Essentials for the First 24 Hours Postpartum

First 24 Hour Essentials

There are plenty of lists out there for what your newborn baby will need in the first 24 hours, but what about mom? What should every mom have on hand for the first 24 hours after giving birth?  I mean, besides a change of clothes, deodorant and maybe a hairbrush.

As I was preparing to give birth to my second child, I thought a lot about what I wanted to have on hand that first day.  Here is my list of must-haves, and why I think they are essential!

A Gallon of Coconut Water

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Ditch the Gatorade and rehydrate with Coconut Water instead.  It is much higher in potassium, a type of electrolyte, and lower in sodium.  Even if you didn’t have Edema (water retention) during pregnancy, you’ll have a lot of water weight to loose soon after.  Sodium can cause you to hold on to that water, leading to higher blood pressure, whereas potassium actually alleviates edema.  And it has more vitamins and nutrients than plain water.
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Natural Ways to Induce Labor

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“Every baby comes out eventually” may be true, but that doesn’t exactly provide comfort at the end of a long pregnancy. Whether you are past your due date or just ready to get that baby out of your belly, there are a few things you can do to speed the process up naturally.

While old-wives tales abound, some of the methods have actual research to back them up:

Sex: Although a recent study suggests that there is no correlation between having sex and going into labor, semen contains prostaglandins that soften and ripen the cervix. Women in the hospital are often given a synthetic prostaglandin at the first stage of inducing labor.
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Expecting a Second Child

Big Sister

Big Sister

The end is near! Of Pregnancy, I mean.  The birthing bed is made up and ready for laboring, the water heater is turned up and ready to fill the birthing tub, and the fridge is filled with coconut water. Bring it on!

I’ve been talking to Franci about her little sister for months, but lately I’ve changed the conversation. It’s not so much about, “there’s a baby in my belly” but how she’ll be helping care for the baby: reading her books, being gentle, doing laundry (her favorite chore).

Since we’re having another girl, there wasn’t really anything to buy. We picked up a case of diapers, but she’ll be in cloth (and infant potty training) as soon as the meconium is passed.
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TBT: DIY Halloween Costumes

Me, dressed as Swimming Bear, on Halloween

Me, dressed as Swimming Bear, on Halloween

My favorite part of Halloween has always been making my own costume.  Not only do you get to come up with a creative idea, but then you get to scour all the local thrift stores for the perfect materials! The ones you don’t find lurking in your own closet, that is.  We’ve posted about DIY Halloween costumes every year, and here are some of the best posts!

 

 

 

 

My $1 Maternity Halloween Costume: “The 1980s Pregnant Lady”

The Two Dollar Halloween Costume

More Fabulous DIY Maternity Halloween Costumes

Our Favorite DIY Costume Ideas for Babies and Kids
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TBT: Tips for a Greener Pregnancy

Keeping it Green

Keeping it Green

If you’re hoping to raise your baby in an organic, eco-friendly way, you might as well start during your pregnancy! There will be plenty of changes going on when the baby arrives to start anything new, so make sure to get into your green routine early on. Here are a few of our best posts about having an organic, thrifty and eco-friendly pregnancy.

Eating Variety through Cravings and Aversions

Anti-Nutrition and Empty Calorie Food

Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Symptom

Trimester Concerns (and What to Do About Them)

Green Maternity Fashion

What Pregnancy Gear Is Necessary—and What’s Not?

Cutting Back on Maternity Clothes

Buying Secondhand Maternity Clothes
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TBT: Midwives

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Labor among primitive peoples

According to the book The Zero Footprint Baby, a midwife is a greener choice for your birth whether you are at home or in a hospital because they tend to order less resources that produce waste and use electricity.

I can attest that our midwife has helped us make choices that reduce our environmental impact without compromising the health and wellbeing of our babies. Of course, forgoing all ultrasounds isn’t for everyone.

Whether you are motivated by environmental concerns or not, choosing the right midwife (or doctor) is the first big decision you’ll make during your pregnancy.  I thought I’d round up a few of our old posts that talk about midwives and midwifery care for Throwback Thursday.
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Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Symptoms

41 Weeks Pregnant with Franci

41 Weeks Pregnant with Franci

After experiencing a few weeks of relief from pregnancy symptoms, I’ve started up a whole new round. Since I try to avoid all medication while pregnant (foregoing even “safe” medications like Tylenol and Claritin), I’ve been trying out a few natural remedies for what ails me. Always consult your doctor before starting any natural remedies, just to be sure they are safe for your pregnancy.

  • I wrote about consuming ginger to help with morning sickness and nausea. It turns out that ginger is also good for gas and joint pain (my current complaint) caused by relaxin.
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Review: MaterniT21

MaterniT21

Test Your Baby’s Chromosomes with MaterniT21

Nowadays there are several tests you can take in early pregnancy to detect abnormalities such as Down Syndrome. The most common is the NT ultrasound, which is non-invasive but has a high rate of false-positives and is not a diagnostic tool (it merely estimates the risk that the fetus may be affected). It is often the first choice for parents that will then choose a high-risk amniocentesis or CVS test if the results are positive. Both tests are considered high-risk because of the likelihood of miscarriage (around 1 in 300 or 1 in 360 respectively).
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It’s a Girl!

Big Sister in Training

Big Sister in Training

We’re happy to announce that there is a new Green Baby on the way! We’ll be welcoming a little girl into our lives in the beginning of November. We’re very excited that our family is growing and that Franci is going to be a big sister!

Since my belly is growing by the day, I’ll be posting about pregnancy more often. Write what you know, as they say. They also say that each pregnancy is different, and that certainly is the case. As anyone with more than one kid knows, there’s little time to rest and relax your swollen feet when you’re chasing after a toddler! It’s going to take a lot of organization to be even half as prepared as the first time around.
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How to Choose a Midwife

Midwife Home Visit

Midwife Home Visit

It has been a few years since Joy posted about her experience giving birth with a midwife. She wrote a series of three great posts: Choosing a Midwife, The Unique Perspective Midwives Bring to Birth and Top Ten Reasons for Choosing a Midwife Over an MD. I recommend them to anyone even considering going with a midwife, not just for a home birth but at a birthing center or hospital.

When I was pregnant with Frances, the only maternity insurance a self-employed woman could get in our state only covered emergencies. After doing a little research, I discovered a hospital birth would cost us at minimum $10,000 out of pocket. Since birthing centers are illegal here, we decided to look into a home birth with a midwife. I never thought I’d give birth at home, but I’m too frugal to drop $10K when there are cheaper alternatives. Plus, I had the assurance that if complications arose, we were covered by our insurance.
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