If you choose to do an unassisted birth, you might also choose to do your own prenatal care. There is nothing a doctor or midwife would do at a monthly appointment that you can’t do yourself.
- Blood tests -if you want blood tests of any kind, you can order one at Request a Test.
- Weigh yourself – to make sure you have a healthy weight gain rather than weight gain that would indicate insulin resistance. If you are eating a ketogenic diet, any weight gain is of no consequence. If you are not eating a ketogenic diet, weight gain more than 20 to 30 pounds might indicate insulin resistance. It is vitally important not to have elevated blood sugar during pregnancy because it raises your child’s risk of developing diabetes by the time they are 13 years of age six-fold.
- Blood pressure – women who develop high blood pressure during pregnancy often do so because of unrecognized insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia.
- Check urine for protein and glucose -glucose in urine indicates you need to eat a lower carb diet. Protein in urine indicates you need more protein in your diet.
- Fetal heartbeat – normal is between 120 and 160. Use a fetoscope, not a Doppler.
- Measure fundal height – helps to estimate fetal growth.
- Keep carbohydrate intake to less than 20 carbs per day. Concentrate on adequate levels of protein and fats. Learn more about the Ketogenic Lifestyle.
Not sure the Ketogenic diet is good for pregnancy? I don’t trust very many doctors, but Dr. Ken Berry is one I do trust. He always looks at all the current research before giving us an answer to a question. Here he explains why the Ketogenic diet is best for pregnancy, and how through your diet you can decrease your risk of preterm birth by 70%.
Many people say, if you’re going to do all that, why not just go to a doctor? Many women do not want to enter the healthcare system. They do not want to spend every visit with their doctor defending their choices and arguing about what they do and do not want. They don’t want to feel pressured by their medical providers. They don’t want to feel belittled by doctors that believe that the only reason a woman would refuse care is is because she is ignorant and uneducated.
Susan Diamond, in her book “Hard Labor” discussed how doctors feel about couples who are educated and have taken prepared childbirth classes. She heard both doctors and nurses talk about these couples as being undesirable patients because they get in the way of hospital procedures, took more individual attention and slowed down the efficient workings of the labor and delivery floor. Why? Because women who have educated themselves don’t want routine procedures. They want to be upright and active; don’t want internal fetal monitoring; don’t want epidurals. The hospital itself is a hostile environment.
Some books that I would recommend. to educate yourself:
- Understand Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year
- Unassisted Childbirth -Laura Kaplan Stanley
- Birth Becomes Hers -Bree Moore
- Real Food For Pregnancy -Lily Nichols
- Heart and Hands Fifth Edition -A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
- Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives -Jane Coad
- Birth as an American Rite of Passage – Robbie Davis-Floyd
- Active Birth -Janet Balaskas
- Childbirth Without Fear – Grantly Dick-Read
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