I have done a lot of prenatal care and learned how to manage labor and deliver babies during residency, but… it’s totally different when I’m the patient. (!)
Ever since finding out the amazing news that we are having a baby this fall, I’ve been reading everything I can find and my list of questions keeps growing.
It’s a mind-boggling experience to have another being growing inside of you. It’s beautiful at times, overwhelming most of the time, and a heavy responsibility.
Here are some things of the big things I’ve been thinking about:
- Why wouldn’t my body let me be healthy in the first trimester? Doesn’t the baby need good nutrition? I was terribly sick, vomiting multiple times a day, and could basically only eat bagels and juice for the first 14 weeks. I always thought I would be healthy during pregnancy (getting better now), but I am still not clear on why my body did that to me.
- What really works for morning sickness? None of the treatments I have always recommended for patients worked even the slightest bit for me: ginger, B6, wrist pressure points bracelets, more protein, eating before bed, eating first thing in the morning. Nada. Only a bagel and cream cheese could somewhat quell the nausea.
- Which supplements should I take? I always recommend prenatal vitamins to my patients, but are they really necessary if I am eating healthily? And what about other supplements like Vitamin D and Omega 3’s?
- Unfortunately night shifts are unavoidable as a resident and it is a huge stress to my body – so how can these be done in the healthiest way possible? What effect does this high stress and sleep-deprived environment have on the baby?
- I could not practice yoga the first trimester without being sick. Now that I feel more normal, what poses should I avoid, what is good for me? Is it ok to do inversions and backbends?
- Is a homebirth a safe option?
- Should I continue running? I get more out of breath, occasionally crampy, and my ligaments hurt when I do it… but I like the endorphins.
- Coffee. I couldn’t stand the smell the first trimester but now I love it again and I can’t imagine working my night shifts without it. We tell patients 1-2 cups a day is ok, but what effects might this have?
- Do I really have to take the glucose tolerance test — swallow 75 grams of sugar on an empty stomach? I never eat that much straight sugar and I do not think it will be good or be good for me or our baby. There must be other options to test for gestational diabetes?
- What do I need to know about raising boys?!
I’ll write more on these topics in the coming weeks/months, and would love any thoughts you all have!