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Forum: Babywearing   09-17-2012, 03:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 750
Posted By chapluqa
I find that babywearing has been a lifesaver for...

I find that babywearing has been a lifesaver for our family. DD (4.5 months old) has been worn in various wraps/carriers since birth and I honestly don't understand how people raise babies and get...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   04-27-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 393
Posted By chapluqa
Congrats!  I'm planning to have a nice...

Congrats! 
I'm planning to have a nice placenta smoothie, DH is all ready to make it up for me when the time comes (I'm 40 +1 today so it could be any time).
Forum: Homebirth   04-27-2012, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 812
Posted By chapluqa
I haven't birthed yet (any day now...) but we...

I haven't birthed yet (any day now...) but we are borrowing a birth pool from a friend and I really enjoyed the trial run we did a few weeks ago. It feels much bigger than a bathtub and the soft...
Forum: Homebirth   04-18-2012, 10:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,682
Posted By chapluqa
Hey there travelmumma, congratulations on your...

Hey there travelmumma, congratulations on your pregnancy!
 
The reaction of your GP is horrible, no one should be treated with that level of disrespect. Sadly when it comes to pregnancy and birth...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   03-31-2012, 09:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,265
Posted By chapluqa
Congratulations!  It just goes to show how an...

Congratulations! 
It just goes to show how an unhindered birth (hands off the breech) is usually the best option for getting babies out, regardless of what position they are in. 
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   03-25-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
Posted By chapluqa
I haven't had my UC yet, but whenever people ask...

I haven't had my UC yet, but whenever people ask about our plans for birth, I tell them we're homebirthing, and they usually assume it's with a midwife. Sometimes they ask whether we have one, and I...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   02-29-2012, 11:39 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 7,101
Posted By chapluqa
Mambera -  I wasn't trying to imply that giving...

Mambera -  I wasn't trying to imply that giving birth wasn't horribly painful for some, many, or most women. The point was that for our entire lives we're conditioned to expect it to be this...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   02-28-2012, 06:33 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 7,101
Posted By chapluqa
Thank you, Turquesa, you've said so much that I...

Thank you, Turquesa, you've said so much that I wanted to say, in a very clear and eloquent way. http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/clap.gif
 
I would add the following:
 
In my opinion...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   02-23-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 964
Posted By chapluqa
I'm also going unassisted for my first and I...

I'm also going unassisted for my first and I haven't had any scans (currently 31 weeks along) and I'm not planning to. This was a very considered decision after reading all the pros and potential...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   02-23-2012, 01:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,143
Posted By chapluqa
Thanks for the reminder about liquid...

Thanks for the reminder about liquid chlorophyll...I'll have to make sure to get some and start taking it when I hit 34 weeks.  I was already planning to have Shepherd's Purse on hand.
 
Since...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   02-21-2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,143
Posted By chapluqa
  I've also been planning to UC for my first...


I've also been planning to UC for my first baby (due in April), and to have some experienced women (friends who've had UCs, including one who is a student doula) on-call to come over if I feel I...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   01-12-2012, 02:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,932
Posted By chapluqa
My current favorite Hebrew name for a girl is...

My current favorite Hebrew name for a girl is Dafna, which means Laurel tree (same as Daphne).  Funnily enough, my husband (who is Israeli) actually prefers Daphne to Dafna.
By the way, the name...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   12-13-2011, 03:10 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,903
Posted By chapluqa
I'm annoyed by the whole concept of 'rules' for...

I'm annoyed by the whole concept of 'rules' for pregnant women, as opposed to 'suggestions' or 'guidelines'. To me it implies that as soon as we are with child we suddenly lose any autonomy or...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-10-2011, 08:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 939
Posted By chapluqa
  It's not really a factor for me, as the only...


It's not really a factor for me, as the only other option I would consider is homebirth with a midwife and we could afford the costs of that (although it would mean dipping into our savings). I...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   12-07-2011, 03:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,186
Posted By chapluqa
I'm also going UP/UC for my first (currently 20...

I'm also going UP/UC for my first (currently 20 weeks along) and I would highly recommend a few more books:  Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (have heard from friends that it's actually a lot better...
Forum: April 2012   11-13-2011, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 656
Posted By chapluqa
Love it!    And it's great to see a twin...

Love it! 
 
And it's great to see a twin mama actually being 'allowed' to go full term rather than being induced or c-sectioned earlier  : )
Forum: April 2012   11-13-2011, 02:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 582
Posted By chapluqa
I also have the Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural...

I also have the Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil - it seemed to have lots of good reviews. It has a mixture of oils including grape seed, jojoba and borage seed oil, along with some yummy...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-10-2011, 12:46 PM
Replies: 532
Views: 7,104
Posted By chapluqa
CONGRATS, tank!!  Welcome earthside, Elliot! ...

CONGRATS, tank!!  Welcome earthside, Elliot!  http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif  Looking forward to reading your birth story when you're ready to share.
 
Rosie - I have had the...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-08-2011, 01:12 PM
Replies: 532
Views: 7,104
Posted By chapluqa
Sorry it's a little late, but CONGRATULATIONS...

Sorry it's a little late, but CONGRATULATIONS Hykue!!! http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif  Thanks for posting pics, Little Raven is beautiful!  
 
tank, thinking of you and wishing...
Forum: April 2012   11-06-2011, 10:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,004
Posted By chapluqa
I've really been enjoying the second trimester...

I've really been enjoying the second trimester so far, being able to eat and not feeling queasy all day, and having lots more energy. But this morning I had to drag myself out of bed, after a good...
Forum: April 2012   11-06-2011, 10:02 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 11,907
Posted By chapluqa
Awwww, I'm loving the new bump pics!  Itsybitsy,...

Awwww, I'm loving the new bump pics!  Itsybitsy, that is soooo adorable!
 
My bump is finally growing and starting to look obvious (although I still get some surprised looks when I tell people I'm...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-01-2011, 05:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 196
Posted By chapluqa
Just to add a bit of friendly advice - if you...

Just to add a bit of friendly advice - if you know that you have a high chance of having a very fast labor, both you and your husband should read up on the 'basics' for an unexpected home (or car)...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-01-2011, 04:50 AM
Replies: 532
Views: 7,104
Posted By chapluqa
Great picture, tank - looks so cozy over there! ...

Great picture, tank - looks so cozy over there!
 
Birdie, I'm so sorry that your midwives did that to you, and so at the last minute!  Have you considered hiring a doula for your birth in the...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   11-01-2011, 04:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 771
Posted By chapluqa
My pants started to get tight early on as well,...

My pants started to get tight early on as well, and I just wore my most comfortable stretchy pants, and actually bought some maternity pants (second hand) around 9 weeks along, not the kind with the...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   10-30-2011, 06:44 PM
Replies: 532
Views: 7,104
Posted By chapluqa
birdie - I don't think I'm actually losing...

birdie - I don't think I'm actually losing weight, just feel like any extra padding I had on my tummy, thighs, etc.. is melting away, even though I do have a little bump (and can feel a firmish...
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