I went to the dentist today to finish replacing an old crown I had. Today was the second appointment and much shorter than the first. It is something the dentist has been wanting me to do for a long time, and I’m so glad I did now rather than waiting until after the baby comes. After the baby comes, it will be so much harder to schedule! I generally really hate the dentist, so going more often during pregnancy and getting work done is a big deal for me!
Midwife note: Dental care is really important in pregnancy. There is some correlation with periodontis and pregnancy outcomes (American dental association). Regular dental care may reduce the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and preeclampsia. This is in addition the benefits that regular dental care provides like helping with pregnancy bleeding gums (gingivitis) and erosion, etc. Many dentists recommend cleanings every 4 months in pregnancy. Dental procedures with local anesthesia are safe in pregnancy. Most women (and dentists) avoid x-rays, but they can be done if the abdomen is double shielded.
I have been wanting to run all week, but it’s been really hot. So I decided to swim instead. It does feel really good to be in the pool! Swimming was refreshing and I felt so light. I got several comments from older women swimming. One of them told me I did a really great job swimming which made me laugh.
Afterwards, I went to CityMD to get my TDaP vaccine. I have been forgetting to do this for several weeks and I really wanted to get it done. They were very nice and fast, and now it’s done.
Midwife note: There is a vaccine called TDaP (tetanus diptheria and pertussis) that is recommended by the CDC and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology for pregnant women during their third trimester (ideally between 27-37 weeks). Pertussis (aka whooping cough) is potentially dangerous to newborns and they can't be vaccinated until they are two months old. By you getting the vaccine during pregnancy or postpartum, you can pass immunity to the baby. Here is the CDC recommendation.
A pregnant midwife living and working in New York City