Whether you are planning on conceiving or already know you are pregnant, here you will find the top 9 things I wish someone had told me including financial planning with baby, nutrition during the trimesters, avoiding nausea, edema, and other undesirable side affects commonly associated with pregnancy, and setting you up for your ideal birth experience to mention a few.
The birth experience of my daughter in 2005 fell perfectly into the traditional pregnancy stereotype. I was sick nearly the entire pregnancy, the fluid levels in my amniotic sac were low, she was breech, via ultrasound they were concerned about her size… So they took her out early via C-section, which was 40% of all births that year. I felt manipulated, scared, unsure, and vulnerable. No one should feel this way when welcoming their newest addition.
Every family should be educated, and empowered about the birth of their baby. With few resources in the niche I teamed up with numerous experts and created A Course in Pregnancy Miracles; Empowering you with the ability to make decisions based on facts, giving you options, so you can have a positive pregnancy and delivery.
1. Know Your Insurance Details
Most people have a “idea” about what their insurance covers but don’t know exactly. This leaves them vulnerable to pay for services out of pocket, opting out of services they wanted but couldn’t afford, and ultimately feeling deflated and frustrated.
Knowledge is power, especially with pregnancy and birthing. You have options, sometimes you may have to make special requests to receive the benefits, and these requests can take months to process. Planning ahead will keep you sane during what can be a frustrating time.
Knowing exactly what is covered will give you power and peace of mind. Do you need to modify your policy for the year to lower your deductible, get more coverage? Here are a few important items to research with insurance:
- In Network Coverage vs Out of Network Coverage
- In Network Detectible vs Out of Network Detectible
- Chiropractic Coverage
- Acupuncture Coverage
- Midwife Coverage
- Home Birth Options
- Breastpump Coverage
- Post Pregnancy Baby Coverage
Get specific with each and every detail, many times the representative on the phone is not fully educated and simply reading. Clients end up with misinformation. Print your plan details, highlight anything and everything associated with maternity care. You need to know about this. Find a third party medical biller, they can submit requests for you, work with your insurance, and help you decode your plan.
It is estimated around 50% of pregnant mama’s change or want to change care givers during pregnancy due to dissatisfaction of care being received. Knowing your rights will make this change easier if you should want to change. This is your birth experience. If you are not comfortable or confident with your delivery options you can change health providers at any time!!
2. Create Your Birth Plan
Start researching your birth plan. Hospital birth, birthing center, home birth. This is your birth, you get to make it however you want. You have options. There is no right or wrong way to birth your baby. Here are the 3 most popular options with some facts that go along with them.
Pros: Peace of mind that if you happen to need emergency surgery you are in the perfect place! Some people simply feel more comfortable at a hospital. It is your birth, go where you will feel the best.
Cons: Approximately 30-50% of hospital deliveries have unnecessary interventions and birth procedures preformed without consent that go against the desires of the family resulting in negative birth experiences, complications, and surgeries (with a lifetime of side affects).
Pros: The “happy medium” between a hospital and home birth. For people not fully comfortable with a home birth, but also not wanting a hospital birth. You know your birth team and will have a thorough birth plan that will be respected and honored.
Cons: You are not in the comfort of your home. You will have to drive to the facility and stay for an undetermined amount of time. If there is a complication, you will need to be transferred to a hospital (less then 10%).
Pros: You are in the comfort of your home. Evidence based birth studies show mothers who deliver at home have quicker, easier, more positive birth experiences including: no tearing, less pain, healthier babies (due to of lack of unnecessary hospital interventions).
Cons: Every state has different guidelines around home births and what health practitioners can and can’t do, sometimes making it frustrating depending on the state you live in. But, there are always solutions, which is why you need to do your research early. If you have a complication you will need to be transferred to the hospital.
Not sure if you want or need a doula? Regardless of what type of location you may choose for you birth you may want to hire a Doula. Doula’s are frequently used in home births simply because families are more educated or work in the health niche, but doulas are best utilized in a hospital setting where they can support birth plans (the highest risk of interventions and negative experiences occur).
Interview several doulas, ask what they do, why you would want one (they are all a bit different). I didn’t think I wanted one, I interviewed four anyway. When we met Robin we knew instantly she would be joining us for our special day, and even better she was a birth photographer. Her prices were more then triple of some of the other doulas and photographers we interviewed, but this event is happening once, and I wanted it to feel right. I wanted to be supported, comfortable, and love the pictures.
Doulas and photographers are never covered by insurance which is why financially planning ahead of time really helps. The ones we interviewed ranged from $600 t0 $2,500. Regardless of your budget you can make this a possibility if you want to. If finances are tight find a doula who has recently graduated and looking to build her client base, referrals, and testimonies. Many doulas take payments too, you just have to ask, and plan ahead!
3. Nutritional Support
It is estimated that 90% of Americans today have some form of hormone imbalances unknowingly from the foods they consume or the birth control they have used at some point. Fertility challenges are most commonly associated with hormone imbalances, which can be easily supported with proper diet. Do you know what foods balance hormones? Or what foods wreck havoc on them?
During pregnancy and delivery (whether vaginally or cesarean) our bodies go through the most challenging physical demands ever. We have a person living inside of us… Pregnancy is extremely demanding on all of our organ functions and eating the right nutrients will support your body’s health, your baby’s health, to create the easiest and safest delivery possible.
Just eat real food. Quality, unprocessed, unpasteurized, unmodified, real food. This means consuming meats, fruits, and veggies. It is really, really simple, and should be really, really easy. Eliminate gluten (gluten is inflammatory to our system, some people have obvious side affects, while others are being silently attacked and won’t notice health ailments till further down the road).
Even these basic foods need to be bought in high quality: Avoid GMO’s and factory farmed foods. A GMO product means several possibilities: One; it is genetically modified (this is not natural) it is a “frakenfood”. Frakenfoods have altered cells, altered DNA, this is not what you want to be supplementing your baby as it’s cells are being created and growing. Two; some of the genetic modifications are created to destroy the stomach of bugs that consume it (it also severely damages human guts as well), some of the genetic modifications allow the plant to be dosed in Roundup (a known carcinogen, toxin, and poison). Many studies have found these exact poisons in fetal cells, so yes, everything you consume gets passed along to your baby.
Factory farmed foods: Factory farmed animals are given steroids and grains. These are used to fatten them up quickly, they grow at an accelerated rate, not in intelligence, or health, just fatty oversized growth. Babies used to be 5-8 lbs, now many are averaging up to 10 lbs in the United States with many birth complications, and c-section rates skyrocket. Babies should not be given steroids, this should be really simple. You don’t want a super sized baby right? Source Grassfed, and grass finished beef (our favorite is Butcher Box). Source Pastured Pork (our favorite is Cook Pigs). You can find local farms, farmers markets, or quality health stores.
Both fast foods and chain restaurants source and serve low quality foods you want to avoid. Eat at home, plan ahead, pack food for outings. You will always be able to nourish your body best when choosing to cook for yourself, plus you can save money!!
Fats are absolutely critical for our health. They are full of nutrients, and help balance our hormones. They are a major source of energy, which you’ll need a lot of while pregnancy. But not all fats are created equal, you can read an in depth article I wrote how Good Fats are Phat.
Prenatal vitamins are important, and most people know this, but they don’t know why one prenatal vitamin is a better choice over another. The first place to start is looking into quality sourcing. Do you know the difference between Folic Acid, and Folate. Do you know what is better and why? Folate is the naturally occurring Vitamin B that has been proven to support fetus health and brain development. Folic Acid is the genetically engineered in a laboratory modification (so companies could make larger profits) copycat of Folate. It has been linked to multiple undesirable birth “defects”. Two quality prenatal are Ortho Molecular Prenatal Vitamins and Garden of Life Prenatal Vitamins.
Other great supplements during pregnancy are Collagen, which is good for skin, bone, and brain health. You can read Why You Need Collagen Protein Powder here. Liver supplements are incredible beneficial in the third trimester where most women become anemic. Liver is nature’s most concentrated source of Vitamin A and is a vital nutrient with an abundant amount of micronutrients including B12, Copper, Folate, Choline, and Hyaluronic Acid, this natural whole nutrition plays a vital role in the body, ensuring healthy skin and hair, strong bones, collagen synthesis, and a healthy immune function. My favorite liver supplement company is Vital Proteins, but you can also source grass-fed/grassfed beef liver and dice into small pieces to put in smoothies or swallow like pills.
You should also looking Vitamin E, Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, and Dates during pregnancy 🙂
We are made up of about 72% water and 28% mineral salts and organic material (like bacteria, proteins and fatty acids.) Some water is held inside the cells of our bodies, and some water is existing outside of our cells.
Your good health depends on a delicate balance between the volume of these two bodies of water, and this balance is achieved by salt—natural, unrefined mineral salts. Any imbalance can result in edema, dehydration, and inefficiently operating organs.
Salt a natural mineral required for several important function elements of our system, but not all salt is created equal. Iodized salt (commonly called table salt) and salts found in highly-processed foods can be toxic for our bodies.
Every cell in our body needs salt, natural, real, unaltered salt. Our bodies rely on salt to keep good bone density, proper circulation, stabilized blood sugar levels, and healthy hormones. All super important functions to have a healthy pregnancy.
“Table Salt” is a manufactured form of natural salt. While similar to naturally occurring rock, crystal, or sea salt, table salt merely mimics the taste of these elements, lacking all the nutritional benefits. It is created by taking natural salt and cooking it at 1200° Fahrenheit.
These highly processed “salts” have synthetic chemicals added to them including sodium solo-co-aluminate, iodide, sodium bicarbonate, fluoride, anti-caking agents, toxic amounts of potassium iodide, aluminum derivatives, synthetic forms of iodine, MSG (mono-sodium-glutamate) and bleach (naturally occurring salt is not white). “Normal” side effects include constipation, liver damage, kidney disease, and associated in studies to Alzheimer’s disease.
Instead, choose a natural sea salt, black salt, red salt, Himalayan salt, and Celtic salts, which are organically harvested and dried in the sun. Naturally occurring salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body.
Benefits of naturally occurring salt:
Increases Nutrition absorption
Promoting pH balance in cells and the brain
Balanced blood sugar levels
Reduces edema and supports proper blood circulation
Increase bone strength
Healthy sinus and respiratory functions
Kidney and gall bladder health
Heart and blood vessel health
4. Eliminating Nausea, Edema, and Other Undesirables That Are “common” in Pregnancy
Castor Oil Pack:
Castor Oil has been used for it’s medicinal benefits dating back to ancient Egypt. It is commonly used and promoted by doctors for fertility, liver health, detoxing, constipation, and immune support.
Unlike other “detox” methods, castor oil does not have negative side effects and the there are many accounts of people who noticed immediate better sleep, more energy and clearing of skin symptoms.
The castor oil pack may be placed differently on the body to accomplish various results. The castor oil pack may be placed over the lower abdomen to improve circulation and detox your reproductive organs for fertility, over the liver for detoxing and supporting lymphatic flow, or over the belly for immune boosting.
The idea is to keep castor oil on a piece of cloth on the skin for at least an hour with a heat source to stimulate the circulatory system. You may choose to only use it twice a month, or everyday for a week. It is gentle and absorbed through the skin. Never ingest castor oil.
The 3 organs and systems that are primarily benefited by castor oil packs are:
The Lymphatic system: responsible for removing waste from cells in our body, the lymphatic system, relies on movement through exercise, as it doesn’t have a pump like the circulatory system. This is one reason a sedentary lifestyle leads to illness. Castor oil packs are another way to stimulate the lymphatic system, helping cleanse the reproductive organs and promote healing of damaged tissues where the pack is applied. When the lymphatic system is not properly functioning we experience edema in our body, a common yet unnecessary symptom in pregnancy.
The Circulatory System: castor oil packs promote circulation bringing fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood to the reproductive organs. Healthy circulation promotes healing, scar tissue repair and breakdown of old adhesions.
The Liver: your liver removes congestion, toxins, excess hormones, drugs, and other unhealthy cells from our system. Keeping these toxins and congestion and can lead to hormonal imbalances which may impair fertility. Castor oil packs can help detoxify the liver.
Benefits of castor oil packs:
Reduces or eliminates nausea
Relieves arthritis symptoms
Stimulates lymphatic system
Improved immune system
Reduced or eliminates headaches
Helps intestinal challenges
Supports healthy liver function
To improve immune system apply castor oil pack to the abdominal region. Studies have shown a significant increase in lymphocytes, which are your immune systems disease-fighting cells. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. (Also look into dry brushing and lymphatic massage to stimulate your lymphatic system).
As with everything else, you must be careful about your source of castor oil. Much of the oil currently sold in stores is derived from castor seeds that have been heavily sprayed with pesticides, solvent-extracted
If you are on bed rest because your are at a heightened risk for pre-term labor do no use castor oil. It has been known to stimulate birth (when the body is ready).
* If you do the castor oil pack and feel ill afterwards, your body is probably extremely toxic, and the toxins are now being flushed out of your system. Do the castor oils packs again everyday till you are not sick. Cut down on the time until you are feeling better, only 15-30 minutes increasing time as you feel better.
Vitamin B12 injections:
Nausea during pregnancy is primarily due to the influx of hormones stressing the liver, causing congestion and improper functioning. The liver removes toxins from our system, naturally if it’s not properly functioning you are not going to feel well. Vitamin B12 plays a critical role in red blood cell production, liver regeneration, and is associated with neural and cognitive functioning.
B12 is a naturally occurring vitamin found in animal products such as meat, eggs, and dairy. Vegans and Vegetarians are often times deficient in vitamin B12 and need to supplement. All prenatal vitamins include B12 although many pregnant women remain deficient.
Most people have heard it’s important to take Folate (Folic Acid) while pregnant to prevent birth defects. Folate is a B vitamin. Someone with severe vitamin B12 deficiency may have disastrous consequences in pregnancy. It may increase the risk of miscarriage and preterm birth or may cause neural tube defects in the unborn baby.
There are no negative side affects associated with excessive amounts vitamin B12 therefore it is safe during pregnancy, and in fact if the mother is deficient, it may be riskier to not get the injections.
Benefits of vitamin B12:
- Improved sleep
- Improved immune system
- Improved liver function
- Boosts fertility
- Balances hormones
- Increases sperm health and count
- Lowers miscarriages
- Eliminates nausea in pregnancy
- Supports healthy blood flow
Epsom Salt Bath:
Epsom salt is a crystalized form of magnesium and sulfate, two naturally occurring minerals. They are both easily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an perfect way to enjoy health benefits. Magnesium is know for regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes in our body and reduces inflammation. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, ease migraine headaches, and maintaining ideal fluid levels in the amniotic sac (especially important should they fall low).
Some benefits of Epsom Salt Baths:
- Eases stress and relaxes the body
- Relieves pain and muscle cramps
- Supports muscles and nerves function properly
- Prevents hardening of arteries and blood clots
- Makes insulin more effective
- Relieves constipation
- Promotes quality sleep
- Eliminates toxins from the body
I recommended fully benefiting from these baths by doing them daily before bed for 1-1 ½ hours with a few drops of Lavender essential oil added to the water. Make this your ritual, a time to decompress, love your body, connect with your baby. This is a time of self love, you deserve it, daily. Buy in bulk, I like Amazon.
Acupuncture is a healing art that originated in China thousands of years ago. Traditional Chinese medicine views the body as two opposing forces, yin and yang. When an imbalance occurs between the two, it blocks what Chinese medicine refers to as qi (pronounced CHEE), or the flow of vital energy along internal pathways (known as meridians) in our bodies. During acupuncture, a practitioner inserts hair-thin needles through the skin at points along the meridians to correct imbalances and restore health.
Many people credit acupuncture for easing a wide range of pregnancy symptoms including:
- Decreases morning sickness
- Increases circulation
- Diminishes lower back and pelvic pain
- Decreases depression
- Reduces edema
- Feeling more relaxed
- Increases energy
- Relives headaches
- Improves sleep
- Reduces acid reflux
- Reduces hemorrhoids
- Supportive in turning a breech baby into heads down position
- Can naturally induces labor (if specifically desired)
- Reduces labor pain
- Boosts immune system (mother and baby)
- Decreases chance of miscarriage
- Increases blood flow to the uterus (nourishes baby)
- Increases kidney and liver functions
- Increase milk production
The primary benefit to the moms is making the pregnancy more enjoyable. By calming the sympathetic nervous system mom feels relaxed which benefits the baby as well. It increases your chances of delivering on time without medications, inducing labor and rotating breech babies. The benefits continue after baby arrives; helping mom recovery quickly with less complications, and boosted immune system for baby.
Choose an acupuncturist wisely. Make sure your therapist has extensive experience dealing with pregnant women.
Chiropractic health is the maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.
Several benefits to chiropractic care prior to pregnancy include regular menstrual cycle, optimal uterine function, restoring proper nerve supple to reproductive organs, and prepares the body to be strong, supple, and as balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy.
Many women seek chiropractic care to relieve neck or back pain that can result from weight gain and altered biomechanics during pregnancy. But even if you’re not in pain, you can benefit from visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractic care during pregnancy maintains, and can even improve, balance and alignment in your spine and pelvis. According to recent studies, Chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy including increased comfort during the third trimester, optimal birthing position, quicker and easier delivery, with reduced need for pain medications and birth complications.
The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy:
More comfortable pregnancy and delivery
Reduced need for pain medicine
Faster than average labor time
Back pain relief
Significantly less likelihood of back labor
Significantly reduced utilization of epidurals, forceps, vacuum extraction, episiotomies, and cesarean sections
Reduced rates of postpartum depression
With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for difficult labor and, therefore, results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
Should a baby present itself breech, qualified pregnancy specialized chiropractors average an 82% success rate of turning babies head down with specific techniques. As with anything, it is always better to be pro-active then reactive so start seeing a specialized chiropractor early in your pregnancy, if not before you start trying. When selecting a chiropractor make sure they have specialized training in pregnancy, it is different then traditional chiropractic.
5. Financial Planning
10 months may seem really far off, but the time will pass quickly, and babies are expensive (but only initially, and with planning can be affordable). If you start setting money aside and buying necessities now, it won’t feel like a financial burden later. Create a baby bank (like a piggy bank) on your counter, something you walk by everyday, it can be a simple mason jar, and put money in it frequently. It doesn’t need to be a lot $5 or $10 or $50 here and there really adds up.
Things you’ll want to purchase:
- Crib: The 3-in-1 convertible cribs are often times less then $600. We were financially tight when having Cheyenne and bought a used crib for $75. Babies don’t need fancy, they need functional and safe.
- Dresser: I don’t recommend baby dressers that come with a changing table built in as it limits the time usage for the dresser, buy a real dresser your baby can use for many years so you’re not re-buying items unessarily
- Rocker: You’ll use this a lot the first 6 months, and as your baby develops healthy sleep patterns, you’ll end up using it less and less. This is more a gift for you then for them.
- Car Seat: Buy new. Research safety. This is important. Know how to install and use properly. Car seat quality and proper usage is commonly overlooked and no one plans on an accident, this will save your childs life.
- Covered Goods: One of my favorite multi purpose items, it can be used to cover your baby and protect them from germs, people, light and sound (when sleeping) when they are in the car seat, privacy during breastfeeding, or as a shopping cart germ barrier. Super affordable with many long term uses.
- Room Decor: Obviously so much fun!!! Etsy is my favorite for bedding, teethers, clothes, and miscellaneous fun.
- Baby Wearing: You’ll definitely love having the freedom to move your arms and accomplish tasks especially when your baby is wanting to be close. My two favorite options are Solly Baby Wraps and Onya Baby
- Clothes: Babies grow so fast!! It’s annoying to hear, but true. My daughter didn’t wear nearly 1/2 of her clothes from newborn to 9 months so you don’t need very much. When they are little they need a few onesies and thats it.
- Diapers: Yes!! OMG, start loading up on these now if you’re going with disposable, they are expensive. Or look into alternatives like cloth diapers, cloth diaper services (so you don’t have to handle the poo!) My favorite is diaper company is a a hybrid between cloth and disposable called G-Diapers.
- Baby Swing: You definitely want a swing. My favorite is the 4moms MamaRoo, it’s pricey but you can find them used or save for it. This will give you free time, sleep, and allow your baby healthy time with themselves
- Baby bouncer: Not everyone buys these, but Cheyenne didn’t always want the motion of the swing, sometime she wanted the bouncer. Definitely worth the investment for us.
- Boppy: Everyone has a Boppy, right? Used for breastfeeding, belly time, and when baby is learning to sit up.
- Baby Bathtub: Because trying to bathe a baby in a large tub or a basic sink is more comical then productive.
- Changing pad: Optional, and nice to have. These and many other items for babies are desirable, and if you can financially buy it, do. But if finances are tight, many baby items are wants and not needs, skip these “wants” items to invest in higher quality food during your pregnancy.
6. Baby Shower
One of the biggest mistakes people make is having their baby shower late in their pregnancy. This seems to be normal, and leaves families stressed and unprepared buy essentials at the last minute especially if baby surprises everyone and comes early. Planning your shower early will give you time to buy anything you didn’t receive. I recommend anytime between 27 and 30 weeks is great!! You’ll have an adorable bump, know exactly what you want, and still have plenty of time to finalize anything you don’t get at the shower.
Waiting till the very end of the pregnancy to have your shower may leave you buying a lot of itmes at the last minute which can feel energetically and financially draining. Estimated due dates are 40 weeks as an average, as babies arrive between 38-42 weeks traditionally. Having your shower at 30 weeks still only leaves you 2 months, to prepare, and I promise it will go buy quickly.
The last month of your pregnancy you should be relaxing, excited about the upcoming birth day, not stressed about getting everything ready or bought. I know too many women who had their babies unexpectedly early and were extremely stressed because they did not feel ready. They thought they had more time. Get everything handled by 35 weeks.
For both Cheyenne and Branson I registered at Babies R Us, and it was a mistake. They are dysfunctional, unorganized, and overpriced. If you want to register with a big store BuyBuyBaby is much more organized and user friendly. We also registered with Amazon and they were amazing!! Best prices, quick deliver, easy returns (because it happens), and user friendly for friends and family looking to give.
I would also create a special Pinterest board with desired items off Etsy, but I’m a huge Etsy fan, I love unique items. There would take some thought into the Etsy/Pinterest board as items are not returnable so whomever is hosting your baby shower would need to remove items as they were bought so your don’t receive duplicates, but 1/2 of the stuff we bought for Branson was off Etsy because it was a healthier option (like teethers and toys) or I loved the custom decor, clothes, and bedding.
7. Books and Movies
- The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell (Providing a foundation of nutritional approach that will nourish both mother and baby).
- How To Conceive Naturally And Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30 by Christa Orecchio (The comprehensive guide to healthy conception, pregnancy, and postpartum).
- Ina May’s Chide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (Everything you need to know to have the best birth experience for you, whether in a hospital, birthing center, or the comfort of home).
- The Baby Book by William Sears MD (Everything you need to know about your baby from birth to age two).
- Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth by Jolene Brighten ND (The new moms guide to navigating the fourth trimester).
- The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman (Information to help moms and dads meet their children’s deepest emotional needs).
- The Business of Being Born by Abbey Epstein (you may also be able to find this on Netflix)
8. Creating your Positive Mindset
Absolutely everything starts in our mind, as a seed planted, and what we “feed” grows into our results. There is much negativity around birth that is simply untrue. People in society seems to enjoy jumping on the bandwagon of “mine was so much worse then yours” or “(fill in the blank) was so awful… (let me tell you about it)”.
Pregnancy and birth in America has lot nearly all of its beauty and traditional values, with the majority of women scared, uneducated, unempowered, with negative birth experiences. It doesn’t need to be this way. Remove your self from negativity; from negative people, situations, conversations.
You are free to kindly ask people to not share their “horror” stories. You are simply keeping a positive mindset and being fully prepared by the experts you have chosen to work with. Everyone should easily respect this simple and straightforward request.
I have a background in neuro science and the mind-body connection. It is a far too deep subject to dive into on a quick post here, but your body will follow where your sub conscious mind takes it. Focus on exactly what you want, create environments that foster and support your desired outcome.
I am a certified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner, I do not do this for business, I got certified as I was fascinated with the brain and wanted to learn how and why we do what we do. I questioned if I would get value out of a hypno-birthing class because my background was so significantly higher then any of the educators. Since I love learning, I figured I’d be open to learning whatever I didn’t’ know, and the emphasis was much more focused on our bodies, and actual birth experiences then the mind. Hypno-birthing is amazing for everyone looking to be better prepared, educated, and empowered during their birth experience.
I do not have experience with hypno-babies, but have heard wonderful things and it was created by a partner of the hypo-birthing founder who wanted to offer a slightly different program. I think both are massively beneficial regardless of which one you choose to do.
9. Movement and Exercise
Every time you move you increase circulation and blood flow, this directly and positively affects your baby as they receive nutrients and oxygen. There are babies born in the hospital weighing in the 4lb range healthier then babies born in the 10lb range simply because of the health of the mother. This is not a hypothetical story, this is my story.
My daughter was born early and weighed 4lb 14oz. She was 100% healthy and did not need the NICU or any support, she did not have jaundice (common liver challenges in new borns) and was breathing perfectly with fully developed lungs. A friends daughter was born in the 10lb range with several problems and was in the NICU for several days before ultimately passing away.
Benefits to moving during pregnancy:
Your likely to gain less unnecessary weight
Labor and delivery may be easier
Lower risk for gestational diabetes
Less likely to be constipated
Have more energy
Less likely to have complications during delivery
Quicker postpartum recovery
Lower risk for preeclampsia
Less likely to experience prenatal depression
If you haven’t been actively working out, don’t worry. As long as you get your body moving, doing something you can enjoy, you are doing it right. There is no one perfect pregnancy exercise. As we are all different, do something you enjoy. You can start out with a brisk walk of 15 minutes and work you way into sometime more active should you choose.
Your health directly affects the health of your baby, not only at birth, but as a foundation for his/her lifetime. Now is the time to make any changes you may have been wanting to make, because it’s not about you anymore, it’s about the life you are creating. The single most important thing you can do during pregnancy is proper nutrition. If you do nothing else mentioned here, follow the nutritional guidelines.
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