Pregnancy is pretty simple really. Eat, drink, rest, go to the Dr. I take eating, drinking, and resting during pregnancy very seriously, but going to the Dr. not so much. I like to take care of myself during the childbearing time. I had learned from my last pregnancy that it is good to track progress of your pregnancy, especially for free birther, but even for women who are seeing a professional. It can add a lot to any woman’s experience and understand of the whole pregnancy process. My baby, 4 years prior, had died and I didn’t even know until the day she came out. I carried her for 2-3 months before the spontaneous abortion happened. If I would have been tracking my uterine growth at the time I would have noticed that it had stopped growing, which made me realize how important it is to check these basic things. Dr.’s and midwives do it for a reason. This time I would be watching my progress very carefully. I had a copy of Anne Frye’s Holistic Midwifery Volume One, Care During Pregnancy for my reference material. I didn’t want to miss anything.
I didn’t need to go into the hospital for pregnancy confirmation, actually I didn’t even take a pregnancy test. I knew I was pregnant. My cycle was late, my boobs were large and swollen, and I felt pregnant. I didn’t feel very good, which was a good sign. The fact that my stomach was not happy meant there were a lot of hormones flowing through my system. I was happy about this because I had previous hormonal issues that had caused two miscarriages. So, thank God I felt like crap, haha! I had just bought plane tickets to my sister’s bachelorette camping weekend when I realized I was pregnant. My stomach was so flippy-floppy that I did not feel like traveling, but I had just bought the tickets, like a week before. I still decided to go to my sister’s bachelorette weekend. I knew that as long as I ate and drank enough I would still have fun.
Pregnancy is all hormones. First, there is ovulation, which is a hormonal cycle. Then when the sac of cells that is your baby attaches itself to the uterine wall it sends hormonal signals to your body. This jump starts the production of all the pregnancy supporting hormones produced in the woman’s body. There are so many hormones involved that it takes a while for the woman’s system to get used to it. Morning sickness or ‘all day sickness’ is because of the amount of hormones flowing through your system combined with the western life style (never having enough time to chill and eat, being always busy running around getting low blood sugar), making your stomach unsettled. Eating and drinking whatever you can will dilute the influx of hormones in you stomach. This will make you feel much better. Even if it is hard to eat, not eating is worse, a lot worse. I think it is kind of funny that if you eat/drink enough you feel better. It is like nature’s way of telling you to feed the baby.
Based on everything I knew about pregnancy my first trimester was successful. Sick… good, keep eating. It was harder for me to eat after I hadn’t eaten for a long time, which makes since because there was nothing in my system to dilute the crazy hormones. Weight gain was little but happening. I was able to feel my uterus, finally, around 12 or 13 weeks, right on time. Feeling my uterus grow and watching my weight gain was very exciting for me. Tracking my uterine growth was great. I am a healthy normal girl and trust pregnancy and birth, but I still wanted to feel like everything was normal even though I wasn’t seeing a professional. Tracking my own pregnancy meant no ultrasound, only palpation (feeling with the hands). It is like knowing, understanding, and connecting with the pregnancy without all the fuss. Some women might want more, might need more. I am simple, and that means only knowing what I can find out with my own two hands, eyes, and ears.
Here I was going to add in some things like: things that are normal in the 1st trimester, things that are not normal, a uterine growth chart, placental and fetal growth in the 1st trimester, and information on what can happen throughout the rest of the pregnancy and birth if you are not eating enough. These things, however are easy enough for anyone to look up. I used a copy of Anne Frye’s Holistic Midwifery Volume One for all of the questions that came up during pregnancy. This book is around $120 and totally worth it.