I had been debating about making a post about some exciting things that are happening in my life right now but, I think it is definitely something worth sharing!
We are expecting a baby at the end of February and couldn’t be more thrilled.
It is important to us to not share too much and to keep photos private, especially in this high-paced technological world. I thought that I would take this opportunity to share a little bit of what I have learned so far on this journey and trust me, I am no expert and every pregnancy is definitely very different.
Take a whole food prenatal
Some women don’t take a prenatal at all and focus on getting the right amount of nutrients through food though it can be difficult to eat sometimes depending upon your symptoms, especially in the early stages. To ensure I am getting enough nutrients, I found the Mega Food Baby and Me Prenatal was easy on my stomach and all of the vitamins and minerals were from whole foods, including the right amount of folate. So far so good.
Listen to your doctor but seek other information
I have a great doctor and have faith in our medical system but am seeking out certain alternatives. If you don’t feel like you agree with what your doctor is saying, there are other experts that you can talk to. Naturopaths and midwives can offer different perspectives. You may have a gut feeling about something but your doctor can sometimes be a bit by the book and not interested in alternative measures or discussions, so seek out other resources too. I am also using the help of an awesome doula from Chinook City Doulas!
Eat healthy but…
So, I’ve had a few people say to me, “I know i’ll eat healthier when I am pregnant.” No, that’s not how it works. I have become so ravenous that while I still definitely consider healthy eating a top priority I am also focused on eating food in general and sometimes, cravings really get the better of you, like my french fry pickle craving. Try to develop healthy habits prior to pregnancy so that you are more accustomed to that way of eating.
Detox your home and products
This one is super important to me. It’s harder to control what you encounter when you are out and about so, if using less toxic products is a priority try to eliminate them altogether while you are at home. We all have a body burden of toxins that our bodies can handle and I definitely don’t want these chemicals affecting my baby’s development. It’s hard to avoid them altogether but make simple swaps such as using non-antibacterial hand soap (antibacterial soap has not been proven more effective), make your make-up bag green, use vinegar, lemon and some safe for pregnancy essential oils in your home during pregnancy.
Do prenatal yoga and stretch at home
My activity level has gone down significantly because I have been so tired but, when I do manage to make it to yoga class I’ve noticed it does help a lot. Also, doing simple stretches at home such as child’s pose, can really help ease back pain, or what I have found thus far.
Probiotics and magnesium
Sometimes it’s hard to keep things moving. I’ve found that taking magnesium citrate has really helped me in this department and also trying to keep up with probiotics to help generate good gut bacteria to help the developing baby is important to me.
A lot of these things can apply in general and not just in pregnancy. There are so many other tips but really just relax and enjoy this time. Go with your gut, you know what’s up.
Now, the second half of this post, gender guesses!
UPDATE! The old wives tales were right, baby is a boy!!
So we are finding out what the baby’s gender is in a few weeks but I’ve been having fun looking up fun predictions to see what it might be based on old wives tales. Here is a list of what I’ve tried:
Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived.
Result: Boy/Indeterminate (some have said girl some have said boy and I have converted lunar age which said girl)
Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy. It is said that the girl steals the mother’s beauty.
I don’t find I am breaking out as much so i’ll go with boy on this one…
Dream of Sex of Baby
If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.
Result: Indeterminate (I’ve had dreams of both)
Clumsy vs. Graceful
If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.
What Do You Think?
71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.
When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.
Result: Boy (I was craving steak and well I always crave cheese)
What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.
If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.
Result: Girl (has consistently been 153 bpm)
The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.
People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.
There are many more that you can do but these are just some of the one’s I’ve tried. We’ll see if they are right!