Baby/ Behind The Butter

The Big, Long Second Trimester Post


So, I didn’t recap week by week this trimester like I did before but I have a few general overall thoughts, which I’ll share with you guys today.

Overall, I have felt really great so far this pregnancy! Just as everyone promised, my energy returned around week 16 and for the past ten weeks or so, I have reaped all the benefits of that. I’ve tried to stay active with prenatal yoga and long walks with friends during the week. After being SO exhausted every day during my first trimester, it’s felt like a huge treat to be able to stay up past ten o’clock or go to dinner at a normal hour again. I’ve also loved having a bump to dress! True, most days find me in yoga clothes {groove pants have been a total godsend this pregnancy – I wear a pair practically every day}, but I’ve had fun shopping for bump flattering clothes that make me feel cute and feminine still. I’ve found the majority of my clothes at Target and Gap Maternity. For workout clothes, definitely Gap! My old lululemon tops have fit just fine until very recently when I finally had to take the “maternity workout clothes” dive. I’ve loved everything from Gap – highly recommend their “Gap Fit” line!

Everyone raved to me about A Pea in the Pod but I never became a huge fan – way too expensive! I did splurge on one pair of designer maternity jeans from there {that I wear practically every day when my groove pants are dirty} but that’s about it. Also, ASOS for dresses! I need to find a couple new dresses for events this spring and will probably buy from there again.

Feeling the baby kick has been, hands down, the coolest moment of my second trimester. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for that moment and finally it happened! It happened late for me because my placenta is anterior, which means it basically acts as a cushion that absorbs all the little baby kicks. Also, everyone told me it feels like “butterfly wings” so I was waiting for that….it definitely did NOT feel like butterfly wings to me! Rather, it felt like a goldfish swimming around in there. Or even a ball rolling around in my belly. I felt it for the first time a few days after Christmas {when I was about 21 weeks} and Adam was finally able to feel the kicks from the outside just in the past two weeks. Now I feel him move around all day long! It hasn’t woken me up yet, but he’s definitely flipping and kicking in there all day. So strange/cool!

Other interesting tidbits about this trimester included the fact that we completely changed medical caregivers. I’m not sure if I’m going to blog about that specifically or not yet. It was a personal decision and hands down, the best one for us. In short, we were using a {great} OBGYN medical group and planning on giving birth at a big hospital in San Francisco. At about 23 weeks we decided to switch to a midwife centered practice and give birth at our local hospital {only about 5 minutes from our house!} instead. We are trying for a low intervention, natural birth and feel great about the way things are shaping up. We start our childbirth preparation classes next week. Instead of the Bradley method, which didn’t work with our schedule, we are trying hypnobirthing, as it’s been highly recommended to us by both our doula and midwife.

All the heartburn I felt in the first trimester seems to have disappeared for the time being and I’m not complaining! Unless, that is, I’m in downward facing dog. Yikes. I have to remember not to let my head hang low like that because last night I had the worst heartburn of my life in yoga practice. It wasn’t pretty.

Also, nesting is a real live thing and I can’t escape it. I eat, sleep and breathe nursery right now. All I can think about is setting up the nursery and I love to just sit on the rug in there right now and page through baby beaugh’s books/stare at his clothes. I spend way too much time researching baby products and daydreaming about nursery decor. Luckily, I have a very patient husband who seems to be nesting just as much as I am.


Things I am looking forward to in the third trimester:

My parents coming to visit in a few weeks!

Being the matron of honor in my best friend’s wedding in March.

My baby shower at the beginning of April.

Growing even biiiiiigger – I’m a whole lotta woman these days. So far, I’ve gained a little over 20 lbs. Adam loves it!

Our babymoon to Canyon Ranch!!

Meeting our son for the first time in May. I’m also strangely looking forward to labor…mainly because of the end result. ๐Ÿ™‚








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  • Jennifer
    January 29, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Blue-tiful ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    January 29, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I changed caregivers in my pregnancy and while it’s a big huge decision, for me, it was totally the right call. I’m glad you guys made a switch if that was feeling more comfortable to you. I hope your birthing classes are great and with your yoga background is really going to be such an asset during the birth. Thanks for sharing so openly, Jenna!

    • lindsey
      January 29, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      as did I! My hubby wasn’t on board with non-hospital births until I gave him as much research as he could handle. he is a 100% convert and we both adored our midwives, their practice and beliefs. I know there are great doctors and OBs out there, but there is something that midwives seem to possess (and maybe it’s the laid back “you’re in charge!” setting) that provides for such an intimate and personal time when your baby arrives. <3 Best of luck to y'all!

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama}
    January 29, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Feeling my babies move inside me was my favorite part of both my pregnancies. It’s so magical. I found myself missing it after they were born. ๐Ÿ™‚ You look beautiful. Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy.

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork
    January 29, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Thanks so much for sharing! Would love to hear how your hypnobirthing classes go. I’ve heard great reviews about them!

    That’s so exciting you’re going to Canyon Ranch! Have you been there before? Sounds heavenly! Which one are you going to?

    • jenna
      January 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Never been – always wanted to go – SO excited!!!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    January 29, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Looking great, Mama-To-Be! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madison
    January 29, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Beautiful and glowing and healthy! All great things. ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy for y’all!

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)
    January 29, 2014 at 5:01 am

    I’m so glad to hear you’ve had such a smooth second trimester!

    As I near 26 weeks, I can feel the third trimester creeping towards me and am hurrying to get a few more nesting projects done before I feel too big and exhausted to tackle them all ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danica @ It's Progression
    January 29, 2014 at 5:07 am

    so fun to read….you look happy and I’m so excited for you!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    January 29, 2014 at 5:09 am

    You sound so happy Jenna!! And you look fabulous too. I bet you’ll be very happy you made the decision to pick a closer hospital when the day comes. I can’t wait to see how you decorate the nursery!

  • Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    January 29, 2014 at 5:11 am

    So happy to hear you’re feeling better this trimester. You look gorgeous in that blue dress!

  • Mary
    January 29, 2014 at 5:21 am

    EXCELLENT choice on the midwife!! I gave birth to a boy in September, accompanied by a doula and midwife. From what I hear, it is a much different experience from having an obgyn. Totally zen!

  • Chicago Jogger
    January 29, 2014 at 5:25 am

    You look gorgeous! Love the blue tones in that photo too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes
    January 29, 2014 at 5:37 am

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on a midwife vs. ob! It’s something I’ve debated this whole second pregnancy. Best wishes in the third trimester ๐Ÿ™‚

  • melissa
    January 29, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Congratulations!!! We just found out on Monday we are having a boy as well. It has been just great reading along with your pregnancy as we are a few weeks behind you. And, yes this second trimester is great and energizing! Good luck as you continue to enjoy your little boy and the pregnancy journey. (PS we selected a midwife as well).

  • Laura
    January 29, 2014 at 6:04 am

    aww so fun too read and so excited for you!!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    January 29, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Aww you sound so happy! I love it! I can’t wait to start my family one of these days! Look forward to following your journey – you look so amazing!

  • Megan
    January 29, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Congrats!ย Loveย thatย sweaterย inย yourย bumpย picture.ย Whereย isย itย from?

    • jenna
      January 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Stitchfix! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • AshleyL
        January 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        I’m wearing the black version of that sweater right now. So great right!

        Are there any books you’d recommend that you read that led you to the decision to switch providers. I am 18 weeks along and feel like I know so little about labor and delivery.

        • jenna
          January 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

          Hmmm…after we decided to switch I read “Your Best Birth” by Ricki Lake and it basically affirmed my decision completely. I highly recommend it!

          • Becca
            January 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm

            If you haven’t seen the documentary “The Business of Being Born” starring Ricki Lake, I highly recommend it too! It’s on Netflix. Probably very similar to the book you read.. But will affirm your decision even more!

          • Julien
            January 31, 2014 at 8:19 am

            Anything by Ina May is great too. My Doula just recommended “birthing from within”, but I haven’t picked up a copy yet.

  • Lia @ Luscious Living
    January 29, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I’ve always liked the idea of a midwife myself. I’m glad you found something that suited your wants and needs better. You’re glowing! And it’s all so beautiful, thanks for sharing your journey and experience with us!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    January 29, 2014 at 7:06 am

    love your thoughts on the caregiving. i am lucky enough to live 5 minutes from one of the best birthing hospitals in st. paul. i am with an OB now, but will be talking about the best way to accomplish a hospital waterbirth with either her or a midwife she refers me to. we have a lot of amazing cooperation here from what i’ve seen, both between midwives and OBs, as well as between the hospitals. at 12 weeks, it’s still very overwhelming for me! (p.s. you look amazing!)

  • Urban Wife
    January 29, 2014 at 7:10 am

    You look great! Even after all our prep classes my husband totally blanked when I was in labor and didn’t know what to do, poor thing. Having a doula was the best decision we ever made. Thanks for sharing your pregnancy journey!

    • April
      January 29, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Ditto on having a doula – we hired ours the week i delivered, it was AWESOME!!!!!

      • jenb
        February 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

        Ha! I’m the one who totally forgot all my birthing classes during labor. It can be a bit intense at times. I think having a midwife is an excellent decision! I’ve been fortunate to have had two non-intervention and successful natural labors (while using an ob) but had my labors gone any differently I sincerely believe a midwife would have been a valuable asset. Best of luck and you CAN DO IT!

  • Trisha (Stew or a Story)
    January 29, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Love that orange sweater in the first pic! You look great!

  • Mandy
    January 29, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I changed care providers midstream as well. OB to midwife group. Best decision I ever made. So excited for you!

  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health
    January 29, 2014 at 7:57 am

    You look beautiful and I love seeing your baby bump in the pictures you post- so exciting! I feel like your pregnancy is flying by, I feel that way when anyone I know is pregnant. You make it look so joyful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cassie
    January 29, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I love the cardigan in the first picture!

  • Emily
    January 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

    You look AMAZING! Wish I had looked that good through my pregnancy ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I would love to hear how the hypnobirthing goes for you…Though I did not try that with my baby it’s so interesting to me!

  • Caitlin
    January 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Aww a baby moon, that will be so fun. Canyon Ranch will be so zen and relaxing! That’s interesting about the kicks, has Adam felt them yet? I feel like they must feel diff for everyone. My co-worker’s husband is still the only one who has felt her baby’s kicks just because he’s around her most often. Her baby’s kicks just aren’t often felt easily by others.

  • Nan
    January 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I went to canyon ranch also for my babymoom! It was amazing!!!! So relaxing and so perfect. Enjoy enjoy this special time… your little guy will be here before you know it. My little boy is now 17 months and it has already gone by so fast. You look fantastic… such a glowing mamma to be!

  • Courtney
    January 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

    My husband and I had a baby boy last July, and went some of the same routes you’re going. We had a midwife, doula, did hypnobirthing, and I also had an anterior placenta. We planned on birthing in an in-hospital birthing center, but had to switch our plans to a home birh at 37 weeks after we found our baby was breech (I really hope you don’t have to go through that!). It was an intense birth but our little boy is happy and healthy, and just turned 6 months old! I hope the rest I your pregnancy is as lovely and wonderful as it’s been so far!

  • Annalisa
    January 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Hi Jenna — You look great! As a Mom of 2 girls (ages 2 and 1) and one more on the way, I have a few bits of pregnancy thoughts I want to share. First, invest in good maternity clothes especially if you plan on having more than 1 kid. I regret all those cheap purchases because they only lasted for 1 pregnancy and I wish I could have really used them through all 3. Second, good luck with the natural birth – you can do it! I did it twice and it was amazing. I feel like a rockstar and it really made me much more in awe of my body (that plus nursing). Trust your provider because if you don’t, I do think all bets are off. I used the doula we had for my husband — I knew I could gut it out but he needed emotional support. Best investment ever. Third, the nursery is such a funny thing. Seriously, I think we’ve used it for a storage place. The baby roomed with us for 6-10 months, and then went in to their cribs. Even after, we always dress and play in the living room or our bedroom. For the 2nd baby, I put her dresser in our room to make it easier to get things. That was the best idea, ever. I never used a changing table (could never do it sideways) but always preferred the floor or our bed. Now that my oldest is nearly 3, we’re letting her help decorate their room. I feel like it’s a better use of time and money since we’ll get more long term use out of her space. I know it’s to each their own but the nursery concept was very impractical in my experience. Lastly, don’t spend a ton of money on a stroller. Seriously, your stroller needs change so much and next thing you know, you have 5 of them but only use one – it gets worse with having more kids. Good luck with your 3rd trimester! That was always my favorite time.

  • Alexandra
    January 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Eeep, you are the cutest pregnant lady ever! I’m so excited for you and your husband. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Janelle
    January 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I love pregnancy posts. I’m glad to hear that you switched to a midwifery practice that it more comfortable for you. Also, I’ve heard more about hypnobirthing lately, and I’m curious to hear more. I hope to be a doula someday.

  • jen
    January 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

    What an exciting time. I remember everybody being so full of advice when I was pregnant… mine are 6 months and 2 yrs respectively now. I think the best advice I ever got was to think about how you’d like the birth to go, but not to get wedded to any plan. I wanted a natural midwife birth, but hubby was nervous so we settled on a very hippy obgyn who supported our natural birth plans wholeheartedly. Perfectly healthy, yogi pregnancy… baby girl ended up breech and arrived via emergency csection at 35 weeks when my water broke out of the blue. Her lungs weren’t developed yet so she was whisked to the NICU where she spent 12 days. I was so grateful that my hubs had pushed for a hospital with a NICU on site just in case. We were able to stay on site all 12 days.

    Just sharing. Hope your birth goes natural as planned, but you’re no less a mama if it doesn’t. So true what they say… healthy baby in your arms is what counts! Having a provider you feel good about and trust sure helps.

  • kk
    January 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Canyon Ranch is the perfect spot for a babymoon! My Mom and I go every year to the one in Tucson. You HAVE to get Watsu! I was pregnant last year when we went and did it twice. It’s nice to change it up from a prenatal massage and I could tell the baby loved it. Its just so relaxing and peaceful. If you are going to Tucson, ask for Nikki (I think that is her name, she is the younger one of the two who does Watsu and has dark hair). I love her! She said she could feel the babe too and could tell she was loving it! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about could things to do there while pregnant.

  • Meika
    January 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I did HypnoBirthing (Marie Mongan method) with my second! I have to admit that I wasn’t super-impressed with that class, though it may work for others. We had a weekly in-person class, a relaxation CD, and then were supposed to work ourselves through a book, and I never really figured out how to do that on my own. Having already had a super-intense natural birth, I just knew that I needed more. Of course, your mileage may vary and it might be exactly right for you. But this is what I loved and wanted to mention: I ended up doing the HypnoBabies at-home program as well and it was just wonderful. It was so thorough and walked me through every step. I had a one-year-old at home while I was doing it and it didn’t matter that I slept through almost every recording; it still worked. Hypnosis for childbirth is so, so amazing. I can honestly say that the birth of mysecond was very manageable and the third was almost completely p**n-free; I had just one challenging birthing wave the whole time. And she was ten pounds! All that is really just to say good luck. I had such great experiences with hypnosis that I get really excited when I hear people mention it.

  • Nic G
    January 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

    What a great post! I am 23 weeks with twins girls and I love following along with how you are doing. When I first felt the girls kick it was so weird and wonderful, definitely the pregnancy highlight. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, good luck with trimester 3!!! (Also, I have been researching juicers for the past few months, and I bought the Breville compact you recommended as I live in a smaller house in a city. Greatest purchase of my life – these babies can’t get enough fresh juice!!!)

  • Angie
    January 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    For a splurge on a couple of cute maternity items, I highly recommend Boden. When I was pregnant with my now 2 1/2 year old, I bought 3 or 4 things from there that I wore all the time.

  • Marin
    January 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Good for you in switching, the path you are on is a great one. I did the same during the pregnancy of my first. It was unexpected but we decided on a homebirth with midwives nearby around 16 weeks or so and it was such an amazing experience-life changing for sure. I did it again with my second too, no question. Looking back, I’m so grateful I had that choice. Check my blog if you want to read a few homebirth/natural water birth stories ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats and glad I found your blog last year, I enjoy keeping up with your tips, recipes, and now mom to be notes!

  • Natalie Bakan
    January 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I’m currently 20 weeks and have been debating switching my provider since I first met her. Her website claims she emphasizes holistic care but when I asked her about natural birth she didn’t seem supportive and didn’t answer my questions to my satisfaction. Glad to hear your experience switching was a positive one. I’m trying to make the hospital decision this week and then look for a new provider. Hopefully a midwife who will be able to attend my birth, the one I’ve heard rave reviews of isn’t on call often and travels frequently. Not a good combo! Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. I’d also recommend reading the Husband Coached Childbirth since you were interested in the Bradley Method. I debated between Bradley and hypnobabies. I don’t think you can go wrong with either.

  • Kate
    January 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    We took a hypnobirthing class, and I found it really helpful. For me, the choice was about approaching childbirth in a calm state of mind rather than about trying to avoid an epidural. Listening to the relaxation CDs daily and taking time to meditate were so soothing and empowering, and I went into the birth feeling very relaxed and not at all nervous. And I ended up having a quick, natural childbirth. To be honest, I would have gotten an epidural, but there wasn’t time! So if your experience is anything like mine, maybe it’s good you will be just five minutes away from the hospital. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Mish @ eatingjourney
      January 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      I like that. Instead of trying to avoid, approach with calm.

      We women, should always choose what we feel comfortable with. Always.

  • Morgan
    January 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    “Matron” of honor. I love it, that’s how Bones described it.

  • Jen
    January 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I too loved having a midwife, I felt supported throughout my pregnancy and still do as they provide my general care after birth too. I wasn’t able to find a Hypnobirthing class locally so I read the books and did the exercises- and it worked wonderfully for me. My husband said I went into a ‘zone’ and it was the most amazing thing to witness…and with some effort out came 9lbs 3oz of the most amazing little boy I could have prayed for- such as blessing.

  • Amelia @Eating Made Easy
    January 29, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I think you will love the midwife & natural experience. It’s a true adventure!
    Very sweet post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stephanie
    January 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I’m an L&D nurse and love working with the midwives in the hospital! The births just seem so much more relaxed and the midwives much more easy going than the docs – not to say that crazy things don’t happen, but for uncomplicated pregnancies and births, I love to have the midwives. Whatever happens, healthy baby healthy mommy is all that matters in the end! Excited for your growing family!

  • Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer
    January 30, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Jenna, so excited for you to have a BOY! YAY! I have a story to tell you sometime about Canyon Ranch (good story). So fun for you to go there! Miss you, friend!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    January 30, 2014 at 1:27 am

    What a great post! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you’ve been feeling better and really able to enjoy the pregnancy more these days.

  • Sandy T
    January 30, 2014 at 10:07 am

    What an empowering decision you made! I love hypnobirthing but also check out the book Birthing from Within. It helps with letting go of any attachment you have to a “perfect” birthing scenario. Whatever will be will be. I was a doula years ago and I always told my clients to let go and let God. May you embrace anything that happens at your baby’s birth!

  • Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake
    January 30, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I get ridiculously thrilled when someone says they’re going to use midwives, haha. I know there are some incredible OBGYNs out there and probably some less-than-stellar midwives for that matter, but my experience with midwives has been phenomenal both times.

    I’m so excited to have found and be following your blog during this special time. I’ve only got 5-ish weeks left myself and I love to read about other people’s journeys through pregnancy and childbirth. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you have a great third trimester and a wonderful birth!

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  • Ashley L
    January 30, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I had gave birth in a hospital with a midwife for my second child and am doing the same with #3 ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t take any classes and kinda winged the whole natural birth. I just did my best to stay calm and ride out the pain and I delivered with out even having an iv. We were really impressed with the whole experience in the hospital, I didn’t feel rushed or ganged up on at all. Plus it was nice having the safety net just incase something went wrong. Good luck with your baby and share your thoughts about labor with your midwife! Don’t be too stuck on how you think it should go, sometimes God has other plans! Oh and when you’re holding your baby, you won’t care what position you were in when he came! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ashley L
      January 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Had gave? Lol sorry about that. Silly phone

  • Chryssi
    January 31, 2014 at 6:57 am

    In the UK all births are midwife lead unless you have a c-section. I too want a calm and natural birth but I also really liked that with hypnobirthing my husband would play a very active role in the birth instead of just being a bystander. We took a hypnobithing class and now it is just practice until the little one decides to show up in 2 months time.

  • Kim
    January 31, 2014 at 8:04 am

    You look beautiful Jenna!!!! Enjoy your babymoon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julien
    January 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I’m 34w right now and I love, love, love the shirts you recommended in the previous pregnancy post. I also picked up one in every color.

    I had a super easy pregnancy with my first two trimesters and then the last trimester hit me like a train. I’m not sure if you’re still as into tea as you used to be, but I’ve been drinking this stuff almost daily since week 22. It tastes like black tea (kinda) and my friend says that her baby practically “fell out” after a 3 hour labor thanks to the stuff.

    Do you read Mama Natural’s blog? She has some great natural pregnancy information.

    • jenna
      January 31, 2014 at 9:18 am

      I just started drinking a cup of that daily – I’ve heard great things, too! Good to know! I’ll definitely stick with it…it’s better with some honey added, I’ve discovered ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jodi
    January 31, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I have a 4 month old baby girl and did hypnobirthing with her. I’m so glad I did! Labor and the whole process is completely doable. I know you will do GREAT! So excited for you.

  • Nakia
    February 2, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I gave birth to my first two children in large hospitals with an ob/gyn and although I loved my doctor, the experiences weren’t great – which makes me sad when I spend too much time thinking about it.

    With my third child, my husband and I made the decision to go with a midwife practice and I must say that it was the best decision of our lives. I finally had the natural birth I’d be hoping for and I am so incredibly grateful to have felt so supported by the midwife who helped deliver my daughter. She was peaceful, calm and supportive.

    I didn’t go with any specific method of breathing/centering but pulled from what I remembered from the birthing classes I’d taken with my previous pregnancies. I also read “Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds” by Cynthia Gabriel and it helped immensely.

  • Carly Pritchard
    February 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I love your tribal sweater!! Where did you get it?

  • Melissa Klotz
    February 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    This is all so exciting!! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

  • Ali O
    February 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I’ll be 38 weeks at the end of the week. We are also using midwife centered practice & giving birth in a local hospital. One of my good friends is also a doula and so we will have her as our doula during labor/delivery. It cannot tell you how happy I have been with the care we have received in a midwife centered practice. And previously I had a great obgyn. But hands down I believe it was the best decision we could have made. I like the fact that we will know who will be there to deliver our baby (as opposed to which obgyn is “on call” at the time).

    I know it’s a personal choice & completely respect that. But I would encourage you to write about your decision to switch care providers. I just think that more people need to learn about midwifery and to get rid of the many stigmas that have been placed on it as well as why it is a viable option for most pregnancies (low risk). Just something to think about! ๐Ÿ™‚

    All the best in this third trimester!

  • Amy
    February 10, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I love reading your pregnancy recap posts ๐Ÿ™‚ Although my partner and I are not quite at that stage yet, I can’t help but get a little ‘clucky’ when I see your gorgeous photos and that baby bump!
    My Mum always said that she didn’t think about the labour part of having a baby, she just focused on walking out the front doors again holding her precious new bundle ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katie
    February 13, 2014 at 8:46 am

    That is so crazy! I literally switched from an OBGYN to a midwife at the same exact time. I am so glad I made the decision I did! My little red-head was born, intervention free, and it truly was one of the most empowering experiences of my life. I hope your experience will be similar.

  • Camila
    March 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I used hypnobirthing and recommend it to everyone! You’ll love it!