Category: Symptoms & Problems
|June 7, 2009||Posted by Mabel under Pregnant Already, Symptoms & Problems, Thoughts & Emo-ness|
…is having to deal with a huge belly, the appearance of stretch marks (*GASP*) and constant thirst which ends up in constant trips to the toilet.
I guess I should consider myself luck in the sense that I don’t have water retention but in the span of a little of three weeks, my baby belly has gone from 104 cm to 112 cm!!!! Talk about cumbersome and all. It is becoming increasing difficult to move, yet I still do potter around the house with my sewing and all – I just look penguin-like when I waddle to the kitchen and do my cooking.
I suppose the worse part about having such a huge belly in a short span of time is the appearance of about five to four thin and tiny (the only two saving graces about the whole thing) of stretch marks just above my pubic bone. They first appeared as two very thin spider-like red lines that looked like veins on my right side and now has “grown” into three or two on the right and two on the left.
Forget about telling me to douse them in oils – I’ve been doing that every day since they first appeared a few weeks back and they won’t go away. Stubborn buggers, if you ask me. It’s frustrating when I think about it sometimes but on hindsight, it comes with the territory of being a mother – aiii, the sacrifices women have to make in order to bring a child into the world.
Nil thinks it’s funny that I’m upset/annoyed/irritated/whatever or however you want to put it over getting a few thin stretch marks (just as how sometimes I moan about how huge I have gotten because of the pregnancy) but when you’ve grown up with people who put appearances before anything else (family, friends, society and such), it’s hard to not care about things like this.
O’well…so much for not getting any (stretch marks, that is)…at least it comes from having kids and not other things! Heh.
|March 10, 2009||Posted by Mabel under Health & Fitness, Pregnant Already, Symptoms & Problems|
I swear, every trimester in the span of a pregnancy, there has to be something bad. In the first trimester, it’s the morning sickness, fatigue, mood swings and all. Now that I’m in my second trimester with a rounding belly to boot (the size of a medium watermelon, I swear), my biggest “bad” is not being able to get a good night’s sleep.
It’s not so much the peeing in the middle of the night that annoys me. I’m kind of used to it actually – waking up, walking to the toilet and doing all that is supposed to be done like a zombie before hitting the sack again. I’m talking more about those long forgotten days where I used to wake up rested and sore-free.
Every night is a nightmare whereby I start off stuffing the sides with a bolster, and pillow for my back before trashing the pillow for my back and turning around just to get comfortable. Initially, Nil lamented on the lack of space but these days, he has come to accept that he’ll just have to make do with several inches of comfort. Me on the other hand? I get comfortable for about 15 minutes tops and my muscles start to ache. So in comes the back pillow again. After about 30 minutes, I start tossing which means the back pillow becomes my bolster and the bolster becomes my back pillow. All through the night, it’s tossing and turning. In fact, I find more comfort in sleeping on my back then on my side which is bad because as I grow bigger, sleeping on my back won’t be an option anymore according to this article.
Sleeping flat on your back puts the full weight of your uterus on your back, intestines, and your inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to your heart). Back-sleeping can also increase your risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel very dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.
The article also goes on to suggest that I use pillows for my back, belly and in between my knees for extra comfort:
• Maternity pillow. This is actually two pillows, attached with fabric and adjustable Velcro tabs, that provide simultaneous support in front and in back. You can also use one of the pillows on your belly as a prop for a book. Available in pregnancy specialty stores and Web sites and through catalogs.
• Pregnancy wedge. This wedge-shaped pillow supports your belly when you lie on your side. You can also use it to prop yourself up to a semi-recline when you’re lying on your back.
• Full-length body pillow. These pillows are at least five feet long and are designed to support the back and cradle the belly.
• Sleeping Bean. You wrap your body around this column-shaped pillow, which then supports your belly and your back. It’s also good for nursing support after the baby arrives, and can be used as a bolster or bumper to protect your baby in his crib. Available from Bean Products (800/726-8365) for $49 to $59.
FYI: If you don’t want to spend extra money on special pillows, just use regular ones. Many women find that tucking a pillow between their legs near the knees makes them more comfortable.
Here’s the kicker – I actually get better sleep in one or two hours in my sofa bed than in my marital bed. Go figure!
So to other mums out there…how did you cope with sleeping from your 2nd trimester onwards? Any tips to share?
|December 15, 2008||Posted by Mabel under Pregnant Already, Symptoms & Problems|
…at the sight and feel of nearly everything.
Just the thought of going out to the post office makes me sick. So don’t even mention about food. Morning, contrary to the term “morning sickness”, is the only time when I feel remotely human. The rest of day, I just feel like a walking nausea machine.
The nights are the worst. I get food cravings but the thought of making/buying them makes me want to puke sometimes to the point of shedding tears. Sleeping doesn’t exactly come easy because of this either.
I think it’s the whole going into the 8th week thing. Hormones are supposed to go into overdrive around this time because of the placenta taking over production of hormones (instead of the ovaries)…
Ugh. I think I’ll go lie down now…
|November 26, 2008||Posted by Mabel under Pregnant Already, Symptoms & Problems|
Unlike my first pregnancy where I was more out of breath than tired, these days, I’m totally exhausted.
A session of dyeing, followed by two-hour classes has been too popped out for anything else, especially cooking or just doing other things, even watch TV. I find myself wanting to sleep, thinking about nothing else but the bed. So I resort to taking afternoon naps and mind you, they last for at least an hour or more. But a few hours later into the night and it’s back to thinking about the zzzz’s. Here’s the killer – when I do hit the sack, I find it hard to doze off.
It’s driving me bonkers because I can’t even do anything for a good two hours or so without wanting to sleep. =.=
In the first trimester, increased levels of progesterone may make breathing a bit difficult at times as your body adjusts to new hormonal levels…
Your body is working double time, keeping you going while creating and supporting a brand new life. You’re producing more blood, your heart rate is up, and you’re using up more water and nutrients. The hormone progesterone, more of which is circulating through your system these days, may increase your fatigue. And then there’s the flood of emotion surging through your mind, which can make you feel overwhelmed.
What can I do?
Apparently, nothing much but rest, eat well and still exercise (short or brisk walks are a good thing). I ought to sleep earlier (which I already do…well, sort of), take naps during the day (this is definite) and take short breaks throughout the day – read, put my feet up and just relax by reading a book or something. Even spinning is out because if you hadn’t realized, spinning is a physical activity!
Until then, I guess the fatigue is here to stay… Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go hit the sack. Been yawning away since the start of this entry. Ohdear.
|April 29, 2008||Posted by Mabel under Pregnant Already, Symptoms & Problems|
I have been seeing some spotting from Friday evening onwards and increasingly more over the weekend. As usual, the worry-pot in me got really upset and stressed out. I did heaps of reading but nothing could really make me rest easy. Until I got Nil to make a phone call to my sister-in-law who is currently working as a doctor in France and a mother of two young children.
What is going on in the body?
According to an article in Parents.com, spotting in the first few days of a pregnancy is often caused by what is known as an implantation bleeding. It’s basically when the blastocyst (sp?) is busy making a hole in the uterine wall.
From what my sister-in-law tells me – which is my case – in later weeks of a pregnancy especially in the first trimester, it is caused because the uterus walls are expanding and so some blood vessels will burst. It can also be due to hormonal shifts in the uterus – it is adjusting to the fact that it’s period time but it only sheds a little of the uterine lining. Looking back at my cycle, my period would have started over the weekend so this kind of spotting is to be expected.
In the later trimester, as the baby becomes bigger and jostles around to make room for him/herself (Nil calls it “moving furniture around”), spotting becomes normal as the uterus bruises and sheds some of its lining.
What can I do?
My advice was to, first and foremost, stop worrying.
I was told to only be concerned and see the doctor immediately if I were to have painful cramps AND bright red bleeding that doesn’t stop. By her definition of “doesn’t stop”, it means that if you have to change panties all day long, it’s time to visit the doc. My spotting was brown-pink and without cramps, so it is just a normal occurrence in pregnant woman.
I was advised to avoid long car trips in my first and third trimester because of the vibrations so no road trips for me. Train rides are better because they are smoother (thus better) for pregnant women. The parting message was that all would be clearer when we see the doctor next week.
|April 12, 2008||Posted by Mabel under Symptoms & Problems|
As much as I love my breasts, I absolutely hate it when PMS hits – sore breasts, and sensitive nipples do not go very well with nice strong showers and tight tops. As a matter of fact, ANYTHING will create a chafe-y feeling. Even groping isn’t very fun anymore. Eek!
Anyway, the tenderness is beginning to subside but the heavy feeling is catching up instead, and I have a funny feeling that it’s just the beginning!
… Some feel this symptom (which may also be a sign of impending menstruation) as a heaviness or tenderness in the entire breast, while others feel a tingling in the area around the nipple. These sensations are caused by the changes in your breasts brought on by increases in the hormones progesterone and estrogen. Breast tenderness may come and go throughout pregnancy as your breasts prepare themselves for the major job of producing milk for your baby.
What can I do?
Right now, the sensitivity is a problem, so if it hurts, either wear a comfortable bra or go braless. As the breasts continue to increase in size, it pays to invest in good BIGGER bras. The same website above suggests that women opt for “stretchy maternity bras or sports bras” which are more comfortable for breasts.
Also, do warn the hubby about the groping – it’ll have to stop for a while – and if showers hurt, maybe it’s because it’s just too strong. Try to put up with “gentler” showers and well, just take comfort in the fact that if you’re small breasted or lacking in fullness, the next nine months (and more) will give you the breasts you’ve always dreamt of!