New mom concerns
I am so sorry you are going through this, I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes when i was pregnant. This surprised me because I eat very well (always have), I have Celiac's disease, I grow and eat a lot of my own food, and what i don't grow i buy organic. This said I was very taken aback. I saw a nutritionist and followed her meal ideas for a while, then one day as i was walking back from our garden everything went white and i almost passed out. At that moment (luckily my husband was with me) I decided not to follow the nutritional advice i had been given. I no longer took my blood glucose tests (after every meal and in the morning).
My baby boy was born healthy with an apgar score of 9.9 the fear with GD is you might have a baby that is overweight from the start. My boy was 6lbs 2oz, Maybe a little small(but so are his father and I) he was not premie so he was fine and he is now 11 months and only got mildly sick once.
I tell you all this because I don't believe doctors ALWAYS know what their talking about, which is clear from your post, as your physician was unfamiliar with the meds you were prescribed. Any doctor will tell you that you should not stop taking any medication without talking to them, Also, for many medications a doctor prescribes they will get a monetary commission for the prescription. Just telling you to be careful.
One last note. I am no doctor, but i do know a lot about herbal medicines, If i were you i would not take any pharmecudical medicine during my pregnancy(Though if you want some tips for relaxation or relaxing herbs i would love to help)
Hope all goes well, I believe a mother can feel what is right for her body please contact me if you want some herbal info.
Welcome blacq. That's great news! So glad things are looking good and you're feeling excited! Have you joined your Due Date Club here at Mothering? You can share your pregnancy experiences, birth and baby news with moms due the same month as you. Check it out here: http://www.mothering.com/community/groups
As high blood pressure specifically in pregnancy is an issue that many OB/GYNs are familiar with, can you discuss with your OB/GYN the possibility of being the doctor to also monitor/help control your blood pressure issues? That might help with ensuring that drugs prescribed for your blood pressure are also safe for pregnancy. That aside, I might also suggest contacting the pharmacist, who should know about conflicts/complications of drugs and be able to better advise you on what your risks are for taking what you have been prescribed in pregnancy, as the pharmacist should know more specifically about the drug than the doctors will.
That's so exciting about hearing your baby's heartbeat for the first time, I think for me that's when it really sunk in that their was a little person inside me.
So as far as herbs go do you want some thing to help with relaxiation? because once relaxed every thing seems easier.
Chamomile,(in a tea form is calming and can help you sleep) Lavender is great just to smell but can also be used in the essential oil form as well as Geranium and Rose
30 drops per 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Any or all of these for a back rub will really help you relax and can also help with back pain.
Another way you can use them (less messy & and you can get more of the aromatherapy aspect) is to take a bath (pregnant women should use only 2-4 drops of essential oil in a bath) I suggest that if your new to this whole using essential oils thing LESS is more. then you can jugde for yourself if you want more, still no more than 4 drops though.
An important reminder essential oils are very strong, never put them directly on the skin, especially if pregnant (although the ones i mentioned are safer ones to use, i would still avoid it)Tell me if this helps:)