I used the shower quite a bit with my first birth, but I actually gave birth in the tub. Dh was filling the tub with water and I wanted water on me, so I climbed in the shower and he had to stop filling the tub for a bit. I had a detachable shower hear and kept it straight on my lower back. I think I would have stayed there forever if we hadn't had to fill the birthing tub. As it was, our hot water heater ran out of water and we had to wait some time anyway, but all was good in the end. This time, we have remodled our bathroom and no longer have that shower head, so I have to find my way to a hardware store and get one.
I try to eat a lot of protein too. Last time I gained 15 pounds and had a 9 pound baby. This time, I'm up about 8 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight (I lost a bunch in the beginning, so if you include gaining that back, I've gained about 15) and I am about 33 weeks. I got a little stressed in the beginning when I wasn't gaining weight as others seemed to be, but I have to believe this is what my body does when pregnant. I eat well, I get enough food, and last time I grew a big baby, so something is working right.
I do, I do have a yeast infection! Someone on my other board called it the "yeastie beasties" That is such a great term! That's how I'm feeling. I was doing yogurt, but I don't think it was getting me anywhere. Then I had an appt with my cnm on Monday (which was awful to get to, we had soooo much snow yestereday, traffic was terrible). She told me to switch to aloe. She gave me a huge siringe and I got some pure aloe and up it goes! so gross feeling. Then last night, I could not sleep, the itching was actually waking me up! I think I slept from about midnight until about 1:30, then was up until about 4:30, then slept until 8:45 when dd woke up. On top of the "yeastie beasties", my legs were also jittery and my pubic bone was sore and I just couldn't get comfortable. Wow, I"m complaining a lot! It's funny, because in general, I think I feel fine. When I mentioned the yeast to the cnm, she said, "it probably related to the antibiotics you were on," and I thought to myself, "ya think?"
Oh, she also dropped a bomb on me, but I'm not overly concerned. (This is a family friend who I see as backup) She said, "have you figured out what to do about your birth?" and I said, "well, I'm going to have a baby," and she laughed and said that her practice has "Quite a few doing what you're doing," meaning seeing her and planning a homebirth, but she can't talk about it there. I said, "Really?" and she said that the other midwife at the practice (who knows if it's really only the other cnm and not my friend as well?) was freaking out about it because their malpractice insurance specifically says they can't provide prenatal care to women planning homebirths and their practice is small enough that it gets noticed. So she says she can't see me at the clinic within 30 days of my due date (which is surprisingly soon!). So I "forgot" to schedule another appt with her and I don't have to go back. I asked if in the odd case that I transfer, can I still call her and she said yes, and I said, "good, that's why I come here, so I'm not at the mercy of whatever residents are on call." She said something about givigme my records at the next visit, but I don't know that I want to go back. The next visit is the GBS testing and a pelvic, both of which I've told her I'm not interested in, so I don't know that there's a reason to go back, what do you think?
We start our refresher Bradley classes tonight. I'm so excited. I love having a specific time set aside to concentrate on the baby and birth. I'm bringing snack, does veggies and dip sound ok? What should I bring for drinks? I don't want to do juice because I don't drink juice because of the sugar content, and I cn't be the only pregnant woman who is like that, but water seems so boring? Can you get sparkly water in big bottles? hmmmm.
I think I got my "workout ball" at Target as well. Great deal.