Here we are at 14 weeks, 2 days. And things are going well. This is probably the only public forum where I will express “thanks” today. Mostly because you all are the only ones who know, and understand, why I’m thankful.
I am thankful for advanced medicine, and ART. Without it, my husband and I would be lost, and still far from pregnant. I am so thankful that we were lucky enough for IVF to work on the first try. I still can’t believe our good fortune. I am thankful that the pregnancy appears to be going well, despite the bleeding scares, which are hopefully over. I am thankful that I have an incredibly logical, smart, patient, loving husband, who talks me off the ledge every day when I’m panicking over some new and ridiculous pregnancy-related fear. I don’t know what I would do without him.
This last week I’ve been the happy owner of a fetal doppler. It’s an incredibly cheap brand, AngelSounds, which was about $25 on Amazon. The thing is, it works! There’s been a couple times I couldn’t find the HB right away, so I’ll have my husband help, or wait an hour an try again, but so far, so good. The HB ranges from about 150-165ish. It’s the coolest sound to hear. Now I wonder if it’s possible to use it too often. I’m trying to only listen every other day, and usually I only use it for about 2 minutes, since fortunately I can usually locate it pretty quickly. Any doppler owners have any insight? Is there any unsafe amount of home doppler usage? Hope not. I don’t need one more thing to worry about. I figure I’ll use it less once I start feeling the baby move, but that won’t be for several more weeks.
This week brings a new symptom. And it’s a doozy. It started small, about a week ago, I thought I pulled a muscle in my left buttock. Well, it’s become strong, sharper, and now the pain shoots through me every time I apply pressure to my left leg by itself, climb stairs, sit down, rotate my leg to the left, and pretty much anytime I do anything. It’s so sharp and severe, that I literally shriek when it happens. After a little googling, and talking to several of the physical therapists at work who’ve had kids, it appears that I’m probably dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or posterior pelvic pain. When I desperately asked what could be done, the PTs laughed at me and said, “Welcome to pregnancy!” I asked if I could try ice or applying heat, and they said that might help. I used a hot water bottle last night on my left butt/lower back (and subsequently freaked out that I was cooking the baby, did I mention I’m insane?), and it helped temporarily, but it doesn’t seem like a long-term solution. One thing that worries me is that I seem to be getting this symptom really early. According to Dr. Google and some of the therapists, most won’t experience it until 18 weeks and beyond, at which point it may continue to worsen throughout the pregnancy, and resolve about 3 months after pregnancy. Ummm… I’m only 14 weeks! I seriously hope this will lessen or subside, because I can’t imagine hobbling around like this for the rest of this pregnancy. I don’t even have a noticeable bump yet and I’m already waddling. And I’m certain that this won’t get any easier to deal with as I grow and get heavier. Ruh roh….
I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving with their families and loved ones. I made the stuffing this year, so I guess I’m an adult now. Enjoy the day.