Archives for May 2015

Birth Quote #2: Faith over Fear

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Faith over fear.

I’ve dealt with a lot of anxiety in my life, and this saying can go with any stressful situation I might find myself in. Childbirth can be an especially fearful time. Perhaps it’s your first baby, and you’re afraid of the unknown — Will it hurt? How much? What is labor like? When will it occur? Perhaps you’re facing a repeat cesarean. Perhaps you’re going for that VBAC you badly wish for. Perhaps you had a picture perfect birth before, however that looks in your mind, but you’re worried about the outcome of this birth. We all have our anxieties, and mother’s especially have them over childbirth.

So remember to keep your faith in the process, your faith in the eventual outcome, your faith in nature and your body, over your fear. Fear has its place, but it should not hold you back.

Third Trimester SUPER Smoothie + The Truth About Dates

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Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite drinks I’ve been making lately.

I am nearly 37 weeks pregnant, and as the days wind down, I’m trying to prepare myself nutritionally for labor and delivery. One of the key foods I wanted to try this time around was dates. Have you heard about the magic of dates in late pregnancy? I hadn’t until after I gave birth to my daughter, but after learning about them, I knew I had to give them a shot.

What’s so great about dates?

Nutritionally, they are chock full of goodness for you and your growing baby. As a fruit, they have good, natural sugar. They provide protein, fiber, folate, iron, vitamin K, potassium AND magnesium, all in a small package. All of those help with baby development, as well as your postpartum recovery. Your daily prenatal will provide much of your vitamin needs, but it’s always best to get it straight from the source.

The greatest thing about dates, other than the nutritional factors, is their effect on labor. A 2011 study¬†found that “the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome.” They discovered that those who ate six dates a day starting at four weeks before their due date had significantly faster labors, less chance of oxytocin augmentation, more of a chance of spontaneous labor, more likely to have intact membranes, and they arrived at the hospital further dilated than those who did not eat the dates.

It just blows my mind! Why wouldn’t I want to eat dates if that could be my results as well?

However, eating six dates seemed a bit daunting, until I heard from a couple other mother’s to throw them in a smoothie. Well, I had been making smoothies almost daily anyway, so I figured it would be an easy addition… and it was! So here we go, weeks away from baby number two, and we will see the results.

Here is my Third Trimester SUPER Smoothie recipe:

6 Medjool dates (pitted)
1/2 banana
1 1/2 cups spinach
1 cup frozen peaches
Extras** (see below)
1 can pineapple juice
BLEND IT ALL AND ENJOY!!


What’s so great about the other ingredients?!

Dates: See above!

Banana: You get a good dose of potassium, along with all sorts of other vitamins. Bananas can help prevent cramping… especially in those legs!

Spinach: Get your iron in! Spinach is full of iron, which is a necessary vitamin to prevent anemia.

Peaches: The vitamin C in peaches will help the iron absorb more easily.

EXTRAS: The recipe above is the basic recipe, but I throw in a couple extras that you might not commonly find in your home. The first is a teaspoon of lemon-flavored cod liver oil, which is high in DHA, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, and so much more. It helps the brain develop and wards off illness. You can’t even taste it! The second addition is chia seeds. I do about a tablespoon of chia seeds in this recipe. These have plenty of B vitamins, protein, Omega-3’s, and so much more. Another flavorless addition that is sure to help your end-of-pregnancy nutrition!

ENJOY!

Birth Affirmation #1: You are beautifully & wonderfully made

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It’s a shame that many women are made to feel as though their bodies cannot and will not work the way they are made. If you’re feeling as though your body is failing you, please remind yourself of this quote. You are beautifully and wonderfully made.

Birth Quote #1: Your Cervix is not a Crystal Ball

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When was the last time your cervix predicted the future? Why do medical professionals rely on this as an indicator of impending birth, or progression during labor? What did your last cervical check tell you?

If you want to be checked, that is your choice. If you’d rather not be checked, whether it’s at 38 weeks or during labor, that is also your choice. Your body, your choice. Remember: You are the one in control during your pregnancy and birth!

Happy Mother’s Day

To all the moms – current, soon-to-be, and hopeful: I hope your day is magnificent.

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