…in fact, I think all of what I’m experiencing is actually quite normal. But I would like to get it out there – for memories’ sake, and also perhaps I could glean some wisdom from all you clever people
The following will contain references to bodily functions that is not generally discussed (or even thought about) in public. Stop reading now if you are easily offended or grossed out or if this may perhaps change your opinion of me…
- My pee/wee/urine has changed color. Not all the time, but a lot of the time when I go to the loo, it comes out a fuzzy orangey-pinkey color. Darker than my normal yellow/clear ones. My belly buddy at work says she’s got the same thing happen to her. A quick search on Google revealed that the most probable cause is dehydration. I won’t argue with that, because I’m probably not drinking as much water as I should. Liquids, maybe, but that includes my 3 cups of tea at work, some cold drink with dinner and then that’s about it. I’ve never been big on liquid intake.
- I fart. A lot! Excessively so. And they smell. I could enter a farting competition right now, and wins hands down, without even trying. Sometimes I blame it on Boobah, but fortunately, they usually decide to come out either when I’m alone or when everyone else is sleeping. Again, Google came to my rescue. Apparently this is also normal.
- I was wondering the other day if my placenta is able to move around in mah belleh. The reason for this is because in the morning, my tummy feels quite flabby, big but soft, then during the course of the day, peaking at about 12:00 – 14:00, this tummy of mine gets SO super hard that it feels as though I’m being stretched beyond my limits. Sometimes it’s rather uncomfortable. And also, as I mentioned here, currently it seems as though the placenta is in front of the baby. I have to go for another scan on the 9th of April (at 18 weeks and 6 days). Will it still be in the way or will I be able to get a clearer picture of the baby and the gender? Google reckons (more so than not) that it can’t move.
- Another thing on the topic above – with the placenta in front of the baby, will this cause me to not feel any movements sooner rather than later? The last two days I think I’ve started feeling something, but they may also just be gas bubbles (see 2nd bullet). It happens at night when Boobah and I are lying in bed watching our shows, so I’m very much relaxed at that time.
- I can’t remember if I had these pains with Boobah or not (probably pretty much the same as any woman who’s gone through natural labour forgets the pain soon afterwards), but for the last week or so, my pelvic muscles and bones have been aching non stop. A dull ache that gets worse depending on what I’ve been doing during the day. I Googled this also, and even though this is normal, it doesn’t make me feel any better about it. Also, it’s making sleep very uncomfortable at night. Just turning around from one side to the other is so super sore, that I’d rather sleep on one side until it’s absolutely numb before I turn around.
- Almost from the beginning, I’ve slept with a pillow under my belly, and one between my legs. It does feel more comfortable, and the pillow under my belly prevents me from rolling onto my stomach – which happens to be my all time favorite sleeping position. And it’s not so much the lying on my stomach that hurts the baby or me, but my back can’t really handle the awkward position I then find myself in.
- Before Boobah’s pregnancy, I never had a days’ heartburn in my life. With Boobah, I started experiencing it even before I knew I was pregnant. I lived on Gaviscon, and bought the biggest bottles the shops had to offer. It made my bag weigh a ton, but at least I was prepared! It eased up quite drastically after the birth, but it has since returned with a vengeance! I don’t carry a spoon with me for it though, I sommer swig it out the bottle. As many times during the day as I need to, which was four times yesterday. At one stage, I even swallowed my Panado tablets with it. My ancient OB/GYN (yes, he wears a hearing aid and is probably a 100, but he’s fabulous as a doctor) has told me that I can have as much Gaviscon as I need, and if things get really bad, I can have up to 3 Panados at a time. I only take two to start with, but if that doesn’t help, I pop another one.
- I have headaches. Every single day. Luckily not migraines, but they’re there and uncomfortable nonetheless.
- Lately, I’ve been suffering from constipation. That adds to the uncomfortableness I feel daily. I know it’s there, I can feel it there, but it’s just not coming out. It sucks. And when I do feel I need to go, finally, I have a little boy who accompanies me to the loo and likes to keep me company. He laughs at my farts. And that is really distracting! So, whatever *was* there, gets shy and promptly retracts into the deepest dark. We don’t like audiences.
- Fortunately, with the constipation, I don’t have the accompanying piles. Let’s hope it stays that way – touch wood! Proceeds to whack self against the head.
- These days my smoking makes me naar. And it’s not even the actual smoking that I enjoy so much, it’s the ritual of Going For A Smoke. I’m a smoker. I have been for many many years. I’m not a social smoker. I’m an habitual smoker. A through and through one. Please don’t judge me, and please don’t lecture me. The Dad does it every day. But even my ancient OB/GYN is okay with it. He doesn’t condone it, but he doesn’t condemn it either. And I tried that E-Cig thing – It’s a load of crock! I spent more time sucking on that electronic stick, than what I didn’t. And regardless of what they say, it DOESN’T taste like a real one!
- Google is my best friend
Look, this may sound like a lot of complaining, but I am actually enjoying this pregnancy as well. I loved being pregnant with Boobah, and I’m loving it again this time. But life can’t always be just about Moon Rays and Roses.
Much love x 2.25