures of your baby, and hair samples if they ask.  Don’t even think about refusing a Group B Strep test or a glucose test.  And what?  You don’t want an ultrasound?  But, it’s protocol.

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Don’t take unnecessary medication while pregnant and certainly don’t drink–not even a sip of wine–for goodness’ sake!  But, be sure to get your vaccinations and flu shots.

Don’t have any dental work done that requires Novocaine.  It’s not safe for the baby.  But, if you’re in labor narcotic drugs administered by your OB team are completely safe.

Get fresh air and get out in nature.  But, if you build a campfire, don’t breath in the wood smoke.  Be very careful what you breath, in general.  If you have a cat, don’t change the litter box.  Since we are talking about air quality, travel to high altitudes only with caution while pregnant or your baby may be born too small.  (Those poor ladies who actually live at high altitudes….)

Other things on the no-no list are traveling to developing countries (again, never mind those who actually live and work in developing countries), take homeopathics, get acupuncture, gain more than 35 pounds, drink unpasteurized juice or milk, eat raw honey, or deli meats or pate (unless they are steaming hot).  The same geniuses also claim it’s completely safe to ingest artificial sweeteners.

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No matter how hard we try and no matter all of our good intentions, no pregnant women can possibly remember all the rules–especially since they seem to change all the time.  Some new discovery and all of sudden your favorite food or activity is off-limits.  Bummer.  Should have got pregnant last year; would have been considered safe.

I think each pregnant woman really should approach pregnancy–like she approaches all of life–with a healthy dose of common sense and a liberal amount of education.  I think an educated woman who knows the basics of health and wellness won’t be caught saying things like, “My doctor said I didn’t have to give up my diet soda and Twinkie habit.”  At the same time she won’t freak out, “I drank a glass of wine before I knew I was pregnant!  Oh no!”  And she won’t buy into things like “say no to drugs–unless you are in labor, load me up!”

Sarcasm aside, we all have cheated on the pregnancy rules.  Who wants to confess?  I’ll go first.

I eat soft cheeses, quite frequently actually.

I still eat seafood including sushi.

I still eat chocolate, drink tea and occasionally a little bit of coffee (like half the cup filled with milk and the rest coffee).

I have never had an ultrasound, a Group B Strep Test, or blood glucose test.

Now it’s your turn.  What was your indulgence?  What rules did you cheat?  ‘Fess up!  Feel free to remain anonymous in the comments. 😉

(Linked to Eco Kids, You’re Gonna Love It, Titus 2 Tuesday and Motivation Monday)

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(Obviously, I am not a doctor and I’m not recommending you go out and do risky things.  I believe in being healthy and eating right and avoiding drugs, and all that.  You can read my tongue-in-cheek approach to this, right?  This was written in the first trimester of my seventh pregnancy, in 2011.) Is it […]

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Top 10 Ways You Know You Are Near Your Due Date

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My daughter has a wicked sense of humor about putting up with me in these final few weeks.  ENJOY!

What are some of the ways you’ve known you’re in your third trimester?  Share your woes and advice here!  You’re among friends.

(Linked to Titus 2 Tuesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Hope In Every SeasonHearts For Home HopWise Woman Link-Up, Encourage One Another Link-Up, Babies and Beyond Link-Up, Small Footprint Friday,  One Sharendipity PlaceMotivation Monday, Creative HomeAcre Hop, Mostly Homemade Monday Manic Monday, and Pin It Monday Hop!)

My daughter has a wicked sense of humor about putting up with me in these final few weeks.  ENJOY! What are some of the ways you’ve known you’re in your third trimester?  Share your woes and advice here!  You’re among friends. (Linked to Titus 2 Tuesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Hope In Every Season, Hearts For Home Hop, Wise Woman […]

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Beautiful Bone Broth Benefits

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(I despise alliterations.  But the title really does fit.)

More than a year ago I decided to make bone broth a regular part of my family’s diet.  The more I learned about its restorative properties the more I just couldn’t resist!  So, for the past year I’ve been making bone broths of many kinds–beef, chicken, turkey, fish.  You name it.  If I had bones and “parts” (knuckles, joints, feet, innards) I was making broth.  Sometimes I incorporate it into soups, beans, gravies, etc.  Sometimes we all just drink a cup of broth for lunch along with some toast and pate or a cheese plate.

It made me feel good to feed this “miracle food” to my family.  When you drink a cup of homemade bone broth you feel genuinely nourished, not just fed.  Plus, for a dietary/lifestyle change it was EASY on the pocketbook!  I mean, sometimes bones are practically free.  You make a roast or cook a bird, you have the bones left!  If you buy a whole fish, you have all the most nutritious parts (head, tail, and bones) as leftovers!  May as well use them up rather than waste them!  When I went to buy bones, however, I noticed the butcher is practically giving them away!  I can get fish heads and tails, chicken feet, pig hooves, etc. and never pay more than 1.99 per pound.  That’s a LOT of nutritional bang for your buck! Read More

Wholesome bone broth

(I despise alliterations.  But the title really does fit.) More than a year ago I decided to make bone broth a regular part of my family’s diet.  The more I learned about its restorative properties the more I just couldn’t resist!  So, for the past year I’ve been making bone broths of many kinds–beef, chicken, turkey, fish. […]

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Natural Strategies for Anemia

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A reader asks:  I would like to know what could I do for low iron levels.  My iron is very low and I do not want to have a blood or iron transfusion.  I was wondering was there a healthy alternative along with believing God for his healing.

This is actually something I have personally battled for years.  My hemoglobin (that is the iron-containing portion of the red blood cells) is normally on the low side compared to the average.  When I’m pregnant it gets much  worse! Read More

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A reader asks:  I would like to know what could I do for low iron levels.  My iron is very low and I do not want to have a blood or iron transfusion.  I was wondering was there a healthy alternative along with believing God for his healing. This is actually something I have personally battled […]