(Yeah…sorry…I didn’t get that little bump I’ve seen some coaches get. I’m bursting that bubble lol)
As you know I have had an awesome pregnancy. I attribute it to nurturing and nourishing my body the year before I managed to fall pregnant. In doing so I was able to get my periods back (I was lucky if I got them twice a year!) and with herbal and dietary changes gained a stack more energy and my Psoriasis even cleared up.
As I enter my 34th week of pregnancy I find myself winding down, needing naps (because insomnia has been totally sucking), and in the past day discovering cankles and heart burn.
Yep. This baby is getting ready to meet us.
So today I thought I’d share with you some resources that have helped me as I have gone through pregnancy.
4 Pregnancy Resources to Get You Feeling Awesome!
Since my original gynaecologist turned out to be a giant twat, I decided to go the natural route. My gynaecologist at the time told me to ‘stop worrying. That I was still young and that girls like me would find it easy to fall pregnant.’ This was after I had tears streaming down my face after I had asked him if he could just tell me the course of action we would be going on as in the past I have had anxiety and depression and felt like it was coming back.
So I ended up doing some research and ended up at Paddington Clinic where I have been going for nearly two years. During this time we’ve cleared up my leaky gut, got my periods back and the Psoriasis that was all in my scalp and around my hairline cleared up.
Some herbs and supplements I took during this time were:
- Peony and Licorice (used to get my periods started).
- Metagenics Ovarianne (used to get my periods started).
- Metagenics Fish Oil
- Thorne Methylguard (to treat my MTHFR)
- Multivitamin (with activated B’s – as I needed this with my MTHFR)
- Ubiquinol Forte
- Metagenics Calm X (Magnesium. Good for stopping morning sickness in its tracks and for helping with sleep).
I’ll go through with you some time in more detail but just know these were amazing and helped me significantly.
Hands down best thing I have done in preparing for this baby. (Oh Naturopathy was awesome for preparing my body, hypnobirthing for preparing for the birthing and mindset).
The course I did was run by Melissa Spilsted. (I’ve also asked to interview her at some stage so stay tuned for that). She says that:
The ‘hypno’ part of ‘hypnobirthing’ refers to the hypnotherapy that we use during the program to release fears and condition ourselves to release endorphins at times during our birth. With the help of hypnotherapy, the birth of your baby can be a more calm and relaxed experience; one where you are in the driver’s seat, rather than feeling like a passenger. This is likely to reduce the need for interventions during your birthing. (Hynobirthing course details here).
As someone who has struggled with anxiety the whole birthing thing creeped me out. After doing this course I felt a lot more relaxed. I can honestly say I am looking forward to a great birth. The techniques used have already come in handy. Dave has used the light touch massage on me during some Braxton Hicks and it felt like all the pain (or as we like to call them in hypnobirthing: surges), just got swept away.
Well Adjusted Baby Book and Chiropractic Adjustments:
This book was written by Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani, a pediatric chiropractor. In the words of Dr Sarah Buckley ‘a warm, wise and comprehensive companion offering modern parents all the support and information they need to raise healthy and capable and very well adjusted children.’
I know a few of you probably think Chiro is quackery and that’s ok. All I know is a while ago when my big toe was really sore and the doctor kept saying I had gout and my instinct said otherwise, Chiropractic helped when I felt like I didn’t have any options. (By the way I actually had a heel spur that was effecting my toe. It was picked up by my chiro who got me to see a podiatrist and it’s been awesome ever since). Love this book because it educates you on a broad range of topics. I’ve had chiro done throughout pregnancy and Baby Braybrooke has turned down already. I’ve also had limited back pain as a result.
Metta Body Butter: This product is amazing. Natalie Sellars from Kindred Toxin Free Facials used it on me in a facial. It smells like vanillary goodness. I have used it all over my belly bump (and everywhere else for that matter) and that pregnancy itching you sometimes get, it stopped. With ingredients such as Shea Butter (fair trade of course), grapeseed oil, cocoa seed butter and coconut oil you are bound to be well moisturised.
You can also purchase Metta Body Butter here.
So those are just a handful of tips from me. What resources did you love during your pregnancy or even post birth? Share the post if you loved it and let’s get a conversation started. I’d love to hear from you. Also don’t forget there’s a bit of a competition going over on my Facebook page. It’s guess the gender and weight of the baby. Go on over, like the page if you haven’t already and have fun.