My Pregnancy Diary - Week 7

Baby is about 13mm long now, and if I'm not mistaken that is the CRL, crown to rump length, i.e. excluding the legs. My pregnancy diary seems to be much longer than that though!

'What if something goes wrong?'
'What if it doesn't?'

I'm not sure if I'm less nauseous or if I'm just learning how to handle it better. After all of my feeling reassured by the nausea, I almost start stressing about not getting nauseous. But, I have decided that I will not stress myself out for no good reason! I was pretty relaxed with my last pregnancy in the sense that when people start on the, 'What if something goes wrong?' track I would counter it with 'What if it doesn't?'

On other aspects of pregnancy I'm not so relaxed. I'm not drinking caffeine at all because apparently, consumption of about the caffeine equivalent of 360ml of coffee a day (200mg of caffeine) can double your chance of miscarriage. (See the reference at the bottom.) Normally we only think about coffee but other drinks, like tea and softs drinks, and foods like chocolate, also contain caffeine, so if I cut out the obvious sources, I'll still be safe on the not-so-obvious sources. My other thought is that if it can increase my chance of miscarriage, what damage can it do otherwise?

So the toddler had an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease this week. It's been going around the playgroups and pre-schools like wildfire apparently. It isn't too bad, only in her mouth really, and she hasn't been horribly fussy, but we went to the doctor together just to have a quick check for both of us. She's fine, and apparently hand, foot and mouth (no relation to foot and mouth) isn't known for causing problems in early pregnancy, so that was a relief!

Speaking of doctors, I spoke to the local private midwife (the only one for 14 years in a city of over a million!) and she will be around for the birth in July, which is great because we are really keen to have a homebirth. If you're worried about that decision at all, please keep reading this diary, and check the links on homebirth (when I get around to writing the articles!) so that you can see how I've made an informed choice for my circumstances. The crazy thing is, our hospital plan covers less than half the cost of the homebirth, even though the full cost of a homebirth is a one half to one third the cost of what my natural, minimal intervention hospital birth cost. At 2010 rates we will save them over R12000! But we have a plan! Watch this space...

Week 8 of my pregnancy diary for your perusal here.

1. Xiaoping Weng, Roxana Odouli, De-Kun Li. 2008. Maternal caffeine consumption during pregnancy and the risk of miscarriage: a prospective cohort study. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 198(3):279.e1-279.e8 DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2007.10.803 Link.

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