Archive for January, 2010

First Sunday Missed

Well well, I showed my human side; whoops!   🙂

I caught the cold of a two year old and completely lost track of time and days as I was lucky enough to sleep in and rest.   I missed my weekly posting yesterday; whoops there’s that human side showing up! 😉    That’s ok, I didn’t have anything wonderful to say related to pregnancy and birth anyway.  I was more concerned with trying to get over my cold and make sure I was up and running for my many up coming appointments with clients.   I really dislike seeing pregnant women while being sick because I would feel awful if they caught my cold.   Uncomfortable already and now sniffly and have your doula to blame – no thanks!

I’m happy to say that I’m quickly on the rebound and feeling better already.  I can almost breath through my nose consistently!

Until next week, I’m sure I’ll have had time to research something by then and make myself just a little bit smarter and hoping that I’m making you just a little bit smarter to!

~ Meagan


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Breast crawl

“Every newborn, when placed on the mother’s abdomen soon after birth, has the ability to find her mother’s breast all on her own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed.”

I’m sure most of you have heard of the breast crawl and how an infant will nurse on their own if left to their own devices. Check out this website and video.

~ Meagan


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New research has found that because women with morning sickness don’t feel like eating or drinking, they may find themselves dehydrated, which could be compounding and re-creating the symptoms of morning sickness and impairing prenatal health. 

Proper hydration is critical to every system and process in your pregnancy. At the first sign of morning sickness, nausea or vomiting, increase your fluid intake of water. Morning sickness is a thirst signal of both mother and baby. Be sure that you are drinking water often throughout the day and early evening to prevent morning sickness during pregnancy. 

The next top remedy for morning sickness is to reach for a high protein snack to eat as soon as you feel nausea coming on. Protein and water are the two top building blocks for pregnancy. Morning sickness is a signal from the body that extra building materials are necessary for the baby. You can also have a protein snack and a glass of water before bedtime to prevent early morning nausea. 

Increasing your water and protein intake throughout the day when pregnant will also help you maintain a level blood pressure and a level blood sugar during pregnancy, helping you to have a healthier and happier pregnancy.

Other natural remedies for morning sickness below:

• Chew on licorice-tasting fennel seeds to calm queasiness.

• Fresh grated ginger and fennel seeds make a comforting tea to settle your stomach. Ginger can be purchased at your grocery store in the fresh vegetable section and grated for the ginger tea. 

• Eating your favorite foods from childhood, like ginger ale, jello or whatever your mother gave you when you weren’t feeling well. 

• Get up slowly in the morning and take small breaks throughout the day. 

• Hot teas may help, especially spearmint or peppermint, known to be good for indigestion, or try the excellent “women’s tea” known as red raspberry- leaf tea. 

• Take short walks in the fresh air whenever possible. 

• Drink bottled or purified water to flush your system. 

• If you feel as though your stomach is not digesting food well, increase your consumption of raw, enzyme-rich foods. Fresh cantaloupe, papaya and pineapple have the highest naturally occurring enzymes of all foods and help a great deal with digestion. 

• Take a look at napping at least once a day to allow your body to recharge. Even a short nap can help you to feel stronger.  

• It is important that you take a high quality prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement before, during and after your pregnancy. 

• There is a strong connection between nausea during pregnancy and low blood-sugar levels. Make sure you are eating small meals throughout the day to keep your blood-sugar level even throughout the day and evening. 

• A high protein snack before bed and throughout the day can help to alleviate some of the symptoms of morning sickness. 

• Powdered ginger root in capsules, three capsules a day may help. 

• Carry nuts or other protein snacks with you so that you can keep your blood-sugar level up and your blood pressure even when you are on the go. 

• Blue green algae, such as spirulina, is very high in protein and very easy to digest. Spirulina powder can be mixed with mashed bananas or other fruit and provides excellent nutritional support.

• Increase your water intake to six glasses of water a day. 

• Many women find sea-bands useful. These are elastic bracelets with a plastic button that are worn on the wrist to put compression on an acupressure point that controls nausea. These can be worn 24 hours a day. Consult with a midwife, physician or naturopath if you find your morning sickness is not alleviated by the above remedies. Reasons for nausea can be many and varied and getting at the cause can give better direction to your individual remedy and help you to feel better, sooner.

For more “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” go to:   http://web.mac.com/pregnancysecrets/Site/Pregnancy_Signs.html 

~ Meagan

Copyright 2010, from the book, “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets” by Award Winning National Bestselling Author Gail J. Dahl. Now available at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chapters, Coles and Indigo Books & Music. The information contained in or provided through this publication is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be, and is not provided as, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your midwife, physician, nurse or other qualified health care provider before you undergo any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding any medical condition during pregnancy.  

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If you are reading this posting, I hope you are printing it and taking it to your physician be it your homeopath or family doctor before taking any of these items.   You must ALWAYS speak to your physician prior to taking any of these items, you must ensure they are right for you! 

How popping a pill or two may help your belly pop! 

No doubt many a mom-to-be has fantasized about taking a magic pill that would ensure a speedy path to pregnancy. One pill a day for a month, and voila, conception achieved! Unfortunately, a magic pregnancy pill is still far from reality. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking any pills in your quest for conception. For one thing, prenatal vitamins usually come in pill form and everyone agrees that popping one daily can get your body ready for baby (and possibly even make it easier to conceive). And research shows that there are also some natural fertility supplements that may help give you an extra edge in your pregnancy efforts. If you’re interested in fertility supplements, be sure to talk to your practitioner before starting any of these: 

Herbal Fertility Supplements

Many holistic practitioners (and happy parents) swear by the baby-making benefits of these herbal supplements: 

Chaste tree berry
Is thought to stimulate luteinizing hormone (LH) production and to help balance progesterone and estrogen levels in order to regulate the menstrual cycle. 

Red clover
is also thought to help balance hormone function. Plus, it contains isoflavones (estrogen-like compounds), which may promote estrogen production and enhance fertility. 

Siberian ginseng
Is believed to regulate hormones and support uterine function. 

Lady’s mantle
is thought to help regulate the menstrual cycle and tone the cervix. 

Black cohosh
Is touted as improving hormone function due to its phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). 

The caveats
The FDA doesn’t regulate herbal fertility supplements (let alone any herbal supplements), so it can be hard to know whether the herb you buy at the store is either effective or safe. As  I previously mentioned, you should talk with your practitioner before you start popping any kind of fertility supplements. 

Also very important: Some herbal supplements can interfere with fertility and traditional fertility medicine (including the popular herbs St. John’s Wort and Echinacea), and many of them aren’t safe to take during pregnancy. So you’ll definitely want some expert advice before you go this route. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Fertility Supplements
This nutritional supplement is quickly becoming widely accepted as good for overall health, and some research shows that it may even be helpful in regulating the menstrual cycle and boosting fertility. What’s more, omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to enhance mood, which may improve fertility (stress is a known fertility buster). Even more good news: Once you do get pregnant, omega-3 fatty acids may help decrease your chances of miscarriage and preterm labour, and help promote the development of your baby’s brain, eyes, and nervous system. 

The caveats
There’s no established optimal dose for omega-3 fatty acids — especially in the preconception period, which means it may be tricky to figure out how much you really need to take. Many prenatal vitamins (the ones you should be popping already if you’re trying to conceive since they contain essential nutrients like folic acid) contain omega-3 fatty acids, so you could already be getting a good amount. So talk with your practitioner to see if you should take extra omega-3s as fertility supplements or if you should simply add more omega-3-rich foods to your diet. The foods below are especially baby-making friendly:

Omega-3-rich foods:

  • Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, and herring
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • Flaxseed
  • Walnuts
  • Tofu
  • Omega-3 enriched eggs, yogurt, milk, and pasta

This article was taken from

~ Meagan

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