I am not scared. I am 33 weeks pregnant. I have been tracking my pregnancy and my body is doing an amazing job. I have been eating well. I feel good and have not run into any major issues with my health. I have been preparing for so long for this moment that I really don’t have anything to fear.
I have been tracking my pregnancy since the beginning. I am going to be taking responsibility for my body and my baby at this time, so I need to pay attention to what is going on within me. I learned from my last pregnancy, which ended in fetal death and a missed abortion, that pregnancy needs to be payed attention to.
How am I feeling?
How much weight am I gaining?
How, and is, my uterus growing?
These have been my main questions as my belly swells with baby. There is somewhat of the unknown that comes with pregnancy. I have decided to track what I can know with my own skills. I could do different things like go get an ultrasound, blood tests, or other things to make sure all is well. I, instead, am going by the guidelines that I have learned that tell me that pregnancy is healthy and normal. It is interesting, fun, and informative to track your own pregnancy.
I wrote the above paragraphs about 5 or 6 months ago, before our little boy was born. I have been studying pregnancy and birth since 2012. I meant what I said about preparing for so long for this moment, and wow, when the day of birth finally did come I felt quite unprepared. I look at the experience now, almost 5 months later, and see that I actually did a great job tracking and managing my own pregnancy and birth. I feel ready now to share some of the things that I consider to be very important when planning a birth. I call these things Birth’s Secrets, becuase it wasn’t me who came up with any of it. Birth has been nature’s plan all along. When we plan our births according to nature’s plan things can get pretty magical.