Archive for February 9th, 2012

Trusting your inner knowing – parenting prep

Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you do.  ~Benjamin Spock

Throughout the course of pregnancy into motherhood, people (with the best intentions) are going to project their views and ways onto you. It can get pretty overwhelming and confusing listening to others thoughts and opinions about how they did it or what they think is right. However what might be right for them might not be or feel right to you. Being a new mother is such a vulnerable time. Others can easily sway you If you aren’t in touch with your authentic truth, the feeling and knowing of who you are, what you believe in and what feels right and resonates for you, your baby and your family. When someone does my Rooted for life pregnancy program with me; one of the things I do is suggest products, books, referrals and articles to read not because I want them to read, do or buy them all but because I want them to FEEL what resonates and feels right to them.  It’s very simple; if it feels right and you like it then try it and if it doesn’t resonate then don’t. The marketing world preys on the fears and neurosis of the new mother. Of course all new mothers only want to do right for their children but buying the right diaper genie isn’t going to make you any better of a mom. What will is to feel things out and trust that with in you always have the inner knowing of what’s right. After all we are woman and are blessed with a strong intuitive nature. The work is to trust and follow the answers and feelings you receive from with in.

Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.  ~Michael Burke

1- Listen to information from others, but pay attention to what “ feels” right – When something feels right, there is that ahh….. haaa….  moment like it just clicks and makes sense. Its like your gut is saying – YES !!! What doesn’t resonate let it bounce off you. Remember, people are just trying to help. Again that doesn’t mean you have to do what they say is right.

Trust your hunches.  They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.  ~Joyce Brothers

2- Practice with books – Go to a book store, library or borrow some books from your friends. Notice which ones you gravitate towards and read only them. Underline what you like and that makes sense to you. Taking little bits that resonate from here and there will help build a foundation for your authentic way of doing things.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain

3 – Pick a few people that have children and a family life that you admire , respect and  inspire you. Watch and observe how they do things  and ask them for advise when needed . Create a team of supportive people that back , celebrate you and your choices . Its amazing how powerful and healing it can be, just having someone support you in your truth and decisions   .

There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.  ~Elizabeth A. Behnke

4. Tune in and become aware of your needs – By simply slowing down and asking, “what do I need right now?” You will always hear an answer. The problem is it might not make sense or you might not like the answer so often we don’t listen. For the next few days try playing with this and see what comes up for you.  By learning to be there for yourself, listening to what you need and follow it with action. You will start to build a relationship with your inner knowing (your gut) and trust that you always have the answers within. When you can first master this with yourself you organically will able to tune into others needs (like your children’s).

Holistic remedies for morning sickness


Caused by hormonal changes, vitamin deficiency, low blood sugar, strong smells and fowl odors, lack of exercise, fatigue, stress, constipation, anxiety and worry about pregnancy more common with the first child if it’s a girl and you are carrying multiple babies. Morning sickness is usually the worst between the 6th- 12th week of pregnancy .

Holistic remedies for morning sickness –

– Vit B-6 taken as 25 mg every 8 hours has been shown to have a significant effect in reducing or stopping nausea and vomiting

-Increase B- complex and iron intake (use a food based b – complex like rainbow light  and for iron I love the floridex  liquid iron .. its all food based and non constipating .. good to take extra thru entire pregnancy

–    Zinc supplements 25 mg per day

–    Brewers yeast (high in B vitamins.. (Good sprinkled on grains – brown rice … )

–    Raspberry leaf , peppermint or anise  tea

–    Ginger root .. cut or grade some and pour hot water .. drink as tea

–    Ginger root in capsels

–    Ginger ale / ginger brew ( more healthier choice )

–    Chew on crystallized ginger

–    Ginger chews ( candy ) whole food sells

–    Nux vomica 6x or ipecac 30x homeopathic remedy

–     Peppermint, chamomile oil diluted in base oil .. put on warm towel and place over the belly or rub on the belly

–    Eat a protein rich snack before bed

–    Walking or mild exercise will relieve hormonal activity

–    Keep a box of crackers by your bed and eat a few before getting out of bed in the morning

–    Avoid spicy , fried , rich , fatty and greasy foods. Also avoid any caffeine or artificial sweeteners.

–    Get out of bed slowly

–    Get plenty of fresh air

–    1 drop of peppermint oil on a sugar cube

–    Keep apple juice by bed and sip thru the night ( will help keep blood sugar stable

–    Wear Motion sickness wrist bands

–    Rescue remedy – ( Bach flower remedies )

–    Eat small frequent meals every few hours 5-6 small meals throughout the day .. make sure they have a little carbs and some protein to maintain blood sugar

–    Suck on lemon drops

–    Drink brewers yeast and tomato juice w lemon –

–    Try to get a lot of rest – being over tired makes morning sickness worse

–    Lemonade

– Acupuncture treatments have been really helpful in treating a few of my clients morning sickness .

Rooted For Life

February 2012


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