Well I yet again struggled to make it on here and I hate to use excuses because I don’t like them myself lol!
It has been a busy last week and a half… but I mean really, isn’t it always busy?! I feel like we never slow down! Even crazier, I thought working from home would give me so much more time to do things… but I must say, I would LOVE to add a few more hours to my day to actually get what I need accomplished!!
Anyways, I am 9 weeks post-partum since having baby J (Josiah) and he is just incredible!! We have had slight issues with weight gain and lots of gas and fussiness… and now reflux, so we are trying to adjust what we need to make him happy and content! While mommy is trying to stay calm and not stress… easier said than done right?!
Last week, my middle son Weston was sick (diagnosed with croup) and the day he finally goes back to school after 5 days, Josiah is now sick! A newborn being sick is NO fun and so hard because they can’t tell you what is wrong! But his cough sound terrible and he is running a fever and has diarrhea.
Despite my kids being sick and me not being able to get as much work done as I wanted, I am thankful that I am able to be home and take care of them!! And I am working on my fitness journey and doing what I can!!
Meal prep went down Sunday to prep for my first week of 80 Day Obsession and it looked like this!
We know nutrition is key right? It is such a HUGE part of our success with our health and fitness journey, so meal planning and prepping is going to have to be a priority! With the 80 Day Obsession, the nutrition plan is very specific so it basically tells you when to eat what types of food… so for those who do not know what to eat, this is going to help you!!
Here are some meals I am eating this week!
I am pretty proud to get back into my workouts finally after some issues with myself 2 weeks after giving birth that occurred. But now it is just managing keeping Josiah calm while I get through my workouts!
There are moments when I get to workout with just my weights…..
And moments where my baby is one of my weights!! Either way, I am DETERMINED to get through!! I find it funny because J is actually more calm when I am wearing him and working out.. I think he is use to the bouncing since I worked out all throughout my pregnancy!!
It’s a bonus when my hubby works out with me!! It gives me extra push and motivation to keep going when I want to give up!
I want to finish off with this… I mentioned how I have been busy, having sick kids and trying to heal, keep a business going, while taking care of the home… As we struggle, we simply are going through a season!! That season will not last forever and is only temporary…
Yesterday and today, I have let everything build up and have been extremely emotional and it has been a struggle for me to not break down.. ok so I have broken down a few times… but when I am weak, I get a sign to read or listen to something to help me know that I am not alone.. and that I WILL overcome whatever it is I am struggling with! I want to share my signs with you…
If you are struggling or going through a season, know there is someone very powerful that has your back!
Thanks to my husband Brent for opening this and leaving it on the table for me.
And thanks to a great friend MC who introduced me to this song to help me realize I need God to change me and help me grow through what it is I am going through!
Ok, so he is not crying because of what I am holding, he is crying because he was not ready for the photo shoot!! HAHA!! Anyways, I am here because I have had SOOOO many people ask me about being pregnant or breastfeeding while drinking Shakeology… ya know, that superfood health shake that has so many veggies that is has the amount of 6 servings of salads?!?
Well, I am DELIGHTED to share my own experience with you, as well as some other info, stats, and feedback regarding us mommas-to-be and new mamas fueling our bodies with this meal replacement superfood shake while pregnant or breastfeeding our babies! I used Shakeology DAILY throughout my entire pregnancy and continue to drink it daily today!
*Please note, while I was pregnant and drinking Shakeology, I did NOT take a pre natal vitamin since all the vitamins and minerals are already in Shakeology… the only thing I added was a folic acid supplement!
First things first, if you have not been following me and my journey throughout my pregnancy, I am 7 weeks post-partum from delivering this beautiful baby boy and it was also my very first home birth experience and it was INCREDIBLE to say the least!! I had a wonderful midwife who is just amazing, along with the rest of a great birth team to help me deliver my babe all natural and a birth photographer Lexi (F 2 Photography) to capture such incredible moments during my labor!
Baby Josiah “baby J” is now growing big and strong and his favorite hobby is… eating, pooping, and sleeping!!
So now that I bragged about my boy and how amazing he is lol, lets get down to it!!
Is drinking Shakeology while breastfeeding or pregnancy safe?!
I am not a doctor, nor an expert, so if you have medical problems or are extremely skeptical, the safest answer for me is to talk to your doctor/OB and show them the nutritional facts and label! But I will say from a nurse standpoint, along with being a momma who wants best for their kids, I found it being an easy healthy meal for me to take while trying to get the proper nutrition for me and baby!
I see so many people (including myself my last 2 pregnancies) eating fast food, foods with artificial sweeteners, and that are processed… so we are eating foods that are full of chemicals that we have no clue what they are actually doing to our body. It is so important to have a well balanced diet, and eat the proper foods, and to stay away from chemicals and processed foods as much as possible!
Here is the Doctor letter that you can take with you to your appointment: SHAKEOLOGY DOCTOR LETTER
Shakeology During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Concerns
Some doctors don’t want patients to take Shakeology during pregnancy and nursing due to the following concerns:
1. Shakeology is Not Approved by the FDA
Some doctors will only approve supplements that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the FDA does not approve any dietary supplements.
2. Vitamin A
Too much Vitamin A (in retinol form, from animal sources) has been linked to birth defects. However, the Vitamin A in Shakeology is beta-carotene, with which there are no correlating issues of any kind.
If consumed in large amounts, this herb can cause premature birth. In India, it was traditionally used to strengthen the uterus in anticipation of, and during pregnancy. The herb has a spasmolytic effect, which has resulted in modern Western medicine restricting its use, especially during pregnancy. However, many experts say that it is safe during pregnancy, in small doses.
4. Ginkgo Biloba
Shakeology contains less than 50 mg of Ginkgo Biloba, and weak scientific evidence has indicated that it might possibly induce labor and that it has an antiplatelet effect that may prolong bleeding time.
Shakeology’s Official Answer: Can I take Shakeology when I’m pregnant or
“Shakeology should only be taken by pregnant women and nursing mothers under the direction of their physicians. As with all of our supplements; we recommend that you consult with a healthcare professional if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or if you have any medical conditions. SPECIAL NOTE FOR VEGAN FORMULATIONS: Shakeology is dietary supplement in a food form, and since our vegan formulas are not fortified, the levels of any one nutrient should not be an issue for anyone or for a pregnant woman. Pregnant women need to careful about levels of Vitamin A (10,000 IU is the upper limit), but the amounts we have at unfortified levels are similar to those found in unfortified foods and in fruits and vegetables. Accordingly, pregnant women should consider their intake of vegan Shakeology as part of their normal diet, but should not rely solely on Shakeology to meet the needs of pregnancy for nutrients like, iron, folate, Vitamin A, or calcium.”
Where Can I Find Shakeology or Get More Information About it?
This boy right here is one healthy and happy baby!
And is his breastfed Shakeology brother Weston that is 5 and his 7 year old big brother that still drinks Shakeology on a regular basis because it’s what they call “their healthy dessert!”
If you are a mommy-to-be or a breastfeeding mama and are looking to start or continue your journey of living a healthy lifestyle and want more information on getting started with Shakeology and/or a fitness program that you can do right at home, email me at Deidra.email@example.com and in the subject, title “Pregnant or breastfeeding mama”!
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Testimonies from new moms who breastfeed and drink Shakeology
“When I started with Shakeology a couple years ago, my oldest sons was just 1. I had bought the 21 day fix program to help me lose the baby weight. But my milk supply starting dropping. With my goal to breastfeed until my son was two. I stopped the 21 DF workout and moved to something more fit to my lifestyle. Along with switch gears, I also left behind the one thing that allowed me to get my breakfast meal in ( my hardest meal of the day) SHAKEOLOGY! Any one who is breastfeeding know that your calorie intake and eating healthy food is super important. Well let me back track a moment. Before starting the 21 day fix I was feeding my little one and pumping at least 5 oz on each side. When I lost my supply, I was down to a once on each side. I tried fenugreek tables ( 2, 3X a day) l Upped my water intake to a gal. Was eating oatmeal every morning while having a glass of mothers milk. All things I was told would boost my supply back up. Nothing was working. So when nothing to lose at this point, I reordered my Shakeology and guess what?! Within two weeks my supply was increasing. I’ve been drinking Shakeology for 2.5 yrs with the exception of a couple month here and there. Never once has either of my boys had an issue with me drinking it.” –Lynsi McKinney
“I am 3 months post-partum, am breastfeeding, and also am drinking Shakeology. I love that Shakeology fills me up and helps rid me if my cravings, but I also love that I know my baby is getting the benefits of the nutrients in the shakes as well! I have not seen any negative effects fromy baby, nor has it negatively affected my milk supply. I love my daily dose of dense nutrition! I have used both vegan and regular chocolate with no negative effects to BFing with either” -Becca Bennett
“Shakeology helped with my energy both in pregnancy and after baby when your I’m throughout the night nursing & then wake up to have 3 big kids to get off to school. It’s nice to have a tasty, filling, energetic boost for breakfast on the go. I also need to have a big meal so prenatal vitamins don’t make me nauseous. With Shakeology, it’s my prenatal vitamin and breakfast in one.” -Jessica Shumar
“I drank Shakeology throughout my second pregnancy. I regulated my digestion, curbed a ton of pregnancy cravings, and enjoyed feeling confident that my baby was getting a wonderful blend of nutritious ingredients every day. My total weight gain for this pregnancy was 20 pounds, as opposed to my first pregnancy weight gain of 70 pounds. My baby girl was born perfectly healthy and happy at just over 9 pounds! We are now enjoying our breastfeeding journey that incorporates Shakeology on a daily basis. I continue to curb cravings that we breastfeeding moms encounter, and I was able to return to my pre-pregnancy weight within two months. I’m absolutely convinced that my healthy, densely nutritious breastmilk is responsible for my baby’s thriving growth and that it’s given her the best start possible for her own healthy life! I would greatly encourage any mom-to-be to incorporate Shakeology as part of a healthy, balanced diet for herself and her bundle of joy on the way!” -Misty Nelson
“I started with shakeology when my first child was 5 months old. I was able to feel an increase in energy after about a four day stretch of use. I just felt better all over and was able to get back to running and working out without feeling completely drained even though i was working full time as an RN and also breastfeeding and pumping all day and night. I continued to use shakeology through breastfeeding and then also getting pregnant again. With my second child I felt great even right after birth. The energy I had post partum actually surprised me. Even with having a newborn and a 2 year old to chase after. The only thing I did different was that I was drinking shakeology the entire time through pregnancy and post partum. I feel that it has helped with my energy and filling in nutrient voids even with a healthy diet and especially on days I seem too busy to get in all my meals.” -Kayla Mayes
At 38 weeks pregnant, I am getting so excited for my very FIRST HOME BIRTH experience!!! So I will tell you now, I am NOT an expert at this, but I am pretty excited and feeling confident with how I have prepped for this!
I have my birth plan, and DO plan on having a water birth! My goal is to be as comfortable as possible, to be able to move around my home and room as needed to control the pain without being confined to a hospital bed or hooked up to medication. Please note, I am NOT putting ANYONE down for choosing hospital route as I did it 2 times with my boys.. and I understand there definitely are circumstances and own choices and preferences which you are totally entitled to! I simply was MISERABLE and between the medication/epidural, I was sick, vomiting, and want a different experience this time around!
So I am going to give you some of my top items/supplies that I am using/will be using to have the best home birth experience possible!!
POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FROM THE BIBLE
I want all my kids (2 boys of my own and 3 bonus kids) to be a part of my birth experience.. not necessarily physically being present and watching this all go down, but for me… when I think of them, I relax! So this was a PERFECT way for me to have my mind in the right place during my laboring! My kids picked parts of the scripture that is just perfect for this experience to help me calm my nerves and relax and think of them and of course the Lord! He is what will get me through this no matter how difficult it may be! God made us mommies to be able to deliver and before pain meds were made by man, natural births were the only way to go! These positive affirmations are going to be by my side the whole time!!
I am not particularly a person who constantly uses essential oils and mixes a bunch to cure everything, but I have used them and see benefits with certain oils. I have also watched friends experience births using oils that have been successful in helping with relaxing, pain relief, etc., which is why I will be using just a few oils during my birth process! Below I will explain the oils I am using and what each one is used for!
Essential Oils during Laboring/Birth Process
Peppermint has a cooling effect, so it can be great when mom is hot, sweaty and tired… during PUSHING!
- Peppermint on the tongue, 1 drop at a time
- Peppermint in water: You can use this as a diluted sprizter which acts as an anti-nausea agent. Best during transition on a cloth for your face, forehead or chest.
You can also massage into back, hips, and temples — anywhere but your eyes after mixing with carrier oils. Or simply place a small drop on your tongue. For a burst of energy, inhale the aroma.
This can also be used to stimulate mom to pee if she’s having a hard time going by just simply dropping it into the toilet.
Many find clary sage to be helpful to make contractions stronger. All you need to do is uncap it, sniff and contractions can get stronger.
Clary sage is also a great option when it comes to minimizing tearing and relieving muscle tension resulting from emotional stress. It reduces your cortisol levels and acts as a natural anti-depressant when applied topically to an acupressure point on the inside of your ankles.
Doulas are a big fan of this essential oil. When applied at the last stages of labor, the mother can really get into a euphoric state.
To use, dilute a few drops and apply on skin over reproductive organs. Or, place a drop on each palm and inhale between contractions.
Note: DO NOT use this unless you’re ready to give birth and have consulted with your doctor.
It’s commonly used as support for your perineal tissue during your labor and birth. Application of it ‘down there’ is said to reduce your chances of tearing and trauma due to its natural healing properties.
Frankincense is a calming oil that’s especially useful toward the end of the first stage of labor.
Place a single drop on the center of both of your palms, or rub some onto your lower back and tummy. Besides relieving pain, this essential oil can also help heal a tear after childbirth.
Ok so you got some of the items I will be using to prep for my labor and delivery, and now I am going to share a little more, but also more necessities for after this little baby boy arrives!!
Don’t mind my sense of humor in my video… I am making this fun and exciting!!
Used to help heal the soft tissue and any tears or abrasions in your perineal area after birth.
To use, simply wet the seaweed with water and apply right at the opening and your mucous membranes where any soft tissue damage could have occurred.
Replace as needed or after you go to the bathroom. Use for a few days or up until 2 weeks after delivery.
Afterbirth Sitzbath by WishGarden Herbs’-
This is an herbal soak made specifically for women post-birth to soothe minor irritations. It is a unique formula of herbs and sea salts that helps to restore delicate tissues after birth, AfterBirth Sitzbath can also be used to support a healthy urinary tract.
TO USE: Soak in soothing sitzbath 1-3 times a day after delivery for up to 2 weeks. Place a handful (approximately 1/3 cup) into a quart of boiling water. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain out herbs and reminaing liquid to warm water in sitzbath tub, available in most pharmacies. Less conveniently, a large bowl, or small tub, may be used instead. Be sure not over-dilute in full bathtub.
After birth, your perineal area will be swollen and painful… so usually at the hospital, they give you those large diaper pads and ice pads to break and feels like your basically wearing apillow right?? NOT comfortable in the least bit!! Not that after birth is comfortable, but if there is something we can do to make it a little better, then lets do it right?!
So these padsicles are literally just pads you use when you are on your menstrual cycle, and you pour witch hazel in them, roll them back up, put them in a ziplock bag (I use gallon bags) and put them in the freezer!!
After you give birth, you can take them out and unwrap them and use them just as you would for a normal pad, and they will cool you off and ease the pain!! FYI, these will not be solid rock in the freezer as if it were water and ice! So it will fit and shape your body and underwear!
NEXTTT… Let’s talk boobies!!! Guys, not in a bad way!!! God gave us these to feed our babies and keep them healthy!!! Whether or not you decide to breastfeed, that is up to you!! I personally will be
and did with my last 2 boys!! My goal is to make it up to a year!! My first, I breastfed for 8 months, and with my youngest, I only did for 3 and was put on a medication that prevented me from feeding which I was so sad about… so I am on a mission to bond with my little baby boy and breastfeed as long as possible!!
I was told about bamboobies and how comfortable the yoga nursing bras are… so I grabbed myself one, along with the washable nursing pads!! I am so excited to use them as they simply go in the wash and I will not spend a ton of throw away pads where the leakage seeps through!! They also
have night time pads which will be great to use if baby Josiah decides to sleep throughout the night!
I got the yoga nursing bra and the pads from amazon.com … being a PRIME member does wonders for you when you need things quick!
And you know how when your breastfeeding, the other side usually leaks everywhere and you waste milk? Well, waste no more because these bad boys are supposedly amazing and works like wonders!! I will be using these silicone suctions to save as much milk as possible!!
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So there you have it!! My top essentials that I am using and will be using during my first home birth experience! Although I am 38 weeks along right now, I am SO ready to deliver this baby!! I am at the end where I just feel ready… not a bad feeling, but the time is coming!!! So prayers for a healthy delivery and baby are welcome!!
If you have any tips and extra necessities and supplies that helped you with pre-labor, during labor, post labor, and for the baby, throw a comment below so we can all help each other have a wonderful and memorable experience!!