In this video blog, Darline Turner shares the Healthy Happy Pregnancy Cookbook. Written by Registered Dieticians Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh, the book contains 125 recipes that are not only tasty, but also address many of the common ailments of pregnancy. Today, Darline tries the Blueberry Banana Oat smoothie, designed to give pregnant mamas, most especially mamas on bedrest relief from leg cramps.
Good Afternoon Mamas!
This post is coming to you a later than usual because I went boxing this morning! Yup, mama took it to the gym and did some boxing fitness drills. I’m not ready to spar and don’t know if I ever will, but I needed to let off some steam and conventional exercise programs just weren’t getting it.
It’s been a stressful time with the school year winding down, my kids needing one thing or another and just generally not feeling like I have a good grip on my life at the moment. Can you relate? Some days all is well and I am in the flow. Other days, which seem to be the last several, it feels as if I am in free fall and I am scrambling to “gather my bits”. So after a really good telephone conversation with a dear friend of mine, I did a quick search online and found this wonderful little boxing gym not far from my house. I was really heartened to see two ladies in the ring when I arrived doing sparring drills and I was welcomed by the owner and his son without judgement. I ended up having a really good work out, a combination of overall body conditioning and training, using the various punching bags. I walked out of there, sweaty and tired, but feeling so much lighter and able to focus on what I needed to get done for the day.
As I was driving home, I thought of all of you Mamas on Bedrest. I’ll bet a few of you would like to take it to the heavy bag!! Bedrest is such a physical and emotional drain and while none of us who have been there would ever consider defying doctor’s orders, I think its safe to say that at one time or another, we’d all like to give someone or something a giant “smack down” in frustration due to our situation. Mamas, I know that you cannot get to the gym. I also know that many of you don’t have a confidant, someone with whom you can really share the difficulties of bedrest; the fear and anxiety you may be experiencing and the utter frustration of being relegated to bed at a time when you thought you’d be happily bustling about and preparing for the joyous arrival of your child. Friends and family members all mean well, but are they really able to understand how you feel? How about your partner? Most husbands are just as overwhelmed as mamas! So what is a mama to do to blow off steam when she can’t go to the gym, can’t necessarily do her normal activities to relieve stress, cannot or does not feel comfortable sharing her feelings of frustration with family or friends and her partner is just as overwhelmed as she is?
Call me!! That’s right, call me! Mamas, have you forgotten the 30 Minute Complimentary Bedrest Breakthrough sessions?? Those 30 minutes are there for your pleasure and can be used as yo see fit! You can ask questions about what to expect, ask for tips or simply let fly with your rage! Come on mamas, let it rip! I can take it! I can even handle a bevy of “F” bombs!!! I know that you have been told to stay calm, to “look on the bright side” and to be thankful that you are still pregnant. And while all of that is true, I say , “Hog wash”! Bedrest sucks! It’s really hard. The aches and pains you develop from being in bed day in and day out are maddening. And don’t even get me started on the boredom and isolation…..It’s enough to make even the strongest mama crack. And that’s okay.
Mamas, you have me at your fingertips. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and set up a free complimentary bedrest breakthrough session. Likewise, we do have the Third Thursday Teleseminars (The next one being May 21, 2015) and those are a great way to ask questions and gather information, chat with other mamas and also let off some steam. Mamas, you don’t have to fret all on your own. You have help, you have support. Use me. Use the mamas on our community. And best of all, the services that I have mentioned are all free!!!
Call or e-mail email@example.com today to schedule your 30 Minute Complimentary Bedrest Breakthrough session. And don’t forget to join us on the Third Thursday of every month for the Free Third Thursday Teleseminar where I answer questions, you can share experiences with other mamas and let off some steam!!!
I hope that you have had a chance to listen to our podcast interview with Ms. Carol Sakala, Director of Chilbirth Connection Programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families. In this podcast, Ms. Sakala shares with us the latest comprehensive report put out by Childbirth Connection entitled Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care. This report outlines the hormonal physiology of pregnancy and childbirth and shows how many of the common interventions used during labor and delivery in the United States are not only detrimental to this delicate hormonal balance between mamas and babies, but potentially harmful to them both. They offer practice recommendations for clinicians as well as tips and tools for patients.
There are many documents that both patients and clinicians can download and print for free. These documents are available on the Childbirth Connection website. Below is a very informative infographic which shows the hormonal systems of pregnancy and how many of the common interventions used here in the United States are impairing those systems. It too is available for download and free for clinicians and patients to share. There is also an infographic with more detailed information for clinicians.