Well, turns out DD gave me that 24 hour stomach virus she had. I felt really awful last night until I threw up, and then I still felt bad. I was feeling feverish and just wanted to sleep. I feel a little better this morning--I think the fever broke during the night, but I couldn't fall back asleep this morning after DH got up to go to work. My legs feel all tired and achy and I have a headache.
I've started to have pressure waves that feel different from the muscle flex kind of BH's which I started having in my second trimester. I feel these more in my lower belly--they are similar to the ones I was having before we started the pitocin with DD. It is not fun to be sick to your stomach and have your uterus flexing at the same time. I am also feeling like baby might have started to drop--my belly doesn't feel quite as close to my ribs anymore, and I have started to feel him push on my cervix occasionally. I'm kind of thinking now that I'll have him before my guess date (another Hynobabies term), since I didn't start feeling this way this early last time, but who knows.
Dr. I is going out of town next week, so I'm not having a 37 week appointment. Hopefully baby Teio will wait until 38 weeks or later so I don't have to take my chances with whichever dr. is on-call.
I am sorry you are feeling so sick. No fun at all. I wanted to say welcome to your lodge! I appreciate the comments you have given me, and I will be following your birth journey! We have a few things in common which may become apparent to you later on, but i just wanted to say that I hope baby stays in there for you, and that the flexes just get some of that early work out of the way! I am not familiar with the hypnobabies terms, so I apologize if I use the terms wrong or forget to use them! Hope you can keep some fluids down today and get some off-your-feet time.
Thanks, Elizabeth. Good luck with your search for a new provider and I hope you have a great birth experience. Oh, and don't worry about the terminiology, it doesn't "bother" me to hear the traditional words, and I obviously have to use them sometimes while posting on pregnancy.org so people know what I'm talking about. I also use them with my doctor. I just prefer to use the Hypnobabies words myself because it is helpful for me to not think of what I'm experiencing in terms of words that I might have a negative association. It's hard to say the word "contraction" and not think "pain," and I am trying to experience the pressure waves as something positive, and really, if I don't think about it as "pain," it really isn't.
I haven't thrown up today and I think getting hydrated has helped stop the pressure waves. I ended up taking some tylenol to help with the leg aches so I could take a short nap while DD was watching Sesame Street (I record shows for her on the DVR, so she can watch them whenever it is convienent). I felt a lot better after that. I'm still taking things easy today.
Wow- loved your intro! I especially liked where you said, "for some woman, birth is more than just something to get through so you can be done being pregnant and meet your baby." I totally agree!
I am glad that you and DD are both feeling better! I hope it keeps up and the stomach bug is behind you!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Our culture generally fails to recognize the significance of the birth experience for the mother. In my experience, it is often talked about in such a negative light. Pregnant women are told to focus on the pregnancy and "worry about the birth later." Unfortunately this leads to women choosing a care provider before thinking about what they need in a care provider for their birth (like I did in my first pregnancy). So women go through pregnancy ignoring their fears instead of addressing them by becoming educated and trying to prepare, and usually by the time it becomes socially acceptable for them to learn about birth, it's almost too late. Some just never try to prepare. One woman once told me that by the end of her pregnancy, she was so uncomfortable and tired of being pregnant that the idea of giving birth "didn't seem so bad"--what a horrible message to be spreading.
I could go on and on about it, really.
I am feeling much better today. I did throw up last night, but it was after gagging on my prenatal vitamin (I used to have big issues with gagging while swallowing pills--I only took chewable tylenol until I was about 16, but it has gotten much better over the years). The leg aches are better after getting a good night's sleep, and I so think the whole thing is behind us.I am glad that you and DD are both feeling better! I hope it keeps up and the stomach bug is behind you!
So sorry to hear you were sick hun I'm glad your feeling better now though!! I also had HUGE issues with swallowing pills until I was in high school. At certain points in pregnancy I take liquid vitamens, while not the most tasty they are easier to get down. Have a relaxing weekend!
Bit of a lurker here.. just wanted to throw in my congrats on your lodge and say that was a really great introduction! It is inspiring to hear other women's journeys that lead them to NCB. Thank you for sharing your point of view
Glad you are feeling better today, hope the rest of your pregnancy is comfortable.
Vanessa--I have been taking liquid iron after my iron level came back a little bit low. It seems to help me have more energy. I was taking floradix and it wasn't too bad, but I ran out and when I went to the natural food store again, they were out, so I got a different brand and it tastes terrible.
I didn't eat very healthy yesterday (had pizza and ice cream and not a lot of good-for-you stuff all day) and my digestive system rebelled. I got dehydrated again and had more strong and frequent pressure waves this morning, but they have calmed down now that I've gotten more fluid in me. DH woke up this morning complaining that he's sick, though he has something different from what DD and I had--congestion and feverish kind of thing. I was really hoping he'd be able to help me clean up the horrible state of messyness the house has fallen into during my and DD's sickness this week, but I guess that's probably not happening.
Nothing much going on here. Saturday, DD and I went to my friend's house who has a little girl DD's age and is due with her second, another girl, in April. They moved here from Seattle, and she had a NCB with her DD. A lot of my friends here are supportive of NCB, which is different from how hings were when I had DD. Anyway, we went over to her house and attempted to help the girls make valentines, which was pretty funny. The girls played and we talked and it was nice.
Yesterday we went to church. DD has this obsession with pianos (she calls them "pee-no"s) and she has been trying to run to the front of the chapel where the piano is during the first hour meeting. During the second and third hours, she goes to a class, and she has had horrible separation anxiety the last few months, so I've been going to her class instead of mine, but she needs to learn to go by herself, so I've left her the last 2 weeks, and she cries, but she gets over it. It's hard, though. She loves her class, though, and she even knows one of her teacher's names (it's Sister Campbell, and she calls her "sister camel" lol)
Speaking of DD and her separation issues, I need to figure out what to do about the sleeping arrangements. DD's bed is still the crib converted to a toddler bed without the extra rails. I usually try to put DD to sleep in her own bed (by lying down with her) and she gets up during the night and comes in our bed. We have a bassinet for the baby, (which I have changed the bedding to blue already) but we will eventually need the crib for him. If we had a bigger bed for DD, DH could go in with her while I stayed with the baby, or I could take the baby in her room and she could sleep in our bed with DH, but that won't work with the little bed. We have 3 bedrooms, but right now the 3rd bedroom is DH's video game room as well as storage space for the vacuum cleaner, ironing board, etc, because we don't really have a closet for that kind of stuff. So, I want to start getting things organized for the baby, but I don't really know how I'm going to do it.
ETA: DH did do a load of dishes last night, when I asked him. (He had said that morning that he was feeling mostly better) That is a huge help. Now I feel like I'll be able to get the kitchen all cleaned up today. I might even get to the bathrooms, but I can do those tomorrow if I don't get to it today. DD usually had her toddler gymnastics class on Mondays, but they were closed today for the President's Day holiday, so we have to go at a different time this week. Next week will be her last class until after the baby, then I don't know when we'll be starting it up again, because I have to do the class with her, so I'd need someone to watch the baby for me.
Last edited by MrsMangoBabe; 02-15-2010 at 03:44 PM.
Getting caught up here! I loved your intro. It's nice to get to know you more .
I'm glad you are feeling better -- seems like that bug has really been going around.
GL with figuring out the sleeping arrangments. I'm having my own concerns about how dd will deal with nighttime after the baby arrives.