Friday, November 02, 2007

Oh the Irony!

In choosing my midwife, I chose someone that is knowledgeable about 'making' smaller babies - something I desperately need this time around. Apparently, women typically have progressively bigger babies and since Jadyn was 10.5 (and got stuck), I really can't fathom birthing one bigger! No 11 pounders, please!!
So, I chose the food-nazi midwife in town. And, I had my first appointment yesterday - complete with my dietary instructions & food diary. I left so overwhelmed, I had no choice but to drive through Wendy's for a frosty ... a chocolate twisted one with M&Ms ... and a fried chicken sandwich ... and a salad ... with ranch dressing. I'm sure I could have thought of someplace better to enjoy my last meal, but I was in no mood to think and I just needed one last 'fix' before attempting to commit to this craziness.

So, here's the scoop ... not only do I have to write down EVERY sip and morsel that enters my lips, I have a very limited and specific list of things I can eat:

1 serving of a vitamin C fruit (like 1/2 grapefruit or 1/2 cup strawberries) - this is ALL the fruit I can have for the day!!!

4 servings of grass fed, corn-free, hormone-free, antibiotic-free protien (like eggs, beef, chicken or fish) or I can have peanut/almond/cashew butter, nuts or hummus.

I can have 5 servings of grains - as long as I don't eat any bread! So, I can have rye crackers, whole grain rice or pasta or tortilla.

Last, but certainly not least, I get to have 6 servings of cooked veggies (NONE raw!!! Which means no salads ... and I love salads!)

Did you notice NO DAIRY products? None. Zip. Nada.

Oh, and I can have herbal teas and almonds. (woo hoo)
On the back of my food diary is a list of "rules" - THIRTY THREE of them to be exact! This is going to take a serious adjustment period. Considering I eat about every hour and a half these days, I asked her what if I eat all this and I'm still hungry. Her very empathetic (NOT) reply was, "Stop eating." Wow. Clearly she has amazing insight into pregnant women. Hungry ones at that.

I should also mention that she does not want me to gain any more than 15 pounds throughout my pregnancy!!!! Good thing I haven't gained any yet.
Am I really paying this woman to torture me this way? Seems so ironic.
I'm not typically a big fan of limiting food for a prego, but I think in this situation, I really can't run the risk of having another big baby that gets stuck. Man, I wish there were an easier way. The best things in life never come easy.


stephanie said...

whew, will you be able to tolerate this woman in your home during the delivery after months of supressed bitterness at her little diet?

what's with the cooked veggies? everything else, though difficult, makes sense to me. but all the big health gurus i read say raw raw raw. just curious.

sarcasm aside, you amaze me with your discipline and commitment to your goals for your pregnancy and delivery. i will continue to pray for you (even harder now)

Lori Eilers said...

Wow, you are a better woman than me. I don't know of I could do that diet. I'm such a bagel girl!

Jena said...

What is wrong with 11 lb babies?! jjjjjk!

Dara said...

oh - jena - you have me cracking up- how funny! man angela - i had no idea you are an amazing woman.

Anonymous said...

Oh boy, you are amazing!! I let myself do whatever when I was pregnant (maybe that is why I had to join weight watchers later??????)LOL

lindsay said...

you are a maverick, Angela! holy cow, what resolve. i don't think i'd have the willpower (no dairy?! ack!), but i'll be thinking of you and praying for you!

and contrary to the soup nazi, you technically could make soup with your cooked veggies..."soup for you" :-)