I had a birth plan. A good one. But my daughter had a different plan. She won. Although I was initially disappointed that my birth plan didn’t happen, her plan was pretty awesome and was exactly what she needed. [Read more…]
Pregnancy comes with it’s own unique issues. Some are amazing and awesome, while some…..are not so great. Here is how I deal with some of the not so great parts of pregnancy. [Read more…]
This is my first pregnancy (my son was adopted). And I will admit that I had no idea how I would handle it. I am very happy to say that I love being pregnant! I am a little shocked that I am enjoying it as much as I do. Here are a few of my favorite pregnancy things that have made this process easier and more enjoyable for me. I am currently 30 weeks as I am writing this. [Read more…]
When I first found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to have as natural of a pregnancy and labor as possible. I had one appointment with my OB/GYN shortly after I became pregnant. She gave me her schedule of tests & procedures and I knew right away that that was not the kind of pregnancy I wanted. It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to use a midwife. And luckily for me, my husband was 100% supportive of that decision. [Read more…]
Probiotics and pregnancy: the many health benefits and what you need to know. Probiotics are one of my favorite health topics. Health begins in the gut and it begins with good bacteria called probiotics. It is especially important to have these good bacteria in your gut when you are pregnant. [Read more…]
From your first doctor visit to confirm that you are pregnant, you are bombarded with pamphlets, magazines, lists, and rules. Some of them I agree with. Some of them….I don’t. Here are a few of the rules I am breaking. [Read more…]
Ahhhh the many joys of pregnancy! Stretch marks is just one of them. While there are genetic factors, there are ways to help prevent stretch marks. The secret is skin elasticity. The more elastic your skin is, the less likely it is that you will have stretch marks. I am currently pregnant (see how I got pregnant in 1 cycle at the age of 34 here) and here is what I’m doing to increase my skin elasticity.
My husband and I were beyond shocked to find out that we were pregnant already. I mean, I’m 34 1/2 and the internet & doctors act like that’s ancient. They said “at that age,” it could take up to 2 years. And while I didn’t think it would take that long, I didn’t think it would take a matter of weeks. So here’s how it happened.