Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
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.
I got to sample CredibleCravings at the Club MomMe event I attended in June 2014. I wish these had been around when I was growing Sweet Peas - green, clean *and* yummy!!
While we try to eat whole food as much as possible, life happens! When you need a snack on the run, these may be just the thing you are looking for. These are great for the diaper bag, and for hungry siblings who are always looking for a snack!
Here are some of the things that Stephanie Baker, Founder of CredibleCravings, shared with me so that I could offer some information about her delicious products to our students and readers:
Club Mom-Me Spring Family Fest:
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Huntington Beach
Club MomMe is a social, educational and wellness community for moms and moms-to-be. They provide a place for women to meet each other, make friends, learn about pregnancy and motherhood, and share unique experiences together. All attendees at each event receive a gift bag and a chance to win great giveaways like strollers, car seats, gear and more!
They have been kind enough to gift a SPB reader with a Family Ticket to the event on June 7, 2014 - wow!
I say it every session – it’s hard to believe we are coming
down to our last week in our Bradley Method® class. This Friday is the last class for our Spring 2014 class series!!
One of the questions that came up in Class 11 was about comfort,
or lack thereof, after meals. To answer
this question, let’s look at what happens to the pregnant body:
Color image via flickr: Papier Mache Models of Pregnant Woman
At the Boston Science Museum, in Boston, MA
Do you see the difference in the stomach between the two
Mother Nature provides an amazing variety of foods for us to choose from. I was so excited to discover that between our refrigerator, garden and freezer, our Sweet Peas could eat all the colors of the rainbow - all fresh foods without food coloring :)
The next goal is to find as many vegetables as we have fruits in our food selection - we tend to stick to carrots, broccoli and lettuce that we grow...time to grow their palette instead of try to do better the next time we do this theme!
Our class last night was about Nutrition in Pregnancy. The Bradley Method® teaches students to follow The Brewer Diet, a high-protein, whole food diet, developed by Dr. Brewer to reduce pre-eclampsia.
As part of the “diet”, Dr. Brewer taught that a mother should be drinking to thirst. Well, now we know that “drinking to thirst” is not quite accurate. Thirst is a late signal that the body is dehydrated. We need to be drinking enough so that we never feel thirsty. Here is a good rule of thumb – take your weight in pounds, divide by 2, and that is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking every single day.
Today we take a look at Dr. Bradley's advice to mamas about pregnancy nutrition. One of my favorite things about doing these at-a-glance tips is going back into his book (I need to do it anyway for re-certification at the end of the year) and reading his gems about pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.
In reading about nutrition in Chapter 8 (How To Live With A Pregnant Wife) of his book, "Husband-Coached Childbirth", I am reminded again why we teach these childbirth classes.
We love having our students come back for a second series when they are expecting subsequent children. It is always interesting to hear which challenges they are facing that are unique to this pregnancy.
We all feel the crunch of time, and when you add a toddler, even more so. One thing most mamas have in common is that they all need ideas to help them eat a more nutritious, whole food diet. So many of us are used to picking up prepared foods, or drive through, or a quick bar from the convenience store.
We talked about the importance of a healthy, whole food diet in our classes on Friday and Saturday. One thing that strikes a chord every time is that a simple, nutritious, well-balanced diet can literally affect your pregnancy, your child, and your future generations.
Are we surprised that there are so many families struggling with infertility when women were told to limit their weight gain and potentially starve themselves and their babies of important building blocks? How about the increase in more processed foods as people moved away from the farms and into the cities?
We had a great question come up in class on Friday, one that bears writing
about because at least one student every session plans to give birth at a
hospital where they are told to have a good meal before they come in, because
their food will be restricted or prohibited once they check into the labor and
To begin with, even having to ask that title question begs another question:
why are we asking permission? The female
body, left to it’s own devices, will naturally shut down appetite as the
serious work of labor progresses.