my Plant-based Pregnancy & natural Home Birthing success
Welcome to my blog about natural plant-based pregnancy, this has been something that I’ve wanted to write for quite a while now. Natural pregnancy and childbirth are topics that I’m very passionate about. As some of you may or may not know already, but when I turned 21 I was given some pretty heartbreaking news that my chances of conceiving a child were not very high, in fact, I had some cervical issues at the time that required a surgical procedure. The good news is that later down the road I decided to take responsibility for my own health and I did heal. I healed so well in fact, that now have a 23-month-old son who is thriving on a plant-based diet alongside his mama.
I am very blessed for my positive experiences during pregnancy, home birth, with breastfeeding and now a parenting. Things have gone very well for me and from what I’ve gathered from other people’s stories is that for most moms today it’s traumatic experience and this is very unfortunate considering how magical of a time it can be. I would really like to share with you my positive experience with pregnancy as well as some tips and tricks that you can incorporate yourself or share with someone who is starting a family of their own.
To start, because I didn’t expect to be able to have kids of my own (as much as I wanted to one day be a mother) when I first started showing symptoms, I thought I had the flu or caught something traveling but as my fatigue persisted I went to see a doctor and did some blood work. At this time I had also broken up with my boyfriend, I remember I was sitting down at my mom’s place with my stepdad on one side, her on the other and we were deeply contemplating my life and what to do next when my phone rang. It was the doctor himself letting me know that I was pregnant (9 weeks) and I should make another appointment right away to figure out what I was going to do.
This news as shocking as it was and as imperfect as a timing was, made me so happy. I just smiled from ear-to-ear and knew in my heart that everything was going to be okay, that I healed myself and that all the things I was doing and learning served a bigger purpose. I later moved in with a really good girlfriend of mine who owns a house in the town I was living, she gave me some time to collect myself, save some money and then I headed off to the waterfall capital.
When I settled into my new home I began searching for a midwife and soon later began regular check-ups at a small clinic just outside my city. I used the time in between my appointments to connect with strong women who were already mothers, who had similar values to me and experience with homeschooling, working, and empowering women. I also put a conscious effort into healing my past traumas and my broken heart. I asked myself questions like, “what passions can I make into a career?” and “what do I have to do to make my vision a reality?”. I also watched some documentaries like http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/, YouTube videos of natural home birth and read books like homegrown by Ben Hewitt, hypnobirthing, mothers around the world, eco-thrifty and my all-time favorite (which I had already read once or twice before) squirting milk on chameleons by Simon Fenton.
You can check out the “Squirting Milk on Chameleons” here:
As I was accumulating stories knowledge and other people’s experiences, I started to create my own plan and incorporate in some of the other things that I was passionate about like nature, herbology, affirmations, meditation, yoga, and Reiki. This is also about the time when I begin writing my birth plan. A birth plan is a piece of paper that states in bullet form what you will and will not allow. You have a copy for yourself that goes into your birthing bag (if you have to go to the hospital), a copy for your midwives and one for your birthing partner. This ensures that everybody’s on the same page in case it there is an emergency.
In addition to the bullets on my birthing plan, I also talked with my midwives about some of the things I learned in herbology like:
- spirulina is incredibly high in protein, a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. It also oxygenates your blood which can help maintain energy.
- cayenne pepper has been used for over 9,000 years as a herbal medicine for many ailments, your heart and can reduce your risk of hemorrhaging after giving birth.
- nettle is a supertonic that is rich in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium, and iron.
- red raspberry leaf reduces the chance of issues like prolonged labor and preterm labor and eases other pregnancy-related problems like nausea. It can even help tone up your uterine muscles, making your body better prepared to birth as well as, a nutrient boost.
- dates make the birthing process shorter and easier, they are known for their high magnesium and can reduce postpartum hemorrhage the way oxytocin does.
And my all-time favorite hydrating tonic, Himalayan salt, lemon, raw honey, and water. This labor aid is all I had for the entire day (19h I was in labor). It kept my energy up all through my natural childbirth, which I will share with you in a future post. Maybe next month when Fynn turns two, we’re getting pretty close now and I’m already feeling nostalgic.
If you’re currently pregnant or know someone who is that has some questions or need some additional support please feel free to reach out, it would be my pleasure to help guide you on your journey, however, I can.
As always I am sending you much love & positivity on your Elemental Growth journey.
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