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Monday Mantra - Letting Go

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 1:11 PM Comments comments (0)
There is no time like the present to let go of the situations and the people that are not serving a positive purpose in our lives, or from which (or whom) we have finished learning the lessons they were meant to teach us.

Pregnancy and postpartum are time of threshold and initiation. They are times when things are new, when things are in transition, and when quite frankly, they are sometimes completely turned around and upside down.  

In times like this, the extra stress of situations that bring negativity are the things that keep us from being present for ourselves and for our baby. If you sit quietly, I am guessing you can name at least one thing, situation or relationship that it is best parted with for the time being.

What's one small thing you could do today to move away from that thing, situation or relationship so that you can be free to make your whole self available and present for this pregnancy - labor - birth - postpartum?

Disclaimer: 
The material included in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and related videos contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
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Inside Look: Poofy Organics with Rebecca

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 3:08 PM Comments comments (0)
Avoiding harmful substances is a huge part of having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy.  It is also vitally important to reduce exposures to chemicals and toxins when our Sweet Peas are earthside.  Today's "Inside Look" is at a company dedicated to reducing chemical exposure for the whole family.

Rebecca was one of our Fall 2011 Bradley students.  She was already passionate about having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy before she started our classes, so it's no surprise that she found this company way back when they started out of the founder's kitchen.  (FYI: Rebecca is a great "green living" resource as well - she is my "go to" gal when I have questions about "safe" products or ingredients.)  

I hope you enjoy reading more about the incredible products that Poofy Organics offers.  Be sure to read through to the end so you can take advantage of a special offer for SPB readers.



Tell me about Poofy Organics.
A woman who had a family member diagnosed with breast cancer started this amazing company.  She started to learn about the amount of chemicals women are exposed to on a daily basis just from their use of personal care products.  She found that women could expose themselves to over 100 chemicals on a daily basis, just from the products that they apply to their skin.  Kristina couldn’t find any companies that had products that were clean enough and worked well enough, so she started creating her own.  This was the beginning of Poofy Organics. This company is very passionate about providing the safest products available at a reasonable price.  Everything is hand made, in small batches in a USDA organic certified facility in New Jersey.  While not all products are 100 % organic, they are as pure as they come.  Certain ingredients cannot be certified organic by law, but everything is clearly labeled and there is 100% disclosure on the label.
 
 
What is your favorite Poofy Organics product or product line? 
I love so many products.  The first product I started using from them is their deodorant.  A friend recommended it, and I was immediately hooked.  My husband even uses it when he goes to the gym!  Now that I have had a chance to try so many more products, I have so many more favorites!  I love their Ciao Eczema lotion.  While I don’t have eczema, it is the best lotion I have used on my chapped hands.  It rubs in easily and is a great moisturizer.  I also love the Everything Salve.  I use it on any skin irritation my daughter may have, especially her mosquito bites!  She gets eczema on her face, and this provides immediate relief.  The dish soap is the best dish soap I have ever used, and it lasts forever.  I also really like the all-purpose cleaner concentrate.  It is a great alternative to just vinegar and water, and super cheap!  It is less than $2/17oz cleaner.  I also can’t live without their mascara and face lotion.  The mascara has the absolute best ingredients, and it actually works!  The face lotion smells amazing, rubs in so well, and leaves no greasy residue.  It also lasts forever because you only need a tiny amount at a time.  
 
 
Who should use Poofy Organics products? 
Everyone should use Poofy, especially if you are pregnant or a new mom.  I would say the most important product to swap out would be deodorant. Your skin is so thin in that area, and that is where breast cancer is commonly found.  
 
What makes Poofy Organics unique? 
I have used so many products over the years, and I am always researching ingredients.  This is the first company that I found that is as passionate about ingredient safety as I am. They are always researching as well.  I also like that they are hand made in small batches, but in a certified facility.  That way I know that the products are safe for me, and my family.  Any company can use the words organic and natural.  There are very few regulations on the cosmetic industry.  On average, 10 ingredients are actually left off the label completely.  Poofy Organics has a 100% full disclosure policy.  Many of their products are completely USDA certified organic.  I have only found a few companies that I will even buy products from, but Poofy has the largest selection and the best ingredients.
 
What motivated you to start as a representative?
I have bought products from them since they started.  I was working with woman trying to green schools, and people kept asking me for product recommendations.  I decided to become a representative so I could do group buys and save some people money on shipping, and it lets me offer discounts.  I truly love these products and wanted to find a way to make it easier for people to get them.
 
Is there anything else our readers should know about Poofy Organics products or the company? 
Poofy is completely dedicated to the environment as well.  They use recycled and biodegradable packaging materials.  They love what they do, and truly want to help change people’s lives with their products and sustainable practices.  They are truly passionate about what they do on every level.
 
What inspires you?
I am inspired by children.  I want to provide them with the very best.  I want them to have a happier, healthier future.  I truly feel like we, as a society, have gone down a destructive road and I want to help change that.  I enjoy helping people create healthier lifestyles, and I want to help future generations live healthy lives!
 
Interested? Check out Poofy Products here:
https://rebecca.poofyorganics.com/
SPECIAL OFFER FOR SPB READERS
For 10% off your purchase, you can place your order directly with Rebecca. Let her know you are an SPB reader to receive the discount.
Email : [email protected]
Cell or Text: 480-343-2815 
 
Disclaimer: 
The material included in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.


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Cooking with Herbs + Breastfeeding

Posted on December 18, 2015 at 12:31 AM Comments comments (0)
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Since we have welcomed new readers to our blog, I thought I would take some time to update a post from 2011.  I wrote this post in answer to a student’s concerns about herbs in holiday food that *might* affect a breastfeeding mother’s milk supply. 

"Might" because each of us is unique. Some people may be affected differently than others...trust your observations if what you see is different than what is listed below, "true for you" may be different than what other people have experienced.

As I was researching, a couple of the articles mentioned that these herbs would have to be consumed in large quantities to affect your milk supply.  However, in recognition that we are all unique, some mamas might see a decrease in supply, even with just a casual amount used in cooking.

The Bradley Method® teacher in me reminds you to please check any information with regards to herbs (or any substance/drug) with your care provider first.  This list was created with lactation in mind. There are herbs on this list that may not be considered safe in pregnancy (hint: do your own research on sage and oregano).  Please read, read, read on your own, and make your own decisions about what is and is not safe for you to use in your home cooking, or as a taste enhancer when you are eating out of your home.
 
So, with that caveat in mind…if you are a breastfeeding mom, here are some herbs used in holiday cooking to be aware of:

Parsley – known to reduce milk flow.  Here is an instance where a sprig is not likely to affect your supply; however, a dish where it is a prominent ingredient (perhaps something like tabbouleh) is not recommended for a nursing mother.

Peppermint* – “menthe” family of plants; the oil, is known to suppresses lactation and engorgement (more HERE)

Sage* – reduces milk flow

Sorrel – not enough evidence about how much passes to breastmilk, plant contains oxalic acid, which is known to cause kidney stones, and in large quantities, kidney failure

Spearmint* – another plant in the “mentha” family

Thyme*  – known to reduce milk supply

There is conflicting information on the following herbs  – they appear on some “watch” lists and not others, or are listed as “safe” or GRAS (generally regarded as safe) on other lists:

Basil*  – used to promote the flow of breastmilk; is also known to contain a chemical called estragole, which in larger medicinal amounts, caused cancer in laboratory mice.

Oregano* – anecdotal information that it can decrease supply; massage oil made with oil of oregano is used to decrease milk supply when weaning (more HERE

As we enter the cold and flu season, it’s important to note that a derivative of the mint family is menthol.  It is used in cough drops and cough preparations.  So yes, even a cough drop or a peppermint candy could affect your milk supply if you are sensitive to the effects of plants in the mint family.

Lastly, there is a group of herbs that have alkaloid properties.  They are not generally used for cooking and make more of an appearance as herbal remedies.  If you decide to explore some of the lists below, here is what you need to know.  Whether naturally occurring or synthetic (used in over-the-counter ("OTC") or prescription medications), alkaloids have been shown to inhibit prolactin, the hormone that stimulates milk production.

Keep in mind that much of the traditional knowledge about herbs has not been studied scientifically.  You may have a decrease in milk supply from an herb or supplement that is not on this list.  You know your body and you know your milk supply.  If something changes with you or with your child, it is worth paying attention.

Have you found that there are any herbs or supplements that have decreased your milk supply?
 
*Although I could not find specific information on all of these herbs, they all belong to the same plant family, the Lamiaceae family.  There are other members of this family that do not necessarily appear on the “watch” list for breastfeeding (rosemary, basil), so use your judgment and note your experience with any of these related plants.  Read more about the mint family HERE

FOR MORE READING:

ARTICLES and EBOOK
For more reading on herb use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, see THIS publication from the ICEA journal that addresses several complimentary and alternative methods in pregnancy and labor. http://www.icea.org/sites/default/files/July%202012.pdf

Get your own copy of the Earth Mama, Angel Baby Herbs and Breastfeeding ebook


LISTS
Herbs to Use During Breastfeeding
Earth Mama, Angel Baby company offers THIS list

Herbs to Avoid During Breastfeeding
KellyMom blog offers THIS list


Galactofuges – stop or reduce milk flow
http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Galactofuge

OTHER READING:
Lactation suppression
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7004693

About Peppermint Oil from the Infant Risk Center
http://www.infantrisk.com/content/use-herbal-supplements-and-remedies-during-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding

About Peppermint Oil used in aromatherapy
http://www.aromaceuticals.com/blog/adverse-reactions-to-peppermint-oil

Reading from WebMd
Basil
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-303-BASIL.aspx?activeIngredientId=303&activeIngredientName=BASIL

Oregano
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-644-OREGANO.aspx?activeIngredientId=644&activeIngredientName=OREGANO&source=2

Sorrel
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-718-SORREL.aspx?activeIngredientId=718&activeIngredientName=SORREL&source=2

Thyme
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-823-THYME.aspx?activeIngredientId=823&activeIngredientName=THYME&source=2


 Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer:  
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only. 
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.





 

Q&A with SPB: Top 5 Holiday Tips

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 4:48 AM Comments comments (0)
I am sharing a video version of last week's holiday safety blog post on today's VLOG.  One thing I didn't mention in this take was that we encourage you to get on the floor to childproof.  Check out and see what is within your child's grasp from their perspective, and then get it out of their way!!

Here is an idea one of our students shared when she was childproofing their Christmas tree with their under1 Sweet Pea: http://goo.gl/W2BJU0

Finally, here is the video version of our holiday safety post:



P.S.:
We shop the after-Christmas sales for all our ornaments! Aside from the IKEA ornament line we bought during the season, we like to stop in to Pottery Barn and Pier 1 after the holidays to see the pretty, child-safe ornaments we can add to our tree.  

Disclaimer: 
The material included in this video is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson

Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 4:39 PM Comments comments (1)
This was first published in 2011 - sharing it again today since the holiday safety tips are still relevant.  Click HERE if you would rather watch the VLOG instead of reading this post :)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
 
It is such a gift to enjoy this season with our children.  They are filled with wonder at the sight of our Christmas tree.  They love to look at the ornaments, especially the ones with their pictures in them.  They are so excited about Santa and presents and at the top of the list, the family coming to visit them from all across the country.
 
This year is especially poignant – like us, our older two children recognize that this Otter’s first Christmas.  They wonder what she is thinking as she sees the activity, and they are telling her all about the family that she will be meeting for the first time.
 
No matter what your faith, I encourage you to take the time out of the hustle and bustle, the imposed rush of the season, to slow down and enjoy this time of year with your children.  The root of the word holiday is “holy day”; so if your faith tradition has a holiday this month, strive to make that the central focus instead of the commercialism of the season.
 
Get down on the floor with your children and look up at the decorations you have put up in your home.  Tell your children the significance and why these symbols are important to you.  Take the time to tell them about their first holidays in your family.  If this is your first holiday with your child, tell them your favorite childhood holiday memory – you can keep this tradition going as they get older.  Even if you have an infant, know that they hear you and that you are imprinting their mind.  Though they may not have a conscious memory, you are helping to plant their roots that bind you together long after they have children of their own.
 
The season will be much more enjoyable if you take some common sense precautions.  I wish you all a holiday away from the emergency room or urgent care.  Here are the usual tips with my modificaitons for families with mobile infants and toddlers.  I am ever mindful that we now have students who are parents to curious, mobile and walking one-year olds!

- Use ornaments that are not fragile, easily breakable, or that present choking hazards.  This is not the time to break out your heirloom decorations.  Although they may not be as elegant, use adornments that can survive a bounce and that won’t shatter and cut your child’s skin.  Also keep in mind this tip: if it can fit through an empty tube of toilet paper, it’s a choking hazard.

We found some lovely, larger ornaments at IKEA that are pretty, as well as safe and functional.  Until our youngest children loose the fondness for touching all the moving parts (most of which break off and fit through that tube of t.p.), my collector series ornaments are safely stored for a few more seasons.

Speaking of choking hazards, watch out for small gift bows, packing peanuts and other packaging materials like twist ties and loose pieces of tape.  Wrapping paper, ribbons and bows can also be a suffocation hazard.

- Hang string lighting and place candles where little hands won't be able to reach.  This seems self-explanatory.  Remember that children are extremely curious and very creative – think about how motivated they are to reach what you are setting out, and make sure that you have lights and candles out of the reach of a “stacking things so I can climb” child.  A note about candles: their fragrance may be overwhelming for underdeveloped senses.  The chemicals used to create that fragrance are not regulated, which is another reason we personally keep “the stink” out. We have no idea what is really causing that odor and whether or not it’s good for us.  Flameless candles are easily found these days – they are a great way to create ambience, thereby passing on the chemical or fire hazard component.

- Check your electrical outlets and cords.  Parents usually keep outlets covered with safety caps.  During this time of year, you may pull them out to put in cords for string lighting.  Make sure that you are aware of your children around all the extra cords and open outlets.  Place the strings high enough so they don’t go in their mouths.  Depending on how mobile and/or curious they are, they may try to pull out the cords from the socket, which can also be an electrocution risk.

- Keep poisonous plants out of reach.  Speaking of mouths…colorful plants might be a temptation to your child.  After a cursory look at THIS LIST of plants, a rash or an upset stomach seem to be the main symptoms.  Given a child’s smaller size and the fact that each person’s reaction is individual and varied, it’s probably best not to take any chances.

- The force of gravity does not take a vacation.   Evaluate your space and see where the safest places are for your decorations and furniture so that your children will not run into them in the normal course of their day.  If you rearrange furniture to accommodate decorations, make sure that the pieces are not a tip-over hazard in their new location. If you move side tables, watch their placement and don’t put anything to heavy or unstable on top of them.  If you move larger furniture, make sure it is steady in its new position.  If you put up a Christmas tree, it can also be a tip-over hazard.  You can secure it to a wall with an eye-hook and twine, or block it off with a safety gate.

Hot, hot, hot – hot chocolate.  I couldn’t resist the reference to the Polar Express!  Slow down and be aware in the kitchen.  Accidents happen - burns and spills happen when we are rushing and when the kitchen is full of people.  Take your time preparing and moving hot foods and liquids.   Be very aware of where your children are, or maybe you can assign someone else to entertain them outside of the kitchen if you are in charge of your holiday meal. 

Along the same lines, children don’t know that tablecloths aren’t stationary – all they see is something on which they can pull up.  The next thing you may hear is the crash of china and silver, or the screams of pain if they are burned by food placed on top of the tablecloth or an overhanging runner on a sideboard buffet.  You may want to skip on the tablecloths and runners and use placemats and doilies for the time being.  They will grow up and you will deck out your holiday table again some day.

I close with this thought today:  you may have seen our past posts about pregnancy and child loss.  As much as holidays are a time of joy, they are also a time of amplified sorrow for families grieving the passing of a loved one.  I invite you to take some time this season to say a prayer for those families that have lost a loved one this year, especially those whom have had their children called to the next journey.  Their loss is ever present as they watch other families enjoy the holidays and wonder what place their child may have played in their own holiday traditions.

From our home to yours, may you have a safe, blessed and joyous holiday season!

Do you have any holiday safety tips to share – what are they?

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It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 
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To Test or Not to Test: 5 Need-To-Know Questions to choose for YOU

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 8:11 PM Comments comments (0)

I saw the question come up again in a chat group:

Should I get "X" test? Should I decline "X" medication?

You could also substitute the words 
"procedure" or "intervention" in those phrases.

As childbirth educators, we make every effort to keep our opinion out of the equation whether that question comes up in a live class, or when we see it on message boards and chat groups.  The bottom line is that YOU are the only one that can make decisions about your body and your baby.

As the natural childbirth movement has grown, families are becoming aware that a lot about birth works.  After all, we have survived as a species long before birth became a medical event.  Along with raising awareness of how physiological birth proceeds without any medical intervention in most cases, the birth movement has also encouraged patients to advocate for themselves: question everything. 

To be fair, there are tests for many of the things that used to be devastating to mothers and infants: gestational diabetes, Group B Strep, Rh factor to name a few.  There are newborn screens that can be done so that any genetic diseases can be caught and treated early before they take full effect and harm the child.

The challenge is as it usually is: the blanket treatment, "If it works for one, then it works for all." Which then leads to over-treatment and over-medicalization, and sometimes more complications than if we had left Mother Nature alone to begin with.  As patient advocates, we encourage our students to insist on beineg treated as individuals - we are all unique.

Somehow, somewhere, there is a growing thread that is saying: "Deny Everything".  I find this concerning because despite some negatives, there are some positives to today's birth climate.  So I decided to share the list of questions that I share with our students.  

Ask these questions of your care provider so that you can make an informed decision about personalized care for YOU in your unique situation

1.) Why was this test/intervention/medication/procedure ("TIMP") developed in the first place?

2.) Has this TIMP been effective in affectng the problem it was designed to solve?

3.) What is the treatment plan if I say yes to the TIMP?  What is the treatment plan if I say no to the TIMP?

4.) If something happens in spite of saying yes to the TIMP, will the treatment be any different than if I didn't have the TIMP?

5.) How do my personal lifestyle/career choices affect my chances of needing this TIMP? If I want to decline it, is there anything I can do to improve my chances of not needing it?

There are usually several alternative to consider instead of a flat "no".  We have several Pros/Cons/Alternatives listed in our Info Sheets.  You can find a complete listing to them HERE, or click on the "Info Sheet" category on the left side of this blog.

I wish you all the best for a safe and healthy pregnancy.  Also remember that these 5 questions can also be applied to options for newborn care, postpartum care, and really any care you or your children may need in the future!

Disclaimer: 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 





Info Sheet: Oral Glucose Challenge Test

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 7:42 AM Comments comments (4)
Please note that today’s info sheet is about the 1-hour screening procedure, not the 3-hour test used to determine whether or not a patient has gestational diabetes.

Image Source: http://babybearbulletin.com/2013/01/28/one-hour-glucose-test/

*Definition
"The oral glucose challenge test is performed to screen for gestational diabetes. This test involves quickly (within five minutes) drinking a sweetened liquid (called Glucola), which contains 50 grams of glucose. A blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm about 60 minutes after drinking the solution. The blood test measures how the glucose solution was processed by the body."
Source: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/oral_glucose_tolerance_test/hic_oral_glucose_tolerance_test_during_pregnancy.aspx

Find a list of alternatives to Glucola at the end of today's post

*History
From Diapedia:
“The first documented evidence of the effects of hyperglycaemia in pregnancy in the modern era was in 1824, when Bennewitz recorded a case of severe fetal macrosomia [large baby] and stillbirth in a 22 year old multigravida woman in Berlin. She had symptoms of severe hyperglycaemia, but he was only able to estimate this by boiling the urine to dryness[1]. The symptoms disappeared after the delivery. Until the discovery of insulin in 1923 there was no effective treatment for this condition, and the outcome of pregnancy for both mother and fetus was usually disastrous. These adverse effects have been gradually but not completely alleviated by intensive multidisciplinary care from both diabetologist and obstetrician, but complete normalisation of maternal glucose metabolism has not yet been achieved. By the 1940’s it was becoming recognised that lesser degrees of maternal hyperglycaemia were also a risk to pregnancy outcomes, with retrospective studies showing increases perinatal mortality some years before the diagnosis of overt diabetes mellitus. This led to the term ‘prediabetes in pregnancy’, and to poorly defined concepts of ‘temporary’ or ‘latent’ diabetes.”

From Evidence-Based Birth:
“In 1964, O’Sullivan and Mahan proposed that pregnancy changes the metabolism of carbohydrate, and that these changes are different than what happens outside of pregnancy. They published a study with 752 women who took a 100-gram 3-hour glucose test in the 2nd or 3rd trimester. In this study, the researchers tried out different cut-offs for GDM.” [1]

“Now the most common method of screening for gestational diabetes in the United States is the 50-gram, 1-hour glucola test, also called the glucose challenge test. This test was first introduced in 1973. To take glucola test, you eat a normal diet beforehand. Then you drink 50 grams of a glucose polymer solution. One hour later, your blood is drawn to measure the glucose level (O’Sullivan, Mahan et al. 1973). If your blood glucose is 130-140 mg/dL or higher, then you have screened positive for gestational diabetes, and you qualify for a follow-up 3-hour oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) to officially diagnose the condition. The 75-gram and 100-gram OGTTs are the gold-standard for diagnosis of gestational diabetes.” [2]

Quote from American Family Physician:
“Gestational diabetes (GDM) occurs in 5 to 9 percent of pregnancies in the United States and is growing in prevalence. It is a controversial entity, with conflicting guidelines and treatment protocols. Recent studies show that diagnosis and management of this disorder have beneficial effects on maternal and neonatal outcomes, including reduced rates of shoulder dystocia, fractures, nerve palsies, and neonatal hypoglycemia. Diagnosis is made using a sequential model of universal screening with a 50-g one-hour glucose challenge test, followed by a diagnostic 100-g three-hour oral glucose tolerance test for women with a positive screening test.”

Sources:
American Family Physician http://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0701/p57.html
Diapedia: http://www.diapedia.org/other-types-of-diabetes-mellitus/history-of-gdm
Evidence Based Birth:
[1] http://evidencebasedbirth.com/diagnosing-gestational-diabetes-the-nih-consensus-conference-day-1/
[2] http://evidencebasedbirth.com/gestational-diabetes-and-the-glucola-test/

*PROS

  • Since [2005], 2 large randomized, controlled trials have found that screening and treatment of GDM have decreased the risk of large babies and shoulder dystocia. [1]
  • Treatment for GDM decreases the risk for gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. [2]
  • There are many non pharmaceutical options for treatment including: limited carbohydrate diets, regular exercise, blood sugar level monitoring, fetal growth monitoring, and more in depth check ups with your care provider. [1]

Sources: 
[1] http://www.webmd.com/baby/tc/gestational-diabetes-treatment-overview
[2] http://evidencebasedbirth.com/diagnosing-gestational-diabetes-the-nih-consensus-conference-day-1/

*CONS
  • Potential adverse effects are nausea (30%), vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, dizziness (11%), headache (9%), and fatigue (Lamar, Kuehl et al. 1999). [2]
  • Un-pleasant nature of the exam and the cost. [2]
  • Based on the findings of a meta-analysis conducted in 2012, we can conclude that the 50-g glucola test by itself can be used as a screening test, but not as a diagnostic test.  A positive result needs to be followed up with the 3-hour diagnostic test. It’s important for you to understand that if your doctor diagnoses you with gestational diabetes based on the 1-hour glucose test, then you should request the 3-hour test to confirm the diagnosis. [2]
  • In the 2001 gestational diabetes guidelines, ACOG says that if you are low-risk and meet all of these following criteria you may not need to be screened: Age less than 25, not a member of an ethnic group with an increased risk, BMI <= 25, no history of abnormal glucose tolerance or macrosomia, and no known diabetes in a first-degree relative. 
However, if you use these criteria, then only 10% of pregnant women would be exempted from screening. ACOG says that because only 10% would be exempt, “many physicians elect to screen all patients as a practical matter.”
Therefore, you are being screened by your physician as a practical matter. It may also be that your physician wants you to have the test just for legal liability reasons. [2]
  • In the universal 1 hour 50 g oral glucose test a value above 130-140 mg/dL is considered positive, but in a study of 2,226 cases from universal screening of 11,084 pregnant women using a cut off value of 145 mg/dl the False Positive Rate (FPR) is 80.4%. [1]
  • In the above mentioned study when Glucose Challenge Test (GCT) result was above 200 mg/dL, the probability of women having Gestational Diabetes (GDM) was still only 64.5%. [1]
  • The frequency of GDM really depends on how it’s diagnosed. If you have different cut-points, you will have different numbers of diagnoses. In looking at population data, we rarely know what test or what cut-off people used to diagnose GDM. In some studies, where we know what test people used to diganose GDM, the rates of GDM have remained stable. [3]
  • Based on test results there could be increased intervention (more prenatal visits, more inductions of labor)
  • Increased tendency to perform a C-section (Donovan et al. 2012) [3]

Sources: 
[1] http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCgQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.researchgate.net%2Fpublication%2F23308206_A_50-g_glucose_challenge_test_is_there_any_diagnostic_cut-off%2Flinks%2F09e41505844135f56f000000&ei=CPAxVOq9IM6fyATawoDgAw&usg=AFQjCNHgBzxOxv8Z2Vo_IEqQ7_Oxwa9MlA&bvm=bv.76802529,d.aWw
[2] http://evidencebasedbirth.com/gestational-diabetes-and-the-glucola-test/
[3] http://evidencebasedbirth.com/diagnosing-gestational-diabetes-the-nih-consensus-conference-day-1/


*Links for more reading
From Cochrane Review: Screening for gestational diabetes and subsequent management for improving maternal and infant health
http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD007222/PREG_screening-for-gestational-diabetes-and-subsequent-management-for-improving-maternal-and-infant-health

From PubMed: Glucose challenge test for detecting gestational diabetes mellitus: a systematic review.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22260369

From the American Diabetes Association: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/23/1/17.full#ref-3

From Aviva Romm: Glucose Tolerance Testing in Pregnancy: What you should know
http://avivaromm.com/glucose-testing-pregnancy

From Birth Without Fear: Gestational Diabetes - To Test or Not To Test
http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2013/06/21/gestational-diabetes-to-test-or-not-to-test/

From Birth Without Fear: The Truth About Gestational Diabetes and Why It's Not Your Fault
http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2013/06/24/the-truth-about-gestational-diabetes-and-why-its-not-your-fault/

From Modern Alternative Mama: Healthy Pregnancy Series: Gestational Diabetes Test
http://www.modernalternativemama.com/2011/03/16/healthy-pregnancy-series-gestational-diabetes-test/


*Alternatives to Glucola, aka The Orange Drink
Women who are striving to avoid harmful substances are starting to seek alternatives to the ingredients in Glucola:

Image Source: www.foodbabe.com

From Pub Med: 
Jelly Beans offered as an alternative to a fifty-gram glucose beverage for gestational diabetes screening.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10561636
Note: a mama seeking to avoid harmful substances could opt for jelly beans with natural ingredients and food-based coloring

From Today's Mama ~ Boston
Combine the following foods to make 50 g of glucose:
  • 30g - 6 oz Grape juice
  • 15g - Slice of bread
  • 30g - cup of cereal
  • 20g - banana
  • 12g - cup of milk
  • 30g - two slices of bread
  • 40g - 16 oz orange juice
  • 40g - 8 oz apple juice
Source:http://boston.todaysmama.com/2011/08/third-trimester-glucose-test-alternatives/

From My Green and Natural Pregnancy: 
Alternative beverages
  • 20 oz. of a natural ginger ale
  • 14 oz. of orange juice not from concentrate
  • 10 oz. of cranberry juice
  • 10 oz. of grape juice
Source:http://mygreenandnaturalpregnancy.blogspot.com/2012/04/dont-drink-that-orange-glucose.html

Krystyna’s Note: 
Maple Syrup
This is one that I have heard talked about in the green living community.  Below is the nutrition information for 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup from nutritiondata.com so you can get a general idea.  You would have to talk to your care provider about figuring out how “sugars” translate into “glucose” to determine how much you would need to consume in order to substitute maple syrup for the orange drink.



Disclaimer:
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.




Q&A with SPB: Healthy Pregnancy

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 11:46 PM Comments comments (0)
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Question: What can I do to have a healthy pregnancy?

Answer: A lot, actually! Come to Saturday's class to learn more about what any mom can do to lay the foundation for their Sweet Pea to have a healthy start in life.

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We are excited to announce another Healthy Pregnancy Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this month!  It is a two-hour class designed to introduce the basics of having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy that is best for mom and best for Sweet Pea.

As childbirth educators, one thing has become painfully clear over the last five years...no matter how many things a family will "do right" during pregnancy, we just don't know what the birth journey will hold until they are on the other side, holding their baby.  The one thing we can all share, in spite of whatever happens during birth, is the opportunity to give our Sweet Peas a healthy pregnancy.  We all have the ability to be intentional; to provide a place for our baby to grow and be nourished through the pregnancy.  If you or someone you know is interested in setting a great foundation for their child's life earthside, please join me!  

In the class, we will cover how to the foundation for a healthy pregnancy.  We'll introduce basics like exercise (no previous fitness level required) and nutrition to build on to keep the mama and the Sweet Pea well, plus substances and environmental factors to avoid.  We will also do a mini-relaxation workshop so that participants can have a few basic tools to practice during pregnancy and in the postpartum period.  We know that meditation, even a minute a day, can make a difference!

This class is designed to be an informative session to get your pregnancy off to a healthy start, or to make sure you are having the healthiest possible pregnancy!  Couples in the first, second and third trimester are welcome.   Included in the tuition is a 1-on-1 call follow-up call with Krystyna, as well as a take-home packet for you to use as you continue through your pregnancy.  Tuition for the 2-hour session: $10/couple

I hope you can join me - please call or text 602.684.6567 to register.



JULY CLASS


AUGUST CLASS


Disclaimer: 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonThe material included in this video and blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The viewer/reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog and video contain information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
 




Q&A with SPB: What's In Your Tote Bag?

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 4:14 AM Comments comments (0)
As vacation season nears, I thought it would be fun to do a travel post.  Whether you are going on your "babymoon" with your love before your Sweet Pea arrives, or if you are traveling with your Sweet Peas who are earthside, using non-toxic products makes vacation safer and more enjoyable for your body and your Sweet Pea...healthy bodies can take advantage of all the pleasures and indulgences of a vacation.

We travel with a Be Prepared in Sea Amo 
by Jujube+tokidoki


We have meandered our way to a more natural lifestyle.  We didn't find all of these products all at once - we discovered them as we researched and learned more about natural living over the last seven years.  

In order to save you some time and money (trial & error can be an expensive way to learn), here is a visual list of the non-toxic products that we carry when we road trip.

Please note that we are not compensated for our opinion, nor have any of these companies asked us to review their products.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  We are just two Bradley™ teachers who are interested in sharing what we know with our students and readers.
 
Here is our road trip list:


 
IN MY TOTE BAG
HAND CLEANSERS
Solution of Water and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
Bottle of Water
Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray
Reusable Cloth Wipes by Shannon’s Cloth & More
 
FIRST-AID KIT:
Arnica Gel: Temporarily relieves muscle pain and stiffness due to minor injuries, overexertion and falls; Reduces pain, swelling and discoloration from bruises. Read more HERE
EMAB Angel Baby Bottom Balm: itchy rashes, fungal rashes; cuts, scrapes; chafing, chap, cracked skin; minor burns
EMAB Natural Nipple Butter: cover and protect scrapes and abrasions; good for chapped lips, cuticles, chapped cheeks and minor rashes
EMAB New Mama Bottom Spray: sunburn; minor scrapes; bug bites
 
Read more about alternative uses of Earth Mama Angel Baby ("EMAB") products HERE

LOTIONS & BALMS
Badger Balm Sunscreens: We learned a little trick: rub it between your fingers for a few second before application – it absorbs much better that way and leaves less white streaks on the skin.  Find a list HERE
Baby Balm: Skin moisturizer - info & ingredients HERE
Foot Balm: Eases achy feet after a long day of walking theme parks - more information HERE
 
GOOD SMELLY STUFF
Breathe Solution - eases coughing from breathing unfiltered air - we apply at the collar bone
OnGuard Solution - for an immunity boost as we move through crowds - we apply it at the wrists
Lotus Wei Quiet Mind Mist - for calmness and to ease sensory overload while we visit theme parks

How I pack our bag:
Front Pocket
Front Pocket
Middle Section
Middle Section
Side Pocket
Side Pocket
All Packed Up!
All Packed Up!
 
IN THE HOTEL ROOM
Flower Essences by Lotus Wei
Inner Love: “Magnifies gentleness, compassion, softness + receptivity. DISSOLVES: Irritation…”
Inner Peace: "Deep peace, calm, confidence, comfort + contentment; strength + assuredness during times of high-stress.  DISSOLVES: High levels of stress & overwhelm"
Joy Juice: "Joy, laughter, euphoria, contentment, simplicity, playful, letting your inner child come out, enjoying life more  DISSOLVES: Seriousness, feeling the weight of responsibilities, worry, overcomplicating things, repressing your inner child"
Quiet Mind: "Clarity, focus, relaxed body, quiet mind, sound sleep, ability to take breaks + be more effective DISSOLVES: Busy mind, mental chatter, restless sleep, physical tension (especially neck & shoulders), over-analyzing"
 
Essential Oils
Diffuser 
Lavender - a couple of drops in bath water
Orange - diffuse upon arrival to clear nasty odors from hotel rooms
OnGuard (an immunity booster) - run at night in diffuser
Breathe (a respiratory blend) - run at night in diffuser
NOTE: We use doTerra because that is what we started with when a friend gifted us some samples when Puma was hospitalized.  We do not sell it, promote it, or endorse it.  We do encourage you to look into essential oils.  They have greatly enhanced our health.
 
Toiletries
EMAB Happy Mama Hand to Toe Wash
EMAB Calming Lavender Shampoo & Body Wash
EO Organic Deodorant
Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste

What is your "must-have" natural product?
The one that you always bring with you, or buy on the road if you forget to pack it or run out of it while you are traveling??
 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonDisclaimer: 
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.



 

Bonus Class: Healthy Habits

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 3:16 PM Comments comments (0)
We were happy to welcome Dr. Ross back to our class this week.  Every session, we offer a bonus class with him so he can share his perspective on having a healthy pregnancy from a physical, chemical and emotional standpoint.  He also share information about chiropractic care for pregnancy, postpartum, and the newborn.  The last portion of class is dedicated to teaching techniques that may be helpful if the couple experiences back labor.  It is a full and awesome class!
 
Today I am sharing a couple of segments as they relate to the physical aspect: nutrition.  The first clip is about making whole food choices and he also shares information on a product he encourages all his patients to take.  The second segment is dedicated to eliminating harmful substances; in particular, artificial sugars and why it can make a difference.
 
Whole Food

 
Artificial Sweeteners

 
Please leave a comment with your thoughts or experiences with these – I am looking forward to reading your feedback!
 
 
Link List:
More on Dr. Ross:
http://www.rechargeyourlife.com/
 
Artificial Sweeteners:
Info from Dr. Mercola
Info from Dr. Janet Hull

Juice Plus+:
http://doctorross.juiceplus.com/
www.juiceplus.com
 
Disclaimer:  
The material included in this blog/video is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This video contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this blog/video do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.