Updated: May 7
I suffered from painful cramps and had a history of fibroids and cysts. When I was in my twenties, I was introduced to juicing, which helped me to feel better and keep things under control. However, life happens between work and other responsibilities, and we fail to focus on what matters most...us! I wasn't getting my daily dose of fruits and vegetables, taking vitamins and drinking water, which made staying pregnant difficult.
Prior to my son's birth, I had an ectopic pregnancy and suffered a miscarriage before he was conceived. It was hard to hear people telling me that they were sorry for my loss and it took an emotional toll because I wanted to be a mother. I stopped for a moment and thought to myself that I was able to get pregnant, so how can I stay pregnant; I changed my mindset. I decided to detox my body by juicing and drank wheatgrass and it helped! Even though this helped me, that's not the case for most women because there can be other underlying issues. However, it's important that whatever issue that you have detoxing your body can help.
When I was pregnant with my son, I found out that I had a fibroid, which can cause miscarriages if it isn't controlled. The fibroid was by my cervix, so according to my obgyn, I had to look forward to a c-section. I was upset hearing this, but I didn't let that get in the way of me finding out if I can change this situation. Anyway, I've always love doing research, so I researched my problem just like I did when I experienced other issues in the past. I researched how to get rid of the fibroid or how to control it during pregnancy and found a site that focused on natural remedies. The site recommended that I stay away from processed meats, drinks lots of water, eat organic and exercise just to name a few.
It was hard to avoid a sandwich, hot dog and my favorite chocolate, but I wanted to do what was best for my baby and I did. Guess what, mamas? Yes, it worked! My fibroid remained small while my baby grew. I was also a caseworker when I got pregnant, so I made walking an active part of my lifestyle. Also, I didn't develop any other health problems, was able to carry to full time and had a vaginal birth when I was told that I would have a c-section!
We aren't all the same, so what works for me may not work for you. However, it's important that you know your family's medical history. Maybe, you may not be able to find out this information, but it's still important to eat healthy for you and your baby. During pregnancy, you can develop high blood pressure, diabetes and sometimes have to be placed on bed rest. I'm not trying to worry you, but these things happen to many mothers all over the world. This isn't just important only for pregnancy, but as we get older, it's important that we take good care of ourselves consistently and this makes caring for you easier. Research shows that healthy habits can also help your postpartum recovery.
So let's do it mamas! Create healthy and yummy recipes with greens for you and your growing baby. Seems like too much trouble; it's worth it for the both of you. In my upcoming post, I will show you some quick recipes that you can enjoy today and make a little extra for the next day. Enjoy!