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Go with your Gut

2 Jun

Pregnancy brings so many changes in body, emotions, hormones, not to mention the uncertainties about the Do’s and Dont’s during pregnancy.  To help guide me through those uncertain times I thumbed through What to Expect When You’re Expecting and a really cool book I got in my Welcome pack from my O.B.’s office.

The book I got from the Welcome package went through the different stages of development, what’s going on with the baby and what they look like. I loved it so much and tried to contain myself to only read about the stage my baby was in. What to Expect was more for me and what I was experiencing and I found it very helpful. Anytime I had questions about what I was seeing or feeling I looked to “the book”. 

I had a pretty rough pregnancy. It started with the four months of “All Day” sickness, then I got the news about the possibility of  birth defects, I started gaining weight like a baby elephant and I had the worst pain I ever experienced shooting from my right buttock straight down my leg. If you haven’t experienced the wrath of the sciatic nerve count yourself blessed because the pain is indescribable. The best was I could describe it was by saying I wanted to cut my leg off just to get rid of the pain, YES it was that bad! I’m sure the weight gain wasn’t helping. However, I didn’t understand what was going on with me because I was eating right and getting in exercise but I just kept swelling up. Eventually it got to the point where my feet where too wide to wear shoes and I couldn’t even put on my own socks. I remember one day crying because I couldn’t get them on and when I got to work I sat in the records room trying to decide what I was going to do. I was upset and embarrassed but  I had to ask one of my to put them on for me. When I went to the Doctor he told me to watch what I was eating because I could end up having gestational diabetes. He thought it was my eating habits that was causing the weight gain but I knew I was eating pretty well so things just were not adding up. I was just gaining weight I was swelling and I was severely overheated. My feet would get so hot I tried putting my socks in the freezer to help cool them off, and this was in February! So I went to “the book” and my symptoms were those described for someone with preeclampsia. I called the doctors and they blew me off and I called again and he told me, over the phone, that the swelling was hereditary.  I took it as I was being the hypochondriac that I am known for being and I trusted the doctor. I should have went with my gut!

One day while at work the sciatic nerve pain was even more excruciating than ever, which I didn’t think was possible. I left work early and two days later I went into labor, six weeks early!