Sadly It seems my week 13 post has been lost in cyberspace. I will try to recap the important stuff below.
Most notably this week I visited the midwife, Renee, at the SCV Birth Center in Newhall. She delivered both of my boss' babies via water birth at home and has been advertising with us for about 3 years. It was very nice to get a naturalists point of view on my vitamin deficiencies since my doctor didn't seem too concerned. Renee said that my hair loss was a bit unusual but she could pinpoint that it was definitely my diet and prenatal vitamins that were causing the deficiency. She told me that I had a severe protein deficiency and that I needed to make sure that at every meal I was incorporating a protein, whether nuts, cheese, beans or meats. She said that it too will help me to have a better handle on my morning sickness. So far so good! At minimum I have a cheese stick with every meal, but the baby has started liking milk (which is a little gross to me on regular days) and a lot of times I will opt for a grilled cheese, a quesadilla, a veggie sausage patty or a bean and cheese burrito, but all of them have protein and are better for me and the baby. I still notice the hair loss but it is definitely lessening right along side the morning sickness. Renee was filled with knowledge and it made me a little jealous of the mommy's that she gets to help. I am a high risk pregnancy so sadly I cannot have her as my practitioner - but I totally recommend the mommies out there with no issues to give her a call if they are interested in midwifery. (You don't have to do water or home births to use her, she does whatever you would like - you can have the baby at the birth center or in the hospital... up to you!) Definitely a great woman to have on your prenatal team!
As for the prenatals, the ones she gave me are GIANT. I have a terrible time with medicine in general. The pills have to be microscopic almost for me to stomach them (like a claritin!) and they cannot have any flavor or it makes me gag. These ones tasted awful. I tried her suggestion of dissolving the caplets in a fruit smoothie but it didn't work. I plan to ask Dr. M for a chewable, liquid or VERY TINY prescription with no flavor on my next appointment. I've asked around and many of my friends have similar issues, so I did receive some good referrals. I plan to call my insurance as well to see which brands are covered.
So sorry there weren't any funny stories and anecdotes this week - I know there were some in the original post, but alas... I tried!