This soup is very adaptable to the vegetables you have at hand. It is a hardy, satisfying soup that is warming and fortifying. Keep this on hand for quick healthy meals. You can add in leftover rice or meats to make it more filling. It is a very flexible base for where ever you wish to go with it.
3 leeks, washed thoroughly. Discard green part and thinly slice white and light green section.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 chopped onion
6 cloves garlic chopped
10 cups vegan or chicken bone broth
1 can diced stewed tomatoes
2 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
4 carrots diced
2 turnips diced
1 diced sweet potato
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup baby spinach or kale
1 teaspoon lemon juice
The first trimester is a roller coaster. You may not realize you are pregnant for part of it. But, all is well. No need to fret over what you did, didn’t, or might have done before conception. Your body is a marvelous mechanism which was already protecting and nourishing the little developing baby inside.
This is the first step as a jolieLife mom - dispense with worry. Worry is essentially sending negative, smothering energy into a situation. Yuk!!! We want to train our body, through our mind, to expect the best outcomes, the best health for our baby, and the best for us.
When you find out you are pregnant it is time to begin saying as frequently as possible “I am nurturing the baby inside. My body knows what to do.” Let this be your mantra. Write it down, post it on the bathroom mirror. Put it in your wallet. Stick it on your car. You can print it out here.
Your positive mindset will make your pregnancy amazing. People are able to heal themselves from diseases like cancer with their mind. The book Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin documents how the mind can heal. We can use this power to wrap our pregnancy in safety and ease.
Pregnancy and recovery are a time of huge emotional swings. The variety and pace of the shift in emotions can be scary. By scary I mean unfamiliar.
Up until this point we may not have experienced the rush and waves of emotion. Any emotional changes during menstruation are just a preview of what a woman can experience when with child or postpartum.
But, looking at the waves of emotions as something simply unfamiliar to us allows us to be in them differently. The change in perspective allows us to not need to control, escape, apologize, repress, or be ashamed of being “emotional.” We can look at what they may be telling us. Even in pregnancy, and I would say particularly in pregnancy, emotions signal it is time to step back to look at what we need.
Pregnancy emotions reveal:
By become curious about the emotional waves of pregnancy and postpartum, we find our way out of the wave and learn how to create a better life for ourselves. This lesson will spill over to all areas of your life, and help you be a better woman and mom.
Feeling bigger as baby grows larger
An array of emotions as you prepare to greet baby
The highest transfer of DHA from mom to baby. Eat a lot of healthy fats to provide for you and baby (olives, nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut, fish)
The baby during the 7th month:
● Is adding fat underneath his skin
● Is almost at his birth length
● Begins to move into position for birth
● As the baby grows, your belly begins to stretch. As the belly stretches, you may experience itchiness, the formation of stretch marks, and, some, may have itchy, red skin. See how to avoid stretch marks in this article.
● Frequent potty breaks as the bladder has less room to expand
● Some experience leg cramps and restless leg syndrome at night. See the article Calming Leg Cramps and Restless Leg for more info.
● Swelling caused by the retention of fluid is called edema. Some water retention is normal; however, if it becomes too severe edema can endanger the baby and cause preterm labor. More info here.
● You will find you need to move slower and will more easily get out of breath. This is due to decreased lung capacity as the baby pushes upward on the diaphragm, as well as the extra circulatory demands placed on your body.
● Tour hospital or birth center if using
● Order your home birthing kit if home birthing
● Prepare space or nursery for the baby
● Stock up on household items
● Wash baby clothes
● Select a pediatrician
● Preregister at hospital
The baby during the 8th month
● Is swallowing, breathing, and sucking
● Digestive system is preparing for mouth feeding
● Baby’s sleep becomes more cyclical
● Baby brain fog in mom - forgetfulness is common in later pregnancy, double up on brain feeding food to feed your brain as well as baby’s. Also, try to multitask less.
● Darkening of your nipples.
● Melasma, dark patches on the face due to pregnancy hormones, is common now. Use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide based sunblock and a hat when exposed to lessen their appearance. Applying aloe vera gel at night will help also.
● The spots may go away or fade some post-pregnancy.
● Get fitted for bras to take you to the end of your pregnancy. Pressure from ill fitting bras will exaggerate head, neck, and shoulder pain.
● Choose a few nursing bras taking into account your breasts will expand significantly when your milk comes in.
● Pack birth bag.
● Let your birthing preferences be known.
● Get baby car seat.
The baby during the 9th month
● Is fully cooked and ready for birth
● Will gain one pound
● Is active, but with little room to maneuver
● Month 9 is filled with a mix of emotions: anxiety, excitement, being done to not ready yet
● Self care is super important. Take it slow. Care for yourself. Rest. Eat well. Exercise.
● Be vigilant to not overdo it. Baby is fully formed, but your body is working hard supporting you and baby.
Sleeping challenges. This is your biggest stage (although at the end of pregnancy you do lose some water weight). It is also your most uncomfortable in terms of sleeping.
● Make use of pillows to position yourself as comfortably as possible.
● Have a bedtime routine.
● Take a soothing bath with lavender.
● Enjoy sleepy time herbal tea.
● Have a someone dear to you massage you.
● Use lavender essential oils to promote sleep.
● Prepare foods for the postpartum period. These can be frozen to have within the first 40 days postpartum.
The glucose tolerance test, or glucose challenge, is the test to screen for gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is something you want to be noticed because it can lead to high birth weight, more intervention during birth, and a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes later. For the baby, he can have difficulty regulating his own blood sugar after birth.
For the glucose tolerance test you consume a sugary beverage, usually Glucola, and have you blood sugar tested about 1 hour later.
There can be false positives. The best way to avoid inaccurate results is not to take the test on an empty stomach and to slightly increase your carbohydrate intake the day or 2 before the test. This is especially important for women who eat very clean or low carbohydrate diets. Your body is not accustomed to processing a lot of sugar and is more likely to over respond in the release of insulin.
To avoid gestational diabetes, exercise moderately each day (see your walking calendar), eat lots of vegetables, and reduce sugar in your daily diet - let your sweet be fruit and whole grains.
Bed rest is prescribed limitations on your movement to preserve the health of the baby and mom. Occasionally, a woman is put on full bed rest with her movement completely curtailed and work stopped. Other times, it is a modified lifestyle including less activity and movement outside the house with frequent rest periods. Either way, abide by bed rest for yourself and the baby. Most often bed rest is temporary.
When in a period of activity restriction, be sure to continue healthy eating habits and hydration. Also, stretch frequently to loosen your muscles and tendons. Try to do activities you find relaxing, to recharge and fortify the body.
Bed rest is most frequently required to:
After birth, allow the smoothies to be consumed at room temperature or slightly warm. During the 40 days of cocooning, the body of both mom and baby should be kept warm.
During pregnancy, you may consume at whatever temperature you prefer.
To make it full meal add 2 scoops of protein powder to the smoothies. We recommend Vital Proteins because it combines protein and collagen. See benefits of collagen here.
Blend 2 cups of plantmilk with
1-3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-2 dried dates
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Blend 2 cups plantmilk with
1 tablespoon cacao
1 teaspoon maca
Blend 2 cups coconut milk with
½ ripe avocado
Lime juice to taste
½ ripe banana
Blend 2 cups plantmilk with
2 tablespoons almond butter
½ ripe banana
Pinch of sea salt
Blend 2 cups plantmilk with
1 cup berries
½ ripe banana
Your breast will not be engorged. If you squeeze them you may not see anything come out, especially if you are a first time mom. However, they begin to produce colostrum immediately. If breast milk is called liquid gold, this is liquid platinum. Colostrum inoculates your baby’s intestine. This inoculation will help them throughout life avoid obesity, digestive illness, and strengthens their immune system. In addition, it is super packed with fat calories, so a little provides a lot of nourishment.
Fat is a theme in breast milk production and composition. The main organ developing postpartum in the baby is the brain. Brains NEED fat. Your baby’s brain is 60% fat: fat coats every nerve and is essential in cell development and function.
Your milk will come in 3-5 days postpartum. The best breastfeeding advice is to feed the baby when he wants. Do not follow a schedule. There is no fear of spoiling or overfeeding. The demands of the baby are building your milk supply. Feed as often as possible to build a good milk supply and relieve engorgement.
Most important factors determining milk production:
1. How often you nurse. Nurse on demand to build your supply. When baby is hungry nurse, even if you just did. Do not use a pacifier. You want the baby to nurse to stimulate milk production.
2. Hydrate. 10-12 glasses of water is your goal. You should be going pee about every 2 hours. Mother’s milk tea is also a helpful herbal support to build your milk supply.
3. Rest. Rest. Rest. When baby sleeps, you sleep. Sleep as much as you can. It helps your breast, recovery, and protects you from depletion.
Also, use nipple cream immediately, Lansinoh is our recommended brand. If you find yourself engorged to the point baby can not latch on, take a warm shower massaging your breast to expel some of the milk. Take strokes with your open palm from the chest to the nipple all around the breast.
Breast massage during nursing and while showering will also alleviate plugged ducts. Sometimes milk gets stuck in the milk ducts. Massaging the breast will make sure they empty completely as the baby nursed. If you notice a hard part of your breast, gently massage it to release the milk.
Give your breast extra love daily with a massage of sunflower oil. This will build the skin and keep the breast supple.
As your pregnancy progresses, taking good care of your legs will make you more comfortable and better able to sleep. Use the tips below to rest and renew your legs.