Ok, I’m Really Pregnant

Six weeks hit, along with pregnancy symptoms. I couldn’t believe it! I wasn’t supposed to feel sick because I was so healthy!! I was feeling nauseous and dizzy for 2 weeks. I couldn’t even drive to my office so I worked from home. Yuck! When I went to my first doctor’s visit, she said it was normal and gave me some things to try… I was desperate! Sea Bands-NOPE; peppermint extract-NOPE; fresh ginger-NOPE; ginger snaps-NOPE; Morning Sickness Tea-NOPE. Around 7 weeks, I started taking 400mg of Magnesium before getting out of bed in the morning and then 25 mg of B6 every 4 hours. I think that helped, but it’s hard to tell. All I could eat for those 2 weeks was carbs. My favorites were whole wheat english muffins with butter and apricot jelly, mini cinnamon raisin bagels with cream cheese, cheese and crackers, and saltines. I felt so guilty for eating such bland things and not exercising (how could I exercise when I could barely walk) but my midwife reassured me that the baby would be fine and I’d make up for it in a few weeks.

She was right! At 9 weeks, I’m starting to feel human again! I even ate a whole bunch of kale the other night. I’m getting back into my old ways. I’m working everyday and even went to the gym twice so far this week! Hormones are crazy! I’m eating much better these days… much more produce and protein. I’m so lucky that the worst part of it was only 2 weeks. I couldn’t imagine going through that until week 12 or 13! Now I can get excited! 

Our First Doctor Visit

Stew and I decided a few months ago that we wanted to do a birth center. It all started when I found out that, as of last November, individual healthcare (which is what we have) doesn’t cover any maternity costs. Now if you have insurance through a group it’s a different story. So I figured if we were going to pay thousands anyway, I might as well go somewhere that’s more aligned with my way of thinking.

A few months ago we went on a tour of the birth center and absolutely fell in love. At that time, we weren’t even pregnant but knew it was where we wanted to be. There are 4 midwives that are all wonderful (we met 2 that night and 2 at our first visit). The atmosphere is so calm. They are completely supportive of what mom and dad want. We loved every second being there.

Just a few short months later, we were there again! This time it was for our 8 week check up. How exciting! We met the other 2 midwives and loved them. Each time we go, we’ll see a different midwife and then whoever is on call when I go into labor will deliver our baby. Our checkup was great. She talked to us for a long time, took some tests, and gave me an exam. Everything was normal and looking good! Our next visit will be May 8th. Can’t wait!