Although I don’t normally subscribe to people getting lots of protein in their diets, there are two groups that I believe should get a little more – pregnant moms and growing children. How much is “a little more?” Well, that is a good question and I don’t really have an answer. But, here is how I’m handling it with my pregnancy (I’ll address growing children and protein when I have one). I’m not a midwife or a doctor or a nutritionist, so I’m taking in information from various experts I know and sources (including lots of books and online research with my MacBook), and I’m adding my own mama intuition to weave my own blanket of a plan.
Drumroll please… ta dah! Here it is –> the long awaited for 1st baby bump picture. :) We took this a little over a week ago. And, all I can say is… I’ve grown (in many places) since! I think I’m a little bigger everywhere – LOL – face, butt, belly, legs, you name it… it’s all good though because I’ve got my little monkey growing in me.
I’ve been asked many times about what I did to detox and get my body, mind, and spirit healthy for pregnancy. I’m happy to share my plan. It’s lengthy though, so get yourself a nice green smoothie or green juice, sit back and relax as you read through it all. Please keep in mind this necessary disclaimer… I’m not a midwife or a physician, and anyone thinking about getting pregnant should consult one of the aforementioned professionals to discuss your options. We are all different and we all have different toxic loads, experiences, ages, fitness levels, environments, etc. I will mention that a midwife is more likely to understand detoxing and using foods, supplements, etc for helping with pregnancy preparation over a medical doctor. So, with that out of the way… here is what I did.
- vegan DHA
- Vitamin B-12
- pre-natal vitamins
- wheat grass tablets
- spirulina (didn’t take much of this, I’m taking it more now though)
- milk thistle (did this for a little over a month)
- Vitamineral Green powder
- Fruits of the Earth powder
- raspberry leaf tea
- Vitamin D
- And… I made sure to consume foods that gave me plenty of zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, b-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, and protein.
- Home birth (there are many considerations for the birth itself – location, midwife, doula, birthing classes, water birth, etc)
- Breast feeding,
- Homeschooling, and our
- Raw vegan diet
In future posts, I will share what I’ve researched and experienced.
- Vitamin K shot at birth
- Which prenatal tests I want or don’t want
- Post-natal eye treatment for baby
- Which birthing classes to take
- Newborn screening (drawing blood to test metabolic processes)
- Finding a pediatrician that I’m happy with, who is knowledgeable and friendly toward my High Raw Vegan diet, my breast feeding plan, and supports my informed consent and personal decisions regarding whatever I want to do with vaccines)
Tuesday marked the beginning of my 11th week of pregnancy. I officially have the “glow” and I’ve realized some other perks of being pregnant… for example… after I finish eating a big meal, I don’t have to suck in my stomach. Sweet!
Whew! This week marks my 9th week being pregnant!!!! I’m in the final stretch of the first trimester and my body is visibly changing with this little life growing inside me. I’ve been sick as a dog (all-day-morning-sickness) but happy as hell about it. However, there were many days over the past 2 weeks that I didn’t want any food… not Raw, not even cooked vegan… not bread… nothing! And, this coming from a woman who used to eat even with an upset tummy. However, even though I didn’t want to eat the past couple of weeks, I forced myself to eat. I had to. I was able to manage some fresh fruit, as well as a green smoothie here and there, but most of it was cooked vegan.