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How to Heal Diastasis Recti

Before I was pregnant, I had no idea how my body was going to change to bring in this little person into the world. Once she was here, I felt like I had to learn how to be me again. I found out that during pregnancy my body had developed Diastasis Recti.

Diastasis Recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles. Most commonly occurs as a result of pregnancy.

Some women are just prone to this abdominal separation, but there are some factors that increase the likelihood of it occurring:

Carrying multiples or having a larger singleton pregnancy (baby over 9 pounds) can cause diastasis recti to form.

My daughter was 9 pounds at birth, so that was probably the cause of mine. read more

How to Control Gestational Diabetes Naturally

How to Control Gestational Diabetes Naturally
How to Control Gestational Diabetes Naturally

Pregnancy is such a wonderful, joyous time.

You are growing a human being inside you, what could be more special?

Then you go to your 27 weeks appointment and they tell you that you have gestational diabetes…

What??? 

For me this came at such a shock the first time. I was very small when I got pregnant, probably below 120 pounds. I wasn’t gaining excessive weight during pregnancy. I was working out almost every day (waking up at 5 am and going to the gym). I ate very healthy (whole foods primarily).

And I had gestational diabetes?!? read more

Annaleigh’s 5 month Update!

IMG_3940Annaleigh is 5 months old!!!

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She loves: Her sister. Snuggles with mom and dad. โ€œWay up high in the Apple treeโ€ song. Sitting in her swing.

Whatโ€™s new: Sitting in Bumbo chair and ExerSaucer. Grabbing toys and bringing to mouth โ€“ uhoh teething on the way???

 

Dislikes: Long car rides. Being overtired. Mommy walking out of the room.

Working on: Rolling over more effectively. Sleeping in bed for longer periods (5-7 hours).

What we love: Her smiles and laughs.

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Infant Chiropractic Adjustment – Does it help???

I am very new to this idea. I myself have been going to a chiropractor since I was in the 7th grade off and on.

After I had such a great experience with my end of pregnancy adjustment that ended in me going into labor 12 hours later (check out my birth story)…. it got me wondering about how important it is to be aligned properly.

I had read about chiropractors adjusting babies for reflux and gas from other moms and it working. I had heard it was great for constipation and that most kids would go to the bathroom soon after an adjustment. After a weekend full of fussiness from Annaleigh, I was ready to go get my complimentary first new born adjustment from my new chiropractor.

I also thought, why not get Aidalyn adjusted too – so we did.

An infant adjustment doesn’t look like much. He just manipulated her pelvis a little and her neck just slightly while I was holding her…

It didn’t look like much at all to the eye, but today she is a completely different baby! She is back to taking naps and being content to play in a bouncy seat or on the floor.

So you may want to think about taking your kids to get adjusted if you are dealing with constipation or gas… something to try!

Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes

pregnancy, gestational diabetes, low carb Pregnancy is wonderful… Gestational Diabetes is not.

I’m 29 weeks pregnant now. Usually around this time, it is typical to test how your body is responding to glucose. In your pregnancy, there are certain hormones that can interfere with your body’s ability to bring glucose into the cells leaving a higher blood glucose. If you think about it, it makes sense because you want some glucose to go to the baby. However, if too much glucose goes to the baby, you could end up with an unhealthy, “fat” baby with sugar issues at birth. 

Last pregnancy, I did the typical one hour 50 grams of glucose test. I think my result was 140 (which is the upper limits of normal). From that point on, I was put on a very restrictive, low carb diet. This was before I had ever heard of being grain free or paleo. It was a major shock for me when I had no recipes that I liked that were basically no carbs (no sweet potatoes : ( , brown rice, beans).

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Gestational diabetes is somewhat controversial in some groups as in “does it really exsist” or is it a normal thing in pregnancy to have higher blood glucose to give energy to the baby. Most studies show that there is no better outcome from being diagnosed with gestational diabetes – if anything there are few positive outcomes when doctors insist on inducing early or just scheduling c-sections due to risk of larger babies.

One article I read, said that possibly babies that are going to be larger and need more energy release a signal to the placenta to secrete more hormones that block glucose absorption into the mom’s cells leaving more for the growing baby. I’m not sure, but it makes sense given my 9 pound baby – is now a toddler who is over the 95th percentile for weight and height. I don’t think there was anything I could have done differently to have “grown” a smaller baby given her personal genetics.

Luckily, going through that process last time has helped me so much this pregnancy. I decided to decline the one hour glucose tolerance test, and just test at home one hour after meals to see what foods caused any spikes. I wouldn’t say that I have gestational diabetes, but I do tend to have glucose intolerance – which would be the precursor. I have very few high numbers 2 hours after meals (over 120)

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The past week I have been testing and showing that I do great for my typical breakfast and lunch. I start my day with eggs and yogurt and usually have a huge salad for lunch. Dinner is usually when I vary my meals. I’ve learned that I can have some carbs this pregnancy (I don’t think I could handle any carbs at first last pregnancy).

I cooked homemade chicken alfredo with tons of vegetables and tossed with pasta – it was SOOOOOO good!! and it didn’t spike my blood sugar! But If I eat over 50 grams of carbs (or so) even with lots of protein, I will see a rise in my blood sugar. Last night we had CORN (clean our refrigerator night) and I had taco meat and black beans, with roasted sweet potatoes, carrot souffle (recipe here) and green beans. At one hour, my glucose level was 106 – which is great!

Again, the change isn’t as bad as last pregnancy when I was eating a lot more carbs (whole grain what-nots). When I don’t eat any carbs (fruit, starchy vegetables, etc) I don’t feel like I have any energy – like can’t get out of the chair. So I am very thankful I can tolerate some healthy forms of carbs for energy.

Exercise wise: I am either doing about 35 minutes on my elliptical machine (last week I got in 55 minutes one day!) or going on about a 50 minute walk in my hilly neighborhood daily. I would exercise normally, so that isn’t a change at all.

I just have to be a little more proactive in what I’m going to cook or eat – and no cheats – which I would have had a treat at small group that I will have to pass on now : ( Only 10 weeks or so left! Of course I want to do anything to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, this will be worth it in the end.

I’m taking the Perfect Prenatal whole food vitamins throughout my pregnancy. They were recommended to me when I was pregnant with Aidalyn and I loved them so much I’m taking them again. You can buy some through HerbsPro (affiliate) with this discount code: 

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We are getting so excited about welcoming Annaleigh into our family!

Read my Tips for Controlling Gestational Diabetes Naturally! 

How to Control Gestational Diabetes NaturallyRead Annaleigh’s Birth Story Here 

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6 Tips for Flying with a Toddler

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6 Tips for Flying with a Toddler

 

Adam and I took our first flight back to Louisiana from Virginia last week with Aidalyn.  We have both had the privilege to fly numerous time (including several international flights), so we consider ourselves pros at it. This time was different, though, because we were traveling with a 21 month old. Here are our 6 tips for flying with a toddler that we learned through our experience. 

It is always horrible to sit next to the crying baby on the plane. However, nothing is worse than being the parents of said crying baby. We wanted to be prepared for every possible reaction. 

On the Plane:

1) Bring Snacks and a Sippy cup

Our first stop to prepare for the flight was the grocery store. I bought several of the popular baby smoothies they have at almost every grocery store. You can take the smoothies on the plane if they are under 3.5 oz with no questions asked  (if they are larger, you just get patted down really well). Secondly, we bought some all natural gummy bears. Aidalyn had never had these before, so they were quite popular. “More, more.” I would say always bring something that is interesting and will take a while to eat (like the gummy bears). Bring an empty sippy cup and fill it with water once you get through security.  Help your kids drink during take off and landing so that the pressure in their ears won’t build and cause pain (eating also helps this, they just need to be swallowing). 

2) Videos and Media

Aidalyn has an obsession with Elmo (Melmo) right now, so we knew a video would be a good tool to have handy. Adam was able to download a few episodes of Sesame Street on his Kindle for Aidalyn to watch during the flight.

3) New small toys

We also took a trip to the dollar store to find some little things that may be fun to play with – we left with a silly little duck (Quack, Quack) that lights up.

4) Colors and Paper

I packed colors and paper as well as paper dolls – but these weren’t used much at all.

5) Favorite pillow or stuffed animal

Aidalyn surprised us both with how good she was during the flight. She was better on the trip back to Virginia than to Louisiana because she was able to get a short nap on the first flight. We remembered to bring the secret weapon – her pillow pet. She loved looking out of the window and opening and closing the shade.

In the Airport:

6) Bring your stroller

You can gate check your stroller and carseat right before you load the plane. Having your stroller with you in the airport helps contain your toddler and also helps carry your bags. The airline will return your gate checked items as soon as you land, so you are only without it during the time you are on the plane. 

All in all, I would say that next trip we will have her pillow, Charlie (her lovey), snacks, the kindle and her iPhone and leave everything else at home.

What tips have you learned about traveling with toddlers?

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Dangers of Birth control Pills and Natural Options

 

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Dangers of Birth Control Pills

About 2 years after Adam and I were married and after starting this health discovery process, I started doing some research on birth control pills. I was taking a pill every day to prevent pregnancy… and I just kept reading that this was not healthy for me or my hormones.

So I started doing some research. I found that there are

TONS of diseases linked to birth control pills read more

Swaying for a Girl – Updated

Swaying… What does that mean?

So, I’m not sure the origins of swaying (creating certain environments to favor a specific gender outcome). But my experience with it started in 2009 when my husband and I started talking about trying to have a baby. When we swayed, we followed the “Shettles” method – I wasn’t putting too much faith into what we did: diet, supplements, sexual position, timing…

At 17 1/2 weeks along in my pregnancy, I went to an ultrasound with my husband and midwife. When the tech put the scope on my belly, we immediately saw the “potty shot” – legs spread wide open. The tech said “well it looks pretty obvious to me.” Adam and I didn’t want to say anything. We just looked at each other in silence… It looked like a girl, but we weren’t the experts – and our hopes were obviously for a girl, so we didn’t want to jump to anything too soon and be heartbroken… then the tech announced “it’s a girl!!” We were so surprised and honestly couldn’t believe it for a few days. She has been such a blessing for our family.

I’ve mentioned in my ‘Introductions’ posts about the genetic disease that I carry. Each of my pregnancies hold a 50% chance of having the gene. However, the disease only effects boys.

So here we are again… all the same emotions creeping up… How much should we do, should we do the same thing? should we do what the data shows is more effective? There is SO much more that Adam and I could do to help sway. I do feel like I will take more supplements this time – calcium, magnesium, cranberry, – Licorice root for Adam.

If we are blessed with another girl after this sway, I will say that swaying worked for us for sure. However, it was by prayers being answered. I do have to say that I pray every night for a girl.

I believe that if I am blessed with a boy that God has bigger blessings in store for me than I can even imagine. I love my nephews with PMD and God loves them too so much. Their lives are very different because of the disease, but their lives are worth no less than anyone else. I feel like our society is too focused on what someone can do or how smart they are for them to be worth anything.

We are hand crafted by God. We are perfect just how we are designed. Each of our chromosomes were hand selected to form into one whole person. And I have to believe that God in his sovereignty formed each of us to glorify him. My nephews do that every day and many more people are directed to God by seeing them than I am able to do.

If you would like to contribute to my nephews going to the PMD conference you can donate here.

Update

We now have had 2 Successful sways for a girl.

Our Announcement of finding out we were having a girl!

Here is Annaleigh’s Birth Story

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