So much birth and labor talk around me recently. No I am not talking about those elderly woman who stop me on the street or at the Russian store and ask me when I’m having my next one since my son is turning two soon. I love how some people have no boundaries whatsoever sometimes. I mean honestly, I don’t discuss my sex life, nor would I discuss it with a stranger. So that questions remains unanswered to many, and will remain that way. I am talking about the soft echoes down the hall that are filled with baby registry talks, laughs about who the baby will look like, bickering about what the baby’s name will be, labor plans that never go the right way, and constant grunts of pain. How many women do you know went through pregnancy, labor, or postpartum without any muscular pains? I have been around quite a few pregnant women, was one of them two years back, and all I could hear is this notion of pain and fear filling up their mind and body. It’s depressing. They have this little human life growing in them, and all that is surrounding them is this negative image of labor and birth. I remember when I was about 7 months pregnant, interning in clinic, and all of my patients were mostly elderly grandmas and grandpas. The nicest of them all said I looked like I was having twins. “Are you sure there’s not two in there?” she said pointing to my round belly. “No, I’m sure,” I said while performing a laser treatment on her ankle. Honestly don’t insult someone when they are pregnant and trying to treat your sprained ankle. Anyways, I’m saying she was the nicest of them all because she didn’t have time to tell me a birth horror story like most of my patients did. Seriously what is up with SCARRING pregnant women? It’s not funny! We all wouldn’t be here if birth was so bad, so please stop it. Have you seen other mammals give birth? It’s so natural, so instinct. You just have to turn off your thinking and turn on your “animal.” It’s kind of about just LETTING IT GO. I had such a big issue with that. I like to be in control, so I couldn’t let go. Even though at that point I thought I fully educated myself on pregnancy and knew everything there was to know about birth, I really didn’t. On my way to become a childbirth educator, aside from my doula work, I want to teach women, teach their partners how not to fear birth. When you are educated, you know, you are informed, and you don’t go blind sided into it.
MUST DO’S DURING PREGNANCY:
- Find a good doula/birth worker/and prenatal Chiropractor
- Find a good birth class that falls into your values
- Let go of fear, embrace your pregnancy, your birth, and your baby
- Self-heal, find the time for yourself. Write down your weaknesses and your strengths
- Be PREPARED, INFORMED, AND EDUCATED! Make it YOUR birth.
- Read or google everything that can go wrong online
- Not taking a birth class
- Ignoring nutrition & exercise
- Listening to other peoples’ traumatic birth stories or wonderful C-sections
- Letting fear control your pregnancy
QUICK & EASY MEATBALLS!
You will need:
-spices (I use oregano and parsley, and just a pinch of sea salt)
In a bowl, add ground chicken, farina (I add about 2 teaspoons for 1 piece of chicken breast-it depends on the amount but you want the mixture to be sticky, so keep adding until you can roll the ground chicken with the farina and egg into a ball). Add 1 egg. Mix well to create a uniform mixture. Roll into small balls and add to the pan. For frying I use coconut oil. Fry one side and then flip over. Add half a cup of water to the pan and cover it with a lid to fry until done. Usually about 20 minutes for frying. Serve with a side of steamed veggies and pasta! VOOOLA, dinner in no time! My toddler loves these!
Look out for my next blog when I will discuss THE IMPORTANCE OF CHIROPRACTIC IN THE PRENATAL WORLD