In my last pregnancy update, I shared how miserable I am with being pregnant. I didn’t really tell you why exactly other than the fact I’m uncomfortable (which is a given since I’ve only got about a month to go). The fact is that I’ve been having severe joint pain and pelvic pressure. That feeling like “the baby is going to fall out” is just awful. It got so bad that I finally called a nurse and told her I felt like I couldn’t even walk, had lots of lower back pain and braxton-hicks contractions, and felt like I’d be on the couch the rest of my pregnancy. She told me to come in so we could make sure I didn’t have a UTI or kidney infection (which could land me in the hospital).
Trip to the Hospital…
So I called my husband and dragged him home to take me in (we only have one car). We quickly discovered that I didn’t have a UTI (I almost wished I did so they could just fix it) and they sent me to the hospital to Labor & Delivery for monitoring and to make sure that the pressure and contractions weren’t seriously putting me into labor.
Labor & Delivery “Tour”…
I hadn’t seen the Labor & Delivery area yet but was glad to see that it was even nicer than the birth center at my last hospital. Not that I was in one of the nice big birthing rooms during monitoring, but before we checked out a nurse offered to show me one real quick (nice of her!). She kept mentioning what great views the windows of each room had and all I could think was, “Who is going to care about the view?” – LOL. I guess some people do care…
ANYWAY, back to monitoring. They monitored baby’s heartbeat and my contractions for about an hour and found that I was having almost-constant braxton-hicks, small contractions that weren’t doing much but irritating my uterus and making life totally miserable. The baby is healthy, something I was a little bit concerned about. A midwife checked my cervix and found that I’m 1 1/2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. Probably about normal for my stage. In the end they told me that I could go walk around for an hour and see if there was any progress, but since I knew I wasn’t seriously in labor I passed on that. Plus it hurt to walk around.
Their advice for getting more comfortable was to drink a LOT of water and maybe even try a pregnancy support band like a prenatal cradle to get some of the weight off my bladder and lower half. I thought I had been drinking enough water but when she told me I should be getting about 80 ounces of water a day I realized maybe I wasn’t as hydrated as I should be. And I have to admit that since I’ve been consciously drinking more water and keeping a water bottle next to me all day since then, I have felt a lot better. Apparently it doesn’t pay to get dehydrated when you’re pregnant – it’s not good for you or your baby.
Prenatal Cradle – Get One!
I checked amazon.com for a prenatal cradle immediately after I got home. The midwife had recommended the kind with the straps but those are pretty spendy and since I only have a few more weeks left (I pray) I went for the mini prenatal cradle. I was glad to find that the mini prenatal cradle is only $14.95 and for some reason there’s free 2-day shipping on amazon.com so I ordered one. I think it’s really going to help but I’ll have to update you on that since I’m pretty sure I got the wrong size. I ordered a medium and can’t get it quite tight enough even on the tightest setting, so I ordered a small as well and will probably send the medium back. I should get the small by Wednesday. I do think it’s going to help, though – even the medium gave me some relief when I wore it around. There are a lot of good reviews on Amazon, too, so I’m hopeful.
And that is the extent of any progress and excitement regarding my pregnancy right now. :) I do feel a little better and more energetic – which I have mixed feelings about but I’m pretty sure I’m getting closer. Though now I’m not so sure if he’ll be coming early or not, whereas before I was feeling so miserable I was sure it had to be soon. I know he’ll come when he’s ready, though.
Wow, the third trimester is exciting! ;-)