Healthy Living, Pregnancy and Birth

Low Platelets During Pregnancy | Baby #5

With my last two (healthy) pregnancies, I had a condition called gestational thrombocytopenia, which just means that my platelet count was below normal and the same is true this time. Platelets are measured in the thousands per microliter of circulating blood but can be written shorthand by removing the last three zeros (example: 100,00 as… Continue reading Low Platelets During Pregnancy | Baby #5

Pregnancy and Birth

Baby #5 | Pregnancy after D&C | Week Eight

Hello all! I thought I'd stop in to give a little update on the baby jelly bean. :) He or she looked fantastic on the ultrasound monitor today and had a heart rate of 168 beats per minute! After the ultrasound, I had my first official prenatal appointment with one of the midwives. It went… Continue reading Baby #5 | Pregnancy after D&C | Week Eight

Pregnancy and Birth

Deep Transverse Arrest ~ Could I Have Done Something?

I am a big supporter of unmedicated, intervention-free natural childbirth when it's possible. Getting rid of things that can slow down labor and/or cause distress is certainly a good idea. There are, of course, instances where interventions are necessary and beneficial. I pursued having a completely natural experience with my third child because of what happened with babies one and two. I learned from their births and… Continue reading Deep Transverse Arrest ~ Could I Have Done Something?

Motherhood

Postpartum ~ Week Twelve

It's been six weeks since I gave a real update, so here's how things are going for me at twelve weeks postpartum with baby number four. :) I apologize in advance if I sound like I'm complaining - I haven't been feeling the greatest physically for a week or so. :/ The Incision The scar is… Continue reading Postpartum ~ Week Twelve

Pregnancy and Birth

Birth Trauma

All of my labor and deliveries have had a part that was intense enough to cause a bit of trauma. Some more than others. I'm trying to process my fourth baby's birth experience, so I'm reflecting on all four of them. I've healed from the first three and now I have to do the same with hers. It… Continue reading Birth Trauma

Pregnancy and Birth

Having a Birth Plan

I've had three babies vaginally and then I had a c-section with my fourth. My advice to expectant moms? Make a birth plan and then try to relax because you can't control everything (even if you think you can). Birth plans are absolutely a great thing and I think all women should make one regardless of their… Continue reading Having a Birth Plan

Thoughts and Happenings

Thoughts & Happenings 8/12

Little Elizabeth is almost seven weeks old, Samuel will be five years old in about a month, Joshua is twelve and a half, and Maggie is sixteen. <3 I love these kiddos and I am so thankful for them! Anyway, enough mommy gushing, lol. This week has been pretty good but there were a few… Continue reading Thoughts & Happenings 8/12