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When you were preparing for college, did you visit your top three schools?

 

When you were looking for a new apartment or even buying your first house, did you evaluate all your options?

 

When purchasing wine do you like to taste it prior to buying?

 

When you are looking for the perfect heels for that special occasion dress, do you not try on about a hundred pairs of shoes before picking the perfect one?

 

If you sampled colleges, made positive and negative lists when buying a house, taste vino before committing, and strut your stuff in many heels before deciding, then why would you not take that consideration when deciding on a healthcare practitioner for your baby’s birth?

 

Forgive me if I offend you.

 

The convenient route is to go with whatever health provider (usually an obstetrician) is covered by your health insurance company. You become another number. You go in for routine check ups that last half an hour tops basically to make sure nothing is drastically wrong. You will have a healthy baby. However, the magic and love will be missing.

 

The complicated route is definitely the road less traveled, but worth it in the long run, whether you end up with a natural birth at home or a cesarean section at the hospital. The complex path is one in which you take the initiative to seek out a health care provider that you connect with. This could mean five interviews of midwives and ObGyns before you find the ideal match for you. The path full of lots of work requires you to do your homework and educate yourself. However, I guarantee when you put in the extra work to prepare for your pregnancy and birth, you will not regret it.

 

The biggest mistake I see women make is to go with a doctor they do not particularly like, but they stick with them because that doctor is covered by their insurance. I understand money issues, believe me. However, I do not believe in sacrificing your beliefs and values. If you are newly pregnant, as in this is your first child, then I highly suggest getting to know different healthcare providers. Go out and ask questions. Interview different doctors and midwives. At the very least, this process will allow you to find out more about yourself and your partner and also each of your desires.

 

Madalyn

 

WORKOUT

EMOM 10 Minutes

3 Back Squats (45#, 95#, 115#, 155#)

 

4 Rounds

400m Run

10 HPC (45#, 65#, 95#)

20 Box Jumps (or Step Ups)

 

Modifications

  • The weights listed are ceilings for beginners up to advanced athletes.
  • Use KBs or DBs if the barbell path is altered because of your growing belly:)
  • Box jumps can be step ups or even lunges.
  • Run can be a row or even a farmer’s carry at 100m.