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06-25-2014 12:58 PM
PicklinQueen Well, today was the day preggo cravings beat out good intentions. Could not face the smoothie I've been happily glugging for over a year: a variation of berries, bananas, ginger, greens and Kefir. Could not do it. Dumped it, and got a sausage and hot Jack omelet with a side of corned beef hash, real maple syrup on top of both from The diner across the street from work. Then the afternoon need for snacks or sleep hit, and that yogurt i lovingly dolloped rasperries and pumpkin seeds into? Nope nope nope. Bring on the corn nuts and Moxie, thank you very much. Ahhhhh. Epic win for the hormones!!
06-24-2014 08:37 PM
DuchessTergie When I was PG with DD2, I had PSD. (How many acronymns can I use in a single sentence?) I had to be very careful about exercising-- any single-leg weight -bearing activity was painful, and squatting and opening up the hips really aggravated it. Right now I'm trying to do what I can, but on days I do barre workouts I already have a dull ache in my pelvis. I've been doing the Long and Lean pregnancy workout DVD which is similar to barre, but more gentle. Walking makes it worse, so I think I'll join the Y this fall and swim through this pregnancy.

I've had very different workouts with each baby. With DD1, I was doing triathlons before I got PG, so I just kept on swimming and running as much as felt good. I stopped cycling because I am klutzy. With my second, I ran 4 miles a day about 3-4 days a week, plus weight lifting. After the first trimester, that was painful so I embarassed myself at Zumba twice a week. I have to remind myself that I'm getting older, my body is changing, my life circumstances are different. It is best to do what I am able and what I enjoy at the time.
06-24-2014 05:22 PM
dreamingtree My workout is generally to jog 3-5 miles at a time. I should do this 5 times a week. Even before I got pregnant I was slacking badly and only ran like.. twice per week. Not good enough! 3 is my goal. I'll keep running until I can't anymore.

Now to work on my diet....
06-24-2014 08:21 AM
murrelet
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Originally Posted by Dot-to-Dot View Post
Regarding yoga, I think it is huge to be stretching your piriformis area and psoas. Also to really stretch the back of your legs really well before dropping into a deep squat and hold as long as you can and building up to longer periods of times several times throughout the day. Search "Katy Bowman You Don't Know Squat" to read some good stuff about taking care of your pelvic floor for a less painful pregnancy, a possibly easier birth and recovery time avoiding prolapse and incontinence.
Thanks for the link! I checked it out last night and am going to incorporate it into my daily stretching routine. I tend to have a problem with my right SI joint and I really, really need to do the exercises and stretches from my physio. I'm trying to do them in the evening before bed. I'm hoping that having a goal to be able to do a deep squat with heels on the ground will motivate me to keep it up...
06-23-2014 06:20 PM
Dot-to-Dot Regarding yoga, I think it is huge to be stretching your piriformis area and psoas. Also to really stretch the back of your legs really well before dropping into a deep squat and hold as long as you can and building up to longer periods of times several times throughout the day. Search "Katy Bowman You Don't Know Squat" to read some good stuff about taking care of your pelvic floor for a less painful pregnancy, a possibly easier birth and recovery time avoiding prolapse and incontinence.
06-23-2014 03:58 PM
murrelet
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murrelet, Was it Shiva Rea? If so, I felt the same about her voice.
Yes! Shiva Rea is her name. The yoga seemed great and she shows how to modify poses for all 3 trimesters. Just that voice LOL!
06-23-2014 10:48 AM
jodieanneanton
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I think generally in the first bit, most poses are still okay (avoid inversions). However, later on things get loosey-goosey and you'll want to modify the poses. In my first pregnancy I ordered a DVD from Amazon that was alright, but I can't remember the name of the woman. Her voice got on my nerves, but the yoga was fine. I'll look it up when I get home from work. Otherwise, I'd suggest trying to find a prenatal yoga class near you. That way you can meet some other expectant moms, and do yoga safely.
murrelet, Was it Shiva Rea? If so, I felt the same about her voice.
06-23-2014 09:44 AM
honeybunmom I mostly use kettle bells for working out (about 3 times a week) and will continue with those. And I walk my dog twice a day and live in a 3rd floor walk up. That should do it! I was lifting heavy with number 1 10 years ago, but, no ability to get to the gym these days makes that not so doable. Kettle bells are effective and don't take up much space. Great for home work outs.
06-23-2014 08:27 AM
murrelet Looks like some of you have some good plans for fitness. I'm hoping to keep up my modest routine which mainly involves riding my bike to work 4 days a week (about 5.5 km per day). Not a lot, but better than nothing, and I find it hard to make time for exercise otherwise. I hope I can manage it. In my other pregnancies I was so sick in the first tri that any moving made me want to puke. if that happens, I'll still walk to work so that will be something
06-23-2014 08:25 AM
murrelet
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Does anyone have any good recommendations for pregnancy yoga poses? I have never done yoga but would like to get into it since I feel it will be good for flexibility and relaxation.
I think generally in the first bit, most poses are still okay (avoid inversions). However, later on things get loosey-goosey and you'll want to modify the poses. In my first pregnancy I ordered a DVD from Amazon that was alright, but I can't remember the name of the woman. Her voice got on my nerves, but the yoga was fine. I'll look it up when I get home from work. Otherwise, I'd suggest trying to find a prenatal yoga class near you. That way you can meet some other expectant moms, and do yoga safely.
06-23-2014 07:38 AM
Valerie11
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Any folate experts here? I have read about the benefits of folate opposed to folic acid but I'm wondering if I should find a prenatal that has folate instead of folic acid or if I should take a folate supplement in addition to my prenatal that contains folic acid? This is all so damn confusing!
I was just reading another place on the web with advice from other moms and they all said folate or folinic acid (not folic acid). And they were ordering it off of Amazon. The other thing they said is whole food prenatals (which they also got on Amazon). I had read about damaging effects of folic acid, simply because it's not natural, it's the man-made version of folate found in foods like eggs, orange juice, etc.
06-23-2014 07:15 AM
bren94 Any folate experts here? I have read about the benefits of folate opposed to folic acid but I'm wondering if I should find a prenatal that has folate instead of folic acid or if I should take a folate supplement in addition to my prenatal that contains folic acid? This is all so damn confusing!


So many of you sound extremely healthy! I think if my math is correct, we're all in our first trimesters, right? I can hardly muster the energy to walk upstairs let alone go on daily walks! You go, fit mamas!
06-22-2014 12:05 PM
alivewithyou Does anyone have any good recommendations for pregnancy yoga poses? I have never done yoga but would like to get into it since I feel it will be good for flexibility and relaxation.
06-20-2014 07:30 PM
PicklinQueen
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Luckiest--my bestie is a Nutritional Therapist. I have very seriously considered starting the program but the right time hasn't presented itself yet. It is such an intriguing field!

Wanted to share this recipe-- it is getting hard to get bone broth into the diet now that it is crazy-hot. I got it from Pinterest--sorry I can't cite a better source. They are delish and I give each of my kids a square a day if they eat well-rounded meals.

Chocolate Pregnancy Squares

Put 3 TBSP gelatin in a blender with 1/2 cup cold water. After 5 minutes, add 1 cup cocoa powder, 1 cup melted coconut oil, 1/3 cup (or less) raw honey, 1 TBSP vanilla and 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Blend CAREFULLY. Refrigerate and enjoy in a few hours.

I like that I'm getting extra coconut oil and gelatin. The oil is firm when chilled, so these are firm and not wobbly. Chocolate jell-o sounds gross.
These sound so good. Thank you for posting this!!trying to figure out how to *sticky* this so I can find it when cooking.
06-20-2014 04:28 PM
Dot-to-Dot I'm following a mostly clean eating diet. I guess it closely aligns with WAP type diet. Have seen the butter buttons all over the internet. I've GOT to make some!


I'm taking Seeking Health Optimal Prenatal capsules. I, too, sought out something with folate instead of folic acid. Also taking magnesium glycinate capsules, mineral drops in water, magnesium oil spray, vitamin B complex, trace mineral complex, iodine tablets, milk thistle (have been taking for a year to prevent HG but currently having mild nausea), and either 15 minutes in sun or D3 spray.


I've started every morning with a chia seed drink (3 scoops chia seeds in mason jar of water + fresh squeezed lemon) and then snack on a salad of romaine lettuce, chickpeas and chicken. I'm still juicing (mostly beet greens, cucumbers, carrots, celery, ginger and lemon).


Energy has been great until today - my first day of nausea at 5 wks 3 days. Knowing this was coming, last weekend I made 4 batches of muffins, 4 gallon Ziploc bags of granola and 70 pumpkin quinoa pancakes. Now my girls will at least have a homemade breakfast for the rest of the summer and all my dh has to do it warm it up, butter it and serve with some fruit. Wishing I'd been able to make tons of freezer dinners as well. Today my 2 yr old wouldn't eat her sautéed mushrooms unless I fed them to her one by one and it was so disgusting!! Trying to sip on lemon/fizzy mineral water right now. How on Earth do you make yourself exercise when nauseous? I wish I could...wondering if it would even help the nausea?
06-20-2014 04:04 PM
luckiest
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Duchess, luckiest, Those look like great recipes! I will have to try those! I loosely follow WAPF, except I HATE organ meats. Any advice on how to get those down?
I do three things - liverwurst and braunschweiger from US Wellness (I don't love it, but make myself eat it); primal ground beef from Slanker meats (I think it's like 75% ground beef, 25% ground organs, and you really can't tell, especially if you season it a lot, so we use it as taco meat or meat loaf usually); and liver pills from Radiant Life.

None of those options is really cheap...I try to use the primal ground beef once a week, I open up a liverwurst maybe once a month and eat it until it's gone, and liver pills as a backup if I haven't been doing either of those. You can also cut up raw liver into tiny pieces, freeze it (for at least two weeks), then take it like pills. I'd take it with an HCl supplement since it's raw and you aren't chewing it, so you want to really make sure it's getting broken down and also sterilized.
06-20-2014 02:54 PM
jodieanneanton Duchess, luckiest, Those look like great recipes! I will have to try those! I loosely follow WAPF, except I HATE organ meats. Any advice on how to get those down?
06-20-2014 02:15 PM
dreamingtree
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Originally Posted by Valerie11 View Post
This pregnancy I splurged and bought pricey prenatal vitamins as a supplement. It was almost 40 dollars, but should get me through 3 months, so that's not much per month. I was looking at all the supplements that contain folate instead of folic acid, and really I settled on Vitamin Code because of the packaging (thank you, marketing), since my only concern was that it have folate instead of folic acid.

Other than that, I am trying to get vegetables and meat in, haven't been craving sugar at all, so sometimes fruit. We also just got a membership to the YMCA, so will be using that specifically for the daycare and classes (classes always make me do more than I would at home on my own exercise equipment).
I too chose a vitamin specifically that has folate instead of folic acid. I went with Thorne Basic Prenatal. Dose is 3 capsules per day. I take it at night to avoid the nausea.
06-20-2014 09:43 AM
Valerie11 This pregnancy I splurged and bought pricey prenatal vitamins as a supplement. It was almost 40 dollars, but should get me through 3 months, so that's not much per month. I was looking at all the supplements that contain folate instead of folic acid, and really I settled on Vitamin Code because of the packaging (thank you, marketing), since my only concern was that it have folate instead of folic acid.

Other than that, I am trying to get vegetables and meat in, haven't been craving sugar at all, so sometimes fruit. We also just got a membership to the YMCA, so will be using that specifically for the daycare and classes (classes always make me do more than I would at home on my own exercise equipment).
06-19-2014 06:54 PM
sarahknavy Oh my.... That sounds so good...
06-19-2014 04:10 PM
DuchessTergie
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@DuchessTergie That's awesome! The program is fantastic, I'm learning so much. If you ever have the time for it (it's a good 10 hours/week of work at least, plus travel for the three workshop weekends), it's a great course to take even if you don't want to practice as an NTP. Or they also offer an NTC course, which is all the information but without learning the functional evaluation...but the functional evaluation is the most fascinating part!

I'll have to try that recipe - the big tip-off to this pregnancy before my BFP was that I was ravenously hungry, even thirty minutes after eating a big meal. I'm always looking for high-fat, high-protein, high-satiety snacks. The other day I made butter buttons - 1c softened butter (I used kerrygold), 3T raw honey, a bit of vanilla and cinnamon, the pipe them out in tiny buttons on parchment, keep in the freezer. They are SO good! Part of the WAPF recommended pregnancy diet is 4 tablespoons of butter a day, plus 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Between these two snacks I could get that easily!
Oh man, I'm hungry all the time. I make butter buttons too- but I use peppermint instead of the cinnamon. I'll try your variation! My kids go crazy for them.
06-19-2014 04:04 PM
luckiest @DuchessTergie That's awesome! The program is fantastic, I'm learning so much. If you ever have the time for it (it's a good 10 hours/week of work at least, plus travel for the three workshop weekends), it's a great course to take even if you don't want to practice as an NTP. Or they also offer an NTC course, which is all the information but without learning the functional evaluation...but the functional evaluation is the most fascinating part!

I'll have to try that recipe - the big tip-off to this pregnancy before my BFP was that I was ravenously hungry, even thirty minutes after eating a big meal. I'm always looking for high-fat, high-protein, high-satiety snacks. The other day I made butter buttons - 1c softened butter (I used kerrygold), 3T raw honey, a bit of vanilla and cinnamon, the pipe them out in tiny buttons on parchment, keep in the freezer. They are SO good! Part of the WAPF recommended pregnancy diet is 4 tablespoons of butter a day, plus 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Between these two snacks I could get that easily!
06-19-2014 03:53 PM
DuchessTergie Luckiest--my bestie is a Nutritional Therapist. I have very seriously considered starting the program but the right time hasn't presented itself yet. It is such an intriguing field!

Wanted to share this recipe-- it is getting hard to get bone broth into the diet now that it is crazy-hot. I got it from Pinterest--sorry I can't cite a better source. They are delish and I give each of my kids a square a day if they eat well-rounded meals.

Chocolate Pregnancy Squares

Put 3 TBSP gelatin in a blender with 1/2 cup cold water. After 5 minutes, add 1 cup cocoa powder, 1 cup melted coconut oil, 1/3 cup (or less) raw honey, 1 TBSP vanilla and 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Blend CAREFULLY. Refrigerate and enjoy in a few hours.

I like that I'm getting extra coconut oil and gelatin. The oil is firm when chilled, so these are firm and not wobbly. Chocolate jell-o sounds gross.
06-19-2014 09:43 AM
luckiest I'm doing my best to follow the Nourishing Traditions/Weston A Price pregnancy diet. Raw milk and butter, organ meats, bone broth, lots of greens, pastured meats, good fats like coconut oil, tallow, lard, low-tox seafood (sardines with bones, fish broth). A little sprouted brown rice.

I'm a student Nutritional Therapist, so I have a wholesale account with Biotics, so I go a little supplement crazy since I can get such a good price for them. I take HCL+pepsin with every meal, a comprehensive prenatal (Seeking Health brand), fermented cod liver oil, multiple mineral blend, cal/mag at night, adrenal glandular and a female glandular blend.

Exercise is the bigger challenge for me. It's already so hot here in Austin, I can only take walks in the early early morning. I'm going to try to find a yoga class I can go to at least weekly. I'm trying to balance school (distance) and being a stay-at-home with only a couple hours childcare a week, so exercise is always bumped to the bottom of the priority list.
06-19-2014 05:11 AM
dentonmidwife
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Denton Midwife,

What does dandelion do? Sounds intriguing!
It is a liver cleanser. I have a history of pre-e and it helps prevent it.
06-18-2014 01:05 PM
sarahknavy
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Originally Posted by jodieanneanton View Post
In addition to a good diet with plenty of proteins, fats and vegetables, my midwife suggests vitamin c and bioflavanoids. Also, no prenatal cervical checks and no garlic or other substances (ppl sometimes do this to rid themselves of GBS) in the vagina.

I tried lots of vit c last time but not the bioflavanoids. I will have to try to work that in. I looked up high bioflavanoid foods and I really don't eat much of them.

I have been looking for a yummy pregnancy tea. I only did rrl last time. I love tea. lots and lots.
06-18-2014 12:55 PM
jodieanneanton I am keeping my diet pretty healthy. I am not really craving anything and everything makes me sick, so i am trying to stick w lots of salads (easy to do this time of year!!). I am finding bread to be tasty and sticking with homemade or whole wheat varieties smothered with butter. I am not drinking milk right now because we likely won't get along until 16-18 weeks.

Exercise-wise... well, I am kinda slacking. Now that sickness is here. And I think I might try to just push through and walk my kids to and from swim lessons every morning and see how that goes.

Supplement wise (for now), I am on my food based prenatal, Vitamin E and Vitamin B-complex, Drenamin (for adrenal support) and have started my herbal tea/infusion regimen. (Strongly brewed Red Raspberry leaf, alfalfa, oatstraw, nettle (feeling conflicted about this herb because it is a diuretic, though and I know my body needs fluids for rapidly expanding blood volume) and rosehhips) Mmmmmmmmmm mmmmm mmmmm.... delicious!
06-18-2014 12:44 PM
jodieanneanton
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Any suggestions to prevent prom or srom(whichever you want to call it). With both my kid my water broke and I never went into labor. First was a csection and second was a VBAC but I still had to be induced both times.

In addition to a good diet with plenty of proteins, fats and vegetables, my midwife suggests vitamin c and bioflavanoids. Also, no prenatal cervical checks and no garlic or other substances (ppl sometimes do this to rid themselves of GBS) in the vagina.
06-18-2014 11:20 AM
BirchTree I would love suggestions on foods that might help with nausea, if anyone has experience with that. With my first I was horribly nauseated for almost the entire 9 months and I tried things like eating first thing in the morning, eating small protein rich snacks throughout the day, but nothing really helped. Unfortunately greasy foods were the only things I could eat without wanting to immediately throw up, so I ended up eating a lot of fries and pizza, and because I was feeling so horrible I didn't exercise nearly as much as I should have. I would love for things to be different this time around!
06-18-2014 10:11 AM
sarahknavy
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I'll check out the Fit2B-- sounds great. I do FCLO and Synergy food-based prentals because my diet is not so hot right now. I need to start walking again but it is seriously hot where we are so I may start swimming again. In the meantime, I'll huff and puff through my barre workouts.

Sarah, my water broke with my first and labor just didn't start, but my water broke with my second and contractions started an hour later. I knew once I heard the !pop! it was time to get moving. I spoke at length with my widwife about doing everything I could to prevent another induction. She had tons of great suggestions. Do your membranes rupture BEFORE labor?
Yes. The first was 4 days(I wasn't sure it was my water and leaked for 4 days before my next appt then my fluids were so low at that point they wanted to do a csection immediately but settled to attempt an induction.) then the second I had her 46 hours after my water broke)

Oh! Yeah. With my first I walked 3 miles the day he was born and wasn't even having contractions. With my second I was climbing stairs and tried pumping too. My body just doesn't like labor!
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