Green Mama-to-Be: Creating a Happy, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy by Manda Aufochs GillespieGreen Mama-to-Be: Creating a Happy, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy by Manda Aufochs Gillespie

Green Mama-to-Be: Creating a Happy, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy

byManda Aufochs Gillespie

Paperback | September 16, 2017

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"I wish I'd known that when I was pregnant!"

It's a feeling all parents know: wanting to keep our children safe and thriving in an ever-changing world. What happens during pregnancy sets the stage for the rest of a child's life, so the Green Mama is here to help make this period healthier, happier, and safer for both mother-to-be and baby.

Swollen ankles? Difficult birth? Postpartum depression? Most expectant parents think, It won't happen to me! But from conception through to birth, families today aren't getting what they expect - or expecting what they get.

The Green Mama explores a variety of sources, from the latest scientific and medical research and advice to traditional wisdom, to find out what issues, decisions, and avoidable dangers have the greatest impact on our children's health. She brings together this combined wisdom to demystify epigenetics, the microbiome, a healthy pregnancy diet, toxin-free living, pregnancy exercises, herbal remedies, natural birth, healthy postpartum care, and many of the other mysteries of modern birth and parenting. Through gentle guidance, humour, and a trove of specific advice from dependable sources, Green Mama-to-Be is the essential guide for today's mothers- and fathers-to-be.
Manda Aufochs Gillespie is an ecological designer, researcher, and author of the Green Mama series of books. She has been dubbed the "green guru" and has appeared on HBO, ABC, and CBC. She lives in British Columbia.
Title:Green Mama-to-Be: Creating a Happy, Healthy, and Toxin-Free PregnancyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7 × 10 × 0.5 inPublished:September 16, 2017Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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A good farmer farms soil. The plant grows itself.This saying sums up my experience of parenting. At our best, parents are just goodfarmers, preparing that soil of family, rhythm, meals, and home from which ourchildren are nourished and fed. This is never more obvious than when the childis still in the womb: where the entire environment of this new life exists withinour bodies. Yet pregnancy is just a preparation for the same truths that we willencounter again and again in child-rearing. When you choose to be a green parent, you are committing to be that farmer,growing the seeds of beloved new beings by lovingly tending to the soil. You tryyour best, looking to help from the research, traditional wisdom, and other farmers,but you also come to understand that there is a lot of faith involved, since muchof parenting, like farming, is out of your hands. I must admit, I have forgotten many of the details of my pregnancies. At thetime, I thought I never would; but, actually, I'm not all that surprised. Pregnancywas not what I expected. I'd read books and articles and researched many topics,so it wasn't not what I expected either; it's just that I truly didn't believe any of itwould happen to me - especially the less pleasant stuff. I've met a lot of parents-to-be over the years through my writing, teaching,and consulting as The Green Mama, and I've come to think that this attitude isubiquitous - this overwhelming, almost delusional optimism. Having a baby ishope made manifest. The shadow side of hope, however, is a sort of "but thatwon't be me" attitude that can apply to almost everything, even as it's actuallyhappening to you. For me, this included I won't be . nauseated, exhausted,incapable of getting out of bed, dry-heaving at the smell of the kitchen, vomiting atthe thought of food.. I even thought I wouldn't find birth all that painful or thepostpartum period depressing. Not me. I'd also told myself I wouldn't gain morethan a pound a week. But when my day-by-day pregnancy guide said, "You may have gained up to five pounds at this point in your pregnancy," I found I wasadding a one in front of the five. I just assumed it was a typo. (It wasn't.) I willnever weigh more than 150 pounds, I'd thought. Well, I did. Some authors claimed that near the end of pregnancy all those hormones couldeven get me feeling sexy. They, however, failed to mention how incredibly difficultsex is when your belly forms an awkward (and clearly too late) chastity belt betweenyou and your partner. The authors recommended trying different positions, butthe books didn't illustrate these positions that the authors wanted me to try. (I hadfigured this was because they were prudes, but then I realized it was because theimages would be depressing. Just looking at them would tire a pregnant womanout. Or, just as bad, they would tire her partner out!) I also read that that during pregnancy I might become more emotional. Well,the books didn't mention that I might find myself calmer and more collectedthan ever, floating along in relative pregnant bliss, only to turn into a sobbing,hysterical wreck just weeks before the baby was born. Or, if they did mentionit, they gave totally inadequate explanations like, "This might be caused by thestresses of becoming a parent and preparing for a new family member .," not that a two-hour hysterical crying fit might be brought on because my husbandcame home a half hour late from work or because the sewing machine startedsewing backward and refused to go forward (which, of course, would becomeabsolutely, inextricably linked with all my failures as a mother-to-be). They rarelymentioned that there was anything that could be done about it. I also read that, in preparation for childbirth, my body, which had alreadynearly doubled its blood volume, would produce more blood, and that it waspossible I would experience spontaneous nose bleeds. Okay, fair enough. But, asI found out, when a person gets hysterical over, say, the aforementioned episodein which their husband comes home late (did I mention it was my birthday?),it is possible that they will soak their bed in blood, creating a scene that lookslike a reenactment of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.The bottom line is, there is no book that can completely prepare you for whatis to come, and even if it could, you wouldn't believe it. I've heard childbirth referred to as an experience in which a woman is birthing twonew human beings: a baby (or babies) and a mother. This idea is supported by recentdiscoveries in the field of neuroscience that show that first-time mothers actually growradically different brains during pregnancy and while caring for their infants. The verybiology of parenthood is miraculous, a time when the body grows its only temporary organ (the placenta) and turns thebody's stores and consumed foodand water into a new being: brain,heart, spine, and tiny feet. I'll neverlook at dinner the same again. And when the baby starts tomove inside you, the magic andmystery become a conversation.At first it is a conversation spokenin whispers, a language of secrets,dreams, hopes, and expectations.Later, it is a louder conversationin which the demands start emerging:Feed me! Swim! Rest! (and, inreturn, Get that hand off my bladderplease!) I especially rememberthat conversation during birthwhen I suddenly became awarethat it wasn't just me labouring tofree myself of a baby, but a childlabouring to free herself from myever-tightening womb. My greatest wish for all newparents is that the act of parentingwill do that, as well, for you: make you free. Free to be the hopeful, curious, and engaged citizen that makes the act of becoming a parent so powerful. Free to bethe expert on the care of your family that you were always meant to be. Free tofarm that soil so well that your child, too, will grow up happy, healthy, and free.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: Greening the Womb
  • Chapter Two: Greening Your Pregnancy Diet
  • Chapter Three: Greening the Growing Fetus
  • Chapter Four: Greening Your Home
  • Chapter Five: Greening Your Beauty Care
  • Chapter Six: Greening Birth, Breastfeeding, and Beyond
  • Chapter Seven: Greening the Fourth Trimester and Preparing for Postpartum Bliss
  • Chapter Eight: Greening Your Future Fertility
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • Appendix: Green Mama-toBeware
  • Further Reading
  • Sources
  • Photo Credits
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

Such an important read. All moms-to-be need a copy! - Adria Vasil, bestselling author of Ecoholic, Ecoholic Home & Ecoholic Body