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Attention All Pregnant Ladies!

I just finished the most amazing book and I just had to pass the word on to all of my pregnant friends.

Henci Goer’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth is an absolute MUST READ for any woman who is pregnant or hoping to get pregnant.  Some of you may know that I am planning a natural childbirth, but this is NOT a natural childbirth book, it is, as her website states, an “Informed Choice in Childbirth” book.

In the book, Goer discusses the pros and cons, risks and benefits to many of the typical options that face women when it comes to childbirth: Cesarean section, breech birth, induction, IVs during labor, failure to progress, epidurals and narcotics, episiotomy, labor support, choosing a caregiver and birthplace, and more.

I can’t say it enough… if you read nothing else during your pregnancy, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

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12 Weeks!!!

I can’t believe I am already 12 weeks along!  I’m in the second trimester!!  I took pictures this morning, but still can’t find my camera cord (still nothing to see anyway), so hopefully I will find my cord by the time there is actually anything to see.  🙂

Although you can’t see it in pictures, I am starting to get the tiniest of bumps.  And by tiniest I seriously mean that I can’t hardly even see it- I can mostly just feel it.  It is so low that it is below the waistline of my pants.  I started to be able to feel it at about 10.5 weeks by pushing around on my lower abdomen, and I can tell it is getting bigger already.  I don’t have to push to feel it, I can just run my hand down my belly and there’s a little bump!  It’s so exciting!

Baby Center says that if I poke at my abdomen, baby will now squirm in response, even though I can’t feel it yet!  Baby is just over 2 inches long now (a half-inch growth in just a week!) and weighs half an ounce.

I’ve had the tiniest of energy increases this week, and may actually feel like exercising if I didn’t work all day.  My amazing husband told me that today my only job is to rest and he has been cleaning the kitchen and doing laundry all morning.  It really doesn’t get any better than that!

People have been asking me lately if I have a feeling one way or another about the baby’s gender, and you know, I really really don’t.  Even if I did, I probably wouldn’t trust it because I really thought it was going to be twins!  We will just be so delighted either way that we really don’t even have a preference.

I need to get some books about natural childbirth and start reading or else I know that time is going to slip away from me.  I really want to at least read:

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, by Henci Goer

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin

The Birth Book, by Dr. Sears

and

HypnoBirthing, by Marie Mongan

I’d better get started!!

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