We had the worst midwife appointment on Thursday, and I need advice on what she said to me. We didn't get to see either of our regular midwifes yesterday, we had to see the brand new lady, Sharon. Apparently she worked for the practice years ago as an RN (I'm assuming that she worked for the dr and not the mw's) and has just graduated from midwife school.
Anyways, she told me that my blood pressure was borderline high at 120/80, which from my understandings is prefectly normal. She sais that most pregnant women have 100/60 whatever. Then she told me that I shouldn't work until the end (I'm a cashier) because standing is very bad for me, and will raise my blood pressure even more, where my regular midwives haven't said a word when I told them I would like to work right until the end. I know things might change, and I may start to feel worse, but so far I feel ridiculously fine, and can't imagine what I'd do at home for two weeks before my due date, nevermind being overdue. I also think that my body will let me know when it's time to stop work, and that I truly will know better than she can what is 'good' for me.
Then she told me that they like to start stripping membranes at 37-38 weeks to ensure that you never go past 41 weeks. I don't know how I feel about that at all. I mean MAYBE by 40 weeks that is something I would consider, but not early. I know that that is something I could refuse, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. I'm sure my blood pressure was high when I left.
I will not be able to talk to our favourite midwife until oct as she is going to be gone for the entire month of sept. I have to see this one again for my next appointment in 2 weeks I have thought about just cancelling that one, but oh well. We get to see our second midwife the appointment after that, and I will mention all this to her then. I think everything that his crazy woman said to me has stressed me out the most. More than work, more than anything else. She also said that I needed to be rested for my homebirth and needed at least 2 weeks off in order to do that. I mean really, can you bank sleep? no. SO seriously, I will be totally rested even if I work two days before my due date AND actually deliver on my due date, which I highly doubt. Thanks for listening, Mel