My name is Kassondra and I’m a babywearing, full-term breastfeeding, baby led weaning, infant pottying, first time Mama figuring it out along with my husband as we go along.
I’ve been blogging since the day I learned I was pregnant. In my spare time, when I’m not playing with my precious baby, I write the You Did It! book series with my amazing husband, manage Worn With Care (an online shop for gentle parenting resources and organic herbal supplements), and hold down volunteer positions on the board of a couple of non-profit organizations.
Just a few weeks into my pregnancy, I was plagued by a fatigue like none I had ever heard of before. It started as simple lethargy but it got exponentially worse and soon I really felt like a zombie. At the worst, I remember laying on the floor in front of my sofa without the energy to move. I could barely get myself to the bathroom and had no energy to prepare food or drink. I was literally in tears when my husband came home from work.
I connected with an awesome Holistic Health Coach and together we figured out that the prenatal vitamin I’d been taking was the root of my problem! I was taking a regular prenatal from the big grocery store chain in town. It was a hard pressed, chemically derived, solid pill. Someone mentioned to me that those hard pressed pills can be very difficult for a body to process and since my body was now working harder than ever since I was growing a little life, it was conceivable that a pill I had tolerated in the past was now too much for my body to process. Lindsay recommended the Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal capsule. Husband picked that up on his way home and I felt better the very next day! That one small change probably saved my life. Within just a few short days my energy level was back to normal and thank goodness for that because my problems were just starting.
About five weeks into my pregnancy I started to have symptoms of sciatica. I visited a D. O. that performed gentle osteopathic manipulations and while I had temporary relief, the pain always came back within days and started to get progressively worse. Around 10 weeks into my pregnancy I sought out chiropractic care. By this time I had pain between my legs in addition to the pain in my tookus. The chiropractor mentioned that the area I described between my legs was my symphysis pubis joint. I went home and ran a Google search on “pregnant pain symphysis pubis” and the results were such a relief. There’s a condition called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and boy did I have it!
Once I started doing research, I was really glad that I’d chosen to deliver at a birth center because here in Central Florida, there are no hospitals that offer water birth! I learned that water birth is highly recommended for people with SPD as it helps distribute the weight and ease the pain. As I was getting my prenatal care from holistically-minded midwives, their suggestions for whatever ailed me always began with herbal supplements. This was the final component in the series of events that changed my life and saved me from my previously GMO-filled existence.
I had always been naturally-minded but I wouldn’t call my former self particularly organic or crunchy by any means. I had never been a fan of taking medication to mask symptoms instead of curing the root cause of the problem but I didn’t do much to find alternatives. I was intrigued when the midwives made suggestions about herbs to try to reduce bloating, increase my iron level, and, later, jump start my stalled labor. I was thrilled when the suggestions actually worked! Due to gallbladder removal surgery two weeks after my daughter was born, my milk supply tanked. Herbs came to the rescue again! Fenugreek, Goat’s Rue, Blessed Thistle – these bizarre names made their way into regular rotation in my vocabulary and my husband and I became regulars at the local health food store. And… our checking account dwindled. Organic living is wonderful but it can be VERY expensive. So I set out to do some research about the most cost effective options out there.
Over the next few months I became very involved with local Mommy groups. I was already organizing one during my pregnancy and my birth center asked me to start organizing theirs as well. Next thing I knew, I was fielding questions about Motherhood left, right, and central. I’m no expert, but I am a whiz at research. I was already blogging so I decided to do two things. First, I started writing a series of books. Second, I started trying to figure out a way to make a living out of all my new interactions. I realized that I had been using all my research about the best brands and the best prices to make recommendations to other new and expecting Moms but then sent them off to go find all these different items on their own. Finally I knew what I could do. I started Worn With Care, a resource for gentle parenting resources and organic herbal supplements.
I’m so excited to share with you not only my personal story, but also some of my research. Thanks for stopping by!