pregnancy

C-section? Strep? Antibiotics while pregnant? 1 thing you NEED for your baby's health

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If you've had any of the above during pregnancy or delivery, the 1 thing you'll need for your baby's health is strongly associated with their mental development, their ability to feed properly, and their tendency to develop health issues like asthma and skin conditions like eczema.

Probiotics

They come in powder form, so you can put it over your nipple before feeds if you breastfeed OR if you're bottle feeding you can simply mix it into their formula - but once it's cooled down as heat destroys it!... room temperature is OK. Personally, for our little bubba who is very happy, healthy and plump, we use BioCeuticals BabyBiotic. Sold in health food stores with the approval of a health practitioner onsite OR as a grab-and-go from their fridge (depending on where you shop) this essential supplement will help your bubba.

You could start from Day One (I'd say try a 1/4 of the recommended serving).

Why it's SO important if you've had a C-section, strep or any antibiotics while pregnant/during labour?

Our baby's need to be bathed in the bacterias of our netherlands on their way out. It's their first introduction to healthy bacterias that colonise on and inside their own bodies which they miss if you deliver through the abdomen or wipe out all bacterias when you're given antibiotics especially during labour. So once they're on the outside, you can give them their best chance of strong immunity with probiotics. 

*** There is now something called Microbiome seeding!! So if you're at all concerned about baby's immunity by not getting Mum's bacterias on the way out, and are having/planning to have a Caesarean, fear not and email me at dee@celltosoul.com.au for more info!!

Dee x

How I fell pregnant - don't underestimate the power of your plate.

Ok it's obvious how. But I mean really, HOW DID I DO IT?

I've spent the last 4 years (and longer as I was in the health industry as a Personal Trainer before my PCOS diagnosis), working on my own health by trying to regulate my own hormones. I just wanted ONE normal FRICKEN period that came around 4-5 weeks apart, and was PMS-FREE. Was that so hard?! - I wasn't asking for perfection!

So, I used myself as my greatest experiment, learning as much as I could through webinars and articles and then finally embarking on what will be my life's work as a Nutritionist. I LOVE learning and can never get enough. The science fascinates me because the body is a never-ending mystery where the more you dig, the more you find.

I found the formula I needed, and like a Mathematical equation, I applied specific food and well-researched supplements week by week to mimic what my female hormones SHOULD be doing to achieve overall "hormonal balance". On the 3rd month of my self-made protocol, my period (after finally becoming "regular" for me) fell away again... and I thought I had failed to balance them. So back to 2 or so periods a year and the drawing board...

But what really happened was that I fell pregnant - after years of being told it might be impossible.

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(Look how cute this baby bump is!!)

So what's my message:

No-one is taught about the power of food when they're young. Become thirsty for the knowledge yourself and seek out the people who have it. It determines our destiny. It changes our genetics. I mean, I'm about to becomes someones MUMMY! 

If you're a skeptic, then I challenge you to eat vegetables only for 1 week and see what changes occur for you, and THEN I want to hear about it at dee@celltosoul.com.au 

Dee x 

Why Being Pregnant Feels Like Being An Alien

If you’re like me, you like to wing things. You’ve always “winged it” in life because you always had an unwavering faith that deep down, no matter what happens, you WILL be OK. 

And more often than not, more than OK.

So I giggle to myself to think about the situation I’m in right now. I’m exactly 16 weeks pregnant and completely winging it through this pregnancy so far and it’s for a couple of reasons!

 

1. There’s a shitload of Information out there that will make it's way to you

A lot of people have a lot of opinions, and from family to doctors to midwives, I have certainly been delivered more than enough information that has been handed to me on a silver platter (or should I say in a large stack of catalogues/papers). I am grateful for these health professionals that I can place my trust in them to safely guide me through unknown territory, which is funny because up until now, I’ve always had a bit of a vendetta against GPs and the healthcare system (as a lot of Nutritionists seem to have to be honest). It's nice to see the other side of the system - the side that is proactive about health and wellbeing.

But I’m really not 'worried'. Yes, I’ve felt horribly nauseous and breathless for majority of this 16 weeks but I am really prepared to take each step as it comes with my partner and not worry too much about the future… because there’s that deep seeded knowing that everything will work out exactly how it’s meant to and not a touch different. 

That’s not to say I’m not stressed about getting everything ready in time especially financially, but ever since I’ve taken the passenger seat in my own body, I have been completely blown away by the wonder that is the human body, and it has put me at ease that my body has got it all under control... which brings me to the next reason...

 

2. The human body is the coolest engine that will ever exist

As if I wasn’t already obsessed enough with the body. I keep saying to people how awe-struck I am that I have never needed to TEACH my body how to grow a human and yet it is - how it can expand and loosen it’s muscles or how to stretch the organs in the body to prepare for something it’s not yet experienced - I mean, the human body is an incredibly delicate machine and how this baby can take what it needs from my body without me having to do much is unfathomable. 

So yes I feel very much like an alien in my own body - in the best way - (the same body I’ve always been so in tune with) and it’s an experience I wanted to share with you because it’s such a beautiful feeling!

Have you felt this sense of fascination in your pregnancy too? I’d really love to know from you mummas and mummas-to-be out there…

Please share your thoughts with me at dee@celltosoul.com.au

I would love to know if you’re feeling me on this topic!!

 

Dee x