And then there were 6. We recently found out that we are expecting baby # 4! Through a range of emotions, there is this excitement behind the thought that it just keeps getting better. Bryan and I would joke about having a house full of kids, and apparently Yahweh is listening. I believe I’m most thrilled about this pregnancy being even more natural than my last. We have been eating clean since our little girl was born, but not during my pregnancy with her. By the time we conceived our baby boy, we were eating clean and beginning to make the necessary changes to cleaning with (and using) better home and healthcare products. Even then, not during my pregnancy with him. Now… this pregnancy, we are eating clean, using toxic-free cleaning products, plant-based bath and body products, and using pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and supplements – all from Young Living.
There’s no doubt that you will see a lot about my pregnancy, and I definitely plan on vlogging a lot of it too. I’m so amazed how our Creator King knits and forms our babies in our womb. Such a precious and delicate time with every moment of it being in His control, plan, and design. These moments in life also bring me closer to Yahweh. It’s some of our most intimate time together. The works of His hand are indeed marvelous.
I’m still pretty early on, so I wanted to share what I plan to start doing immediately, and for the next 6-8 weeks (which will put me right at the second trimester). Already in the works is healthy eating. My snacks consist of gluten free nut crisp bars, fresh fruits, and smoothies. Occasionally I’ll have some cookies. My main course meals are comprised of Pinterest finds that are all-in-all hitting every food group. I recently started cooking with quinoa, and adding flax seed to our smoothies and shakes.
As for Young Living products and supplements… on a daily basis I drink water that is always infused with some kind of citrus oil, be it lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus fresh, or lime. I also love to put stress away in my water. On our next Essential Rewards order, we have Ningxia Red, K & B tincture, and gentle baby essential oil coming specifically for me. Bryan loves Ningxia Red so I will have to share that. But, with some of the most important development happening during this first trimester – supporting me and baby’s overall health and wellness is vital.
Ningxia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces will help support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants. K & B is formulated to nutritionally support normal kidney and bladder health. It contains extracts of juniper berries, which enhance the body’s efforts to maintain proper fluid balance; parsley, which supports kidney and bladder function and aids overall urinary health. We know how important that is for Mom and Baby. Besides these supplements, the following essential oils will be my best friend: gentle baby, any citrus oil (I already drink on a daily basis), lavender (use quite often with our other kiddos), and frankincense ( I already use daily as a moisturizer).
Supplements and oils that I am going to consider adding to my preggo regimen are:
- Multigreens – it is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems. Chlorophyll also helps with iron levels.
- Inner Defense – promotes healthy respiratory function, and immune support.
- Tranquil roll-on
- Valor II (since Valor is still not available)
If you are interested in knowing the personal care products I currently use, they are:
- Thieves aromabright toothpaste
- Thieves mouthwash
- Thieves dental floss
- Lemon Sandalwood body soap
- Lavender mint conditioner
- Tea Tree, Frankincense, and Cedarwood as part of my hair care regimen
Here’s to a healthy, happy, and blessed pregnancy!
*Please keep in mind that I am only sharing my personal pregnancy journey. The foods, products, and supplements that I have chosen to take are in no way suggestions for other pregnant women to do the same. I will always suggest that women become advocates for their own health, and do the necessary research to get the knowledge and better understanding of using anything on and in their bodies.