Friday, 9 May 2014

25/27 weeks- Pregnancy Update

With all the stress in my life, I have not really been updating my blog with pregnancy posts.  Family is very important to me and I have been doing my best to spend time with them and help through with various events. I am hoping things resolve soon. 

I had a appointment at 25 weeks. Everything was good! Baby had a healthy, strong heart beat. The doctor was able to find it right away- which was exciting. My bp was 118/86, which is good and I am now 154 lbs.
25 weeks

I can't believe i am already 27 weeks. This pregnancy is going so fast. I am de-cluttering like crazy to make room for a new addition.

27 weeks
According to, my baby can "open and close its eye, hiccough and sleeps and wakes up regularly. "This is definitely cool! Baby has been doing a lot of moving around. And hiccoughs might explain what I have been feeling. I have a feeling my toddler and newborn will have opposite schedules but we see.  As for- yes to leg cramps and hemorrhoids. It isn't too bad though. 
I do have slightly low iron and b-12 levels so I am taking additional supplements. I have read some interesting holistic ways to raise those levels and would love to add them to my routine. Holistic Squad and Mommypotamus have some tips if you want to check them out.  And yes, I do have a prenatal test at 30 weeks. EEEK!!!

Yes, the months are progressing quickly. It probably helps that I had no morning sickness with this pregnancy. (and I am eternally grateful!).  Can't wait to see what unfolds next!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Spring into Spring Giveaway US and Can

I have the perfect summer giveaway to share with you! This Tuscon Cedar swing is open to the US and Canada! There is a slide, swings and an awesome canopy and more! I know my son would love the slide. 
Enter below!

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

International Cesarean Awareness Month

Cesarean Sections in the United States

Did you know that in the US 1 in 3 women have a c-section? It is important to note that c-sections are major abdominal surgery. Many c-sections are unnecessary. Often women are not informed that c-sections are major surgery with risks. They are promoted as the easy way to give birth. For some women (and babies)- this may be true. Healing times vary and depend on type of scar. However, c-sections do carry their own risks, so it is very important to make an informed decision for yourself and your baby. 

** I am glad that we are able to offer c-sections in moments of extreme duress and for breech birth, but it should not be the norm. C-sections are changing the way women give birth. This raises a lot of questions like how will the body experience labour? How will we truly understand birth if the moment is a surgical one? And why are the risks for infant and mother mortality so high- particularly in the US as it is a developed country ***

Even in Canada, c-sections are becoming quite common. My little brother was an emergency c-section so I do understand the necessity and also that there is a wide range of normal after c-sections. 

Inform yourself on how to avoid (medically unecessary) c-sections

-Your medical provider is not always right. Don't be afraid to ask questions about risks and benefits, their c-section rate and to get a second opinion.

-Your ultrasound- Your baby's weight is an estimation not a spoken truth. Also, there are many smaller women who birth 10lb babies.

-Avoid too much medical interference, for example, continuous fetal monitoring 
(DR. S. Kalaichandran 2003)

If you need a c-section: 

  1. Get support- hire a doula
  2. if you plan to breastfeed do research on breastfeeding safe drugs- Dr Hale, Kellymom or Dr Newman have some great resources out there
  3. C-sections do seem to increase incidence of PPD ( may be related to Oxytocin. Although it is not set in stone that you or someone you know will develop PPD. (

For more information check this out!:
ICan International Cesarean Awareness Network-
Mothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings and Needs after Childbirth: A Support and Resource Guide by Sally Placksin