34-36weeks!

To be honest life has been crazy lately! I started this blog post 2 weeks ago, hence the 34 week title. I am now at 36 weeks!!! I can’t believe it is already June! We have about 4 more weeks to go before we get to see sweet Maxwell. EEK! We met with our midwife yesterday. She was telling us, if we go into labor, we are in the “safe zone”. 36 weeks in the state’s eyes is term and we can have the baby safely at home. CRAZY!  I think it freaked us out just a bit… It was as if we hadn’t learned anything from our Bradley classes or books or meetings. We were asking questions like “How can you tell you are in labor?”, “Does your water break before labor?”… After leaving her office yesterday I was pretty sure she was thinking “let’s hope those Morchat’s get their sh*t together”. HA! I just think we realized that this sweet baby could come at any moment. We a really not guaranteed another 4 weeks to prepare.

So, with that in mind, Danny has been a CRAZY man. He’s torn down our kitchen wall, painted and painted more, dry walled, torn up the kitchen floor, he is about to re-tile… I mean with anyone else I would be a ball of stress, but he has been so sweet to clean up and make sure things “appear” normal.

Last week was the first week that my hips have felt a little out of place. Like the greater trochanter is out in some way. I scheduled an appointment with my chiropractor, who is A-mazing, for tomorrow. So, hopefully he can adjust me and relieve a little of the discomfort.

I’ve still been lifting (squats, lunges, deadlifts, presses, pulls are the main ones). I’ve still be doing some conditioning (wall balls, kb swings, swimming, rowing, airdyne, and such…). I’ve really loved swimming, BUT I’ve got a nasty case of the pregnancy mask. I look like a raccoon and it gets worse with the sun. So, sunscreen it is… This mask thing goes away, right?

Examples of swimming workouts:

  • 3 rounds (50m, 100m, 200m laps), rest 1:1 ratio
  • 700m swim
  • 7x100m laps, rest 1:1
  • Sometimes I play a game with some of the older men in the pool (they don’t know about it)… But I give them a 15 second head start and then I see how quickly I can pass them. I know, I know… I think I miss some sort of competition. Sigh..

Okay, on a different note, I wanted to write a little bit about supplements during pregnancy. Before we got pregnant there were a few things that I was doing to, in a sense, prepare myself nutritionally for pregnancy. It’s weird, maybe, but from all of my reading I kept hearing over and over that the health of a mother’s womb affects the health of the baby. So, one place that I dived into was Chris Kresser’s website. At the time, he had just had a little baby of his own so the timing was perfect. He was writing all over his blog about his experience and what he was learning through the process. He even created a program called “The Healthy Baby Code”. It’s pretty baller.

Anyway, I just didn’t want to take a prenatal vitamin and call it a day. Most prenatal vitamins I found had some gnarly forms of calcium and a lot of other byproducts that aren’t always awesome for someone to consume. So, I tried to find out what nutrients I could just get from food and what really may need to be supplemented in to my diet. These were the ones that I found maybe pretty beneficial for pregnancy. So, I chose to take these individually rather than with one big prenatal pill.

Supplements that I am taking/have taken during this pregnancy:

Fermented Cod liver oil/Fish oil: For DHA and EPA and the Vitamins ADK. I feel like this article does a great job on explaining why I take these oils. The good fats and Vitamins are key:

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/691/Be_Healthy_For_You_And_Your_BabyWhat_Beyoncé_Needs.aspx

Magnesium: Most people are deficient in this mineral due to stress and the soil of the plants our foods are grown in. It aids in countering stress hormones, helps to decrease inflammation, aids in the absorption of calcium, helps with sleep and recovery… there are many more reasons why I take this, check out the article below for more information.

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/669/MAGNESIUMThe_Anti-Stress_Mineral.aspx

Folate: This over folic acid is beneficial, because the folic acid tends to cause some oxidative damage to your cells, because it is not absorbed as well. You can get this from foods. The main source is liver… I think many of you know my love/hate/hate relationship with liver. It’s a great food, I know it is, but it is so stink’n hard for me to eat. So, because I know myself well, I knew my liver intake probably wouldn’t be what it should. I opted to supplement with Folate. Chris Kresser wrote a great article for this subject below:

http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid

Vitamin D3: I take this mainly when the weather is gloomy and I’m not out in the sun. My intake of this decreases when I’ve been swimming a lot and during the summer months. This hormone aids in the absorption of calcium, increases immune/neurological function… and a lot more. This article lists out some great things that it also contributes to:

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/230/Vitamin_D3_BestSupplementEver.aspx

Things that I’m not so sure about, but have been using occasionally are Vitamin E & Vitamin C… My midwife recommended these, because lately she has seen more “rips” when mom’s are laboring. It would be awesome not to have a whole lot of trauma down in the business area, so I’m just trusting her on this one. She said that these two supplements will help with skin elasticity.

Foods that I’ve tried to increase since being pregnant:

Bone Broth – This stuff has just great minerals for my own bone health. One thing people have told me throughout this pregnancy is that the baby will get what it needs, even if it leaves the mother lacking. I’ve had a wrist fracture that at certain times during pregnancy I can physically feel it weakening. So, I’ve tried to have enough of this in my diet for those times.

Probiotics – Sauerkraut, pickles (the good stuff, that has just cucumber salt and water), kombucha… For my own gut flora. If you’ve ever taken a general anti-biotic, you should probably take one of these or eat something fermented on a regular basis.  Anti-biotics kill everything, not just the bad stuff, but the good stuff too. So, it’s beneficial to rebuild that gut flora for basic digestive needs.

This was kind of a lot… I tried to write a little bit on each, but each one can be it’s own blog post. So, for the sake of keeping it short and sweet, I just posted a few articles you can read more on.

Is there anything you researched that you chose to increase during pregnancy? Please feel free to post what you did!

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3 responses to “34-36weeks!

  1. To up my liver consumption I cut my grass-fed liver into little chunks and froze it. It is easy to pop ‘liver pills’ that way! Can’t wait to meet the new Morchat!

  2. Yeah, the frozen liver chunks are a great idea. I’ve read that the pregnancy mask actually indicates a deficiency of folic acid. Fresh dark greens may help, or a folic acid supplement (but it sounds like you may not want to take that). Can’t wait to meet baby Maxwell! Getting excited for you. Danny may find some comfort in knowing that first babies come an average of 10 days after their estimated due date…but you’re right, you never know. Feels good to have things in place, regardless. Enjoy the end of your pregnancy and your time alone with Danny. Do all the things you love to do together. Who’s your midwife? Proud of you for going the home route–such a beautiful and healthy setting to welcome a baby.

  3. Lisa! Lindsey! Thank you so much for posting! I actually have been doing the liver pills (not as much lately as in the beginning). I started weighing how much I was swallowing and it didn’t near come out to what was recommended. So, I decided to use the folate supplement.

    It’s interesting to hear about the pregnancy mask, I know I could always use some more green leafy foods ;-).

    We are using Toni Kimpel here in College Station. This is her website: http://www.traditionalmidwifery.com/
    We have really enjoyed working with her. I think Danny is going a little crazy, because we had some friends who gave birth on Monday (3 weeks early) and it was their first. I guess, it just makes it seem so real now…

    If this baby is anything like Danny, he will be 3 weeks early (and fired up ready to go!), if Maxwell is anything like me, he’ll probably stay around in the womb for a while and just enjoy thinking about coming out… HA!

    Miss you both!!

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