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Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   10-23-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 173
Posted By cactuspear
For the past few years, I have been giving...

For the past few years, I have been giving homemade granola and scented bath salts as gifts for friends, or as add-ons to gifts for family. The first time I gave granola, I was surprised at how...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   10-16-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By cactuspear
Me! I spent so much time preparing last time due...

Me! I spent so much time preparing last time due to a different job arrangement and the fact that I had no kids yet. We did all of the Birthing From Within pain coping exercises, I did tons of yoga,...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   10-03-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 503
Posted By cactuspear
I love that you always recommend the re-use...

I love that you always recommend the re-use option. I try to do it as much as I can. I just found my winter coat for $16 at a local thrift store that often has hidden vintage gems. It's a large...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   10-03-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 734
Posted By cactuspear
I've been thinking about this lately and now...

I've been thinking about this lately and now you're all giving me lots of good ideas! Last time I wore the hospital gown, but I really don't want to do that this time around. During my daughter's...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   09-23-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 202
Posted By cactuspear
My username comes from the edible purple fruits...

My username comes from the edible purple fruits that grow on the cacti where I live. You can eat the cactus pads, too - they're more like a vegetable and taste good with eggs in tacos. Wherever I...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   09-21-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 270
Posted By cactuspear
I LOVE that Hypnobabies positive affirmations...

I LOVE that Hypnobabies positive affirmations track! I listen to it whenever I get to take a walk by myself. For difficult days at work or out in the world, I also like:
"Other people's negative...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   09-21-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 202
Posted By cactuspear
I have one 3 1/2 year old daughter who is really...

I have one 3 1/2 year old daughter who is really excited to become a big sister.


I just finished reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, a really interesting novel with a...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   09-21-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 284
Posted By cactuspear
My labor last time came on really fast and...

My labor last time came on really fast and intense for a first birth, and I also had tearing. How are you thinking about preventing it this time around? I have to admit that knowing the second one...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   09-21-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 202
Posted By cactuspear
Hi! With the craziness of a new job, I've been...

Hi! With the craziness of a new job, I've been more of an infrequent reader here than a poster of late, but I'm happy my spotlight day has come.

Favorite hobby: I'm an artist, so doing that...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   09-13-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By cactuspear
I guess the key here for me is the part about...

I guess the key here for me is the part about being alone, stuck in the same position with no one to trade off driving with. The night spent alone sounds like a personal vacation, but it could be...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   09-12-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By cactuspear
road trip advice?

I'm trying to make a decision about a road trip for a freelance gig. This would be a great opportunity, and the last time to take advantage of anything similar for many months to come. However, it...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   09-12-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 542
Posted By cactuspear
I've been wearing this one made by Loving...

I've been wearing this one made by Loving Comfort...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   08-25-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By cactuspear
I've had lots of GI problems over the years, and...

I've had lots of GI problems over the years, and both the GI doc and my CNM said Zantac is safe during pregnancy. I also do papaya enzymes and the occasional Tums when heartburn gets bad. Try to...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   08-09-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 351
Posted By cactuspear
I've seen conflicting accounts on nettles -...

I've seen conflicting accounts on nettles - either it's great for pregnancy or it's a uterine stimulant that shouldn't be used during this time. I don't have access to an experienced herbalist, so I...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   08-07-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 351
Posted By cactuspear
Seems like something different works for...

Seems like something different works for everyone, but here are some things that help me:

Wishgarden Herbs makes tinctures that are safe for pregnancy, and I've successfully used the allergy and...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   07-22-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 482
Posted By cactuspear
I had a really funny one a few weeks ago. I had...

I had a really funny one a few weeks ago. I had terrible nausea during the first trimester, and at the end of it, I got incredibly hungry all the time. I was waking up hungry in the middle of the...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   07-17-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 452
Posted By cactuspear
Chapsie looks good to me

Chapsie looks good to me
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   07-17-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 444
Posted By cactuspear
Try not to worry about it. At my last appt (13...

Try not to worry about it. At my last appt (13 weeks), I had only gained 1 pound, which seemed crazy because I couldn't button most of my pants. Now my belly is bigger, so I'm sure I've gained a...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   07-14-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 452
Posted By cactuspear
I'll do it, too, if it's not too late.

I'll do it, too, if it's not too late.
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   07-14-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 587
Posted By cactuspear
Seems nearly impossible to keep up with unless...

Seems nearly impossible to keep up with unless you're a stay-at-home parent...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   07-12-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 344
Posted By cactuspear
Have any of you tried to use one of those support...

Have any of you tried to use one of those support belts for running during pregnancy? Do they actually work? I've been walking or walk/running, and doing some yoga or at least trying to fit in back...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   06-15-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 70
Posted By cactuspear
I'm sorry to hear about all of this, Laneybug! I...

I'm sorry to hear about all of this, Laneybug! I can't really speak to the prolapse and ab issues, but I can offer some advice on hemorrhoids, which I've had off and on in addition to other...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   06-12-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 19
Posted By cactuspear
help for back pain

Lower back pain was the bane of my last pregnancy and now I can already feel it rearing up again at 13 wks. I do yoga and walk/run, which helps, but do you have any other suggestions? What are your...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   06-11-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 37
Posted By cactuspear
A regular meditation practice (although lately it...

A regular meditation practice (although lately it hasn't been so regular) and exercise help me to stay clam and focused. I had a lot of traumatic family stuff happen at the very beginning of this...
Forum: Spirituality   05-31-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By cactuspear
I started a few years before becoming a mama with...

I started a few years before becoming a mama with a general interest in the Buddhist worldview. Then I went to beginner's meditation instruction at a local Shambala center and then a Vipassana...
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