Happy Christmas everyone.
So what are your takes on a green Christmas tree?
Real or synthetic, reusable or natural? In a pot with roots to bring in and out again every year?
What do you do, what do you think is best?
Got GBS? Some helpful info :)
In pregnancy, as in labor and birth, you have options. It is your choice whether or not you will be tested for GBS during pregnancy. If you are attending a typical obstetrical practice in the United States, you will likely be told that you need to be tested for GBS (even though your results will change depending on the week,and may not be the same during labor as they are on the day you are tested). You will likely be told that if you decline the tests, you will receive IV antibiotics during labor in the hospital - just in case you are GBS positive. If you would like to ensure a negative result during your OB visit (so as not to receive antibiotics in the hospital during labor) you can use Hibiclens within 6 hours of your GBS test for negative results.
No matter where you plan to birth, (home, birthing center, hospital) if you elect to test for GBS and the results are positive, you also have options other than automatic antibiotics. The likelihood of a baby being harmed by a GBS positive birth is very unlikely. In fact, there is a greater chance of antibiotics having negative consequences on your little one than GBS. However, other alternatives exist as well, and the one backed by a fairly decent amount of research is the use of chlorhexadine (Hibiclens) during labor.
A recent homebirth midwife shared, "I use a Hibiclens (chlorhexadine) protocol for vaginal washes which is the European protocol for treating GBS. Basically 0.5 oz of Hibiclens in 7.5 oz of warm water, mixed in a peri-bottle gently squirted into the vagina every six hours in labor. There is loads of data to support its effectiveness equal to the IV antibiotics protocol in use in the USA, but this research is totally ignored here due to the widespread use of IV in labor in the United States. After all, it can't possibly be any good if it is from Europe!"
Happy birthing! :)
What would you eat for breakfast if you were
1- allergic to eggs
2- avoiding gluten/wheat
3- are not a huge fan I oatmeal.
Hmm... Maybe I should just suck it up and eat the oatmeal.
My husbands family sees me as the health guru. They LOVE coming to eat at my house because I'm a good vegetarian/vegan cook. They commend me for my heathy lifestyle and thank me for turning my husbands life around nutrition wise (he used to be a drive-thru McD's guy, smoked heavily, etc. and had terrible hypertension and high cholesterol).
But apparently my husbands siblings have all been talking to each other and my sis-in-law was elected to approach DH to say that we need to have a mental health professional talk some sense into me. They say my kids are terrible sleepers (true, they are) because of the lack of meat in their diet, that I'm depriving my daughter by not supplementing w/ formula - because my vegan breastmilk isn't "rich" enough or some garbage, and that my kids are basically starving. My son and daughter are both very small for their age - it's true, but DH and I are very petite people! DS is a picky eater, which drives me nuts, but I make sure that he's given a balanced, mostly organic, whole-food based diet. I've seen a nutritionist to make sure I'm doing everything right, and I've been assured by my kids' pediatrician that they are getting everything they need.
In response to their disapproval, I'm thinking about buying them all a DVD of "Forks Over Knives" for Christmas. Maybe that's too passive aggressive. I am having trouble figuring out what to say to DH's family when they're trying to be "helpful."
Im sure other parents in this forum have experienced unsolicited opinions about their alternative parenting styles. Any insight is appreciated!
When they get bored, they get into EVERYTHING and it's driving me nuts! Lol so I need some ideas for how to entertain them. I don't want them to just sit in front of a TV, and they are bored of their toys (at least until Christmas :P).
I need ideas for things I can spend a lot of time doing with them, but also things they can entertain themselves with so I can get things done. TIA!