38 Weeks Pregnancy Update + Essential Oil Birth Kit

38 Weeks Pregnancy Pic

38 weeks, 38 weeks…  The baby could come at any time and being so close to my due date, I’m getting pretty anxious.  Anxious about the birth and his arrival!  My darling sister was able to capture a few photos in a maternity photo session in the woods behind my home.  Isn’t she quite the talented photographer?!  How grateful and blessed I am to have a sister with an amazing eye, who is so gifted at taking pictures, and willing to spend her precious time taking these photos!

38 Weeks Pregnancy Pics Blessings Abound Mommy

This past week has had its ups and downs.  Most days I feel great and can’t be any better, which means the baby will most likely stay put for awhile.  I’m not complaining as it gives me extra time to double make sure I’m ready for when he makes his entrance into our world.  The last couple days I’ve felt tired and needed naps to survive through the day.  After a busy weekend at the homeschooling conference, I needed a chance to recoup a bit.  I felt some contractions during both days of the conference, but nothing regular or that progressed.  It’s my body’s way of getting ready for the real thing and not take it for granted that I have all the time in the world to make sure all my things are together.

I decided to rewash the fabric coverings over the bassinet as my 3 year old daughter, Patience, loves putting her fingers all over it and peering into it as if she expects to see the baby in there.  She put some smudges on it and I’m sure they would have been fine, but I couldn’t help myself to strip it down and rewash it.  I also chose this time to repack my birth center bag and everything is packed with the exception of the items I’ll have to pack last minute like my toothbrush, toiletries, diffuser, cell phone, camera, refrigerated snacks/drinks, etc.

birth center bag blessings abound mommy

In my birth center bag, I packed my swimsuit top as I plan on attempting another water birth, 2 Hot Mama Gowns (a Hospital/Birthing Center friendly gown made out of 100% organic cotton with special panels for nursing), a couple pair of socks, a pair of slippers, hair tie, my going home outfit (a small maternity shirt and comfy lounge pants), a baby outfit (newborn gown, hat, socks), newborn diapers and wipes, baby blanket, baby swaddling blanket, lip balm, Larabars, organic applesauce in pouches, trail mix, and homemade baby shampoo/wash.  I really don’t need to pack much since I go home the same day that I give birth.  One of the many perks of delivering at a birth center with a midwife!

My two oldest daughters (who are 11 and almost 7 years old) want to be at the birth so I have packed a few books and extra snacks for them.  My mother in law plans to make it to the birth as well so she’ll be on hand to keep an eye on them and keep them occupied and entertained while they wait for the exciting moment to arrive.  This will be my oldest daughter’s second time watching her sibling be born.  I think they are more excited than I am about the baby’s birth as they ask constantly if I feel like I’m going to have the baby on a daily basis.

doterra essential oil birth kit blessings abound mommy

I’ve also finalized my birth center bag with my essential oil birth kit.  I’ve included Balance and wild orange for diffusing during the birth to help keep me focused.  I have Serenity for after the birth to promote peace and calmness.  I put together a roller bottle with lavender and white fir to massage over my abdomen for after birth pains.  I’m bringing clary sage and myrrh in the event of stalled contractions to rub on the inside of my ankles, peppermint in case baby isn’t in the right position during labor, and helichrysum to put on my back and abdomen to help reduce the chances of hemorrhaging too much.  I don’t tear or get hemorrhoids or usually go through back labor during birth so I decided not to pack those oils for those types of conditions.

I didn’t forget to pack doTERRA essential oils for the baby too!  I’m packing frankincense for the baby’s crown and spine as protection and assisting with bonding, myrrh for his umbilical cord to help seal tissue and protect all systems, Balance for the bottoms of his feet to ground him, and melissa on the bottoms of his feet for DNA repair during the birth.  When I get home, I plan to also be rubbing some geranium and lemon essential oils on the bottoms of his feet to help reduce the chance of jaundice.

Starting my 39th week, I’m going to be applying a reduce bleeding essential oil blend to my inner ankles and back daily in hopes that it will combat against hemorrhaging from the birth.  I tend to hemorrhage a lot during birth and come close to a blood transfusion twice.  I’ve had friends tell me this has worked for them so I’m very excited to try it out this time!  The reduce bleeding blend contains essential oils such as clary sage, helichrysum, cypress, white fir, geranium, and ylang ylang.  I’m also upping my intake of red raspberry leaf tea and other herbs to help tone my uterus, which can help to reduce hemorrhaging too.  Please pray for me and wish me luck that these measures will work!

Gatorade Alternative Labor Blessings Abound Mommy

When I first go into labor, I plan on making my own “laborade” to take with me and packing snacks like yogurt to take with us.  I had done a test trial on an alternative sports drink that a sports nutritionist uses for Olympic and professional athletes to make sure I could stand the taste of it.  It’s made with freshly squeezed orange juice, maple syrup, sea salt, and water.  I did add some ElectroMix (an electrolyte mixture made by Alacer Corp. who makes EmergenC) to ensure that I would get all the potassium, sodium, etc. to get me through a long labor as I tend to have marathon labors.  Like a friend said, God makes some of us sprinters and some of us marathon runners!  I also plan on bringing a jug of a raspberry leaf tea blend to drink in between the “laborade” as well.

So now, I wake up every day wondering if today’s the day I’ll be meeting my newest little guy.  I’ve had 3 of my children go past their estimated due date, one that came on her second estimated due date, and one that made it one week early from her estimated due date so it really can go either way.  In the meantime, I’m giving extra attention and snuggles to my current baby as her time as my baby will be almost up!  Hopefully, my next update will be introducing you to our newest blessing, Valor Samuel Joseph Renner and our birth story at Mat-Su Midwifery!

30 Week Pregnancy Update- The Nesting Begins

30 Week Pregnancy Belly Alaska Blessings Abound Mommy

I’m happy to report that everything is looking on upswing and now it’s countdown time!  10 more weeks, more or less, until baby Samuel will make his appearance.  At my 30 week midwife appointment at Mat-Su Midwifery, I learned that I have gained a total of 28 lbs so far and measuring right on track for 30 weeks.  The baby’s heartbeat was in the 120s, so he was calm and mellow throughout my appointment.  Samuel is still head down, but in posterior position (his back is aligned with my back), so that means I’ll have to encourage him to move and turn his back towards my belly.  Good thing I have a little while to get him turn around!

I’ll be ensure to take extra measures to get him to spin around.  Things like laying on my left side, doing the cat yoga pose, and if needed, peppermint essential oil to help him move.  One of my friends who recently had a baby shared with me her success with using peppermint essential oil during her birth to move her baby into a better position for birth.  I’m not too worried about it though as like I said previously, he has quite a bit of time left to get where he needs to be before birth.

I’m feeling pretty energetic and motivated, as long as I get a restful night of sleep.  Sometimes, there’s a down side to being such a light a sleeper.  Every little noise that I hear throughout the night is enough to wake me from my slumber.  Just the other day, I had the gumption to prepare and assemble 30+ freezer meals.  My sister is a Wildtree Rep and I can’t believe how fast and easy they were to do in one night!  It took me 4 hours to complete, which I started right after the kids’ bedtime at 8:00 pm.  I am so giddy to not have to worry about what’s for dinner for the next month or so!

I’ll be ensuring I do an extra set of meals every month until Samuel’s birth so I won’t have to cook much during the first month.  In the first week of April, I’ll be also freezing breakfast items and lunches like soup that are simple to freeze and reheat. I’ve been into health drinks too. Natural fruit juice is one of the healthiest things you can ever consume – healthy for you = healthy for the baby. This made the masticating juicer an excellent investment for me. You know, this mama doesn’t want to starve when this baby arrives and I sure feel famished all day long when I’m nursing a wee little babe.  I definitely have an enormous appetite nursing compared to when I’m pregnant and with 5 other little ones to feed and homeschool, it will be nice not worry how to get everyone’s belly filled during that first crucial month of bonding with baby!

Nesting seems to be settling in and this week’s plan of attack is rearranging and reorganizing my bedroom to accommodate the baby’s bassinet and belongings for the first three months or so of his life.  I’ve put together my birthing essential oils kit with the essential oils I’ll be using during labor and his birth and I will also be working on packing most of my birthing bag.  The only things I’m going to leave until later to pack in the birthing bag will be last minute things like toiletries and snacks.

Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and I’ll be able to get in our shed soon to dig out my older son’s clothes and bedding from when he was a baby.  I don’t feel like trekking out there in the cold to find them and bring them in.  Is it just me or does anyone else get sentimental about pulling out your children’s outgrown clothes to put on a new baby?  I tear up just thinking about it!  How the time has passed us quickly and it will be such a tender moment to see those baby clothes on Samuel that were once worn by my 8 year old son, Ethan, as a baby.

I’m praying that the rest of this last stretch in pregnancy will go smoothly and I’ll feel great up until the end.  I’ll be continuing my two week check ups at the midwifery, which only seems to speed things up and make me realize how close I really am to holding this baby in my arms!  How I can wait, but can’t wait at the same time!

Six Weeks With Baby #6

Baby Belly 6 Weeks

If you haven’t been keeping up with me on Facebook, then you may have missed my pregnancy announcement!  I’m currently six weeks along after I miscarried in early July, that is judging from the first day of my miscarriage instead of my cycle since I didn’t have one in between.  We are elated and are eager to meet our little one around April 22, 2013!

So far, this pregnancy has been good to me.  The day before I expected my cycle, I was shaky all day long.  I had been on a candida cleanse and had some carbs that day and at first, I thought that was what contributed why I was feeling weak.  The next day, I was lightheaded for most of the day, which prompted me to test that night after I bought a test at the store.  Sure enough, a positive flashed right away!

So far, there hasn’t been any morning sickness and I’m extremely hungry ALL the time.  I don’t know if it’s because it’s my sixth child on the way (if you don’t count the three I have in Heaven) or because I’ve been eating like a mad woman, but I am MUCH bigger than any of my other pregnancies at this stage and I’m feeling as if I ought to break out my maternity clothes from storage as my clothing is already getting snug on me.  I’ve had a lot of round ligament pain too, which is unusual for me this early in pregnancy.  It does make sense that I’d experience it more when my belly is growing so rapidly right now.

I am following the Brewers diet for this pregnancy for the first time.  If you’re not familiar with the diet, it focuses on good nutrition for a healthy baby and mom with emphasis on 6- 7 oz servings of protein, 2 eggs, 4 servings of dairy, 2 servings of dark green veggies, 6 servings of whole grains, 2 servings of vitamin C foods, 3 servings of fats/oils, 1 serving of vitamin a food, and lots of water a day.  You don’t skimp on the salt either and it is known to help those that are predisposed to preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and toxemia among other things.

I am fortunate to not have any of those conditions so far in any of my pregnancies, but I want to ensure that the baby and I are getting proper nutrition for a healthy pregnancy.  I am trying to enjoy this pregnancy as much as I can and the kids are all so excited to be welcoming a new baby brother or sister this Spring.  In a month, I will finally be able to make my first appointment with the midwife and I can’t wait to hear this little one’s heart beat!