Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Southern California
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My friend (pagan, vegetarian, not sure if she is a vegan or not) is in her first semester (always been overweight) and had painful endometriosis all her life. She's 33. After TTC (with painful, invasive fertility treatments - docs gave her little hope) she got pregnant!
She's physically miserable... nauseous, hormonal (crying everyday), worried about what will go be wrong with her baby (she's all nervous about upcoming ultrasound.) She made the mistake of watching TLC's Maternity Ward (yikes) and she swore she won't do that again.
She won't be BFing because she doesn't feel comfortable with her body (she was sexually abused in childhood - so this is a hot button for her.) That's what she says now, hopefully she will change her mind - whatever decision she makes, she has my full support.
Knowing her, I'm pretty sure she'll be a natural pro-AP mama. She knows nothing about pregnancy, birth.
I just wanted to send her a care package to help bring up her spirits - any suggestions? So far, my package will include:
BOOK - Expecting Adam by Martha Beck (incredibly inspiring book about a woman's pg with a Down Syndrome baby... I know, I know, but ya gotta read the book.)
BOOK - Creating a Joyful Birth Experience: Developing a Partnership with Your Unborn Child for Healthy Pregnancy, Labor, and Early Parenting
by Lucia Cappachione
BOOK - Gentle Birth Choices (should I include this one yet?)
VIDEO - Prenatal Yoga 2000 with Shiva Rea
OIL - that oil (can't remember the name) that supposedly helps prevent stretch marks, always advertised in Mothering.
TEA - Organic Rasberry Leaf Tea from Compleat Mother
Any other suggestions? Or put it this way... what would YOU love to see in a gift basket delivered to you? But try keep my friend's profile in mind... I won't be sending her "So, that's they are for!" or a baby sling just yet.
Tanya (natural birth junkie, HypnoBirthing fan...)
Giancarlo - 2.5 yrs old