The Med/Vitamin Regimen
It’s been a while since I’ve updated you all on what I’m currently taking med-wise. The good news is that right now the vitamins are outnumbering the drugs. Hooray! This means I can keep down vitamins!
Remember: I am taking all of these under the very specific guidance and direction of my midwives. With any vitamin or medicine you need to consult your medical care team before starting. Some of these interact with each other and must be taken on a specific timetable. Always ask before taking a medicine, vitamin, or herb. Especially if you are pregnant or nursing!
So, without further ado, here is what I’m on:
- Nexium 20 mg – 1 tablet at night
- Zofran 8 mg ODT – 1 tablet before rising in the morning
- New Chapter Every Woman’s One Daily – 1 tablet 1x/day with food
- Floradix Iron and Herbs supplement – 1 tablet 3x/day with food
- Jarrow’s shelf-stable probiotic – 1 tablet 4x/day
- MegaFood Whole Food Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium – 1 tablet 2x/day (not at the same time as the Floradix because calcium will prevent my body from absorbing the iron effectively)
- Nature’s Sunshine 5-W herbal blend - 2 tablets 3x/day with food (contains black cohosh so if you are interested in this, consult your midwife or doctor first and take under their guidance)
- Alfalfa tablets 1000 mg – 2 tablets 3x/day with food
- Evening Primrose Oil 1000 mg – 1 capsule 1x/day (to increase to 2 capsules next week)
It’s a lot of pills and tablets to swallow, and I’ve really had a hard time remembering to take everything. I noticed, though, that when I miss doses my body lets me know. When I forget the cal/mag/pot I get horrible leg cramps at night. When I miss the multivitamin and the iron I feel dizzy and out of breath. Or at least more dizzy and more out of breath than usual.
To help me remember to take these, even when I’m out and about, I’ve started putting the day’s worth of vitamins into a little plastic gladware cup. I toss the cup into my purse, and wherever I happen to be at vitamin time, I can break out my little plastic cup-o-vitamins and start swallowing pills.
Taking my meds and vitamins every day at the correct time has really helped improve the way I feel both physically and emotionally.
The Finalized Birth Preferences
In other news, we got the results back from my group B strep test which allowed us to finalize the loose ends of the birth preferences.
The test came back… NEGATIVE!!!!!!!!
I could not be more thrilled. This makes things so much simpler. No needles, no IVs, no extra stuff to fiddle with, and no need to put the gunk in the baby’s eyes. We did find out that we did have a relative with a clotting disorder, so the vitamin K shot for her is back on.
I provided individual explanations in my original post on the subject: Writing My Birth Preferences, so if there’s something you wonder about, click on over to that post for the reasoning behind each item.
So, with that, here is the finalized version of our birth preferences:
- I don’t want to know baby size until after she’s born.
- I don’t want to have internal checks until I am ready to push.
- Please feel free to suggest position changes!
- Please avoid using the word pain.
- Please no AROM.
- I would like to birth my baby in the water.
- Please no purple pushing.
- For the baby: Yes to the Vit K shot. No to the eye drops.
- Please delay cord clamping.
- I would like an unmanaged 3rd stage if at all possible and deliver the placenta on my own. Would also like to avoid the shot of pitocin unless it’s really and truly necessary.
We’re ready to go. Aside from a few general items like converting the crib into a cosleeper, installing the carseats, and remembering that I will need shirts and pants in the bin I’m packing to go to the birth center, we could have this baby tomorrow and we would be just fine!