The first antenatal visit

Okay so I’m a little bit behind in regards to posting. I mean I’ve still been writing, I’ve just been so caught up in the festive season that I haven’t managed to post for almost 2 weeks. For now, here is last week’s…………

Week 14 and I’m now in the second trimester. Apparently this trimester is most women’s favourite, as the symptoms that plagued them during the first trimester are supposed to calm down around now. This is due to the drop in HCG (which will continue to fall as the pregnancy progresses) and the placenta taking over. However,  I feel as though somehow I’m digressing. Not only am I yet to feel some sort of relief in the being nausea department, I have a sneaking suspicion it’s getting more intense. Perhaps I may have to wait another a week or two to start feeling a little more human again? To make the tribulations of pregnancy more bearable, I treat myself to some new maternity clothes. 

This week I had my first antenatal visit at the hospital where I plan to give birth. The midwife weighs me (I’ve put on 3 kilos since pre-baby), measures my height and takes my blood pressure. Then the midwife asks me a long series of questions that go on for about an hour. These include my medical history, past pregnancies, family medical history and mental health. I also get to hear the baby’s heartbeat again through a fetal doppler.shutterstock_fetal-doppler

The midwife tells me I’m a “low risk” pregnancy and we then briefly discuss the birth plan I had in mind. Nothing super specific, just that as I had a “natural birth” (vaginally, without drugs or medical intervention) last time and that I would like to try the same again. Also, seeing that my current hospital offers it and I hadn’t previously considered it as an option with my first child, this time I’m trying for a water birth.

The only problem with giving birth this time, is that unfortunately I’m very aware of what labour involves. The energy, pain, time (my first took 11 hours) and primal forces involved to be able to push that baby out of your keyhole of a vagina are unimaginable. Although the plan right now is to go “natural”, to be honest you just don’t know what it will be like on the day. In the end you’ve gotta do what you gotta do to so that baby and Mumma make it through safely and without having to risk either of your lives. 

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