My Favorite Pregnancy Resources

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I recently had a couple people ask if I would put together a post with all my pregnancy resources that I’ve shared on instagram stories. And once I started writing out this list below, I couldn’t believe how long it was. Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I have been hungry to learn as much information as possible, especially in the health space. I decided to go to a midwife center for my birthing experience vs an OB because I felt much more comfortable there and once I shared that, I quickly found out how opinionated people are when it comes to pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. It’s an INSANE space. A hard-to-navigate space. But that’s because there an ENDLESS options…and that’s honestly the beautiful thing about it. Instead of looking for THE answer, we can learn from a range of people out there and find so many options to then implement in our own experiences. This list is long, but it’s helped me on my journey and hopefully it gives you a little insight into your own. There is not right or wrong, there is growth and more growth! I hope this helps you in some way!

Fertility Acupuncturist – I found my fertility acupuncturist when I was trying to get pregnant and coincidentally (or not) got pregnant that next week, but I’ve continued to see her throughout my pregnancy for blood flow, aches and pains, and she was a huge part of getting even just a couple hours of sleep during my 1st/2nd trimester insane insomnia. I’ll be using her up until the day I give birth and beyond. Highly recommend an acupuncturist before, during, and after pregnancy.

Prenatal Chiropractor – As soon as I got pregnant, I began getting sciatica and it just got worse with time. Seeing a prenatal chiropractor weekly has been a lifesaver. You’ll want to find a chiropractor that specializes in Webster technique for pregnancy. I’ve heard amazing stories from women of Webster chiropractors being able to use their techniques to get breech babies to flip. Pretty cool! I always feel so much better after my appointments and can move almost like a non-pregnant person.

Doula – I think having a doula or a midwife at your birth is a MUST. I’ve heard from some people that there are midwives on staff at certain hospitals, which is amazing! I would highly recommend asking if that is an option and if it’s not, trying to find either a midwife or doula who will be there with you before your birth, during, and even after. They are there to advocate for you and support you in the birth you want and be there if that plan changes in any way. We hired a doula to help with the birth process to teach Brian different ways to support me, but to also be there if Brian needs to take a break and then I have someone I trust and feel very comfortable with. If you’re in Denver, I highly recommend the company below to help find a doula that fits your needs.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist – I wish it was a requirement by law to see a pelvic floor PT during and after pregnancy because they are LIFE CHANGING. I began seeing one once I started getting pubic pain and when my sciatica got much worse. She does internal exams, taught me how to fully engage and release my core, dry needling, cupping, and massage. Plus she gives me homework so I can keep with feeling good once I get home. I’ll be using her throughout pregnancy then definitely afterwards to help heal my pelvic floor.

Functional Medicine Doctor – Now this is a completely personal choice, but I’ve loved having my functional med doc on hand during pregnancy so I can check on anything I need throughout. Something I find very strange is that OBs don’t check your mineral panels throughout pregnancy. You’re often told what to not consume and they ask if you’re taking a prenatal, but that’s about it. I’ve had my iron checked, but that’s all. And since your placenta is taking all your nutrients for your little babe, it’s quite easy to become nutrient deficient, especially postpartum. With my FMD, she is able to order really thorough panels so I can be better equipped when it comes to the foods I decide to eat to ensure I’m getting optimal vitamins and minerals! Pretty rad!

What I Find Out About The Gestational Diabetes Testing – Something I’m really grateful for is instagram these days, mostly because it’s taught me SO much when it comes to asking questions and knowing there are different options than what are always given to a patient. Before pregnancy, I simply thought the glucola test was the only test available for gestational diabetes and I was told how horrible it was to take. For me, it felt very counterintuitive to consume 50g of sugar without consuming any other nutrition around it, especially since glucola contains corn syrup and vegetable oil. Plus 1 in 4 women will have a false positive result and have to do it again or do the 3hr test. Not a fan…so I did some digging and found different options. Every provider is different and not all providers will be open to all these options, but it’s worth asking and definitely worth knowing!

  • Fresh Test – this is a cleaner option than glucola
  • Anything with 50g of sugar – I’ve heard of women doing 50g of sugar from jelly beans, gummy bears, grape juice, or even just a really high sugar, carb dense meal
  • Monitoring blood glucose fasted & after meals – this was an option given to me when I asked if there was another option other than glucola, but I know not all women are given this option or even allowed to do it. My midwife put in a prescription for a glucose monitor, lancets, and test strips and I picked it up at my pharmacy. I had to test my blood glucose first thing when I woke up then after every meal for 1 week. I LOVED this option. Not only did it teach me so much about my body and what foods spiked my blood sugar (and in what order), but I also didn’t have to consume 50g of sugar in one sitting. It was a major win-win for me!

Books – There have been sooooo many helpful books I’ve read already so I hope some of these are helpful for you!

Podcast Episodes & Videos – I haven’t listened to a ton of different podcasts, mostly just books, but I found all of these really interesting and helpful in different ways!

Helpful People on Instagram – This list is very long and overwhelming and I apologize for that. I like to follow some of the people who have the same similar views around food and nutrition just simply because that’s what has been most helpful for me with getting to know my body, and I want to take the same approach with our children. Then you’ll see a lot of more natural type accounts, feeding children accounts, pelvic floor PT and postpartum accounts, and a handful of others. I like following a range of people because some swear by sleep training while others swear by your child learning on their own. It’s nice to see some different ideas so you don’t feel like a failure when you begin to try to figure out all this on your own someday.

My Favorite Baby Registry – When I needed to put together a baby registry, I had literally ZERO idea where to start. I have never had a baby…how would I know what I need?? I had a few friends send me different registries to check out, but the one below connected with me the most. I found it so helpful and put so many of these items on my list. I’ll also be sharing my own registry soon!

Postpartum Meal Prep – Now this is something I feel can’t be overlooked. People often think so much about their diet during pregnancy, but postpartum is frequently overlooked and/or filled with people handing over casseroles to the new mom without thinking about the ingredients that go into those dishes. Postpartum is all about healing from within and should be filled with foods that fuel that healing process. For me, I’m currently making dishes that are loaded with bone broth, slow cooked meats, I will be consuming liver daily, smoothies, healing teas, and more. I plan to do a full blog post about this soon, once I plan out all the recipes, but I started cooking at 25 weeks and I plan to cook 1-2 recipes per week up until birth or until I don’t have energy any longer. I personally want to know what ingredients are in my food, which is why I have chose to cook for our family instead of setting up a meal train with friends, like many new parents do. Stay tuned for a future blog post on that full breakdown!

I think that’s all I have to share today, HA! Feel free to share your own resources in the comment section below with any people, books, or whatever else that helped you on your own journey! The more we can all be equipped with knowledge, the more we will feel ready for this new or newish road ahead!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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20 thoughts on “My Favorite Pregnancy Resources”

  1. Great resources. Love following along with you while I am pregnant too. If anyone else is reading this, the birth hour is an amazing podcast! It’s just everyday women sharing their birth stories. Every single type of birth story you can imagine is shared. It was very helpful for me
    Mentally heading in to my second and third pregnancy. It’s seriously the best!!! 🙂

  2. Not pregnant but loving all these resources for taking care of myself! Have you cooked much from Fallon’s cookbook yet? That is going to be one of my next purchases. Since switching to a more ProMetabolic way of eating have you switched up what flours you use?

    1. not yet! planning to for postpartum recipes!! if i use any with flours, i’ll just be using bob’s red mill gluten free flour!

  3. I’ve found a bunch of good resources through your previous pregnancy posts, so this post is amazing! Currently reading Real Food for Pregnancy and loving it.

  4. Thank you for all of the incredibly helpful information you continue to share about your own experience. Before you started sharing this info, I had no clue that birthing centers were even a thing. Currently 18 weeks pregnant myself and I just made the jump from my traditional doctor who I HATED to a midwife owned birthing center that I love so SO much. I realize that birthing centers are not a good option for everyone, but it’s the best option for some, and I’m so happy to have found out through you that it’s on the table at all. Also loved Real Food for Pregnancy and a lot of the other recs you have shared on your blog and on IG. Looking forward to following along on the rest of your journey and wishing you the very best of luck!

  5. Love love love all your pregnancy info and that you and other people with great content are educating women to explore these resources that are so helpful. From my first pregnancy back in 2016 to now my third pregnancy (due 2 weeks after you) it’s crazy how much more I have learned about proper nutrition, pelvic floor, baby led weaning etc. thanks!! Ps. You mentioned a supplement that helps keep those bowels regular during pregnancy but I can’t find it posted.

  6. Hey there!
    Before, I begin-Full disclosure-I am a myofunctional therapist-I specialize in sleep disordered breathing and orofacial dysfunctions. I am absolutely so passionate about shouting from the roof tops, this often overlooked health complication. I truly am just looking to share knowledge and information with you. I know you have been struggling with pregnancy induced insomnia. Have you considered, looking into sleep apnea. Gestational sleep apnea is real and it can be disguised as insomnia. Pregnancy increases the load on the diaphragm and can impact your breathing-which can directly affect your sleep. If you are interested in learning more, or if you need help finding a myofunctional therapist in your area, I am happy to help you!

  7. Thank you for being so open about how your pregnancy is going and resources that have helped you! I am newly pregnant and resonate so much with it straight up sucking at times. and not enough people talk about it! So I really, really appreciate you, Juli. Also, the gold thing on your shelf behind you makes it look like you’re wearing a crown and that made me smile because you are a QUEEN! Thanks again and best of luck with everything as you get closer to meeting your little girl! xoxo

  8. LOVE all this! Thank you so much for posting! I’ve been so interested in your pregnancy journey, especially since you’re doing so many of things that I want to do when I am pregnant (and more!).
    Also, you probably don’t remember me, but I met you at your Natural Grocers event pre-pandemic (miss those days LOL) and we were supposed to meet up for coffee but then we both were traveling and then covid hit lol (my name on IG was primalauren at the time, it’s thymewithlauren now).
    I haven’t reached out since cause you’ve been so busy with so many things, so I didn’t want to bother you 🙂
    But if you have a free moment, I’d love to treat you to lunch sometime (rivers & roads, ohana, your choice!) and chat some about your pregnancy journey etc. I feel like i’m where you were before…where I’m just not “there” yet, but I also feel like I might regret not having a baby. And my fiance Erich wants one SO bad. Also your outlook on life is similar to mine, and I love chatting with like-minded people <3
    If you're too busy, totally no worries!
    And super congrats on your little girl! Can't wait to see posts of her when she pops into the world!
    Lauren

  9. Thank you for sharing these resources! What was the name of the app you used to track baby growth and milestones through the pregnancy?

  10. Hi Juli! Long-time follower and a big fan of your fitness plans and recipes!
    Question: what are the best resources you’ve found for Brian to both understand pregnancy more (I feel like women are continually hearing about it throughout life and learning from other women – hopefully – but men don’t necessarily hear about it all before going through it), and also resources on how he can support you through the process?
    Thanks for all you do to put out resources and how hard you’ve worked to become a TRUSTWORTHY resource for everything you do. Really – thanks 🙂

    1. hey katie!! i honestly don’t have great resources for the partner. my biggest and best resource has been the classes we’ve been required to take at our Birth Center before birth. he’s learned about the anatomy, physiology, and the support that will be needed during and after birth. And a lot of it has been hands on instead of just reading! i wish I had better info for you that was online or in books!!

  11. Hi Juli,

    Love all your content and you must be so excited to be delivering soon! I was curious what was the blood test you requested to test and see if you were lacking any key nutrients and minerals?

    Thanks!

    1. oh man, i wish it was one simple answer. i asked my functional med doc for a mineral panel and she ordered the labs for me, so i’m just going to copy and paste everything she ordered. i think they took 15 vials of blood to get all this information then we reviewed it and made changes to my diet as needed! this is a super long list, but hopefully it helps you with figuring out the tests you want to get done yourself!
      CBC With Differential/Platelet
      Iron and TIBC
      FOLATE, RBC
      C-Reactive Protein, Cardiac
      Comp. Metabolic Panel (14)
      Homocyst(e)ine
      LIPID PANEL, STANDARD
      LDL Cholesterol (Direct)
      DHEA-Sulfate
      LIPOPROTEIN
      Ferritin
      Zinc, Plasma or Serum
      MAGNESIUM, RBC
      Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab
      Thyroglobulin Antibody
      TSH
      Thyroxine (T4)
      Triiodothyronine (T3)
      Triiodothyronine (T3)
      HEMOGLOBIN A1c
      INSULIN
      VITAMIN B12
      Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
      OmegaCheck
      T3 UPTAKE

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