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Young Wife’s Guide to Natural Pregnancy & Beyond Series

on November 12, 2012 by Jami Balmet 20 comments

If you are new around here, my husband and I are expecting twin boys in December. These are our first babies, we are new parents, and so excited!

Pregnancy has been a fun journey so far. God’s timing was so perfect when we found out that we were pregnant with our first baby! 3 months later we found out another fun surprise, it’s twins! Now I am 30 weeks with the twins and happily getting our nursery together for the babies.

We have studied what it means to eat healthy during pregnancy, take care of my body, exercise (and throw that out the window as I am put on bed rest). We have prepared for a natural labor while knowing a C section might be inevitable with twins.

We are busy making decisions on circumcision, vaccines, baby products for the boys and so much more! We know we are not alone in this journey but it can be so hard to find good, solid, and natural advice on pregnancy and babies! I want to make the best home for the boys that I can while at the same time knowing all of our future’s rest firmly in God’s hands.

And while we are by no means experts on pregnancy, birth, or raising kids we have learned a lot through this process. I am excited to share the research I have done with you and also have some fabulous guest posters during this series.

This series will cover many topics on pregnancy, birth, and babies including:

  • Thoughts on being a young mother
  • My commitment to being a stay at home mom
  • Natural pregnancy
  • Mentally Preparing for birth
  • Healthy Choices for baby
  • Circumcision or not
  • To vaccine or not to vaccine?
  • Cloth Diapering
  • And so much more!!

So come back all November and December for everything having to do with babies and pregnancy! And at some point during this watch for the birth announcement of our twin boys: Malachi & Micah. 

This post is part of my Natural Pregnancy & Beyond Series. Catch up on all the posts in this series:

  1. Introduction
  2. Young, In Love, and Pregnant: Our Journey To Parenthood
  3. Our Maternity Photo Shoot
  4. 7 Reasons We Are Starting a Family Young
  5. My Dream of Becoming a Stay at Home Mom: How We Made it a Reality
  6. Crowning Him in Worship: Reflections on Redeeming Childbirth
  7. 10 Steps Towards a Natural Pregnancy & Birth

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  1. I’m looking forward to this series. All things pregnancy and birth related are interesting. 🙂 My sister and I just did a similar series through the month of October. It really helped us to to think through and remember why we made the decisions we did with our pregnancies. 🙂

  2. Looking forward to this. We are going to be trying for a baby soon, so it will be ideal timing. I already know I want a midwife, but beyond that I just don’t know.

  3. I recently came across your blog and am excited for this series! 🙂 I just got married at 21 last August 2011, and am hoping to get pregnant within the next year or two, God-willing. I wish it was sooner, but unfortunately, it isn’t time yet. Looking forward to learning all I can in this series before that time comes! 🙂

      • Was it difficult to wait?? I’ve been working full-time in an office and I’m having a difficult time as I just desire so much to be at home pregnant or with children 🙂 However, I know God’s timing is perfect… I’m just really impatient 😉

        • Yes, and I was “ready” feeling before hubby so I had to wait for him as well. He really wanted to make sure we were financially ready and we wanted to be able to move closer to family. But our 3 1/2 years we were married before kids came along has been wonderful! We really did get to lay such a great foundation 🙂

          YES, God’s timing is perfect! I had to just keep remembering that and really His timing with our twins is PERFECT! Better than we could have planned 🙂

  4. Thanks Jami! I am very excited about this series and I am enjoying your blog! 🙂 I just turned 25 (got married at 18) and my husband (he is 27) and we have 4 boys already (and like I said earlier) are expecting the 5th boy around Christmas. 🙂

  5. I just wanted to also say congratulations and add some encouragement! I’ve been married nearly 5 years, am 24, and we are expecting our third child January 24th ;). I had the conviction after my son was born to stay home with him, and after I surrendered it to God, He blessed us with my precious daughter 10 months later. Now I have an almost 3 year old, and almost 2 year old, and a newborn on the way (we don’t know the gender of this one 😉 we decided to wait!) and while sure, financially it is tough at times, being home is the most precious thing to my heart. We also cloth diaper which is fantastic, I didn’t start until mine were 16 and 6 months, so this is my first time getting to do it from birth. I can’t even TELL you how much money it has saved us, especially having two different children with two different sensitivities- buying unisex one size diapers has been a lifesaver- especially since the number of rashes we get is minimal now.

    I had my daughter naturally and while she was a few weeks early, I can assure you the labor was equally as painful as my first who was induced. But the real difference is that recovery is a MILLION times better the natural way, and you’d be SHOCKED how much your body can really tolerate and the elation from going through it all and feeling everything and then holding your baby is really a different world. I’m planning on having this baby naturally as well (hopefully not as early as my daughter), and am looking forward to laboring and really listening to my body and to what baby needs. There is nothing like it!

    Oh, and I just wanted to say, being a young Mother has definite perks, but also can be difficult when you feel so many people your age don’t have children or are even pursuing marriage- but I say keep your head up because more people will reveal themselves that are just like you- it has happened for me. I’ve lost a lot of people I formally considered friends only to gain wonderful Spirit led people that have the same morals and values and even are young with families!

    Anyway, sorry for the novel, I just wanted to extend some wisdom I’ve learned in my experiences to you as you are on this exciting journey of marriage and motherhood! Can’t wait for your thoughts on all of these things and congratulations again! <3