Saturday, 28 June 2014

30-33 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Things are progressing! The baby is still sideways- but that is fine for now.  Just lots of hoping that the baby turns before arrival.

I am healthy! I am taking iron and b-12 supplements. Even though I have tried to increase absorption from food, it is not good enough.  Therefore, the supplements help make up the rest. I am also taking prenatals. It is really helpful because I am nursing William. 

I am gaining weight- I am now 158 lbs.  Blood pressure is good- 111/ 86. The baby's heartbeat is good. 


I am enjoying the warm weather, but it is definitely hot! I really like to take William for a walk around the neighborhood. He gets a kick out of a ride in the stroller. I am also enjoying prenatal yoga- I just need to do it more often. 

Week 33
My weight is 161- it seems impossible between the amount of nursing William is doing although he is also very busy. 

I am definitely noticing the pain in my pelvis when I rest- it might be pelvic girdle pain (PGP) It spasms down the back of my leg when I move at night or lift my leg. It makes lifting William hard too. It's hard to know since it could also be the baby's position or loosening ligaments. 


Week 34 is here- and it the only week I don't see the doctor. I did visit the chiropractor, which was so nice.  I feel more aligned, which is very important for labour and delivery.  They use a machine for alignment more than manual adjustments, which was neat.

Starting at week 35 I see the doctor for a prenatal appointment every week.  Ugh! lol. I don't mind them- they are just a lot!


I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going. it is almost Canada Day! And 6 weeks left if I go to 40 weeks (more if i go longer lol) 


Monday, 23 June 2014

Celiac Awareness Month 2014

Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness Month? This doesn't mean just focusing on Celiac Disease, although education to demystify the condition is very important. Gluten intolerance and gluten allergies are all wrapped up in this  as well.

There is a long list of associated conditions- Thyroid problems, digestive issues, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, mental fog, Asthma, Autism, ADHD and infertility are just a few.

Also, it is frightful how few people actually know what gluten is- particularly those who in the food/ restaurant and hospitality sector. Fewer still seem to understand the impact gluten can have, whether its effect is noticeable on the person or not. It can take years to reverse underlying damage.

My brother has colitis and has fought the idea of a gluten free diet for awhile. After watching House (haha) and how it was explained he has decided to go for it. I think in some ways this a positive change. More mainstream shows need to highlight issues not make fun of it. 

Additionally, I wanted to highlight two resources I found helpful. Gluten Dude is a go to resource for support, education and some rather thought provoking content.
Another valuable website is Inspired RD. It is all about health, nutrition and life.  In terms of recipes, I suggest the Baking Beauties. They craft wonderful recipes. I really want to try making their doughnuts. 

Here is a recipe i adapted from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jambalaya/based on Jambalaya. It was based on what I had in the pantry and fridge.
  • I used 6 round sausages (gluten free)
  • half a red onion
  • 3 large potatoes, diced
  • 3 cups of rice
  • -some mixed vegetables
  • salt and pepper
  • chili powdr
First, I cooked the sausages. Then I added them to a large pot with the onions and potatoes. Then I added some spices. Next, i added the rice. near the end, i added some mixed vegetables. Then I added salt and pepper to taste.

It was actually good! All you need is some flexibility and creativity and you can come up with the best creations.

This is a late post- oops!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

World Environment Day

http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.U4-ar_ldWpA

June 5th is world Environment Day- so named by the UN as a day to protect the environment. This WED Is also the Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which is pretty neat! As I  studied International Development- I think it is great that the focus on small island states. Many face special economic, political and environmental issues. It is so important to acknowledge that.


There are many ways to foster a love of the environment in your child!
  • Spend time outside
  • If your child is old enough, pick up trash and recycling
  • plant a tree or a garden
  • learn about recycling
  • Take a trip to a farmer's market
You could even start your own action and participate in WED or join one! 




Resources:
http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.U4-ar_ldWpA
http://www.fao.org/sids/en/