Tuesday, August 25, 2009

30 Weeks: Interesting

Really, this week has had all sorts of stuff happen.

  • Painful Braxton Hicks: I've been having Braxton Hicks on my walks for quite some time now, but they haven't been really painful, just uncomfortable. Tuesday was my first full day back home and I was cramping quite a bit, but was okay. I didn't go Wednesday because I had a Chiro appointment. So I went out Thursday and made it about 3/4's of a mile and they started. I would get pain right under my belly button and it would spread down for 3-5 seconds. This happened about every 2 to 5 minutes until I got home. I didn't really know what was going on. So I kept on going, with horrible images of me going into labor in the wilderness with no one around. Stupid brain. The BH continued the rest of the walk. The last 1/2 a mile out of my 2.5 mile's was the worst. I came home, and as long as I was up and moving it kept hurting. So I sat down and waited and they passed and stopped. But a few hours later when I was up and running around the house and town again they started up again. Really painful, so when I got home I started asking my mom questions - who, of course, "call the doctor!" "Call Lena!" (my SIL OB nurse). I wasn't too worried since I had sat down and they had stopped again. I knew that if they stopped, they were Braxton Hicks. I started looking stuff up about BH contractions and found 3 sites that said they are supposed to be painless. That's what made me a little nervous. Jaren came home and I told him what was going on and he tried to get me to call the doctor for 40 minutes. I really didn't want to: why? One: the doc's office was closed. Two: I really didn't want to be one of those first time mommies who calls for every ache and pain. Three: I've been told nurses make fun of those first time mommies who freak and come in and have to leave 2 minutes later being told "all is normal, all is fine." And I really really didn't want that. Especially since I was sure everything was fine. I called Lena on my way to Idaho Falls to the Republican BBQ (where Sarah Palin was supposed to speak, but she resigned and therefor dropped all of her speaking engagements. Dangit - I was going to try to get a picture with her). She told me some helpful things, but everything just pointed to, "it's all normal, everything is fine." Which I was already 98% sure of. I haven't had painful BH's since. I hope I don't till she's ready to come out, b/c I don't want to spend the next 2 months feeling those regularly.
  • PSD: The "groin" pain, that I've always known isn't actually groin pain has worsened. I now can't move while sleeping without excruciating consequences. And it's worse the more active I am - which I think is dumb. But, I do believe we have a breakthrough. I was flipping through my What to Expect book and my eye caught something called, "Pubic Symphysis Disorder". I started to read and as I did I got more and more excited. Jaren thought I was looney because randomly I'd let out a, "OH MY!" and "That's me!!" and "I knew it!!! I KNEW IT!!" I have every single sign and symptom. It's what I knew it was all along. The ligaments and muscles that hold my two pelvic bones together is too strechy and has stretched too much because of the hormone, Relaxin that is being produced by my body in mass amounts. So every step I take is pulling those apart which results in pain. Standing on one foot kills and I can't roll over in bed without hurting. Stairs also are not my friend (my house is a split level). I'm so excited about this find that I'm taking the book in and showing it to my doc. "I have this!!" It's just nice to know exactly what it is. The only thing is that there's nothing that can be done, except wearing a pelvic belt that holds those bones tighter together. And they advise no exercise. HAHAHAHA! Is what I think of that. If there is anything that will strengthen the ligaments and muscles around that area it's exercise, right?? Yes, it hurts after wards, but I'll take it rather than sit on my rear all day for the next 2 months. The benefits of exercising far outweigh the pain, to me. I've been dealing with it since I was 5 months pregnant, I can do two more months.
  • Still breech: head is really painin' my ribs. But I can't help but get excited because I can cup my hand around her little head when she pushes up really high. I'm still sleeping on my left side - it's getting annoying and uncomfortable. I want to roll to my right side everyonce in a while!
  • Movement: Tons. They say it eases up when they start running out of room, but my heavens, she is so squirmy. I can feel just about everything because she is so confined. I just lean back and watch my belly for hours watching her move around. It's so fascinating! And It pretty much makes me want to cry. She is getting so big and that means more babyish and less fetusish and I'm just so happy she is healthy and growing. And she is a hiccuping princess. Poor baby, I feel bad sometimes becuase I feel both her body convulsing and her legs jerking. Can't be comfortable.
  • She's 3 pounds! Yikes.
  • ITCHY ITCHY ITCHY: Sooo annoyed! It all started with my sunburn from Lake Tahoe. That itched like crazy. But only on my upper thighs did it really itch. Well, in the last 4 days other stuff has started to itch. My arms, my belly, my back, my neck. I woke up with my neck itching really bad all day. Then my belly the next day along with my neck. Then belly, neck, back and arms really bad. And now there is a RASH on my belly!! I'm trying so hard not to itch, but it is a constant ache and it BOTHERS. It's all over the huge thing. I don't have a doc appointment for 2 weeks, but I'm calling soon to get the itching to STOP. At least the rash to go away so most of the itching will stop. I washed our sheets, I'm not sure what it is. I stopped using the lotion that I had only been using for a few weeks and went back to the other stuff. I'm still using the same detergent, but this one has fabreeze in it... which I have used before and been fine. Rashes during pregnancy aren't normal, right? I know the itching of the belly is, but a rash?!?!!!!
  • Dizzyness: For some crazy reason I have been getting very light headed and dizzy. It's annoying. It's usually around when I need to eat, but even if I've eaten 45 minutes ago, it will still happen. I don't like it. And it makes me feel sick.
  • Nesting: I'm getting a little panicky that nothing is ready and done. That everything is a mess. I made a huge list of things that needed to be done, down to dusting every shelf and surface and washing windows and organizing. I've assigned 2-3 things to each day. I've even included "sorting pictures on computer", "cleaning out Ipod".. anything and everything I can think of. I've got 2 more months to get it all done. I can do it!
  • Nursery drama: It's making me sad and I can't help it. I'm going to do a post all about it soon. It just has to do with the size of the room and the furniture that wont/will fit. Stupid emotions.
  • Emotional: I cry at the TV a lot. Sad episodes. As of now I'm watching every single Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I know, I like it - so what) episode again when I'm sitting and doing something and holy moly! I cry all the time! I cried during the Kyle XY last night that Jaren and I were watching.
  • Lost husband: Today is the first day of spud harvest. They are digging and they aren't even done cutting grain. I've lost him. I'm sad. I wont be seeing much of him till October. He still has stuff I need him to get done in the nursery that he has had time to do, but hasn't. Now I'm going to have to be pushy, and I don't want to be. But how am I supposed to get her stuff all put away and ready when there is no where to put it?! See, panicky.
  • HOT: I'm hot. All the time. Sleeping hasn't been very nice and I am taking Unisom. I'm still tossing and turning, well, as much as I can with the pain. And when I'm hot - I'm cranky. Really cranky.
  • Can't. Reach. Toes: Today I got a pedicure and it looks so pretty. A whole spa one with the exfoliating rub and lotion massage all up my calf - it was wonderful. And only 12 bucks. Thank you Paul Mitchell school for being so cheap cause your girls are just learning, but massaging and painting toes doesn't take much talent. It's 4 or 8 bucks... (not sure) for a spa manicure. I think next week I'll get my hands massaged and the next week my feet and we will just keep this routine up till the baby comes. And maybe for the rest of my life.
30 weeks:
Jaren likes to push the picture button and I was goofing around so we got some interesting pictures. My belly makes me laugh. I think it's funny to play with. So here's our "photoshoot". I played with two of the pictures colors in photoshop.
She still wont listen to me


Tiffany Fackrell said...

PSD huh...I wonder if that is what I have because OH MY STARS THE PAIN!!! it is all in my groin/inner thighs/under my belly pain, but only hurts when I roll over in bed and walk...I can totally relate...I HATE IT! The braxton Hicks contractions started for me sunday evening and all day yesterday, but only if I was up and walking around. so I sat on my butt most of the last two days. today they were finally going away. My last ultrasound about 2 weeks ago he was breech...luckily I don't really care since he is coming c section anyway, but I do hope your little girl finally turns sometime!! (the lady doing my ultrasound said it was normal at 30 weeks for them to be breech and she acted like it was no big deal, so don't worry she has time) I sorta love reading your blog about everything going on because I am right there with you...i just haven't updated my blog in a long time because I feel like all I will do is complain because I really am done with this pregnancy so I like to come here and know I am not the only one enduring pain and discomfort, so THANKS!!! Plus you will love how detailed it is later down the road. I have been taking warm baths at night and they help me get to sleep SO much better, although if you are hot then maybe not...sleep next to a fan our ceiling fan runs nonstop and I still don't use covers I CAN'T do anything when I am hot!

Kristina P. said...

I had a friend who was horribly, horribly itchy. SHe said that it was hands down the worst thing about being pregnant.

Wendyburd1 said...

I LOVE that first pic Whit, it is so cute! Tell Jaren, good job!

You should really go see your doc with THIS list of concerns. It is better to have nurses laugh at you than to find out later there is something wrong or that there was something you could do if only you had asked.

Also Unisom has been known to cause irritability so you may want to try Simply Sleep by Tylenol or Tylenol PM.

I don't know if it is for rashes but I have heard Sarna lotion, which I think is at most pharmacies, is good for really itchy skin.

And I am sorry the missing Jaren era has started again. This is your irst pregnancy so I am sure that makes your emotions even more sad that he has to be gone so often!

And by the way, I LOVE Buffy. I own all 7 seasons myself and I adore Kyle XY which is why I am so mad they cancelled it! ((HUGS))

Matt and Katelyn Risenmay said...

I totally know how you feel! Dizzy, HOT ALL THE TIME, Emotional, Nesting, etc. I am so ready to be done being pregnant and just hold my baby. You look super cute, by the way. My baby hiccups all the time too. The Doctor says it's a good thing because it helps their lungs develop so...Bring it on! Only 10 weeks left...before you know it, we will both be moms :)

Christa said...

I've had the same issues with pain being caused by Relaxin. I was told by a physical therapist that I'm "too" flexibe. Is such a thing even possible? The excessive flexibility made everything that much worse when I was pregnant. The bad news is you could feel the effects of this for the rest of your life. Not like every moment of the day, but every once in a while you'll feel a twinge of pain reminiscent of it. I'm so sorry. I hope it doesn't get too much worse.

Sara Ann said...

I think you should tell your Dr. about the rash too, maybe they can give you some kind of special lotion. I totally know what you mean though about not wanting to call because you don't want to be a stereotyped first time mom. I feel the same way..but then I think, whatever, they can make fun of me, I'd rather have peace of mind!

Whitney R said...

Wendy: THEY CANCELED IT?!?! WWHHAATTT?!!!! Why? They left the last episode hanging! All the previews for this fall's show's on ABC family are stupid. Oh man, Jaren wont be happy.

Tiffany: Thanks for that big long comment! I'm glad you appreciate it. It's just so weird that there are new things every week and I really want to be able to compare this to future pregnancies so I'm trying to be detailed. And yeah, some of it is glorious and some not so. Glad you can relate :)

Kristina: I'd say it's the PSD pain for me.

Katelyn: your time is coming so soon! If he came in 3 weeks he would be full term. Nuts, huh.

Christa: That's what a few of my friends have said. That they still hurt sometimes. But a few have said that it just goes right away after the baby is born. My mom said that - hoping lots of stuff that is going on is genetic b/c my mom's 5 labors and post stuff is ideal.

Whitney R said...

Sara Ann - that's what Jaren said. But I was already pretty sure everything was fine. If it happens again and is as bad or worse, I'll probably maybe call.

Ty and Jenny Robbins said...

You certainly have a lot going on here girly! Hopefully, your doctor will agree with you, that you have the PSD, and get that remedied. You're soooo close!

So it's you that keeps taking the Buffy episodes on Netflix! Haha. We're watching them right now too. And Angel. Yeah, they're awesome!

Lena Gilbert said...

Hey Whit[
Is your rash raised red bumps everywhere there is a pregnancy rash called PUPS that is incredible uncomfortable and is usually just treated with benadryl. Anyway, might be worth asking your doctor about. Yes, pregnancy is incredible uncomfortable. Especially the further along you get. Good thing they are so worth it!

Nana said...

Whitney, if you started using a new lotion not to long ago, you might be allergic to it, remember your mommy..... so if it goes away if you've stopped using it, then that might be what it is. sorry if it is. :)

Victoria Gilbert said...

Are you telling her in that picture to flip over?? And she's not listening? I hope she starts to listen! I love that first pic of you that Jaren took.... it's very cute!
Sorry about the rash... hope it goes away! sounds a little extreme for regular pregnancy itchies.

Nathan and Paloma said...

Im so excited for you! You are getting sooo close!!!
Are you going to share your name/names that you have picked out or are you keeping it a secret until the big day?

Anonymous said...

LOVE your photoshop abilities! :) Eeeh I had horrible horrible pain in that region with my second pregnancy too! I would have shooting pains while walking and would bascially buckle my legs and fall down because it hurt so bad. It was pretty much fantastic.