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post #41 of 247
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steph117-Thanks for adding me! I hope I don't go that long! I'm due July 17th
updated!

& added you, desertpenguin!
post #42 of 247
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brooke-i don't think any really TF pregnancy books exist, as far as the nutritional advice included in them. as far as basic info during pregnancy, i like Shiela Kitzinger's The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth. Ina May Gaskins Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth have lots of birth stories and some pictures, and explain really well the 'law of sphincters' (as she says!) i also really like Active Birth by Janet Balaskas.

LOVE the law of sphincters-thought about it quite a bit last labor!
Will have to try Active Birth, read the others. I always just hope there is this AMAZING book I have never heard of......

Thanks!
post #43 of 247
hi everyone!

i'm so behind with the posts...i'll have to go back and read them. i just wanted to say "Hi" and welcome to all newbies!

and CONGRATULATIONS TO WAGAMAMA!!! I love her name; it's beautiful!!

i believe desertpenguin has the non-tf husband. my husband is the same way. i'm finishing the omnivore's dilemma right now and he will be next to read it. he has to. my husband has had eczema and asthma all of his life. since cutting down (not out) dairy, his asthma is all but gone, but his eczema is still really bad. he scratches all day long. i asked him last night, "aren't you tired of scratching yourself all day and all night? wouldn't you like to do something about it?" he didn't respond. his addiction to yeast-full beer and bread is just too strong. i worry about what kind of role model he is going to be to our children when his willpower is so weak right now...and what i'm going to say when they ask for a piece of papa's bread (we're dairy and gluten free)..."sorry kids, but bread gives you eczema and makes you sick. i don't want you to be sick." "but papa eats it..." then enters my response, then enters an argument between me and my husband. i've got to find a solution before this scenario arises. i want to keep a peaceful household.

wow, that was a rant if there ever was one.

good day, as they say in australia.
post #44 of 247
: Congratulations wagamama!! Post pics when you can! I had a friend in college from Japan named Sachie.
post #45 of 247
This has to be super quick because babe is hungry. Just wanted to quick post and say that Lillian Rose was born on Friday (1/4) at 11:54am...at home...in the kitchen on a sunny winter's day. 8lbs 12oz, 21" long. I'll be back later...much later with more!
post #46 of 247
Congrats mama!!!! Lillian Rose, I LOVE that name!!!
post #47 of 247
congrats wagamama and pampered_mom.....a sunny day birth sounds fantastic! both such beautiful names!!!
post #48 of 247
Congrats Wagamama and Pampered Mom!!!!! Pilgrim..looks like you can have the baby anytime now...hang in there mama!!

Also, welcome to the newbies and congrats!

So I am 35 weeks and I feel something happening in my cervix (I don't really know how to decsribe the feeling). I am getting so excited!!! I started making stuff for the freezer--meatloafs, NT tomato-free spaghetti sauce, chicken liver pates, and beef broth (and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies at the request of my husband...it keeps him away from the candy bars at least).... I am having the tomato-free spagetti sauce over brown rice noodles as my after birth meal. I figure I will want some comfort food like I did with ds. I almost have all my birth supplies together and the baby stuff washed. I would have started my nesting stuff a few days ago, but the power was out so I just slept a lot instead. Now I am all rested up and ready to nest!

I am so hungry right now...I am making meat loaf and kale mashed potatoes for dinner and I cannot wait to eat them:

Books--I really like Laura Shanley's Unassisted Childbirth even though I plan to have a midwife attended homebirth. I find it very empowering even though I don't necessarily agree with everything in it 100% (but when does that ever happen!). I like her website too.

Jen
post #49 of 247
Wondering what supplements everyone are taking. Couldn't dig it up on previous threads, if anyone knows where it is would love to take a peek or hear.....
I am currently taking CLO and a B vit. I would like to take a liver supplement instead (difficult to get a reliable source of grass fed liver) and
wondering what else?? I am feeling wonderful and am wondering if it
is because I am not taking a prenatal loaded with vits? I felt pretty rotten at the beginning of my first two.
Okay thanks!
post #50 of 247
Congratulations, Wagamama! It sounds like a peaceful labor and birth. I'm so happy for you.

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i worry about what kind of role model he is going to be to our children when his willpower is so weak right now...and what i'm going to say when they ask for a piece of papa's bread (we're dairy and gluten free)..."sorry kids, but bread gives you eczema and makes you sick. i don't want you to be sick." "but papa eats it..." then enters my response, then enters an argument between me and my husband. i've got to find a solution before this scenario arises. i want to keep a peaceful household.

I'm in a similar situation with this, in that dd and I are gf/cf but dh is not. It has, honestly, not caused many problems. I think that my dd really identifies with the idea of having a stomachache, and that being able to say to her, this kind of food hurts our tummies is pretty much all I need to dissuade her from going after things her father is eating. Poor kid. I've been shocked by how well she understands that some things are "okay for daddy's tum, not okay for mommy and Ally's tum."

The other thing that makes a big difference is that I don't keep gluten or dairy containing things in the house. I suppose that I am really only able to get away with this because I do all the grocery shopping. I think of this stuff similarly to the way I think of junk food--it's not an issue if it's not an option, yk?
post #51 of 247
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I'm in a similar situation with this, in that dd and I are gf/cf but dh is not. It has, honestly, not caused many problems. I think that my dd really identifies with the idea of having a stomachache, and that being able to say to her, this kind of food hurts our tummies is pretty much all I need to dissuade her from going after things her father is eating. Poor kid. I've been shocked by how well she understands that some things are "okay for daddy's tum, not okay for mommy and Ally's tum."

The other thing that makes a big difference is that I don't keep gluten or dairy containing things in the house. I suppose that I am really only able to get away with this because I do all the grocery shopping. I think of this stuff similarly to the way I think of junk food--it's not an issue if it's not an option, yk?
Ally'smom - thanks for chiming in. It makes me feel better that your dd understands and isn't upset about not being able to eat what dh eats. Did you ask your husband to not bring g/c in the house? My husband is very sweet and goes to the store for me sometimes, but he always comes home with cheese, beer and tortillas. Perhaps I should take over ALL grocery shopping, not really discuss it with him, and just make sure there's no g/c in the house?

My other concern is that my dh eats out for lunch every day and so he gets a steady stream of this stuff in his system, thus his chronic eczema flare-ups. What do I say when ds says, "papa's got eczema and he doesn't do anything about it"? Perhaps I should lie to ds and say that they didn't catch papa's eczema in time to reverse it...I don't know. I don't know why I'm even worrying myself with this; ds may not ever ask about papa's eczema! I guess I should wait to cross that bridge when the time comes. I guess deep down inside, I want my husband to work just as hard as I did with clearing up his health problems as I did for our son. I read horrible things about candida and it attacking your organs, etc. and I just want him to be healthy too...ahhh, pregnancy hormones.

Congratulations pampered mom! I can't wait to read more details about your birth!
post #52 of 247
Haven't posted in a while but wanted to congratulate pampered mom and wagamama, and also welcome Ashley and Zoebird (and other newbies I might have forgotten). So nice to recognize a few mums from the UC forum and also the May DDC.
post #53 of 247
Have a few questions for you mamas

Does anyone know of some good resources, or information on how I can both prepare and replenish my body after a c-section surgery? This will be my third(unless baby decides to pop out on it's own, before the scheduled appt, which is not likely given my past experience) and I want to recover as well as possible. No flames please, as I have good reasons to back up this choice(lack of choice really!). Just looking for some insight on how to keep healthy during this time. I have been thinking a little more about it now that it is coming up so close!
post #54 of 247
Leilalu - when my friend had a c-section last May, I made sure she ate plenty of fermented foods to help restore her gut bacteria and hopefully pass some of that on to the baby via breastmilk. I know with a c-section you receive routine antibiotics, so you want to make sure you counteract them with probiotics, hopefully the TF kind (fermented veggies, yogurt, kombucha).

Best wishes!!
post #55 of 247

Snacks!

I believe Scrimpy asked about snacks...here are two that have been working well for me. I hope you can eat nuts!

Muesli -

combine the following

crispy almonds
crispy pecans
sunflower seeds
raisins
a diced apple
berries of your choice
dried coconut

Top with milk of your choice (I use homemade almond milk) and enjoy! (I don't think I'm missing anything from this recipe. I'll double check in the morning)

Almond milk smoothie

1 cup almond milk
a ripe banana
1 raw egg yolk
1 tbls coconut oil
cinnamon
a little honey
a little vanilla

Mix and enjoy!

Wishing you good labor vibes, Pilgrim!
post #56 of 247
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This has to be super quick because babe is hungry. Just wanted to quick post and say that Lillian Rose was born on Friday (1/4) at 11:54am...at home...in the kitchen on a sunny winter's day. 8lbs 12oz, 21" long. I'll be back later...much later with more!
CONGRATS! : YAAAAY! Looking forward to hearing more of the story & seeing photos of your beautiful TF baby girl!
post #57 of 247
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Have a few questions for you mamas

Does anyone know of some good resources, or information on how I can both prepare and replenish my body after a c-section surgery? This will be my third(unless baby decides to pop out on it's own, before the scheduled appt, which is not likely given my past experience) and I want to recover as well as possible. No flames please, as I have good reasons to back up this choice(lack of choice really!). Just looking for some insight on how to keep healthy during this time. I have been thinking a little more about it now that it is coming up so close!
Leilalu - a TF diet should be pretty strengthening on its own, I'd think! One thing for healing after surgery - Annemarie Colbin (in the book Food & Healing - not TF per se, but still some great stuff) HIGHLY recommends drinking miso, since on the expansive/contractive scale, miso is VERY contractive - so it will help hold your incision together & heal everything quickly!

& I second Suzikiaustin on making sure you're getting lots of probiotic food/probiotics to counteract the meds.

& maybe extra iron-containing foods to help replenish the blood? (That's just instinctive - I have nothing to back it up.)
post #58 of 247
Pampered Mom - Congratulations!! I can't wait for more details! I just love sunny winter days - don't get them here!

Jen - thanks for the encouragement! I'm still waiting...sigh...

To those of you worried about your DH setting a bad example...here's what I tell DD. (Though, my DH is way on board with all this stuff, so I'm sorry y'all are having to deal with less than supportive DHs.)

But I talk with DD a lot about how someday she will be able to choose what foods to eat, and that it's my job to protect her from dangerous foods right now because she is a child. I also talk about how it is my job to teach her what is healthy and safe, and what is not. So, talk like that may help when you children ask "why does daddy eat it and not me?"

I've also talked about how certain foods make her sick (and she is actually well aware, and well adjusted to it, so it's not a big deal here.) But I have mentioned to her that since it's my job to take care of her when she's sick, it's my job to keep her as well as I can. But when she's older and is in charge of taking care of herself, then she'll be able to take that responsibility.

And in fact, we talk about the differences in making choices w/ regard to age quite a lot, with respect to many subjects.
post #59 of 247
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Wondering what supplements everyone are taking. Couldn't dig it up on previous threads, if anyone knows where it is would love to take a peek or hear.....
I am currently taking CLO and a B vit. I would like to take a liver supplement instead (difficult to get a reliable source of grass fed liver) and
wondering what else?? I am feeling wonderful and am wondering if it
is because I am not taking a prenatal loaded with vits? I felt pretty rotten at the beginning of my first two.
Okay thanks!
Hi brookescott, I can't remember where the vitamin discussion was either, so I'll tell you what I've ended up doing as far as supplements/food supplements during this PG. Some mamas here take absolutely no supplements; some take superfoods; others take prenatals. I've done a little of both:
-folic acid before PG/for first 3 months, then I quit that (that was my one concession to the "common wisdom")
-high-vitamin CLO (took only 1 tsp initially bc it just felt right for me - now I usually take 1.5 tsp a day, occasionally more)
-I sprinkle kelp/dulse in/on much of what I eat & drink for iodine & minerals
-early on, & starting again about a month ago, I have a greens drink in the morning (initially I added a tsp of apple cider vinegar to it, but that stopped feeling right so I haven't done the ACV since first trimester)
-I drink nettle & RRL/milky oat seed infusions daily, with a splash of hibiscus/rose hip
-I have been trying to use more blackstrap molasses - stirring some into milk, but that's not all that often
-as for actual vitamin/mineral supplements - a couple of times a week, when I feel I haven't gotten my day's complement of calcium, (because unlike some other mamas here, I definitely have a raw dairy threshold , and sometimes I just don't want to eat or drink any more calcium foods, even greens), I take a capsule or two of Dr Ron's MCH supplement.
-Probably once or twice a week I take a capsule (two at most) of Dr Ron's "Doc's Best" 6-a-day (!) multivitamin. Or a few times recently, I took New Chapter's iron supplement (even though it has milled soy in it - bleah). I don't take vitamin supplements regularly - only when I feel like I just need a little extra, if I know I haven't had a particularly watchful couple of days. (Even though logically I know that supplements are not by a long shot as good as food, and much might not even be absorbed, if I know I haven't gotten enough good food to get what I think I need, I'll take one as "backup.")
-I just tried adding Floradix a few days ago - but that's already done. It made me gag plus it constipated me something fierce...yuck.
-And I just ordered freeze-dried liver pills from Dr Ron's - I know a few mamas here take those.
post #60 of 247
[QUOTE=steph117;10220867]Hi brookescott, I can't remember where the vitamin discussion was either, so I'll tell you what I've ended up doing as far as supplements/food supplements during this PG. Some mamas here take absolutely no supplements; some take superfoods; others take prenatals. I've done a little of both:

Thanks! I am planning on doing a little mixing and matching as well.
I am interested in the Dr. Ron supplements and will probably order the liver and will have to look into the other supplements. My one concern is that this is my first gfcf pregnancy and I don't want to miss anything.
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