So you’re pregnant! Now what do you do?!
Maybe you feel the way I did- completely confused and overwhelmed with information in books and online. Since I knew I wanted to go the “unconventional” route during pregnancy and birth (seeing a midwife instead of an OB, having a homebirth, etc.) I also wanted to find resources that were in line with my beliefs! After doing my own research and utilizing all of the listed sources below, I thought it might be helpful to share with other women who are newly pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant. This is not an all-encompassing list, but I think it’s a great place to start! Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
Expectful – meditation for pregnancy/new moms; you can try this service out for 30 days for free! Give yourself a 10 or 20 minute break during the day with some guided meditation.
The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell & Thomas S. Cowan – an extremely helpful guide for following a nutrient-dense, real food diet when you’re planning to become pregnant, while you are pregnant, and after you give birth. Some of the suggestions will seem far out – only because we have moved so far from traditional/ancestral diets – but logically they all make sense! There are many natural remedies and recommendations of how to avoid going down the conventional medicine path.
Parenthood! with Liz Wolfe – a natural/crunchy parenting group on Facebook created by fellow NTP, Liz Wolfe. This group has been so helpful with a wealth of information from parents and parents-to-be on a ton of subjects you may not be able to consult your family and friends about. There are links to the best non-toxic car seats, discussions about introducing real food, and answers to common questions. I love reading the posts in this group and learning about things I never even considered.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin – Ina May is a famous midwife who has been delivering babies naturally at “The Farm” in Tennessee since the early 1970s. She writes about the many, many success stories from women who traveled to The Farm and who gave birth at home with minimal interventions. Gaskin also includes counterarguments to the conventional birthing methods and provides evidence for choosing to give birth at home or in a birthing center over a hospital. This may be a book you can provide to any family members who may not understand your decision to have a homebirth.
Birthfit – I would describe Birthfit as a whole life perspective for expectant moms and women in the postpartum period. It focuses on four pillars: mindset, nutrition, fitness, & chiropractic. They provide education, prenatal and postpartum movement programs, and a real-life experiences through interviews on the Birthfit podcast every week.
ROMWOD – ROMWOD offers a daily stretching/yoga routine as a subscription service. You can try it for free for a week before signing up. The programming follows a yin yoga style, or longer held poses. I’ve been doing this for over a year now and have continued trying to practice daily during my pregnancy. It’s an awesome way to get in a 15-20 minute stretching session without leaving your house!
Spinning Babies – This site is all about optimal fetal positioning! There are weekly and daily activities you can perform to get the baby to be in the best position for delivery. I do the forward leaning inversions and pelvic tilts daily, and sit on a birth ball while using my laptop! Definitely check this out along with some chiropractic care to open the pelvis.