Pregnancy: Are nausea, leg cramps, restless legs, & insomnia normal? (Or is your body trying to tell you something?)

This is my FOURTH pregnancy in the last 10 years! Yowzas! I seriously never would have thought I’d be pregnant 4 times in my life. I always talked about having 2 of my own children and then adopting 2, but God had other plans… of which I know His plans are always better than mine.  So… roll with the punches!

From the very beginning I KNEW this pregnancy was different. I can’t really explain it, but I could just feel it. I knew God wanted to teach me a MULTITUDE of things and to be honest, it was a little overwhelming thinking about that and I just wanted to turn my brain off. (Which I did for a little while).  This pregnancy has been a journey of trusting the Lord in knowing that He knows best… He has the best timing, He knows I can handle being a mom of 4 (which I seriously doubt often), He knows what is in my heart and He knows how to push me just enough to make me uncomfortable, but to make decisions that I know are right for me, my family and this little unborn baby girl. But also, He knows how I should best take care of my body… and I have found many natural things that HE has provided on this earth are the very things that have made this pregnancy so much better.

pregnancy

I could continue talking about my faith journey but I know that I’ll come back to it again sometime.  The topic for today is about Pregnancy Symptoms… are they just “a part” of being pregnant or could your body be telling you something else?

With my first 3 pregnancies I would say I had moderate nausea up until the normal 12 weeks or so, I also had what I believed to be SEVERE restless leg syndrome, a few too many leg cramps, very low blood pressure, and trouble sleeping.  I WISH I had known then what I know now… not all of these symptoms are “normal” and just a part of pregnancy. With this pregnancy #4 I began to do much more research on each subject and guess what… I had mild nausea (not moderate), I have only had ONE leg and foot cramp, and 2 very short times with restless legs. However,  I did battle SEVERE exhaustion and SEVERE insomnia but I found some simple solutions for those as well.

What changed? This time around I wanted to know WHY everything was happening to me and if there was something I could do about it. I began to dive myself into research-aholic land and thus spent who-know-how-many countless hours of reading, comparing, reading testimonies, studies, blogs, etc…   So… here’s what worked for me:

Morning Sickness/Nausea/Queasiness: Essentially there’s 2 main reasons I found for morning sickness.  One is due to a woman’s hormones going bonkers in the beginning of pregnancy. (Some of this is normal, but also, if our bodies are lacking nourishment or have an abundance of toxins, the hormones can be even MORE out of whack than they should be). The 2nd reason is that our bodies may be lacking vital nutrients… vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc… A few things I found to be SUPER important were Magnesium & minerals. I began taking this magnesium supplement in the morning, Magnesium Calm in the evenings, and Mineral Essence by Young Living. During the first few months I also took Young Living’s PD 80/20 which supports the endocrine system (aka “hormone” system”).

Leg Cramps & Restless Legs: What’s interesting is that a deficiency in Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium can lead to this… so, guess what happened when I started taking magnesium for morning sickness? Yup, my legs have been just fine. And what’s a little embarrassing to admit is why I think I have had restless legs a few times. Let’s just say sometimes I have a hard time controlling my urge for chocolate and ice cream. I can’t prove it… but I’m guessing the sugar rush had something to do with it.

Severe Exhaustion: For obvious reasons it’s reasonable to be tired and need extra rest during pregnancy… they say the energy it takes your body to create a baby is likened to the energy you would need to climb a mountain. How truthful that is I’m not sure… but sometimes it sure feels like I’ve climbed a mountain! Before I was pregnant, my nature-path doctor let me know that I was border-line anemic and had me start taking Iron. She told me once my Iron leveled out, my body should maintain it. Well, it leveled out, I stopped taking iron, and my levels plummeted again. So, I got back on iron. When I got pregnant for some reason I worried about taking too much iron (which I wasn’t), but I wanted to be careful, so I got off of it and guess what… severe exhaustion started setting in which is common with an iron deficiency. So, I began to take 1 capsule every 2-3 days, and I just had a pregnancy appt and guess what… she said my iron levels are amazing and actually better than most pregnancy women at this point! woo hoo!

Insomnia: Honestly I’m not going to say much here except this worked almost immediately for my 3 year old daughter AND myself… Tart Cherry Juice. Who would have known? Check out Mama Natural’s link! I also started using 1-2 drops of Young Living’s Cedarwood Essential Oil. I put 2 drops in my hand, spread it on my hairline and next and take in a couple of very deep breaths.

I have also had very low blood pressure with all my pregnancies, but it was THIS pregnancy that it affected me the most and I would feel faint or dizzy. My midwife suggested extra salty food… chinese food or things like pickles. But honestly… that didn’t sound good to me and chinese food has so many icky ingredients. But then I found THIS remedy from Wellness Mama for Sole made out of himalayan salt. I went from needing to check my blood pressure almost daily to once every 1-2 weeks. Crazy!

I’m taking a lot of things this pregnancy… this is likely the MOST important time in a baby’s life to make sure it is nourished completely… her BRAIN is being formed for crying out loud!  Here’s everything I’m taking this pregnancy… its a lot, but I believe it’s totally worth it:

  1. Salt Water Sole
  2. Omega w/ A&D
  3. Probiotic
  4. Magnesium Chelate and Magnesium Calm
  5. Garden of Life Organic Prenatal
  6. Rutin (for varicose veins and hemorrhoids)
  7. Tart Cherry juice morning & night
  8. Iron
  9. Biotin
  10. Young Living products: Ningxia Red, Mineral Essence, Super C, Super B, Comfortone. (PD 80/20 for the first 15 weeks).
  11. Chiropractor: Although it’s not a supplement… this has been a game changer for me too! First time having chiropractic work done during a pregnancy.

That’s all for now! I am seriously so thankful for this opportunity to be pregnant again and be able to see God’s goodness in all that HE has so graciously provided. It saddens me now to think that so often we go first to man-made remedies thinking that Man has the best answer to health problems. God KNEW and still KNOWS what our bodies need… His nourishment is top-notch and designed specifically for us. I think it’s time to get back to trusting the Lord FIRST with our health…

If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for reading!

Love,
Sarah

Life gets in the way sometimes… or should I say, throws curve-balls…

Oh goodness… where do I begin? I was sooooo excited and motivated when I started my blog, but here we are more than 6 months since the last post.  Why? Life! So much has happened in the last few months, that I have had so many, “I should blog about this” moments, then… the thought passes and I get sidetracked or think, “oh maybe next time.”   What’s been going on?  Way too much for one blog entry…  so, here’s a summary of the last 6 months and my goal is to come back frequently and write more in detail… I need to… it’ll be therapeutic and healing for my heart.

In April I wrote about my journey  with Essential oils which I am still passionate about, and then…

First week of May I decided to pursue my passion in sharing the oils to help others, and specifically the Healing Oils of the Bible and the history of anointing… but then…

hebrews-1-9

Mid-May – I found out I was pregnant with #4 and for the first time in all my pregnancies, I really struggled with this news… it was NOT good timing in my book. My energy level plummeted… A good day was getting out of bed. Our finances were going the opposite direction than they should be and a dear friend was battling for his life.

baby 4

Mid June – One of our dearest 36 year old friends passed away from a brain tumor. I really don’t want to go here tonight… but my heart had been aching since March when the tumor reappeared and his last week or two of life was the hardest thing my heart has ever been through. Ever.

aaron

June/July/August –  Summer time I was still insanely tired from being pregnant. I had some really good days, but most of the time I felt super accomplished if I got out of bed, fed my children, made sure they were entertained, and got them back into bed. Essential oils? Oh, I used them a lot, but no energy to study or share them.

kids
September/October – Life got crazier, but brighter… On September 1st, we had our first ultrasound and found out we would be welcoming another princess to the family. My heart instantly grew when I saw her and for the first time I could say I was truly excited to be adding to our family. Finances were still tight and yet Jorge decided to make a career change and pursue his life-long hearts desire – aviation.  Not exactly the “right” thing to do when you are needing an income, but the smile on Jorge’s face after his first flight… absolutely hands-down priceless. I will give 110% to make sure that the joy his heart feels and the smile on his face stays.  God’s got a plan with this… and I KNOW that it is good.

Jorge's new Piper Warrior!
Jorge’s new Piper Warrior!

November… here we are. We are overwhelmed by so many emotions and the whirlwind of life… yet, so excited and at peace about what the future has in store for us.  I have so much to share on this blog about things I have learned about pregnancy, motherhood, life in general, oils, parenting and marriage… all in the last 6 months.

I know SO many others are in a similar season as we are. So, my prayer for each and every one of you is that YOU would seek out your passion. It might seem silly to seek it out, but if God has planted that desire in your heart, wouldn’t it be silly NOT to pursue it?  I pray that God would reveal the deepest desires of your heart to you because so often we lose sight of them along the way.

Thanks for reading!

Sarah

My journey of Faith with Essential Oils… from a Perfect Provider.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I say that from the get-go, because this is a really important post for me. Essential Oils have impacted my life in a VERY deep way (not only our health), but I haven’t felt led to share about them too much on my blog thus far. But I feel like the time is now and I will be sharing about them more.

I bought my first kit of Young Living Essential Oils in May 2013 and I want to tell you what led me to make this crazy life changing decision….

From a very early age, 6 months to be exact, Lucas began a scary journey which would eventually have a name… Chronic Croup. Any cold, flu, germ he caught went straight to inflammation in his larynx and it would quickly become much more than a cold. He struggled with Croup approximately every 6 weeks for years. It was awful. Once we moved to Texas, at one point Lucas was very medicated… Singulair, Zyrtec, Nasonex, and nebulizer 2-3 times a day. Eventually all of that stopped working for him and we wmoved to different medicines: (Flonase & Flovent) which cut the frequency of croup down quite a bit. But his 2 ER visits with steroid shots and serious breathing treatments were so so so scary. There’s nothing quite like watching your child struggle just to breath. We eventually had emergency steroids here in the house just in case it got bad enough… in 4 years of life, Lucas had a lot of steroids.

So, 2 years ago, Lucas began to cough the stereotypical “seal” croup cough. I couldn’t imagine giving him MORE steroids… he had had WAY too many in his 5 years of life.  I began to do research for natural solutions. I found a lot of information regarding essential oils and I researched… and researched some more and then researched some more. I knew my very trusted friend Sonja used them, so I asked her about them. She was confident I could find relief for Lucas.

I went to her house and bought a Premium Starter kit of oils which included 10 oils at the time and she gave me a sample of a blend called RC and told me what to try with him.  I can still remember thinking… “I’m nuts and I can’t even imagine what Jorge will think when I bring home $100 worth of essential oils.” But I did… I am so grateful I did.  I began to use them primarily on Lucas’s feet, but also diluted on his chest, neck, and back. To my astonishment… they were doing something. And to my sheer amazement I didn’t have to pull out the steroids, use any medicine, or even take him to the doctor. I was floored.

I was still very unsure of the oils. I began to pray about them and wanted to hear from the Lord if I should continue to use them or not. What he told me what the following… “You (you all) have forgotten about my perfect provision.”  That’s all I heard and I had to seriously chew on what that meant for weeks. I still think about it quite often. And He began to open my eyes to the tangibleness of the Bible. In Philippians 4:19 it says:

philippians_4_19I have always thought of that verse in a very “spiritual” way… but wait… He did create everything on the earth in order to meet our needs. He created the perfect food for us to eat and created the trees and everything we needed in order to have shelter. He DID create physical tangible things for YOU and ME. And what I find amazing, is that the same breath, the same voice that created You and Me… created all living things. We believe humans are miracles of creation… but even the grass outside is living and contains the breath of God.

Over the course of the next 6 months we saw the oils help out our family in so many ways… wart, cramps, pollen allergies, severe respirator infections cuts, bruises, headaches, stomach issues,  and more. I was (and still am) super incredibly grateful. Because we saw the oils work for so many ailments,  2 things happened… my faith in His provision being sufficient for me began to grow, I really believe in the power of what He has created for us. And that He knew perfectly well what we as humans NEEDED to survive, so He created it.

I also began to have the thought that the essential oils were all we needed in our home and that we were going to be able to use them to cure everything. We didn’t need anything else. I can’t tell you for sure how many times that thought went through my head… but probably a dozen. The very last time I had the thought… out of no-where I felt extremely convicted and as though time stopped for a split second. He, the creator, reminded me VERY clearly… “NO NO NO… I am the healer. These oils are a TOOL I have given you for healing, but I can heal you with the whisper of my voice, the laying of hands, through prayer, or however I wish”. WOW. I had began focusing on creation and NOT on the CREATOR. This began even another journey of truly trusting Him as the Healer and who I need to go to as the great Physician. He will guide me… to oils, to others, to the doctor, to medicine, or just to Him.

This journey of oils is about Him. What He has done for us and continues to do. It’s about remembering and BELIEVING Him for who he says He is. He says He is the healer, our provider, our everything… but yet, so often we look elsewhere instead of to Him.

Story to be continued…

I have a lot on my heart to share about health in the future, but I truly believe that the Lord is taking us back to the basics. He wants us to remember what He has created for us. His provision is perfect, yet man is trying to improve upon it? How does that work? I believe He has equipped us to be creative, but not to replace what He has already given us.

What would it look like if we truly believed in Him as our Healer?  If we were to listen to Him for guidance on what to eat, what to use as medicine (as they did for thousands of years), or how to live our daily lives.  If we got out and enjoyed nature… but sadly, we often eat our own food creations void of nutrition and full of chemicals. We stare at our phones (guilty as charged) or our tv’s instead of truly enjoying life and His creation outside.

Do you have an experience with Lord as your provider? Healer? Have essential oils impacted your life?

12-healing-oils-of-ancient-scriptures

 

Healing my heart – From feeling like a failure to finding passion & achievement. Part 2 of my story…

This blog is throwing me for a LOOP! I had a completely different picture in my mind of how my blog would flow for the next few months, but I have definitely learned over the past couple of years that when the Lord lays something on your heart and you actually let HIM lead… He likes to mix things up a little. He’s funny (and frustrating) that way. I thought I was going to write my auto-biography chronologically, but I don’t think it’s headed in that direction. . I thought my non-blogger self would only “blog” once a week or so. Yup… this will be 4 posts in 12 days. Apparently I have a lot on my heart.

In my last post I opened up about my biggest struggle… feeling incompetent, like I’m never good enough, someone else is always better at xyz, never reaching a goal, essentially a failure. Don’t get me wrong, those thoughts don’t consume me at all times. I have been on a journey of healing my heart the past few years, but every now and then, those thoughts sneak right back in. During ministry school I read a book called Super Natural Ways of Royalty by Kris Vallotton and Bill Johnson and it really spoke to this area of my heart.  It really helped me to see my identity in Christ. That I am a Princess of the Most High King. Not in a snooty kind of way, but that I can stand up straight, firmly, in who I am. He is my Heavenly Father, and as His daughter, He has put passions in my heart and given me qualities that NO ONE ELSE HAS. Not better, not worse, just different.

SWOR

During this time at ministry school I learned and saw a lot of INCREDIBLE things. Like I said in a previous post, ministry school changed my life. But the absolute most priceless thing I learned, after being a Christian for nearly 20 years, was to recognize the voice of the God.  Up until the age of THIRTY-ONE, I had NO CLUE that God spoke to me. I had NO IDEA how to hear His voice and plus… why on earth would HE the Creator want to speak to me? But… it was all in His timing and I am so thankful for that.

The photos below are of a journal entry I made on 2/17/2013. While in ministry school I journaled A LOT, otherwise I normally only journal about every 6 months or so. I probably ought to more, but I guess that’s what my blog is for now. 🙂

Journal1    journal2The majority of the writing is what the Lord was telling me, what is in parenthesis is my response to His questions. Essentially He was asking me what I wanted to do and what I had in my heart. My response:

“I want to help with our financial burden to allow for more ministry, use my talents, help others financially and physically. To make an impact. To make a difference.”

… This journal entry will be looped back in in a few seconds…

Fast forward 3.5 months and my 2nd son Lucas started getting a croupy cough (he battled chronic croup for years… was on massive amount of steroids, 2 ER visits, etc…), but this time I had had enough… way too many steroids. I researched anything and everything I could which led me to Young Living Essential Oils. I prayed and asked God if i was going nuts to actually try essential oils. His response to me… “You (meaning you all) have forgotten about MY PERFECT PROVISION”. Sold. Done. Nothing more to ask. The Bible says that God has given us EVERYTHING we need. EVEN MEDICINE. There’s a lot more to this journey, but I want to get to the heart of this particular post. For more than 6 months we began seeing the power of essential oils in our home.  We saw God’s own medicine do what it was supposed to do…. for croup, warts, pollen allergies, feminine infection, respiratory infections, cuts, bruises, headaches, stomach problems, etc…

After seeing this… I became passionate. Passionate about spreading the goodness of the Lord through something so old, yet forgotten. How did I miss the fact that essential oils or the plants that produce them are mentioned in the Bible over 600 times? I had NO CLUE that Frankincense, myrrh and spikenard still existed. (How cool is that?). As I began to share with others I saw the health of friends and family changing for the better around me. As they began to share, they started becoming passionate too. About a year after using essential oils in my family I felt the Lord urge me to do this as a formal business. REALLY?!?! Me? There’s no WAY IN THE WORLD I would be successful at something like this… achievement and I are not usually in the same sentence.

The beginning was very very slow and HARD… very hard. But God is so good and patient with me. From the beginning my focus has been to keep my heart in the right place. Little by little my business has grown. I had to set my first goal – Silver level within 6 months. Deep inside it was scary to have a goal. I don’t make goals, because then I don’t have to reach them. I stayed focused… prayed A LOT… and rather than 6 months… I made my goal in 4 months (Oct 2013). Are you KIDDING me?  I’m still in disbelief…because the prize for reaching my goal was a kit of 120 oils and it just came in the mail a few days ago.

Silverin6Just after achieving my goal I opened up my journal to begin writing and accidentally turned it to my journal entry from Feb 2013. I had completely forgotten about it and honestly don’t remember writing about it. What impacted me so deeply is that… 1. I am financially contributing to my family 2. I am using talents God has given me. 3. I am helping others with their health AND finances and 4. I am starting to see that I can make an impact/difference.

God has taken my struggles and turned them into something incredible. I still struggle and wonder if I will make it to my next goal… but there’s a little voice inside that says… “go for it. you got it. take a risk. push on”.

What is YOUR passion? What has the Lord laid on your heart? Have you achieved something you never thought possible? Or do you need to revisit your passions and take a small step forward towards those dreams?  I believe the Lord places passions and desires on our hearts and is SO happy when we realize they are from Him and take a chance towards those dreams. I would love to hear your stories or know how to pray for you.

Love, Sarah

il_fullxfull.3448977501

Welcome to Wine & Myrrh

Welcome. It feels a little strange to think someone might actually read my blog. This is my first post EVER into the massive blog-o-sphere. I NEVER thought I would blog. I don’t see myself as a good writer (probably not fair to compare myself with other amazing blogs) , and I avoid venturing  into new things. Well, here I am. Blogging.

Wine & Myrrh is already impacting my heart. I’ve had to come to a place where I felt like my opinions and stories were worth sharing. I shared a part of my story a few months ago on Facebook about a miscarriage I had and I couldn’t believe the amount of feedback. I realized that it’s not ME on this journey… we are ALL on this journey together, but our individual paths look a little bit different. After that Facebook post, I really prayed and felt I was supposed to begin sharing my story. All of it. No doubt some parts will likely be boring, but I hope  other parts will encourage, strengthen, and increase the faith of those reading.

Why Wine&Myrrh?  Here’s why…

Biblical Meaning
Mark 15:23 “Then they offered him (Jesus) wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.” Both the wine and the myrrh would have helped relax and numb Jesus’s pain while He hung on the cross, however HE REFUSED IT.  Not only did it fulfill a prophecy that He would drink vinegar, but Jesus bore 100% of the pain for us, when He could have easily had just a little bit of relief. Wow. Insert “Jesus loves me” song here. I know He loves me.

Wine
– I like wine. 🙂
– Symbolizes Miracles: Jesus turned water into wine.
– Symbolizes Jesus: wine symbolizes His blood poured out for me and you.
– Represents joy, celebration, and festivity, & the abundant blessings of God.
– Also symbolizes our need for self control (in all areas of life).

Myrrh
-Symbolizes Beauty & Marriage – it was a popular custom to lay a bundle of myrrh on one’s chest while sleeping as a beauty treatment in preparation for a wedding.  Esther was provided oil of myrrh before her wedding.— Song of Solomon 1:13
– Symbolizes bitterness, suffering, and affliction. The Hebrew word for myrrh is Mowr which means “distilled,” and comes from the root word Marar which means “bitterness.” The baby Jesus would grow to suffer greatly as a man and would pay the ultimate price when He gave His life on the cross for all who would believe in Him.
-Symbolizes Christ’s Return: Revelation 8:3-4 tells us that the original altar of incense continues to be used before the throne of God in Heaven. Psalm 45:8 describes Yeshua’s (Jesus) garments: “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia…” (This oil blend smells AMAZING!)
-Myrrh is an essential oil – it has incredible healing properties AND essential oils have become my passion and purpose in this season of life.

So, what does this all mean to me? God is good. He has provided so many good things for me including wine and myrrh, but because they are good doesn’t mean there is no limit. Like the saying goes there can be “too much of a good thing”. Too much wine leads too drunkenness and possibly even death. Too much myrrh… honestly I don’t know what happens with the ingestion of too much myrrh resin or essential oil, but I’m guessing  it wouldn’t be a good idea. Today’s society is a “feels good = good” society. I believe I have a responsibility to take care of myself, my family, and my friends and family.  I do my best to use the Bible as my guide for right and wrong… mixed in with what the Holy Spirit tells me and sometimes a ‘lil ol common sense.

Thank you for reading and joining me on this journey. I pray abundant blessings over you and yours during the 2015 year.

Love, Sarah

Ezekial 47-12