Here are some weekly pics to show how my belly and baby grew during my first “green” and vegan pregnancy…
Green Baby Movie Recommendations
The Business of Being Born. If you are pregnant or are thinking about getting pregnant, this is a must-see documentary that will really get you thinking about all the birth options that are out there, instead of just following the traditional, planned C-section hospital route (unless you have a medical condition that requires this). It’s funny because when I was a kid, I remember asking my mom if they could just “put me to sleep” when I was in labour because I didn’t want to feel a thing. Obviously, I grew up, and I woke up to the fact that giving birth is something I want to be awake for because my baby is coming into the world, and I want to soak it all in! This documentary showed me that giving birth comes naturally to women…it’s not an illness or a thing to be fixed/numbed/or treated like a traditional surgery…
Here is another one of my favourite birth documentaries called, Orgasmic Birth. Don’t let the title freak you out, this enlightening documentary follows seven couples as they welcome their babies into the world through natural births, most of which are at home (love this!). What I liked most about this documentary was just the ability to watch many natural births and see that women’s bodies are stronger, smarter, and more capable than most people think, especially when it comes to giving birth. Often times I feel like all I see are the baby shows on TLC or Discovery Health that make birth seem scary, dangerous, and traumatic. I can understand that birth may be that way for some women, but it wasn’t for me, and it doesn’t have to be like that for you either. Ladies, you may want to watch this one without your hubbies…mine was a little freaked out by this at first, so I watched it first and then showed him the “highlights”.
Pregnant in America, this is another great documentary (similar to The Business of Being Born…but made on a smaller budget) where first-time filmmaker Steve Buonaugurio and pregnant wife, “…set out to create a film that will expose the underside of the U.S. childbirth industry and help end its neglectful exploitation of pregnancy and birth.” Once I got pregnant, I enjoyed this documentary even more because of its overall message and how it questions the way pregnant women and babies are treated in this country. If you’re a fan of midwives and homebirths…this film is right up your alley!
Pre-pregnancy planning: Before getting pregnant, I did a lot of reading (here I am in the spring of 2010 with a pile of green baby/pregnancy books to read), and in doing so, I learned a lot about my body, what pregnancy is like, and what I want my birth to look like. One book that really helped me prepare for getting pregnant was Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, or TCYF for short. This book really educated me on the signs my body shows when it’s fertile…who knew, right?! This information will be key when my husband and I start trying to get pregnant. It basically teaches women how to track their body signs, such as basal body temperature (taking your temperature first thing when you wake up in the morning), cervical fluid (dry, sticky, creamy, or egg white), and cervix position (open, semi-open, or closed). Wow, sorry if that got a little too graphic for you, but it’s great information to learn! By tracking this information, you gain insight into whether you are fertile or not, it can also be used as a method of birth control. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather know what days to try to conceive on than just sporadically trying! It wasn’t too complicated to keep track of, just fill in my temp, cervix position, and the type of cervical fluid I felt that day and write on my monthly chart (these can be printed for free at: http://www.tcoyf.com/).
Important Disclaimer: So even though this book was awesome in teaching me about fertility, I became a little too obsessed with it during the first month we started trying to conceive (TTC). I was so stressed out that I think it kept us from getting pregnant! So for month #2, my hubby suggested I stop taking my temps and charting and instead just relax! Clearly, it worked because we got pregnant! So just a heads up for those type-A, over-thinkers out there, you might consider not obsessing about this book when you actually start trying and instead use it as a way to learn more about your body and your cycle…just a thought! ( :