Our doula is also coming over on Saturday to touch base with us, as we get closer to the big day. I love when she comes to visit. She has such a sincere way about her. It feels like our birth is just as important to her, as it is to us.
I've been slowing down in the exercise department lately, so I'm excited to tell you guys about this challenge I started yesterdayday, with an awesome blogger friend, Amanda.
Amanda at Unapologetically You is hosting a Plank Challenge for the remainder of November, to help finish out the month strong, with a strong core. Check out her post for the challenge info and for a free printable to go along with it! Join this pregnant mama for some planks!
I completed the first day after putting Aria to bed last night! It was a 30 second forearm plank.
Honestly...I had to work hard to get that 30 seconds! My core is hustling these days! Supporting my big buddha belly is one tall order.
I mean, look at that belly though!
One baby? Or a litter of puppies?
I actually do love planks. They really are super for your core and strengthening your transverse abdominus (ie. the sides of your "core box), which can sometimes get separated during/after pregnancy).
All of our colds have finally run their course. I actually didn't even get much of a cold. Just a little congestion, which is amazing considering pregnancy weakens your immune system.
Whenever I see or sense some of those winter cold symptoms creeping up, I always whip up a batch of Homemade Vapor Rub for our chests and feet.
Traditional vapor rub has a number of ingredients on the list that I'm not interested in putting on our skin. Namely, petroleum. Petroleum carries a warning not to let it near your eyes, nose, mouth or broken skin. Yikes! Although you may not be putting it directly on those body parts...your skin is a highly absorbent organ. It absorbs everything that touches it. The last thing I want is all of these wacky ingredients getting into our bodies.
So I looked up some recipes and started making my own, the winter before last. There's something comforting about knowing exactly what is going onto and into our bodies.
It's one of my favorite cold remedies. When a stuffy nose or a cold starts creeping up, I put it on our my chest, or the bottoms of my feet and put a pair of socks on over top. The feet is actually my favorite place to apply!
It's so easy to make and smells fantastic.
3 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
3 Tablespoons of Shea Butter
10 Drops of Eucalyptus Oil
10 Drops of Peppermint Oil
5 Drops of Lavender Oil
You'll also need a small glass jar to put it in. I use a tiny mason jar.
Add all ingredients to your small glass jar and mix well. I like to store it in the refrigerator, to keep it a little solidified, yet still soft. Also for the cool effect when applied.
The ingredients are very easy to find as well. You can buy them on Amazon, and in most Whole Foods stores. You don't have to use these exact brands, but these are what I use...
Spectrum Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil
Raw Shea Butter
Just a note...all shea butter isn't created equal. The reason I like this brand is because it is of great quality and it's easy to whip up for different recipes. Some shea butters can be very hard.
The essential oils we use are Young Living. However, you can use whichever brand you like. Whole Foods sells a brand of oils called Aura Cacia. They are reasonably priced and they are readily available in the store, which is nice. We used those when I just started out with oils and they were good.
Well, have an awesome Thursday friends. I can't wait to hear how your homemade vapor rub works out!
What are your favorite cold remedies?
How much do you love or hate planks?