Readers Ask: my pregnancy

I haven’t divulged a lot of information about my pregnancy over here on this blog, but since I had some readers ask specific questions, I thought I’d do and update for you all.

Tracy asked:
Do you like family names for your children, or do you read through a book until you and your hubby find one you like?

Well…..for my son, Todd found that name in a book and really liked it. I liked it as well, but was a little more hesitant, because it is a family name for me. Actually, it’s my cousins name to be exact. And it’s also the middle name to an uncle and my grandfather. But when I went to visit my grandfather while he was in the midst of Alzhiemers (he didn’t even know our names at that time), and I mentioned to him what we might name him, and his eyes lit up and I knew then it was the perfect name. So while technically it was not chosen as a family name, I love the fact that he carry’s the name of such an awesome Christian man.

For this little girl, we’ve been struggling a bit more to find a name we both like. I don’t care for the ones Todd likes, and vice versa. My favorite name is actually a family name from my grandmothers side, and I’ve liked it since I saw it on our family tree years ago, but now it’s one of the most popular girl names, so I’m almost a little undecided on it as well. So for now, we’re still scouring books and websites hoping something will just pop out at us. But we might just have to wait until we see her!

Becca asked:
How long after you changed you diet did you get pregnant?

After I stopped nursing my son at about 16 months and I finally had a cycle (not a real one, I’m pretty sure I didn’t ovulate, it was just a “hadn’t shed in 16 months” kind of thing) I realized I needed to start taking better care of myself. Over the next few months I slowly changed the way I ate, to the point I was eating basically only whole foods. During this time my cycles finally went from scattered and whenever, to every 8 weeks on the dot. Although it did take me awhile to figure out the whole Natural Family Planning thing! A couple of times I thought I was actually pregnant (what a bummer that was to find out I wasn’t 2 weeks later!) and a couple of times the stars just didn’t align properly. (read that as – we were to tired, we were sick, etc. etc.) And a couple of times we did everything right, but it wasn’t in the Lord’s will for us at the moment. But from the start of my journey to conception it took about a year.

Jen asked:
When are you due?

Well, the OB thinks I’m due the last week in April, and I tend to think it’s a week sooner. They’re guess is based soley on the ultrasound and size of the baby and last time my son came 2 weeks before my technical “due date”. So I just tell people the end of April! But next week I’ll be considered full term so she can come anytime after that! So exciting just to think about it, I can’t wait to see her!

Jen also asked:
Are you freezing meals in preparation for your babymoon? If so, what are good meals to freeze?
I am. But mostly things for breakfast and lunches so that Todd doesn’t have to search around each morning to make his meals before he heads to work.
I’ve been freezing:

I also have stocked up on things like flour, herbs, spices, oils, ketchup, oatmeal, dried fruits, and the like. And I have a few dinner ideas as well. I’d like to freeze a couple burrito casseroles, chicken casseroles (have yet to try it – if we like it, I’ll make more to freeze) more chili, chicken noodle soup, and some bean soup. Oh, and both gluten free pancakes and whole wheat pancakes. Since Todd is on a gluten free diet, it does make it a bit harder for me to freeze some dinners just because I don’t know how well they’ll freeze. I’d like to try out freezing a lasagna or pasta bake, I just have to make sure the brown rice noodles will be okay.

Jen also asked:
Do you plan on breastfeeding?
I sure do! I think it’s one of the most important things we do do for our babies to give them the best start possible. It cuts down on allergies, excema, ear infections, upset tummy (once you know what baby is sensitive to!) and so much more! Plus it’s great for mom! I’ve even specified in my birth plan I don’t want the hospital to give my baby anything else. (formula, glucose water, etc.) I also plan on exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months and introducing no other foods until then.

(and yes, that is my 36 week profile up there. I feel ginormous about now!)
About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. You look great! Your 36 weeks looks about like my 28 weeks! (I have a very short torso :)

  2. I understand the name thing. We can’t think of a girls name for anything! We don’t want anything in the top 100. We like older names for our kids though. All the older names are making a comeback! We’re trying to find older (but timeless) names to use that aren’t on the top 100, but it’s just so hard!

  3. dukygurl says:

    Hello someone gave me your link on my lj post about trying to conceive. I have been reading through your blog. I am ttc my third child. I find now that I am a bit older, I feel more tired and am having a hard time with conceiving– it hasn’t been long sicne we began trying but longer than it took with my other two. I wonder if you know anything about “supermom Vitamins?” I wonder if there is somehting else to do? drink water, multi vitamin, exersize, eat well, sleep…what more? I am regular with my cycle and I find it easy enough to see the signs of fertility. I don’t know what else to do? Maybe I am just impatient?

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  4. Trish,
    Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to your comment! As for supermom vitamins – I really don’t know much about them. I do know for supplements that either raw or whole foods vitamins are better than the syntheic versions. (here’s the link to a post I did on supplements

    And while I think supplements can help bring our bodies back to health, eating a good whole foods diet will do wonders for your reproductive system. It’s all about cutting our sugar and refined flours and filling our diet with REAL FOOD. My goal is to not buy anything in a box, bag, or can.

    Keeping toxins out of your body is important too. While a good diet helps flush them out, you can also take preventative steps to not put them there in the first place. Try using homemade or natural cleaning products. Choose organic when you can.

    And yes, yes, yes to everything you mentioned! Drink more water (helps flush out toxins) take a GOOD multivitamin (an extra B-Complex can help since it’s so pivotal in follicle and egg development, plus regular multi’s don’t have near enough!) exercise (helps blood flow as well as cuts down the toxic load your body carries. Toxins are stored in fat cells along with excess hormones, which of course can throw off your body’s hormone balance) eat well (eat lots of good fats – no low fat stuff!) sleep (definitely helps not only physically, but mentally)

    And of course, be patient! It takes 3-4 months for lifestyle and dietary changes to start effecting new follicle/egg development. And egg quality is key!

    I hate to say ‘good luck’ because it really does seem inappropriate, but you know what I mean! And if you have any other questions, just let me know!