17 weeks along today. I’ve encountered my 2nd yeast infection. I’m also getting a lot of constant dull headaches across the forehead that nothing seems to help other than caffeine. I don’t consume pop or much caffeine (need peppermint essential oils!) so I don’t like this habit of needing a can of pop every few days to get rid of the headaches. So of course I’m having problems staying hydrated. I’m doing my best to drink lots of water and medicinal pregnancy teas now. It is so easy to get dehydrated when pregnant, the dehydration was causing a lot of Braxton Hicks like contraction pains. So whenever I feel pains like that, it’s more than likely because I am dehydrated.
Using garlic to treat the yeast infection. http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/garlic.asp
I am lucky enough to have a great community in my area for home-births, last week i attended a home birth meeting https://www.facebook.com/groups/479093008783555/ and discussed a lot with my fellow first time homebirthers, as well as veterans, and of course midwives. Since I was there and a midwife friend had her kit with her I went ahead and did some of the first real prenatal care so far. I had my blood pressure checked. 120/64. Great. Tested my hemoglobin levels. 12.5 . Great. Then tested my urine and I had slight protein (which can be normal), pretty dehydrated (crap i knew that), and my ph acidity was HORRIBLE! explains the yeast infection. Almost half way in and have done very little care, other than taking basic care of myself and eating well, need to increase my water intake, but everything is going very smoothly and well with performing my own prenatal care.