Astraia - wow, that MW was out of line!! The reason women hire MWs is because they don't want to deal with those attitudes from doctors!
Not sure I'd be doula-ing during pg either, but I know some people do. I'm also one who loves pregnancy, and I'm really kinda sad this is my last chance. I enjoy pg far more than I do labor or the NB period, although granted DS' NB period was way harder than normal, so hopefully this one will be easier.
Shasta - hip pain, definitely first place to look is the mattress. I had this with DS and wound up spending the last trimester on the couch because the bed just hurt too much. Every morning I'd stand up and be barely able to waddle to the bathroom from the pain. This time we have the same mattress, but have added a 2" natural latex mattress topper and it's made all the difference in the world. As for stretches - whatever feels good. Sitting in the butterfly position (feet together) always felt really good to me - you want something that will stretch without more pain, since you're at the point you can really do yourself some damage.
Since I forgot to grab the template...
I'm 26 weeks, next MW appt is in March. Still not really exercising.
Food-wise right now is a grab-bag. I'm eating fairly healthy, but I'm not eating a whole lot quantity-wise, and it's really worrying DH. But since I've already gained more weight in this pregnancy than I had with DS by this point (by a pound or two), I'm not too worried about it. I'm really trying to pay attention to my body and eat to hunger. I will say though that last night I had 3 bowls of scalloped potatoes, it was just so yummy and satisfying. 1 bowl had chili on top, but the other two were plain.
Body changes - my areolas are still darkening, which is odd. I don't remember them being this dark with DS. Other than that, I could really do without the acne, which seems to have exploded all over my face. Belly still getting bigger. Some of my maternity shirts are now too short, and some of my pants aren't going to fit much longer. And these are the same clothes I was wearing at term with DS.
I seem to be starting with the nesting energy. I never really did it with DS, but then I was in a depression during that entire pg. I've been decluttering for the last 6 weeks, but yesterday I spent 4 hours cleaning, and today plan to do the same. DS' therapy comes in handy for something anyway - giving me kid-free time to do stuff like that.
We went to see a good friend the other day, and DH sat down and had a really long (4 hour) talk with her about all sorts of emotional stuff he's dealing with (I was watching her kids while they went out to talk). He and I have a huge issue with communication, so it was really nice to finally get someone to translate between us. After he went home she sat down and translated a lot of what he had to say for me, into words that I could understand. So we're working on meeting each other's needs better at this point, and I'm thinking about finding a conflict resolution mediator to help us periodically, since he's so adamant about not doing couples therapy. She did make it clear to him though that he needs to take over night-time parenting of DS NOW, so that DS can adjust before baby arrives. So the last 2 nights have been interesting. Bedtime has gone fairly well, a few minutes of screaming, but nothing too heinous. But my body is just so used to getting up at 4:30, that I'm still up at that point. After lying in bed until 5 unable to go back to sleep, I'm coming out and kicking DH off the couch so he can get 90 minutes in bed before he has to start his day. It's interesting.
I just finished canning all the asparagus. A full case gave me 14 jars of pickles, 2 quarts of marinated asparagus salad, several days worth of roasted asparagus with dinner, and I gave away a few bunches. Not too bad. Tomorrow I'll hopefully be doing cherry jam. Slowly I'll find my fridge again. I found a recipe for tangerine jam, which is tempting in and of itself, but not sure we'd eat it.
Guess I should get back to cleaning.