Yoga Mama- The Beginning

I would like to call myself a yogi.  I practice regularly, keep up with my reading and books while trying to live a conscious lifestyle.
I work hard on trying to go with the flow and be compassionate toward others while remembering that I am constantly learning, experiencing and creating.  Recently, I experience one of the hardest, scariest and wonderful thing in my life – the birth of my daughter.

Me at 30 weeks

Me at 30 weeks

I was the poster woman of a “perfect” pregnancy.  I was healthy, ate real, clean food, went to the chiropractor weekly, acupuncture regularly, taught yoga until the very end and practiced yoga up until I went to the hospital! We even did a wonderful course of Hypnobirthing and was so excited and ready to go through a healthy, natural birth.

Forty weeks came and went, I was sore from daily acupuncture and bouncing on the yoga ball non-stop when we got to 42 weeks. I had to go in to be induced. That was the first ,of many, to practice the release of the need to control and to just go with the flow.

We were at the hospital for over 8 hours, I was only one centimeter dilated and with every contraction my daughters heart rate dropped.  It was a sign that things were not going to go well. Before I knew it the midwife came back in with another doctor and gave us the news I did not want to hear.  A cesarean section was a must to have a healthy, living baby.

I was mortified, scared and felt like a failure.  All I could think is that I did absolutely everything I could, why?! What did I do wrong, what could I have done to prevent this?  Everything happened so fast.  From the time I signed the papers, baby Z was born 45 minutes later.  I barely had time to cry before they were shaving me and rolling me to the operating room. All I am going to say is the doctors and hospital were great, but it was one of the most scariest experience I ever had.  I was cold, everyone is in masks and I lost all control of my body from my breasts down.  CRAZY.  Thank goodness my husband was there and talking me through everything, I didn’t want to be crying or in hysterics the entire time.  Once the surgery began it was quick, I felt this weird tug , pull feeling ( which is why I believe child chiropractic is so important, but more on that later) and I heard her crying.  It was so beautiful and amazing to hear that cry.

My husband was able to grab baby Z and bring her to my head and shoulder to allow skin on skin.C-section birth  She immediately started sucking on my cheek! That’s my gal!  But, instead of the surgery finishing up right away, my wonderful husband spent another 30 minutes holding her to my face while the doctors kept working.  I just kept thinking, “She is hungry , I want to feed my baby! What is taking so long?”  Finally it was all done, we were wheeled away and baby Z immediately latched and everyone was safe and okay!

I felt so lucky baby Z was such a good sucker. The way everything went, I was happy we got breast-feeding right!  For a 42 weeks, baby Z was pretty small but healthy.  When the midwife came to visit us the next day we found out WHY the surgery seemed to take so long.  When they pulled out the uterus for the c-section, my whole insides came out too! My bowel and stomach were attached to the uterus – completely blocking the left ovary and fallopian tube.  They fixed everything up while they were in there… but pretty much it was a miracle that we were even able to get pregnant, let alone carry her this far in pregnancy without issue.  Finding out this information made dealing with a c-section A LOT easier.  I went with the flow and it guided me to where I needed to be.  I had no control of the outcome, no control of preventing it and it was okay.  We have a healthy baby girl and I am okay.

Now come the healing process.  As a highly active person and yoga teacher, the 6 weeks of healing has been a challenge.  Just like everyone else, I just have to remember to stop, take a breath and be grateful for where I am now and release.

Veggie Broth Recipe

Its getting into the season of soups, stews and beans.  Some of my favorite food groups!  With a great garden harvest this year, and a couple trips to local pumpkin patches, I have had a lot of veggie scraps and leftovers so I decided to make my own veggie broth for our family.  We are a household of crock pot lovers, so we tend to use A LOT of veggie broth, and it can get pretty pricey when you get the organic kind, so I took a few days the other week and made batches of veggie broth. It is super easy and you will be happy with the results!

Step 1.  Collect veggies for your broth.  I used all the extra celery, Swiss chard, carrots, etc. from the garden.  I also use the leftover scraps of dinner veggies like; brussel sprouts, cauliflower, onions, garlic, etc. This is the one time the chickens and duckveggie broth recipe s do not get the yummy scraps.

Step 2. Place all the veggies in your crock pot and fill up with water.  I usually get around 4-5 cups of water actually in the crock pot once full of veggies.

Step 3.  Set the crock pot on low and let it cook.  I like a nice long cook for about 12-15 hours, so overnight is the easiest.

Step 4. Drain the veggies with a sieve or colander.

Step 5. Store. I like to store in freezer bags, doubled up, in the deep freezer.  Don’t forget to label and date the bag!

Step 6. Enjoy in some delicious dishes!

*Tip – When defrosting the veggie broth, place the bag in a bowl do it doesn’t leave your counter full of water.


Well it happened…

Well it happened.  At 32 ½ weeks pregnant, I have caught a “cold.” alteernative cold remedies

I tried with all my might to prevent this from happening but it just wasn’t enough.   I eat healthy, regular chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, prenatal vitamin, vitamin D, vitamin C and fish oils daily.  I still managed to get sick.  So of course when I came down with symptoms I jumped on all the natural treatments I could think of to help strengthen my body and immune system.  I must say, I believe these things have all helped and made the healing process faster and more comfortable.

I just wanted to share some of the natural remedies I used and found to work to help ease some of my aliments and be safe for pregnancy.

  1. Lots of Fluids.  My goal is over 94 ounces of water daily.  I know that is a lot, but you can do it!
  2. Vitamin C.  I know for pregnant women you should avoid going over 2,000mg of vitamin C a day.  What I found really helpful was Emergen-C for Kids.  The Kids packets have only 250mg a serving, which allowed me to have a couple through –out the day.  To get even more water, I would fill us a 24 ounce water bottle and one Emergen C Kids packet.
  3. Vitamin D. This is more of a preventative.  Most of us are deficient in Vitamin D so it is a good idea to supplement regularly.  Vitamin D is essential in having a strong immune system.
  4. Garlic.  Garlic supplements are not recommended for pregnant women, so I just made sure to have extra, I mean EXTRA garlic in all my meals.
  5. Essential Oils.  Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender.  Using Almond oil as my base, I mix all three together and rubbed the oil on my feet every few hours.  What was great, is also used it to put on my nose as it was getting raw from all the blowing. We then put a great plug-in essential oil diffuser that I put Eucalyptus and lavender to smell up the room.                                                                                           Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant, and is antibacterial.  Lavender is great at calming and is antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic.  Peppermint acts as an expectorant, soothes muscles, helps with headaches and is known to help reduce fever.
  6. Acupuncture.  I made sure to get in to my favorite CommUnity Acupuncture to schedule extra treatments to help keep the immune system strong and some relief to my sore muscles.
  7. Chiropractic.  I LOVE getting adjusted.  It has been a life saver during pregnancy and in my wellness care.  When I felt the cold coming on, I made an extra visit to help boost the immune system.