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My Third Home Birth Story

My Third Home Birth Story

Sharing my third home birth story of my baby boy on the blog.  This is my third baby and our last. 😉 I wanted to share my home birth story in hopes that it would help anyone reading this who wants to do a home birth or natural birth.  I think a lot of times having a baby can be made out to be something that isn’t natural.  When really our body was created to do it.  I also know that home births are not for everyone and at the end of the day you just have to do what’s best for you and your baby.

I love home births because that’s where I feel most comfortable.  I know a lot of people feel better in a hospital.  As the phrase goes- you do you!  I had Finley and Gracie at home and it only felt right to have my third baby at home.

Ok, on to my third home birth story.

 

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My baby boy SJ! 🙂

 

This pregnancy was so different than my last two.  I was super uncomfortable, and felt lots of pressure the whole time.  It makes sense now that I know how much my baby weighed!  A whopping 10 lbs. 7 oz. I felt like the whole pregnancy he was just sitting on my bladder.  If you would have told me I would have a 10 lb + baby I would have laughed!  Finley was 9.05 lbs. and Gracie was 7 lbs. 12 oz. so I thought if I had a boy he could be 9 something but not 10.  Little did I know!

So I had SJ on Monday night but I started the labor and birth process on Saturday.  I lost my mucous plug on Saturday and had some bloody show.  I didn’t start having contractions until Saturday early morning around 2 am.  They would come every 20-30 minutes.  Nothing crazy.  Then they stopped Sunday morning.  I would still have one every hour or so but it definitely wasn’t progressing.  I walked up and down my stairs throughout the day trying to get my body to progress.  But nothing really happened until later that night.  Around 8 pm I started to have contractions again but they were 20 minutes apart.  Some were 15 minutes apart.  My two sisters were over and we were just chatting it up on the couch timing them.

 

 

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Proud parents of a baby boy!

 

Then that night I woke up around 3 am and started to have contractions again every 20 minutes.  Some were closer.  It went on like this all night until the morning.  Then they died down in the morning again.  I was determined to get some things done before the baby came so I worked all morning until 1 pm.  I was having contractions throughout the morning and could tell that I was going to have the baby that day.  They still weren’t super close together.  Then around 2:30 pm they started to pick up.  They were happening every 10 minutes and then every 5 minutes pretty quickly.  I knew I was going to have my baby that night!

 

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This little boy completes our family.

 

I called my family and told them.  My mom came over and my two sisters and then my other sister came later on.  Thankfully she made the birth!  This really was so cool because I wanted my sisters to all be there and they were able to make it.  My sister in law came over too and my midwife got to my house around 4:30 pm.  I was having contractions every 5 minutes.  But when I started to stand up and move around they would happen quicker.  More like every 3 minutes.  I knew I needed to keep walking in order to keep things progressing.  I started to bear crawl up my stairs.  I’ve heard many people say this can help keep things moving in labor.  They were coming on faster.  I was still able to talk to my family or midwife at this point in between contractions.  Then finally it was around 6:30-7 when things started to get more intense.  I wasn’t talking to anyone but just focused on getting through the contractions.  I would go to the bathroom and swaddle the toilet for a bit and then move back to being on my knees on the floor and my hands and elbows on the couch.  I was also standing for many of them and leaning against the counter. 

For me my favorite position when getting through contractions is on my knees and my arms and elbows on the couch or a bouncy ball.  I know everyone is different but for me it always feels the best.  Not that it still feels good. Finally it got to the point where they were coming on really quick and I wasn’t getting much breaks.  They were also getting really intense.  More intense then with my other two babies.  It finally got to the point where I felt so much pressure and wanted to push.  My midwife said push if you feel like it.  So I started to push.  It felt like it did nothing though.  There was just so much pressure I thought how am I going to get this baby out?!  It was way more intense than with my other two.

 

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Proud daddy catching his son!

 

When I pushed again my water broke.  It was crazy.  I had never had it happen like that.  It was like an explosion of water went everywhere.  My midwife later said that I had got her pretty good!  I continued to feel an immense amount of pressure the contractions were getting so strong.  I kept thinking to myself push with the contractions.  So when the next one came on I gave it all I had and pushed when it peaked.  They started to say they could see the head and boy could I feel it!  I knew I had to keep pushing with the contractions to help get this baby out.  The next contraction I gave it all I had again and the head came out.  By this time I knew I just needed to keep going with the pushes and the contractions.  I felt so tired though and again the pressure was so intense.  I was wailing at this point as I pushed.  We were all surprised after that my kids didn’t wake up from it.  I just kept thinking I have to get this baby out- the pain was intense.  I gave another huge push with the contraction and out came my baby!  I had SJ right on my living room floor.

 

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Meeting my son for the first time!

 

My husband caught him and announced it was a boy!  We named him SJ- Stephen Judah.  We hadn’t found out the gender and it was so fun hearing him say boy.  In my heart I thought it was a boy all along.  Just so many things pointed to boy.  My whole family thought boy too.  But it could be the fact that a boy hasn’t been born to our family in 38 years- since my brother.  I had two girls before SJ and my brother has 5 girls.  I mean we love girls for sure but it was definitely time everyone thought for a boy.  It was pretty special seeing my dad meet him for the first time too since he's named after him.  He came about an hour after he was born.  We asked him if he thought it was a boy or a girl and he said he didn’t know.  When I said it was a boy, he excitedly said YES!  My sisters and mom were all crying as he was being born.  It was just so sweet.  My sister in law is a naturopathic doctor and has had 5 kids herself naturally and 4 at home.  She always helps me through each labor, she's amazing and I don't know what I would do without her at my births.  Her and my hubs switch on and off rubbing my back and putting pressure on it.  This pregnancy I had so much back labor compared to the last two as well.  It felt better when someone would put pressure on my back as the contractions were happening.  Up until it got really intense I was still timing the contractions on my phone with the Contractions app.  Well I wasn’t timing it, my sister was.  I would just say it’s coming and she would start it.  This helped me to see how far apart my contractions were.  It also helped me continue to stand and move because I could tell my contractions would pick up when I did move and slow down when I sat down.

 

 

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Finley loves holding her little brother!

 

It was such sweet relief the moment he came out.  There are no words!  I felt like I had just climbed a mountain, or basically ran up the mountain.  I remember just saying I did it!  My midwife said I pushed for 9 minutes.  Felt like so much longer than 9 minutes! They handed me SJ and it was just the best feeling in the world.  I couldn't believe how big he looked and that he came out of me.  When she weighed him and it said 10 lbs. 7 oz. I was in disbelief.  I just didn’t even know what to say!  My midwife said he could have weighed more even but he did pee right after he came out. How in the world did I just deliver a 10 + pound baby?!  It’s just amazing what the human body can do.  I did have a small tear but it wasn’t big enough to stitch up.  This happened with Gracie too.  Where I had a small tear but not big enough to stitch.  I just have to rest up and be careful to not do anything to over exert myself.  No stairs for a little bit!  I also bled way more than with my other two babies.  So much so that the midwife had to give me a shot of something to help stop the bleeding.  It totally helped ease it up.  10 lb babies don’t mess around!  I took a shower after giving birth in my shower and then crawled into bed with my new bundle.  That’s my favorite part.  Getting to take a shower in my own shower and sleep in my bed.  Feels so good.

I definitely feel so different with this baby compared to the other two as far as recovery.  The whole birth just felt a lot more intense.  I’ve been laying in bed the last several days just giving my body the rest it needs to heal.  I felt pretty swollen down under and sore all over.  Which makes sense after hearing how much he weighed.  They say that for every baby you have you should literally lay in bed after for that many days.  With Finley I tried moving around way earlier than I should and got mastitis.  I learned my lesson.  I know it’s only going to help my whole family if I rest up and heal.  My mom has been awesome helping me out with my girls and making me meals.  Also, my hubs has been a rockstar at doing everything for me.  We haven’t had to dig into our meal prep quite yet.  So thankful we did meal prep a ton for this baby.  I can tell it’s going to be clutch.

 

 

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Still looking 6 months pregnant after 4 days.

 

I still look like I’m 6 months pregnant, but really embracing my body and all that it’s accomplished.  I have stretch marks, a bulging belly and I have more love in my heart than I’ve ever had.  There’s no high I always say like having a baby gives you.  It doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with challenges but the reward is SO sweet.

Have you had a home birth?  Would love to hear about it, leave me a comment below.  Hope you enjoyed reading my third home birth story!

 

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Sharing all the details of my home birth story on the blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby #3 Is Here!

Baby #3 Is Here!

So excited to share with you that baby #3 is here!  We are over the moon and enjoying every little moment with this new little human.  Sharing the gender reveal, and name of baby #3 in my newest video!  

Can't wait to continue sharing this journey with you of motherhood and living a natural life!

Pregnancy Must Haves

Pregnancy Must Haves

Sharing my pregnancy must haves today on the blog!  So many of you have asked for this blog post.  I wanted to make sure I did it towards the end in case I added products.  There's so many things that come up in pregnancy it can seem daunting to know what pregnancy must haves you need, especially if it's your first baby.  

Then besides pregnancy must haves, it can seem overwhelming to weed through all the natural products and what you really need.  Well, I've done all the homework so you can sit back and relax during your pregnancy.  

With my third baby due literally any day now I've been around the baby block a time or two and know what natural pregnancy must haves you really need and what you don't.  I'm sharing all the details in this post.  I've picked up so many products along the way from all of my pregnancies and I'm sharing them in this post with you.

My hope is that you feel armed with a little more info. to make the best decisions for you and your baby!

I'll also have an updated baby guide soon.  I want to try a few more baby products before I update it, but first I need a baby to try them on. 🙂

 

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Embracing this big belly at 38 weeks!

 

Check out the post I did on Surviving the First Trimester here!  I go over my top pregnancy necessities in the first couple months.

 

*As always this is merely what has worked for me.  Please always consult your physician before starting something new or taking a new supplement.

 

Lily Nichols Real Food For Pregnancy Book-

This book is seriously a game changer!  It wasn't available for my first or second pregnancy.  Lily does such a great job of weeding through the research and really backing her findings with actual data.  You will know what foods to eat and when to support a healthy pregnancy and baby.  She even dives into supplements, exercise and child spacing.  She also has some great recipes too.  I can't recommend her book enough.  Get it here!

Lily Nichols For Gestational Diabetes-

This book I got later on in my third pregnancy but I wished I would have had it from the very beginning.  If you're pregnant than you've probably heard of gestational diabetes.  I didn't have it with my first two and didn't give it much thought with my third.  However, after testing my blood sugar myself it was elevated.  I wasn't diagnosed with gestational diabetes but I did want to lower it.  This book really would have been a great resource in the beginning because she recommends you have a certain test done in the very early part of your pregnancy to determine if you're at risk for developing gestational diabetes.  This test is pretty accurate if done in the beginning of pregnancy.  It would have been great to know in the beginning since you can change your diet, etc. early on.  I learned so much from reading it!  My blood sugar was lowered with just a few tweaks and I felt better overall.  Get it here!

Testing Your Blood Sugar Yourself-

This might sound annoying but honestly it made such a difference for me.  I had just taken the glucola drink with my first two pregnancies but with this one I wanted to avoid the drink.  I did get the undyed glucola drink both times but still, it's not my favorite and I never have that much sugar at once.  I thought it would be interesting to test my blood sugar myself instead for a couple weeks.  This is what they will have you do if you don't want to take the glucola drink.  You prick your finger in the morning upon waking, and then and hour after each meal.  Some practitioners may have you even do it after snacks.  You write down your results each time.  It was so eye opening!  It made me realize how my body was processing different foods, compared to others.  For example, I found white rice would really skyrocket my blood sugar.  So I knew to avoid that.  Personally, in the long run I think it's the best method because it really gives you an individualized approach to what foods affect your blood sugar.  It also just makes you aware of how blood sugar works in general.  I didn't fully understand it all until testing myself.  I am excited to test myself even after having the baby to see if foods affect me differently then.  Here is the kit I bought from Amazon!

 

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Pretty sure my belly is at maxed capacity!

 

DGL For Acid Reflux-

I struggled with acid reflux in my first pregnancy but not in my second.  Then it came back with a vengeance in my third.  DGL is what has helped both times.  DGL stands for Deglycyrrhizinated licorice.  It's an herbal supplement that helps to ease acid reflux.  If you have a chewable form it takes like black licorice.  This is what my naturopathic doctor recommended.  It worked both times!  I don't get it everyday, just every now and then in my third trimester.  I would take 3 chewables and it would go away.  So much better than taking an OTC med in my opinion!  This is the one I took!  

Compression Tights or Socks-

I can't recommend getting a pair of these enough!  They have helped with every pregnancy.  My mom suffered from varicose veins and I have one on my left side that will bother me.  When I wear my compression tights, it feels SO much better.  Plus, I wear the compressions tights for swelling. Most of my pregnancies have been more in the warmer months and I tend to swell more in my feet.  Especially my left side which they say is common in pregnancy.  When I wear my compression tights my legs and feet are so much less swollen.  Plus, if you want to avoid getting varicose veins they recommend you wear them if you are pregnant too.  Get them here!

Mountain Meadow Herbs Gentle Birth Drops-

My midwife recommended these to me this time around for the third baby.  She said every patient of her's who's taken them has a pretty straight forward birth without complications.  It's an herbal liquid tincture.  You just take it starting at 35 weeks and then up the dosage at 36 weeks.  It does have blue cohosh which some people don't like since it's been linked to birth defects in animals. They do have a version of the herbal tincture that does not contain blue cohosh if you feel more comfortable using that instead. Get them here!

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. I know you will crave carbs really and that's it a lot of times but if you can really get some good protein in it helps so much.  They say the average pregnant women needs 80-100 grams of protein!  And if you're having twins it's more like 120-150 grams.  This also helps with blood sugar regulation.  I have an extra protein shake everyday using Activ Whey Goat Whey Protein. It's so tasty and the protein powder is the best!  You can read more about the protein powder here and why it takes the cake in my opinion.  I will add 1 cup of Forager coconut/cashew milk, 3 ice cubes, a teaspoon of chia seeds, and blend that all together.  Then I'll add the two scoops of the Activ Whey protein powder after the ice is all mixed up and smooth.  I only blend the protein powder for a few since if you over blend it can add air to the drink and make you feel gassy when you drink it.  Sometimes I'll even add a scoop of cacao powder- it legit tastes like a chocolate milkshake!  Check out Activ Whey here.  Also, check out my protein podcast I did with my naturopathic doctor here!

Natural Stretch Mark Cream For Belly-

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. With my second pregnancy, same story.  But with this one…I rubbed it on faithfully and I got two stretch marks! The more I read up on stretch marks the more it has a lot to do with your hormones and genes.  My belly was so different this time around too.  It protrudes so much more than the first two.  I've come to peace with them!  But the natural stretch mark cream is good for helping ease itchiness too.  I really like Primally Pure's Baby Oil– it's what the founder used for her growing belly and I love Earth Mama Naturals Belly Oil and Lotion.  I rub it on my belly morning and night. 

 

I would also recommend taking your blood throughout pregnancy.  I did and it really helped me to know how my thyroid was doing and if I was low in anything else.  Your body goes through so many changes when you're pregnant, it's important to keep tabs on what's happening so you can properly adjust or supplement if you need too.  I'm going to share a few supplements below that I started to take after getting my blood work back.

 

Inositol- 

This is great for helping with blood sugar regulation.  It's just a powder that you add to some water.  It almost tastes a little sweet.  My naturopath had recommended it to me initially after seeing that my antibodies were getting pretty low(I have Hashimotos) and he said that taking a combination of that plus selenium had shown to help reduce antibodies even more. So I was already taking it but then after my blood sugar testing had shown my blood sugar was elevated he said to keep taking it since it helps regulate blood sugar as well.  Check it out here.

Iron-

I also started to take an iron supplement.  The baby goes through so much iron!  So even though you might not think you need an iron supplement since you're no longer having a period and losing blood, you might.  Obviously, talk with your doctor and have your levels checked but I've always been low in iron in my pregnancies.  It's best to have your levels checked in the beginning so you can get a jumpstart on supplementing.  Check out the iron I take here.

Probiotic-

This is one I find not everyone considers taking when pregnant but I think it's a great one to incorporate.  Studies have shown that you can help achieve a negative GBS(Group B Streptococcus) when tested.  This is the bacteria you get tested for towards the very end of your pregnancy.  Taking a good probiotic might help your test to come back negative.  If you have a positive GBS then they say you have a 1 in 200 chance of your baby getting an infection.  The bacteria isn't necessarily bad for adults but for babies.  If you are positive your doctor will have you take antibiotics during your birth. It's obviously not the end of the world, but if you can avoid getting antibiotics then why not. Check out the probiotic I take here.

I also can't recommend meal planning enough for postpartum.  I didn't do this for my first or second but wished I would have.  Knowing I have healthy options is so key when having a newborn.  It would have helped me ease into things a little slower.  I did a whole meal prep video showing you how I meal prepped for a month and how I stored the food here.

 

Check out the post I did on Surviving the First Trimester here!  I go over my top pregnancy necessities in the first couple months.

 

Also, If you want to read about my home birth experiences with my first two babies, check them out here and here.

Stay tuned!  I'll be sharing next week what I have ready and prepped for after baby.  Even though I'm having a home birth there are some essential things I like to have ready to go.  I may not have a “hospital bag” since I'm staying at home but this would be the equivalent if I did!

 

Pregnancy Must haves

Sharing all my favorite natural pregnancy products on the blog!

Healthy Postpartum Meal Prep

Healthy Postpartum Meal Prep

Sharing my healthy postpartum meal prep with you in my newest video.  Everything from how I went about prepping before I actually prepped the day of and what I used to store the food in.  I'm even sharing all the recipes in my free download, along with all the food storage options I used!  

Watch the video here!!

I didn't use plastic to store any of the food, but also didn't spend a ton of money on glass food storage containers either.  Check out the storage options I used in my free download here.

Healthy Postpartum Meal Prep

Sharing all my healthy recipes I made for my postpartum meal prep.

Most of the meals are paleo friendly and all of them are gluten free.  You can find them all linked in the free download below. I made a month's worth of food over a 2 day period and I'm sharing how I did it in the video- check it out below. 

I would love to hear if you've meal prepped after baby and what that looked like! Leave me a comment. 

Also, check out my post on how to make the best green smoothie!  I will be making these for breakfast each morning.  They are full of nutrients and actually taste delicious.  You can grab my recipes there too. 

 

 

Healthy Postpartum Meal Prep

Sharing all my tips and tricks for postpartum meal prep in my new video!

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?