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How To Survive The First Trimester

How To Survive The First Trimester

So you might be wondering how to survive the first trimester and you’ve come to the right place because I’m going to share all my secrets with you.  Ok, they’re not really secrets but things that have helped me to continue living my life, which is pretty huge when you’re in your first trimester!

If you’ve been pregnant than you totally understand what I’m talking about.  

Here are just a few of the common symptoms first trimester mamas can feel:

  • Nausea
  • Tired- ALL THE TIME
  • Food Cravings and Food Aversions
  • Depressed
  • Not Motivated
  • Weight Gain
  • Mood Swings
  • Headaches
  • Heightened Sense Of Smell
  • Frequent Trips To The Bathroom
  • Acne
  • Out Of Breath
  • Swollen Breasts
  • Changes In Sex Drive

 

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My bump is already popping with the third baby at 15 weeks!

 

I like to describe it as being on a roller coaster.  One minute you’re up and the next minute you’re down.  To be honest, sometimes I feel like two different people.  There’s the me before pregnancy, and then there’s the me during pregnancy.  There’s just so many changes happening all at once.  You want to just feel normal and carry on but that is anything but how it is.

I called this blog post how to survive pregnancy in the first trimester because that’s really how I feel.  I know so many people who don’t have symptoms or feel amazing throughout their pregnancy which is awesome.  But it hasn’t been my case.  I literally feel like I’m in survival mode.  Everything that came easy to me before feels 10 times harder.  Whether it’s doing laundry, making dinner, cleaning the house, doing my job, or being a parent to my kids.  It just takes more head space and energy than before. 

Suffice to say babies really can take it out of you.  I’ve experienced all of the symptoms in the first trimester listed above.  Overall, the  fatigue is real.  I don’t know how many times I would literally just end up taking a nap when I should have been blogging or cleaning or anything besides napping.  I’m not a napper at all, so taking a nap is just all around foreign to me.  But when I’m pregnant sometimes it’s the best medicine.  

I’m going to be sharing my experience and tips and tricks throughout my pregnancy that really help me.  Trust me, if you’re reading this and you’re not a mama yet, don’t worry!  Pregnancy looks so different on everyone and you might not experience these symptoms at all.  It also usually gets so much better as you get further along in pregnancy, especially nausea. 

I created a list of natural resources that have really helped when it comes to surviving the first trimester.  I hope these help you like they did me!  After all, us mamas have to stick together. 🙂

 

First trimester survival

Just a few of my favorite things in this first trimester!

 

First Trimester Natural Resources-

 

  • Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Sugar Free Ginger Beers- These have helped me in a massive way with my nausea.  My friend Kate from Root and Revel had recommended them to me.  They’re made with just a few real food ingredients and sweetened with stevia not sugar so you’re not getting a crazy high sugar spike.  Plus, they have real ginger in them so they help ease nausea.  They’re carbonated too which is huge for me!  I love carbonation when I’m pregnant and these definitely hit the spot when I’m needing something fizzy.  I usually have one in the morning when my nausea is at it’s peak.  Get them here!
  • Real Food For Pregnancy Book- This book was recommended to me by my friend Dr. Ben Lynch.  He’s a research doctor and knows his stuff.  It has been such a resource for me!  I’ve read pregnancy books before that have talked about nutrition but don’t have a lot of evidence to back up their claims.  This book really gives so many references!  It debunks so many of the common pregnancy nutrition guidelines people have been taught and turns them on their heads.  Lily does such a thorough job of laying out what you should eat during pregnancy and why.  She even goes into meal plans, recipes and supplement advice.  I can’t recommend this book enough if you want to optimize your pregnancy. Get the book here!
  • Seeking Health Supplements- These supplements have been taken on the daily by me.  Supplementing is so important these days since are soil is so depleted and even if you’re eating a whole foods diet you can miss key nutrients.  From Seeking Health I take their Optimal Prenatal, or their Optimal Prenatal Chewable,  their Optimal Fish OilVitamin B Complex Plus, NAC, ProBiota HistaminX,  and Optimal Magnesium.  It’s so important to take folate instead of folic acid.  Watch this video my friend Dr. Ben Lynch did.  So insightful!  
  • Elite Fuel Iron Supplement- This has been the best iron supplement I’ve found.  It literally has increased my iron levels quicker than any other iron supplement.  I can’t recommend it enough!  Get it here!
  • Elite Fuel Vitamin D3+K2 Supplement- This is a liquid Vitamin D3 +K2, I love that it’s a liquid.  It’s so easy to take. Get it here!
  • Podcasts:  I’ve done two podcasts about fertility and conceiving and what to supplement, eat and so on in pregnancy.  You can check them out here and here.  Such great resources!

 

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This is the best stuff! Sweetened with stevia and contains real ginger.

 

Other Tips-

 

  • Make breakfast ahead of time- I’ve found for me that having some foods prepped has helped me a lot.  In the mornings my nausea is at an all time high.  One of my favorite foods to have on hand is homemade granola.  Then I just add some to 100% grass-fed organic greek yogurt.  I really like the brand Maple Hill.  They have an organic 100% grass-fed greek yogurt that’s amazing. I just eat plain to avoid the extra sugars.  This greek yogurt I’ve found has the best texture!  The combination of the fat and protein with some carbs has been just the ticket for me.  It helps to curb my nausea and keeps me feeling full a couple hours. Plus, it sounds good which is half the battle!  If you have been pregnant before you know this is key.  Knowing I have this quick breakfast in the morning to go too has been huge.  It really has made a huge difference in helping me operate smoother in the mornings.  Then I’ll make a green smoothie a couple hours later.  But right away I need something the moment I wake up. Scroll to the bottom for my granola recipe. 
  • Chicken and Egg Salad- For whatever reason I’ve been craving both of these throughout my pregnancy.  I’ve made them both and then we also have local place that uses good ingredients that I feel great about ordering from.  I’ll make some for the week and store it in the fridge for lunches.  It’s so nice already having something pre-made on hand.  I don’t follow a particular recipe- kind of a rebel like that but there are a few ingredients I use instead of conventional ones that are important to note.  Instead of regular mayonnaise I use Primal Kitchen’s Mayo- super clean ingredients.  I like adding dill to my egg salads- love me some dill!  For the chicken salad I put celery, chicken, pecan, and apple a lot of times.  It really depends on what I have on hand.  Then I chop up some spinach leaves and toss it all together with the chicken or egg salad.  SO good!  If you want a good recipe I would up opt for one that’s paleo- usually they have pretty simple, clean ingredients.  Here’s a chicken salad recipe and an egg salad recipe.
  • Soda Stream- If you follow me then you know I love some good carbonation.  Well it’s at an all time high when I’m pregnant!  The carbonation really helps to ease my nausea.  I love having this glass soda stream.  It keeps me fully supplied with sparking water.  I love knowing that my carbonated water is filtered since I use the water from my Berkey.  They have the plastic bottles but I prefer the Soda Stream that use glass bottles.  Plastic bottles can leaky unwanted chemicals into my water.  Check out the glass Soda Stream here!
  • Cold Fresh Fruit- All my pregnancy I’ve craved fresh fruit, this one no different.  I loved having organic strawberries, organic organges, organic blueberries and organic raspberries on hand.  Costco has some of the best deals for organic fruit.  I’m pretty sure I had 2-3 Cara Cara oranges a day!  
  • Smoothies- I find it hard to eat my normal amount of veggies when I’m pregnant in the first trimester.  Texture, smell and taste are all off for me.  I’m grateful for smoothies!  These help me pack a ton of veggies in and just slurp them down instead of having to chew them and gag- just being real. I would pack spinach, celery and cucumber in my smoothies and then add some healthy fats like cashew butter, some fiber with chia seeds, some superfood powders like pomegranate powder, camu powder, açaí powder, and half a banana. I would add a cup of coconut milk and blend up!  Then once blended add my protein powder.  Activ Whey Goat Whey Protein is the BEST protein!  If you haven’t tried it you need to get on it.  I personally know the owner and founder and love how authentic he is.  He sources from grass-fed goats.  Can’t recommend it enough!  Get it here!  
  • Eggs- I hadn’t been eating eggs because my food sensitivity test showed I was sensitive to them.  However, when pregnant I’ve been eating them because of the choline content in them.  Choline is so important in pregnancy. If you want to understand more about Choline check out a podcast I did with Sarah Morgan a functional nutritionist.
  • Primally Pure Deodorant- I knew I needed to find a natural deodorant that was safe during pregnancy because your underarms soak up so much of what you put on them.  I was happy to find Primally Pure and know that they are completely safe to use during pregnancy.  They have done extensive research to ensure that their products are clean.  I love the Blue Tansy and Charcoal Deodorant- so does my husband!  Get them here!
  • True Botanicals Pregnancy Skincare Line- I love knowing that I can still have an active natural skincare line that is still safe for myself and baby during pregnancy.  If you’ve followed me you know that I love True Botanical’s Antioxidant Booster and Repair Serum- holy grail products in natural beauty.  Well, True Botanicals has a whole skincare line dedicated to pregnancy.  Excluding the ingredients you don’t want in your products while pregnant, yet still creating an amazing skincare line.  I’ve been using their Calm Pure Radiance Oil and Vitamin C Booster. Since True Botanical’s Antioxidant Booster isn’t recommend for pregnancy I’ve been swapping it out for the Vitamin C Booster. Check out all their pregnancy safe products here!
  • Beautycounter- Another safe line for pregnancy is Beautycounter.  I trust their line completely with all of their third party testing and stringent screening process for ingredients.  I have been using their body butter– so luxurious and crucial for my growing belly!  I also have been using their body wash and their shampoo and conditioner.  Plus, their Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream.  I love knowing I can literally just go to their website and not think twice about picking up a product when I’m pregnant.  Shop all of Beautycounter’s products here!  This is an excerpt taken from their website:
Yes. All of Beautycounter’s products are safe to use during pregnancy and nursing. We screen every ingredient for safety, keeping those especially vulnerable—like pregnant women and babies—in mind.
If you have specific medical concerns, we always advise consulting a physician.

 

chocolate granola recipe

This granola recipe is SO good! It is a spin off of Purely Elizabeth’s chocolate granola but with less sugar and more good fiber!

 

Chocolate Granola Recipe-

  • 3 Cups Gluten Free Organic Oats(I like One Degree Oats since they’re glyphosate free too)
  • 1 Cup Quinoa Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Lily’s Chocolate Chips(stevia sweetened)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt

*Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then spread on a cookie sheet.  Cook at 325 for 15 minutes and then stir and cook for 10 more minutes.

That sums up some of my tips, what are some of your tips for surviving the first trimester?  Leave me a comment below.

 

First Trimester Survival

Sharing how I survive the first trimester. All my tips and tricks!

Pregnant With Baby #3!

Pregnant With Baby #3!

So excited to finally share I’m pregnant with baby #3!  It’s been a secret I’ve been keeping under wraps for what feels like forever, but I’m so excited to finally be able to share the news with you!

I wanted to sit down with you like we were chatting as old friends because that’s how I feel about you.  So I thought a video was appropriate to share the story of how I found out I was pregnant.

I’m sharing how we found out, if it was planned, how I’ve been feeling and if we’re going to find out the gender or not.  I’ll be sharing lots more on pregnancy in the future.  Stay tuned for Wednesday’s blog post where I share all the details on natural pregnancy faves and resources, plus if I plan to have another home birth or not.

Hope you guys love the video! I plan to do more videos so let me know what you want to see in the comments of the video or blog post here.

Life Changing Books

Life Changing Books

So the Christmas season is in full swing and I’m loving every minute of it!  Something about this time of year that makes me reflect on the last year.  From highs to lows and everything in between.  This season always reminds me of what’s most important and how truly grateful I am for my health.  I truly believe one of the best gifts you can give your family and friends is the gift of health.  Think about it, you could have all the money in the world but if you don’t have your health, what does it matter?  You can’t enjoy any of it.

This season I want to encourage you to give the gift of knowledge.  I love the verse in the Bible that says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”  It really is true.  I believe most people truly want to do good, but just don’t know where to start or what to do.  Arming people with knowledge, gives them the power to create change in their lives and generations to come.  Just think what would happen if you started to change the way you eat?  Trust me when I say people would take notice and everyone would be affected positively.  What if you decided to stop using the chemical laden products you currently use and instead started swapping them out for safer, cleaner options?

“My people perish for lack of knowledge.”-Bible

You see it’s not just about you, it’s so much bigger than that.  It’s about bringing change to our society as a whole.  This is what I dream about!  Change doesn’t happen overnight though, it happens with one person standing up for something better.  Change starts with you.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Readers are leaders.”  As corny as it may sound, I fully believe this is true.  Why can’t we be the ones leading our families and communities towards a better future?  One of the easiest ways to do this is by giving a book to read.  Sometimes it’s hard to share with friends or family about health, but giving a book to someone isn’t.  It’s the easiest way to not say anything, while actually saying a lot.  Have a book say it for you!  As I’ve said knowledge is power, and all people need sometimes is just a little spark to set a fire ablaze within them.

“Readers are leaders.”

I wanted to compile a list of books that I’ve read that have helped me throughout my health journey.  I also had Dr. Matt share some of his top picks too.  I have some cookbooks I really like, some green beauty books and some health books in general.  Buy them as a gift, buy them for yourself, whatever you decide I believe reading always makes us better.

Also, a great tip I’ve picked up to increase my reading capacity is to listen to books on audio.  Especially as a mom this has been huge.  Whether I’m driving in the car, making dinner, cleaning or just nursing my daughter(hello getting real), I just push play.  Instead of just letting time pass, I’m investing in myself and learning.

Tips on Audio books:

Get Audible by Amazon This has changed my life!  You pay a monthly membership fee of $14.95 and you get 1 book with that membership free each month. Then after that you get 30% off any other book.  Download the app on your phone/Ipad and then you can listen whenever you want.  The books stay on your account so you can listen to them again if you want.  You can roll over up to 6 credits. I love it!

Rent From Your Local Library- Get a library card if you don’t already have one and check out audio books for free(and of course regular print copies)!  Even if they don’t have the title you might want chances are if you request it they’ll get it in for you.  No excuses that you can’t afford books because it’s absolutely free. Take advantage of this!

Split Audio Books with Friends or Family-Audio books tend to be more expensive then just a book, but if you split it 3 or 4 ways it ends up being the same price if not cheaper than a printed book.  Everyone benefits but it doesn’t break the bank.

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My Top Book Picks-

  • No More Dirty Looks(Green Beauty)-This book started it all for me as far as switching to green beauty, and I will forever be grateful for the way it completely changed my life!  It’s full of information on why makeup, skincare, hair products, nail products are all toxic and why.  They also give alternatives and ingredients to avoid. A great book for someone starting their journey into green beauty.
  • Skin Cleanse(Green Beauty)- This is a great integrative approach to achieving clear skin.  It doesn’t just address your skin topically but your whole person. It really helps to pin point what may be causing your skin flare ups. She takes on a less is more approach and some DIY recipes in the book.
  • The Clear Skin Diet(Green Beauty/Health)- This book completely changed my thinking on skincare.  I read it six years ago and I still go back to it time and time again.  It is full of so many nuggets.  It really sets the stage and shows how our skin is affected by diet and lifestyle.  From the hard facts about the correlation to dairy and acne, how we need omega -3 fatty acids to why the Japanese diet is so good for our skin.  A must read for anyone who wants to achieve clear skin without reaching for some medication.
  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility(Women’s Health)- This book has been such a resource for me throughout having my two girls.  Before I even got pregnant this book helped me.  I recommend any women read this, especially if you’re wanting to have children in the future.  I’ve found very few people actually understand their cycle and this lays it all out on reproductive health, pregnancy and natural birth control.
  • Beautiful Babies(Women & Baby Health)- I remember reading this book when I was pregnant with my first daughter and it really shook me.  It’s such a good resource for fertility, pregnancy, breast-feeding and baby’s first foods.  You will walk away feeling armed to give your body and your baby the best care and nutrients.
  • Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care(Women & Baby Health)- This book is jam packed with some serious wisdom for the holistic mama.  From breastfeeding, vaccines, child development and what nutrients are essential for baby.
  • Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth(Women’s Health)- This book really helped me take care of my body after baby.  So often you have a baby and then all your energy goes into caring for the baby and we forget about the mother.  The book does a great job of explaining what is happening in the body, why and what to do to help it through each phase. A great resource for any new mom!
  • Eat This and Live(Clean Eating)- This book changed my thinking on clean eating.  It is perfect for anyone starting their clean eating journey.  It lays out what you should eat, why, how to prepare it the best, what nutrients are essential for optimal health and so much more.  Plus, it shares why you want to avoid the Standard American Diet.  It even has a lot of pictures-making it easier to read for those just starting out on their health journey.
  • Dream It Pin It Live It(Dreams & Goals for your Life)- This book really challenged me to look at my life and ask what I want out of it.  It made me realize how my dreams are possible and how to see them played out.  I recommend this for anyone who is serious about wanting to see positive change in their life and doesn’t want to be in the same place next year.
  • The Magnolia Story-(Biography)-Call me predictable but I’m pretty sure anyone should read Chip and Johanna’s story from the popular HGTV story Fixer Upper.  I think sometimes people have the illusion that anyone successful doesn’t go through any hardships.  Their story proves this theory wrong and how success in life takes dedication and hard work.
  • Fed & Fit Cookbook(Clean Eating)- This cookbook has been such a great resource for me in the kitchen.  Cassey really lays out not only amazing paleo friendly recipes in the book but also some health principles that are life changing.  The food is delicious and her story inspiring.
  • Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook(Clean Eating)- This cookbook has quickly become a favorite.  If someone you know thinks “healthy” food can’t taste good then this is the cookbook for them.  Lexi really makes eating clean fun and creates all your standby comfort foods but with a healthy twist.  I’m always amazed at the flavors that come out of her recipes.

Dr. Matt’s Top Book Picks-

See any faves here?  What are you currently reading and what are some of your favorite books?

 

Gracie’s Home Birth Story

Gracie’s Home Birth Story

So excited to finally be sharing Gracie’s home birth story with you guys.  It’s been three weeks since the little nugget came into the world.  She is just the sweetest babe.  A good sleeper…so thankful!  She’s still a newborn and wakes up in the middle of the night to nurse, but she’s such a better sleeper than Finley was.  My whole experience the second time around has been totally different than with Finley.  You can read my home birth experience with Finley here.  I should have known the birth was going to be different as well.

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Gracie was due September 3rd but she came August 31st.  Finley was 10 days late!  So to say I was shocked she was early is an understatement.  I remember thinking I had at least a good week left before she came…haha so not the case!  I woke up Tuesday morning August 30th around 3ish am.  What woke me up?  My first contractions.  I thought maybe they were just braxton hicks.  But they didn’t go away.  I tossed and turned until around 7 am and then got up to shower.  My husband came up and said what I had planned for the day, I said casually, “Well I think I’m going to have a baby.”  He laughed and said, “Are you serious?”  I said, “Yep it’s looking like it.”  The contractions were every 15 minutes.  Nothing crazy, but I could definitely feel them.  I called my mid-wife just to let her know the situation.  She said it sounded like I was in the beginning stages of labor and to keep her posted. (pic. on the right was taken the day I had her)

My husband took Finley outside and I went into full on cleaning/organizing mode.  If it needed to be washed, cleaned, etc, it was getting done.  I kept experiencing the contractions as I cleaned.  Sometimes I would have to stop and just breathe through it.  My mom came in the afternoon.  She always stays with me a week after giving birth(she’s a saint).  She helped with Finley too.  My sister in law also showed up.  She was my doula basically for Finley, even though she isn’t a doula.  She’s had three kids and two of them at home.  To say she’s amazing is an understatement!  I feel so at ease when she’s there helping me. (pic. below of my two loves a week after Gracie was born)

01My contractions were kind of all over the place still by 5 pm.  We were timing them and some were 5 minutes apart, some 10 minutes.  There wasn’t any real consistency.  I was getting annoyed that I wasn’t progressing faster.  Most people will tell you that your second is a lot faster than your first.  My first mid-wife even had said to call the minute I sneezed with the second because it was going to be fast.  Finley’s birth was relatively fast for a first birth-around 9 hours from the start of my first contraction to birth.  This time around it seemed to drag on.  So I started walking up and down my stairs to get things moving.  It seemed to help.  The contractions started getting closer together.  Still not super consistent though.  Some were further apart, other’s closer together.  I called my mid-wife again and she said it was up to me if she came.  I didn’t feel like she should come yet, I mean what was she going to do but sit around.  I started to bounce on the exercise ball and the contractions seemed to pick up.  I had called my midwife around 7 and it seemed my contractions started to pick up around 9.  I called her and told her to come.  She showed up around 9:45 pm.  I was definitely having intense contractions, but when she checked me I was only dilated to a 5.  I was so frustrated!  I was thinking I would have a baby already, but still wasn’t close.  Finally, things started to pick up after that, and my contractions were getting longer and closer together.  I laid down once on my side but felt that slowed down the progression, so I went and sat on the toilet and that really took things to the next level.  It got pretty intense in the bathroom and I knew I was getting closer.  This whole time my sister in law is helping to coach me and push on my back where I was having back pain.

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My midwife suggested I move back in my living room, so she could check and see how far along I was.  But it didn’t happen.  I moved to the living room and right as I got there I had another intense contraction.  I just fell to my knees and had my hands and elbows on the couch.  I told her I needed to push. It was so intense!  More intense than with Finley I felt, which is odd because Finley weighed 9.05 lbs. and Gracie was 7lbs. 12 oz.  However, with Finley, I never felt the urge to push like I did with Gracie.  It was like my body couldn’t not push her out.  So I pushed and they said they could see her head.  I pushed again and her head came out.  I pushed two more times and her body came out-relief!  The most amazing feeling, it’s hard to describe.  As I mentioned she was 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 19 inches long.  She was born at 1:21 am.  I climbed on my couch and held her, cord still pulsing.  I had witnessed a miracle again.  She pooped on me when I was holding her.  I don’t know it could have been my poop too, haha, there’s all sorts of stuff coming out of you when you give birth!  Ten minutes later I pushed out the placenta.  So I ended up giving birth on my knees this time around.  With Finley I was laying down.  Can I be honest though?  Laying down is one of the worst positions as far as when you’re having contractions.  I much prefer to be on my hands and knees. (pic. above taken right after Gracie was born)

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This time it was harder for me mentally, just because it ended up being a lot longer than I expected.  Although the contractions weren’t super intense until later in the day, it just seemed to drag on, compared to Finley’s birth.  My water also didn’t break until Gracie came out, whereas with Finley it broke before I even had contractions.  For me, giving birth at home is so convenient and comfortable.  I love being in my environment, not having to go anywhere before or after.  I take a shower in my shower after the birth and can climb in my bed.  My biggest piece of advice for anyone thinking about having a home birth is to not have preconceived expectations.  Things always change, and it helps to just keep an open mind.  In the end, the goal is a happy and healthy baby! (pic. above taken a week after Gracie was born)

Have you given birth at home?  How was your experience?

Natural Pregnancy Tips

Natural Pregnancy Tips

If you haven’t heard I’m prego!!  Ok, you probably have.  I’ve been asked about so many different things since becoming pregnant.  Being pregnant the second time around is a lot different too.  I feel so much more relaxed.  I thought I would just compile some tips I’ve learned from both pregnancies into a blog post.  There’s so many things to consider after finding out your pregnant.  It can seem a little daunting!  Hopefully, these tips will help to make the transition a little easier.

Take a prenatal with folate and not folic acid.  Folic acid is synthetic.

One of the first things pregnant women do after finding out they’re pregnant is supplementing with a prenatal.  More often than not, it contains folic acid.  Most doctors are still prescribing folic acid to newly pregnant moms.  Unfortunately, it’s not even good for you!  Here Dr. Ben Lynch gives great insight into why you should be taking folate instead of folic acid.

Get at least 80-100 grams of protein a day.

I remember thinking this seemed crazy with my first pregnancy!  However, your baby is growing so rapidly and needing the extra protein for fetal development.  Plus, for me the biggest thing I noticed when I ate enough protein, especially in my first pregnancy was increased energy and less nausea.  It helped keep me full longer which kept my nausea at bay.

Ditch the soda and grab a sparkling water instead.

No one should be drinking soda or pop anyways, but especially during pregnancy.  It might sound good with all the bubbles and fizz but grab a sparkling water instead.  I like to add lemon or lime to my sparkling water and some stevia-instant fizzy drink minus the artificial sugar spike.  This has helped me so much, especially during my first trimester when food doesn’t sound that appealing, and all you want is something to ease the nausea.

Avoid synthetic laundry detergents and snag a natural one instead.

Mainstream laundry detergents are full of toxic ingredients these days.  The last thing you want to do is be soaking all the toxins up everyday through sleeping and your clothes.  Plus, most of them are filled with synthetic fragrance that you or your baby should not be exposed to.  Why not start prepping for when baby comes anyways?  Who wants a newborn drenched in synthetic chemicals?  Not my child!  I really love these natural laundry detergents.

Avoid air fresheners and candles and stick with essential oils.

Air fresheners are a no, no all around.  I can smell the artificial fragrance a mile away.  No one should be breathing in these toxins, pregnant or not but especially being pregnant.  Candles are so sketchy too.  Some say soy but then have artificial fragrance, or are made with part soy, part paraffin(petroleum), my recommendation is just steer clear.  It’s 9 months guys, not a life time.  Stick with pure, organic essential oils instead.  Get a diffuser and diffuse them in your home.  I really like Mountain Rose Herbs Essential Oils-pure essential oils.

Craving Carbs? Opt for a grain free waffle.

You hear it so often when women are newly pregnant-all they want is carbs.  Carbs aren’t bad in and of themselves but an overdoes of bad carbs are.  Especially when it’s all in the form of white flour!  I definitely craved carbs and still do with this pregnancy.  I’ve found a couple tricks to help satisfy my cravings without putting me into a carb coma.  One recipe I love is from Britney Angel and is her Paleo Waffles.  They’re so tasty!  I mean I would choose these over regular waffles any day.  I’ll make a batch, freeze them and take them out, and toast them whenever I’m needing a pick me up.

Clean your home with natural cleaners.

It’s surprising to me how many people continue using their toxic chemical cleaning products when pregnant.  The scent on them alone is enough to have me running the other way, not to mention having it come in contact with my skin.  Word of advice?  Just ditch all your conventional cleaners and grab some natural ones.  You and your baby don’t need to have those toxins around.  Instead, swap it out for my favorite cleaning products, like baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.  I have a full list here of all the products I use-the list is actually really short!

Get a natural stretch mark prevention cream.

Avoid all the mainstream stretch mark creams filled with synthetic chemicals and snag a natural one instead. Let’s be real, I rubbed stretch mark cream on my belly a couple times a day during my first pregnancy.  Well, it paid off-no stretch marks!  But I can’t imagine if I was using some synthetic filled one.  Everything you put on your skin absorbs into your body-so you better be careful what your applying.  I really love Buckaroo Organics Mother Hen Belly Butter.  It goes on so smooth and keeps my skin hydrated.  Plus, it smells so good and is all organic!

Take Magnesium for nausea.

Magnesium has long been known to help ease nausea in some women.  I used a magnesium lotion by Ancient Minerals in my first pregnancy.  A lot of women are already deficient in magnesium going into pregnancy so it’s great to supplement.  Ask your doctor to see if it might be something to look into, especially if you struggle with nausea at all.

Avoid aerosols and stick with pump sprays.

Again, I probably sound like a broken record but aerosols are one of the worst things for you.  So you should probably just steer clear of them in pregnancy.  No one needs to be breathing in that toxic air.   I love Josh Rosebrook’s Firm Hold Hair Spray.  Best natural pump hair spray I’ve found!

Have a pillow underneath you while your laptop is on your lap. 

We are already constantly exposed to radiation through so many things, why not lessen the blow a little.  One tip my naturopath told me is to always have a pillow underneath my laptop when I have the laptop on my lap.  That way the radiation isn’t directly on my stomach(aka baby).  You could always get one of these lap desks too!

Well that sums up my some of my top tips for natural pregnancy.  Do you have any tips that have helped you along the way?  Leave me a comment!

Top Natural Baby Bath Products

Top Natural Baby Bath Products


Ok, so by now most of you have heard all about Johnson and Johnson’s ruling, and the negative impact of their products.  After the ruling, I got an influx of e-mails asking for my favorite bath products for baby.  I realized a lot of times people just have no idea what to buy!  They know what they’re using is bad, but don’t have the time to research a better option.  I totally get it being a mom myself.  You want the very best for your child in every area, but at times it can be overwhelming!  From the right foods to feed them, to what they sleep in, and what you bathe them in-it can become too much very quickly.  Well, here’s one less area to think about.  I’ve taken the guess work out of bath time!

Did you know, babies and kids are more susceptible to ingredients than adults?  Their skin is more permeable, meaning the skin soaks up whatever is put on.  So it better be pure!  My daughter is my most precious gift, and I would never want to put something on her that might bring her harm.  There are so many great baby products out there now.  I’ve weeded through the top natural baby bath products, and come up with my favorites.  These are tried and true and free from any harmful chemicals.  From my fave bath oils, creams, and shampoos, your baby will not only smell great, but you’ll have a clear conscious you’re giving them the best.

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Ohh, I had to put these two at the top because they’re so good!  I get mine from Pemberleyjones.com.  I love shopping there because not only does Pemberley carry some amazing products for the whole family, but she also has a little one herself.  The bath wash is so yummy smelling.  With notes of lavender and sweet orange, it will put a smile on any kiddos face.  It lathers up, but is still so moisturizing .  The body oil is swoon worthy as well!  I had never used a body oil on my daughter until now, and I have to say I’m addicted.  It goes on so easily, and instantly soaks into her skin.  The smell is so light with hints of rosemary and calendula.  I love that all the ingredients are organic-something that makes this mama smile!  These both have taken up permanent residence in our bath routine. You can also shop all of Meow Meow Tweet here!  $20 & $25

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Acure Yummy Baby 4-in-1 Foamer-

I love Acure!  Not only do they make great products but they’re affordable.  Their foamer for babies comes in vanilla citrus and fragrance free.  It foams as you pump it out just like the name suggests.  They call it a 4-in-1 because not only is it a shampoo and body wash, but it also is a bubble bath and hand wash.  Can’t beat that!  The vanilla citrus scent isn’t overwhelming.  I was impressed with the amount of product you get for the price.  For 16 oz. you can usually find this on sale for $7.99 at Whole Foods and online at Pharmaca.com.  A steal for a natural baby wash!  It’s lasted us forever.  Plus, I love that you can find it at a lot of local health stores and of course Target.  Makes switching to a cleaner product that much easier for moms.  $9.99

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UrbanOreganics Baby Shampoo & Wash Calendula Oatmeal Soap Bar-

This Etsy shop has the cutest products, and they’re made from some of the best ingredients.  I also love how they’re handmade-can’t beat that!  Their Baby Shampoo & Wash Calendula Oatmeal Soap Bar is one of a kind.  I love that it comes in a soap bar, such a nice change of pace from most other baby washes out there.  It smells so fresh and soothing.  Made with the best natural and organic ingredients, my daughter’s skin feels so clean and soft after bath time.  I love just dumping the bar into the water and rubbing it over her body or rubbing the soap bar on a wet washcloth.  Either way, she gets squeaky clean.  $12

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Kosmatology Free and Clear Body Wash and Lotion Bar-

If you’ve read my blog long enough you know I’m a fan of Kosmatology.  Their products are made with the purest ingredients and perform.  I really love their Free and Clear scent products for babies.  Made with only a handful of ingredients these fragrance free products are perfect for sensitive baby skin.  The body wash is moisturizing and cleansing at the same time.  I also am a huge fan of their lotion bar!  I can’t say enough about it.  I love that it’s in bar form, no messes to clean up.  It glides on just like a deodorant would.  The consistency is between a thicker body butter and a lotion-perfect in my opinion.  It melts right into Finley’s skin and leaves it silky smooth.  If you have a little one who has sensitive skin, this would be perfect!  They even have lotion bar minis-a great option for traveling or in the purse.  $11.99 & $10.99

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Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure Castile Liquid Soap-

Dr. Bronner’s Baby soap was one of the first soaps I used on Finley.  It’s easily accessible-you can find it at Target, any health store, and Whole Foods.  It also is super economical!  A win/win.  Although Dr. Bronners carries a ton of scents I prefer the Baby Unscented because it has twice the olive oil as their other castile soaps and it’s unscented, which is great for sensitive baby skin.  It gives a great clean feeling to the skin without feeling dry.  I especially like snagging their travel sized bottles for travel-makes it so easy to bring the good stuff!  $10.99

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DEVITA Oh Baby Shampoo & Body Wash-

This Shampoo and Body Wash is one of Finley’s faves for the bubbles it produces.  This isn’t your typical bubble bath, obviously it doesn’t have the chemicals, but it does give some fun bubbles for a few minutes.  I squirt a little under the tub faucet as the waters running and instant bubble bath.  You can get the fragrance free or calming calendula.  This baby shampoo does the job and gives a fun addition to bath time.  $6.50

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Buckaroo Organics Rootin’ Tootin’ Bottom Balm-

This balm is the perfect antidote for red, inflamed bums.  I love how it comes in a tube applicator-so easy to apply.  It has relieved so many diaper rashes Finley has had.  The balm is completely organic and full of soothing ingredients.  I think you could have one of these in the diaper bag, at home, in the car-you know, everywhere!  A must for any green mama!  $10.95

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ZOE ORGANICS everything balm-

This balm is great for on the go.  It really melts right into Finley’s skin, leaving behind the smell of lavender and vanilla.  It’s more of a barrier or shield than a greasy balm.  It leaves her skin moisturized and for a while.  I have this in my purse at all times.  I’ve used it on my daughter’s diaper rashes, my hands and even this weird rash I had on my neck for a while, (don’t ask).  The name really does describe it well, it does a little of everything.  I’ve even used it on my lips.  You all need one of these!  Bonus, you can find this at Target.  $14

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Wild Carrot Sweet Melissa Calming Cream-

I love using this cream on my daughter.  It’s so moisturizing and it has such a lovely scent.  I really do believe it calms her!  The ingredients are so amazing.  I also love that it comes in a glass jar, as opposed to plastic.  The company is based out of Oregon and all their products are made in small batches.  I like to think a little love goes into each batch.  Oh and the smell is crazy awesome!  It smells like an orange creamsicle with a little chamomile thrown in.  A little goes a long way with this one.  I put it on my daughter after her bath, right before bedtime.  You can find this at Whole Foods as well as health stores and online.  $12.99

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Emily’s Diaper Skin Soother Plus-

This is my little miracle product…but for real.  You guys have to go and check out their before and after pics on their website…amazing!  I use this on any rash or skin irritation that my daughter has and literally the next day it won’t bother her and her rash is basically gone.  It is pure, clean and unscented.  I highly recommend it for baby acne too!  I love the story behind the company.  Emily is the name of a baby girl who had skin flare ups.  Her dad, an acupuncturist and herbalist tried several different herbs and came up with an array of highly effective products.  If your baby suffers from eczema, redness, diaper rash or just any skin flare up, this product is for you!  My pediatrician is a naturopath and she sells it, but mostly you are going to have to order it online.  $13.99

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Honest Company Rash Cream-

This is a great diaper rash cream as well.  It works different than Emily’s Skin Soother.  This forms more of a protective barrier and is white versus clear.  Sometimes I find this is necessary if my daughter is going for long car rides or for at night when I want to protect her bum from moisture.  Pure/organic ingredients and easy to find!  You can get it at Target, Whole Foods and online.  It runs for $9.95.

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That’s a wrap!  There’s something for everyone.  I want to hear what you use on your babe!  Leave me a comment. XO

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