Thursday, December 6, 2012

Week 27

Symptoms:  Tiredness, back pain, nausea.

Cravings:  Ginger bread, dark chocolate

Diet:  I've also been including molasses and red raspberry leaf tea in the diet (to tone the uterus).  I'm not a huge fan of molasses, but it's high in calcium and iron. 

Midwives Apt:  Here are some stats- weight 138.8, up 15 pounds in total.  Heartbeat 145-150, baby is head down.

Community Prenatal Class: (2 hours)  There was only 1 other pregnant person there aside from me!  They hope that next time we will have a group of 4-5 women.  There were also 3 midwives, 2 nursing students, 1 midwifery student, and 1 notetaker.  We talked a lot about nutrition/diet and completed a quiz.  I learned that the midwives think that most herbal teas are fine to consume during pregnancy, because we drink them in low doses.  So I can start drinking chamomile and echinacea again!  Our next meetup is in 4 weeks, and a physiotherapist is attending.  We are going to discuss discomforts in the body. 

Friday Prenatal:  We had 3 hours of discussion on vit k, proph. eye drops, circumcision and vaccines.  So much to think about, especially when it comes to vaccines.  There was also a lot of reinforcement to 'own your baby' if you deliver at a hospital.  Don't let doctors or nurses talk you in or out of things you want.  ie:  If you want skin to skin immediately after delivery, then they should let you! 

Week 26

Symptoms:  Baby is jabbing me sharply in the cervix!  Back pain, charlie horses every morning, acne on thighs, and clumsiness has set in.

Cravings:  Dried bananes, kale chips.  Trying to eat/drink healthier items like coconut water (ugh-why does it taste so bad), and sunflower pate sandwhiches.

Work:  Feeling really tired.  3rd week of standing for 40 hours a week.  Submitted paperwork to my family doctor for accommodation.  One nice girl at work asked if I needed help when I was bending down to pick something up. 

Highlights:  Still kicking hard!  Thought I maybe felt the baby's head with my hand.

Prenatal Class:  We learned all about interventions, like epidurals, morphine, gas and the use of the Tens machine.  Basically the better pain relief you receive, the higher risk of further interventions.  For example, if you get an epidural you could end up having a cathetar, IV, spinal fluid could leak out resulting in months of headaches, your labour slows down which puts you at risk for a c-section. 

Weekly Buys:  Raw coco butter for my tummy. 

Links:  Birth Markings  Watch this video on how birth changes your body and what it means to different women.  Very empowering! 

Week 25

Symptoms:  Healthy hair.  Fast growing nails.  Sore back.  Aches and pains in torso.  Vertebra cracking when I move.

Cravings:  Sugar!  Sweet things galore.

Work:  HR is refusing my medical testamony from my midwife.  Now asking me to get the documentation from a physician-just so I don't have to lift really heavy boxes or stand for 40 hours a week.  Please!

Highlights:  So much movement!  Can see kicking from outside the belly.

Prenatal Class:  Reviewed 3 stages of labour, and went into depth about comfort measure techniques.  Seating and standing poses for labour with your partner, and various massage techniques.  There are definitely some items I would like to buy for my labour.  Like essential oils (peppermint and lavender which I already have), tennis balls for massage, and a wooden back massager.

Week 24

Midwives Appointment-

Stats:  heartbeat 135, measuring 23 inches pelvis to belly button, 133 pounds (gained 10 pounds), baby laying sideways.  The midwife felt the baby for the first time, trying to locate its position.  Not the most comfortable feeling. 

Midwife asked if I would like to participate in an experimental prenatal group based off the model 'centering pregnancy.'  Basically, the idea behind it is to faciliate learning and discussion at every checkup with other pregnant women who are due around the same time you are.  This model is used in the states, and has been successful in Vancouver.  I think it will be interesting, because it allows you to learn from other women.  They might bring up questions or concerns that you might not have thought about. 

Gestational Diabetes Testing:  I decided to turn down the optional testing.  I am not in a high risk category for it, and don't show any signs.  So happy not to be doing the test!!

Prenatal Class: 

On friday from 7-9:30 we went to our first prenatal class that is taught by a doula.  There were 6 couples there, 3 thinking about home births, 2 delivering at the hospital that I chose as my backup hospital, and only 1 had an OBGYN (the rest have midwives).  One woman was on the same waiting list as me at a different midwifery centre for weeks, so there is definitely a high demand for midwives.  I feel very lucky to have found one!

As I mentioned, the teacher is a doula and has 6 kids of her own!  She appears very well versed in birthing matters.  What I took out of the first class is that you want to assist your baby into an anterior birthing position (baby's back to your stomach).  Things that can help with this are squatting, being on all fours, sleeping on your side.  Basically avoiding being on your back.

Prenatal class encouraged me to pump up my pilates birthing ball, and to do more yoga in order to be prepared for labour.  I also want to do more breathing exercises.  Nothing complicated, just deep, smooth conscious counted breaths. 

Highlights of the Week:  Baby movement!  I can now see movement from the outside of my stomach.

Week 23

Symptoms:  Leaking nipple, weird dreams, still eating really small meals because my stomach seems to be squished.

Concerns:  Stretch marks.  I've been using Sympathy for the Skin from Lush (it has a cocoa base).

Looking Forward To:  Midwives Apt. tomorrow.  Get to meet to 2nd midwife.  Prenatal classes also begin this Friday for 6 weeks.

We will be learning about:  Anatomy of the pregnant body and terminology
-labour overview
-getting your baby in the best position for birth
-labour signs
-stress and its effects on labour

Shopping:  Stocked up at Thyme Maternity my fav. maternity clothing store.  I bought 1 pair of cords, 1 pair of jeans, and a set of nursing pjs.