So, the craziest thing happened after Charlie’s birth. I didn’t experience a single afterbirth pain. (I trust you fellow moms of many understand how miraculous this is.) Honestly, my afterbirth pains in the past have been worse than the labor itself. Which is the saddest thing ever! White knuckling it through 24 or so hours of excruciating pain while I’m trying to enjoy my sweet new baby? Unsubscribe.
I’ve always cycled Ibuprofen and Tylenol, used a variety of herbal remedies, and kept my heating pad close, but after scouring the Internet for another possible remedy I struck gold. You’ll find it in my first favorite followed by a few other things I used to get ready for the birth that were also blessings if not outright miracles like #1.
Taking two tablespoons every single hour (that I was awake) starting immediately after Charlie’s arrival and continuing through the first postpartum day or two = afterbirth pain completely and totally annihilated. Crazy. I don’t mean that they were less severe. I mean I truly didn’t experience a single one. My uterus contracted back down to size as it should but there was absolutely no discomfort.
The liquid calcium is chalky (there’s really no getting around that) but it actually tastes really good! All the reviewers say that blueberry is the best flavor and from my limited experience I have to agree. I also chose this variety of cal-mag because it has a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium which is important apparently.
I am so in love with this stuff I cannot even tell you.
I also took much lower dose of a calcium-magnesium supplement during the last trimester. I’d heard that Floradix was the best so I went with that. It was pretty tasty once I got used to the apple juice infused with flowers flavor. As for the benefits, I had no leg cramps, minimal aches and pains, slept better at night, and just felt generally more calm and relaxed. The fact that I went six days “overdue” and lived to tell about it really says something. ;)
In the past I’ve always used Dr. Christopher’s Birth Prep to prepare for labor. This time, though, I decided to try Gentle Birth after reading rave reviews in a number of online forums. I immediately noticed that this formula did not cause as many Braxton Hicks contractions as Dr. Christopher’s supplement did which was greatly appreciated. As for my labor, it really was gentle (as far as labors go). Perhaps it would have been smooth sailing anyway but it didn’t hurt me to add this to my supplement routine each day and I was very, very happy with the birth so I imagine I’ll use it again should I have another wee one in the future. (One other note: the variety I link to contains Blue Cohosh but if you’re not comfortable with that you can buy Gentle Birth without Blue Cohosh here.)
Starting in my first trimester I noticed that I was getting incredibly short of breath when I’d climb the stairs in my house. Not just a little winded, either, but full on collapsing in a chair and sucking in air for dear life each and every time I made the climb. When my first CBC came back it showed that I wasn’t anemic but pretty close. My midwife told me that though my iron wasn’t crazy low the count could very well be too low for me.
On Grace’s recommendation I started taking MegaFood’s Blood Builder. I love this stuff. LOVE it. Within a couple of weeks (it can take some time for the bone marrow to create new red blood cells), I was once again bounding up my stairs without any trouble. I’ve also noticed that I have much more energy right now than I usually do in the first postpartum weeks so maybe BB is helping with that, too.
After all that fuss (wink, wink), Dan started adding a few drops of lavender oil to a paper towel and sticking it to one of our AC vents once a day or so. A subtle but delicious lavender scent filled our home and I really do believe it helped a lot to relax me during those last (“overdue”) days of pregnancy.
Happy favorite-ing, sweet friends!
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