Wednesday Randomness & My Favorite Pregnancy and Motherhood books!

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! I wanted to share with you a random Wednesday around here in our teeny Dutch apartment. We are planning on moving to the UK soon, and I wanted to share with you a little glimpse of what our life is like here in Holland before we make the big move.

This morning started out pretty lazy (most mornings do). Fé slept for a whole seven hours straight! Isn’t that amazing?! She has been sleeping for longer stretches of time (usually around 6 hours) and last night she surprised us by sleeping a whopping seven hours. We normally put her down for the final time around 11pm (last night was more like 12am) and today she didn’t wake up until 7am! I was shocked, I woke up around 6am surprised that she hadn’t yet woken us up to feed.

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Anyway, we ended up dozing a little bit more after she woke up at seven and finally got up again around 9:30 when Fé wanted a second breakfast. Daniël loves cuddling with Fé in the mornings before he starts working on his thesis so he cuddled with her in bed a while, while I made a big pot of coffee. My morning coffee is honestly one of my favorite things in the whole world! I stopped drinking coffee during my pregnancy and while I was breastfeeding, but since I have stopped breastfeeding (read more about that in Fé’s two month update) I have started drinking coffee again and let me tell you, I really missed it. I think I am one of those people who just needs coffee in their life so going back to my morning cup of joe has made me a much more pleasant person!

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After I made some coffee we got our day started. I did some housework while Daniël worked on his thesis and Fé played with her new foot finders and wrist rattles!

Pregnancy Books

After getting some housework done I ate a big bowl of oatmeal with raisins and dried apricots (yummy!). I am trying to lose my baby weight (check out my weight loss tips here) so I have been using MyFitnessPal to count calories and it is really working. I have lost a couple of kilograms since I started counting calories just about two weeks ago!

After lunch/breakfast we tried to take Fé on a walk in our Ergobaby baby carrier but when we got about 15 minutes away from our house, the wind really picked up and Fé just wasn’t having it. She started howling and crying so we just decided to come back to the house.

Afterwards, I decided to continue packing up some things for our big move to England in a couple of weeks. As I was going through some old books I found some of the books that got me through my pregnancy and helped prepare me for motherhood (although nothing can truly prep you to be a mother!)

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I wanted to share with our my favorite pregnancy and motherhood books that I think every mama-to-be should read 😉

10 Pregnancy and Motherhood Books

1. What to Expect When Your Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

This book was easily one of my favorite books during my pregnancy. It became my go to pregnancy bible. I outlines every single month of your pregnancy and tells you what to expect to feel, doctors visits, how your baby is growing and so much more. It really gives you all the information you need to get you through your pregnancy and labor and delivery!

2. Eating Well When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

Another AMAZING book from the What to Expect series. This books gives you a TON of information about how to stay healthy when you are pregnant. It really shows how the food you consume impacts your baby’s development and encourages you to eat as healthy as possible, not only for you but also for your baby. It shows you how to eat well plus there are a ton of great recipes to try in the back of the book.You cant really see from the picture above but I have filled this book with sticky notes so I can flip to my favorite recipes or other important pages of this book. Check out my pregnancy nutrition post for some insight into what this book has to offer.

3. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

This book is also awesome. From the Mayo Clinic it provides you with great information about your pregnancy and your babies weekly development. It also includes a 40 week pregnancy calendar and outlines some of the important decisions you need to make as expecting parents (like different pre-natal tests and things like that!)

4. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Glaskin

I mentioned this book before in my Guide to a Natural Childbirth. This book is an amazing resource if you are planning a natural childbirth. Ina May, one of the most reputable midwives, provides you with everything you need to know in order to have the best birth experience. My natural birth experience was truly amazing and Ina May shows women how to have their own wonderful birth experience. Whether you are planning on having a natural childbirth or not, I seriously recommend this book!

5. Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience by Ricky Lake

Another great book to help you prepare for childbirth (whether natural or not). This book outlines all your options so you can choose the birth that is right for you!

6. When We Became Three Memory Book

This isn’t technically a book for reading but a memory book for you to fill out during your pregnancy. My friend sent me this book and I had so much fun filling it with pictures and memories of my pregnancy!

7. The Shit No one Tells You by Dawn Dais

I LOVE this book! Its hilarious and so true. My friend send me this book and I read it in about two days! Real moms tell real stories of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. This hilariously honest book is a total must have (in my opinion) for any mama to be! It also makes an awesome gift for any pregnant friends you may have 😉

8. What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff

If you couldn’t tell, I am a huge fan of the What to Expect Series! This is another one of their awesome books that provides you with a ton of information about your baby’s first year! As new parents, Daniël and I constantly have questions and this go-to book clears up so many baby confusions! It is truly a life saver!

9. The Wonder Weeks by Frans Plooij

Okay so I don’t actually own this book, but I really really want it! I outlines all of your babies different developmental phases, known as the wonder weeks. It also provides information on how to stimulate your baby and encourage their development. The wonder weeks also has a journal (sold separately) to track your baby’s developmental milestones!

10. The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

This book is an awesome parenting resource for all first-time (and second and third-time) parents. It helps parents understand their crying babies, teaches them soothing techniques, and helps get their babies to sleep. What parent doesn’t want that!

I hope this list helps some of you mamas-to-be prepare for your little bundle of joy to arrive. I know these books helped me so much throughout my pregnancy and they still provide such a great resource for all my parenting questions!

I would love to hear any more of your baby book suggestions if you have any. Feel free to comment below. Until next time, have a happy Wednesday!

Pregnancy and Motherhood Books

40 Weeks now what? What to Do when your Overdue!

So 40 long weeks of pregnancy have come and gone, and still, no baby! Today is my due date and there is absolutely no baby in site! Despite eating my dates like crazy and trying all of these natural induction methods, this overdue baby still hasn’t come.

Today Daniel and I had a little due date celebration in honor of my due date. We got some cakes from a little bakery in town and drank these pumpkin spice lattes from Brittany over at Eating Bird Food! It was a perfect way to get my mind off of the fact that I am still pregnant! Due Date Celebration, overdue baby

I never thought I would go past my due date, but maybe all pregnant women think that. I thought without a doubt that this baby would be early. Maybe that was more wishful thinking! So now that I am officially overdue, I am trying to figure out what to do! 😉

1. Relax

Easier said than done right. Especially when all you want is a big glass of wine! But the baby isn’t going to come any sooner by worrying about it. The baby will come when its ready. Remember, there is nothing wrong with the baby being a little overdue. The calculated due date is simply the median of when women have their babies. This means that about 50% of women have their babies after their calculated due dates. Also, only about 5% of women have their babies on their actual due dates. Fun Fact: The average length of pregnancy is actually 39 weeks and 5 days, slightly shorter than the median!

I told my mom yesterday that I thought I would be pregnant forever. She told me that no women in history has ever been pregnant forever. This is true, the baby will eventually come out. So give yourself a break, and RELAX!!

My sister-in-law sent me this Meme the other day!

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So True!!

2. Natural Induction

Try these 11 Natural Induction Techniques to help get labor moving along. I have been going on long walks everyday, and Daniel has been massaging my feet trying to press on some labor pressure points. Still Nothing. I think i’m going to have to up my game and bring out the Castor Oil!

3. Do Something

Do something to get your mind off of the fact that you are still pregnant! Take a look at these 10 tips to survive the last few weeks of pregnancy (aka ways to not go INSANE)! Personally, I have been working on my blog trying to prepare some things for when I am MIA when the baby comes. I have also been in a baking mood, especially since its pumpkin season. 😉

Today I made these Healthy Pumpkin Muffins from Cookie+Kate. I plan on freezing them and saving them for when little Fé finally decides to make an appearance!

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4. Talk to your doctor or midwife

Remember, continue to go to your scheduled appointments as normal. Most practitioners wont even think about medical intervention until you are past 41 weeks as it is totally normal to be overdue. Also, your due date could have been calculated wrong. There is no ABSOLUTE way of knowing exactly when you conceived or ovulated and while its pretty accurate these days, it can still be off by a couple of days or even up to a week. (Sorry, you probably don’t want to hear that)

My due date changed a bunch of times throughout my pregnancy. So while today is my official due date according to my midwife, we have also heard a couple of different dates.

Overdue Baby5. Talk about Induction

If you go past 41 weeks, your doctor or midwife may suggest medical induction. They may also suggest induction if:

  • you are suffering from Preeclampsia or other pregnancy complications
  • they suspect fetal distress
  • if your water has broken and you don’t feel any contractions
  • if your water breaks and it is green or brown, suggesting the baby has had its first bowel movements

There are a few common ways of inducing labor.

  1. Stripping of Membranes: In this method, the doctor may artificially rupture your amniotic sac to release the hormone called Prostaglandin, which signals the body to start contracting.
  2. Artificial Oxytocin: If Stripping the Membranes doesn’t work, the doctor may hook you up to an IV with artificial Oxytocin (Pitocin or Syntocinon) to signal to the body to start contracting.
Remember to keep your eye out for these early signs of labor!

6. Past 42 weeks?

If you go past 42 weeks, the baby is considered Post-Term and can pose some health risks for both you and the baby.

  • The baby may become too large (resulting in a C-section),
  • The baby may have breathing problems
  • There may be a drop in amniotic fluid which poses a risk to the baby
  • They are more likely to have their first bowel movement and potentially breath it in
  • Higher risk of Placental failure

At this point, if other induction methods don’t work, your doctor may consider a Cesarean Section.

If you read my post about deciding to have a natural childbirth  you are aware that I am trying to avoid medical intervention as much as possible. Thats why I really hope that these natural induction methods work, or that I go into labor sooner rather than later! Wish me luck, and to all you other overdue mamas, I wish you the bast of luck as well!

Remember to look out for these early labor signs 😉

Happy Pregnancies!