4 Stretches for Back and Hip Pain During Pregnancy

4 Stretches for Hip and Back Pain During Pregnancy
4 Stretches for Hip and Back Pain During Pregnancy

Pros and Cons to Carrying Low in Pregnancy 

Pro: No kicks in my ribs (ouch) 
Con: More aches in my hips 

Pro: I can breathe! 
Con: I have to go to the bathroom every 15 minutes 

Con: Pants don’t fit right. 
Pro: Who needs pants anyways 

Did you carry your babies low or high?

Aidy was always high. 
I just thought Annaleigh was low. 
Anderson was ALWAYYYYS a low rider 

This picture was taken when I was in labor with Anderson.

Excuse the messy bathroom, haha

Nearing my third trimester last year, my hips started to give me grief as my belly was growing and putting more pressure down below. read more

My 3rd Home Birth Story

Is Home Birth Right for You?

SIX MONTH AGO… I had a baby in my bedroom.

(That’s one way to start a conversation, right? Haha!)

I was 3 days away from my due date… feeling pretty miserable…

I was not feeling like the pregnant Goddess in the picture above…

I WAS OVER IT.


I was not sleeping. My stomach felt so HUGE! It was so hard to get comfortable at night…

I’m just telling it like it was… I was laying in bed praying that I would go into labor because I really didn’t think I could make it much longer. read more

13 Must Have Baby Products in 2019

If you are new around here… I just had my 3rd baby 6 months ago!

Read My Home Birth Story Here

There is a little bit of a gap between my middle child and my now baby (5.5 years!) so I sort of felt like a new mom again this go around.

It was really hard for me to remember what I actually needed for a baby… not what I was “supposed” to buy… but what I was ACTUALLY going to use.

So that’s why I’m coming here… 6 months into this baby mama thing… sharing what I’m actually using and what you really should have on your registry. read more

6 MUST Haves for New Moms [+ One Week Post Partum Update]

I can’t believe my little guy is a week old already!

I didn’t really think about the fact that having a baby over 5 years from my last would mean some different products and options would be out there. I wanted to share some of my FAVORITE things that I didn’t have during my last delivery that made so much difference this time!

Here’s My Top 6 Picks for New Mommies!

? One Week Post Partum Update ? My Top 7 Picks for New Mommies ✅ read more

How Having a Natural Birth Prepared Me For Starting My Own Business

Natural Birth & Starting a Business…

 

Those two aren’t often seen as going hand in hand… right?

But when I had my first baby… something changed inside me

Going through that process taught me some lessons that prepared me for when I started working from home a few years later.

 

If you are interested in learning more about having a natural labor and birth experience,
check out my latest E-Book!

 

Here’s my top Three Things I learned

 

It’s okay to look crazy.

 

See… I learned it was okay to do what I wanted even if everyone else thought I was crazy read more

How to Prepare for Natural Childbirth: Is a Home Birth Right for Me?

Have you ever thought about having a natural birth… but you were a little intimidated or weren’t really sure how to prepare? ?‍♀️   I’m sharing some of the Benefits of a Natural Birth and why I chose to have a home birth ?  

When people learn that I have had both of my babies without medication (and am currently planning my third home birth), I usually get a few different reactions… read more

What is the Difference between Stretch Mark Cream and Defining Gel?

I was getting this question, so I thought I would share my own experience using both Defining Gel and Stretch Mark Cream – and what the difference between them are!

 

Video: What is the Difference between Stretch Mark Cream and Defining Gel?

 

 

 

What is Defining Gel?

 

We are all about Healthy Skin! What are your biggest skin concerns?

 

Enhance your tightening, toning, and firming results with this deep moisturizing, body contouring gel. Defining Gel helps to firm problem areas, such as the abdomen, legs, and upper arms, while improving skin texture.

  • Improves skin texture & tightness
  • Redefines the appearance of your body’s contours
  • Softens and hydrates the skin

 

This gel can be used daily to help you get quick results and love your skin.

Which of these issues you could use Defining Gel to help with:

– Cellulite
– Varicose veins
– Spider veins
– Eczema
– Psoriasis
– Sunburns
– Bug Bites
– Scars

 

 

 

What is Stretch Mark Cream?

 

Stretch Mark Cream is a deep hydration for all your skin with the nourishing botanicals of this non-greasy moisturizing body cream that leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and looking more youthful.

  • Enhances skin elasticity and firmness
  • Balances skin tone with nourishing botanicals
  • Rejuvenates and hydrates in a non-greasy formula
  • Restores your skin’s youthful appearance
  • read more

    Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

    Tell me if this sounds familiar…

     

    You find yourself REALLY wanting a sweet snack but knowing that you REALLY don’t need all the sugar?

     

    That’s like my whole life right now! Managing my tendency toward gestational diabetes means that I really can’t deal with sugar or carbs so I’ve been experimenting!

     

    Here’s my latest creation!

     

    Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

    4 Low Carb Tortilla (I LOVE this one!)
    1 Tablespoon of Butter melted
    2-3 Tablespoons of stevia blend
    1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

     

    Directions

    Brush melted butter on each side of tortillas.

    Mix stevia & Cinnamon together.

    Cut tortillas into 6 triangles each and dip each side into stevia/Cinnamon blend.

    Bake at 350 degrees on baking tray covered in parchment paper for 10 minutes.

     

    Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

    8 oz of cream cheese softened
    1 tablespoon of stevia blend.
    1/4 teaspoon on cinnamon.
    1 Tablespoon of chopped pecans.

     

    Directions

    Beat together cream cheese, stevia, and cinnamon until smooth.

    Fold in pecans.

     

    Note: The stevia blend I use is a cup for cup substitute for sugar (this one is a good choice if you want to try it!). You can use any sweetener you like, just sweeten to taste.

     

     

    P.S. If you are ready to kick start your weight loss, be my product tester! Click Here for more details 

    Sneak-Peek Early Gender Test Review

    Updated with Results!

    “So do you know what you are having yet?”

    This is probably the most common question you get as an expectant mother, right up there with “are you still throwing up?” (which thankfully I have found a few ways to help manage it!)

    Typically, you can’t find out your baby’s gender before about 16 weeks without resorting to very expensive genetic testing (typically used for high risk pregnancies and usually costing well over $1,000). Many doctors make you wait until the 20 week anatomy scan.

    What if you just HAVE to know? 

    If you just want to find out your baby’s gender early but don’t want to spend 4 figures to do so, what’s out there?

    Sneak-Peek is a early gender DNA test that uses a small blood sample from an expectant mother to check for the presence of any “Y” chromosomes, indicated whether your baby is a boy or a girl. The test is able to detect gender at as early a date as 9 weeks, so it definitely got my attention!

    This is my third pregnancy and first time I had ever heard about a home test like this! After I learned about it, I realized it was gaining more and more popularity.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Shipping Times

    Shipping was fast and easy for me. I was pretty impressed with how quickly it came in! Sneakpeek offers a “Fast Track” option with faster shipping and turnaround, so if you are in a hurry that’s a great option.

    How Sneak Peek Works

    We don’t always think about it, but during pregnancy the mother and the baby are connected and sharing blood as it circulates through the placenta and the umbilical cord. As the mother and baby are sharing blood, traces of the baby’s DNA make their way into the mother’s blood stream. Sneak Peek works by taking a sample of the mother’s blood and analyzing it for the babies DNA.

    From there, they are able to determine if there are any Y-chromosomes present, signifying a male fetus, or if there are only X-chromosomes present, signifying a female fetus.

    Accuracy and Questions

    This was a big question for me, having a scientific background and being analytical by nature (and my husband even more so!). The basic science seems straight forward enough, even if this is a newer process.

    One thing that Sneak-Peek has going for them is a full money back guarantee if they get the gender wrong. So thankfully you don’t have much to lose if you want to give it a try!

    Getting the Sample

    The test preparation is pretty straight forward. Most people do the at home test option and follow the enclosed instructions to get a good sample (thankfully it doesn’t take much!).

    Since I’m a wimp at drawing my own blood, I went ahead and opted to do mine at a local clinic here in Bentonville. It took about 10 minutes from start to finish to take the sample and get it set for mail out. I really did appreciate that there are options for doing it at home or in a clinic environment. If you are concerned about collecting the sample yourself, you might want to consider this option.

    This off-site collection option is pretty new, and the only difference in my kit was that there was no lancets or other materials to collect my own blood (since I didn’t need to). The full home kit has all you need to get the sample yourself (which is pretty straightforward thankfully!)

    Here’s everything in the box for the home test kit:

    • detailed printed instructions
    • a scrub brush to thoroughly clean under your nails (preventing contamination)
    • a rubber band to decrease circulation (increasing blood in the fingertip)
    • three lancets for drawing the blood sample
    • a blood collection tube
    • alcohol swabs for cleaning your fingertips
    • a box for the collection tube once you have your sample
    • return postage label

    There are a lot of warnings on the box about not allowing males to handle the sample material, and I’ve heard concerns from families with a lot of males in the house about contamination (since detecting a Y chromosome is how the test works). So make sure to follow the directions carefully!

    The Results!

    Sneak Peek is very good about email communication, I was informed when my sample arrived and an estimated time until sample completion, and my results came in slightly before their expected delivery window.

    My blood draw was at about 2 PM on a Tuesday, and the sample was picked up by USPS at 3 PM. We received an email on Thursday that the sample was received and in the testing queue at 4:40 PM, and had our final results at 6:40 PM.

    So something like 52 hours from sample to results. The turnaround really was quite remarkable!

    UPDATE: So did it work?!?!

    In my case, yes it did! My test indicated we were having a boy and sure enough, he made his appearance right on time!

    Overall Thoughts and Recommendation

    I found Sneak Peek a very easy company to deal with, they were very helpful with my husband’s and my questions (of which there were quite a few!).

    Sneak Peek touts a 99% accuracy for tests collected without contamination, which is obviously pretty impressive! I felt more confident with having the blood draw in a clinic per above rather than the in home test, since there would be very little chance of male DNA contamination.

    I know that even ultrasounds are only 80% accurate (and many people verify results with multiple ultrasounds “just to be sure”. For me, I would use this test plus an ultrasound before any decision making purposes (like a gender reveal party or decorating a nursery).

    It was really fun to do and if just WANT to know as soon a possible, I would totally recommend trying it for yourself!

    If you want to try it, you can pick up your Sneak Peek test from Amazon right here!

    The “Fast Track” which offers overnight shipping and prioritized results is also available here!

    Have you heard of SneakPeek before?

    Have you used it yourself? read more

    The Day I Failed My Gestational Diabetes Test

    8 years ago… I was in my second trimester of my first pregnancy…

    Everything was going well…

    until I was 28 weeks and went for my gestational diabetes screening test.

     

    I thought “I’m the healthiest person I know!” I got this!

     

    But when my results came back that I had failed…

    I was crushed.

    I was shocked.

    I felt all alone.

     

    I needed a plan, but I honestly didn’t have any support system set up for myself.

    All the recipes I had were “healthy” but used grains, beans, fruits, starchy vegetables.

     

    Nothing I normally ate or cooked would work anymore.

     

    I sat at the kitchen table every night for two weeks and cried.

     

    Thankfully, now I have some (actually good!) low carb meals on the plan!

     

    This week (I’m 16 weeks pregnant now with my third baby), as I was sitting down at the table… instead of crying, I was meal planning.

     

    And it made me think… what is different here? 

     

    I’m in the same situation (albeit 8 years later!) and I possibly have the same diagnosis as I did 8 years ago, but this time…

    I feel empowered.

    I feel prepared.

    I feel healthy. 

     

    On my piece of paper I wrote:

    > Low Carb Tacos
    > Guacamole & Bacon Open Faced Burgers
    > Chicken Salad on Lettuce Wraps

     

    The only difference was now I had my tool box.

    I already have a pantry with products and staples to make healthy low carb recipes.

    I already know what to eat.

     

    Maybe you are thinking about changing your diet… but you feel lost – “What would I even eat?!?!” You may be asking…

     

    What if you had everything you needed to set yourself up for success right from the start?

     

    • Recipes
    • Problem Solving Tips
    • Inspiration

     

    Would that change how your experience went?

    Probably you would get better results too! 

     

    Listen to my story here and how everything changed for me:

     

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    ? Flashback to 8 years ago… I was in my second trimester of my first pregnancy… Everything was going well… until I was ?? 28 weeks and went for my gestational diabetes screening test. I thought "I'm the healthiest person I know!" I got this! ??But when my results came back that I had failed… ?I was crushed. I was shocked. I felt all alone. What happened next changed my LIFE! See more recipes at Grassfed Mama

    Posted by Angela Roshto Parker on Friday, June 15, 2018

     

    I ended up writing an e-book about my experience and process of beating Gestational Diabetes using ONLY diet. I hope it can be of use to you if you or a loved one is struggling with this!

    Check it out here!

     

    If you are interested in starting your own journey with me,

    click here to be a product tester read more