Hitting week 20 of pregnancy and I am feeling pretty good! Good nutrition is super important for pregnancy and I have researched and consulted with holistic nutritionists and my doctor about supplements during pregnancy. I knew for sure that I wanted to focus on whole food vitamins and I had already been taking the Mega Food Baby and Me vitamin for about eight months prior to becoming pregnant. It contains all of the vitamins and minerals necessary to help develop baby and sustain a healthy pregnancy, including Folate which is so important before and during early pregnancy.
I read a lot about vitamins and a couple of lists that I found helpful were from Mama Naturaland Wellness Mama, sharing the supplements that they take during pregnancy. I don’t take all that they take and it really depends on your comfort level and needs during pregnancy.
One thing that Enza Ward, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Senzable Healthpointed out to me that was super important for pregnancy was probiotics.
Babies are born with a sterile gut so it is so important to take a high quality probiotic supplement or obtain probiotics through food to get the right balance of gut bacteria.
I am taking Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics which contain 12 probiotic strains and use a traditional Asian fermentation process.
You can also obtain probiotics through fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut as well as tempeh and kefir.
Another supplement that I feel is very important is a good prenatal omega three that contains DHA and EPA. I have been taking the Garden of Life brand Ocean’s Mom.
Recently, I have been reading articles that say most of the population is deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is important for general health but can help to get things moving, especially in pregnancy. I am taking a magnesium citrate from Natural Factors.
I usually take a B-complex vitamin to help regulate my mood and for energy. I was taking it leading up to pregnancy and have taken it periodically throughout. B vitamins are water soluble so you pee out any excess however, it is important not to over do it.
I have also been drinking red raspberry leaf tea, periodically. It is said to help with morning sickness and strengthen the uterine muscles.
There are many other supplements women can take in pregnancy and it is really up to the mother what her comfort level is and her needs in pregnancy.
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, naturopath or medical professional. These statements are my own personal beliefs. Please consult with a doctor before taking any supplements.
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!
While I have been super lucky with this pregnancy being relatively uneventful (Thank God), I have been doing my best to take the best care of my body. As I am entering my third trimester I have noticed a shift in aches and pains. My back is starting to hurt a bit (I thought it would a lot more as I have minor scoliosis but pregnancy has seemed to help with that).
Something that I have found to help me a lot is prenatal yoga. I go to classes at the Holistic Institute of Health and Fertility and I really, I really try my best to go at least once a week, though sometimes my tiredness gets the better of me. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is pregnant and to start right at 12 weeks and continue with it right through. I have no idea if or how much it will help my labour but the instructor always gives a lot of great tips on good postures to help in early labour and to help the baby into the optimal birth position.
Even when I can’t make it to yoga class I love that I can do some of the postures at home to help with back pain and to stretch out. I really do notice a huge difference in body + mind after just a few poses.
Cat – Cows
I have found these to help immensely with stretching out my back and they are so simple to do.
On a yoga mat or a towel get onto all fours. Inhale right down to your baby while tipping your tail bone up and your bellow lowers.
As you exhale round your back and tuck in your chin, this is the cat position.
Repeat for a few breaths.
You can view the position in more detail, here.
Deep hip opening sitting squats not only feel great and help to release tension in hips and back, they can help to get baby in an optimal position as well. I usually sit on a foam block as I find that more comfortable.
All you have to do is get into a squatting position with your feet about hip distance apart. It helps me to interlock my fingers and gently press my thumbs against my forehead as a hold the squat. Hold for about 45 seconds.
Click here to read more about this posture.
As simple as it sounds, this pose has been so great for my spine in pregnancy. It’s relaxing and helps me go to sleep. It is so simple to do and can be done virtually anywhere.
Kneel down with you knees a little bit wider than hip distance and sit down on your heels. Slowly lean forward and stretch or walk your arms out straight ahead. Bow your head down and make sure you are breathing deeply throughout this pose.
To see this pose in more detail click, here.
And lastly, while not totally a yoga pose, something that feels really great and really gets the blood flowing is doing legs up the wall. This pose has so many great benefits and I highly recommend trying it out. It can be quite awkward to get into and don’t do it after 36 weeks! Check out more information on the benefits of laying down with your legs up the wall, here.
There are countless other poses that have done wonders for me this pregnancy but these are just a few of my favourites.
For further resources on prenatal yoga poses that you can do at home check out babymed.com
What is your favourite yoga pose in pregnancy?
**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, yoga instructor or chiropractor. Please consult with a professional if you have any questions or concerns.