Whats in my hospital bag: Natural products to use during labor and recovering from delievery

I’ve been in major nesting and baby prep mode the past few weeks. Now that I am 37 1/2 weeks it’s time to have the hospital bag ready!  May came early so we will see when baby boy makes his appearance.

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Here is “Whats in my hospital bag.” Some things are a little early to pack until its go time, but here is what I have so far:

I know the hospital provides most of what you need baby wise so all I am planning to bring is a coming home outfit, cute blanket for pictures from the lovely Renee, adorable hat, and socks.

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Bag for Malayna to spend the night- Including her  “Big Sister” shirt:

photo(328)A few comfies for the hospital: Nice robe from Jess, comfy slippers, headband (Of course ;)), and a nursing cover:

photo(321)Will also include some shorts/pants and comfy shirts before I leave.

Toiletries:

photo(333)Check out my “Baby must haves” to learn more about the ItzBeen timer!! Love this helpful food/sleep timer.

Need to add toothbrush, contacts, glasses
Skin care products….

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During labor I plan to use Performance, Energy Chews, and have my prenatals on hand.

photo(327)Performance
Alternative to: Sports Drinks/ Gatorade

Benefits: Improves athletic performance and endurance, replaces essential electrolytes lost in perspiration or diarrhea, spares glycogen (muscle fuel) stores; postpones exhaustion, minimizes fluid loss and enhances hydration, speeds recovery of energy after work or play

Energy Chews
Alternative to: Energy drinks/Red bull/ Shot Blocks

Benefits: Sustains energy, sharpens focus, think clearly, improves mood and performance

 

Vitalizer (My Prenatals)
(See blog post on Vitalizer)

Benefits: Heart/brain health, digestive health, healthy hair/nails/skin, nerve and muscle function, healthy teeth and gums, bone and joint health, lung health, colon health, vision and eye health

 

Love love love my 31 large utility totes! I can’t tell you how much I use it!  Great to pack in a bunch of stuff:

photo(320) After I had Malayna I remember being so hungry in the middle of the night!  I have a few healthy and yummy protein bars on hand for when I get hungry.  I will also probably add some more snacks before I leave: photo(322) Nursing tank and bra.  I highly recommend the Bravado Bras!!!  These are amazing and super comfy!!  photo(324)

After labor recovery help!

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Osteomatrix:

Extra calcium is required for baby’s healthy bones – AND little known fact…Mom’s blood level rises 50% during pregnancy. Calcium along with iron is responsible for producing the extra blood that nourishes the fetus. When taken during pregnancy can prevent leg cramps. Also a lot of sleep issues are linked to a calcium and magnesium deficiency (why a glass of warm milk is suggested before bed cavities, and helps calm the baby after birth!
**I had really bad cramps from my uterus contracting when I nursed May- this helps with muscle cramps, mood swings, water retention, and reduces indigestion. Hopefully my cramps wont be so bad with this!  Many of my friends use Osteomatrix and GLA to help with menstrual cramping and NO LONGER GET CRAMPS!! I take 1-2 osteomatrix with each meal to help my heartburn- it works amazing!
Benefits: Relieves PMS, retains normal blood pressure, reduces risk of osteoporosis

Physique

Shaklee Physique is a pure, natural, high-octane fuel for rapid muscle recovery, endurance, and strength. Help restore muscle energy. Support muscle repair. Physique contains the right amount of protein and carbohydrates to help you recover faster and optimize muscle rebuilding. No artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives.
Benefits: Speeds recovery time and reduces muscle soreness

Herb Lax (Probiotics also help with regulation)
Alternative to: Stool softeners-

We all know why I will need these 🙂

Encourages a mild cleansing action to aid the body’s natural processes. Senna leaf has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a natural laxative
Benefits: Improves regularity, relieves constipation, detoxifier, gastrointestinal problems, relieves hemorrhoids, helps headaches (Did you know many headaches are due to constipation?)

Gentle Sleep
Alternative to: Sleep aids

(I am bringing this because I always have trouble sleeping somewhere else especially a hospital)

This unique Shaklee combination features passion flower, German chamomile, and valerian. Valerian has been used for over a thousand years to help maintain a calm state, promote relaxation, and foster restful sleep.
Benefits: Improves quality of sleep, relaxing effect, reduces anxiety, relieves tension and restlessness

Pain relief
Alternative to: Tylenol or Ibuprofen

I remember taking a lot of Ibuprofen for a few days after having May and my stomach getting really upset from it. Not to mention all the other side effects it can have on your body.
Pain Relief Complex features a blend of clinically tested boswellia along with safflower extracts which provides help for overworked joints. Safe, natural, and easy on the stomach. Relieves discomfort from overexertion, Promotes flexibility and comfortable movement,
Benefits: Relieves muscle and joint pain, potent anti-inflammatory action

May’s special gift from baby brother: (May keep this at home but super excited to give this to her)

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Also need to add:

Iphone

Camera

Phone

Video camera

Chargers

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Moms- am I missing anything??

Pregnant Moms- If you would like to try any of these products- AS A SPECIAL GIFT to you mention this post and receive a free ENERGY CHEWS or PERFORMANCE on your next order (Good until May 31st) with a 50pv order.

 Visit katieodom.myshaklee.com to learn more about any of these products.

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