Amnesty International reported that “…women in the USA have a higher risk of dying of pregnancy-related complications than those in 49 other countries, including Kuwait, Bulgaria, and South Korea.” And, “…African-American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women”.
How does a mother cause challenges for her baby when she is pregnant?
A mother causes challenges for herself and her baby when she is pregnant by “eating for two” in a manner that is detrimental or damaging (at best) to both herself and baby. CBS News recently released an article about how diet during pregnancy IS safe and reduces risk for pregnancy complications. A couple of highlights in the article were that:
- Researchers found that diets were tied to health benefits for pregnant moms. Women who went on a calorie-restricted diet were 33 percent less likely to develop pre-eclampsia, a spike in blood pressure caused by significant amounts of protein in the urine. Left untreated, the condition can be fatal to a mom and baby, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Mothers’ risk of gestational diabetes was 60 percent lower with a calorie-controlled diet, and their risk of gestational high blood pressure was 70 percent lower, compared with the other groups. The risk of premature birth was also reduced 32 percent in dieting moms.
This is me at night, 4 months pregnant…
…with our recently born son, Excellence Success Walker (born on March 18, 2012). Lead researcher, Dr. Shakila Thangaratinam, a clinical senior lecturer and consultant obstetrician at Queen Mary, University of London, said “… following a controlled diet has the potential to reduce the risk of a number of pregnancy complications.”
This is one of the main reasons why I eat healthily and stay active during pregnancy. If you want to know more things I do during my pregnancies and births that will help you- get this book – today!
James 2:20 KJV says, “…faith without works is dead.”
Like other mother’s, I have faith for healthy pregnancies. But, I know that any pregnant woman is setting herself and her baby up for health problems or death when she eats large portions of food high in sodium, transfats, artificial sugar, and remains sedentary throughout her pregnancy.
As mother’s we have a calling to protect, nurture and steward over our children spiritually and physically. The physical aspect of this calling is crucial in pregnancy because we are THE only chosen vessel to give our babies what they need physically for the first 9 months of their life.
Do we encourage a bodybuilders diet and fitness program during pregnancy? ABSOLUTELY NOT! But, we do recommend: well-balanced (portion-controlled) meals for pregnancy that include plenty of fruits, vegetables and water.
“A pregnant woman needs to be healthy, so her babies will be healthy”, said our eldest daughter.
Imani Vera Walker, (our 7 yr. old daughter on the left-her name means “true faith”). Middle photo: Honor Courage Walker (our first son to the left-age 22 months), Azaan Rich Walker, our 5 yr. old son to the right (his name means “abundant strength” and Excellence Success Walker is in the middle & the baby in each photo), and Wisdom Love Walker (our 3 yr. old daughter on the left).
Lastly, if you are worried that eating healthily will make for a small baby…
DON’T WORRY! Many women have eaten nutritiously and had big, healthy babies. I eat healthily and recently birthed this 9.5 pound 21.5 inch long baby without medication.
So, BE ENCOURAGED to give yourself and your baby THE healthiest food you are able to give during pregnancy and beyond.
Perhaps, you think I am a glutton for punishment and I enjoy pain? Or, maybe you are wondering if I walk on fire in my spare time and natural childbirth is child’s play to me.
The truth is that I do not like pain- period- and I avoid it at all cost! Before I met my husband and I was much younger, I would NOT have thought about having natural childbirth.
Thankfully, fear was not an issue at all when my husband (and the father of our 5 little blessings) and I began having children. What a joy to be free to have multiple children with the one you love.
So, how did I go from having a fear of childbirth, to now, having five natural/non-medicated childbirths where pain and fear is NOT a factor?
And, more importantly, what proven-tips can I give to help you control/eliminate your pain and to give birth with confidence?
Get our book, entitled:
“How to Give Birth in the Presence of the Lord”
Here are a few highlights of our most recent -beautiful birth:
This picture (to the left) was taken when contractions were coming every minute, and we were about 5-7 minutes away from seeing our precious little one.
And, this picture (to the right) was taken during a contraction and his head could be seen by those in the room! We are about 1-2 minutes from seeing our son.
HE IS HERE! Daddy is cutting the cord.
Excellence Success Walker arrived on March 18, 2012. As it was with Daniel in the bible (Daniel 5:12 KJV), may this son also have an “excellent spirit” rest upon him. And, may he walk in “success” in every area of his life.
Dr. Sharon Miller, said-
Lastly, I am grateful that I have learned:
- How to give birth in an undeniable and TANGIBLE peace,
- How to let go of my once paralyzing fear of childbirth, and
- The keys to a fast and safe childbirth.
And, I am overjoyed that you also have an opportunity to learn these things and more! Whether, you are having a birth at home or in a hospital-
You CAN give birth with confidence and IN PEACE!
Our pregnancy journey for our precious little Walker Baby # 5 is coming to an end. However, I cannot help but to think about my fellow pregnant mothers who are standing in faith to be healed from early pregnancy symptoms and/or pregnancy complications that have developed throughout their pregnancy.
Even though, you may STILL feel nauseous, fatigue, and an overall sense of bodily discomforts, and/or the pressures of life (i.e., being a wife, mother, volunteer, entrepreneur/employee, student, etc) -BE ENCOURAGED! With this “FRUIT”, none of these things will overtake you.
Because you are a spirit being, who has a soul and lives in a physical body, you can benefit from a spirit, soul and body approach to matters that affect every area of your life, including pregnancy discomforts or issues.
As it relates to the physical aspect of what you are experiencing in this pregnancy…
Yes, there is always medications to treat various pregnancy conditions. But, ALL medications (prescriptions and non-prescriptions) have side effects for you and/or your baby. Let’s take nausea for example, there are nonprescription medication, such as Emetrol, Bendectin, etc., And, prescription drugs, like Zofran, Compazine or Tigan, etc. that may have been recommended to you by your Obstetrician, especially if you have experience with hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a severe nausea in pregnancy that may result in you being treated at the hospital with intravenous (IV) fluids and medications.
However, there are a host of safe and effective healthy alternatives to consider, such as ginger for nausea and a host of other alternatives for a variety of other pregnancy discomforts, regardless to the severity. So, BEFORE using medications to treat pregnancy symptoms or complications, be sure to seek the peace of God and ask your Midwife or Doula for natural alternatives. Also, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , if you do not have a Midwife or Doula.
As it relates to the Spirit and Soulful aspects of what you are experiencing during this pregnancy…
This POWERFUL “FRUIT”…
…will bring you an overall sense of well-being regardless of your pregnancy issue(s). It is the “Fruit of the Spirit”-Galatians 5:22-23 AMP Bible.
The Fruit of the Spirit can complement the remedies you are using to treat your physical pregnancy symptoms and help you focus MORE on the benefits of each “Fruit” than how you feel. For instance:
Love– This Fruit of the Spirit will help you focus on the fact that God loves you so much that He has given you the honor to conceive a baby.
Joy– This Fruit of the Spirit will help you focus on all of the joy of being a mother -what a GIFT from God!
Peace- This Fruit of the Spirit will help remind you to focus on the peace that comes from knowing that- “this too shall pass” (i.e., your pregnancy discomforts or issues).
Longsuffering- This Fruit of the Spirit also refers to patience. James 1:3KJV says, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. Every pregnancy and child is different. Focus on how this Fruit is molding you for motherhood with THIS baby by equipping you with more patience from this experience.
Gentleness – As God comforts you during this time, this Fruit of the Spirit can help you focus on being more gentle and comforting when dealing with others also dealing with similar challenges. 2 Corinthians 1:4 KJV
Goodness– The goodness of God rest on the inside of you, so this Fruit of the Spirit can help you focus on speaking good things over your pregnancy and being a testimony to behave in a good manner towards others- regardless to how you feel.
Faith– This Fruit of the Spirit can boost your faith by helping you focus on God hearing and answering your prayers that are according to His will ( 1 John 5:14)-Like, prayers of pregnancy healing, financial provision, and more.
Meekness– Refers to being humble/teachable. This Fruit of the Spirit will help you focus on being teachable and humble in HIM throughout any pregnancy discomforts/issues.
Temperance– also means self-restraint/self-control. This Fruit of the Spirit will strengthen you to control temptations to complain, worry, etc. Instead, you will have a jolt to focus on believing that God is FAITHFUL to you, your baby and family through it all.
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Linda Rodriguez, a Registered Nurse (RN), Lactation Consultant, and Childbirth Advocate for over 45 years- recently read, “How to Give Birth in the Presence of the Lord”. She said: “Karla, you are an inspiration to all women & I know our heavenly father is so proud of you for how you give him thanks & praise in all things. With God all things are possible & through your book you give hope and inspire women to believe that yes they are capable of natural birth when you cast your fears away and focus on Jesus. “…The only drug you need is the high knowing that you know that you know that you know that the Holy Spirit is always there with you. Claiming a wonderful , peaceful , & joyful birth of the new baby Walker. love & blessings to you & your beautiful family.”
After our years together and being 7 months pregnant with baby number 5 -we appreciate how easy it is for us to still find many reasons to love each other.
But, I certainly don’t appreciate how easy it is for me to find MANY reasons to gain an excessive amount of weight during the holidays and pregnancy.
Now, this picture (to the left) and the first picture (above) were taken on the same day. To me, I seem heavier in one picture than in the other.
But, regardless of my complaints about the lighting, the angle of the photo I think makes me look heavier, etc., I KNOW that the real issue is that I have reached my range of healthy pregnancy weight gain for MY body. My pre-pregnancy start weight and my prenatal visits records confirm what I already know about my weight.
And, with this knowledge, I now hold the responsibility to remain in this healthy pregnancy weight gain range for the overall health of myself and this precious little one who depends on me.
Whether we are talking about prenatal or postpartum weight gain, don’t we all REALLY know when our weight is creeping into the overweight danger zone? Pictures and/or concerned comments about excessive or rapid weight gain from health professionals or family and friends are often evidence of what we already know about our weight in our heart.
During this time of pregnancy, let us all BE ENCOURAGED to be proactive about what we already know about our weight and manage it during the prenatal and postpartum period with proper nutrition and prenatal fitness. The thinking that you can eat however much you want during pregnancy because you are eating for two (or three if you are having twins) is simply not true.
Just as you want the best for your children, we as loving parents we want the best for our wonderful children as well-from pregnancy and beyond. It is understandable why any pregnant mother or couple wants to counteract issues like having a baby with a low birth weight.
But, it must be understood that eating two or three times as much food as normal does not make a mother two or three times as likely to have a healthier baby.
Our bodies are FASCINATING, and during pregnancy our body utilizes the nutrients we eat more efficiently. So, eating as much as you want in excess often just manifest into excessive weight gain for you and increases the risk of pregnancy and birth complications that can affect the health of you and your baby.
So, as you move forward inspired to have the healthiest pregnancy and birth possible, remember,
If you’re at a healthy weight prior to pregnancy:
1. You need no additional calories in the first trimester,
2. You need about 300 extra calories a day in the second trimester, and
3. You need about 450 extra calories a day in the third trimester– which can look like a couple glasses of Pure Silk Coconut Milk and a handful of raw almonds and half of a small size apple or a glass of Pure Silk Coconut Milk, a chicken sandwich and an medium size apple.
If you are having multiples, overweight or underweight prior to pregnancy:
You’ll need more or less than what is listed above, which should be adjusted based on the weight goals you and your Obstetrician or Midwife set.
Lastly, STAY ENCOURAGED and ENJOY the remainder for your pregnancy! To find these and other healthy pregnancy and birthing tips- buy a copy of “How to Give Birth in the Presence of the Lord” in an Ebook or Paperback version.