If I had it all to do over again, there are some things I would change about how I approached my fertility, my pregnancies, my birth experiences, and my new babies. I would do a lotdifferently.
I would eat a lot of raw dairy and cod liver oil during my pregnancies, and before! I would get a doula and try to wrap my head around a home birth. I would eat more saturated fats and pastured meats, and more organic veggies. I would add butter and coconut oil to all my baby’s food, and I would let them eat raw egg yolks galore.
This is where the new book Beautiful Babies comes in. It’s not only the “how” of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and babies, it’s the “why”. And did I mention that it’s just so darn fun to read? [Read more…]
Cleft Lip and Palate: How I Came to Embrace Real Food
We found out about my son E’s cleft lip and palate at my 20-week ultrasound in 2008. Then I went to an ultrasound clinic and they found other abnormalities. After having an amniocentesis, I had to wait 10-14 days to hear whether or not E was going to be born with a disease or syndrome. Those were probably the worst days of my life. I spent a lot of time meditating, breathing, doing yoga, crying, and reading very distracting and escapist books (Twilight, anyone?)
We dodged most of the genetic bullets we feared during those days of waiting. But there were still the issues at hand. Tests. Breastfeeding complications. Surgeries. Waiting. But first there was the cleft. Was there a nutritional deficiency that caused it? Was there something I could do to fill in the deficits?
E’s cleft was a bilateral cleft lip and palate, complete on the right side and incomplete on the left. You can see it pretty well in the picture above. It was this smiling little face that solidified by commitment to real food. It was this, coupled with his other health concerns that drove me to start Our Nourishing Roots, and to write my REAL FOOD 101 ebook. [Read more…]