My midwife came over this morning for my monthly prenatal checkup, and everything is looking good. I got to hear the baby's heartbeat with the fetoscope for the first time (I was never able to pick it up on the fetoscope during my last pregnancy) and it was pretty awesome. It just sounded truer somehow - not amplified or distorted like on the doppler.
The best news is that my blood pressure is looking really good these days. I had posted previously that I was diagnosed with chronic hypertension in 2010 (it's hereditary, and I'm well into my 40s now), and have been on bp meds which was keeping it under control. However, when I found out I was pregnant, my doc had to switch my meds and it seemed like it wasn't nearly as effective - my bp was still hovering around 140/70. It's been probably the biggest concern for both me and my midwife. She had me start taking this supplement, Hemoxide, a few weeks back, and my bp is now consistently around 125/60 - woot!! She actually wants me to think about trying to forego my bp meds and see how my bp does just with the Hemoxide. We shall see.
Anyway, I'm feeling really good - morning sickness has been gone for weeks, feeling squirms and wiggles, and beyond the usual tiredness, just feeling really good. I have my 20-week ultrasound scheduled for Jan. 31.
Yay for a great appt! It is always so exciting to feel the wiggles and squirms! And that is great that the supplement is helping with the bp!! Yehaw! You are so close to your u/s! So exciting! Any feelings either way?
Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
I'm so glad to hear you're feeling good now. How exciting to hear the heart beat too! Here's hoping you have a great scan too and baby is nice and agreeable and shows the goods!
Sounds like a great appointment! That is wonderful that your bp is remaining in a good range...hope it continues to stay that way. Can't wait to hear what you are having!
Chase-13, Trey-11, Layton-9, Zander-5, McKay-3, Declan-1, Keely born 9/6/2012
Sounds like a great apt! So glad that supplement is helping with the bp! Question about MW....after you have baby....do Midwives discharge you from their care after the postpartum phase is over (a year later) or can a midwife offer GYN service as well? Just wondering....Ive always gone to OB's due to my complicated history...I doubt a mw would even take me as a client....but I was just wondering? Can not wait to hear what you are having...based on 1st us they thought girl...right? What is your hunch?
Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12
My u/s a few weeks ago, though early, gave all indications of a girl, so I've already started thinking of the babe as a girl. We'll see.
My mw does offer GYN services. She came to my house to do my well woman exam a couple years ago. I did end up going back to my old GYN last year because I was having some issues, but for uncomplicated cases, yes, a lot of MWs do offer GYN services.