What I’m Reading Around the Web (First Trimester Edition) 5-16-2014

What I'm Reading Around the Web (First Trimester Edition) 5-16-2014

Did you catch that? Yep, I’m looking at articles on pregnancy.

We are unexpectedly expecting! 

After much debate, I had decided I really wanted to adopt our second child. The hubs and I wanted to have a biological child and adopt one, but then we went back and forth on the issue over the last 2 years.

Do we want one…do we want to adopt…am I healthy enough to carry another child…how much will an adopted child disrupt our household and will it negatively affect sensitive little Katie…

…and on and on.

So, we bit the bullet and I finally spoke with an adoption counselor 2 weeks ago about a sweet little girl very close to Katie’s age (6).

Exactly 7 days later, I got a big fat positive pregnancy test. Surprise!

Watch out for those Italians, ladies. 😉

Here’s what I’m reading around the web —

At 6 weeks pregnant, I have had some pretty wicked nausea. It started last week and hit me in the evenings. Not too bad, I can handle that.

And then it wouldn’t go away.

Homemade magnesium oil didn’t work. Calcium/magnesium supplements didn’t work. Leafy greens sound pretty eww right now.

I have been trying every remedy out there and tons of gentle liver cleansing. After drinking some nettle and rose hips tea yesterday, it has almost miraculously vanished.

  • This article by master herbalist Susun Weed talks about the benefits of nettle tea during pregnancy and also mentions that red raspberry leaf tea is the key to alleviating morning sickness.

I just ordered a pound of nettle leaf (urtica dioica) and raspberry leaf (rubus idaeus) from Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s the only place I get my herbs from. Buh-bye nausea! You won’t be missed.

  • I also watched this sweet little video of a morning on the farm from Shaye at The Elliot Homestead. Loved, loved, loved it.
  • I’ve also stepped away from the Internet a bit and started reading Nourished Baby again. If you click on the link, I also share Katie’s story. My poor little bunny had a rough start.


Do me a favor, take a minute and share the link to one helpful article you read this week in the comments. Spread the word on what YOU found interesting!


Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

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