Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bump it: 14 Weeks

Hey everybody! I'm 14 Weeks along!

14 Weeks

I'm happily finally showing a little baby bump! I might be sticking it out a bit but I am amazed at how much my body has changed over the last few weeks. I have been keeping up with my workouts and I'm feeling like I have more energy every day!

The newest and fun pregnancy side effect that I'm experiencing is remembering my dreams. Usually I don't remember them at all (or forget about two minutes after waking up). For the past month I have been having really vivid dreams that I remember every night. I have read that this is a fairly normal side effect of pregnancy but it is still is weird for me. I have had a recurring dream that I'm in high school and late for my finals/haven't studied and it all seems so real that when I wake up I have to reassure myself "I already graduated from high school, I already graduated from college, I'm O.K.!"

I don't know if it's my medical background or just the woman that I am but I am already starting to obsessively think about my labor and how it's going to go. I have always (well since I was in nursing school) known that I wanted to go into my own labor experience with zero expectations. I saw and have herd about too many women who were "disappointed" in "how it went" or something like that. I know that I will have the labor experience that my baby and my body was designed for. So I am totally open to any option, but I do want the opportunity to try and labor naturally. I do not want any induction or Pitocin unless I or my baby are in danger for some reason. My OB is pro natural childbirth but I was also toying with the idea of hiring a doula as well. I actually contacted one and met with her last week and I was really impressed with her but she charges literally an arm and a leg for her services. I guess I'm a little hesitant to pay someone gobs of money to do a job that I kind of want Kyle to do. I think Kyle coaching me through labor just the two of us would bond us like nothing has before. 

Tell me a little about your birth experiences. Did you utilize a Doula? Did you not? Why not? I actually already know all the benefits of having one; I'm actually more interested in the people that didn't use one and why not? Do you think I can have a successful labor experience without spending the $$ for one?

Thanks so much for your comments!!!!


  1. I didnt get a doula when I had Noah bc I didnt think I would need one and didnt want to spend the $.. My labor and delivery was great. No induction, no pitocin, vaginal delivery. However I did get an epidural bc my back labor was unbearable. The epidural was great no pain but could still tell when I was having a contraction so I was able to be in control of my pushing. However if you truly want to go natural with no epidural I would get a doula. They know special massage techniques and are experienced with labor pain. My husband just felt helpless when I was crying and screaming from the back labor which I was not expecting. Not everyone has back labor though and I know people who have gone natural without a doula. I think if I had a doula I may have been able to avoid the epidural. However no regrets and I was happy with my birthing experience and im on the fence as to whether I want to get one this time around.

  2. I totally agree with your birth "plan" as far as no expectations and doing natural for as long as truely tolerable... haha. Maybe having a doula wouldn't be so bad and would take some of the pressure off of Kyle if he had no idea what to do in a situation such as this, although I would agree that you would totally bond more than ever. It's all up to you! Love all the updates!