Melissa’s Story

Melissa could have her baby any day now!  She is officially 38 weeks today.  If you’re new to my blog, let me give you a brief update.  Melissa is a contest winner who has won free nutrition and prenatal coaching in exchange for sharing her prenatal story.  I have been updating this blog monthly with pregnancy symptoms and concerns that she has been experiencing and recommendations I have made to address them.  If you would like to read her complete story, click on ‘Melissa’s story’ in the blog cloud to the right.  Or, go HERE.

Melissa has experienced a very healthy pregnancy so far, although she has recently reached a point of considerable discomfort.  It’s the same feeling I’m sure every pregnant woman gets just before the baby makes his or her grand appearance.  It’s nearly impossible to roll over in bed, tie your shoes or walk a flight of stairs.  Of course, every woman is different, and some may achieve these goals with more ease than others.  But, I think it’s fair to say that at the 38 week mark, most pregnant women feel done with pregnancy.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Melissa may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Melissa is based on a specific, detailed health and lifestyle assessment. They will not apply to every pregnant woman. If you are interested in a personal assessment for yourself, please send an e-mail to karen@natureprenatal.com.

Melissa’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

Melissa Baby Bump photo 38 weeks

Melissa’s baby bump at 38 weeks

If you read my last update on Melissa, you may remember she was experiencing dry skin.  Since then she has become aware of her water intake and she now makes a conscious effort to bring water bottles with her when she leaves the house.  It is recommended during pregnancy to drink about 3 litres of water per day.  Melissa is drinking more water now and she has noticed a significant improvement in her skin!

Melissa plans to have a home birth.  She does not have a formal birth plan, but she knows that her midwife will avoid any unnecessary interventions, delay cord clamping and encourage immediate skin to skin contact.  I am happy to see that skin to skin contact has become a normal practice not only at home births but also in hospitals because of the wonderful health benefits it provides.  It regulates the baby’s temperature and breathing, it encourages a good start to breastfeeding, it enhances the bonding between mother and baby and it strengthens the baby’s immune system by transferring good bacteria from mom to baby.  These are just a few of the reasons skin to skin is so amazing!

My next update will be in April.  If you wish to be notified, please leave a message or send me an e-mail.

I wish Melissa all the best for a beautiful birthing experience and happy, healthy baby!

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