Baby #3: My First Plexus Pregnancy
My husband and I recently transitioned from man defense to zone. We no longer have just a two and three-year-old, but also a newborn–our sweet Lainey Kay. My third pregnancy was by far my best pregnancy, and so very much different than my first two non-Plexus pregnancies.
Why I Plexus
About a year and a half ago a sweet friend of mine introduced me to Plexus. I had never heard of the company nor the products they sold, but I had a problem, a big problem–postpartum depression. I ordered the supplements as a last resort after hearing many success stories of moms who had gone through the same hormonal imbalance. I quickly became a believer in the company when after just one month I was antidepressant-free, something I had been attempting unsuccessfully. For the first time in almost 3 years, I felt like “me”–I got my life back.
Six months into taking the Plexus supplements, I unexpectedly passed a test…a pregnancy test. A wave of fear and panic came over me as I remembered my struggles with postpartum depression, especially since I wasn’t sure that my OB would allow me to continue taking my Plexus products.
What My OB Says About Plexus
At my first OB appointment, I brought my bag full of Plexus supplements. My OB spent about 10 minutes looking over the labels–he thoroughly and carefully read though each ingredient. “You can take everything!”, he finally responded. For the sake of the safety of my unborn baby, I also took the labels to a pharmacist and pharmacologist. Ironically, the pharmacist had taken Plexus supplements throughout two of her pregnancies, and the pharmacologist said that there were no concerns with any of the ingredients in any of the products I was taking. Hallelujah!
**These are the Plexus products I took as prescribed throughout pregnancy:
MegaX (Plant-based Omega– helps with fetus’ brain development)
XFactor Plus Vitamin-used this as a prenatal. If you are iron deficient, you may need something different, or an added iron supplement since XFactor Plus does not contain iron.
My First Two (Non-Plexus) Pregnancies
Weeks Gestation At Delivery
My first two pregnancies were very similar–I was sick as a dog from the day I conceived until the day I delivered. I vomited at least twice a day, every single day. It was exhausting to say the least, not to mention the toll it’s taken on my teeth. I also had a hard time gaining weight because of the constant nausea, which was concerning to the doctors.
My first two babies also came earlier than doctors would have liked.
Ava: 37 weeks
Carson: 37 weeks, 5 days
Length of Labor
In my first two pregnancies, labor started on its own but stalled, forcing me to be induced with Pitocin to reduce the chances of an emergency cesarian section. This made for very long labors.
Carson: 15 hours
My first two babies were smaller than average in both weight and length. Ava stayed in the hospital for a few extra days due since she kept losing weight after birth. Carson was a little larger, but wasn’t gaining weight at a very rapid rate, so we had to go in for daily weight checks for the first week and a half after he arrived.
Ava’s Birth Weight: 6lb 0oz, 18″ long
Carson: 6lb 6oz, 18.5″ long
It took my milk 5 days to come in with Ava, and 4.5 days to come in with Carson (hence the weight loss after delivery). I struggled to produce enough milk for the first couple of weeks, but I was able to eventually get my supply up with the help of Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle.
I struggled with horrible postpartum depression after both pregnancies, which started about 24 hours after giving birth. I was put on medication shortly after delivering Ava because I would cry uncontrollably for no known reason–wacky hormones.
My Third (Plexus) Pregnancy
I had really terrible nausea in the first trimester, and threw up quite a bit, but it went away completely as soon as I hit the second trimester! My weight gain was gradual and right on track, since I wasn’t so sick all the time.
Weeks Gestation At Delivery
Lainey Kay: 40 weeks on the dot.
Length of Labor
Lainey Kay: Four hours, start to finish.
Lainey Kay: 6lb 13oz., 20″ long
It only took my milk 2.5 days to come in, and my supply was more than I needed so I was able to start storing milk right away.
No issues with hormones at all, thus no need for medication. I really can’t believe it!
Is Plexus Beneficial to Pregnant Women?
There is no doubt that my Plexus supplements gave me the best pregnancy…ever. It was so very different from my first two non-plexus pregnancies. Would I do it all, all over again? YES! I can’t help but wonder how my first two pregnancies would have gone, had I know about the benefits of the supplements. I am forever grateful for my health, and I will never stop sharing my Plexus story because of the drastic impact these supplements have had on my life.