I spent months and months researching what to set aside for labour so I could be as prepared as possible. But of course, nothing can prepare you for childbirth, sorry to say 😉 The good news is that there are definitely some essentials that are going to help you through labour. Whether you’re planning a home or hospital birth, a little prep will go a long way. So, here’s a little checklist of unusual essentials you’re gonna need. I didn’t bother writing down the obvious, and instead have focused on the things you may not have thought of but will help you HUGE. Just a side note, if you are planning a home birth, make sure you pack a hospital bag… just in case.
My little guy is the light of my life and the way he came into this world is probably my most favourite story ever told, and I want to share my story with you.
In the spring of 2016, 3 weeks before my due date, my husband, Mark, & I thought it would be a good idea to take some prenatal shots. I always thought 37 weeks would be the ideal time to take them when your belly is looking perfectly swollen, but your ankles haven’t quite puffed out so you’re still lookin’ pretty cute.Read on
I needed to write this pregnancy workout guide because I was asked so many times throughout my pregnancy how I stayed in shape and had many people asking if its was still safe for me to work out (insert eye-roll here).
Staying Active while Pregnant
I know how difficult it can be to stay active when you’re pregnant, particularly if you’re experiencing morning sickness or insanely fatigued. I get it, we grow humans inside us and it’s effing exhausting. Even though these things pretty much come hand in hand with pregnancy, it is so important to guide your body through this crazy experience by keeping it in tippity top shape. That being said, I cannot stress enough that you should always listen to your body. (And no, I don’t mean when your body is “telling” you to satisfy your DQ Blizzard cravings).
Labour can be scary, especially as a first time Mom-to-be. I know I was. I attended classes, read until my brain exploded, and asked so many annoying questions. I’m here to tell you what worked for me (and what didn’t) so you don’t have to go through labour before actually going through labour. I’ve condensed these tips and tricks into a wee checklist for you to download down below to make it nice and easy.
*note: I ain’t no Doctor – this is just worked for me and many other Mamas I know.
What to eat
I started craving dates in my third trimester and didn’t think too much of it and blamed it on my Persian roots. I would end every dinner (and sometimes lunch) with tea and dates and seriously couldn’t help myself. And then I came across this study and was like woah my body is SMART. I’ll give you the non-scientific/laments terms/coles note version of the study to spare you the reading time as to why you need to eat dates when you’re pregnant too!