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Midwife Appointment – 18 Weeks

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We had a midwife appointment today and it went great!

The first thing we talked about is the fact that I’ve been sick. The midwife, Sarah, gave us some ideas on how I could feel better and told me to just keep resting and drink lots of water. Then we talked about if I could feel Baby moving around yet (I can’t) and how that should happen pretty soon. She also reminded us that we need to start thinking about a pediatrician and look into child care if we’re going to need it (which I don’t think we will). I also told the midwife about some sharp pains I was feeling in my tummy last night and she assured me that it’s just my ligaments stretching and there’s nothing to be alarmed about. After our chat, we got to listen to the heartbeat!

Just as before, Baby was obviously very active. The midwife immediately said “well, I can hear Baby moving around, but we need the heartbeat!” :) It probably took a good minute before she could find it, and then almost immediately it was gone. It was a game of cat and mouse to find Baby’s heartbeat! She eventually found a good spot and determined Baby’s heartbeat was at 140bpm. As always, it was really cool hear. It was also a lot of fun to hear all the kicking and rolling going on – it’s like Baby was having his/her own little dance party in there! I’m wondering if this is a sign that I’m gonna have a ball of energy for a child… we’ll see!

An hour after the appointment, we had a “healthy pregnancy” class that is required for anyone who chooses to deliver at the midwifery. It was a good class about eating, exercise, and emotional health. Most of it was stuff we already knew, but we learned some new stuff too. I also have on paper that Dave should give me a massage at least once a week… mwahahaha :) I’m glad we took it – it’s a great class to have required.

So, as always, a midwife appointment day was a good day and our next one is scheduled in 4 weeks. But on Wednesday, we have our next (and last) ultrasound! I’m REALLY excited for Wednesday!

Yay for Baby!

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