home prenatal care

2014-06-09 prenatal care by Melissa CrossettI’m now in my 3rd trimester and have only had two prenatal appointments so far.  Now, I’m not advocating for avoiding regular check ups with your doctor or midwife.  But living way out here, I’m pretty far from quality medical care, so came up with a simple plan for at home prenatal care.

1. A healthy diet based on vegetables, eggs, meat, fruit, fermented foods, etc… Avoiding sugar, most grains and factory oils.

2. Regular activity – biking, walking, squats, etc..2014-06-09 prenatal care by Melissa Crossett-2

3. Quality supplements2014-06-09 prenatal care by Melissa Crossett-3

4. Basic monitoring of blood pressure, baby’s movements, and urine tests

All this can be done from home with the right tools and supplements.  The one thing I couldn’t check was the baby’s heartbeat as I don’t have a fetoscope.  But, she’s very active, so I am aware of her movements and would take notice if that changed.

How did I do following my plan?  Pretty good, though I could’ve done much better in the “regular activity” department.  I do ride my bike daily, but not usually for very long.  Walking doesn’t happen too often lately as it’s been so hot!  I’m looking forward to doing some of that when we’re back in the US and the land of nice sidewalks and strollers, too!  I also ate a lot more rice than normal and not as much bone broth as I would’ve liked.

You can read more at these sites about the foods and supplements I try to take for optimal prenatal health.

Everything seems to be going well, but I am looking forward to being back in the land of good medical help near my midwife for the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy!

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