We've been talking about kids for ages, but, it's not something dh actually wants to say "okay, now we start". He's such a romantic.
But, we've been waiting for him to finish school, he's probably just going to go as far as August, the first year of his PhD. He hates the city that he goes to school in, and he isn't planning on being an academic anyway. He wants to be a highschool teacher.
SO, since I've been fascinated by pregnancy for several years, I'm already well read.
These past three years I've been on an all-out cleanse, the more I learn, the healthier I feel and the more I change!!
I've been eating about 60% organic - whatever I can afford.
I've been drinking more milk - I know some Mothering folk don't like milk, but, I've never had a bad reaction to it, and we don't have the production hormones up here in Canada and milk is not a BSE risk, and I'm really concerned about the very high plant estrogen content in soy, so, I'm using cows milk for the B vitamins, calcium and other nutrients. Goat's milk is great too, I might switch to that exclusively once we're pregnant.
I've been eating a lot of organic beans, whole grains, organic eggs, organic oatmeal, org. Squash, broccoli and tomatoes - MMMMM- free range chicken and emu. Drinking lots of green and rooibos tea. Rooibos is AMAZING! I recommend it. Lots more antioxidants than green tea, tastes better, imo, no caffeine.
I've been lifting weights much more often, I want to train for pregnancy and birth like a marathon. I already exclusively walk and bike everywhere for everything so, I'm in good cardio shape, I just want really strong muscle tone, especially in the legs for the squats.
To clean my house for the past three years, I've been using baking soda and vinegar - it's great- I also use Borax, which is safe, just don't inhale the dust if you shake it, it's not toxic or lingering though - you can use it to clean clothes in the laundry or mix with hot water to scrub the floor. I use oil soap on my hardwood floors. That's it.
For "air freshening" I have a candle burner. I use only bee's wax as conventional candles are OIL based and out out a lot of indoor airpollution along with synthetic perfumes. The Bee's wax candles are great, and I put them under a bowl of water with a few drops of essential oil. Works really really well.
Personal hygeine, I use Tom's of Maine Toothpaste, it's a natural paste with no flouride in it. I JUST found out that our city puts flouride in our WATER!!!! ARGh! I'm really ticked off, so, I've started HAULING a jug of the spring water back from the store all the time.... thank goodness we have a wheely cart.
I have eliminated parabens since I read the British study that found them in the tumors from women with breast cancer. They're in most shampoos and cosmetics and deoderants. I use Nature Clean "au Naturelle" shampoo, and Curelle "Riche" conditioner. Both of them have ingredients I can pronounce! LOL. I have a really neat soap that's 100% olive oil from Greece. Super cheap and cleans well, doesn't smell very nice though, so I use a bee pollen/evening primrose soap for that. I use those crystal things for deoderant, but, I've rarely ever used deoderants anyway, my girlfriend who needs them found that the crystal does work to a degree, so, I guess it's up to the individual.
I've bought a Hepa air filter for our bedroom as we live on a busy city street and I don't like the idea of breathing exhaust.
The only thing I have left to deal with is the bed. We sleep on a foam bed, and I'm worried about the level of flame retardant chemicals in foam.... and what kind of effect it may have on my breastmilk. I guess it's already done really, we've been sleeping on it for years. But, it's still a thought. I'm getting a duck down mattress cover from my Mom, though, I have no idea if that will make any difference... other than in my own mind!
Now, I admit, I might be a little obsessive. But, it's the way I am, and I'm thankful that I have a patient husband! LOL.
I'm glad I have some netfriends who are doing the same thing!