herbivora, if you feel you can birth unassisted just prepare yourself for it. My experience was with my mom birthing 5 of my siblings at home unassisted expect for my father assisting her. She had me and my next sister in a hospital but then circumstances for her third birth through seventh birth were UC at home. Right now I am trying to keep my DH on the midwife assisted birth experience for our own birth experience as long as I stay low risk. When I was a child and saw my siblings come into the world, it was the most amazing experience in the world.
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I am definitely feeling a bit impatient about my first visit...which is crazy, b/c DH and I have decided to wait until 12+wks.
To be honest, I am just feeling impatient altogether to get beyond the first trimester. Between the nausea and constant hunger, and the worry about the baby not sticking, well, I feel like i have my whole life on hold right now. Last night, I did a tarot card reading for some sort of guidance, and I was reminded that there are all types of cycles. Having been TTC for a while, I have been focused on TWW cycle...so I am now trying to slow myself down, gaze farther down the path, and appreciate the longer cycles of nature.
I'm feeling impatient too. I'm going at 8 weeks. Hoping to hear a heartbeat and then we will announce. I think that my main impatience is that I have had a low supply with all 3 kids (insufficient glandular tissue) and the first trimester is crucial for breast growth in pregnancy. I want to be very proactive this time so I might be able to exclusively breastfeed. I only had to supplement my 3rd with 6-8 oz a day of donor milk so I was making at least 2/3 of her needs.
What kinds of things are you doing to be proactive taryn237? I had heard the first trimester was important for nursing but never knew I could do something about it :) The first appointment is so exciting.
I called my midwives yesterday, because I had a really early miscarriage two months ago, and friends keep telling me to check progesterone (I guess all of my cousins take pills to keep their pregs going, I had no idea...). However, they said they don't do it proactively, and they don't book appts until 8-10 weeks. So, I guess I'll wait till the, and hope for the best! is there anything that I could eat or supplement to keep progestrone levels healthy, I wonder? I'm still breastfeeding my 19month old.
Just went out yesterday and got some new prenatals (new horizon- I was using the cheaper Whole FOdds brand intermittently while nursing, but though I had better get the good stuff now!).
Overall, I am praying for a better experience of medical care this time around.
aww, I'm sorry- early losses are so confusing and tough! I've had two, but the last one was really weird - hardly any bleeding at all. This time feels totally different, spiritually, psychically. I'm just really connected this time, and I never was before. Maybe already being a parent makes it a different ballgame- I feel a lot more ready to just enjoy the process. Early pregnancy is so strange!
Not regular spotting, but I did have some hormone imbalance issues causing irregular periods. I saw a naturopath about them 14 months ago and she started me on seed cycling. Long story short, my periods became regular within one month, and have stayed regular ever since thanks to the seed rotation plan. I bring this up because the second half of the plan has you ingesting a mixture of ground raw sesame/sunflower seeds (1-2 tbsp a day) to support progesterone production. Once we found out I was pregnant, my naturopath encouraged me to keep up with the sesame/sunflower seeds, at least during the first trimester. It might be worth a try for you?
I would go up to 1 tablespoon of each if you can stomach that much, but at least half a tablespoon of each. It's pretty good on salads and in smoothies. I have it on cottage cheese once in awhile too. :)
In any case, I wouldn't get an appointment before 12 weeks unless I was concerned about something. I have no reason to seek care before that time, and will be declining the first trimester screening
amylahminute- that is very interesting about the seeds. I also started to eat sunflower seeds daily since the start of this cycle (well, except this past week, b/c i can't seem to stomach the thought of eating them, but i need to work on that).
I started eating sunflower seeds not for progesterone issues, but because they are high in vitamin e...which is a natural blood thinner. (Again this is all just based on my internet research, not medical advice). I considered taking a vit e supplement, but i found a study suggesting that too much vit e can cause congenital heart issues so i decided to just boost my intake a bit with real foods-- thus, sunflower seeds. I also take baby aspirin, again for its blood thinning properties. I am worried that my losses could be due to blood clotting issues...which is a bit silly since I could just go take a test for it. But I don't want the test, b/c if i do have a real clotting issue, the dr. would then prescribe a daily shot. Soooooo...I am taking these few measures I feel comfortable with "just in case."
Edited by earthwalker - 4/19/13 at 4:33pm