I guess this stems from last nights pre-natal class. She was talking about pain medications and c-sections and this was her introduction: "Most girls get epidurals. And those who say they aren't going to, usually do anyhow." And then she went on to say how very few women actually have un-medicated births.
How encouraging is that!?! It really set a bad tone for the rest of the night. I just don't understand why they don't encourage natural birthing more. There would be less complications and cesareans that way (but also less money for the hospital and staff...hmmmmm.....). Our bodies are designed to do this! We are capable! But if everyone is telling you that it's next to impossible, why would you think otherwise?
I am extremely grateful that I started researching natural birth as soon as we found out we were expecting (and probably a little before). I'm also tremendously grateful for the two books on the Bradley method that friends of ours let us borrow. We have learned so much about what I am capable of and allowing my bodies natural instincts to kick in.
The more I read about any medication, the more I don't want a single drop. It is a slippery slope that is hard to stop. Start medicine A and it is much more likely you will need medicine B and with the combination, the likelihood of a C-Section is almost doubled, if not tripled. And at 1 in 3 births ending in a cesarean already, I'd rather not up my chances.
If at all possible, Baby Girl will come into this world naturally and Mama will be medication free!
Yes, yes, I know I need to be prepared for anything. We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. And, in the end, she will be here and we will all be happy! :)
And now I have the extra motivation of proving that nurse wrong! Un-medicated birth is possible! And completely natural! haha. But, really, we are choosing a natural birth because we feel it is what's best for the start of our little family, for me, and most importantly, for her.
|Love that little bump!|
|Hubby always manages to get the best faces of me.....seriously.....|
|I can really tell a difference, but these pics don't show it. :( However, it is a bit higher and more round and you can definitely see that!|
This week, baby is the size of an: Cucumber or Cauliflower - as far as length and weight are concerned.
Next appointment: One week from today!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I think I am officially back to my pre-preggo weight. Which is really good news! I've been trying to eat more protein the last few days so hopefully that will help. The doctor's haven't been concerned but I just don't feel like I'm gaining enough. And when I checked my protein intake it was pathetic....to say the least.
Exercise: Always depends on the weather. But with VBS this week and me helping with the music, I have been moving quite a bit! ;)
Maternity Clothes: Definitely more often. Won't be much longer and I won't get away with regular shorts/pants.
Sleep: Pretty good lately. May have to get a body pillow soon.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Not really anything this week.
Movement: Not quite as consistent. But much less subtle. haha. She kicked Daddy in the face the other night. It was amusing. He was just trying to talk her into moving a little before we went to bed. I think it was her way of telling him to buzz off, she's trying to sleep! ;)
What I Miss: Dippy Eggs. Boosting my protein means more eggs. And I usually like mine over medium - a little runny for toast dipping, but mostly cooked through....but for Sprout's safety they have to be cooked the whole way.
What I'm Loving: How much she is growing. My belly is noticeably larger. And that is so fun! And she is still a little lopsided. lol.
What I'm Looking Forward To: Doc appointments more often. Every 2 weeks after this next appointment! :)
Best Moment This Week: Probably when she kicked Hubby's face. tehe.
Milestones: She is able to recognize my voice! It's about time! ;) But, more exciting, this is the LAST WEEK OF MY 2nd TRIMESTER!!!
Goals: I may be able to paint the nursery! We got the walls done! Now we just have to paint the trim. Still have blog reviews to do and I still have plenty of organizing and rearranging left. But things are coming together!