Feb 142013
 

 

I’m now 28 weeks along in my pregnancy.  I met with one of my midwives on Tuesday this week, and I also had the dreaded glucose test.  I had heard horror stories of the “nasty orange drink”.  My appointment wasn’t until 4pm that day, so all day long I was dreading this drink.

As soon as I arrived at my birth center, I gave my usual urine sample, and before I could even step out of the restroom completely, the nurse called me in to check my weight and blood pressure.  I had gained 2 pounds since my last visit 2 weeks earlier, for a total of 30 pounds gained so far.  I’m really hoping I don’t gain too much more.  I feel as though a lot of my weight gain happened during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and if I hadn’t had to deal with those two holidays, I would probably be much better off at this point.  When Thanksgiving arrived last year, I was just coming out of the morning sickness, and wanted to eat everything in site!  My blood pressure was really low as usual, 100/60.  I guess at least I don’t have to worry about pre-eclampsia!

After the nurse was done checking my weight and blood pressure, she gave me the orange drink.  It was a pretty good sized bottle, and I was told I had to drink it all within 5 minutes.  Before I took a sip, I smelled it.  I wanted to know what I was getting myself into!  It smelled a little sweet, and didn’t turn me off at all, so I took a small sip at first to test it out.  I actually couldn’t believe how good the drink was!  To me, it tasted like the Hi-C Orange Drink from McDonalds, or maybe a flat Sunkist soda.  After all the fear that other mothers had put in me about that “nasty orange drink”, I had worked myself up over nothing.  I chugged the rest of the drink down in under a minute!  I had really expected more of a chemical taste, but it just wasn’t there.

When I was done with the drink, the nurse escorted me into my midwife’s office, and she came in after about a 5-10 minute wait.  I have to say, I absolutely love all of the midwives at my birth center.  They are all so caring and understanding, and they really make an effort to listen to me, and get to know me on a personal level.  I am so glad that I did some research after finding out I was pregnant, and didn’t go with a local OB.  The birth center is about an hour drive for me, but every minute is worth it to me.  The alternative was to give birth at a hospital about 15 minutes away, but I have very ill feelings towards that hospital.  The staff are very overworked and unfriendly.  The doctors are very aggressive and don’t really care about what you want.  They just want to get rid of you as fast as they can.  I certainly don’t need that kind of treatment while I’m bringing my little girl into this world.  Instead, I will have a wonderful, caring and loving environment, and I will be able to make all of the decisions regarding my birth, as long as there isn’t any emergency.

Take a look at part of the birth plan the birth center gave to me at my last appointment.  This is everything I wanted during a birth, and I didn’t even have to ask or fight for it!  They offered it to me.

Just knowing that they are in agreement with everything I want for my natural birth makes me feel so calm and confident about it.  I am not fearful of giving birth.  I have this feeling that it’s just going to be a wonderful and amazing experience for me, John and Kayleigh.  I cannot wait to see her beautiful face.

Speaking of that, my midwife scheduled me for another ultrasound in 2 weeks.  I can’t wait!  I will be 30 weeks, and if Kayleigh cooperates, I’ll hopefully get a good shot of her face, and can see more of what she looks like.  I am having another ultrasound because I had a LEEP procedure done about 12 years ago, and they want to make sure my cervix is still at a good length.

The rest of my appointment was pretty uneventful.  We discussed the one-day birthing class I will be taking next month, and I got to listen to Kayleigh’s heartbeat again.  I always love that part of the appointment.  As soon as the midwife put the doppler on my belly, Kayleigh gave a big kick, and the doppler bounced right off my belly!  The midwife put it back on my belly and quickly got a heartbeat.  It was in the 140’s.

I got the results of my glucose test back yesterday.  I passed!  My grandfather had diabetes, so I was a little worried, but not really too much.  I have not had any soda at all, aside from a gingerale here and there, during this pregnancy.  I have not had any coffee (that I would normally add sugar to).  I have had some sweets here and there, but I’m certainly not stuffing my face full of them.  For the most part, I eat healthy and I drink a ton of water.

I did find out, however, that I am anemic, which is not really a big surprise to me.  I have been told in the past that my iron level was really low.  My father and my aunt also have anemia.  We are of Italian heritage, and I think that might have something to do with it.  I was told to take 350mg of Ferrous Sulfate per day, and they will retest me for anemia again at 32 weeks.  Here’s hoping the iron supplements will help!

Aside from all of that, I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping at night.  My belly is so big, that when I lay on my side now, it hurts my hips.  I’m also still struggling with a lot of leg pain.  I’ve always had restless legs, and I read that the iron supplements should help with that.  We’ll see.

We are moving into a new apartment this weekend, and I can’t wait!  It was just recently built in 2009, so the appliances, carpeting, counter tops, etc. are all fairly new.  It’s a townhouse, and has a laundry room with washer/dryer hook-up, a dining room, with a sliding glass door that leads out to a nice backyard, a roomy kitchen, 2 bedrooms upstairs, and a full bathroom, and a half bathroom in the master bedroom.  Kayleigh’s room will be directly across the hall from ours.  It’s going to be so wonderful!

So anyway, that’s what’s happening with me this week.  Stay tuned, and I’ll post another update soon!

 

 

Feb 052013
 

WEIRD PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY!

Are you experiencing weird pregnancy symptoms? It’s really not that uncommon to start feeling and seeing some pretty strange changes in your body during your pregnancy. Each pregnancy can differ, also, so you may or may not experience the same symptoms that your pregnant friends and family do. You may see and feel differences in each of your own pregnancies as well. One pregnancy you may experience a whole host of pregnancy symptoms that you don’t experience during the next.

Before I got pregnant with my first child, I knew that I’d probably get some morning sickness, my boobs would hurt and I’d be tired.  Those are all “normal” pregnancy symptoms that everyone talks about.  But, soon enough I learned that there are several weird pregnancy symptoms that no one really shares, probably because they’re a bit embarrassing! This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

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Well, I’m going to put my embarrassment aside, and tell you about some of my weird pregnancy symptoms. These are all strange symptoms I experienced during my pregnancy with my daughter. I don’t remember experiencing most of these when I was pregnant with my son. I tend to think women experience more severe pregnancy symptoms when pregnant with girls.

8 Weird Pregnancy Symptoms

1.  Bloody nose – Very early on in my pregnancy,  I noticed that every time I blew my nose, the tissue was covered in blood.  I was really taken by surprise and scared at first, but after doing some research on the internet, it’s a perfectly normal pregnancy symptom. I still find it to be quite a strange pregnancy symptom though!  This symptom lasted almost throughout my entire pregnancy. My nose was constantly stuffed up and dry feeling, and it was quite embarrassing to blow my nose in public, because my tissues always ended up covered in blood.  No one wants to see that!

2.  Hairy belly – Yes, that’s right, a hairy belly! This is one strange pregnancy symptom that I was totally not expecting. One day, near the end of my first trimester, I looked down at my growing belly, and noticed that I had blonde hairs sprouting up all over the place!  My belly was completely covered with blonde hairs.  What a weird pregnancy symptom, huh?!  After doing some research, I learned that the hairs would fall out on their own after I gave birth, and they did. Resist the urge to shave your belly!

3.  Excessive discharge – I think this is one of the most embarrassing of the weird pregnancy symptoms.  There is a constant wetness “down there”.  In Jenny McCarthy’s book, Belly Laughs:  The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth, a great read by the way, she calls this the “snail trail”.  I’ve pretty much taken up stock in pantyliners and always keep a spare pair of undies in my bag for emergency situations.

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4.  Horrible constipation – When I first found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I took those giant horse pill prenatal vitamins.  No one warned me that those would back me up so bad that I thought I would explode! The constipation was the worst I have ever dealt with in my entire life.  I seriously thought I was going to die if I didn’t have a bowel movement.  I had visions in my head of being rushed to the ER and someone having to unplug me up there.  Not a pretty thought. I ate a ton of prunes, switched to gummy prenatal vitamins, and finally got some relief!  Only one time since then have I experienced constipation that was equally as bad, after a few straight days of eating bananas.  I’m now on a banana strike!

5.  Crazy sneezes – My grandmother was always one to sneeze very loud and forceful.  As kids, my sisters and I would always snicker whenever she let one out.  We just couldn’t believe that someone could sneeze that hard and loud, especially since she’s just a petite little woman. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I too had those horribly loud, forceful sneezes.  They were the kind that shake your entire body and leave you reeling afterward.  At first, I was scared this was hurting my baby.  I felt sharp pains in my sides after a big sneeze, and thought something was wrong. It turns out this weird pregnancy symptom is actually pretty normal too, and will not hurt the baby.  The sharp pains I felt was just round ligament pain.

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6.  Klutziness – Pregnancy definitely threw my body out of whack.  I felt like I was in that awkward stage between child and teenager, and didn’t know how to control my own body movements.  I dropped stuff all.the.time.  When you’ve got a huge belly in front of you, it makes it hard for you to bend over to pick said dropped stuff up. I ended up learning how to pick things up off the floor with my toes!

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I also lost my balance and fell on the pavement outside of my office.  Luckily, I was able to land on both of my knees, and she was perfectly fine.  I had to walk really slow and careful, so I wouldn’t trip over my own feet.

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7.  Pain in the butt – When I was about 12 weeks pregnant, I started experiencing a terrible pain in my butt, right above the crack.  I learned that it was sciatica, a perfectly normal pregnancy symptom, but one that also really sucks.  The pain got really unbearable at times.  It was so bad, that I could hardly walk.  It was one of those weird pregnancy symptoms that I just couldn’t wait to get rid of!

8.  Drooling – One night I woke up in the middle of the night to pee for the 12th time, and my face and pillow were COVERED in drool.  Gross!  I’d been dealing with this weird pregnancy symptom off and on throughout my pregnancy.  I think that it came from my nose being so stuffed up.  I had to breathe through my mouth while sleeping, leading to that nasty drooling habit.  Fun, fun!

What weird pregnancy symptoms have you had? Share in the comments below!

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