Ashley’s Story – Final Blog.

IT’S A GIRL!

Ashley’s baby is now just over eight weeks old and doing amazing!  She is your typical healthy baby, pooping, sleeping and eating.  Repeat!  I am happy to report that Ashley and baby are exclusively breastfeeding, which is so important.

little baby sucking breast mother with open eyes

Please no offense to the formula feeding moms out there, but understand where I am coming from when it comes to breastmilk.  It is just the best possible source of nutrition for any baby.  Period.  Plus, it’s good for mom too!  I will not list all the health benefits of breastfeeding, but if you would like to know more, CLICK HERE.

If a new mom is struggling with breastfeeding, I highly recommend seeking professional help.  The nurses at the hospital and my midwives were amazing for me when I had my baby.  There are also lactation consultants, and support groups such as La Leche League.  And guess what else?  Nutrition plays a big role!

When it comes to diet during lactation, it’s important to eat about 2,800 calories per day with at least 65 grams of protein and 3 litres of water*.

*This is an estimate and individual needs may vary.

Ashley is a contest winner who won my ‘Biggest Contest Ever’.  This blog post is my final update on Ashley.

To read Ashley’s full story, CLICK HERE.

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

Ashley’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.

In my last blog update on Ashley, I mentioned that things don’t always go as planned.  This is true for everything in pregnancy, including labour and delivery.  Ashley’s baby was born via c-section.  This is not an ideal situation, but it was necessary.  There are many health benefits to the baby and mom from a vaginal delivery, but when complications arise, the only thing that matters is the health of baby and mom.  In Ashley’s case, she and baby are both doing great!

I’d like to thank Ashley for this touching testimonial:

Karen is amazing to work with. She made me feel comfortable the moment I started working with her. Right away, she made me much healthier with all her food recommendations, lifestyle change and overall life outlook. Anytime I had a question, she was quick to answer and always had a response. This pregnancy went by super fast and I owe a lot of the positivity, overall health well being to Karen. I highly recommend her service/assistance through this special journey and milestone in your life. Thank you Karen!

I am so happy for Ashley and her family!  I would like to wish them all the best for a happy and healthy future together!  Thank you for sharing your prenatal journey with myself and my readers.

Sincerely,
Karen.

PS.  I have started working with Rosalyn, who is my current contest winner.  I will be writing an introductory blog for her story very soon.  If you would like to be notified when I do CLICK HERE to join my email list.  As an added bonus, I will send you my free offer, “7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”

PPS  If you are currently trying to get pregnant, and would like to work with me, you still have time to join my online program, “How to Make a Baby in 90 Days.”  We start July 17!  CLICK HERE  for all the details or send an email to karen@natureprenatal.com to request a free 15 minute consultation.

 

Melissa’s Story

Melissa had her baby!  Baby boy was born 2 weeks ago at 7 lbs and 14 oz.  He is adjusting to his new life wonderfully.

Melissa lives in a different city than I do.  In fact, we have never met in person.  Our consultations have been via e-mail and phone.  We spoke on the phone for her last update on the birthing experience and life as a new mom.  During our phone call she nursed her new baby to sleep twice and held him the entire conversation.  This is the life of a newborn.  Drink, sleep, repeat.

In case you don’t know, Melissa is a contest winner who has been featured in my blog since she was 17 weeks pregnant.  You can read her complete story HERE.

*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 had a home birth with a midwife.  It was her second baby born drug-free.  Her first was born in a hospital, also naturally and with a midwife.  She knew since she had her first baby without an epidural that she could do it again.  And she did!  Her baby boy was born six hours after her water broke, four hours since contractions started with 30 minutes of actively pushing and zero complications!  In case you didn’t know, this is a fairly quick labour time.  Subsequent pregnancies usually have shorter labour times.  Once the body has done it once it remembers and can do it again more effectively.  Pretty amazing, isn’t it?  (Ok, I didn’t research this so it’s just my opinion, but it makes perfect sense to me so I’m going with it.)

Speaking of Melissa’s first baby, she is also adjusting well to her new life as a big sister.  Melissa has already returned to her usual playgroup schedule, sleeping baby in tow.

There is one subject of our conversation that I found interesting.  That is her placenta.  Melissa’s midwife gave her the option of encapsulating her placenta.  Encapsulation is recommended for boosting milk supply, increasing energy and preventing postpartum depression (more on placenta encapsulation).  Melissa gave this consideration and decided not to encapsulate.  Her midwife then advised her that she is responsible for disposing of her placenta.  Wait – what?  Think about this for a moment.  It’s because she had a home birth that she was left with the placenta and since she did not want it encapsulated, it was her responsibility to dispose of it.  Now, in case you haven’t experienced a hospital birth, let me tell you how they do things there.  You don’t see your placenta.  You don’t know what happens to it or where it goes.  Unless of course, you ask.  The hospital staff take care of it.  It’s part of the job.

For Melissa and her family, right now they have a frozen placenta in their home, waiting for the ground to thaw so that they can bury it.  That’s another thing!  It’s not like she can throw this out with the garbage.  There is a certain way to dispose of a placenta.  Apparently you need to bury it at least 3 feet into the ground, for obvious reasons.

If you have any experience or knowledge on placenta disposal or encapsulation, feel free to leave a comment.

Of course, Melissa doesn’t mind storing and burying her placenta.  I’m sure she will be telling her children all about it someday.  As it is her experience, and her story.

Congratulations Melissa on the birth of your beautiful baby boy, and thank you for sharing your experience with me and my readers.

XO

Karen.

newborn

This is not Melissa’s baby. Hers is much cuter!

 

I can not recommend Karen’s prenatal services enough! She is knowledgable as well as kind and easy to talk to.

Karen helped me to learn how much food choices impact my overall health and relate to certain pregnancy symptoms. Our discussions inspired me to get back on track with healthy eating habits. I felt healthy and energized throughout my pregnancy and was happy knowing that I was making informed healthy choices for myself and my growing baby.

Every question I asked was responded to promptly with evidence based resources. I always felt confident in Karen’s recommendations and appreciated that they were realistic suggestions that I could work into my busy life.

I am grateful for Karen’s support throughout my pregnancy and I wouldn’t hesitate to use her services during any future pregnancies.    –    Melissa.

PS:   I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT I WILL BE DOING THIS AGAIN!

IN MAY 2015 I WILL OPEN REGISTRATION FOR MY NEXT ‘BIGGEST CONTEST EVER’!

This contest is open to all women (in Canada) who are actively trying to conceive or in their first trimester of pregnancy.  The rules are simple:  FREE nutrition and lifestyle coaching in exchange for regular updates to be featured in my blog.

To be notified when I open registration, be sure to sign up for my e-mail list HERE.  You will also receive my free offer, “YOU AND YOUR BABY:  7 SIMPLE STEPS TO ACHIEVING A HEALTHY PREGNANCY AND HAPPY BABY.” 

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