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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Still Glowing

Pin It I am trying really hard not to write every post during the time I am pregnant about being pregnant. However, today I am cutting myself some sleep-deprived slack.

The above comic pretty much sums up my day yesterday.

I am not used to having any sort of difficulty beyond restless legs during pregnancy so all of my latest developments are new experiences for me.

I couldn't sleep or breathe until almost 6:00 this morning thanks to my newest pregnancy-induced malady: allergies. I did not want to call my doctor at 1:00 am to ask which allergy medications were permissible to take during pregnancy (I was worried it would come across something like: "Hey, Doc. Did I wake you up? Well, it's for good reason! I have a stuffy nose.") even if I have likely funded the purchase of his home, car, boat, season passes to ski resorts and sporting events and trips around the world with all of my pregnancies combined. I talked to a nurse this morning who told me to try some Claritin or Benadryl. Let's keep our collective fingers crossed that it works. The good news is this: it is likely that the allergies will clear up after delivery. 6 months down, 4 months to go. (Because did you know that women are actually pregnant for 10 months? It's true.)

Another new thing for me this time around is a sore coccyx - which is just a fancy way to say that my tailbone hurts. All the time. It just started last weekend, but it is constant. When I walk, when I sit, when I bend down or vacuum or go grocery shopping my tailbone aches. I don't get it. The (sarcastic) best part is this: there is nothing to do about it except to carry around a donut-shaped pillow to sit on. As much as I'm sure this would be helpful, the embarrassment of carrying a pillow around with me everywhere outweighs the mild pain. I'm living with it and I'm okay with that. The (for real) best part is this: it should go away after delivery.

As I mentioned already, my repeat offender during the last few pregnancies has been RLS, better known as Restless Legs Syndrome. In the past it has been kind enough to leave me alone until I am about 7 months along. This time it decided to show up at 5 months but I have enough experience with the beast to know how to control it. Except now there is this little tidbit - allergy medications tend to make the symptoms of RLS worse. How awesome is that?! I can't wait to see how things go tonight. The good news, though? (Wait for it.....) RLS disappears after the baby is delivered.

Yes, there are many reasons why I will be excited to get this newest little one into my arms - but despite the blows that this pregnancy has delivered the best part will be the official face to face meeting of this life I carry inside of me. I can not wait to be rid of these pregnancy-induced inconveniences but it is all so very worth it to be able to welcome a new tiny person into our family.

I can not wait to fall in love all over again.


Kalei's Best Friend said...

I bet u will melt when u greet your latest addition... I know I did omg.. Allergies, RLS, man, I never had that issue... why would your allergies crop up? is it because of hormones? The weather's been cooler could that be the cause? More blooming things happening during this freak cool season?

Gerb said...

KBF- I have actually never had allergies before. They say that pregnancy hormones cause all sorts of wacky things to happen - and I think I've about got every wacky thing going on!

Kristi said...

Gerb- With all my tons of experience (only 3 times pregnant) I have had just about everything in the book and I really do not like pregnancy at all...just the cute little prize at the end. I once heard of a woman who sweat dark green and another who grew fur on her body during pregnancy... maybe RLS isn't so bad eh? :)

Blogful said...

32 weeks pregnant and can I just say DITTO! I'm getting to the point where I am sick of being preg, which I hate to say since I am so excited to be a mom again (3rd). But it's nice to hear someone else complain about the miracle of birth.

Mom not Mum (Sandy) said...

I often tell people that I loved being pregnant. Yes, one of those weirdos that LIKED being pregnant. I'm pretty sure it's because I blocked out the increase allergies. I actually had pregnancy induced asthma with one of my kids. It went away after he was born. The gall bladder issues - also went away. Losing the feeling where the skin had stretched at the top of my belly - yep it went away.

I'm sure if all those things stuck around we would be complaining about more than a few stretchmarks and saggy tummies.

ablackman said...

Gerb, you left out memory-loss as another pregnancy related malady you're suffering from (which is it's own proof that you're suffering from it). And your memory will return once you begin delivery and you'll suddenly remember that this unpleasant pregnancy stuff has happened to you all ten times.

I think, if not for the gift of the memory-loss malady that comes with pregnancy, none of us would have siblings.

Anaise said...

Ooohhhhhhhh! I feel your pain!

I have RLS all the time, but it is nightmarishly bad when I'm pregnant.

Nights walking the floor, trying to get my muscles to calm down enough for me to sleep just for a few minutes . . . I'm sending you sympathy this very minute.

But it is all worth it, isn't it? :)

~j. said...

So, meeting this new baby . . . this happens . . . after delivery?

(wah-waaaaaaaah, couldn't help it.)

Farscaper said...

I'm so sorry. I wish being pregnant was easier. Delivery is hard enough as it is.... do we have to suffer for the entire pregnancy too?!? Apparently!

Petersons Blog Spot said...

You could try homeopathics for allergies they are safe for pregnancy (as far as I know) and no side affects. I got a few allergies while being pregnant. Good luck!

Lori said...

Oh, Gerb. I am soooo there with you. I get a weekly allergy injection and have not been sick with anything in the past three years, except an infrequent migraine, but I am suddenly so stuffy and drippy and miserably. And to make it worse, doc is saying I may have to dispense with the injections until post-delivery. Aack.

And I started with the whole RLS thing. What's up with that? I've heard that eating a banana before bed helps...something about the potassium. I'm going to try it.

I haven't been puking yet, though...considering I was sick 24/7, all 10 months with the others, that's good. Right? ;)

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