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post #21 of 90
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Found these two great threads here on mothering talking about placenta consumption. Lots of good tips and info and first hand experience.

placenta thread 1
placenta thread 2

Brandi
post #22 of 90

Cornelia Enning's book

You should keep an eye out for Cornelia Enning's book to be published by Midwifery Today, coming out within the next few months. It's called Placenta Recipes or somethign very similar.

I saw her speak in Denmark at the MT conference a few weeks ago and I previously had considered the placenta eating thing gross with a capital G. but now I see it VERY differently.

She talked abotu drying the placenta in the oven and pulverizing it into a powder which can be used for many things, including butt balm for the baby!!!! But also for PPD and other things.
post #23 of 90
I am glad to find this thread. I had a question about preventing bleeding. Does anyone have a tincture recipe that can be taken at time of crowning or after birth but before placenta to prevent bleeding instead of waiting to see if it will happen. I will be having a UC (So Happy!!!) However with my second child I bled heavily with the birth of the placenta (4 cups) it stopped immediatly after with fundal pressure,ice cayene drink etc. My third child was born in hospital after a meddling midwife drove me insane during labor(hence the upcoming UC). So I did not have a chance to find out if I would bleed again as they gave me pit at crowning without asking! I'm thinking something along the lines of bluecohosh, shepherds purse and cayenne. What do you guys think? I am also doing nutritional work as well to build my blood.
post #24 of 90
Afterpains: I had to use heat, and some Motrin here and there :
I would positively be gasping from the pain.

Tears and Skids: Tea Tree Oil, and now I wish I had brewed my herbal afterbirth soak and used it in the peri bottle.

Retained placenta: I had a tiny bit of stuff left in there, had to use blue cohosh, echinacea, garlic, and shepherds purse 3 wks pp, it caused my uterus to clamp down and clean itself out. We noticed a huge clot on the placenta. We assume it had a tiny abruption during some practice contrax I had about three days before he was born. Apparently my body just clotted it over so we wouldn't bleed.

Also drank five + cups of strong rrasp infusion a day, in tea form
post #25 of 90
Sorry if this doesn't fit in with the natural thing, but after the baby is born, I don't mind taking 3 extra strength tylenol - it totaly takes care of the pain. After labor with my 2nd, I didn't have the strength to manage these pains. mY midwife told me this was how much to take, and it worked.
post #26 of 90
I drank a cup a day of Red Raspberry Leaf tea and had no afterpains with my second baby. Didn't drink the tea with my 1st and the afterpains were pretty intense. Update: had no afterpains with my third child either, expecting #4 mid Oct.

This is from Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies on my bookshelf.....

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The Raspberry Leaf Tea Story

Tea made from raspberry leaves is the best-known herbal aid in pregnancy. Rather than go into all the traditional lore about this herb, we present the following lengthy account, because it is both contemporaneous and highly specific...

"Mother had always told me that red raspberry leaf tea would prevent miscarriage and was excellent for pregnany and chilbirth. When I became pregnant, I immediately sent for some raspberry leaf tea and began taking one cup of it each day, made from one teaspoon of dried leaves added to one cup of boiling water and steeped for 15 minutes. I had a very normal pregnancy. Then I went into labor, I truly expected to have an easy labor and delivery because I had faithfully taken the tea...Box said, 'On one ounce of raspberry leaves pour one pint of boiling water, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, and when the time for delivery is approaching drink the whole as hot as possible.'
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post #27 of 90
anyone with a good sitz bath recipe so i can make up the herbs ahead of time and have it ready. and where to i buy a sitz bath tub thing for the toilet as well as the bag with tubing???
post #28 of 90
They might have a sitz bath at your local pharmacy. If not, www.inhishands.com sells them (and it comes with the bag/tubing).
post #29 of 90
post #30 of 90
I drank a pint of nettle infusion daily (I had been doing this for a couple of years prior to pg as well) and I think it really helped me. It's so rich in minerals and chlorophyll...I knew it would take care of me. I didn't want anything at all to eat or drink during labor but the minute my son was born, I downed a pint of nettle and took a dropperful of motherwort tincture. The placenta didn't deliver for 45 minutes after his birth (so I took another dropperful of motherwort) and when it did, I bled quite a bit. I felt tired and weak but not dangerously so. I definitely credit the nettle and motherwort for this.
jiva
post #31 of 90
I really like the idea of drying the placenta, then grinding it up and encapsulating it to take daily as a supplement, but I had no idea how one would encapsulate something. Well, I found this thing-y last night when I was ordering some bulk RRL. Thought others might be inerested!
post #32 of 90

Self Care Info for Prenatal Care/UP

unassisted prenatal care / pregnancy self-care?

It would be useful to have some resources about alternatives to hospital testing, like where you can buy test strips to check for protein in the urine, as well as information about checking yourself for dialation/effacement, palpitating your stomach to locate the position of the baby and possibly determine multiple pregnancies, etc. Some home treatment remedies for pregnancy care, such as suggestions for handling possible gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, would be helpful as well. It seems like people ask about this stuff all the time (including me!) so it just seems like a sticky would be a good idea. The UC resources stick is awesome, but I just think a UP one would be good too.
post #33 of 90

Vital Signs

Pure-birth Australia has an excellent Unassisted Pregnancy section:
http://www.purebirth-australia.com/

You don't have to do all of these things, and some people won't want to do anything at all... However, if you are interested in monitoring your pregnancy and performing tests, here is some information about doing it yourself. Some of it is pretty common sense, but I figured I'd address it anyway.

Weight & Blood Pressure
Some things are simple enough, such as taking your weight and blood pressure. Scales can be purchased pretty cheaply at many stores, such as Walmart, and many pharmacies have machines which will take your blood pressure for free. If you'd rather do it at home, you can buy a sphygmomanometer. Usually this is checked once a month, though you can do it as often or as infrequently as you like.

Pulse & Fetal Heartbeat
To take your pulse, you can locate it on your wrist. Counting how many beats in 20 seconds than multiplying by 4 will tell you how many beats per minute. You may be able to hear the baby's heartbeat with a stethoscope or a fetoscope, usually after 16 weeks. It should be beating very quickly, sounding almost like a train approaching. The amniotic fliud, placenta, and baby's movements will make a static like sound. This is checked once a month at hospital prenatal visits, but again you can do it whenever you like.

Most of the cheapest things I am finding are coming up on allheart.com but I will find some alternatives later.
http://www.allheart.com/allheartscopes.html Stethoscopes
http://www.allheart.com/om13fetal.html Fetoscopes
http://www.allheart.com/aneroidbp.html Blood Pressure Cuffs
http://www.allheart.com/nicolet.html Dopplers (not recommended)

I'm going to go for now but will look up some information about handling complications and morning sickness, as well as self-checking, palpitating for location of the baby, fundal height, alternatives to scheduled tests, etc. It may take a while to find so be patient
post #34 of 90
Urinalysis
You can check your urine at home for ketones, glucose, protein, pH, even leukocytes, nitrites, & bilirubin. If anything higher than trace is detected you can

begin treating it in your own manner, or seek the opinion of a doctor. Here is a place to buy some strips: http://www.craigmedical.com/urine_diagnostics.htm

What do the results mean?

Ketones in the urine can mean you may have diabetes or gestational diabetes, or that you are at risk for diabetic ketoacidosis http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide...?navbar=hw7738 It is normal for a pregnant woman to have some ketones in the urine but a more moderate amount can mean you are at risk.

Normally there is very little glucose in one's urine. Glucose in the urine can mean you're at risk for diabetes or a sign of kidney damage or disease.

Proteins in the urine can be a sign of preeclampsia, though it can be normal for a pregnant woman to have some protein in her urine.

Nitrites in the urine indicate a UTI.

Here's more information about this: http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/hw6580.asp

Vaginosis
To check for vaginosis, indicated by high pH levels & prescense of amines in vaginal fluid, you can purchase a test here

http://www.craigmedical.com/vaginitis.htm

Anemia
If you suspect you may be affected by anemia, you can purchase a hemogloben test here http://www.craigmedical.com/Anemia.htm

STDS:
http://www.craigmedical.com/HIV_home.htm HIV
http://www.craigmedical.com/Hepatitis_C_Test.htm Hepatitis C

Gestational Diabetes
They usually test for this around 24 weeks. You need to fast for 8-10 hours, drink the special beverage, then test an hour later for glucose.

A result of more than 140 mg of glucose per deciliter of blood plasma means you are at risk for gestational diabetes. You can either proceed with caution or go in for the glucose intolerance test.

Here is where you can buy the Gestational Diabetes drink:
http://www.medicalsupply4sale.com/pr...ottle-117.html
They usually use the one thats 50 grams.

The OneTouch blood glucose test is only $20:
http://www.walgreens.com/store/produ...ec=frgl_581554

Note that the test is considered unnecessary if you are less than 25 years old, not a member of a racial or ethnic group with a high prevalence of diabetes, have a BMI of less than 25, and have no history of glucose intolerance, negative pregnancy outcomes associated with GDM, or of diabetes in first-degree relatives.

So far I am unable to find information about home tets for GBS, HPV, & HBV. I'm off for now but will add more to this from time to time. Tomorrow I'll try to post information about self-checking, palpitation, baby rotation, etc, followed by how to treat situations you detect. Feel free to add if you like. Any details are useful!
post #35 of 90
www.spinningbabies.com

someone just sent me this one- its about finding the position of the baby...
post #36 of 90
www.purebirth-australia.com has a great unassisted pregnancy section

I'm going to do some research and post about managing complications, too, when I have some time.
post #37 of 90

Post birth tear healing

Steep whatever you would put in a bath for yourself, comfrey and the like in a big pot on the stove. Buy a large pack of maxi pads.

Pour the a decent serving of the liquid into the maxi pads (keep adhesive backings on). Fold back up and put in their little wrapper and stick 'em in the freezer.

These were so soothing for the first week after the baby. It was like taking a mini-sitz bath and the initial temperature was so relieving.

Lifetish
post #38 of 90
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Originally Posted by moonfirefaery View Post
Pure-birth Australia has an excellent Unassisted Pregnancy section:
http://www.purebirth-australia.com/

Pulse & Fetal Heartbeat
To take your pulse, you can locate it on your wrist. Counting how many beats in 20 seconds than multiplying by 4 will tell you how many beats per minute.
Ack! Nope! Multiplying by four will tell you how many beats in one minute and 20 seconds (4 x 20 = 80). Multiplying by 3 will give you the number of beats in one minute (60 seconds). For the mathematically challenged, count for 30 seconds and double. Much easier.
post #39 of 90
Here are 2 pages I found on Fetal positioning. Optimum Foetal Positioning and Posterior Positioning

And here's another page about a good, balanced diet to stay healthy during pregnancy. Blueribbonbaby

Dr. Thom has a home GBS test, but you have to buy it with the Chlamydia test. At least that's the only one I saw.

HTH! I'd love to have this sticky!
post #40 of 90
Sorry, I meant 3! lol!

Anyone else have any useful resources?

http://www.unhinderedliving.com/childbirth.html

Unhindered Living has a lot of information for unassisted birth and pregnancy!
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