It all started on June 8, 2012…
Sunday, after a lazy morning, Neil and I headed over to the Ethan Allen Homestead to walk the nature paths and enjoy the beautiful weather. While we were there I thought that I might be having contractions about 10-20 minutes apart. I wasn’t sure if they were real contractions or just Braxton Hicks. I also didn’t want to get myself excited just to find out I was having false labor so I just took note of how I was feeling but didn’t think too much about it or say anything to Neil.
continue reading Part One over on Running With Tongs…
My first reaction to the idea of eating your own placentas was “GROSS NO WAY! I mean it’s great if others can but I couldn’t EVER do that.”
At this point I had only heard of people cooking up and eating their placenta or throwing it into a smoothie. I had no idea that you could dehydrate and encapsulate your placenta until I read Caitlin‘s post. Then I became a little curious, but was still in the “um I don’t think it’s for me” mindset.
Then one day Neil and I were making the drive home from my parents house and we decided to listen to the Pregtastic Podcast “The Placenta: Encapsulation and Other Benefits.” This podcast really started to get both of us thinking about the benefits, the process of encapsulation and whether or not it was for us. After listening to the podcast Neil and I discussed things and decided that the potential benefits of ingesting my placenta out weighed “the ick factor.” Now it was time to find someone in our are who actually does placenta encapsulation.
After a few weeks of searching I came across two different people who offer this service and after talking with both and weighing the costs (huge difference in service charge) we made our decision. SO our plan is to have the encapsulation done within 24-48 hours of the birth. Our encapsulator (not sure what the technical name would be) does everything in her own home so our doula will deliver the placenta to her (in our designated placenta cooler) after the birth and then we will pick up the encapsulated placenta on the way home from the hospital.
We also spoke with our midwives to let them know of our plans to keep the placenta after the birth and to have it encapsulated. Our midwives don’t have much to say about our decision to encapsulate/me ingesting my placenta with the exception of one who expressed their skepticism about the real benefits it has on things such as postpartum depression but she did highlight that one of the benefits she does recognize is that of the iron. Many women experience postpartum iron deficiency and ingesting your placenta can help with your iron levels.
Overall the way Neil and I see it is that it can’t hurt to try it. Maybe it won’t really help anything at all. Maybe it will provide a placebo effect and “help” in that way. In the end though the potential benefits are much greater than not doing it at all.
(Also we plan on having a placenta tree of life print done as well!)
After giving birth what did you do with your placenta? Did you ingest it? Did you get a print done? Did you plant it? Did you save it?
Additional Placenta Stories:
- Pregtastic Blog: My Experience With Placenta Encapsulation
- Baby KERF: 30 Weeks: Yes I want to Eat My Placenta!
- Healthy Tipping Point: A Special Debate
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.
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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.