<![CDATA[BeautifulZion - The Womb]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 01:46:50 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[#WombmanWednesday : Your Body is Not Broken! Infertility, Spiritual Cleansing and the Power of Letting Go.]]>Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:10:09 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/wombmanwednesday-your-body-is-not-broken-infertility-spiritual-cleansing-and-the-power-of-letting-goPicture

     Spring time comes every year. For most it's a time of joy and rejoicing. New life, nature is pregnant and full of abundance. For others it can be a time of heartache and pain. Almost daily,I come across women who despair at seeing so much new life being brought forth. They wonder why they "can't" do the same. They cry at the sight of new mothers and their babies. I have been there so I know the hurt of thinking (and being told) that you may never bring your own child into the world. Though there are rare cases of true infertility, many women who THINK they are infertile are not at all. 
    We really take for granted that our wombs hold more than just babies. They're our internal storage area and just about everything we don't face head on is still in there, taking up precious space. We hold emotions, grudges and stress there. Just about ALL of the "feminine health" (and other health) issues we face are actually unprocessed emotions manifesting themselves physically. Add that to the negative words, thoughts and actions we participate in daily and you create a spiritual/physical wasteland. It's not emphasized enough in our "freedom of speech" culture that our words are REAL, LIVING things. When you SAY that you are unable to conceive you create that very thing. Your words, thoughts and the way you see your body may be making "infertility" a reality in your life. So, even if you've gotten a doctor's word on it, understand that YOUR words and what YOU believe matter way more! It's time to do some (early) spring cleaning! :D

    Five years ago, I was so full of stress, hurt, and un-forgiveness that the doctors told me I wouldn't be able to carry a baby. Of course they didn't label it 'stress' but I had been researching the Law of Attraction and was beginning to understand how we create dis-ease and dis-order within our bodies. At that moment I knew, if I could create this, I could also create something better. I knew my attitude toward life was terrible. I knew I was holding on to way too much anger, hatred, and bitterness. I also knew that if I ever wanted to have a family of my own I needed to let all that SHIT go and get myself together. I emphasize 'shit' here because another issue that plagued me at the time was severe constipation, which was also a byproduct of 'holding on'. It was hard to let go of all that stuff, literally! I felt like I would be foolish and naive to just 'let go' of everything people had 'done to me' as if it never happened. I thought that forgiving would just lead to it all happening again. I was wrong. It took a full year to get my mind right enough to conceive. I admit, I'm still working through the garbage but I'm much clearer now. The first thing I had to OVERstand was that no one besides myself was to blame for ANYTHING I had been through. It's a hard pill to swallow but there is a real freedom and POWER that comes with taking responsibility for your own BS. So yeah, here I am, 4 years later with two beautiful suns. One of which I birthed at home, with only my husband there to help. (Yes, we planned it that way lol)
    There are so many wonderful herbs, nutritional plans, etc that I can share with you but nothing is more important than clearing out and cleaning up your energy. The womb is the portal that life's miracles flow through. Imagine a highway full of traffic, even the fastest, most expensive cars will have major trouble getting from point A to point B. We can manifest all kinds of great things through our womb space when it's "clean and clear" (no pun intended lol). It may take a year, two years...for some it may only take a few months but you CAN create a loving space within yourself that will be free to manifest your desires at will.
    When interacting with women who label themselves "infertile" or who find it hard to conceive, mental cleansing is my first advice to them. The saying "it's all in your mind" is usually spot on. Understand that form follows function and that our bodies were made to cultivate life. I understand the pain of wondering "what's wrong with MY body?". To those women I say, look inwards. Seek out all the  old baggage, damage and beliefs that are causing a hindrance to your powers of manifestation. For example, if you were raised with a "demonized" view of sex and the female body its difficult, even in marriage, to let that view go and lovingly accept your husband and the life force he brings. If you were taught that you should put "books before boys because boys bring babies" that may STILL be playing in your subconscious and you don't even know it. Many times we focus on one part of a problem not realizing that the blockages extend to many other aspects of our wellbeing. Practice forgiving yourself and others, practice letting go and not judging yourself or your body. Take some time out of your day to look at yourself, caress yourself and show and TELL your body how grateful you are for it and how much you love AND like it. Negative self-images (and sex-images) do NOT serve you, drop them and NEVER pick them back up! Christ said that His burden is light, so any heaviness you feel is creating a disconnect. I'm sure you've prayed and prayed but there is a real POWER in prayer when you are intimately in touch with your spirituality and intimately in love with yourself.  
   Coming to peace and love with how you view your life, your body and your sexuality clear space for creation to occur. When we make room for life to grow within us, we see all things around us flourish and prosper. We create abundance and peace within our bodies and within our atmosphere. So begin the journey to self-love today. God is love and you were created in that image, why wouldn't you love YOU?

Be blessed, bliss and Nspiyahd lovies!!
Peace &Prosperity

Shalom
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<![CDATA[PSA: Sons and Saviours]]>Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:11:35 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/psa-sons-and-savioursIt just dawned on me, listening to this song by Chronixx. many of the youths that we ostracize and belittle saying "look at him with his saggy pants" , "thug" this, "guns" that....many of those that we see as dangerous, rebellious and troublesome. That is where the spark may be lit the easiest in Israel. Those sent here specifically to eliminate the wicked amongst us and tear down this system we are oppressed under. It's just a thought...but if we take it to heart it'll help us see more in our young men that gangtas and thugs. More than a toe tag waiting for a body.
Here come trouble, here come de danger. Sent by de Saviour. Welcome de [ISRAEL] youth!"
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<![CDATA[Easy Homemade Oatmeal Calendula Diaper Rash Cream (chemical free)]]>Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:06:49 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/easy-homemade-oatmeal-calendula-diaper-rash-cream-chemical-freePicture
If there's one thing all babies and mamas despise it's diaper rash. It can come at the worst times and it happens quicker than you can say "butt paste". I have had enough go-rounds with rashy bottoms to know that not all creams are created equal...and neither are all rashes.

I came up with this all natural diaper cream recipe after I read the label on some well known brands and said "oh hell no!" Most of those chemicals I wouldn't put on my own skin, let alone my babies' sensitive skin. So yeah, serious praises to the Creator for giving us a world full of natural healing compounds and such! This cream has  works with everything I've experienced- from chafing to redness to real serious yeasty rashes. I even use it on my own skin for itching, burning, bites, or plain ol' cheapness :)

You'll need:
1/4 c Pure Shea Butter (pure cocoa butter may work as a substitute)
2 1/2 tsp coconut oil
2 1/2 tsp sweet almond oil
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
2 oz calendula/marigold flowers
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tsp oat flour(optional)
coffee filters or tea diffusers
small clean container with lid
Optional: essential oils (lavender, clary sage, sandalwood)

Note: Calendula/Marigold is a great help for all kinds of skin disorders. I purchased a pound of the flowers online and diffused about 2 ounces into a small bottle of olive oil. This mixture has kept very well in the fridge and I use it by the spoonful in recipes such as this. Oatmeal is also highly recommended for troubled skin, especially in children and babies.

Directions: In a double boiler (or saucepan) over medium/low heat, melt shea butter and oils together. Once melted, place flowers and oatmeal in a coffee filter and staple or tape closed. Place the packet in the pot of oils and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes. If the cream thickens, return to low heat until it is liquefied, being careful not to burn. Remove packet and add oat flour, if desired, stirring until it's well incorporated. Add essential oils of choice, being careful not to overdo it. Essential oils are very strong and can irritate sensitive skin so a drop or two is PLENTY! Pour the mixture into your clean container and allow it to set and you're all set! Enjoy never buying chemical filled cream for your babies bottom again :)

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<![CDATA[Part Two of our Pajama Jam :)]]>Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:32:01 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/part-two-of-our-pajama-jam
    Hey ya'll! :) As my day of relaxation continues, enjoy this snippet from the boys :) It's no longer dreary out, but sunny, blue, and beautiful! I hope my last video made it obvious that keeping young children, especially our active and inquisitive Hebrew children, contained is NOT ideal. They want to move, some constantly. Play dough is one thing I've found that will keep both of my sons still and occupied. We usually play together so everyone's imagination gets a workout :) It's naptime now , for them, not me. I get a few quiet moments to read and study (ALL praises!!)

    I hope ya'll have found a whole lot to be thankful for today, its a beautiful day to be alive!

Shalom
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<![CDATA[Making Home Heaven: for the Babies]]>Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:27:03 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/making-home-heaven-for-the-babiesPicture
    Beautiful day to you ladies! Blessings and peace to y'all!
    Last night I shared with you the basics of making your home peaceful for your king. Above all, our families need peace. We usually associate 'good' homemaking with having a sparkling clean "Stepford Wife" style living space. We should ALL know that having a house look like a snap from Better Homes and Gardens while raising a family is not realistic. It's great to be able to keep things tidy and teach our children to do the same; but don't be crazy about it! Our children crave a peaceful space to express their childhood and grow into healthy young adults.

    I definitely speak from experience when I say, young children are Masters of Disaster! I spend most of my day picking up behind two busy little boys and my inability to keep ANY weight on is a testament to that! 
    It took me a while to get used to this kind of existence. When I lived by myself, I cleaned up ONCE a WEEK and didn't need to clean again. My how things have changed. It used to annoy the daylights out of me to be constantly cleaning but I saw how that annoyance spread very quickly to every member of my household, including the dog! :) It wasn't until I accepted and learned to APPRECIATE my position as Keeper of the House that I noticed a drastic change in the levels of joy, peace, and cooperation in my home. 
    I have boys, but I grew up in a house with only girls so I know that teaching our daughters to be good homemakers is of utmost importance. However, we have to allow our little girls to be children as well. The days of our youth pass by so quickly and many times we see adults who are STUCK in their childish ways. A lot of that stagnation is due to being forced, as children, to be/act older than they were, thus creating the need to live out their childhood as grown ups. 
    Everything in life is a process and there is a set order to how we grow. Observe the level of development your child has reached and deal with them accordingly. For example, my boys LOVE water play. It drives me NUTS to have see my bathroom flooded at bath time....everyday. No matter how many times I say "keep the water in the tub", it never fails that I will be parting the Red Sea to get them out of there. So, do I complain and yell because "they don't listen"? No, I take a deep breath and SMILE because I understand that they are children, toddlers, and they are having fun discovering how water works. Also appreciating that I only get to enjoy them at this stage ONCE and when it's gone I'm gonna wish.... Keep calm and clean it up! 
    Just as we create heaven for our kings by creating a space where they can express their 'manliness' freely, we do the same for our children by allowing them to be CHILDREN. They only get childhood once, let them enjoy it!  As I'm typing, my sons are crawling all over the floor, after JUST getting clean in the tub. Will I stop them from enjoying their playtime because they're 'clean'? Nope! They will play into naptime, looking like dirt divers and get another bath before bedtime. :) (PSA: Speaking of....please PLEASE PLEEEAAASE understand that children do not understand that their $100 Jordans are not 'play shoes'. They don't get how 'valuable' that Polo outfit is and that they shouldn't mess it up. In the words of my grandma "stop making these babies Schizoid trying to impress your friends". I almost exclusively shop clearance and thrift stores for my boys because they grow too fast and they get too dirty for brand new designer clothes. IMO, it should be a crime to make a child 'sit down, and keep still' because mommy or daddy needs the self esteem boost of the world seeing their child looking 'fly'.... To whom it may concern: let them kids play and get over yourself!! Ok, BYE!)
    Creating Heaven inside your home is more about flexibility than being a complete clean freak. Now don't get me wrong, we are to be clean. We are a set apart people. So never let children or your man's 'manly' ways become an excuse to let your home go to hell. Understand though that we can do more harm than good by trying to force our families into our box of 'perfect orderliness'. We as women are built that way. Most men and children are not. Be willing to bend a little. Be willing to let your love of cleanliness rub off on your family organically. The best way to teach a child is to let them see you BEING the example...they will do what they see you do. Be the HAPPY homemaker ;) Let them see you HAPPILY cleaning and they will know that its a good thing to be clean and neat. For the little bitty ones, turn cleaning into a game (Remember Barney? "clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere...")...but if they're not interested in the game, let them be, they'll come around. 
    At the end of the day, it's our responsibility to raise our babies with joy, peace and laughter. Trust me, they'll learn how to pick up along the way. Flow with your family, and don't sweat the small stuff!

Peace, Positivity, and Prosperity!!

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<![CDATA["I know you are but what am I"]]>Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:20:13 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/i-know-you-are-but-what-am-iPicture
I saw this picture posted on a sisters page and my first reaction was a laugh but really it's sad. I know none of ya'll are guilty of such foolishness right??..but really?! It happens all the time! I can't tell you how many times I've seen a woman put their child(ren) on the phone with their father and encourage the child to call him every name but a child of God. Reality Check: YOU had a baby for him! You eff'd up. Stop blaming the men and make better choices!

    Now I know, there are some bum a$$ men out there...likewise there are some bums calling themselves women. But do the kids have to get involved? I've always been taught to never talk bad about the other parent in front of the child because eventually they will see for themselves. Being honest, I didn't take that route. My personal take on it is more of a 'Little Red Hen' theme. If you don't help prepare and bake the cake, don't ask me for none of my cake. If the brother is not doing for the child, take your baby(ies) and move on, without expectations. We take for granted that our children learn everything from us. Let them see you dealing with integrity, and moving forward with dignity regardless of mishaps or mistakes. They will interact the way they see us do it. If a black boy is told to disrespect his father, he will never learn to respect himself as a black man. If our daughters are taught that their 'daddy aint shit' they will have a hard time seeing the reality of good black men. Sometimes we get so caught up in our emotions that we miss the point. If he will not stay to help build stable children, we must do it. We must take the blame off the men because at the end of the day, OUR OWN DECISIONS got us in whatever position we face. No matter how unfair the situation may seem. It's no longer about you and how you feel, it's about the duty you have to the child(ren). Forget him, his new girlfriend, his other BM, wife or whatever and do what YOU gotta do! Keep calm and CARRY ON!
    A mistake we tend to make often is not believing a person when they show us who they are. Worse yet, when we do see and believe, we think we can change them or 'love them past their problems'. If a man wants to be a bum, he has every right to be what he wants to be! This is America dammit! Land of the free...so do NOT infringe on his rights. HOWEVER, you do not have to put up with it...you didn't even have to get involved in the first place. It's wild that some women will see a man 'on IG flexin' and actually be attracted to that. Attracted enough to buss it open and pop babies out... just because his pics made it look like he was 'ballin'. Lol. A picture can speak a thousand words...and an IG account can tell a thousand lies! A man who posts pictures of 100 pairs of sneakers is hardly worth taking seriously. The old folks say, "if his shoes too clean he aint working" and it's true. Not to say he should look bummy but if a MAN can't clean up like a MAN...if he goes out looking like a Fruit Loop... if he's trying to look 25 at 35, and that's attracting you, it's time to sit and reevaluate sis. So, is it his fault you fell for the okey doke? Not hardly. In case no one ever shared this lil nugget, I'll share it now... REAL 'Ballers' are NOT spending all day IG flexin...they're too busy making moves! 
    Sistas, understand that it is NOT cute to be having babies for a man just because he looks like he might have it together. PROVE HIM! Make him know that you're not just any woman who will allow him to be less than the king he should be. Make him wait...and wait...and wait some more. A REAL good man is not trying to dip in and dip out...he's trying to get in and solidify something. Sistas, it aint cute to be sleeping around because "if they can do it we can too". We're not built that way. A man can always turn himself around and get it together, without judgment. A woman has a slim chance of reconciling her image after jumping from Tom to Dick to Harry in hopes of landing on a man who will solve all her problems and pay all her bills. Unlike men, our baggage is not so easy to hide.
    There is a reason the Most High ordained marriage. It keeps down confusion and whoredom within our nation. In today's world whorish activities are so normal and even admired that we can't tell the difference anymore. We're told that a woman who has 'no strings attached' is "liberated". Yet she is bound by the chains of unwanted pregnancies, guilt, disease, and emotional scars. Our self-esteem has been damaged. Our family unit has been destroyed, systematically. Yet we can't blame the system. We got us into this position and our continuous degrading of our men will keep us here. If we continue to let our own actions as WOMEN go unchecked we will be worse off than we are now. At some point we have to woman up, take responsibility and heed good advice. Correction is in ORDER! And this is not meant to hurt, it's meant to heal. Take it for love, because those who don't care sit by and watch as we fail.
    Ladies, never forget that we chose to either be treasure or trash. We believe the lie that there are 'no good men left' so we settle for 'he aight'. There are plenty of good men, and a good woman will attract them... as long as Tyrone from down the block isn't filling his space... or 150 lbs of 'baggage' hasn't cluttered your life, you should be fine. 
-Clarity and Guidance
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<![CDATA[Find the talent and RUN with it!]]>Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:03:47 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/find-the-talent-and-run-with-itHere is a great example of parents figuring out what their child loves and building on it! Not to mention a mother and father working together to uplift their children. All around good deal! A lil hump day uplift! Enjoy!
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<![CDATA[Healing Her(bs)- Week 1]]>Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:17:40 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/healing-herbs-week-1    Good day my sistren. My prayers are with you! :) The babies are fantastic....growing so quickly. If I blink I might miss it! I'm sure all of you can imagine how busy...beyond busy... things can get being a work at home mom! That being said, I felt I needed to share some challenges I have been having. Specific to this post are the physical changes I have been going through and how we are handling them. I know I am not alone when I say, my body will never be the same! Most of my post-natal changes have been good ones. This is not a post to complain about how my boys have changed the landscape but rather to face and embrace the differences. While the new 'swervs and curves' are highly appreciated by Mr. Husband; the new eeks, and squeaks are beyond his scope of experience. He does his best to understand and relate though, and I couldn't ask for more. ;)
    Like many new school sisters I know, I did not take the proper time to rest after our birth. I had no doctors orders, no meds to take home... We have been raised to believe that we must be super women. Cook, clean, birth babies and stay sweet and attractive while doing it all. Like most, I was in the fairy tale land of "Wonder Mother" after our unassisted homebirth of BB #2. I thought I had it made! Pushed him out and got all cleaned up in time to prepare lunch and paint with the 2 year old. And this was only th beginning! I followed up with busy days and nights, staying occupied..."getting it done". I thought that by keeping the law of 40 days with my husband, I was giving my body a rest. I rarely laid down, and I wore a rapidly growing baby boy everywhere I went. I was literally in the grocery store w/ a baby strapped to my chest 2 weeks post partum. After this kind of behavior with TWO BB's in as many years, you can imagine the strain my womb is feeling! 
...Now that I got that out :)....
    I am now taking the time to heal... Learn from my mistakes ladies, NEVER, EVER take for granted the time our bodies need to heal. My elders all told me to sit for a while, keep something on my feet, rest myself....but I had too much to "do". Looking back it all could've waited. I am not in serious turmoil in my body, simple aches that can be nursed. But it could be worse. It took a little persuading to get the Head to agree with a short "break" but he's happy I'm taking some time for me too. So, I've decided on a 6-week cleanse. I have also decided that, for now, this site will be my "work" so that I can sit and be productive. Here is a relaxing, restorative, womb health tea recipe I have been using for the past week with some beautiful results.
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<![CDATA[Faith, Love, Birth...Our Experience]]>Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:22:08 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/faith-love-birthour-experienceHe has arrived! 6/28/12.. our second sun made his grand entrance!
His birth was..an intense experience. Not in the dramatic sense of the word but spiritually invigorating, physically and mentally demanding and emotionally empowering!
Throughout our pregnancy, and even now, the words 'home birth' and 'no midwife' got MANY reactions. From super brave to 'out of my mind', I've heard it all. We both understood how unwavering faith could seem both brave and crazy to some people. So we stuck to our plan, never considered backing out or letting fear change our minds. Watching our love and faith grow and change has been an experience in its own rite. So anywho...We'd just ended a wonderful barbeque dinner with my family. Apparently I was already in labor throughout the evening and didnt realize it. My uncle kept warning me that I would laugh the baby out and that was fine with me....but no such luck. The house cleared out around 10pm..we were in bed by 11...and I couldnt get to sleep for the life of me. I felt like a ball of energy, which I now know was a spiritual signal the birth was imminent. I got out of bed so I wouldnt disturb and swept the front of the house. I found myself having to pee every 1-2 minutes...nothing new to a pregnant woman. Well wouldn't you know, my waters started to flow..not a 'breaking' or burst as i'd expect....a constant "trickle". It was about midnight. I let the king know and jumped right up, to which I said "ummm sir, you have to be to work at 4 am, get your rest, we have time!" He laughed but laid back down as I proceeded to clean the house. My mom had told me a 'sesame seed sweep' would clear the energy in the house so I tried it. Our house is pretty positive most times so I cant tell if it worked or not but I was able to get to sleep afterward. I woke up again at 3 am to fix breakfast and eat a lil something. After getting back in bed and into a deep sleep, I was awakened at around 7:30 by a heavy contraction...my first one. At the same time, our 2 year old decided it was time to start his day. I sat him down with his breakfast and PBS and did some last minute cleaning. I ran a hot tub of water betqeen contractions, they were about 7 minutes apart and getting heavier every time. At about 4-5 minutes apart I sat in the tub...sweet relief! Of course, the toddler wanted to join me, so until I couldnt bear the extra energy, we sat and labored together. Becoming uncomfortably hot is not hard to do in the middle of a New Orleans summer so our water labor only lasted about 10-15 minutes. We got out, got dressed and called daddy. I was now doubled over with the intense squeezing feeling about every 2-3 minutes. Time is definitely relative during labor and childbirth! At about 8:45 we were all laboring together. We gave our big boy (2 y/o) free reign of the front of the house while we labored in the back. He was still an active participant though, moaning and groaning in unison with mommy! It's funny now looking back. I'd set up lots of herbs and incense, essential oils..the whole nine...when the moment came, all I could think of was my body, my babies, and the greatest man in the WORLD telling me I could do it every time I swore I couldnt.....and that I did. I remember saying repeatedly "I cant do this", and wondering if I was dying. I prayed SO much! My spirit I could hear clear in those moments saying "Fear NOT, for the Lord, YOUR God is with you", that was the most comforting thing I've ever experienced. I can say now, having a good man to support me through birth was the greatest tangible gift I could've imagined. Having strong faith that we would get through it was beyond words. When I got to the point of "no return" a small voice said "reach down"...and there it was. I felt his head about to crown. As my king ran to get my 100th cup water, his head crowned...I ROARED....and then I saw his face. Those first moments were magic. Just me and baby. Seconds, or minutes later, my body pushed and he was fully present! I cant read minds but I can guess that a man bringing his child into the world with his own hands is life altering, to say the least. :) Our whole little family stood in the bathroom and marvelled. We had done it! I had done it! As intense as it was, I wouldn't go any other route. After the memory of pains fades out, all that's left is the absolute beauty of the experience. B]]>
<![CDATA[My natural approach to prenatal care]]>Mon, 14 May 2012 21:52:03 GMThttp://beautifulzion.weebly.com/the-womb/my-natural-approach-to-prenatal-care
    Beautiful day mommies!! :)
    A question I get often in doing the UP/UC thing (unassisted pregnancy and birth) is what do I do about prenatal care?? My first thought always goes back to the prenatal 'care' I recieved during my first pregnancy. Every doctor visit I couldn't help but feel that I'd wasted a day to have someone give me a basic checkup I could've given myself. While the doctors and nurses were kind and answered the few questions that came up in a polite manner, it was nothing I couldnt have googled. This time around I decided to trust my bodies rhythm. Always making sure I'm intune with what I'm feeling physically, the baby's behavior, and my emotional state has made my care during this pregnancy feel more like CARE. I've always believed no one knows you and your body like you do. No one can care for a person better than they can themselves when they're paying attention. Granted, there are cases when medical intervention is life-saving and necessary, but in normal circumstances, we have all that we need to keep ourselves, and our offspring, in optimum health.
    I've made a practice of paying attention. Also, it's very important to educate yourself on what syptoms to look out for. In my first trimester I found myself craving ice constantly. Pica is a condition many pregnant women encounter, a craving for non-food items....cornstarch, ice, clay, etc. I also knew that craving ice was a sign of anemia and low iron. After my confirmation of pregnancy appointment at the local women's center I started taking One-a-day prenatals. Big mistake! First, they're fully synthetic vitamins and not easily absorbed into the system, they were also not meeting my iron requirements. I switched to food-based prenatals and ate more green, leafy vegetables...kale, spinach, arugula, collards, etc. Immediately I noticed a difference. When constipation reared its ugly head during the second trimester, I drastically increased my water and fresh juice intake. I made smoothies every morning for breakfast, adding ground flax seeds (available in your local walmart's vitamin aisle) to salads, smoothies, and home-baked whole wheat bread. Also I eliminated bleached flour, white rice, and most refined sugars from my diet. Again noticing a change in a matter of days. The MOST important thing about caring for these bodies we've been given is to PAY ATTENTION to them. Your body is always telling you what it needs. Now that birth is imminent I'm preparing my herbal medicine cabinet. Stocking up on all the things we'll need to successfully labor and deliver, as well as providing postpartum support. I've been drinking red raspberry leaf teas and infusions as well as nettle infusion throughout to provide uterine support and a great vitamin/mineral boost. I'm available to share recipes, herbal preparation instructions, and any other information I may have, just reach out. I can be emailed at nspiyahd.adiraATgmailDOTcom
Love& Be Light Sisters!!
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