Ep 43 // 2nd Trimester Recap: Supporting Systems for Your Physical and Emotional Health


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Welcome to another episode of The empowered birth podcast. Today’s episode I want to take you through my second trimester and hopefully give you some insight into what it was like and some things I’ve learned this time around. My goal for these types of episodes is to be vulnerable with you and share practical things that I’ve learned. We need more stories of the realities of pregnancy. So let’s get into this candid episode!

I am just sneaking into my third trimester and I have felt that shift not only my body but my emotions and my spirit as well. I am mentally preparing for adding another little girl to the family and I have started allowing myself to dream more and become more excited.

Thinking back over the second trimester I was still pretty disconnected to this pregnancy. This year has made things so difficult. My motivation wasn’t there, I didn’t want to make food, or clean or think. This was a very different second trimester than my other girls. I knew something wasn’t right. I was weepy, and angry and wasn’t acting like myself. Through speaking with my midwife and a counselor it was decided that I may be struggling with some depression and anxiety. Hormones definitely play a role but also it’s 2020…. I mean idk of anyone who thinks things have been easy or fun this year.

Talking about what was going on in my brain has been very helpful. I also started taking some supplements to support my body during this transition. With all supplementation I suggest doing your own research but this is what I have started doing and hopefully this will give you a starting point for your own research. My philosophy is take the supplements your body needs. High quality matters. I don’t take a prenatal but instead listen to my body and take what I feel is needed as well as focus on diet.

Vit C- I just joined a group on Facebook called Vitamin C Therapy During Pregnancy, Birth and Baby. I have learned about Dr. Frederick Klenner who studied in the 50’s and 60’s about high dose vitamin c and the effects on labor time and tearing and so much more. I’m still learning but it’s very interesting to me so I’m continuing to experiment and research.

NingXia Red- I took this with my second pregnancy and felt huge benefits from it. My energy levels were amazing and my placenta was super healthy looking and big, a major difference from my first where I didn’t take this. It is a full super food drink with aronia berry, wolfberry, plum and blueberry. I used this as my prenatal. I take 2-4oz a day and love the taste.

Calcium and Magnesium- I also experience charlie horses major during pregnancy. Calcium and magnesium go best when together. When I take regularly I know there are benefits for not just my muscles, bones and teeth but also for baby’s. I’m also hoping that I can avoid a cavity this pregnancy. I get one after every baby and I have a major phobia of dentists so if I can avoid I will be one happy mama!

Sam-E- A Harvard Medical School study came out and said about 7.5% of women develop major depression during pregnancy and 7% has mild depressive symptoms.

SAMe was discovered in the early 1950s. It’s made in the body from methionine, an amino acid found in foods. It has been found to regulate key functions in living cells.

Abnormal levels of SAMe in the body have been reported in liver diseases and depression.

Probiotics- I take a liquid probiotic called Flourish. It only takes a small amount as it hasn’t gone through a freeze dry process to put into pill form. Gut bacteria also produce hundreds of neurochemicals that the brain uses to regulate basic physiological processes as well as mental processes such as learning, memory and mood. For example, gut bacteria manufacture about 95 percent of the body's supply of serotonin, which influences both mood and GI activity.,both%20mood%20and%20GI%20activity.