**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, naturopath, midwife, or medical practitioner. All opinions are my own and are what work for me in pregnancy as a result of consulting with my medical team. This post contains shopping and affiliate links – please see my disclosure section for more information.
Well, here we are again! I cannot believe how fast time is flying by! It feels kind of surreal to be doing this again to be honest. Already halfway there and blessed to be welcoming another little boy into our world in a few short months!
This pregnancy has been so much different than my first one. Perhaps that’s due to now chasing a toddler everywhere or perhaps it’s just different, I am not sure but it has been different. I initially broke out which I didn’t last time and this time I had some days of significant nausea where as last time I didn’t. Safe to say I was convinced he was a she. He is most definitely a he.
Everything else has been pretty status quo. I have an anterior placenta so I am not feeling too too much movement – little tiny kicks here and there as well as some rather strange rolls. I will be interested to see how active this little guy is compared to his brother. I am seeing a naturopath for help with my thyroid levels which are on the lower end of normal risking me going into hyperthyroidism. I am on a few helpful supplements and I am supposed to be going gluten-free which I have been told before but I find incredibly hard to stick to. Working on that! Synthroid may be an option down the road.
I have also noticed some anxiety creeping back in but, I find it’s easy to worry about everything when you are expecting. I am also feeling more drained than I did with my first but that’s probably the result of chasing a toddler around. I am hopeful for a labour and delivery as smooth as my last one. You can read the birth story from my first son, here.
With not much else to update, I thought I would share a few of my must haves in pregnancy.
Here are a few things that I am loving during pregnancy:
A good chiropractor – one who specializes in prenatal care – you don’t want to see just anyone. I find this helps prep my body for labour and the gentle adjustments help with any aches or pains experienced throughout pregnancy. I have scoliosis so I find it helpful for maintenance as well. Ensure they have the proper credentials and being Webster Certified is key as well.
“Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body, especially of the spine, which reduces spinal nerve stress and therefore promotes health throughout the body.” – Source: The American Pregnancy Association, http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/chiropractic-care-during-pregnancy/
A good prenatal yoga class – again, this is super helpful for prepping your body for labour and delivery and helping with any aches and pains. Find a class that has an instructor who specializes in poses for pregnancy. Benefits of Prenatal Yoga.
Those who know me, know I am all about safe products that are totally luxurious! I believe it is especially important to use safe products in pregnancy because we don’t want any potential toxins getting to baby. For me it’s part of optimal health! Here are a few of my current faves:
Acure Organics Dry Shampoo – this stuff has been a life saver for those lazy and rushed mornings. Definitely the best dry shampoo I’ve used.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Belly Butter – some people say if you’re gonna get stretch marks you will but, I do enjoy a nice belly cream, especially when your belly gets itchy!
Beautycounter Cleansing Balm – This stuff is amazing for everything – soothing for an itchy belly or used as an overnight mask to help with pregnancy mask and pigmentation, plus, it’s just an all around amazing product! It’s even great for baby skin and eczema!
Nutrition in Pregnancy
So, I know I just stated how I need to go gluten free but it’s been a challenge, but I do believe it is important to eat as healthy as possible during pregnancy. And, while indulgences are definitely inevitable (pregnancy cravings are no joke) I always keep in mind that what we eat in pregnancy is imperative for our baby’s health and future eating habits – see the book Sprout Right for more info.
I am also thoroughly enjoying the nutrition guide: In The Glow, Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy from Oh Baby Nutrition. If you would like 10 per cent off any of Oh Baby Nutrition’s nutrition guides, use code SHANNONG10. Carley from Oh Baby Nutrition is all about healthy nourishment in pregnancy and a healthy start for babe! She specializes in nutrition for optimal fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and first foods introductions. She has some very informative blog articles too!
Pregnancy Craving: Organic Popcorn with Grass-Fed Butter and Nutritional Yeast! Nutritional yeast is good for many things, including helping immune function, improving digestion, contains many beneficial vitamins.
Supplements I Love For Pregnancy
When it come to supplements, many people suggest getting your primary nutrients through food. Supplements should be a helpful addition to fill in nutritional gaps. When I look at choosing supplements I look at ingredients. This is a huge topic and there are many opinions and resources on this subject, especially as it relates to certain nutrients for pregnancy. Here is some helpful information on the subject but, it’s important to consult with your doctor or midwife.
What I like:
Dr. Ohhira Fermented Probiotic – ensuring your gut is in tip top shape for delivery and for babe is so important for their immune systems and for mama too!
Rosita Cod Liver Oil – From my perspective this is also an important one in pregnancy. Vitamin A gets a bad wrap in pregnancy but, from my research and consultations with a naturopath and midwife, it’s very hard to over do it and the benefits to the baby are tremendous. Vitamin A & D are vital for brain and eye development as well as developing bones and teeth. You can read more about the benefits here. It is important to get enough Vitamin D with the vitamin A and synthetic vitamin A is never good.
Again, it’s important to consult with your doctor, midwife or naturopath before taking anything. These are just what work for me in pregnancy. Ensure it’s a good source. Vitamin A from Cod Liver Oil is different than taking Accutane.
Quality is key.
Digestive Enzyme to help break down fibre and help immune system.
Vitamin C – sodium ascorbate is preferable. It’s an antioxidant, helps absorb iron and helps the development of collagen. Read more here.
Magnesium – Helps keep things moving, helps build teeth and bones in baby. I also believe it could contribute to baby’s disposition after birth but that just my personal opinion… some experts say most people are magnesium deficient. Read more about the benefits in pregnancy here.
I also take additional bioavailable folate because of my history of having a cleft palette – this was suggested by my midwife. I take this one.
In addition to supplements I am also ensuring I am getting as many healthy fats in my diet as I can. Grass-fed meats, cheeses, and butter have so many nutrients and overall health benefits – they are worth the splurge in my opinion.
I have also started drinking some red raspberry leaf tea already to tone the uterus. Some are more comfortable to start drinking after 35 weeks as it can cause some contractions but I have no problem with two cups a day early in pregnancy. You can read more about the pros and cons here.
**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, naturopath, midwife, or medical practitioner. All opinions are my own and are what work for me in pregnancy as a result of consulting with my medical team.
Okay, so now for the fun stuff! I wanted to share a local clothing brand that I love!
Bear and Roo is a shop of handmade cozy clothing that is super high quality and so adorable. They are hand made in Saskatchewan and there is so much love that goes into every order! She also has custom mix and matching options! I love the cozy clothing, especially anticipating the arrival of a winter baby.
We are also in the market for a double stroller and have tentatively decided on the City Select by Baby Jogger, based on weight capacity and just overall customer satisfaction.
What are some of your favourite products for pregnancy? What do you find helps prep your body for labour?