Now that Mason is almost 14 months old I'd be lying if I said the thought of having another baby doesn't cross my mind several times each week. I still don't feel ready, but I'm getting there, slowly. I'm trying to take preparing my body for more children seriously. For years before I had Mason I was so careful to take my vitamins and have a healthy body so that I could give a growing baby the best place to do that. Now, with Mason here I am so much less focused on my own body, and put my energy into caring for him. I think before having him I wanted a baby so badly that preparing for the baby made the wait less excruciating. Mason is such a source of joy for me I am having a difficult time with the idea of opening my heart to another baby and feel like I am so much less into preparing my body to carry because of that. But, I know I still need to take the necessary nutrients, after all, I want my second baby to have a healthy start. I did some health research and decided that prenatal vitamins were good, but probably not the best possible way to get those extra nutrients that I wasn't eating. So I have started with various supplements and this herbal tincture from Earthly that I am confident is going to restore my body and make it a good place to (eventually) grow more babies. Another thing I'm doing differently this time is setting a specific weight goal I want to reach before getting pregnant. It might sound selfish or unimportant, but I gained SO much weight with Mason and I just don't want to experience that in the same way. I will never forget being told by an OB towards the end of my second trimester that I was gaining too much and that it didn't help that I started out "overweight". I've never considered myself to be overweight, to me that means obesity. But overweight doesn't have to mean you are huge, it can just mean that you aren't at the optimal weight for your height/age. I hated hearing that truth, but it was a bit of a wake up to me. So for me, getting to that optimal weight is important for my overall health in my next pregnancy.
For those curious, my supplemental routine looks like this:
Desiccated liver capsules from a local supplier.
Ossopan MD vitamin D capsules
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Cold Preassed Pumpkin Seed Oil
Earthly herbal tincture that contains nettle, dandelion, alfalfa, catnip, raspberry leaf & spearmint.
I won't get into it here, but if you want to read more about where I got this plan and what each of the supplements do you can read that here. This gives a better more thorough explanation than I could ever.
If you read this whole thing, congratulations. You must be as much of a geek about this stuff as I am!