Friday, April 29, 2005

Would You Like Some Cheese With That Whine?

(Ooh, yes please, especially if it's chèvre with Herbes de Provence spread on a warm baguette. YUM.)

Warning: Here comes another post about how hard it is to be pregnant. Feel free to skip it if that bugs you! And keep in mind that I am still very, very grateful to be experiencing all of this. Seriously. I guess it's just that I see whining about pregnancy as part of the whole experience. So even though it was so hard for us to conceive and I could not be happier to be at this stage, I reserve the right to whine about the parts of it that suck!

I haven't posted for a week now because I have been feeling absolutely awful. Last weekend I came down with a bad cold that a few days later became a nasty sinus infection. Along with all the late term pregnancy stuff I've got going on, it's really knocked me over. All I want to do is lie around and watch TLC with a hot washcloth on my aching head.

A couple of days ago I took a mental inventory of how my whole body was feeling. Starting from the top:

1) Head - Hurts from my sinus infection.
2) Upper back and shoulders - Hurt from the weight of my bazongas. My shoulders have started falling asleep at night too for some reason.
3) Breasts - Hurt from being so big and they're tender.
4) Belly - Itchy from my skin being stretched out so much, and I'm having lots of Braxton-Hicks contractions, which despite what all the pregnancy books say, are NOT painless.
5) Hips - Feel like they're being pulled apart every time I change positions and when I'm walking.
6) Lower back - Hurts thanks to the weight of my ginormous front.
7) Pelvic area - Feels like I'm carrying a bowling ball between my legs because the baby's head is so low.
8) Thighs - Sore from my Lovenox injections and the subsequent bruises.
9) Knees - Hurt because I'm carrying around 30 extra pounds.
10) Calves and feet - Sore from the swelling I get all the time. The same thing happens in my hands, when I get up in the morning I can barely make a fist.

So looking on the bright side, my elbows feel great.

I've always heard pregnant women complain a ton near the end of their pregnancies but I never knew why. For me it didn't get really uncomfortable until the baby dropped. Up until then I felt fabulous. A little heavy and awkward yes, but nothing like how I feel now. My mom told me that this is nature's way of helping you get through labor; she said by the end of her pregnancies she would have been willing to cut herself open with a kitchen knife just not to be pregnant anymore. I haven't quite reached that stage of desperation, but I can definitely understand how one could get to that point.

Just a few more weeks to go.


  1. Anonymous4:27 PM

    Sounds like you and I are at the same point right about now! I too, am feeling all the pain and discomforts that you are and I'm looking forward to those being over with. My Drs are also talking about scheduling an induction. I was on the Lovenox til 36 weeks and then the Drs switched me back to Heparin since those shots only last 12 hours, that way if I wanted an epi, I wouldn't have to wait as long!

    Good luck to you! My baby is head down right now and has been for quite a while, although there haven't been any changes "down there" yet! I go back Monday, so we'll see. Right now we are dealing with low-amnio fluid so we'll see how much longer they are gonna let me stay pregnant. I'm 38 weeks now and so glad that I've made it this far, that way if need be, they can take him out whenever!

    Take Care,
    Amanda C.

  2. I had three kids, and I hated being pregnant the whole time, for all the reasons you list, (probably more)I just didn't have much fun, you know, how they talk about those radiant happy moms. Not me.

    I think pregnancy is hard on most womens' bodies and each one takes a little more of our health. It's worth it, but still hard.

  3. I don't know if you were trying to be funny, but I think it's great that you are able to approach all this misery with humor.

    Good luck, expecially with all that intercourse!

  4. Amanda, My sister just told me her perinatologist is also switching her to regular heparin at 36 weeks (she has the same clotting disorder I have). I have no idea why my dr. hasn't suggested this, but I'm definitely going to bring it up! Best of luck to you!

    annegb, It's nice to hear that someone else hated the crappy parts of pregnancy and it's not just me being a total whimp! :D

    Sara, Yeah, I was trying to be funny. Nothing like a little humor to keep things in perspective. Thanks for wishing me luck with the intercourse, I'm going to need it!

  5. You a mess girl. thanks for making me laugh.


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