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The V. Short Pregnancy Guide

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Birthing Stories, Lara's blog

(Written to Calm, Relax & Reassure! Honest!)

Being pregnant – lets be honest! Is very strange! O.k. maybe not all the time but on average mostly you feel very different. More different than you’ve ever felt before!!

Tired? Irritable? – Eating fresh raw foods in small amounts. Seeds bean sprouts, dried fruit – raises your blood sugar then irritations with people & stuff melt away! Honest!

Feeling nauseous? Steer clear of fags & booze!! Drink ginger tea /beer!!

Confused at your inability to “hold it down?” the extra hormones you get on your period (y’know the ones that make you irrational, psychotic, weepy etc) you get the same ones when you’re preggers only 80 % more! Your chemical make up has changed by ¾!!!! No wonder you feel different!!

Lying / Bathing quietly in the sun & water for an hour a day allows your brain & body to relax into this totally new state of being- Maiden to Mother, Flower to Fruit etc!!

Stiff? Full of achy bits? Your body’s ligaments & tendons soften during pregnancy so that your pelvis can tilt & make the birth canal a straight run for easy birthing!

That’s about it for the first three months (trimester).

In the middle 3 months you usually settle into pregnant life, being amazed at your abilities of taste & smell & sleeping!! You could have a renewed burst of energy & confidence as you see you’re your body start to change no longer do you just feel preggers now you’re starting to look it! Rubbing nut kernel oil onto stretchy bits makes it less likely that you’ll get stretch marks! Walking helps you exercise the calf & thigh muscles needed for physical active labor!

The third trimester 6-9 months is pretty good. The home strait! You feel pregnant, you look pregnant! Comfy seats, free food, shopping carriers, breakfast in bed, pampering, massages, etc. all these things & more are yours to command!!! So surround yourself with people who recognise that you are doing the best job in the world so that they treat you & your bump accordingly!

Drinking Raspberry leaf tea strengthens your uterine muscles so that they are able to squeeze out your baby! Tastes good too!!

Basically, thinking & planning how you want to feel & where you want to give birth, who you want to be with you & most importantly how you want to walk across the bridge from pregnancy to motherhood will ensure & empower you to give birth in the way that you know you can!!

“It’s called labour because it’s hard work!!”

Alternative to suturing & tear prevention – Gail Hart

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Midwifery notes

Preparation before birth

  • exercise
  • perineal massage
  • deep breathing
  • squats
  • stretching

Strategies for second ( pushing ) stage

  • Avoid ‘coached’ pushing. Encourage her to listen to her body and to stop pushing and breathe when her baby is on the perineum.
  • A compress of hot water, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil or arnica oil is very helpful
  • Most stuff we know is because someone has told us from their personal experience, NOT through research
  • Standing and squatting positions create less tearing of perineum
  • Ginger increases circulation to tissues so it can stretch – it also minimises swelling and smells good
  • Comfrey activates cell rejuvenation and reduces swelling
  • 96 degrees is ideal heat for a birthing pool
  • Compression will always stem bleeding
  • Spray adrenaline onto a gauze put this on the tear to stop bleeding
  • Yunan payao seaweed helps too
  • Sugar coagulates wounds; also salt.
  • Honey is great for wound healing
  “If two pieces of vagina are in the same room, they will move together!” Gail Hart

Make your own Baby Powder

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in For Baby

A soothing, natural alternative to talcum powder that you can easily make at home.

Ingredients

  • 1lb/450g arrowroot powder
  • ½oz/14g orris root powder
  • 1oz/28g slippery elm powder
  • ½ tsp rosemary oil
  • ½ tsp lavender oil

Method

Put all ingredients in plastic bag with air! Seal & shake! Open bag & let out excess air, reseal, let stand for 1 week. Put in shaker jar & use.

Baby First Aid

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in For Baby

Caring for Baby Naturally

BURNS

Cool with lavender or Aloe Vera

BRUISES

Arnica cream (not on broken skin), Arnica 6c, Rescue Remedy.

COLIC

Sore hard tummy( baby) – Mum drink chamomile tea and massage baby belly with almond oil with 1 drop chamomile or lavender oil.

CONJUNCTIVITIS

Yellow pussy sticky eyes Yum! Yum! Wipe both eyes with chamomile tea and eyebright using separate cotton wool balls! Or try breast milk!

CRADLE CAP

Dark dirty looking stuff on baby’s head. DON’T PICK IT! Bathe the baby in bath with 1 tsp sweet almond oil & 1 drop each of lavender & chamomile ( or chamomile tea bag)

NAPPY RASH

Red spots which can sometimes bloom instantly into a big red sore dry patch where they wee! Make mild chamomile tea to wipe bottom with1 use calendula cream – leave nappy off! DON’T PANIC!

SCRATCHES & CUTS

clean with 1 drop lavender oil and water, smooth with calendula

TEETHING

Screaming, dribbling, red bottom, acid wee (oww!!), hot, hands in mouth Chamomilla 6c granules or pulsatilla 6c granules.

WIND

Blue over top lip, irritated hard tummy (baby)

Massage belly & burping.

Mother’s Milk Tea

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in After Childbirth

A great herbal tea to help stimulate milk production. Mix in equal parts
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Fennel seeds
  • Borage

Preparation & dosage: bring 1 litre water to boil, add 1 oz (28 g) herbal mixture & steep 15-30 mins. Strain & drink liberally at least 1 litre daily! Can be drunk hot or cold!

Post Birth Bitz Bath 2

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in After Childbirth

Healing Herbal Wash

My second ‘Post Birth Bitz Bath’ for soothing and healing vaginal scars and stretching.

Mix
  • 2oz Comfrey leaves
  • 1oz Shepherds Purse
  • 1oz Uva Ursi
  • 1oz Blue Cohash

Prepare as herbal tea except use 1oz. herbs to 1 litre water. Strain & do ‘Sitz’ (bits bath) 2-3 times daily.

Aftercare for Mum

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in After Childbirth

Aftercare checklist

ARNICA 200C

To fix any tears & aid in healing of internal & external bruises

RESCUE REMEDY

To calm & relax you & to ease away shock, fear & anxiety.

WARM HERBAL BATH

Rose petals, jasmine flowers & lavender to cleanse relax & restore!

SLEEP WITH BABY!

An absolute must for you two after labouring!

YONI HEALING

‘Yoni’ is the Sanskrit word for women’s bits! These herbs are useful for healing your bits after birth! Torn bits can heal herbally without stitches!

Immune System Check

Raise immune system with garlic & echinacia to promote healing.

Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium)

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in During Labour

Stimulates the actions of the womb whilst also relieving spasmodic pains. Only to be used during labor!! Mixes well with golden seal for second stage of labor!!

These herbs can be made as a standard tea-like brew & then either sweetened with honey then drunk or used as a compress on head, abdomen, wrists or lower back. Also can be used in tincture form, mixed with cool water as refreshing & helpful drink!

Disclaimer

Information on this website is not intended to provide diagnosis or prescriptions. It is an informational guide to help you better understand your body, your health, and some of the natural medicines available to you. Keep in mind that while plants are not drugs they can be very powerful, and their effects cannot be guaranteed as they vary from woman to woman.

The remedies, recipes and advice on this website are based on the personal experiences of the authors, however they cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the use of these treatments. If in doubt please do not hesitate to consult an herbal practitioner, midwife, naturopath, physician or gynaecologist.

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