pregnancy

My Favorite Holistic Pregnancy Resources

I started my pregnancy with the crunchiest of intentions. I was going to have the most healthy pregnancy and beautiful, easy birth where my baby basically swam out in the birthing tub and into my arms. Well, that didn't happen. 

But, let's not let all of my holistic pregnancy research go to waste! The business of giving birth and politics of pregnancy are confusing and hard to navigate for first time moms. Whether this is your first baby or maybe you've already had a baby and had a rough birth experience and are looking for something more, I've got you covered. 

From blog posts to podcasts and an online birth course, these are the best holistic pregnancy resources I found in my research. Which I did a lot of. 

Ina Mae's Guide To Childbirth (Book)
The Business of Being Born (Documentary - available on Netflix) 
Birth Baby & Life (Podcast)
Mommypotamus (Blog)
Mama Natural (Blog, Affirmation Cards & Birth Course)
GurlGoneGreen (Blog)
Interview with Suzi on Home Birth (Podcast)
Janny Organically Birth Plan (Blog)
Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth (Book)

 

For more pregnancy videos, check here.  

Maternity Ward Musings : My Water Broke At 24 Weeks Pregnant

When your water breaks, that means it's time to have your baby right? Not necessarily. 

Sometimes a woman's water can break as early as the first trimester. Sadly, in that case there is nothing a doctor can do. Past the 22 week mark, you and your baby might be able to be saved by extreme medical measures. While you know that Western Medicine isn't exactly my cup of tea, I am grateful for it right now. 

My water broke while on vacation across the country at 24 weeks pregnant. In this video, I'm sharing exactly what happened and how my first six days on hospital bed rest have been. 

I can't thank you enough for your kind words, prayers and contributions. It is truly mind blowing how generous you all are. I don't have the right words to thank you, but I wish I could send you each a thank you note.  

One thing I forgot to mention in this video is that there is no known cause for this happening. There's no way of predicting it. It's not related to any of my health issues. They say it's basically just bad luck. 

To stay on top of my day to day life in the hospital, be sure to follow me on instagram @laurasnaturallife. 

Bumpdate #2 - Non-Toxic Nursery Furniture, Eating My Placenta & Peeing My Pants

Well guys, I've made it over halfway! It's so weird how the time feels like it's going so slow, yet suddenly here I am. I still feel like baby is a long way away, but my pre-baby to-do list is immense. I'm sure she'll be here sooner than I think! 

Be sure to watch the video to hear how I've been feeling and answers to important viewer questions, like:

Am I going to eat my placenta? 

Am I worried about passing lyme onto my baby?

Have I found non-toxic nursery furniture? 

What resources have I been reading / watching? 

Any baby gear purchased? 

Click to view in youtube for links to any products mentioned. 

My First Trimester Bumpdate + First Trimester Survival Tips!

Welcome to my very first bumpdate! To hear all about my first trimester experience including finding out and the twelve (twelve!) pregnancy symptoms that I experienced, check out the top video. For my survival tips, scroll to the second. 

By now you've heard that my first trimester was neither glowing, magical or easy. Here are my 11 survival tips: 

1. The "everything is temporary" mindset. 

2. Eat every hour! 

3. Eat whatever it is that your body will allow. Even if it's totally gross and against all of your nutrition knowledge. If you're struggling with this, I recommend checking out this podcast.   

4. Stock up on all forms of ginger, mint and sour things to suck on to alleviate nausea. 

5. Get some labs done if you're suffering or need reassurance. My brutal nausea become tolerable overnight when I increased my dose of thyroid medication. I also requested an HCG blood level prior to my 8 week midwife appointment for reassurance. 

6. Get some comfortable sleep bras! Your boobs will thank you. 

7. Establish a nightly relaxation routine. 

8. Sleep a lot and don't feel bad about it! On the flip side, say active when you can. 

9. Research! I specifically found it productive and helpful to research birth, however, you might enjoy researching baby products instead. My favorite resources for pregnancy and birth research are Mama Natural, The Birth Baby & Life Podcast and The Business of Being Born Documentary. 

10. Put on your own oxygen mask first! This is the time where it's totally cool to be selfish and do the things that you really feel you need to do. 

11. Comfortable pants! You might be surprised to learn that your high waisted compression leggings get crazy tight right away, but you also won't be able to hold up maternity leggings without a legit bump. I just ran out to Marshall's and found a pair of regular black workout leggings in a size larger than normal and they're still working for me at 16 weeks.