This is me, and I’m 32 weeks pregnant.duh ok maybe I didn’t need to tell you that with my ha-uge belly up above. But, in partnering with mommi protein it has afforded me the opportunity to tell my story of pregnancy.
All of our stories are different. Pregnancy is so unique for each one of us. Sometimes our difficulties are in just trying to get pregnant. Sometimes they come in trying to keep that baby in and healthy for the whole 9 months, sometimes its trying to keep the mom healthy and well-fed. We can all definitely agree pregnancy, while beautiful, is so not easy.
You may have seen this picture (below) a few weeks ago on our instagram and a brief summary of my health. But it was really condensed. I’m still only going to tell you the necessities here…but if you want the whole story you can read about it HERE, My Lupus Story. As an 8th grader I was diagnosed with Lupus, and my lupus was very bad. very very bad. It took a while to diagnose (as lupus people will say it usually does) and by the time it did most of my major, vital organs were being attached severely…. I mean you name it- liver, heart, lungs, skin, blood (had a blood clot) kidneys… in particular my kidneys were really bad. They were the primary reason the doctors decided I needed to have chemo. In the end my lupus was hard to tame, and it took three years of an ugly chemo, a lot of medications, a lot of tears and a lot of throwing up before I was declared in remission. In the end they told me I wouldn’t have kids because my reproductive organs were probably so damaged from the chemo, medications and lupus. And that I shouldn’t have kids. Hormones are typically what sets off a lupus flare (at age 13 it was obviously my puberty hormones) and we all know that pregnancy is full of hormones. Oh, glorious hormones…. ( the emojis I wish I could insert here.)
So, after a few years of marriage I was in extremely good health and hadn’t seen any signs of my lupus since chemo ended at age 18. With the consent of my doctors we tried for our first child. It took a while but it was successful. a miracle! babies 2 and 3 were easily conceived, and now we are on 4. While I don’t struggle with infertility as the doctors suggested I might, I still struggle with very difficult pregnancies. Everything that happened to me over a decade ago effect my pregnancies still today. Because of my blood clot I have to take lovenox injections daily. Because of all the throwing up and damage the chemo did to my stomach and intestines I do not absorb nutrients very well. Which is where mommi 3-in-1 Protein comes in! Once I started having kids I started to get anemic. The doctors would tell me over and over to take iron pills, I would take them over and over again, and I would tell them over and over I AM TAKING THEM. They do not work! (they do not listen)
My anemia was so bad this pregnancy the machines could not even detect iron in my blood, and I felt it! I had heart problems, breathing problems, I couldn’t even climb up the stairs without getting winded and dizzy. I’d walk my child to his kindergarten door and feel like I was going to faint. It was so hard, and weird. (and scary) We didn’t know if it was exactly anemia (or progesterone, or lupus, or pregnancy) but when I started taking a liquid iron supplement called Floradix Iron I immediately felt better. So I begged the docs to do an iron infusion. During the holiday season they did the first one, and about 3 weeks after I felt like a completely different person. I was still having some problems and mild side effects from the anemia so about 2 weeks ago we did a second iron infusion.
This is where mommi protein comes in for me….and for you. Our supplements are and can be so important to our health. There is so much controversy as to whether vitamins (in pill form) are helpful. How much are they really absorbed? (Obviously for me they are not.) But just like when I drank the liquid iron, when I drink mimmi 3-in1-protein I KNOW I’m absorbing vitamins and nutrients and its SAFE! I feel it is so much more important for us to get our vitamins organically. We need to eat our veggies! eat our fruits, our proteins… not eat semi healthy, or crappy and hope our vitamins will fill in the gap.
So I really want to encourage you women out there to check mommi out, and spread the word. In the near future you will be seeing it at your stores! I whole heartedly love this stuff and endorse it. (It’s really yummy too.)
When I thought about what to make for a smoothie…I thought about what I need. Iron and fiber… haha I mean seriously, what pregnant (or not pregnant) person does not need fiber.
1.Pear–which is the highest in iron (for fruit). For One ripe pear you will get 12% DV of your iron. (6g of fiber and a good amount of your b vitamin)
2.Raspberries- which has a lot of fiber! 8g (for one cup serving) and it also has 5% of your DV iron.
- 1 ripe pear chunked
- 1 cup ripe raspberries
- 1 packet of vanilla mommi 3-in-1 protein powder
- 12 oz milk
- 1 cup ice
- place all ingredients in blender and blend.