Granola Head’s Guide to Natural Pregnancy

4 Weeks 2 Days

No, I don’t really think I’m a granola head. Actually, there was a whole discussion on this the other day. Squeed’s mama finds it very amusing to call me a granola head because I like to do things like hang my laundry outside in the summer and recycle and buy used things. My lovely husband says I’m not a true granola head because I don’t take it to the extreme. He prefers the term hippie.

Nevertheless, here we are. I’ve decided to do a {hopefully} weekly segment on my blog devoted to my crazy choices regarding pregnancy and birth. Last time around with Peanut, I wasn’t fully there yet. I was sure I’d have a natural childbirth and breastfeed and babywear, but that was about it. I didn’t question the decisions of the doctor (which I was with until my third trimester when I switched to a midwife). I had all tests and ultrasounds done. I took the heartburn medicine for relief rather than trying to find something more natural to cure it. I continued drinking soda and eating yucky foods (though I did make sure to get all the protein that The Bradley Method tells you to). All in all, I just wasn’t the same person I am now.

I’m already the crazy one to many people. I know that most my friends and family see our parenting decisions as a bit wacky and I’m okay with that. I think that I’m going to be pressing that even further during this pregnancy though, so that’s where you come in. I’m probably going to make decisions that are out of the norm. I’m probably going to do some things that will piss people off (like not find out the sex of the baby). And I’m going to use this blog to document all the things I did and why.

So let’s start.

I’m 4 weeks and 2 days along. Due January. Not giving you a specific date (though you could easily figure it out if you are a creepy stalker). I’m actually not giving anyone a specific date. I tried really hard last time not to get upset when my due date came and went, but that was make immensely more difficult by the fact that people kept asking me over and over “when are you due?” “you’re still pregnant?!?” etc. So I’m not giving anyone a specific date to mark off on their calendar like an expiration date for my pregnancy. Guess what? Babies can come anytime during the month surrounding their “due date”, so any time I give birth in January will be fine by me.

I’m feeling pretty alright so far. I don’t have a good record of my last pregnancy (sadly), but I don’t think symptoms hit me so hard so early last time. I’ve been highly irritable, bloated, gassy, super tired, some nausea (bleh, that shouldn’t start this early!), emotional, and food has never tasted so good. My theory on the last one is that pregnancy hormones must make food taste exceptional because I’d never eat if all I had to deal with was the aftermath of number 2 and 3 on the list. Luckily, I’m getting the irritability in check. I keep reminding myself that while January feels forever away, this is the end of my baby being an only child. It’s the end of having mama’s undivided attention. This will be a big change for her too, not just me.

She’s actually been great about it so far though. She seems thoroughly excited. I know some people wait to tell their children until it’s beyond the possibility of miscarriage (which I’m terrified of for some reason), but I wanted to help her get used to the idea as soon as possible. She keeps telling me about the baby in my belly. She drew a picture of the baby in my belly (which, of course for a 2 year old, was just a bunch of scribbles). She wanted to buy some shoes for the baby in my belly at the store today. She even tries to tell me she has a baby in her belly too. What can I say, she’s just awesome.

My biggest thing right now is reforming my diet. It’s been pretty bad lately with me being super stressed about school, but I’m getting better now. I’ve cut out soda for the most part (I’ve had it a few times for “special occasions” like going out to eat), but I really want to get rid of it all together. I hate feeling like I have to have one. I don’t like depending on caffeine. I’m also working on eating more healthy things in general. I’ve been drinking green smoothies from my Vitamix daily and they are great. It actually makes me wonder if I even need a prenatal because all the folic acid I get from shoving handfuls of leafy greens into the mixer. Guess that would be a good think to look into.

So what topics are you interested in pertaining to natural pregnancy and child birth? Anything in particular I should try to cover?


7 thoughts on “Granola Head’s Guide to Natural Pregnancy

  1. I’m so excited for all of your pregnancy posts. About the prenatal, let me know what you find out. My friend (who is into natural stuff usually and had a home birth) told me her friend thought she was getting enough thro green smoothies and salads, and her baby had spina bifida. I don’t know if that was really the cause or not, so I’m interested in what you learn. I know when the time comes, I’ll take one. I’m better at what I eat during pregnancy, but I’m definitely not as good as I should be.

    • I totally understand what you mean. I’m actually looking into a folic acid supplement because apparently I’d have to eat about 10 cups of spinach a day to get enough and I’m only at about 3.

    • Actually, babies get spina bifida because the mommy wasn’t getting enough folic acid BEFORE she was pregnant. If you already know you are pregnant, it’s too late for folic acid. That’s why dr’s say if you are trying to get pregnant or could become pregnant, you should take prenatals. After your pregnant I think green smoothies would be WAY better! But I’m not a dr.

  2. I just realized my comment could be taken the wrong way. I don’t at all mean that the prenatal vitamin is a must for every woman. I trust women to make the right decision for their situation, and I know you’ll do just that. 🙂

  3. I’m excited for your pregnancy posts!

    When I was pregnant we decided not to get an ultrasound. It really worried me that ultrasounds have never been approved by the FDA, that there have never been studies done on the safety of ultrasounds, and that ultrasounds really seem to bother the fetus.

    That meant that we waited until our baby was born to find out the sex (which I loved. I’m the type that loves surprises). Actually,it was amazing to have our baby born and home, and formy husband and I to find out what it was together, at the same time, instead of having some random dr announce “IT’S A BOY!!!”

    Anyway, it worked great for us and I highly recommend waiting to find out the sex. That being said, my mom was NOT ok with it, and even told me that she refused to buy anything for the baby unless I told her what the sex was. Which was fine. But she was mad.

    But then her grandbaby was born and that fixed everything.

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