Sunday Six {3}

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Six Song’s I’m Totally Loving

1. Mumford & Son’s – Believe - This song obviously had to go in the number 1 spot. I love M&S, and I think it is a bold move to move away from your signature sound, which is just what they’ve done with Believe. No banjos to be heard, but man this song rocks.

2. The Dixie Chicks – Lullaby – If you are a parent get ready for some tears. This song gives me all the feels.

3. Family of the Year – Hero - This song was featured on Boyhood, a movie I have yet to see, but I hear is good. The song is pretty catchy! I listened to samples of the other songs on the album though and didn’t love them as much as I like this one.

4. George Ezra – Budapest - I first heard Budapest during our Germany/Switzerland trip in October/November. It took a few months to make it over the ocean and become a hit here in Canada, but it is a great song!

5. Birdy – Wings - Another song I heard in Germany. Definitely worth a download. This girl is very talented!

6. Ben Howard – Old Pine – My friend Riley played this song during final yoga teach-outs at Yandara and it has remained one of my favorite songs since then. Every time I hear it I think of that beautiful time <3

Whats your favorite song right now?

Foodie Friday [5]

As I am writing this, it is Thursday, my due date. And I’m still pregnant. I wouldn’t mind still being pregnant at all if I wasn’t so darn impatient to meet this little baby already. But she has her own terms apparently, and will come when she wants.

It’s also a little hard and daunting to create a meal plan when so much of the next week is up in the air. Obviously I hope to be home soon after delivering and not needing to eat 3ish days worth of hospital food. So I will try my best to create a meal plan with easy stuff, in case I am home, and so that if I don’t miraculously go into labor in the next day then grocery shopping won’t be too hard either.

Saturday – Mexican Chorizo Sausages (from Big Bend) with Guacamole, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccolini

Sunday – Unplanned. Usually we go to my Dad’s on Sunday’s so if I am not in labor or if I don’t have the baby then we will go there and if we are at home with a baby (which would be preferable) we can wing it.

Monday - Tacos

Tuesday – Chicken Caesar Salad

Wednesday - Matthias will likely be cooking by now so he want’s to make a Casserole & Salad

Thursday – Leftover Casserole & Green Beans

Friday - Crockpot Alfredo Chicken & Broccoli (one of the freezer meals I made) & Baked Potatoes

Grocery List

  • 2 Dozen Eggs
  • Milk
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Bread
  • Sausage Buns x 2
  • Tortilla’s
  • Bag Of Egg Noodles
  • Tomato x 2
  • Lemons x 3
  • Lime
  • Avocado x 3
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Caesar Salad Kit
  • Sweet Kale Salad Kit
  • Cucumber x 1
  • Bell Pepper x 2
  • Bananas, Strawberries, Apples
  • Dish Soap

What I Ate Wednesday

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2AM Wake Up To Pee Snack; Unpictured Banana with PB and small glass of Milk

Breakfast; 2 Slices Toast with Peanut Butter, Sliced Banana’s and Hemp Hearts

Snack; Sour Cream Glazed Doughnut – anyone else think that Tim Hortons Roll Up The Rim to Win sucked this year?! I only won twice, 1 doughnut (hence the snack), and 1 coffee. Lame.

Lunch; Snack plate with Cheese, Crackers, Carrots, Cuties (all the C’s), Tuna and Dates

Snack; Handful of Dark Chocolate M&M’s, Unpictured Iced Nonfat Latte from Starbucks

Supper; Tofu Teriyaki Stirfry on Quinoa with Shredded Cheese

Bedtime Snack; Probiotic Yogurt with Strawberries and Dark Chocolate Popped Quinoa

Better Than Before – Book Review!

Gretchen Rubin is the best selling author of the book The Happiness Project. I’ve read that book before, so when I signed up for Blogging For Books and saw that her new book, Better Than Before, was available for review I jumped at the chance to read it and review it!

Better Than Before covers the topic of Habits – how to make them, why we break them, why some people have an easier time with forming habits, and creative solutions based on your personality characteristics to increase your chances of being successful with the habits you want to create.

I loved being able to reflect and identify myself as an upholder – I easily stick to deadlines and tasks and get things done, I am focused, and when I make a decision I almost always follow through with it. There can be some drawbacks to being this way – I see the world in mostly black and white, and I can be too rigid, but if I can identify where those might be negatively influencing my habits I can work to change them.

In Better Than Before Gretchen shows us that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to forming and maintaining healthy habits. I enjoyed that the book was an easy read, written with easy going humor and showcasing lots of personal examples. Gretchen writes in a relatable way that makes you want to go out and do what will make you happiest.

Reading this book at this time, right before entering motherhood, really helped me to reflect on some of my own habits that I want to work on and instill in my daughter. It also gave me a little boost for helping to make healthier choices once the baby arrives! :)

What I Have Done to “Prep” my Body for Labor

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Congrats to the 5 winners! Coffee or Tea is on me, ladies ;)

Before I delve into my semi-crazy routine of uterotonics and prostaglandins, please be advised that I have discussed everything below with my midwife and would not do something without discussing it with her first. She is my care provider and knows what is best for me and my baby. These are just some of the natural things I have opted to do. What has worked for me may not work for you. I’m not an expert on any of the things I have tried.

Before trying/starting ANY of these methods – Speak to your care provider.

Let me start this post by saying my own mother did not have a vaginal delivery with me. From her recounting the events, she labored for a very long time and I wasn’t coming out and they had to do a c-section. She then opted to have a scheduled section with my younger sister. *Nothing wrong with any of that at all, just not what I am hoping for with my own labor and delivery*

You know how people love to give advice to pregnant women? Its like you put a belly on a woman and then that suddenly means its okay to tell you all about the horrific birth stories their friends-second-cousins-daughter had and tell you what you should and shouldn’t do because they know better than your own doctor or midwife?

A common question I have been asked throughout my pregnancy is: “How was your mother’s labor with you? They often go the same way.” Now, I am sure there is some truth to this. But it is also important to remember that my mothers pregnancy and labor is my mothers, not mine. My body is different from my mothers. My pregnancy is different. My care provider is different. And my labor and delivery will hopefully be different.

Regardless, of any of this, I knew I wanted to give my body the optimal chance of delivering vaginally, so after lots of discussions with my midwife here are the things I have added to my lifestyle to encourage my body as best as I can.

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea - This tea is thought to be a uterotonic, which means it helps to strengthen the uterus muscle and make contractions more efficient. I drink 1 cup a day in the mornings. David’s Tea makes a DELICIOUS blend called Mighty Aphrodite. I ran out and bought some organic stuff from Nutters and it is not nearly as good as the David’s Tea kind, so I kind of have to chug it back or it makes me gag haha. Do I think it works? Yes. I have had little braxton hick contractions when I drink the tea. I started drinking it at 36 weeks.

Dates - Dates are also thought to be a uterotonic as well. There are studies that show that eating 6-10 dates per day (starting at 36 weeks) can decrease labor time, shorten the third stage of labor (when you deliver the placenta) and can also help make your contractions more effective. Now, 6-10 is A LOT of dates. And because I have cavities right now (boo) they kind of hurt my teeth. So I maybe get in 3-4 a day. Even if it doesn’t do anything to help my labor, at least I am getting loads of fibre haha.

Evening Primrose Oil - *TMI alert* Evening Primrose Oil is a natural Prostaglandin. Prostaglandins are a hormone-like lipid substance that is produced by the body to help with certain bodily functions. In the case of labor/delivery, Prostaglandins work over time to help the cervix “ripen,” meaning to thin, soften, and dilate. Prostaglandins are also found in semen (I’m sure you’ve all heard that sex can jump start labor, and this is one of the reasons why!). At 36 weeks, my midwife gave me the go ahead to start taking 1 capsule orally in the morning and inserting 1 capsule vaginally at bedtime. The thought behind this, is that it is closer to your cervix and therefore has a better absorption directly at the place you want it to go.

Chiropractic Care - I love my chiropractors. Seriously. As someone who has had super bad back pain in the past, I have glided through this pregnancy with only one minor flare up around 32 weeks. This was quickly fixed by about 3-4 adjustments and I have been fine since. I see my Chiropractor weekly now until I deliver. He helps make sure my spine and pelvis are aligned to ensure the best possible route for baby to come out. Last time I went he also did the Webster Technique, which focuses on relieving the tightness in the round ligaments, helping baby to move down more freely into the pelvis. This can also help promote a breech baby to turn so their head is down, but it won’t do the opposite and make your baby breech (because the head is the heaviest part of the baby and gravity pulls it down)!

Acupuncture - I started doing acupuncture at 38 weeks and 4 days. My acupuncturist inserts maybe like 6-7 needles total? I get one in my hand, one on my foot, one on the inner part of my calf (which is an area that when stimulated by acupuncture is proven to help the body create more prostaglandins), and then some in my lower back. Again, acupuncture works over a few treatments, so if you get one treatment and you go into labor that night then your body was obviously ready and you probably would have gone into labor anyways. The first time I had it done the only thing I felt was lots of shifting movements from the baby. No cramping. I had my second appointment at 39 weeks and 1 day and I definitely noticed a difference this time around vs my last appointment. More cramping during and after it was over. We shall see if it leads to anything ;) If not, I have another appointment booked for Wednesday (39 weeks and 6 days).

Hand Expressing Breast Milk - *Another TMI Alert* At 38 weeks I was given the go-ahead to hand express or pump breast milk. As I don’t have a pump (yet), and I know how to hand express from work, I thought I would hand express every few days, and save the colostrum in syringes (labelled with my name, date, and time) in the freezer. That way, when I go into labor, I can bring along the Expressed Breast Milk (EBM) and they can store it in the Breast Milk Fridge in the Hospital. If unforseen circumstances happen and I have to have a c-section, when Matthias and the baby get back to the unit and I am still in the Recovery Room, if the baby’s blood sugar is low they can feed it the EBM from the syringes instead of Formula. I have nothing against formula, and I totally get that people need to use this sometimes as their only option to feed the baby, but if my milk is available I’d rather use that at first Especially since colostrum is so full of antibodies and nutrients and good stuff for the baby’s gut lining and immune system. Hand expression and Pumping are a form of nipple stimulation, which has been shown to produce more oxytocin in the body. Oxytocin is what stimulates the uterus to contract in labor.

So that’s my routine! All of the things I have listed above don’t actually START labor if my body isn’t ready. But they can help get my body as ready as possible for when the baby decides its time to come out. And anything that can help decrease my risk of a lengthy labor leading to a c-section is a-okay in my books, even if it just a placebo effect! :)