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Heather's Pregnancy Journal

Week 16 ~ December 9, 2003
~ Avocado Baby

Ethan and dadWow . . . 16 weeks already! The baby is the size of an avocado, but from what I understand, she (or he!) will be going through a rapid growth spurt in the next few weeks.

Our midwife visit went well yesterday. The baby's heartbeat was in the 150's/160's, and our midwife said it's too early to play the "heartbeat guessing game" but if she had to guess, she said a girl! Steve pretended to frown, but I'm sure this little baby (girl?) will have Daddy wrapped around their finger from the moment they are born! And I know the baby is moving in there, but I just can't feel her/him yet. But I may have felt a slight twinge or flutter this week.

The midwife talked to me about my nutrition, as I had to keep a Diet Diary for 3 days and track everything that I ate or drank. Just glancing at it (and not "calculating" the proteins, carbs, etc.) she said I am doing really well! I have only gained 5 pounds so far, so that makes me feel really good. I try to go to a water aerobics class at least once a week and I think that helps. Of course, for the 3 days that I was tracking my food, I made sure to eat well. Conveniently, I didn't have any Ramen noodles those days!

I also talked to the midwife about when I would feel Braxton-Hicks contractions. In the last week or so, I have felt pressure (not pain) in my abdomen and groin. I don't remember even feeling BH contractions with Ethan. But my midwife reassured me that around 16 weeks is when some women start feeling them. My only concern is that my mom had an incompetent cervix and lost a baby boy at 32 weeks in the 1970's. The midwife hasn't done an internal exam yet, but I am learning to trust my own body. She said that we will talk more about the BH contractions in the coming weeks.

The midwife started me on some really great prenatal vitamins that not only have the vitamins and minerals but have some "herbal" things like alfalfa, nettles, etc. She said she will give me even more alfalfa supplements as I get closer to my due date, as alfalfa helps with clotting. Apparently, alfalfa will even help with the baby's clotting so that we don't have to worry about the Vitamin K shot. From what we researched about the shot, it is mainly to prevent brain bleeds from the brain getting compressed in the birth canal or to help with clotting after circumcision. We did get the Vitamin K shot for Ethan even though we waited to circumcise him until he was 8 days old, because we were worried about brain bleeds (and of course, the doctors confirmed/reinforced that worry!).

But since we are doing a homebirth, our midwife cannot give the Vitamin K shot so we would have to get the baby to the doctor's office within 24 hours of birth. We are going to go the natural route with the alfalfa and also lots of prayer! One of my friends said something about us being afraid of doctors - it has NOTHING to do with that. Doctors saved Steve's life when he had his appendix removed. It has to do with the fact that we don't trust doctors. They are only "practicing" medicine, after all! We have had better luck with home remedies that we have had with doctors. Of course, I would go to a doctor if I had a high-risk pregnancy or if one of my children were seriously ill. But I am NOT going to rush the kids (or myself) to the doctor for a cough or a tummy ache!

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments. Have a great week!

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