New “normal”

Let’s start with the good news – The doctor didn’t make me come in to get checked out because of all the contractions! I’m so happy to avoid an extra trip to the doctor, especially with two appointments coming up next week. That seems like plenty.

The bad news? The general consensus is that, while there is nothing to be alarmed about whatsoever (unless things change – and I have a list of things to watch for), we just have to consider this my new “normal” for this pregnancy.

So basically, this pregnancy now means intermittent dizziness and difficulty breathing, along with contractions basically every time I move. And a long list of “things to watch for”, AKA constantly being on high-alert.

The only thing that helps both of my “conditions” is to lay down on my side, which is obviously not possible to do all the time since, well… I am a mother and I work. Plus they’re making me hydrate like crazy, which means I have to get up to pee every 2 seconds. You simply cannot combine hydrating with resting when you’re pregnant! It just doesn’t work!

This isn’t ideal. If I got to pick what my “pregnancy-normal” would look like, this would definitely not be it. But Baby Girl seems to be super happy in my big ole belly, and as long as that stays true, I can work with this “normal”.

That being said, I do reserve the right to be a little emotional during the adjustment phase. I know I can work with this, but I just don’t know what “working with it” is going to look like yet. So I’m feeling a little overwhelmed while I process the fact that I’m basically going to feel unpredictably unwell and that I must constantly be analyzing whether things have worsened for the next 3-ish months.

Anyway…the pity party will end when I figure all of this out. In the meantime, I’m trying my darndest to forget the rest and just be grateful I’m not at the hospital right now!

Adventures of the Uterus, cont.

Well, friends. My pesky uterus is keeping up with its shenanigans. This time? Way, way too many Braxton Hicks contractions.

I get these. Got them with Lewis, been having them with Baby Girl. No big deal. Except yesterday they were happening all the time, no matter how much water I drank or how much I rested. Every single time I stood up, I would immediately contract. There was even a point where I had 6 in 30 minutes.

So I called the doctor. I honestly didn’t think anything was wrong, but all general wisdom on the topic says to call your doctor if this kind of thing is happening. I’m continuing to be an obedient, cautious pregnant mama because I would hate to find out what would happen if something that seemed benign was serious and I had ignored it.

Anyway, long story short, they didn’t make me come in yesterday, but they told me to call if it was still happening today. And it is.

The nurse I spoke with agrees with me that it probably isn’t anything serious. At worst, perhaps strange symptoms of a UTI. But her best guess is that my uterus is just going to be more active because it is my second pregnancy – AKA this may just be how things are for me this pregnancy.

Either way, she is running it by the doctor and there is potential for another doctor visit. I’m so sick of doctor’s visits that turn out to be nothing. Baby and I are getting way too much attention and it makes me feel silly.

…but again, I would hate to miss something. So I’m following all medical advice to a T. Sigh.