(I just realized that I didn’t post anything yesterday! So much for blogging every single day this month.)
Yesterday was my 27 week midwife appointment which means GLUCOSE TEST! RHOGAM SHOT! PROTEIN-URINE TEST! I chugged the sugary orange concoction and my midwife (one of three in the practice, I will see each of them a few times before I have the baby so that I will be comfortable with whomever ends up attending my birth) took some of my blood from the side of my wrist. You hippie practitioners and your wacky ways! Apparently, my veins are douchey and uncooperative and it was the only place she could easily get to a vein. Then, she shot me in the ass with Rhogam and you know what? The drugs in that syringe stung! Oh well, it has to be done so that my white blood cells (Rh negative in the house!) don’t try to kill the baby. I’m already a good mom in defending my baby against my blood. You’re welcome, Filbert.
The best part about the the appointment was that my blood pressure was NORMAL. Hallelujah. My only concern about this pregnancy is that history will repeat itself and I will be diagnosed with pre-preeclampsia. Thankfully, my blood pressure is normal this far into the game and I didn’t have any proteins in my urine. I’d like to think that I’m eating healthier this time around and maybe I am but I know I could do better. I am drinking a lot of water which keeps all of the toxins from sticking around too long and I don’t drink as much soda or eat much junk food. I sit on my butt all day at work so I’m not as active during the day like I was when I worked at Kinko’s while pregnant with Avery but at least it’s keeping me from getting swollen ankles. Currently, my ankles are just as dainty as they were before I got pregnant and I’d like to keep it that way. My body is used to supporting extra weight so there’s no need for my ankles and feet to swell from the pressure.
My midwife knows that we are taking the Hypnobabies home study course (I’m on week four!) but suggested that we take a general birth class too. I think it’s a great idea because you can never be too prepared, right? We will look into it when we get back from vacation. Also, we are still on the fence about hiring a doula; the plan is to see how Jacob does in the birth class and if he feels like he can be all of the support I need then we won’t hire one.
I gave Jacob a quick tour of the birth center and he said that he gets a good vibe from the place. He likes the midwife we met with because she looks like his grandma except the midwife is British and doesn’t wear shoes. She’s also super short and tiny. She might be a Hobbit. I’ll have to ask next time we see her.