I have been preparing my arsenal before we even found out about our newest. I know it is all very redeeming and rewarding, BUT if I can make it just a little less crazy town I think that would be nice.
*We've been taking Cod Liver Oil for several years now, but I finally bought the capsules for myself because my 1st trimester would allow for no such nonsense in taking the oil. For my last few babies, I avoided it because the smell was horrific. I wanted myself and the baby to have the oil so I splurged and bought the capsules instead of the oil. Problem Solved.
I buy mine from Green Pastures.
Cod Liver Oil is scary good for you and the baby. It contains 150% of your daily vitamin A & D. These two vitamins are essential for absorption of all other vitamins.
Their website gives this description.
"Many of the great historical cultures had one sacred food which they relied on to ensure strong mind, body, and spirit; fermented fish/fish liver oil. The Might Roman Soldier was given a daily ration of fermented fish oil. The Stoic Scandinavian Viking had a drum of fermenting cod livers outside the door of his home. Grandma always had a bottle of cod liver oil in the back cupboard."
*I also take 2T. of coconut oil daily. I have to choke this one down so we will see how long this continues. I melt the oil in a small bowl in a saucepan first.
*My cousin is expecting her sixth baby and had terrible morning sickness. She was able to find much relief after following a strict Paleo diet. Her nutritionist recommended trying to get 100 grams of protein per day either with meat or nuts. If you are not familiar with this diet, you can find thousands of recipes. I have cooked Paleo all week and I heard no complaints from anyone. I mean who wouldn't love a meatloaf with 2 lbs. of hamburger, 1 lb. of sausage and 1/2 lb. of bacon on top. It was glorious. I roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Again, I heard no complaints. Tonight, we had chicken noodle soup with Kelp noodles. The kids thought they were great.
*My favorite Grace posted her helpful tips on Morning Sickness. I quickly purchased all her recommendations HOPING (Fingers crossed tight) that they will help. I have made myself wog on the treadmill since before we were expecting so I hope to continue that insanity. I have to admit that I should have known I was pregnant when One Direction's "What makes you Beautiful" made me tear up. Wow. Am I maturing or de-maturing?
*Jennifer Fulwiler over at Conversion Diary wrote a great post
"How I mostly cured Morning Sickness."
She basically did a Paleo diet also. I have printed this out and reread it every 2 seconds.
- NO processed food. This includes basically anything that has been significantly modified from the form it’s in when it’s alive. No crackers, chips, cereal, granola bars, energy bars, tortillas, bread, pasta, yogurt with added ingredients, etc.
- NO grains (except rice). No quinoa, oatmeal, breads, or anything else made from grains (including “whole grain” products). I did find, though, that I tolerated white rice okay.
- NO sweets. This under the umbrella of the processed foods list, but it’s worth breaking out as a separate bullet point because I found it to be so important. Absolutely no ice cream, cookies, cakes, candy, etc.
- No binge eating. This one wasn’t as huge as the others, but I found that if I ate beyond the point of being full, to the extreme of feeling completely stuffed, this would trigger hours of nausea later.
*My favorite Pro-Biotic "Prescript-Assist" came highly recommended from my favorite WAPF leader so I basically do what she tells me to do if it is easy. You know, I buy Raw Milk for $9.00 a gallon and eat it with my Fruity Pebbles. I know I drive her crazy. I take Cod Liver Oil after we eat Papa John's Pizza.
*I try to snack on Bubbies Sauerkraut. I have learned that lacto-fermented foods are soothing to the stomach. I drink Ginger Tea all day.
Sauerkraut originated in China, where it is known as "kimchi", about 2,000 years ago, about the same time the Great Wall of China was being built. The laborers who built the Wall got their nourishment from rice and a type of cabbage pickled in wine.
It wasn't until 1,000 years later that Genghis Khan plundered China and brought back the recipe for pickled cabbage, which his hordes then transported to Europe. The Germans (who gave it the name "sauerkraut") then learned to omit the wine in the recipe, replacing it with salt. Which gave us sauerkraut as we know it today.
It wasn't long before sauerkraut became a staple for seafaring men. It kept well without refrigeration and the high levels of vitamin C found in sauerkraut helped keep the ships crew scurvy free. (The same was done with cucumbers). The famous ship captain, James Cook, once ordered 25,000 pounds of sauerkraut to outfit two ships.
We will see how this goes as I know when cravings take over I will be the first to throw my sauerkraut out the window but at least I have a plan besides being face-down on the couch desperate for Chinese food all day.