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7 Laws of Natural Prenatal Self-Care
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FertiliTea is a great tool for enhancing your "trying to conceive" efforts. It's a nice organic blend of Chasteberry, Red Raspberry, Green Tea, Lady's Mantle, Nettles and Peppermint herbs. All supportive of healthy fertility!
Natural Progesterone- Organic Excellence Feminine Balance Therapy is one of the best natural progesterone products out there. It's really clean with no harmful chemicals or estrogen in it. Supports a healthy luteal phase and early pregnancy. NOT soy based which is really important and formulated to correlate with Dr. John Lee's important work on balancing women's hormones. Connect with your midwife for recommendations on use. IMPORTANT! If you are using a natural progesterone cream, consider having 2 bottles on hand so you don't run out. Stopping progesterone abruptly could cause a sharp decrease in progesterone levels.
Fertility Education - Toni Weschler's book, "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" is the best book out there to learn about your cycles and fertility so you can naturally conceive or avoid conception.
Ovulation Strips - Quickly identify when your LH surge, the time you're most likely to conceive, with these simple, yet really reliable (99%) Wondfo Ovulation Strips.
Fertility Monitor - The Ovacue Electronic Fertility Monitor is a great tool to support your fertility efforts by showing you the days that you're ovulating so you can either try to conceive or know when to abstain to avoid conception.
Menstrual Cup - The Diva Cup is probably the best known brand of menstrual cup with a history of great success for it's users. The "model 2" size is for those who have had a baby. Look for model 1 if you've not had a baby yet.
Essential Wellspring Midwifery, Lisa Byrd's Home Birth Kit - If you're my client, plan to have this in your home by 36 weeks!
Alfalfa Tablets - I love, love, love Bernard Jensen's Alfalfa as nutritional support in pregnancy. It's great for early pregnancy nausea, Alfalfa supplies vitamin K that help support normal blood loss in birth, supports normal clotting in newborns via mama's milk and supports a great milk supply, as well as a bunch of other benefits earlier in pregnancy. Watch for my upcoming blog post on the superfood alfalfa! Just a few cautions are in order however. Don't use alfalfa tablets if you have blood clots or are on a blood thinner. Also, you may need to start slow and increase to the recommended amount on the bottle since, too much, too soon can cause loose stools. Most pregnant women appreciate the extra help in the bowel movement department, however.
Food-Based Iron - Many women need extra iron around the middle part of their pregnancy which can be a normal physiologic response to an increased amount of blood circulating in your pregnant body. It's basically a dilution of your circulating iron. The key is to support your body's efforts to get those levels even higher before the end of pregnancy. I LOVE Mega Foods Blood Builder because it actually gets absorbed by the body, unlike many other inferior types of iron. The body recognizes it as food because it IS food!
Food-Based Vitamin D3 -If you are not getting enough daily exposure to sunshine, Garden of Life Raw Vitamin D3 is a high quality, non-GMO, gluten free and dairy free source that comes from chlorella. Optimal Vitamin D3 levels provide added support when seasonal threats are high as well as many pregnancy benefits. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D but it is *important to have the correct Vitamin D3 testing done, since too much Vitamin D can be toxic. The correct test is the 25(OH)D test which your midwife or doctor can perform or you can opt to do an "in home" test and send it off to a lab. The Vitamin D Council provides more information on that in-home testing and optimal levels.
Food-Based Vitamin C - Sometimes the body needs extra Vitamin C support, in addition to good nutrition and a high quality multivitamin. Vitamin C builds tissue elasticity (think about all the parts that need to stretch), healthy bone growth and supports an enhanced immune system. It also supports a strong, healthy amniotic sac. A strong amniotic sac is less likely to break too soon. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin so excess will just be excreted in the urine or at high doses (not recommended) will cause diarrhea. Like most things, not all Vitamin C supplements are created equal or safe. Most Vitamin C supplements on the market are sourced from "ascorbic acid" which often comes from genetically modified corn, not citrus as we'd like to think. The powdered drink form of Vitamin C that I recommend is Nature's Way Alive which gives a very reasonable 500 mg. If you prefer a capsule, find one that is either sourced organically or guaranteed to be non-GMO.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea - I buy this and other dried herbals from the Bulk Herb Store. They have great prices and a huge selection. Enjoy the clean taste of plain Red Raspberry LEAF tea throughout your pregnancy or look under the "Herbal Mixes" tab for the Mama's Red Raspberry Brew if you'd like a bit of a minty flavor and a bunch of other pregnancy supporting herbs in your tea!
To support a healthy pregnancy, I recommend either plain Red Raspberry Leaf tea or the Mama's Red Raspberry Brew:
Herbal Sitz Bath Blend This blend by Lucy's Garden has all the herbs that I recommend and saves you from having to buy them and blend it yourself! It's a really great size and price and will allow for at least 4-5 healing sitz baths after your baby is born. Your perineum will thank you!!
Squatty Potty - I seriously could not resist including this silly advertising for this very helpful tool. Can also dupe as a breastfeeding or great as a birth stool!
Prenatal Cradle V-2 Supporter is SUPER helpful for those who deal with vulvar varicosities. Great support which decreases discomfort. I recommend using this support before your feet hit the floor in the morning and coupled with Frankincense essential oil to support vascular health.
Probiotics for Babies - There are a few high quality probiotics specifically made for babies. Probiotics boost baby's immune system, support normal bowel function and reestablish important gut flora which can be wiped out by certain birth practices, antibiotics, etc. If baby is having skin issues or tummy troubles, start here! Klaire Labs Infant Probiotic is a high quality, broad spectrum, dairy and gluten free probiotic.
Cloth Diapers -
Baby Lotion - Earth Mama Angel Baby Baby Lotion wins my vote for one of the least toxic baby lotions available.
Baby Wash & Shampoo - Gaia Organics Shampoo & Body Wash for kids is a safe and soothing choice for everyday use.
Disposable Diapers - Seventh Generation diapers are chemical free and one brand many mamas prefer to use to keep the dioxin, dyes and polymers from their sweet baby's bum and out of their bloodstream.
Diaper Wipes - Seventh Generation Diaper Wipes are a safe choice for keeping chemicals off of your baby's tender diaper area. OR, you can easily make your own non-toxic baby wipes. I'll show you how here.
Natural Diaper Creams - Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm is rated as one of the least toxic brands for baby. If your itty bitty has gotten an ugly rash, you may want to go ahead and use the Mother Love, Diaper Rash and Thrush Relief which is also very clean and natural without dangerous chemicals. Of course, you can easily and very economically make your own DIY Baby Booty Butter. Here's how.
Wool Nursing Pads are the only nursing pads you will ever want or need. No leaking, anti-fungal and nourishing to the skin because of the natural lanolin within the soft wool. Several sizes available.
LANACare Lanolin Soap - Keeps your wool nursing pads and wool diaper covers soft and waterproof.
Nipple Butter - Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter is a great, non-toxic brand of nipple butter, if you are not inclined to make your own. Mother Love is another great, clean brand. The Mother Love Nipple Cream is for sore or cracked nipples. You can add a high quality Myrrh essential oil to any safe nipple butter to really boost its healing properties. Get info on my trusted brand of essential oils here.
Placenta Encapsulation - Please connect with me here for my preferred placenta encapsulation specialist in Columbia, SC. Also watch for my upcoming blog post which will teach you how to correctly do it yourself. You can find the DIY Placenta Encapsulation supplies below under the DIY Supplies section.
Beeswax - Local beeswax is amazing if you can find it. I often use these organic Beeswax Pellets since they're easy to source and easy to melt.
Essential Oils - I buy all my essential oils at wholesale prices. Here's how you can get that same wholesale pricing too (no selling required).
Essential Oil Diffusers -I love diffusers and own a half a dozen different ones myself. If you are interested in how you can earn a free diffuser by hosting an essential oils class, connect with me here. If you'd prefer to just buy one, here are a few that I have and like.
Great for diluting essential oils with a carrier oil for use with babies and kids.
Perfect for making room sprays, owie sprays, bedding sprays, etc. with essential oils.
Create your own chest rubs, foot creams and more with essential oils and carriers oils.
Pack with your own diy pit paste deodorant.
Create portable essential oil remedies using these handy inhalers.
Herbs & Teas - I buy these at the Bulk Herb Store. They have many items that are hard to source locally and I use a lot of these in my Crunchy Midwife Blog recipes.
Shea Butter - I like to use Raw Shea Butter in my homemade skin care recipes including my Baby Booty Butter.
Beef Tallow - If you want to get creative in your soapmaking, grassfed beef tallow is pretty amazing! Again, if beef tallow is something you can source locally, do it!! If not, this is a good source.
Lisa Byrd LM, CPM, CLC 803-917-1517 firstname.lastname@example.org