Pregnancy Knot: Jennifer Backes

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How far along are you in your pregnancy? 
20 weeks.

How are you feeling physically? 
Pretty good. No morning sickness, just extra tired and hungry. Round ligament pain is annoying, but I don’t have much to complain about at all! I really like being pregnant.

How are you feeling emotionally? 
I swing wildly from feeling incredibly lazy to being strongly motivated to get a million things accomplished before this baby comes. In any given moment, I feel excited at the thought of holding my new baby in my arms and overwhelmed at the thought of caring for a newborn and a toddler.

How have you been preparing for childbirth? 
I try to read a few positive birth stories every week. I made it a point to fully process my previous pregnancy and birth early on during this pregnancy. We have chosen our doula and are now just working out the logistics of which car the toddler car seat will be in and which car to take to the birth center and who will watch our toddler and all that. The birth itself, I am actually excited for. I enjoyed most of my labor and know how to improve my mindset and preparedness for this next one. Favorite Birth Book: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Favorite Baby Books: The Baby Book by Dr. Sears, No Cry Sleep Solution andHappiest Baby on the Block

What do you love most about being pregnant? 
The excitement that is shared by friends, family and total strangers. It’s such a great opportunity to meet people and hear about their birth experiences.

Any cravings? 
Nothing specific and long lasting. At the moment I could really go for a burger...or three.

What makes you feel the best right now? 
Going for walks in the sun. Being active and walking hills helps my hips to loosen up and not be as achy, the sunshine feels awesome and my 20 month old LOVES our walks!

Anything else you'd like to share with pregnant mamas? 
I’ve really enjoyed learning about how many effective natural remedies there are available for common pregnancy discomforts. Headaches, nausea, leg cramps etc. I’d definitely recommend learning about those alternatives before jumping into medications while pregnant.