Today I am 34 weeks pregnant! I'm pretty damn tired, Baby Popso is kicking up a storm and all in all, I'm just really surprised about the last almost 8 months of my life. When I found out I was pregnant, initially I was terrified of the unknown. There was so much in question since this it's my first time and there are so many what-if's! As the pregnancy progressed, I gave myself permission to learn and grow from the experience and my perspective began to change. I've learned so much about my body, about my brain, about love and selflessness and she's not even here yet! Today I'm just skimming the top. I'll give you a couple tidbits about each trimester & my experience so far. After reading, let me know what you are curious about & I will talk about it in my next post. Thanks fo reading!
The first trimester went as most do. Nausea (no vomiting), tiredness, hormonal highs and lows. I craved carbs (pizza minus the cheese, pasta, sourdough bread) and at times looking at the fresh, organic produce I usually crave, made me ill. I trusted the process and tried to crowd in as many of the foods that I would eat normally. And although it is not in my personality, I napped when needed, scheduled in downtime & was usually in bed by 9pm. Although uncomfortable at times, it was tolerable & exciting. Thinking about the miracle that was happening inside of me made what I was feeling worth it.
Mike & I started seeing an obstetrician & going to regular appointments to make sure everything was going the way it was supposed to. About 2 months in, my dear friend Kirsten gave me 2 items that immediately changed the course of my pregnancy & empowered Mike and I with information that dramatically helped how we felt about pregnancy & childbirth. One was Ina May's Guide To Childbirth; a book by the nation's leading midwife. The other was The Business of Being Born; a documentary exploring the maternity care system in America. I can not explain how important and crucial these 2 items were in giving us the knowledge & confidence to take next steps & decide how we wanted to bring a new life into this world. I would recommend them