Today I am researching questions to ask when we have our preconception appointment on Wednesday at… The Sanctuary… I have Kaiser and the option of doing everything through them at a relatively small out of pocket cost, but The Sanctuary offers birth center and home birth options.

One of the webpages I’m reading has user comments about questions to ask your midwife. Someone posted that because of where they live, they would have to give birth in the dirty “h” word. That perfectly describes how I feel about giving birth in a hospital. I don’t want to do it unless there is a dire emergency. I will do everything in my power to avoid having to give birth in a hospital. Yuck. I’m just really not a fan of how they want women to labor. I don’t want needles stuck in my arm and being told I have to lay in a bed for however long it takes. I want to be able to get up if I want. Or give birth standing up, or on my head, or in a bathtub or whatever else my heart desires.

So far I’ve been relatively good about remembering to take my prenatal vitamin and eating healthy. Exercise is still coming a bit slow, though hopefully I’ll be able to dedicate myself to it more in the coming weeks. We still have about 11 weeks until our planned stop of hormonal contraceptives and I’m really hoping to get fully into baby making shape by then. I’ll get more information on Wednesday as to what I need to focus on.

I’ve been reading some about what sort of things I’m going to have to give up once its time to start trying. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant, face lotion, hand lotion, sunscreen, deli meat, canned foods, preservatives, food dye, anything that comes pre made in a box. The list is absurd. What does David have to give up? Maybe 1 or 2 HABITS. So far I’ve ordered Tide Free and Clear laundry detergent in the hopes that its going to be okay to use while pregnant and for the 6-? months that I plan to breastfeed. I’m going to be asking what I should buy to replace all of my beauty items. Guess I’ll just have to get used to preparing real food for every single meal. 840 meals just for 40 weeks of pregnancy. That’s a lot of “nothing from a box, can or restaurant” food.


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