Pregnancy – The Mushy Mommy

9 Tips for a Healthy 9 Months

By Sasha Savoy
on August 31, 2015

Being pregnant has to be the most glorious and wonderful nine months ever. Or so it is for some. 

For others, it's a time of back aches, nausea, exhaustion and too many trips to the toilet. But truth be told, when it is all said and done and all of the nausea is gone, then even you'll agree that it was glorious and wonderful!

I remember thinking that I'd eat so healthy while being pregnant...both times. But both times I had severe morning sickness and it really was just about eating what I could to not get sick. Still, aside from just food, there are other ways to be conscious about your body and health and most of all, your unborn baby's health. 

My 9 Tips for Staying Healthy for 9 Months

1. Eat Right...Sort of. Eat what you crave as long as what you crave can't harm you or your baby. Make sure to eat plenty of healthy food and to eat well balanced meals, but don't deprive yourself of caving into your cravings. I had fried chicken once a week and milk and cookies quite a bit! However I personally stayed away from carbonated drinks, raw foods, uncooked meats and an excess of preservatives, pesticides, GMOs and additives. 

2. Get Rest. This is a no brainer, but really...get rest. Especially if you're taking care of other children; nap when they nap or lay down and watch Television when they do. For one thing, it helps you bond with them before a new baby comes and it allows you to slow down and just be. That's harder to do once baby comes!

3. Stay Active. Along with all of those naps, don't just be a total bum. I walked quite a bit for both pregnancies and believed it helped with labor and delivery. I also taught dance classes and still did some exercises myself. This can help with too much weight gain and preventing gestational diabetes. 

4. Spoil Baby. Start planning and organizing the nursery early on so that no surprise delivery will leave you frazzled. Anything can happen unfortunately, and it's better to have all of your ducks in a row. Set that crib up, install that car seat, wash those clothes and begin filling out the baby book. Start preparing your life for this baby around six months of pregnancy to have a less frazzled end of pregnancy. 

5. Spoil Yourself. Something that I enjoyed doing this pregnancy was thinking about some "me" essentials for after baby. I knew that after wearing maternity clothes for nine months that I would be craving some new things. But I also knew that I'd be nursing a lot and would also be a bit bigger than normal. My go to items were button down tops, flowy tops and cute shorts/pants for lounging around. Pilazzo style pants are stylish and stretchy around the waist and loose around the legs! Perfect! I even had a few new head bands for accenting my pony tails postpartum so I didn't look totally unkempt! 

6. Educate Yourself. Nothing can be worse than being scared or nervous about breastfeeding and child birth. Educate yourself and prepare yourself with some classes and good books (or some of my blog posts - :) ). You'll feel much more at ease!

7. Hydrate. Because yes, being dehydrated isn't good. It leads to lots of Braxon Hicks and scary false labor pains! Your bladder is already always aching to pee, what's more water going to hurt?! 

8. Take Time With Your Partner. Luckily, my husband and I had a small weekend getaway for a wedding when I was around seven months pregnant. It was refreshing and much needed! We also enjoyed several date nights leading up to the birth of our second child because we knew they'd be much harder to come by eventually. 

9. Be Mindful of What Goes In Your Body. Not just with food, but everything. I love essential oils, however I found myself shying away from them because I didn't know enough to use them during pregnancy. I never took any medication unless ABSOLUTELY necessary -- and that means that a doctor told me I had to or that I was so sick that I could barely care for my other child. With my first pregnancy, I stayed clear away of the nausea medicine my doctor prescribed which was Zofran. I was so sick but I refused it. With my second pregnancy, I was even more sick and also had a one year old to care for. Unfortunately I took Zofran on occasions only to later on in my pregnancy find out exactly what I was skeptical of -- it is and was NOT safe for pregnant women. Zofran has been linked to many birth defects including cleft palates and heart conditions (read more here).  I was SO scared for my unborn child, but am happy to say she is healthy. It taught me an important lesson though. Always trust your instincts and whether pregnant or not (but especially pregnant) be CAUTIOUS about what goes into your body. Whether it's food, medicine, or your lotions -- choose the healthiest and most natural cure for your body and for your unborn baby. 

For safe skin care and bath time products for pregnancy, make sure to visit our Baby and Mom Gear sections. 

How do you stay healthy during pregnancy?

Having a Voice for Your Baby's Birth

By Sasha Savoy
on July 16, 2015

Having a voice is important.

Having a voice during your labor and for your child is even more important. 

I recently had a friend tell me that for her first birth she didn't realize she had a say or all of these options. She just assumed you followed the doctor's orders and things that many think of as "routine" were just that, routine. This stunned me because it made me wonder just how many other...

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Birth Announcements from Minted

By Sasha Savoy
on July 08, 2015

When it comes to birth announcements, there are so many companies with so many designs to choose from. This time around I tried out a new company (new to me) and I am very pleased! Our birth announcements (that I successfully mailed off by the time Little Fox was one month old) are from Minted and I couldn't be happier.

We chose the with love design and I couldn't be more pleased! While Mintedoffer...

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The Breastfeeding Basics

By Sasha Savoy
on June 30, 2015

{Sasha is writing this post a breastfeeding counselor in training as well as a mama who has breastfed her firstborn for 18 months and is currently breastfeeding her second daughter} 

Let's face it, there are a million books out there to read about breastfeeding and truth be told it can all get a little overwhelming. Some books are long and intimidating and classes at hospitals aren't always...

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Mother & Baby Essentials for the First Few Weeks

By Sasha Savoy
on June 23, 2015

There are so many things that we think we need to survive parenthood. There's a kazillion and one baby products that we register for and there's only like five contraptions around your house to sit baby in. You know, bassinets, bouncers, swings, Bumbos, Rock n Plays and much more. There's so much to do in preparation for having a baby and coming home with a baby, that we always want to make sure...

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How Safe is Your Nursery?

By Sasha Savoy
on May 20, 2015

We like to think that our homes and the perfect Pinterest worthy nursery that we dream up for baby is the safest place for them, but just how safe is it really? How safe are the products we use daily with our infants? 

Sometimes as a parent, especially a first time parent, we can be naive to obvious ways of injury. For instance, doesn't it just seem okay to sometimesplace the carrier on top of the...

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Things I Now Know About Motherhood {for baby two}

By Sasha Savoy
on April 09, 2015

Becoming a mother for the second time isn't as scary as the first time. While it has its own set of fears too, you also feel so much more prepared the second go around. Who needs fancy baby registries and who needs to worry about whether or not your baby has enough newborn clothes. You'll manage just fine because now you know some important things about motherhood that mean much more than fancy...

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An Informational Post on rH Negative Blood Types and Pregnancy

By Sasha Savoy
on March 19, 2015

"Your blood type is A negative, so you'll have to get the Rhogam shot at 28 weeks," said the nurse.

"Okay." I said this not even thinking to ask what that all meant, not even curious about it and just assuming it's normal (I was just on cloud nine from seeing my first ultrasound). This was before I really started researching and worrying about what I did and didn't put into my body.

Fast forward to...

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15 Funny Truths to the Third Trimester

By Sasha Savoy
on March 10, 2015

  1. The third trimester is the longest. There's no if, ands or big butts about is the longest. And there are definitely big butts involved...ugh, let's not even talk about that. 
  2. Your baby is moving so much and is so large now that you're pretty sure there are more than one of them suckers in there and you're convinced the doctors missed baby #2 on the ultrasound. Or you're giving birth to an...

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Packing Your Hospital Bag (A Checklist)

By Sasha Savoy
on February 19, 2015

There are so many articles and books that talk about the various things that should and shouldn't be packed in your hospital bag. Truthfully it's really all about what YOU think you'll need and want, as each of us mamas are different. Chances are that no matter how perfectly packed you think you are, you will either forget something or have way too much. But it's totally fine...our pregnancy brains can't work perfectly sometimes!

Remember that having a baby is hard work and no one is expecting you to look camera ready at all times. Clothes don't need to be good clothes as there's a chance of them getting stained, leaked on or ruined somehow. And after labor you really won't feel like doing much makeup and hair upkeep, so just pack the minimal items you need to feel "decent" and you'll get the rest of your beauty from that new mama glow.

Clothing for You: 
(Pack with intentions of staying for three days and have your partner pack their own similar bag)

[   ]  If you're wanting to labor a particular way such as in water or naturally where you know you may labor for awhile, you can pack the appropriate clothing items. See bottom.

[   ] Yoga, gym type pants OR nightgowns that you don't mind if they get a little stained

[   ] Maternity tops as you'll still look and feel pregnant (hate to be the bearer of bad news)

[   ] Underwear that you can fit a giant maxi pad in there and make sure it's not a good pair!

[   ] Slippers and socks that you don't mind walking around in during labor

[   ] Robe, sweater or cardigan to throw over nursing tops and nightgowns
For the Breastfeeding Mother:
[   ] One to two nursing bras

[   ] Nursing shirts or tank tops in place of the regular tops mentioned above

[   ] Nursing pads -- a small pack of disposables are great for the hospital, but reusable ones will save money in the long run

[   ] Nipple Cream -- most hospitals provide you with samples of Lanolin, however some mothers prefer non Lanolin creams

[   ] Breastfeeding Pillow

[   ] Your breastfeeding book/resource for quick questions when nurses aren't around

[   ] Breast pump if you plan on using it from the start
For Baby:
(Baby doesn't really need much, the highlighted options are the only things you really need)
[   ] One to two options for that cute little hospital picture (perhaps both in different sizes)

[   ] Burpcloth or two

[   ] Going home outfit with a blanket as you are not supposed to take home hospital ones

[   ] Secure car seat

[   ] The hospital will provide you with blankets and a cap, but it's up to you if you prefer otherwise

[   ] Few onesies if you choose to dress them in something other than what the hospital provides

[   ] Socks, caps and bows if you feel like it is needed, however they stay swaddled up

[   ] Diapers and wipes if you're picky about what goes on baby
Other Essentials: 
[   ] Your birth plan, insurance cards and IDs just in case

[   ] Snacks for long labors and long days as well as some change for vending machines

[   ] Chapstick as many mamas experience dry lips during and after labor

[   ] Minimal hair necessities (hair dryer, shampoo, rubber band and brush)

[   ] Camera, Phones, Headphones, iPod and Chargers

[   ] Toiletries that includes minimal makeup products

[   ] Light reading if you think you will, chances are you won't though cause you'll be too busy playing mommy and enjoying company
Side Note for Natural Birthing Mothers: 
For natural birthing patients there are many more options to consider such as relaxing music, massage oils, birth oil, hand massagers, rice bags, positioning books, inspirational cards and so on. I didn't use any of that during my labor except for a few hand massagers, my medal and a pair of socks. It's better to be prepared, but when the time comes you truly have no idea what you'll need and want unless you have already experienced it. Then again, every labor can be different! 
What was in your hospital bag?

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