Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Three More Months!

Yesterday afternoon I had my first real "feeling crappy" pregnancy time. I had some sharp pains in the upper left quadrant of my abdomenal region (or I guess uterus at this point which is scary). Yes, I had been trying to drink lots of water. I was raised to not pay attention to aches, pains, etc. - I think other than annual trips to the pediatrician my only other visit growing up was for a leg broken in 2 places. When I would complain about something my dad (who is a surgeon) would say - "Well, we'll just have to cut that off...and did I ever tell you about my walks uphill in the snow with pneumonia never to miss school?" You get the drift.

Since this involves 2 others besides me I decided to call the doctors (after first trying a couple of fellow preggos to see if this was "normal"). It was 8 minutes after 5 pm so I felt even more "guilty" about calling. As one of my pregger friends noted - it isn't inconveniencing them - some is paid to be on call. A midwife called back to ask me if I was having "contractions". Forget the scary word - the more important thing is "HOW WOULD I KNOW"? I mean, seriously, even the books and online articles I've read have given me zero clue what I'm supposed to feel/notice when having a contraction. I of course downplayed things and she decided nothing was probably wrong - likely just my uterus pressing on my ribs. I basically lay on the couch all night and slept okay so probably it was nothing. We watched "Knocked Up" and I really related.

I already feel like I'm the size of a house and feeling more tired/lethargic so how am I going to keep going and getting bigger for 3 more months while working and trying to get our lives as ready as possible to welcome the tykes? Also, Husband not-so-helpfully pointed out that my round tummy is covered in stretchmarks. My sister Allie avoided them so I was hoping to but no such luck. My bikini days are over. I really only looked good in one anyway when I was 21.


Anonymous said...

I never knew what a contraction felt like until I went into labor. When they don't hurt, it's just a wave of tightening. You'll probably know if/when you're having them. Of course, it's a lot more obvious when they are the real thing...

Third trimester exhaustion stinks, especially when it's hot out. I think you don't have AC - I'd run to the nearest Home Depot and buy a window unit, and don't leave your bedroom as much as possible! Napping and semi-weekly pedicures are also in order. Good luck and put your feet up!

Stacey said...

Sorry to hear that you were feeling crappy. If it makes you feel any better it is 97 degrees in Charlotte today. I'm thinking that if I can, I'm going to plan to get pregnant so that I won't be in my third trimester during the hot summer. But if wishes were pennies we'd all be rich. And the government would be broke (not that it isn't already) because it costs more to make a penny than it's worth. There is your fun fact for the day.

What A Card said...

Oh, I always hated when they asked if something was a contraction. How would I know that? And I'll feel even more stupid if I get pregnant again and they ask that as I made it to 38 weeks with my twins and never did have a contraction. So I still have no idea what a contraction feels like :)

My gyn was very impressed with how well my ob did the c-section and commented "wow, that's perfect and so low, you could wear a bikini no problem." Um, yeah, assuming I didn't have 12 zillion stretch marks, plus some lovely "twin skin". I think I'll spare everyone the sight of my stomach!

How will you keep going for three more months? You just will. You'll look back on pictures that were taken now and say "I can't believe I thought I was big then."

In unrelated commenting, thanks for the blog comment. I rarely find other women who own up to reading fantasy or sci-fi, though I know I'm far from the only one :) If you haven't read it yet, you might enjoy the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. It kind of blends fantasy, romance, and mystery. Light and silly...perfect for when you're pregnant and can't stand to read something more serious :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with Allison... When you're having a real contraction, you will likely know it. It really makes you snap to attention, and you have to focus all your energy on dealing with it. Have you thought about hiring a doula? No matter how your birth winds up going, it is nice to have someone supportive there who "gets" it more than any well-meaning but essentially clueless husband can. (Sorry Husband!)