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Living with PCOS


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Making your own baby food

Making your own food is a cheap way to control what your baby is consuming. As a breastfeeding mother, I’m used to solely feeding my baby, so introducing solids was difficult for me. By making his baby foods, it helped me maintain some level of control. This week I made him all organic carrots, bananas, and apples for breakfast/lunch and all organic chicken, squash, and sweet potatoes for dinner. I have to mix in apples into his dinner because it isn’t sweet enough for him. Directions on how I make his food below:           

  1. Steam fruit/vegetable: I use my rice maker that is also a steamer. It’s important to note that steaming maintains the most nutrients. Also carrots take a long time to steam. 
  2. By using food processor to make the correct consistency.
  3. Freeze into ice cube trays.
  4. Place into freezer bags. 
  5. For the chicken, I boiled one chicken breast.  


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Breastfeeding: One of my greatest accomplishments

I’ve accomplished more than I ever could have imagined in the last 7 months. I’m simply amazed I haven’t damaged this perfect gift I’ve created. Even more, I charish the human body after it had failed my for so long. I’m amazed how it can deliver a human being with little to no help, and how it can nourish a growing boy almost exclusively. I thought it a good idea to remind myself of how accomplished and proud I am for something that isn’t easy for a working mother. 

  • I’m proud of myself for beating the average weening of 3 months even after having an extremely colicky baby. 
  • I’m proud that I pump twice a day at work even though I HATE pumping. 
  • I’m proud that in the summers I pump on top of feeding daily. (I’m a teacher)
  • And I’m proud I didn’t give into family members that tried to pressure me into supplementing with formula.

If you’re a mother, it is imperative that you think of all you have accomplished: bottle, breastfed, or formula fed. Here’s to making it to  one year of breastfeeding!! 


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From Rags to Riches

It’s hard to believe two years ago I was desperately trying to have a baby.  One day a pregnancy test says positive, and all of my dreams start to come true. I gave birth to a little boy last December, and my second life began. Some say you live multiple lives within a single lifetime. 

It’s funny that my body had issues becoming pregnant because during my labor my body knew exactly what to do.  I had an unmedicated, hypnobirthing  experience that lasted 8 hours, and it was an easy labor. I’ll write more about that later. 

I’m excited to be back and writing to the masses about my life experiences. Time to change the name if my blog from Living Heathly With PCOS to Crunchy Momma.  I’ll still write about my struggles with PCOS but with a different twist. Here’s to overcoming PCOS.  


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To work out or not to work out

I have been waiting for this moment for a really long time. I finally have my dream baby inside if me, and I am conflicted. Should I quit Crossfit? Recently every day I go, that night I have cramps that wake me up in the middle of the night. I purposely quit going a for a week, and there weren’t any cramps. I went this Tuesday day, and that night like clockwork cramps return in my left leg and abdomen. My doctor says its dehydration and to start drinking electrolytes, but I know it’s associated with the workouts.

So I am making a decision for my baby, I am quitting Crossfit. Why is this such a tough decision? I link my break in infertility to this establishment. I lost weight, gained muscle, and it let me relax. I feel like I’m cheating on my friend with the local YMCA.

I want to make it clear that I’m not saying Crossfit is bad for pregnant women. It just isn’t working well with my body. I may just be paranoid, but better safe than sorry. Here’s to staying healthy with PCOS.

 


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PCOS and Finally Pregnant

It has been a while since I have written or updated my PCOS baby making progress. I am excited to say that after a year and a half, we are 10 weeks pregnant. We saw the heart beat at 8 weeks and the baby is looking strong. I got pregnant without being on chlomid, fertility treatments, or interventions. I almost fell over when I saw the positive test.

I hope that I can give others hope and the patience of trying the natural way. I want to share what I did to get pregnant because I was one step away from either adopting or seeing a fertility specialist. If you read my other entries you’ll see all of my frustrations. I am now happy to share a list of things I did to help my fertility. I detoxed in November and was pregnant by March.

1. Detox and supplements: I detoxed and removed the toxins in my body. I used a box from one of my neighborhood natural stores. I immediately had lighter and less painful periods. After detoxing, I started taking vitamin E and a fertility blend called Baby Me Now by Solaray.

2. Lost weight: I lost 20 pounds by lessening sugar and carbs. I also started Crossfit which increased my muscle mass. Before this I did only cardio, which I think suppressed my weight loss.

3. Cut the dairy: Dairy contain a lot of hormones and increase the mucus build up. If you have ovarian cysts like I do, then dairy is the worst thing for you. Not to mention it creates an unfriendly environment for sperm to swim in.

4. Guaifenesin 400 mg supplement: The month I got pregnant I took a mucus relief when I thought I was ovulating. I don’t know if it was coincidence or not but I got my first positive test three weeks later. It is suppose to provide sperm with a healthy environment to swim in.

I want to give other women with PCOS hope. Just because you have PCOS does not mean you can’t get pregnant or to get pregnant you have to spend thousands of dollars. Keep positive and get healthy and it will happen.


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Time To Take A Break

It’s time for me to get my life back. I can’t continue with my life on hold as I wait to get pregnant. I need a break and I’m going to change my focus to getting fit and losing weight. I want to have fun with my friends and have a beer from time to time. I’m going to celebrate life and not let PCOS dictate me and who I am. I am finally admitting that I am infertile and it will not define me.