Pregnancy: Week 14 update

23 04 2011

So this has been a big week for this pregnancy. This would be my 14th week of pregnancy, and I finally had my first midwife appointment. I absolutely ADORE my midwife, Christine Thain at Eastside Birth Center. I went to her when I had my first baby, Little Red. She is the sweetest, most compassionate, loving midwife I could ever wish for. She has such enthusiasm for what she does, I always feel like she cares about what is going on with me.

At our appointment last Tuesday, Mr. Ewe and I got to hear Bean’s heartbeat for the first time. The good news is that it is nice and strong. S/he was kicking the doppler a lot and moving around plenty. I wish I could feel those kicks, but it’s nice to know Bean is strong and active.

It also seems that Bean has an aversion to anything spicy in my diet. I thought I was finally over this morning sickness business, but the other day I made myself some ramen noodles sans “spice” packet, but with some Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and some garlic chili paste we got from the Asian market. Seriously, this is one of my favorite quick meals, and a staple in my diet right now. But Bean said “NO!” The ramen got to sit in my stomach, partially digested for about 2 hours, making me salivate a lot (you know, like when you feel slightly nauseas, but not enough to actually throw up?), before it made a reappearance in the toilet bowl. After that, I told Mr. Ewe, “for the love of God, please make sure I don’t anything spicy again until after the baby is born, please.”

This is hard for me. I used to love spicy things. Spice was my go-to flavor enhancer for most meals. Cock sauce, garlic chili paster, tabasco, hot salsa, wasabi. It all did the trick. Now my meals taste so bland. I actually have to think about how I season things. I have switched over to a lot of raw garlic and fresh grated ginger in place of my spicy stuff, and that seems to be doing the trick. Once we finish getting the kitchen reorganized, I am going to make up a couple of big batches of garlic ginger paste and stick it in the fridge so I don’t need a grater and cutting board every time I want to eat.

Anyone who has ever been around a pregnant woman knows one thing for sure: they have to pee a lot. What most people don’t realize is that besides having a giant water balloon sitting on the bladder and constantly squeezing it, another reason we pee so much is that our blood volume increases by 50% during gestation. More blood means that our kidneys have a lot more work to do. They have to clean and filter 150% of our normal blood volume!

Now for something very interesting. I have been having some super wicked migraines and back aches this week. I assumed the migraines were mostly hormonal, and the back aches were due to the fact that I am pregnant and have scoliosis. I mentioned something to my friend Ron, of LaTour 5 Element Acupuncture during my weekly session yesterday.

He said that pregnancy is a time when the body uses a lot of Ancestral Chi energy, which comes from the kidneys. Some of the symptoms of a lack of Ancestral Chi energy are headaches and backache. He said that old age and deterioration come from a gradual loss of this Chi and that there is no way to replenish it, but that we can help strengthen what we do have through acupuncture and herbs.

So he tonified my kidneys with a few well placed needles, and my backache and headaches cleared up almost immediately. Also, I make my own pregnancy herbal tea blend based on a couple of different recipes I found online. One of the main ingredients in this recipe is stinging nettle, which, according to Susun Weed, is great for the kidneys! So I will be making sure to drink a large glass of pregnancy INFUSION daily (as opposed to a tea which steeps uncovered and for less time.) Hopefully with all this help, my kidneys will be able to do their job more efficiently and I won’t have as many problems with headaches and backache.

Oh, and one last thing that I am super excited about. WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. I was lucky enough to be able to change WIC offices after Mr. Ewe and I moved to the commune. My new WIC office is so wonderful. They have breastfeeding pictures and quotes all over the walls, and I was able to sign up right away for a future peer counselor. So now I have one more person on my team when the time to breastfeed comes and I have to deal with who knows what problems. I wish that my other WIC office was like this instead of feeling industrial and pro-formula.

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