Tips for staying fit and eating healthy during your pregnancy:
Take it outside. Make time in your schedule to get outside and workout wherever possible! One of the easiest things you can do is get outside and go for a walk. This is a great time to take in some fresh air, a little Vitamin D and connect with nature. I suggest you bring your partner along with you because it’s the perfect time to walk, talk and connect. Some of the best conversations my husband and I have are on our daily/nightly walks (we even chose our baby name choices during these walks!). One of my other favorite things to do now that it is summer is going to the outdoor pool or down to the lake for a swim. Swimming is amazing and such a nice low impact activity to do when you are pregnant.
Don’t Stop. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stop going to your favorite workout class or stop doing other activities. Talk with your instructor and explain that you are pregnant and they will help you to make the appropriate adjustments to your workout so that you can safely participate. I know many women who have kept up with cross fit, body pump and spinning during their entire pregnancy.
Take time to stretch. Whether this means you start participating in a yoga class or invest in a prenatal yoga DVD or just spend 10-15 minutes per day, gentle stretching is very important to do during pregnancy. Not sure what kind of stretches to do? Talk with your prenatal care provider and they can provide you with a list of stretches that are great during pregnancy.
Eat whole foods. During pregnancy you are not only nourishing your body but also your growing baby. Make sure to avoid alcohol and limit caffeine, processed sugars and other processed foods as well as any other pregnancy no-no foods such as deli meats, soft unpasteurized cheeses, and organ meats (your prenatal care provider should provide you with a full list of these items). Focus on eating whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables as much as possible and remember to take a prenatal vitamin. However, don’t over stress about every little thing you put in your mouth especially in the first trimester when the only thing that appeals to you are mashed potatoes.
When it came down to choosing a crib for our nursery we took advantage of the numerous other bloggers who had already done the research into finding a safe crib for themselves. One of the best resources we found was over on Young House Love where Sherry and John had already done pretty extensive research on a number of cribs that we were interested in. Ultimately we decided to go with the same crib that they chose the Baby Mod Parklane 3-in-1 Convertible Crib made from solid New Zealand pinewood, meets all U.S. crib standards and features a non-toxic finish.
Important things to consider when choosing a Crib, cradle or bassinet:
• Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart
• Corner posts no more than 1/16 of an inch above frame
• No cutouts in headboard or footboard
• Top rails at least 26 inches above mattress
Other Things To Consider:
- Materials it is made from
- Type of Paint Used
- Do you want a convertible crib or not? A convertible cost a little more but will last you longer.
- Pregtastic Tips: Crib Safety (video)
- The Bump: 10 Cribs We Love
- The Bump: Cribs, Bassinets & Playards
- Pregtastic: Your Baby’s Sleeping Environment: Choosing a Safe Crib and Mattress
- CPSC: The New Crib Standards (Government regulations)
Finally we are posting our big nursery reveal! I really wish that we had better natural light in the nursery but alas we don’t. Our theme for the nursery is Put A Bird on It and for those of you who don’t know the reference you can go here. Please enjoy the tour!
- Owl on door- Gift from Lindsay’s Cousin Michelle
- Baby Mod Parklane 3-in-1 Convertible Crib – Gift From Lindsay’s Parents
- Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib Mattress – Gift From Lindsay’s Parents
- Cribskirt Tailored Dust Ruffle $34
- DwellStudio Stroller Blanket, Owls Sky $48
- DwellStudio Fitted Crib Sheet $6 (actual price $36 but used $30 gift card)
- Accent Colored Frames from Target $8
- Three White Frame Photos- Frames and Background Paper from Michaels; Cards from Target $25
- Wall Decal from Target $20
- Eivor Curtains from Ikea $30
- White Expedit from Ikea – already had (cost $40)
- Mirror from Target $4 (on sale)
- Accent Owls from Michaels and Home Goods $15
- Dresser – Craigslist $50
- Stork Craft Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set $130
- Bearded Man Pillow by Species by the Thousands – Gift
- Sea Going Solid Shade Ceramic Lamp from Target $20
- Storage Ottoman from Target $17
- Canvas Art- Materials from Michaels $60 (artist priceless)
- Gurli Throw from Ikea $13
- Eivor Cushion from Ikea $10
- Lykta Table Lamp from Ikea $15
- Light bulbs and hanging materials $45
Total Cost*: $550
*Total Cost does not include items we already had or items that were gifted to us.
- WAHM/SAHM. I am officially a work-at-home/stay-at-home mom as of last Thursday. I will discuss this decision in more detail in a separate post but let me tell you it’s a huge up!
- Movie Date. We were able to cross one more thing off of our “10 things to do before labor list” – we went to the movies! Neil took Friday off and to get out of the heat we headed to the movies to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was so good! Plus I didn’t have to get up and use the washroom once (win).
- Staying active. I got in a number of waddles (walks) and went swimming this week.
- Pregnant. I’m still pregnant. Neil and I are so ready to meet our baby! I wish they would just come right now.
- Sleep Deprived. I have been waking up at 3am every day and it’s been a challenge to go back to sleep so lately I’ve been up from about 3am-4:30/5am before I finally fall back asleep. This is not fun but I guess my body is prepping for baby?
As we’ve been preparing for our baby, I’ve come to realize that there are a lot more “want” items than NEED items. Babies do not need much, as one of Neil’s co-workers put it they need a place to sleep, clothes, diapers and a boob. Everything else is really just extra, but of course many things are nice to have.
My biggest struggle with a registry is waiting so long to find out if anyone would give us items off our registry for our shower which wasn’t until early June. I am such a planner and it was been torture waiting so long to see if any of our top priority items were gifted to us. Since I am a planner and don’t want to rely on chance that someone will gift us the items we need we decided to buy certain things if we saw them for a good deal.
- Registering for Essentials – While they aren’t always the most fun thing on the baby registry, it’s great to get some of those essentials off the “need list” taken care of at the shower. They can be little things like onesies or possibly bigger things like a car seat that a group of friends could buy together. Don’t be afraid to let friends and family know that those are things you’d love to have (a note on your baby website or invitation)
- Craigslist/Buying Used – This one can be tricky. Be sure to consider the condition of the item, how old it is and its source before buying something online or from a yard sale. Don’t be afraid to negotiate and don’t buy anything sight unseen. Be sure to find out their models and check for recalls on them before purchasing as well. There are also some things you should never buy used(cribs, breast pumps, car seats).
- Borrowing – If you’re not the first of your friends or family to have a baby, you may be lucky enough to have someone you can borrow items from. Things like jumpers, infant pillow seats and co-sleepers are great things to borrow if that is an option.
- Deal/Clearance Websites – There are plenty of good deals to be found on discount and clearance websites like BabySteals and EcoBabyBuys. These sites update often and the good deals and popular products can sell out quickly. Be sure to check often and don’t forget to factor in the shipping and compare the prices to sites like Amazon.
- Not everything needs to be organic
- Re-purpose items you already have – If you have an old dresser or book shelf that you can re-purpose for the nursery, there’s no need to go buy a new one. Take stock of what you have at home or in storage and see if there’s anything you can re-purpose.
In the nursery we kept our eyes peeled for a dresser on Craigslist and finally spotted one that we wanted and for only $50!
We re-purposed our small white shelving unit that was already in the nursery which used to be my office- costing us nothing.
Rather than buying art work to fill the nursery walls we made our own art work totaling around $60 for supplies. It also made for a great arts and crafts night with the Hubz and our friend Laura.
We found our Moby wrap on Craigslist and although it wasn’t the color that I wanted it was in good shape, practically brand new (the couple who we bought it from only used it a few times) and it was only $20.
Also purchased from Craigslist was our baby swing ($60), bouncy chair ($20), bumbo ($10), boppy ($10), and brestfriend ($10); all gently used and at good prices. We don’t love the cover of our boppy and we will be replacing that but otherwise everything just needs a wash and is in good condition. The total retail cost of everything would have been around $300 versus the $110 we spent on everything! Additionally these are all items that will be used only for 3-6 months before they will be retired so no need investing big bucks in items with such a short life.
We bought our Ergo on BabySteals for $80 which was 47% off the retail price.
Take advantage of sale racks and outlets. We have been able to find a number of items from Baby Gap both regular store and the outlet, see that Santa onesie? It was only 59 cents! Also if it’s on sale and you really like it buy it in bigger sizes as well.
Buy gentle used clothes and take advantage of hand-me-downs. We have taken advantage of gentle used clothing deals such as $10 for 10 onesies.
Cloth diapering. Cloth diapering is an investment at first however in the long term you will have a huge savings. A great resource for comparing prices of different types of cloth diapers and that of disposable is this site. If you really want to save money go the prefolds route.
Breastfeeding. Basically free. All you need may need to purchase are a breast pump, milk storage bags and a few bottles.
Make your own. When it comes time to start feeding solids make your own baby food!
At our 31 week appointment it was confirmed that our baby was breech, we were told not to worry that there was still plenty of time for them to turn and given a sheet of different positions that I could try at home to encourage them to turn. Even though I was reassured that it was nothing to really worry about until I was closer to 35 weeks I still couldn’t help but wonder- what if this baby doesn’t turn? Our midwife sent us home with the handout below and suggested that we try The Breech Tilt (pillow version), as well as, to focus on sitting forward and not crossing my legs.
For the next two weeks I did The Breech Tilt, I tried talking to the baby and massaging my belly in a downward motion and Neil’s favorite we tired the flashlight trick. At our 33 week appointment we were told the baby was head down and that it was 98% chance that they would stay that way- WIN! Update: Almost 38 weeks now and the baby is still head down!
We lucked out but for those of you who are trying to flip a breech baby here are the suggestions that I received from my yoga teacher who is also a doula, from our midwife and via spinningbabies.com:
- First off visit spinningbabies.com
- yoga poses: supported bridge pose and cat/cow pose
- swimming; diving to the bottom of the pool
- warm/cold compress
- don’t cross your legs
- sit leaning slightly forward, never lounge back
- sleep on side with high knee
- talking to baby belly while rubbing downward motion
Was/Is your baby breech? What techniques have you tried? Did any of them seem to work?
During our Natural Baby Care Class one of the big topics that came up was Attachment Parenting. Attachment Parenting is based on forming and nurturing strong connections between parents and their children. We discussed Attachment Parenting International‘s (API) Eight Principles of Parenting*:
- Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting
- Examples: Work through negative emotions surrounding pregnancy. Explore different types of healthcare providers and birthing options. Educated yourself about developmental stages of baby.
- Feed With Love and Respect
- Examples: Breastfeeding and attachment. “Bottle Nursing”. Nurturing through feeding. Introducing solids. Nurturing a taste for nutritional foods. Gentle weaning.
- Respond With Sensitivity
- Examples: Needs and the benefits of responding with sensitivity. Responding to tantrums and strong emotions. Responding to the old child.
- Using Nurturing Touch
- Examples: Needs and the benefits of nurturing touch. How to provide nurturing touch. Nurturing touch and the older children.
- Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally
- Examples: The case against solitary sleep. What is Co-Sleeping (co-sleeping versus bed sharing). Nighttime routines.
- Providing Consistent and Loving Care
- Examples: Create schedules with baby in mind. Practical tips for short separations. Working and alternate caregivers.
- Practice Positive Discipline
- Examples: The dangers of traditional discipline. A gentler approach to discipline. Tools for positive discipline.
- Strive For Balance in Your Personal and Family Life
- Examples: Balance is the foundation upon which attachment grows. Practical tips for maintaining balance. Tips for supporting new mothers. Tips for balance and the older child. Tips for dealing with parent “burn-out”
*Information provided from Mother Rising Childbirth Services
The most important thing to remember about attachment parenting is that you don’t have to do it all or go to the extreme. Finding what works best for you is most important. We have done our best to prepare for pregnancy, I am planning to breastfeed, we will be co-sleeping for the first few months (not bed-sharing but rather sleeping in the same room) and are planning to keep all of these principles in mind as we begin our lives as a family of three.
Do you practice attachment parenting?