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The past week has been a blur. I traveled to Jacksonville then Brooklyn and I just got back to North West Florida (home) last night. I traveled solo (with my almost three year old) on the subway for the first time, ate a pretty good bagel, walked a whole bunch, got a cold, got pizza from a sexy Italian, went to story time at the Brooklyn library, experienced a heat wave, walked to local play grounds, snuggled with my nieces, broke up 10,000 fights between my son and my niece, and ran to my gate with my son to catch our flight home… all while 15 weeks pregnant!
It’s nice to be home, however, I puked this morning for the first time in a week. My kitchen triggers my morning sickness so bad!
This week my babe is the size of a navel orange – about 4 inches and 2.5 ounces. I haven’t weighed myself in awhile, and I’m still feeling nauseated off and on. It IS getting better, but it’s definitely not gone.
I am still spotting. Le sigh. I’ve noticed that my cervix is very loooooow so I’m wondering if that has anything to do with it. Via my ultrasounds, we know that the bleeding isn’t coming from my uterus but my cervix. I wonder if a lower cervix can cause it to get jostled around more causing bleeding? That’s my theory for now. Anybody know anything about this?
I’ve decided I am not feeling baby movement but I just am hyper aware of every little twinge down there. Teeny tiny baby movement is so similar to gas bubbles or muscle twitches, so at this point even if I am feeling baby I have no way to differentiate between the two. I’ll keep you posted if anything changes!
Today I donated a little bit of money to the Ina May Gaskin documentary called Birth Story via Kickstarter. They only need a few more thousand dollars to reach their goal. This film will be amazing, and for anybody interested in natural birth, home birth, women’s birthing rights, maternity care in America, and safe birthing for women and babies, this documentary is for you. You can donate as little as $1, but donating more will get you some goodies. Check it out the video below and considering giving today.
The feature-length documentary BIRTH STORY: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives tells the story of counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other’s babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. With Ina May as their leader, the women taught themselves midwifery from the ground up, and, with their families, founded an entirely communal, agricultural society called The Farm. They grew their own food, built their own houses, published their own books, and, as word of their social experiment spread, created a model of care for women and babies that changed a generation’s approach to childbirth.
Forty years ago Ina May led the charge away from isolated hospital birthing rooms, where husbands were not allowed and mandatory forceps deliveries were the norm. Today, as nearly one third of all US babies are born via C-section, she fights to preserve her community’s hard-won knowledge. With incredible access to the midwives’ archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic–from its heyday into the present–but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it–unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.