What I wish I knew about pregnancy
maternity, pregnancy, prenatal

What I Wish I Knew about Pregnancy

Do you like to read?  Whenever I got pregnant with my first baby, my mom got me “What to Expect When You are Expecting”.  My parents encouraged a lifestyle of reading and learning.  Each new stage of life or anything that we wanted to learn about meant a new book.  Each additional pregnancy meant that I was looking for the newest books on pregnancy.  Even with my fourth baby and after becoming a midwife,  I wanted to read pregnancy books that I hadn’t gotten around to yet.

In the United States, we don’t teach our children enough about pregnancy and birth as a whole.  Many people don’t have that same drive to read that I was taught.  And many sources of pregnancy information either leave out so much information or continue to relay misinformation.

I recently polled my followers on Facebook and Instagram on what kind of information they wish they knew about pregnancy before getting pregnant.  This is what they had to say:

Smalltownvegco says, “To Listen to your gut, and do what feels right.”

Whatheloves said, “That chiropractic during pregnancy is so helpful for keeping swelling, hip, and rib pain away!  That passionflower herb is great for keeping you emotionally stable and calm.

Mrsashleystanton states, “That you don’t have to use an obstetrician.  Consider midwifery care as an option.  You don’t have to settle for the first care provider or the closest one that you go to.  You can interview them to find the right fit for you.”

Kyra wishes that she knew how much her thyroid could effect her pregnancy.

Samantha says that she wishes that she knew how inaccurate late term ultrasounds are for dating purposes and not to change your due date based on one.

Katlin wishes that she knew that pregnancy is the easy part.  She finds that it is the raising of kids that’s hard.

For my first two pregnancies, I wish that I knew more tips on how to help with all the morning sickness.  My morning sickness lasted all day long and was pretty bad.

What is something that you wish you knew about pregnancy before getting pregnant?  What is something that you would like to read more about pregnancy on this blog?




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Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM

Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM is the head midwife and owner of Comforts of Home Midwifery. Mercy was first exposed to homebirth when she witnessed the birth of her little brother at the age of 7. Her interest in natural childbirth grew with the birth of her first child and then attending Bradley Natural Childbirth classes with a friend a year and a half later. Attending her first birth as a doula verified that she was called to be a midwife. Mercy attended the Association of Texas Midwives Training Program and completed an apprenticeship with what is now the Corpus Christi Birth Center. She holds Texas and Louisiana state licenses and holds her Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives.

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