|Pregnancy Test||7/22/2012||1st Heartbeat||8/5/2012|
|Week 1||7/1/2012||Week 22||11/24/2012|
|Week 2||7/8/2012||Week 23||12/1/2012|
|Week 3||7/15/2012||Week 24||12/8/2012|
|Week 4||7/22/2012||Week 25||12/15/2012|
|Week 5||7/29/2012||Week 26||12/22/2012|
|Week 6||8/5/2012||Week 27||12/29/2012|
|Week 7||8/12/2012||Week 28||1/5/2013|
|Week 8||8/19/2012||Week 29||1/12/2013|
|Week 9||8/26/2012||Week 30||1/19/2013|
|Week 10||9/2/2012||Week 31||1/26/2013|
|Week 11||9/9/2012||Week 32||2/2/2013|
|Week 12||9/16/2012||Week 33||2/9/2013|
|Week 13||9/23/2012||Week 34||2/16/2013|
|Week 14||9/30/2012||Week 35||2/23/2013|
|Week 15||10/7/2012||Week 36||3/2/2013|
|Week 16||10/14/2012||Week 37||3/9/2013|
|Week 17||10/21/2012||Week 38||3/17/2013|
|Week 18||10/28/2012||Week 39||3/24/2013|
|Week 19||11/4/2012||Week 40||3/31/2013|
|Week 20||11/10/2012||Week 41||4/7/2013|
|Week 21||11/17/2012||Week 42||4/14/2013|
Alright so I’m pregnant! Oh crap now I really need to take really good care of myself. It is well accepted that the quality of the maternal environment that the infant develops in is central to health and disease later in life. Proper nutrition will also help reduce any risk factors for complications during pregnancy and labor. So what do I do? What prenatals do I take?!
Do you even NEED prenatals? If you have a genuinely healthy diet with REAL food consisting of raw pesticide free produce, lean grass fed meats, fermented foods, and raw dairy (if you even consume dairy) and avoid refined sugars, grains, and processed foods…than No, you probably don’t. I, personally, don’t need feel the advisement of supplementation is necessary for every single person. We are not all one size fits all, so why supplement unless you know there is a specific need? And I disagree on supplementing instead of improving your diet. But we live in America and it can be very hard to find REAL food and most Americans consume what people like to call SAD, Standard American Diet. That would be overly processed, genetically modified, chemical filled shit. Even some of the products that claim its “all natural” or “organic” are not. So supplementation is not a bad idea.
Do I take the giant horse pills my OB/GYN prescribed me? Do I take chewables? Do I take gummies? I can’t handle any of those and my doctor said to take Flintstone vitamins, so can i just take those?
Most vitamins out there are synthetic. They are science created fake vitamins and minerals. The human body cannot and does not properly absorb these synthetic materials in any form. So when you take these synthetic vitamins you are just making expensive, sometimes brightly colored, piss. All the aforementioned products are synthetic and almost all of them contain added sugars, dyes, aspartame (which should be completely avoided during pregnancy), and soy (which unless fermented should also be completely avoided by anyone, pregnant or not.)
Okay so what do I take you ask? FOOD DERIVED VITAMINS. They will list all the real produce that went into that vitamin. If your vitamins do not include such products as broccoli, zucchini, ginger, strawberries, blueberries, etc…but contain nothing but words you can’t pronounce, then throw it out. There are many prenatal vitamins out there that are food derived.
Should I take anything else? You betcha.
Probiotics. There are prenatals that come with probiotics and then you can also purchase some separately. They do say consult a doctor if pregnant or breastfeeding but that could be due to any preexisting illnesses or health issues or medication interactions so hopefully you can use your best judgement there. Women may experience heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, nausea and vomiting. A lot of this may be due to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. By taking probiotics (good bacteria) during pregnancy, Mom can feel the benefits of a healthier digestive system as her good bacteria are replenished.
How else do Mom and baby benefit from probiotics during pregnancy? Here are a few facts:
- As much as 18 percent less likely to give birth prematurely.
- Able to drop the pregnancy weight faster.
- At a lower risk of developing central obesity (belly fat) — if excess belly fat is retained after birth, Mom is at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.
- At a 20 percent lower risk of developing gestational diabetes and diabetes after birth.
Baby also reaps health benefits if Mom takes probiotics while she’s pregnant.
- At a 50 percent reduced risk of developing eczema.
- Not as likely to develop asthma, childhood obesity or diabetes.
- At a lower risk of developing a condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (where intestinal tissue begins to die).
FOLIC ACID. Isn’t this something we’re told to take even BEFORE we even get pregnant to prevent neural tube defects and help with the overall health of our unborn children? Well remember how I was talking about synthetics and they just don’t work? Folic Acid is the synthetic form of FOLATE. So you need to be taking FOLATE not FOLIC ACID. And a good raw food vitamin will also have folate in it as well.
CALCIUM – Yes you should ensure you are getting adequate calcium. Do you drink milk from the grocery store? Well quit it. Pasteurized milk inhibits the absorption of calcium and actually increases your risk of weak bones and osteoporosis. Kids who grow up drinking pasteurized milk statistically have more broken bones. Make sure your calcium is food derived. Dark leafy greens are loaded with calcium. Navel oranges are loaded with calcium. Orange Juice at the grocery store? Nope not gonna do it. That OJ is dead. There is no nutrition there! That is basically TANG. Seriously. Raw unpasteurized milk is safe to consume during pregnancy and is a great form of calcium. Calcium is also important while pregnant because your fetus is just going to destroy your teeth. It will suck the calcium out and you may see an increase in cavities and if your wisdom teeth haven’t come in, they may during pregnancy.
VITAMIN D – This is debatable and even controversial but in my opinion based off my research, you can only get vitamin D from the sun. period. Stop applying sunblock (it’ll give you cancer anyways) and go outside.
IRON – Very important. You should make sure your iron levels are at a normal level before you even get pregnant and if they’re low during pregnancy, you should work on improving your diet and taking in a lot of real iron from food sources. If you are anemic or low on iron during pregnancy and stay that way until baby is born, baby may be low in iron and you may then continue to be low in iron and it can be much harder to bring those iron levels back up.
(sidenote) Do not let anyone clamp your babies cord immedietely after birth. that is 1/3 their blood supply and it helps to absorb iron. Breast milk is low in iron. that’s because its so well absorbed it doesn’t need a lot and baby doesn’t need a lot. But formula adds in iron, yes because its synthetic and is absorbed at a rate of 7% so almost all of it is waste! Large amounts of iron in the stomach can breed E.Coli and this is the reason Diarrhea is the number 1 cause of death in formula fed infants.
Any other vitamins and minerals should be based on need. You can always have your vitamin and mineral levels checked. Some chiropractors offer nutritional services. Check it out if you’re concerned.
Now as far as citing my sources and fact checking…..use google. Or take my word for it. I’m not intending this to be medical advice. Take what you want or use this as a jumping point for doing your own research but i am to lazy to do more research and cite my sources. This is all from my brain :p
“The techno-medical model of maternity care, unlike the midwifery model, is comparatively new on the world scene, having existed for barely two centuries. This male-derived framework for care is a product of the industrial revolution. As anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd has described in detail, underlying the technocratic mode of care of our own time is an assumption that the human body is a machine and that the female body in particular is a machine full of shortcomings and defects. Pregnancy and labor are seen as illnesses, which, in order not to be harmful to mother or baby, must be treated with drugs and medical equipment. Within the techno-medical model of birth, some medical intervention is considered necessary for every birth, and birth is safe only in retrospect.”
― Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Documentation is very important when doing your own prenatal care so aside from keeping record with pen and paper, I’m also going to keep track of my prenatal care on my blog as well.
Last Menstrual Period – June 24th
Pre-pregnancy weight – 102 lbs
Ovulation & conception – July 8th 2012
Positive pregnancy – July 21st
Proof of pregnancy secured – July 28th
My Guesstimated due date by MY calculations is March 31st 2013. Planned parenthood gave me an EDD of April 1st 2013. Only 5% of babies are actually born on their “due dates”, my son Finn being one of them. I don’t like the term due date, for some people this becomes some sort of eviction notice that their babies MUST come out this day or shortly after. Due dates can be off by several weeks in either direction of time.
“The 40 week due date is based upon Naegele’s Rule. This theory was originated by Harmanni Boerhaave, a botanist who in 1744 came up with a method of calculating the EDD based upon evidence in the Bible that human gestation lasts approximately 10 lunar months. The formula was publicized around 1812 by German obstetrician Franz Naegele and since has become the accepted norm for calculating the due date. There is one glaring flaw in Naegele’s rule. Strictly speaking, a lunar (or synodic – from new moon to new moon) month is actually 29.53 days, which makes 10 lunar months roughly 295 days, a full 15 days longer than the 280 days gestation we’ve been lead to believe is average. In fact, if left alone, 50-80% of mothers will gestate beyond 40 weeks.”
This ritual of creating an “eviction” notice for babies has lead to ridiculously high rates of induced labors and scheduled c-sections under the myth that babies are more likely to be born stillborn after 40 weeks. This is not based on medical evidence, this is based off of one study performed in the 1950s.
To calculate a more accurate due date – first time mothers (nulliparas) pregnancy lasted an average of 288 days (41 weeks 1 day). For multiparas, mothers who had previously given birth, the average gestational length was 283 days or 40 weeks 3 days. To easily calculate this EDD formula, a nullipara would take the LMP, subtract 3 months, then add 15 days. Multiparas start with LMP, subtract 3 months and add 10 days. The best way to determine an accurate due date, no matter which method you use, is to chart your cycles so that you know what day you ovulate.