Bump Naturally – Childbirth Education & Doula

Natural Childbirth Education, Doula, Photographer – Bossier City, LA / Shreveport, LA


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You Are What You Eat (& What You Slather on your Skin)

As soon as I found out I was pregnant with my son, I immediately cleaned up my eating habits (started buying organic, added lots of protein, made sure to drink half my body weight in ounces of water) but it never even crossed my mind to look at what I was slathering ON my body and belly on a daily basis. I eventually heard through the grapevine that the acne regimen I was using was not recommended during pregnancy or nursing (which was confirmed by my doctor). I figured this was only the case because it was a harsh acne product… I never thought that my “natural” and “organic” shampoo/conditioner and makeup products from Target and Sephora could be “toxic”. Clearly, they wouldn’t be for sale if they weren’t safe, right?

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To my horror, I learned (soon after the birth of my daughter) that I was blissfully unaware that companies could and were green-washing products with marketing buzz words like “gluten free,” “organic,” “botanical,” and “natural” that hold absolutely no meaning in the self regulated market of personal care products. Did you know that the U.S. hasn’t passed any major protective legislation banning harmful ingredients in personal care products since 1938 (despite the introduction of over 80K new ingredients since then)?! I quickly discovered that the majority of the products I had been using my entire life were full of yuck. And when I say yuck, I mean carcinogens, hormone disruptors, allergens and God knows what else.

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Maternity Style Hacks

Maternity clothing is expensive and somewhat limited. Since I was pregnant during the winter (in Minot, ND) with my first child and currently pregnant in the 100 degree summer heat (Bossier City, LA), I decided to get a little creative instead of investing in a whole new maternity wardrobe.

Dresses

I got this jersey fabric t-shirt dress (in three different colors) on sale for $15 each at Old Navy! The stretchy fabric makes it perfect for accommodating a growing bump. Any dress you already have that is big enough (even if it’s not stretchy) will work if you add a high waisted belt. Adding a belt helps give your bump a more defined shape so you don’t just look like a blob.

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Preggo Product: Raspberry Leaf Tea

I swear this tea gave my uterus super powers the first time around (with my lightening fast labor)… so you better believe I’m drinking it religiously this time around as well.PreggoProducts-3

Raspberry Leaf Tea is believed to help “tone” the uterus, increase milk production, decrease nausea, and ease labor pains. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Many other pregnancy teas contain red raspberry leaf to help promote uterine health during pregnancy.

I recommend starting to drink Raspberry Leaf Tea around 20 weeks. Begin with just one cup a day. You can increase to 2 cups a day around 25 weeks, 3 cups a day around 30 weeks and the last couple weeks try to consumer 4 cups a day! This tea really doesn’t have much of a flavor so you may choose to add some honey or almond milk to it but I typically just drink it as is.

I’d love to hear your experiences with drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea during pregnancy! Do you think it helped tone your uterus?


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Preggo Product: Piper Wai

Since I’m pregnant, I’ve decided to start a new blog series about products I love to use during my pregnancy. First up is the natural deodorant, Piper Wai

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Our skin is our largest organ and while pregnant it’s even more important to limit the amount of chemicals and yucky stuff we lather on our skin. One thing, that’s a must is deodorant… but I hated using the aluminum kind (especially while growing another human). I had been searching for an alternative but had no luck and kept going back to my aluminum-laced Secret deodorant. Continue reading