I tried skipping Unisom last night, figuring that this was the one day all week where I had absolutely nothing scheduled. The risk paid off! No retching whatsoever. I did have one near-vomit moment when I bent over too much soon after eating, but that resolved itself quickly.
I did succumb to a nap, which I blame on one of our older cats curling up on my feet right after I ate my first lunch (yes, first and second meals, much like a Hobbit – though the meals are quite small). But after waking, I felt good enough that I took the dogs on a walk for the first time in weeks. Then I followed this up by finally working out to the Summer Sanders’ Prenatal Workout DVD I’d bought so long ago but never used. It was a little cheesy, but not bad as far as workout videos go, and it was certainly effective. It felt great to finally get some physical activity besides stretching.
I’ve gone a bit crazy with hoarding baby stuff in the last 2 months, and especially over Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I have quite the crazy pile forming in the guest room/future nursery. Somehow I need to organize it before we have a guest stay with us in 2 weeks. After that spree, I decided to stop – other than furniture items, I know that many of our other registry items will be gifted to us, or we can buy them afterwards using gift cards and registry discounts.
So now I’m focusing all my energy on researching and preparing for the birth process. As a physician, I absolutely plan on delivering in the hospital – there is no question, I have just seen too many bad outcomes over the years, that I know I would need to be in that setting, especially given my high-risk status. Previously, I’d thought nothing of getting an epidural, but over time as I’ve talked with friends more about their experiences, and read some more, I’m wondering if I could prepare myself for a non-medicated birth. I need to also talk with my mom when we visit over the holidays, to hear her experiences. I vaguely remember she had to be induced due to high blood pressure for my sister, but as far as I know, her pregnancy with me was uncomplicated. So far, she has told me surprisingly little about her time being pregnant – only today did she tell me that she was pretty sick throughout most of her pregnancy with me, but felt fine during my sister’s.
The schedule for the hospital childbirth class isn’t good for both myself and hubby, so to take its place I’ve signed up for an inexpensive online Lamaze course that we can take when we are able, with unlimited access to the material, as well as a chance to ask questions of a course instructor. That’s more so that we are both prepared for any necessary medical interventions. And of course it’s been a long time since I’ve been present at a regular uncomplicated delivery.
I will definitely need more resources to really prepare myself to hopefully have an un-medicated birth. My friend will be loaning me her copy of Hypnobabies, which I’ve heard good things about. This sounds like something that I could mostly learn on my own, and not necessarily have to have hubby around all the time while studying it. The only thing that bothers me is its message that birth is painless – which some women have then complained afterwards that this certainly wasn’t their experience. So ideally I’d like to supplement with The Pink Kit, which takes the stance that yes, there is pain during the process but it can be managed through knowledge, techniques, and practice beforehand. The tough part is that I definitely will need more time on hubby’s part, but I think I can get him to invest in this later in the pregnancy, while I can start earlier. Main complaints about The Pink Kit are in its delivery – the materials look outdated and the text is repetitive, but the information is really valuable, and I haven’t been able to find another resource that would provide this same kind of information.
All of the above I just learned about this weekend, so I’m still a bit overwhelmed. However, knowing me and my Type A self, I just want to head into this as prepared as I possibly can be. Even if for medically justifiable reasons I need to be induced or have a C-section, I want to go in knowing that I did all I could to avoid them.