It’s officially summer (a quick hooray!!) and as a pregnant mommy trying to keep up with a toddler, I am constantly looking for ways to hydrate, cool off, and stay healthy, and energized. The best way I have found to conquer all four of these is by drinking Bundle Organics juice. Seriously. I always have them in stock in my fridge so they are nice and cold and I take turns mixing it up between drinking all three flavors.
If you’ve been along this motherhood journey with me for a while you know that I am a nut about eating everything organic, especially my eggs, meats, fruits and vegetables. I am like this when I am not pregnant, but when I am pregnant I am even more particular of what I put into my body. I want my baby to have the best ingredients I can provide him and the best chance at a healthy body before he is able to feed himself. The best part about these juices, besides the how delicious they are, is that every ingredient is organic! Yes, you heard me correctly. Where can you find a yummy tasting fruit and vegetable juice beverage that is specifically formulated for pregnant and nursing women that are solely made up of organic produce and is fairly priced and readily available?
Let’s talk about the flavors for a minute. The first sample I ever tried was at a BabiesRUs baby registry event and I shamelessly asked for two more samples after my first taste because it was so good. I have tried a lot of fruit and veggie juices before and never tried one I truly enjoyed from the first sip as much as this one. The sales representative providing samples ended up giving me an entire bottle and I was elated. The sample I ended up trying was the Kale Apple Lemon Ginger flavor. It was so light and refreshing and honestly tasted healthy but also was delicious to drink, unlike other natural juices I’ve tried in the past. Let’s be honest, the thought of drinking kale and other raw fruits and veggies sounds tolerable but not favorable, right? I would say in my previous experience, yes. But not in the case of Bundle Organics.
Years ago when my husband and I were first married we were given a juicer as one of our wedding gifts so soon after our honeymoon we naturally went on a week long juicing diet. It is true that we lost weight and cleared out toxins in our bodies, but we were pretty miserable if I’m being truthful. We had recipes to follow but as much as we tried, the juice blends were a little rough to put down and tasted like raw fruits and veggies but not in a good way. The taste was tart and tangy or too sweet and tasted too sweet. Thank goodness I didn’t try to sell them and make a living out of blending juice drinks. But when you drink Bundle Organics juices, you feel like you are consuming something healthy but also can’t put it down and will constantly want more. The combination of fruits and veggies and other ingredients used make the perfect combination.
Ok, back to the flavors. The next flavor I tried was Orange Carrot Berry Ginger organic juice. This juice is also the perfect combination of sweet and smooth and the hint of ginger helps any queasiness, heartburn, or other uncomfortable pregnancy intestinal symptoms you may have. Lastly, I tried the Dark Berry Veggies organic juice blend. I honestly cannot pick a favorite; they are all so different so I suggest trying one of each and making your own conclusion!
In addition to all the healthy organic fruits and veggies, all of Bundle Organics juices contain essential ingredients for pregnant and nursing women including Folic Acid, Calcium, Vitamin D, Omega-3, and Iron. It’s a little prenatal vitamin boost right in your juice! This doesn’t replace your prenatal vitamin, but it contains the important ingredients that will only benefit you and your baby.
Honestly, even when I am long done with nursing, I can imagine I will still seek the health benefits of these juices for years to come. And for those mamas out there that are trying to get pregnant, I would highly recommend you start drinking these drinks for a fertility booster!
Wait!!! I haven’t even told you about Bundle Organics teas yet! I also have all three teas in stock in my pantry and use them frequently. The teas come in three flavors; Nausea Relief Tea: Organic Citrus Ginger, Pregnancy Wellness Tea: Organic Rooibos, and Lactation Support Tea: Organic Lemon Cardamom (which I will save for closer to birth and postpartum because I need all the help I can get!). The Nausea Relief Tea was most beneficial during the first trimester, but every once in a while I need some tummy relief and it’s my go-to ginger nausea fix. My favorite tea to have any time during pregnancy is the Pregnancy Wellness Tea. It is full of flavor and so soothing and gentle. All of the teas are OB-GYN approved, made with organic, non-herbal ingredients, and are caffeine free. And all of these teas are blended by Harney & Sons specifically for expecting moms and new moms. I typically have a cup of tea first thing in the morning or before bed, but on a hot summer day, I have been known to convert the tea into an iced-tea!
You can buy Bundle Organics products at BabiesRUs, Buy Buy Baby and Target.com and also directly through their website by following this link http://www.bundleorganics.com/collections/buy-now You can also subscribe to a bundle and save by following this link here http://www.bundleorganics.com/collections/subscription And you can get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $35. To learn more about Bundle Organics, please visit their website http://www.bundleorganics.com and follow them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bundleorganics/?hl=en and Twitter https://twitter.com/bundleorganics for product news, giveaways, and more!
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Plus, tune in to Instagram tomorrow @theparentologist to enter a giveaway to WIN a 6Pack of juices + a 3Pack of teas!!!!
Speaking of summertime, I have a rare but serious topic I want to talk about now on the blog. I started THE PARENTOLOGIST to be a one-stop resource for parents and parents-to-be on every topic that would be of interest about everything parenting with a therapeutic twist. That being said, I sought out to educate, motivate, and inspire parents on whatever topic I speak about each week. When I became a parent, I had to go to multiple blogs, chat circles, websites, and resources, to get answers to what I needed and it was frustrating and time consuming. Instead of you doing the research, I compile information from various reputable places and from various perspectives and put everything together in one blog each week.
Before we begin, let me say that when I first heard of secondary drowning, I honestly was so scared and I had never even heard of it until I was already a parent. I told myself I would never let my child near water until she was an adult. No, seriously. It scared me and it scared me very badly. Sometimes I wish I didn’t know as much as I do, but knowledge is power and power saves lives, especially in this case. And now that it is summer and we are spending more time outdoors at pools, lakes, splash pads, and the ocean, whether its in our own backyard or on a vacation, it is important to know how secondary drowning happens, the signs and symptoms to look for, and when to seek help. I want to remind you that I am not a medical doctor and if you have any doubt at all that your child is needing to be pulled from the water and or is having trouble breathing, don’t think twice. Immediately call your pediatrician or 911. I am simply giving you information I learned as one parent to another parent. My intention is not to scare you, but to give you knowledge on a topic that needs to be shared.
Luckily, secondary drowning only rarely happens and only typically affects 1-2% of drowning incidents. Very few children actually die from this submersion injury but symptoms may still range from mild to severe so it’s good to know them. This type of drowning is when your child breathes water into his or her lungs and causes inflammation or swelling that causes a lack of oxygen and hence trouble breathing. Ways your child can get water in their lungs is by being dunked, going under water while jumping into the pool, getting too much water into their mouth at any time while playing, and or if they are struggling in the water while trying to swim.
Symptoms of secondary drowning usually do not show up until hours later after being out of the water and sometimes up to 24 hours after your child exits the water. That’s the scary part. But the good news, if I can say that, is you will see warning signs. Here are some symptoms to look out for:
*Trouble Breathing or rapid shallow breathing or nostril flaring
*Changes in behavior like irritability or forgetfulness
*Vomiting or queasiness
*Pale or blue skin
Symptoms can possibly go away on their own but in many cases you will want to visit the doctor and may even need to take a trip to the ER if your child can’t breathe or doesn’t have enough oxygen. Doctors and experts suggest you keep an eye out for any of these symptoms for up to 24 hours after your child has had any trouble in the water. If symptoms do not go away on their own, call 911 and or head straight for the emergency room. Your child may need a chest x-ray, an IV, or even a breathing tube. There are no antibiotics to help your child in this case, but your child will be closely observed and get special care during their stay at the hospital. Doctors need to make certain your child’s airways are clear and oxygen levels are at a premium.
The most important thing you can do as a parent is practice water safety with your child. If you have a pool at home, make sure it is properly fenced. Create and enforce rules in or around water. Require your child to wear a flotation device. Watch your child closely in the water, and in most cases, be in the water with them, and only let your child swim where there are lifeguards present. I also highly recommend enrolling your child in swim lessons. Swim lessons can be found every summer in most cities and throughout the year at private swim schools. Typically babies can enroll in safety swimming classes as early as 6 months old. Drowning of any kind can happen in shallow water as well. So keep a close eye on your child in the bathtub, around toilet bowls, small plastic pools, and shallow child friendly pools. Never walk away from the bath or let your small child bathe alone.
Please remember this is rare and there are things you can do to help prevent any type of submersion injuries. If you have any questions about secondary drowning, please call your pediatrician. Please enjoy your summer and have fun, just remember to practice water and swim safety!