Before I had my children my life was pretty carefree, I ate what I wanted, used many personal care products with ingredient lists more lengthy than the day is long, and many chemical cleaners. Boy, have I learned a lot since then!
Fast forward to 2009, I became unexpectedly pregnant – I was in a stable relationship with the man who is now my husband, but we had still not really decided we were ready for that step! Regardless, we were over the moon, I knew he would be a wonderful dad and we were excited for our future. Probably more unexpectedly, at 6 weeks, I lost the pregnancy. It took me a long time to come to terms with the loss.
Eventually, I was ready to let the cards lay as they fell. We weren’t technically trying, nor were we preventing. In August of 2009, we were thrilled that I was once again expecting. It was a tumultuous time, wrought with fears of another loss, tempered excitement and obsessively reading anything I could get my hands on. Unfortunately, in October at 12 weeks, I had another pregnancy loss. This time, I was a real wreck. I couldn’t wrap my head around why a healthy 21 year old wasn’t able to maintain a pregnancy. This is what humans are made for, propagating the species. I was failing the test.
Under our health care plan women are not routinely screened for high risk pregnancy markers or sent for further testing until they’ve had 3 miscarriages, thankfully my doctor was proactive and pushed through as much testing as he could. I went through extensive blood work, ultrasounds, genetic counselling, and various other tests. In the end, we were no closer to the truth, no test turned up a single reason why my body would be refusing these pregnancies. My new high risk obstetrician suggested we start a low dose ASA and progesterone supplements as soon as I fall pregnant the next time.
There is a happy ending to this story, in January 2010, the 28th to be exact, I found out I was pregnant again. This time, armed with my chemical cocktail, I was able to carry my baby to term. Over term, actually. They had to forcibly evict her at 41.5 weeks! Our perfect, beautiful and healthy baby girl was born in October 2010. We named her Aedyn, which means: little fire. She definitely was and still is our little fire. She was the fire within me. The fire that kept me going in times of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. In March 2012, I delivered our second perfect, beautiful, and healthy child. Our son Zenen, his name means: gift of Zeus. He certainly is our gift from the Gods.
Having gone through our struggles, and now bringing two beautiful kids into the world, I am SO much more conscious of the toxins all around us. I’ll always wonder if my former diet and chemical filled life had anything to do with our struggles. One of my biggest steps toward more mindful and healthful living has been to embrace essential oils. I’ve learned that being healthy and beautiful doesn’t actually correlate with the use of store bought chemicals.
In February, I was introduced to Young Living essential oils, to say that these oils have been a game changer would be an understatement. I plan on posting more about the individual oils in the future, but to give a brief idea of what we use the oils for, here’s a quick list:
- cuts, scrapes
- burns and sunburns
- sore throats
- stress relief
- estrogen dominance
- dry skin
- PMS symptoms
- nail polish stains on floors/furniture/walls – yes, for real
This is by all means, not an exhaustive list, but just a quick taste of what we are able to do with natural products! Starting Monday, I’ll be doing a “Meet The Oils Monday” post each week. Each instalment will feature one oil, have information, my own personal uses and other suggested uses. I’m really excited to start sharing and learning to be healthy together!
Crave the good,