Friday, 1 August 2014

Week 35-36-update

It is getting close now! My weight was consistent from 2 weeks ago. My blood pressure was normal- 120/86. The humidity definitely sucks. It is making me a little nauseous.  Baby's heart rate was 150.

36 Weeks

Or really 35 weeks+ 5 days.  My weight increased to 162.8. My bp was 115/60. I was happy to see it was still low. I am starting to feel nauseaus after eating.  I honestly am enjoying being pregnant other than having to pee a lot and heartburn.

Baby was a busy creature at this appointment! Heart rate was 160.  Very happy and healthy. I also had my group b strep test.  There are plus and minuses to having this checked- so inform yourself before deciding to go attend. Many women already have the bacteria present but it can cause risks to your newborn.

Still having lots of braxton hicks- especially at night. They do go away and have no pattern yet. I would like to get to at least 39 weeks though.

William still wants a baby horse or a bello (turtle) lol.

My pictures are so blurry this week. Oops.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

30-33 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Things are progressing! The baby is still sideways- but that is fine for now.  Just lots of hoping that the baby turns before arrival.

I am healthy! I am taking iron and b-12 supplements. Even though I have tried to increase absorption from food, it is not good enough.  Therefore, the supplements help make up the rest. I am also taking prenatals. It is really helpful because I am nursing William. 

I am gaining weight- I am now 158 lbs.  Blood pressure is good- 111/ 86. The baby's heartbeat is good. 

I am enjoying the warm weather, but it is definitely hot! I really like to take William for a walk around the neighborhood. He gets a kick out of a ride in the stroller. I am also enjoying prenatal yoga- I just need to do it more often. 

Week 33
My weight is 161- it seems impossible between the amount of nursing William is doing although he is also very busy. 

I am definitely noticing the pain in my pelvis when I rest- it might be pelvic girdle pain (PGP) It spasms down the back of my leg when I move at night or lift my leg. It makes lifting William hard too. It's hard to know since it could also be the baby's position or loosening ligaments. 

Week 34 is here- and it the only week I don't see the doctor. I did visit the chiropractor, which was so nice.  I feel more aligned, which is very important for labour and delivery.  They use a machine for alignment more than manual adjustments, which was neat.

Starting at week 35 I see the doctor for a prenatal appointment every week.  Ugh! lol. I don't mind them- they are just a lot!

I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going. it is almost Canada Day! And 6 weeks left if I go to 40 weeks (more if i go longer lol) 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Celiac Awareness Month 2014

Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness Month? This doesn't mean just focusing on Celiac Disease, although education to demystify the condition is very important. Gluten intolerance and gluten allergies are all wrapped up in this  as well.

There is a long list of associated conditions- Thyroid problems, digestive issues, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, mental fog, Asthma, Autism, ADHD and infertility are just a few.

Also, it is frightful how few people actually know what gluten is- particularly those who in the food/ restaurant and hospitality sector. Fewer still seem to understand the impact gluten can have, whether its effect is noticeable on the person or not. It can take years to reverse underlying damage.

My brother has colitis and has fought the idea of a gluten free diet for awhile. After watching House (haha) and how it was explained he has decided to go for it. I think in some ways this a positive change. More mainstream shows need to highlight issues not make fun of it. 

Additionally, I wanted to highlight two resources I found helpful. Gluten Dude is a go to resource for support, education and some rather thought provoking content.
Another valuable website is Inspired RD. It is all about health, nutrition and life.  In terms of recipes, I suggest the Baking Beauties. They craft wonderful recipes. I really want to try making their doughnuts. 

Here is a recipe i adapted from on Jambalaya. It was based on what I had in the pantry and fridge.
  • I used 6 round sausages (gluten free)
  • half a red onion
  • 3 large potatoes, diced
  • 3 cups of rice
  • -some mixed vegetables
  • salt and pepper
  • chili powdr
First, I cooked the sausages. Then I added them to a large pot with the onions and potatoes. Then I added some spices. Next, i added the rice. near the end, i added some mixed vegetables. Then I added salt and pepper to taste.

It was actually good! All you need is some flexibility and creativity and you can come up with the best creations.

This is a late post- oops!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

World Environment Day

June 5th is world Environment Day- so named by the UN as a day to protect the environment. This WED Is also the Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which is pretty neat! As I  studied International Development- I think it is great that the focus on small island states. Many face special economic, political and environmental issues. It is so important to acknowledge that.

There are many ways to foster a love of the environment in your child!
  • Spend time outside
  • If your child is old enough, pick up trash and recycling
  • plant a tree or a garden
  • learn about recycling
  • Take a trip to a farmer's market
You could even start your own action and participate in WED or join one! 


Friday, 9 May 2014

25/27 weeks- Pregnancy Update

With all the stress in my life, I have not really been updating my blog with pregnancy posts.  Family is very important to me and I have been doing my best to spend time with them and help through with various events. I am hoping things resolve soon. 

I had a appointment at 25 weeks. Everything was good! Baby had a healthy, strong heart beat. The doctor was able to find it right away- which was exciting. My bp was 118/86, which is good and I am now 154 lbs.
25 weeks

I can't believe i am already 27 weeks. This pregnancy is going so fast. I am de-cluttering like crazy to make room for a new addition.

27 weeks
According to, my baby can "open and close its eye, hiccough and sleeps and wakes up regularly. "This is definitely cool! Baby has been doing a lot of moving around. And hiccoughs might explain what I have been feeling. I have a feeling my toddler and newborn will have opposite schedules but we see.  As for- yes to leg cramps and hemorrhoids. It isn't too bad though. 
I do have slightly low iron and b-12 levels so I am taking additional supplements. I have read some interesting holistic ways to raise those levels and would love to add them to my routine. Holistic Squad and Mommypotamus have some tips if you want to check them out.  And yes, I do have a prenatal test at 30 weeks. EEEK!!!

Yes, the months are progressing quickly. It probably helps that I had no morning sickness with this pregnancy. (and I am eternally grateful!).  Can't wait to see what unfolds next!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Spring into Spring Giveaway US and Can

I have the perfect summer giveaway to share with you! This Tuscon Cedar swing is open to the US and Canada! There is a slide, swings and an awesome canopy and more! I know my son would love the slide. 
Enter below!

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

International Cesarean Awareness Month

Cesarean Sections in the United States

Did you know that in the US 1 in 3 women have a c-section? It is important to note that c-sections are major abdominal surgery. Many c-sections are unnecessary. Often women are not informed that c-sections are major surgery with risks. They are promoted as the easy way to give birth. For some women (and babies)- this may be true. Healing times vary and depend on type of scar. However, c-sections do carry their own risks, so it is very important to make an informed decision for yourself and your baby. 

** I am glad that we are able to offer c-sections in moments of extreme duress and for breech birth, but it should not be the norm. C-sections are changing the way women give birth. This raises a lot of questions like how will the body experience labour? How will we truly understand birth if the moment is a surgical one? And why are the risks for infant and mother mortality so high- particularly in the US as it is a developed country ***

Even in Canada, c-sections are becoming quite common. My little brother was an emergency c-section so I do understand the necessity and also that there is a wide range of normal after c-sections. 

Inform yourself on how to avoid (medically unecessary) c-sections

-Your medical provider is not always right. Don't be afraid to ask questions about risks and benefits, their c-section rate and to get a second opinion.

-Your ultrasound- Your baby's weight is an estimation not a spoken truth. Also, there are many smaller women who birth 10lb babies.

-Avoid too much medical interference, for example, continuous fetal monitoring 
(DR. S. Kalaichandran 2003)

If you need a c-section: 

  1. Get support- hire a doula
  2. if you plan to breastfeed do research on breastfeeding safe drugs- Dr Hale, Kellymom or Dr Newman have some great resources out there
  3. C-sections do seem to increase incidence of PPD ( may be related to Oxytocin. Although it is not set in stone that you or someone you know will develop PPD. (

For more information check this out!:
ICan International Cesarean Awareness Network-
Mothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings and Needs after Childbirth: A Support and Resource Guide by Sally Placksin