So as a mom to be, the advice and stories have seriously started to flow in. Some of which was requested, some offered freely, and others unwanted. From mothers, grandmothers, friends, and even random strangers. Some of it good, some of it one person's opinion, some of it that will probably be ignored :)
I tend to be a pretty middle ground, level headed person. Especially when it comes to parenting, I don't think there is just one right way to do things. Different parenting styles and choices work for different families, and different kids. As long as the baby is happy, healthy, and well cared for I really don't have a problem with it. I will say, being medical and the personality type that I am, I do tend to be pretty well researched on most topics before I make a decsion, but this whole motherhood thing is a new ballgame!
One thing that took some adjusting was noticing what I was using on my body and how I was fueling it. I've always been an active, healthy person from a young age, but now that I am carrying the responsibility of caring for not just myself, but a little baby, with the choices I make, I began to look at it seriously.
So you have your standard no alcohol, limit your caffeine, keep up your exercise type restrictions, and all these crazy fish and deli meat rules. (Oh raw sushi, how I miss you). But things I didn't even think to consider were things I was using on my body. Things like face washes, soaps, hair products, all sorts of things. It depends on your doctor's recommendations and what you choose to follow, but I wasn't particularly married to anything, so I figured why risk it?
But then I was like, well what should I use? There are literally hundreds of options for everything you buy now, and a million places to buy it from. I like the idea of something natural if possible, and I always love local. Enter Splendid Bee.
Lisa is the face behind Splendid Bee and she is from right here in my beloved Kentucky. She grew up on a small farm and knows all about personal sustainability and self resourcefulness. Adapting her grandmothers' recipes that they used in the Great Depression, she has created natural, organic soaps without chemicals, synthetics, and artificial colorings. Basically, if you can't ingest the ingredients, Splendid Bee doesn't use them! Talk about making this mamma feel good.
Her products are filled with things like organic extra virgin olive oil, palm & palm kernel oil, cocoanut oil, cocoa butter, and then the ever beneficial bees wax. So all sorts of great ingredients that are supposed to help with hydration, cleansing, stretch marks, scars, anti-inflammatory qualities, and more.
Now I'm not saying I'm going all natural on everything we use. I still don't know where I stand on cleaning products, there's plenty of processed food I eat (although I'm killing it on the fruit and veggie game currently, thank you baby Rayome), and I still don't even know how to do my makeup, let alone where to find an all natural one. But I like the idea that I am choosing something that makes me feel good (becoming more desperate for relaxation and comfort these days!) and is safe for me and my growing baby. Plus it's pretty, smells good, and personally I feel fancy using something homemade. Like it was specially made for me. So you know, win, win.