Greta’s Tea + Maternity Pics

Remember when I announced our pregnancy and said we had been wanting to get a pet goat?

Well, we even had a name picked out for our future goat: Greta. <—best goat name everrrrr

Anyway, we ended with an even better surprise of finding out we were pregnant and moved into our new house, with an HOA that didn’t allow goats. You can imagine the serendipity when the first midwife we saw introduced herself as Greta.

I’ve seen a lot of midwives in the practice for the past 34 weeks, but Greta has remained my favorite. I’m really hoping she’ll be on call the day I go into labor, but if she isn’t, I’ll be thrilled to see any of the other midwives.

Anyway, Greta has been especially thorough and patient during each of our appointments. She knew about each of the supplements my homeopathic doctor had me on during the first trimester (and said to keep taking them), and is very kind and knowledgeable. We got to talking about tea in my last appointment, and she asked if I was still drinking the pregnancy tea:

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I told her I was having a cup every other day or so, and she wrote down a recipe for homemade tea that’s especially beneficial for pregnant women.

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She said that I could go to Whole Foods, Sunflower or New Life (our 3 main health food stores), and get the loose herbs- a handful of each would make about a quart. Since I’ve never made my own tea before, I was excited to give it a whirl.

It was a little intimidating at first.

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The herbs are similar to the bulk bins: you grab a baggie, grab a spoon, get your desired quantity, and write down the item # on the tag.

The pricing is what weirded me out the most. On each jar was a price, like $18.99 or up to $34.99. I thought “Is this for the whole jar? A tablespoon? A lb? I have no idea. It’s going to be the type of situation where I end up paying $50 per herb or $0.50 per herb”

Thankfully, it was the latter- they’re priced per lb and I ended up spending about $2 for the herbs.

I got a new sprouting jar to make the tea in –I lost my old sprouting jar in the great move of 2011- along with said herbs (nettle leaf, red raspberry, red clover and spearmint for taste)

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This doesn’t look suspect at all…..

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Greta told me to add a quart of boiling hot water to a palmful of each of the herbs, and let it brew in the fridge for 8 hours.

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It already smells LOVELY. I can’t wait to drink it!

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I ended up making 6 cups instead of 4, and Greta said that I should drink about a quart a day.

********Of course, if you want to venture into making your own tea, talk to a doc or midwife first to see what they recommend for you.

More fun news: we got our maternity photos back from the lovely Whitney!

She was so sweet to meet us at the hotel Wednesday morning before we left to take some beach photos with the baby belly. They came out even better than I was hoping for, and I’m so thankful that she was able to do this for us. If you’re in the San Diego area and need photos, hit her up. Not only does she do amazing work, she’s a good friend of mine and a total sweetheart <3

Here are a few of my faves:

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79 Comments

  1. Julia on November 22, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Oh my gosh. these photos are bursting with love!
    So, so happy for you! The last one is my fav!

  2. Emma on November 22, 2011 at 5:34 am

    You two look so so so so happy! The last photo is my favourite it’s gorgeous 🙂

  3. Coco on November 22, 2011 at 7:04 am

    The photos are gorgeous!

  4. Holly @ The Runny Egg on November 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Gina I love your maternity pics! The last one is so beautiful!

  5. Priyanka on November 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Such beautiful pics. I love the last one!!!

  6. Megan B on November 22, 2011 at 10:30 am

    love these pictures, that last one is too beautiful.

  7. Ashley on November 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Absolutely LOVE the pictures!! You look beautiful!

  8. Laurie on November 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

    The pictures are beautiful!!!

  9. Kathy on November 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Wow – almost no words about those pics. Great photographer obviously and gorge subjects. Spectacular!! Your little girl will LOVE those photos her whole life long. And probably her kids will too!

  10. Jessy (squeezetheday) on November 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    The last photo on her site is absolutely lovely!

  11. Bree on November 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    The last photo is gorgeous!

    I am still on the fence about maternity pics for myself. This will probably be my only pregnancy, so I might want to capture it 🙂

  12. LJB on November 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    LOVE THE PICS! The last two are my fav 😉

  13. Megan on November 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Oh, I am excited about the tea- thanks for sharing!! And cute pictures. You guys look great and I love the lighting 🙂

  14. Nicole on November 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Gorg photos!

  15. Faith on November 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I drink that tea everyday as a non-preggers! It’s great for women of all stages of life. I love making my loose leaf tea in a french press for easy pouring and it helps to be able to squeeze all of the liquid out of the leaves.

  16. Katie @ Plates and Paste on November 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Love that last photo the most!

  17. Katie @ Plates and Paste on November 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Love that last one!

  18. onehealthyapple on November 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    You look beautiful in the pictures! Congrats on such a wonderful time.

  19. Julie S. on November 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Those are AWESOME!!!

  20. […] one from my treatment because they said it could potentially affect the baby.  She raved about the herbs in this homemade pregnancy tea (one of my faves), but said that are far as anything else goes, to talk to them first. Many of the […]

  21. […] one from my treatment because they said it could potentially affect the baby.  She raved about the herbs in this homemade pregnancy tea (one of my faves), but said that are far as anything else goes, to talk to them first. Many of the […]

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