Sunday, September 04, 2011

Pre-Pregnancy Planning

     I have no idea when Daniel and I will be ready for another baby. There are things in our lives we'd like to get in order first (like building or purchasing a home with space inside and outside for gardening, dog breeding and home-educating lots of children:-). In the meantime, I am thanking God for giving me a young head start on birthing our children and I am currently using this time to prepare my body. By God's Grace, I intend to follow this plan on eating and supplementation in hopes of reducing the chance of miscarrying again when the time comes. If you are considering a pregnancy in the future, I highly recommend reading the following 2 articles.

Pre-Pregnancy Preparation

Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers

      When I evaluate the diet and supplementation habits that I had leading up to pregnancies #4 and #5,  I find it very easy to see how I miscarried both those babies. We were struggling to jump start our business and diet/nutrition was just something we thought had to go during that season.  I certainly couldn't afford any supplements or raw milk. My doctor also confirmed that my progesterone was low following my last miscarriage and had contributed to the problem. Leading up to pregnancy #6 (Mercy), I tried hard to eat an all organic diet and was prescribed daily high dose vaginal progesterone suppositories.  Needless to say, Mercy was healthy and perfect! However, the amount of time between pregnancy #5 and pregnancy #6 was only 2 months! I see now that I should have changed my diet and prepared my body much further in advance.  I had always cared about nutrition and was already grinding wheat and making real bread, but after having 2 miscarriages, I decided to learn more! I began to read any articles and books I could find and spent time talking to health conscious friends. A few months ago, Daniel and I purchased a share in a cow so we could have access to raw milk. If you are interested in educating yourself about the health benefits of raw milk. You can read about it Here. We are getting 3-4 dozen fresh organic eggs from a farm weekly and I am being careful to eat 2 per day. You can read about the advantages of fresh eggs Here.  I also purchased some natural progesterone cream which I am applying daily and am getting in the groove of a daily supplement regimen which includes:  Supermom Vitamins , Cod Liver Oil, Coconut Oil, and Folic Acid.

     I am still working on our families diet. I do ok providing organic fruits, raw vegetables, fresh ground wheat, raw milk and fresh eggs. However, I am having a harder time making super healthy main entree's for dinner that the kids like and are quick to make. I use only Laura's beef and organic chicken but due to the expense of feeding 6 people (3 are competitive swimmers), that good meat has to be made into some sort of casserole or crock pot dish most of the time and I may add ingredients to those main dishes that our bodies could do without. So, If you have any great, kid friendly, quick, organic main dish recipes you would like to send my way, have at it! We eat dessert when we go to other peoples houses and every Friday night at our house is "Family Night" so I usually make a dessert or we all walk down to Custards Corner for ice cream. I am not going to ask my family give up their Friday night desserts they greatly anticipate, but I am praying for the discipline to eat smaller portions of the dessert myself.  It is hard for me to tell myself no to desserts without having the need to lose weight. Not to mention how much I love Reese Peanut Butter Cups and Ice Cream! However, the heartbreak of miscarriage is not something I ever want to experience again. If you think of it, please pray for me to have the discipline to put the education and knowledge that God has given me into practice! I memorized the following verse to help me on my journey to the best "Pre-Pregnancy Health".

James 4:17 ~ To him who knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. 

  That said, I know that God is the one who ultimately controls the womb and how many children I have, but I plan to do my part!

1 Cor. 6:19 ~ Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. 

Recommended  Resources:  Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, The Makers Diet and all other books by Jordan Rubin. 

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