There are so many fantastic resources out in the world for pregnant and new parents. Resources have come a long way from the time of “What to Expect…” The following books are the ones I find most supportive, empowering, and nurturing for any expecting parent, regardless of whether they desire to birth at home, hospital or in a field somewhere.
Daylight savings is coming to an end, November 4th, which means the clocks are going to turn back one hour. While this means the mornings will be brighter, the evenings will be darker, and the window of daylight we get each day will continue to shrink until December 21. This shift in daylight is usually accompanied by changes in energy, sleep and mood, including seasonal sadness or seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. And while we all may not be formally diagnosed with SAD, changes in mood with the time change can affect everyone in some way. These changes in mood have an even greater impact on those living in Northern regions with less daylight hours (hello Portland!)
Dates are a quick source of energy, from their high carbohydrate content and they also contain beneficial B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, and saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. The presence of these vitamins, minerals and fatty acids help with prostaglandin production (an important kick starter for labor) and also influence the production and response to oxytocin receptors in the uterus. (2)
The second trimester often brings relief and renewed energy for many pregnant women. This is due in part to some combination of reduced nausea, boosted energy, reduced chance for miscarriage and increased social support as parents start to share the news. (1)
This can also mean a renewed desire to get back to an active routine! You have energy, you don’t feel sick, and your hormones are making you feel like a GD warrior goddess, so bring on the training right?
The goals of training through the second trimester are to build strength and stamina, keep feeling awesome, reduce the risk of injury, and find movement you enjoy!
Birth is an extremely athletic event— labor can last from several hours to a few days (I’m hoping to be on the shorter end)— and like any marathon of an event, it requires some nourishment to avoid exhaustion. Luckily, in Portland, most hospitals and birthing centers are open to eating during labor. Though, the longer you can labor at home, the more freedom you’ll have over food and movement.