Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Slow Cooker

I had an "emergency" appointment at the OB's office today. I've been feeling like crap this week. Having a lot of stomach pain, which I thought wast digestive issues. Since the beginning of this pregnancy, I've had issues like that but this week it got worse. Wednesday I could barely move. I couldn't sit down and be comfortable I had to either lay down or stand up to tolerate the pain. It isn't a "doubled over" kind of pain, but enough to make me miserable and waddle around. TMI, but constipation is a common side effect of pregnancy, but I feel like I have some extreme version of it. Not so much the constipation part, but some strange digestive problem that wants me to suffer on a daily basis. I did have stomach issues (IBS) before pregnancy so I'm sure that's not helping things. My next OB appt is scheduled for Monday and I debated waiting until then and just try to "ride" this out. But I knew that wouldn't be smart in case there was something wrong with the baby. So I called to see if there were any cancellations. The receptionist said they didn't have any openings but that I could talk to a nurse if I wanted to. So the nurse and I talked and she thought it would be best for me to get checked out and miraculously there was an opening in the schedule. Sense my sarcasm there? They had an opening for Friday, but then she said if I can get there by 2:45 today there was a cancellation. So I took it. I was worried though, because I did take Miralax yesterday and this morning to see if it would "help" my stomach issues. And I was afraid of crapping my pants on the car ride up there. haha. Yes, it was a legitimate fear! My husband was on a job in Vermont today that he was just finishing up so he was upset that he didn't think he'd make it back in time to go with me to the appointment. I told him not to worry about it and I'd be fine.

So I get up there and I walk into the waiting room, which I've now nicknamed "The Slow Cooker." It's a tiny closed in waiting room and it was probably 2000 degrees in there. No windows. And there's a huge flat screen TV on the wall that's probably giving off a ton of heat as well. I nicknamed it "The Slow Cooker" because it's hot in there and it takes a long time to be seen. There's always a wait. But I don't mind this that much because that means they are taking there time with each patient and I appreciate the extra time they take with me while I'm in there. There's also a small "wine" type fridge in there where they keep water bottles. But the bottles are never cold. I still take one because its a free bottle of water, but drinking warm water to me is like drinking your own saliva. Anyways, I'm sitting there wondering all the horrible things that could be going on in my belly or with the baby, and who do I see walk in the door? MY AMAZING HUSBAND. I think my heart swelled up 3 times it's size just seeing his face. He had rushed back from Vermont because he didn't want me to be alone at this appointment. Now, THAT...is love:)  I'm a lucky girl.

The appointment went pretty quickly. Peed in a cup, they took my weight, they checked baby on the doppler....

And baby is GREAT! Heard the heartbeat at 155-160 bpm! :) At our last visit it was 180 bpm on the u/s machine. I now know the sound Ive been hearing at home on the doppler at home is definitely the heartbeat! And then she talked with me about my pain. The diagnosis is: Digestive issues combined with round ligament pain. The downer is there's nothing I can really do about it, besides all the things I've already been doing. Heating pad, don't eat certain foods, take Miralax everyday if I want to...

So, there's no miracle pill for this pain. It's pretty scary and frustrating to feel like this everyday, but I'm so thankful the baby is doing well. I just kept thinking that there's no way my stomach can hurt this much and the baby is still okay! But he or she is perfectly fine! :) 

I decided to keep my original appointment for Monday, because I mean, who doesn't love a good ole pap? And I think I'm due for blood work. So back to the "slow cooker" in a few days. Oh well, I'm wanting this month to go by quickly so we can get to the anatomy scan in December. I knew today if they couldn't find baby's heartbeat on the doppler they would probably do an ultrasound. And would be able to tell the gender by this point. But I was so grateful she found it on the doppler, even though it would have been cool to get a sneak peek at the babe! 

I'm praying this pain goes away. It's really hard to function while feeling like this and I'm waddling around like I'm 9 mths pregnant already. I just want to feel good. This second trimester is supposed to be the best one! :) Did you hear that, stomach? :)

12 comments:

Samantha said...

I'm so glad everything is okay! My attitude during pregnancy was always to get checked out just in case. So sweet of your husband to be there.

Lauren said...

So happy this post had a happy ending, and soooo sweet of M to have made it there!! Ligament pain is awful, on top of other digestive issues is no good. :( Hang in there!

Faith said...

So glad the baby is ok. Hang in there, everything with babies (and pregnancy) comes in phases - just when you think you can't tolerate this one any longer *BOOM* another one hits:). And please don't wish away this month. Pregnancy is a special time, one that we all ache for for so long. It is a beautiful thing having my baby girl in my arms - but oh how I loved having her squirming around inside me too...and you can NEVER go back to growing this little miracle, so try to savor it:). It is serious magic. There is nothing like it. And we only get it for such a short period of time. Can you tell I miss being pregnant, lol?!

Chon said...

Oh god I was really worried for a second there so I am super relieved it is all AOK. And I would totally be getting a second little listen to the baby. Hubby = Amazing. Good one.

ADSchill said...

So glad to hear baby is okay and that it seems like nothing.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh... So sweet that your husband made it to the appointment! After all we've been through, I have a feeling my husband will do the same thing. Glad everything looks good with your babe and hope you feel better soon.

Tanya

http://tanyaslifejourney.wordpress.com

Good Timing said...

Why do our bodies have to go and do weird and freaky things on us and scare the hell out of us?! Not cool! Glad all is well hoping so on my front too!

Jenn and Casey said...

(un-lurking) SO glad your baby is okay. And how sweet of your husband!! Are you near Vermont? (that's where I grew up, and I live in Maine now). Lots and lots of baby vibes heading to you! (by the way, my word verification is "betich" - is your blog trying to tell me something?)

Jenny said...

I love your hubby!
Gladd baby is ok and can't wait for you to find out the gender in December!!!
I know RLP sucks but it does get a little better...

mag said...

I am so glad everything is okay, I was super freaked out reading this post today. I am so sorry you are dealing with the digestive issues. I just can't even imagine how awful that has to be! Oh and yes, you have the best husband ever!! So so sweet of him to show up like that.

Hang in there chick, take care and rest when your body is telling you to. *hug*

beccasfamilyof5 said...

Good to hear that it was nothing serious but any form of pain in pregnancy is unpleasant to say the least. You did the right thing getting it checked out and from my experience no pregnancy seems to go without some drama or another. Hope the pain subsides soon and you can enjoy the pregnancy a little more.

Sailor's Sweetheart said...

aww, so glad the baby is still cooking away! :) Hopefully your pain will end soon so you can just enjoy the rest of your pregnancy !