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Birth Story #5

2013-08-07 12.38.57Birth number five was a doozy, not sure it can be considered Bradley because I had Pitocin, but no pain meds, so maybe so.

I had a prenatal appointment, the office is only a mile away from our house, so I packed up the kids and we walked to my appointment. I mentioned that I had felt pretty wet that day and the doctor checked me and did a test. She said I was leaking amniotic fluid and was at a four and eighty percent effaced. She told me that I was not walking home, to call my husband and have him pick us up. After he picked us up, we went home, got the kids ready, waited for my in-laws to come get them and I took a shower. We loaded up the van and headed to the hospital, we got there between 2:30 and 3 in the afternoon. After I was admitted they checked me again and nothing had changed. We waited. My mom and grandma arrived and a little while after, my husband went to pick up dinner. After they ate, we started walking around the halls, hoping to speed things up. Very little progress was made. At 7:00 PM, I was at a five. The doctor encouraged us to start Pitocin, I was very scared and leery to do so, but really thought it was the best. I progressed about a centimeter an hour. Contractions were really hard and painful. They checked me a little after 9:30 and I was at a seven. I asked about an epidural and they said it was too late. I started to panic thinking that I couldn’t endure the pain for another 3 hours. I started to whine and beg. Around 9:45 I started shaking and they prepped the room. It wasn’t too long after that, that I felt the urge to push. I think I started pushing around 10:15 PM. I felt like I pushed about six to eight times, but my mom said I only pushed about 3 times. His head hurt coming out, but when his shoulders came out I yelled “Oh shi!! I then started to apologize and almost everyone started to laugh. He was born at 10:22 PM or 2222 military time! He was a little over eight pounds. We did skin to skin, where he proceeded to pee all over me, twice! He took a little while to start nursing, but once he got started, he nursed for over thirty minutes!

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Coconut Oil

Since I’ve been researching nutrition, I came across how good coconut oil is for you.

I first used it just for cooking.

 

 

 

Then I came across these books:

Coconut Oil For Hair Care and

These books had good information in them, most of it I already knew, so I was glad that I was able to download them for free!  🙂

How I’ve Used It

After reading the books I started putting the coconut oil on my foot where I’ve had a rash or something.  I’d been to the doctor about it and since I’ve been nursing or pregnant, the only cream they could give me cost over $100 with insurance!  It took a week or two before I noticed any difference, but it did make a difference.  First it took away the redness.  Then, over time, it took away the itchiness.  For about two months I had to put the oil on everyday or the itchiness would return.  Now I only need to put it on a couple of times a week!  🙂

I also put it on my belly to see if it would do anything to my stretch marks (I was pregnant at the time).  Over a week or so, I noticed that they were less shiny.  Now that I’m not pregnant anymore, I can still see my stretch marks, but they are less noticeable!  🙂

Since I had such a good experience with my foot and stretch marks, I decided to look into coconut oil beauty products!  Tropical Traditions & Vitacost are the places I looked!  I have not tried the beauty/skin care products from Tropical Traditions, but what I would like to try is:

 

 

 

 

(If you order by clicking on any of my links or pictures and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.)

 

Organic Fiji Virgin Coconut Oil LavenderOrganic Fiji Organic Face and Body Coconut Oil Soap Lavender

I have tried a few products from Vitacost and I have loved them!  (Sorry I cannot find direct, affiliate product links).  When my mom was visiting, she tried them and also loved them!

Here is what I tried:

Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo (They were out of stock on the conditioner when I ordered it, but plan on ordering some soon!)

Organic Fiji Organic Face and Body Coconut Oil Soap Lavender (I’m not a bar soap fan, but I love this stuff!)

Organic Fiji Coconut Lotion-Lavender

Organic Fiji Coconut Oil-Lavender

I would highly recommend all of these products!

 

(The links in this post are affiliate links, however, I was not contacted by these companies to write this post.  I am simply passing on products that I have used or are very interested in using that I have really liked.)

 

What is your experience with coconut oil?

 

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