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When I found I was pregnant, I was so excited to tell everyone I knew. My husband and I had been trying for a year, and I was starting to believe there was a problem. I even started wondering if I would ever have a baby. I went to my doctor with my concerns, had an ultrasound during ovulation, and then scheduled my husband to be tested. It was the very next month that I found out I was pregnant.
To go from fearing the worst of being infertile to finding out I was pregnant led to an amazing high. The relief was extraordinary.
THE DOES AND DON'TS BEGAN
Something happened after about a month. People started telling me what to do or what not to do. This came from family, friends, and co-workers. One day, I was sitting at my desk at work enjoying a nice beefy hamburger, and my co-worker said, “You shouldn’t eat that because you’ll be so devastated when you can't fit into your old jeans again.” I was shocked.
As I was developing my birth plan, I researched doulas and realized how awesome giving birth would be with one. My husband was onboard with it, and I was happy that I would have the support, encouragement and advice of someone who truly knew me, and cared about me and my baby. I also researched some other ways to have a baby, such as in water. What a magical experience to have your baby go from amniotic fluid inside the womb to warm water outside of it. What could be a more perfect transition? So, once I had my birth plan all laid out, I started telling people who asked.
Of course, I was met with opposition. Most of the people didn’t know how a doula helps, but they had their opinions about one. It infuriated me. I spoke to a mom friend who said that this is completely normal and will happen often in motherhood.
She was so right. As soon as I had McKayla, people were throwing advice at me left and right. Some of it was okay, but some of it seemed more like they were trying to tell me what I was doing was wrong.
“As soon as I gave birth, people were throwing advice at me left and right. Some of it was okay, but some of it seemed more like they were trying to tell me what I was doing was wrong.”
When McKayla started teething, I wanted to avoid Tylenol and Motrin. They are drugs and unless my baby absolutely needed it, I didn’t want to put that into her body. Instead I wanted to use a Baltic amber teething necklace.
My fellow mommy friend told me about it when I was talking to her about how my baby was so miserable while cutting teeth. She said that amber has been used for centuries by people around the world, and that Baltic amber is the best to use because it has the highest potency of Succinic Acid. That is what helps people with inflammation, arthritis, colds, the flu, and yes, teething. The treatment oil reduces fever, calms gums, and relieves pain. It can also help with baby’s appetite and sleep.
I knew that I had to try it out, so I ordered one from www.BalticWonder.com. I received a certificate of authenticity with it, which was great. It made me feel good that I received an authentic one. I learned that the trick is to place it in direct contact to your baby’s skin and not long after she started wearing it, I noticed she was feeling better. Of course, people asked me what it was, especially my family. When I told them about it, they just rolled their eyes and looked the other way. If they didn’t roll their eyes, they would say, “Does that really work?” I would tell them that it does, but I could tell they thought I was just under the placebo effect.
“This is my baby and I call the shots. Sure, I will take advice, and I will consider it. But at the end of the day, I do what I think is best for my baby.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenn Sanders currently works as a marketing assistant at Baltic Wonder, a company that is dedicated to the health and well-being of infants. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor adventures.