Well, I’m about 19 .3 weeks along now and last week we found out…its a GIRL!! Justin and I are so excited. We are pretty sure we have a name picked out, but we won’t be sharing that until we are 100% sure that it will be her name (I tend to change my mind a lot…).
We went to the midwife yesterday to get a check-up and everything is going well. My blood work results were great, her heartbeat was strong, and she was moving around a lot. I haven’t actually felt her move yet, but I can always hear it on the Doppler and see her squirming around when we get ultrasounds so that always makes me excited:)
Speaking of midwifes, I want to share why I chose to go with a midwife as opposed to an OB. Many women think of childbirth and have a lot of fears….fear of the pain, fear that something will go wrong, fear of what will happen, etc. But it is important to remember that God designed our bodies to have babies. It is a completely natural thing and, while there will definitely be some pain involved, it is nothing that you can’t handle as long as everything is normal and low-risk. The Bible puts it like this:
“A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; But as soon as she has given birth, she no longer remembers the anguish, For joy that a child has been born into the world. ” John 16.21
Anyway…going to a midwife isn’t just about the labor and childbirth. I also enjoy going to my appointments because they are so much more relaxed than going to a gynecologist and I love their outlook on pregnancy/ birth. They view childbirth as something natural, God-given, and it happens every day. As long as things are low- risk and healthy, there is no reason to get poked and prodded all the time or to even have the baby in the hospital. I love the fact that I get to weigh myself and test my own samples. Also, when I speak with my midwife, we can talk about God (a couple of them have the same religious views as Justin and I do. That is always nice to have a common ground that is so important), I can ask as many questions as I want, and I don’t ever get a random prescription written out for me just because I say that I occasionally have pregnancy aches and pains, lol.
This is just my personal preference and I wanted to get it out there because some people just don’t understand where I’m coming from. If anyone chooses to go to a hospital or needs to for a medical reason, I totally support that….I just ask for that same support for what I choose to do. I’m not some radical either. If someone chooses to go to the hospital because they need an epidural to get some rest or ease the pain, I completely understand that. I’ve never given birth or been in labor so I might be in that same boat, too. I just think its good to have an open mind about everything and I want to try to keep my girl’s birth as drug and intervention free as possible for her health and mine.
Moving on…. we’re beginning to plan the nursery. Woo- Hoo! We’re thinking light yellow and some light pink accents. Nothing crazy… as soon as we start to work on it, I’ll post some pictures:)
Talk to you soon!