I get to be the birth coach of a first-time mom!! Woo hoo! It’s her goal to birth with no meds and no interventions, and I say she can do it!!! Her mother, who — very sadly — died when she was very young, was a midwife, and her sister has had two children who were born naturally. So, the genes are good. 😉 It turns out that she has the same OB that I had with Fiala, and he is very cooperative with natural birthing practices, though I can’t say he quite follows a midwifery model. It’s pretty close, though. I have been the beneficiary of his great patience — HOURS of patience during birth, way beyond what most docs have. And, he gives midwifery-style attention to the perineum, and virtually never gives an episiotomy. And, he’s very cooperative with non-lithotomy laboring positions. Hard to ask much more from an OB. 🙂
My friend is 37 weeks along, and was just diagnosed with mild pre-eclampsia. I gave her some suggestions to try to get her blood pressure down:
- 2000 mg calcium citrate daily
- a gallon or more of water a day
- no trans-fats
- lie on her left side
- up her protein intake
- eat tons of veggies
- especially eat tons of lycopene-rich foods: tomatoes (particularly canned products), watermelon, red bell peppers, goji juice, and pink grapefruit
- no caffeine
(Anyone have any other suggestions??)
I told her that the interventions mentioned above don’t guarantee that her bp will lower, especially since time is short until she delivers, but there’s no harm in doing EVERYTHING she can, that may even possibly have a positive effect. I’d hate to see her go to deliver her baby, and have her bp up so high that they’d require her to be monitored 100% of the time, and kept in bed.
So, please be praying for this sweet mom, that her birth will go smoothly, and that her bp will decrease, and quickly so.
And, if you’re thinking about it, please pray for the timing to be such that would allow me to attend the birth! I have three people on tap, not including my hubby, whom I can call to watch my children, but there are still a few gaps, time-wise, during the day…