I had an ob appointment today.
I love my ob. I was kind of hesitant when I first decided to go with an ob because I had an amazing experience with my midwives, and a big part of me wanted to go for midwifery care again. But, thanks to some complications last time, and my family doctor's suggestion I chose to go to ob route.
I've heard good and bad stories, but the doctor I see is incredible. She's young. She is kind and caring and her staff make me laugh. No matter what she has to say to me, good or bad, she never stresses me out which is pretty important to me.
So, today we went through a few things. The most important thing to me, other than the baby's health, has been my weight and health and blood pressure. When we compared the stats from this pregnancy and last I discovered that at this point I weigh 50 lbs LESS than I did with Doodle. 50 lbs. That's like 5 large babies!!! Because of this, or perhaps because I'm eating healthier, my blood pressure which was a cause of concern last time is good. In fact, they take it twice every appointment because it is so good that they want to double check.
I have a few theories on this. I think my last pregnancy I was so stressed out and anxious (it was a surprise pregnancy, I was losing my job, I had a tyrannical boss and we were very worried about money) that I was dealing with depression. This time around I've been dealing with the anxious and depressive feelings, and so I haven't felt the need to eat my way through them. Sometimes it's a little hard to talk about stress, but for me it's been great. And, I think it's showing physically. I had no idea until I went through the pre-natal anxiety counseling that a lot of depressed people GAIN weight. I had always thought they lose it.
In addition to all of that, the doctor gave me something to help me through this cold. I've been suffering for a week, and it's been driving me crazy. So, hopefully I'll feel a little better.
And, the other great news ... I have a planned c-section scheduled for the end of March. I'm still keeping the scheduled section, but my ob has decided that thanks to the fact that I'm still healthy, active and not in pain (we were worried about my tailbone) it's an elective c-section. So, if I go into labour early, fingers crossed, I can probably have a "natural" childbirth. Part of me still really wants to go through with the section. But, the knowledge that I have options is great.
And ... on a completely separate note. I've been reading a blog that I LOVE. If you have time, check her out. (she's really nice in person too)