So we had our first Centering class last week. We loved it!! It was better than I even expected! It's so awesome getting to have time with the nurse-midwife for 2 hours rather than the normal 15 minutes or so that you see them at a regular pre-natal visit. For those of you who will have kids or have kids again, I highly suggest it if your doctor offers it! I had never even heard of it before this!
There were six couples there, so Lewis had other men there to talk to as well. It was so great for me to hear the other women talk about what was going on with them. A couple of them even talked about nightmares they were having that sounded exactly like mine! (I've been having trouble with nightmares pretty much every night for the past few weeks.) I voiced some of my concerns and questions and was just so comforted by the response of the nurse-midwife and the other women who understood! This time they talked about the discomforts of pregnancy and how to alleviate some of them and what makes them better or worse. We get a large notebook with lots of information and goodies to take home and look at in our own time, too. I really loved it! Lewis and I had the best conversations when we left.
For those of you who are in the Lexington area, I'm using Melissa Courtney at Lexington Women's Health. There are 2 other nurse-midwifes in that practice as well as a couple of ob-gynecologists. They have a lot of options for mothers as far as whether you want an ob or a nurse-midwife. But they always have the ob on call if they are needed at your delivery as well. I was really excited to find out that my nurse-midwife will be in the room with me from the time I get to the hospital in labor through to the time I deliver! From what I've heard, that's unusual. She said she has lots of advice and things I can try to help with contractions and labor. I feel so much more comfortable after talking to her even more!
The baby's heartbeat was between 150 and 155 which she said was great. I have gained 3 pounds since my last visit for a total of about 4 pounds in the pregnancy. Not bad I don't think so far! My blood pressure was back up a little bit. It had been pretty low, although I think that's normal too for early pregnancy. It is now 103 over 80. Yay!
Anyway, I think that's about it for now! I've been looking at maternity pictures on the internet to show my friend Hannah who has offered to take some pictures of me later! I'll probably post some that I like later so I can get feedback - if anybody is reading this. I think Sarah is!