I talked this morning with my lovely midwife in Kansas, where we will be travelling for our "homebirth away from home." in June. I feel much lighter of heart!
Some of the things that helped lighten my heart and ease my mind -
After hearing about what my body's been doing the last few weeks, she's not worried about preeclampsia at this point. I'm going to keep tabs on my BP, etc, and keep in place the healthy changes I've made in the last couple weeks, but my mental load over this issue is lessened by her confidence.
It was interesting to hear her recommendations for protein intake. I actually wasn't doing poorly with protein intake before, according to what she recommends. I was still getting way too much junk food and too many wasteful carbs. I find it fascinating that so many women that I respect and see helping women have healthy babies have such varying opinions about things like optimal protein levels. I'm not sure where we'll land over the next few weeks on what my daily goal will be for protein intake, but it's encouraging to know that there probably isn't a perfect number!
While not sounding happy about how much weight I've gained already (I was expressing my concern about this issue), she is happy with the fact that I've changed my eating and exercise habits the last couple weeks. She thinks that if I'm really committed to eating well and exercising faithfully, that I could healthily maintain my current weight or possibily drop some before delivery. Dropping weight is never a good goal in pregnancy, but it's neat to know that if I take advantage of the spirit of power, love, and self-control that God has given me (2 Tim. 1.8), that I could see some of the junk food weight come off while nurishing my baby better.
And then there's just the excitement that comes from getting ready to order a birth kit and starting to really prepare for a birth. That always gives me such a lift.
I'm gonna have a baby!!!!!!! :-D