Pregnancy Diary: Week 25

Just reading that heading 'Pregnancy Diary: Week 25' makes me think 'Eeek!' Just like that feeling when you start having contractions and you know, 'This is it; downhill from here!' Apparently our baby is now 22cm long, and weighs about 700g! Shew! She can also make fists now, and I think I am experiencing the effects of those fists!

Heartbeat good, vitals good, pee-stick good, all good!

Pee Sticks I went to see my midwife again this week and all seems to be fine. Heartbeat good, vitals good, pee-stick good, all good! I'm not feeling so faint anymore which is also good. I'm not sure if it's just the natural development of pregnancy, but I've been using the Himalayan Salt which has a whole lot of minerals in it which you don't find in regular salt, and apparently the salt and the minerals together can actually help your body to stabilize blood pressure on its own, whether it's too high or too low. I can't seem to find anything conclusive about it, but I like the taste anyway, so we're sticking with it!

...the mental state of the mom can often have an impact on the labour and birth process.

My midwife knows that I'm keen to be a midwife myself one day, and we have been looking at various study options and such, but at our last meeting we had a discussion on the psychological aspects of birth and labour and she mentioned that she hadn't received any training on that in her midwifery training, but how she has found that the mental state of the mom can often have an impact on the labour and birth process. I'm looking forward to doing some research on that front!

The are happy to pay for a hospital birth, but the minimum cost of an uncomplicated natural birth in hospital will be 3X the cost of a homebirth!

On a not-so-positive note, after a huge rigmarole on the phone to our medical aid I finally found out that they only cover less than half the cost of a homebirth. The are happy to pay for a hospital birth, but the minimum cost of an uncomplicated natural birth in hospital will be 3X the cost of a homebirth! I should come with a warning – don't mess with the preggy lady... So I wrote a letter to the Medical Schemes Council here in South Africa explaining the various costs involved, including prices from the hospitals and doctors here and how much a home birth would cost and how safe it is, especially for me as a low risk, second time mom.

I know they can't just not reply to the Medical Schemes Council...

If you read the updates you'll see I had already sent them three emails and didn't receive a reply to even one of them. I know they can't just not reply to the Medical Schemes Council, and they have to resolve the issue within thirty days, so hopefully we should hear something soon! If you're South African and you're thinking of getting pregnant soon, and possibly thinking of having a home birth (and even if you aren't), please feel free to contact me to find out which medical aid it is giving me these hassles, and I can also suggest one or two who have made room for homebirth as an option for maternity care.

I don't mind soaking in the bath, but having to wash my hair and all that in the bath is getting a bit cumbersome...

Our landlord (my dad) recently had our bathroom renovated, but we are still in the process of replacing our geyser with something a little more economical and environmentally friendly so even though we have all the plumbing for a shower, we don't yet have the hot water pressure to run it. So I'm stuck bathing, even with my growing belly. I don't mind soaking in the bath, but having to wash my hair and all that in the bath is getting a bit cumbersome, so I'm really looking forward to using our shower.

...having watched some water birth videos I'm really keen to make a plan for a real birthing size bath.

Shower Bath On the issue of the baths, our bath is actually a shower bath so it has a wider area on one end and I was thinking that would be fine for giving birth in, but having watched some water birth videos I'm really keen to make a plan for a real birthing size bath. That means we'll definitely need our new water heater before then, and lots of plastic to protect the laminate flooring from any spills, but I think it will be worth it.

I'm more interested in my husband's long term mental health than I am in our current bank balance.

Some really great news this week is that my husband resigned from his job! I know it sounds like a crazy thing to say, but he has been very unhappy there, and on the whole I'm more interested in my husband's long term mental health than I am in our current bank balance. Having said that, one of the fledgling businesses I mentioned last week is starting to take flight. I'm not at liberty to say much more than that, but we are both very excited about the future! It's just that this kind of stuff generally seems to happen when I'm pregnant, especially around the second trimester. I'm learning more and more how the difference between disaster and adventure is often (though understandably not always) a matter of attitude, so I'm choosing to see this as an adventure.

I finally got a chance to do some sewing!

Also, I finally got a chance to do some sewing! I'm not quite done yet, but when I am I will have made a new car seat cover for the toddler's new car seat (although I did recently find out that you can buy them quite reasonably at the local baby shop). I will also have 2 belly bands made from old t-shirts, and 3 pairs of maternity pants made from normal jeans with the waistband cut off and a belly band added. I just have a little more sewing to do and it will all be done, something I'm quite pleased about as it is getting colder and I am in need of some long pants! Maybe I'll post some pics when I'm done and I actually get a chance to wear them...

Update: Week 26 of My Pregnancy Diary is ready!

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