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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

Sweet Pea Births

...celebrating every swee​t pea their birth

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Update: Placenta Pills

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM Comments comments (0)
Consuming the placenta has been found to be beneficial in the postpartum period to help alleviate postpartum hormone fluctuations (aka "baby blues"), increase milk supply, and reduce postpartum bleeding.  More and more women are choosing to ingest their placentas to take advantage of these benefits, and you can read about other benefits of "placentophagy" HERE.

Did You Just Insinuate, “Placenta” and, “Eat” in the Same Sentence?
 
Why, yes. Yes, I did.  When we first heard about it, both Bruss and I were completely grossed out and questioning if the natural birth community had finally gone off the deep end.  After doing more research and deciding we wanted to give it a try with our fourth placenta, we both came to the same conclusion: we had wasted three perfectly good placentas.  We encourage our students to do their reading and decide if it would work for them (see the end of this post for my resource list).
 
I have written about placenta encapsulation before HERE and HERE.  Since I wrote those posts, I have gotten questions via email and from our students. 
 
How is the placenta prepared for consumption?
There are two ways to prepare a placenta for consumption, raw and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  For a good outline of the differences and similarities, read THIS post written by Jules Moon.  Here is a quick summary:

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson 
What is a placenta tincture?
Info from IPEN
Placenta Tincture is made from a piece of the mother’s own raw placenta after birth, steeping in alcohol making a strong remedy over 6 weeks.  It is said that placenta tincture is used for emotional, mental and psychological instability and may also be very beneficial for treating PMS and menopause.
Read more HERE 

Can I take my placenta pills with subsequent pregnancies to help with morning sickness?
Answered with the help of Amanda Jaramillo and Amanda Santana:
The answer is, “No”.  There are a couple of concerns.  One is that it could disrupt normal pregnancy hormones by adding additional hormones from the placenta. The other is that placenta pills aid in contracting the uterus for. 

Neither of these possibilities is desirable during pregnancy. Consuming your placenta during the postpartum period aids in body processes that could lead to pregnancy loss if taken while pregnant.

The “safest” option for easing the symptoms of morning sickness seems to be herbal teas.  A good choice might be finding an herbalist that is knowledgeable about pregnancy.  Sometimes they can do more personalization than an over-the-counter product.  If not, most people find that the Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea is a pretty green & clean option.
 
What are your thoughts on Placentophagy?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 

Local Resources in Arizona:

Placenta Encapsulators I know personally:
RAW placenta preparation: Amanda Jaramillo – Heaven Sent PES http://www.placentaencapsulationaz.com/Home_Page.html
 
TCM placenta preparation: Trent Newell – Placenta Benefits.info http://placentabenefits.info/TrentNewell.asp
 
Herbalists for Pregnancy and Postpartum:
Diane Bajus
Healing Earth Botanicals offers teas for pregnancy, birth, postpartum & beyond, salves, bath blends, compresses, hydrosols, Super Green & more, along with custom blends.
Contact: authenticmidwife{at}q{dot}com
 
 


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®.

 

Tips for Morning Sickness

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Anytime a request comes across my desk three times in the same week, I figure it’s time to write a blog post about it.  And so it was with morning sickness this week.  It is so exciting to hear that our alums are expecting again - some of the best news that there is!!

Here is a collection of tips gathered from our Sweet Pea Births students, some things that have worked for me, and my favorite links to share with mamas who are trying to get past the first trimester as best as they can.  For most women, the second trimester is amazing – really – hang in there for the honeymoon period!! 
 
Suggestions from our students:

  • Organic lowfat greek yogurt
  • Banana
  • Saltines
  • Almonds
  • Rise brand protein bars, especially the almond honey

 
Info we offer in class:

  • Eat small portions throughout the day instead of the traditional big breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Drink a little before your meal, and then after you have finished eating
  • High fiber, high protein foods – see some of our recommendations HERE and HERE

 
Natural remedies for nausea:

  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Mint

 
One idea is to start with club soda or sparkling water (i.e., Perrier) as a base, and experiment to see if adding some lemon juice, grated ginger root, or mint extract will help with the nausea.  We make mint tea with leaves from our herb garden when we have upset tummies – it may help in your pregnancy as well.
 
If you do not have the time or inclination to DIY, an over-the-counter, ready to go remedy is the Morning Wellness Tea http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/pregnancy/morning-wellness-tea.html made by Earth Mama Angel Baby.  You know you are getting organic, Non-GMO goodness when you purchase their products – definitely a good choice if you are avoiding toxins and going the natural route in your pregnancy.
 
Besides finding foods that stop the stomach flip-flops, remember that there are two keys to great health in every season of life: rest and relaxation. 
 
Rest:  Make sure you are getting enough sleep – even if you are not showing yet, your body is completely focused on growing a new human right now!  Maybe you can’t sleep through the night anymore – don’t underestimate the power of a good nap during the day!  Even if you lay down for as little as 20 minutes, you give your body the opportunity to re-charge the battery and have a strong finish to your day.
 
Relaxation: Make time to take deep breaths each and every day.  Having a little snack before you get out of bed, and taking a few minutes to deep breathe and meditate can go a long way towards having a peaceful frame of mind to walk with through the day.  
Consider using flower essences aromatherapy to add another layer of peace.  Your baby feels all your energy – it is a wonderful gift to have an intentional, loving pregnancy.  

Links I share with students:
Morning sickness (natural remedies) - BabyCentre
http://bit.ly/1ikDHkF

Managing Morning Sickness - American Pregnancy Center http://bit.ly/1ikDWfB

Top Tips To Minimize Morning Sickness - Medical News Today
http://bit.ly/1ikDnlP



What's your morning sickness tip? 
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 
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®.


Hyperemesis Gravidarum In The News

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM Comments comments (1)
Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  Now that a high-profile celebrity is suffering from this condition of pregnancy, you will be hearing more about it.  I watched a morning news anchor butcher the pronunciation this morning – my bet is that in another six months, everyone will know how to pronounce it correctly.  It took me a few times to get it right. 


While we offer joyful congratulations to Kate Middleton (and Prince William), our heart goes out to her. Mamas with HG usually do not have the blissful pregnancy memories that other mamas carry with them.  It is our hope and prayer that the couple's celebrity profile will bring the attention, awareness, education and funding for research so that women can get the care and support they need when they are diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Many women suffer from nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy.  By the second trimester it is smooth sailing and we get to bask in the glow of pregnancy.  Not so for a mama who has Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  Her nausea is unrelenting.  Her body feels like her enemy.  She cannot leave her home, or the hospital, in some cases.  For her, the experience of pregnancy can be isolating and surreal – a haze of nausea, the bathroom and PICC lines.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is characterized by severe, persistent nausea, usually accompanied by vomiting.  It can lead to dehydration, weight loss, electrolyte imbalance, headaches and confusion, fatigue…not exactly the picture of a glowing pregnancy.  It is very important that a mama DOES NOT self-medicate. 

Unrelenting nausea is not normal and requires special care from your care provider.  If they tell you that there is nothing wrong, or that you can think your way out of it, or that you must not want your baby, RUN AWAY!  Find a care provider that recognizes that you need to have supportive care and monitoring to keep your pregnancy as healthy as possible.

We saw a student live with this condition.  It was so hard to talk about the importance of nutrition knowing that every word had the potential to make her feel guilty because her body was not tolerating food.  Although she wanted to eat the high protein, whole food Brewer diet that we teach throughout The Bradley Method® course, there were days, weeks, even when that was not possible. 

The only thing I could tell her was that I supported her and that I knew she was doing her personal best for her baby.  Thankfully, I was able to tell her about another local HG mama who had a beautiful, healthy baby.  Some women even go on to have subsequent pregnancies in spite of HG.  Personally, every pregnancy has been fraught with concerns about miscarriage due to a subchorionic hemorrhage every time.  Once the bleeding is resolved, I relax a little and start to enjoy the pregnancy.  I cannot even imagine an entire pregnancy filled with those feelings and more, and no end to the feelings that your body is betraying you.

If you have Hyperemesis Gravidarum, please do not suffer alone.  Find a supportive care provider.  Connect with a community that supports HG, like the HER Foundation.  Read blogs written by other mamas that lived with HG, and take heart from the fact that they have happy, healthy babies.  

You did not do anything wrong.  You are doing the best you can for your baby.  Take it one day at a time.  Your baby is going to be worth it.  

Did you have Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or do you know someone who did?  
Please share your thoughts – thank you in advance for any words of encouragement you can share to help a mama find peace and hope.

If you have any sources to other hopeful blogs about HG, please share those links in the comments section - they are (understandably) very hard to find.

Link List:
Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation
http://www.helpher.org/

Hyperemesis Gravidarum on PubMed Health
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002468/

Hyperemesis Gravidarum on American Pregnancy
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/hyperemesisgravidarum.html

Blogs:
http://naturallynauseousmomma.wordpress.com/ 

http://theleakyboob.com/2012/12/hyperemesis-gravidarum-a-princess-and-regular-ol-me-kate-middleton-and-i-have-something-in-common/

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