Category Archives: Early Pregnancy

I've been think a lot lately about the notion of “control” and how it relates to pregnancy and birth. So much of the focus in life in general is on controlling the process, or keeping up the myth that we can control the process, and the time of pregnancy and birth is no exception. In

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I hear from women regularly about their homebirth experiences. And being in the business of rabble rousing and questioning the status quo, many of these women who seek us out are unhappy with the care they received from their midwives, not just OBs. There are plenty of variations on the same theme. Midwives aren’t listening

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My first experience with Young Living essential oils began with Peace and Calming and Stress Away, a couple of blends that helped me deal with lack of sleep and excess stress. I was newly pregnant with #7, we had just moved across the country (with plans to move back again) and I was having trouble

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I have a folder on my computer called “1st Pregnancy” and it is full of things that still make me sad. Pictures of my growing belly, a video of us telling our family the news that we were pregnant, this story, and the pictures we took from the miscarriage that happened one year ago today.

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I haven’t written anything new in a while now because for the last two months I’ve been in the midst of my own pregnancy experiences again, waiting until I actually felt like I had something I could say about any of it. It’s hard to write about pregnancy and birth from a third party perspective

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What is ultrasound? Ultrasound is a technology that works similarly to the way bats use echoing sound waves to fly and hunt at night. Ultrasounds within the context of pregnancy and birth are used to get information by creating images of the baby, the baby or placenta’s blood flow, or listening to the baby’s pulse.

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In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the testing that generally happens (blood work and cultures) in the first trimester of pregnancy. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... Why is this testing routine and who exactly is it for? What's a prenatal panel and a CBC? Should you

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In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I do my best to break down the basics of why nutrition is so important during pregnancy. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... Basic concepts for good nutrition that just about any woman with any diet type can use. Why supplying your body with

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In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I take a close look at how to approach early pregnancy. Here are just a few of the things I discuss... How to set the stage for what your pregnancy is going to be like. Why early pregnancy is such a sacred time and some suggestions for how

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What are the signs of pregnancy? Whether you're actively and anxiously trying to get pregnant, or just wondering about a mysterious missed period, getting some perspective on the signs of pregnancy is important. I say that perspective is important because not all signs of pregnancy are created equal. Many are ambiguous at best. For example,

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