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November 2009


Did I Jinx Myself?

With that last post?

Because I was just sitting on the couch when I felt something….slide, roll, slip? (what’s the word I’m looking for here…?) out of my nose and all over my shirt.
That would be blood steadily streaming out of my left nostril. Always the left, never the right. And that my friends makes no sense at all, because if there was ever a nostril that should be bleeding it should be the right. Ahem.
So, me and the neti pot? Well, I still made it for 2 weeks without a nosebleed.
In the meantime, I’ll just be here looking pretty in my Ugg.s, baggy sweats, blood stained Tshirt and toilet paper shoved up my nose.

Neti Pots and Nose Bleeds

Have you heard of pregnancy rhinitis? You can read all about it here, but basically it’s that stuffed up, congested feeling that commonly plagues pregnant women starting in the 2nd trimester.

I’ve never suffered from any sort of sinus problems or nasal congestion before, so I was quite surprised when–like clockwork–soon after my 2nd trimester started, I became a stuffed up mess. The breathing was really only a problem when I’m trying to sleep, so I started wearing b.reathe right strips which have been lifesaver, because it’s hard enough just getting comfortable to sleep as you get bigger and bigger.

And then…about a month ago….I started getting nosebleeds. Again, I’d heard about this, but didn’t think it would happen to me! Boy, there is nothing like waking up to a face full of blood covering your pillow and sheets to quickly realize it CAN happen to you and it IS.
My nosebleeds were mostly in the morning right as I woke up, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t come unexpectedly during the afternoon or even while I was showering (it looked like I’d killed someone in there when I blew my nose and sprayed blood all over the walls. Lovely. Hygienic, too!)
I didn’t know what to do, so I mostly just walked around with a wad of tissue shoved up my left nostril. Oh yeah…always the left, never the right?!

I finally decided I needed to invest in a cool mist humidifier. We were going to get one for the babies anyway, so might as well do it now. So here I am at C.VS and what do I see? A neti pot!
I can’t believe these things are being sold at places like CV.S now. We’ve come a long way since I thought they were only sold at ‘hippy like type’ places.
But what really caught my eye was the claim on the packaging that it helped with rhinitis of pregnancy. Hmmm….couldn’t hurt to try it, could it?

Here I am, two weeks later, using the neti pot every night and guess what? Not a single nosebleed!! Going from a nosebleed a day to zero is AMAZING!
It’s also helped with some congestion, although not enough to ditch the nose strips at night.
And another bonus is that I’ve heard it can help keeping away the flu as you are flushing out tiny invaders every night!
$7.00 was money well spent.

Iron Update

Thanks everyone for your helpful comments and suggestions.

Giggleblue and Bree: Floradix is what I’ve been taking. I agree, tastes nasty as hell. I’ve already been taking an Omega 3/DHA since week 6, so that is covered.

Adventures in BabyMaking: I hadn’t thought about thalassemia, but I will ask about that at the appt on Wednesday.

ReproGenius: I eat a lot of organic yogurt, at least one serving a day. Does it have to be a specific probiotic? I thought all natural yogurt had them, but I could be wrong.

Kate: That’s a good point. I had already taken the supplement today, but I’ll lay off Tuesday and Wednesday. I doubt that 2 days of the supplement would have much of an effect on the reading, but better to get the most accurate reading possible.

After doing a bit of research and taking into account that I need to try to have Vitamin C with the iron, but not have dairy within a 2 hour window (tricky, tricky because I make a smoothie every morning for breakfast), I came up with the following plan:

I’ve been drinking a glass of SuperFood A.mazing Grass powder mixed with OJ every morning, so I’ll take the Iron with that and have a breakfast that doesn’t contain dairy–saving the smoothie for an afternoon snack.
Easy enough, right?
Because I’m on thyroid meds as well. Those you take first thing in the morning and I cannot eat ANY food within one hour (try that pregnant!!) and I learned you cannot take Iron within FOUR hours of the thyroid meds.

SO. I guess I have my regular smoothie and brekkie, regular lunch where I take my prenatal and DHA/Omega 3 and then set an alarm for two hours later to remind me it’s time to take the Green Juice and Iron.
Then, regular dinner at least two hours after that, with my calcium, magnesium, zinc and baby aspirin taken at bedtime.

Not too complicated. Ha.
Does that sound right? Suggestions??
I had no idea the how’s and when’s and what’s to eat during pregnancy would end up this mind-boggling!

As far as the constipation goes–I was not doing the smoothie or the green juice on a daily basis when I was experiencing this problem. I’m hoping these two things keep it going in the right direction. Otherwise, I have also been given the green light on flax seed oil gel caps if needed.

BTW–I have felt better in the past 2 days–not sure if it’s the added supplement + beef or I’ve finally recovered from my past week’s mommy visit exhaustion or if it’s all of the above combined together, but it was really nice not to feel like I was going to faint today. Dare I say, I felt a bit back to normal.

25 Week Recap

How Far Along? 25 weeks

Total Weight Gained/Loss? +26 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes, on the bottoms, no on the tops. I think I will need some bigger sweaters before the babies come as I can tell I’m going to run out of room with mine and Chicken’s soon.
My shoes are starting to fit tighter, so I got a pair of this week which are great!

Sleep? Had too many early mornings this week where no amount of tossing and turning could get me back to sleep. Good thing for naps.

Aches and Pains? Massive fatigue this week after my mom left. I packed too much in with traveling upstate, 2 baby showers, a family dinner, my mom’s visit and re-organizing the house. It took me 5 days until I recovered from all of that and felt like myself again.

Best Moments of the Week? Getting a lot of repair work done in our apartment, putting the cribs together, washing all of the baby clothing, etc, moving all of the furniture in our apt so that there is room for baby gear, ordering the dresser/changing table.
Putting on a skirt and tall boots (which made me feel so pretty after living in sweats for the week ) and getting out one night to go to my friend’s art gallery opening.

Movement: We’ve got a whole lot of thumping going on. It’s fun to watch my stomach rock and roll.

Food Craving: I haven’t really had any food cravings the entire pregnancy. What I have enjoyed is eating more of the food that I would normally limit myself on. For instance, I love the cereal Quake.r O.ak Squares. But I rarely buy them, b/c I I find the cost of +$5 for a box of cereal completely ridiculous. However, for the last couple of months, I’ve wanted them and I’ve bought them!

Food Aversions: None.

Morning sickness? None.

Gender: It’s either a boy or a girl. Or two of each.

Labor Signs: Nope.

Belly Button: Top half out, bottom half in.

What I miss: My cat snuggling up with me. He has no lap to sleep on anymore as my belly is always in the way. Poor thing.

What I’m looking forward to: My 26 week appt and finding out what the thumpers are weighing, dinner with good friends, Chicken coming home for almost two whole weeks, getting a lot of things done in the apartment, our maternity photo shoot next weekend.

Weekly Wisdom: Neti pots are great for congestion and relief of nosebleeds.

Milestones: Still able to walk just about everywhere I need to go, I can still tie my shoes, shave my legs, go grocery shopping, climb stairs and carry a load of laundry! So far, so good!


Got Iron?

I think I might have found out what’s going on with me and I believe the culprit is iron deficiency.

When I had my 24 week checkup, I asked them if they would check my iron levels, but they said they did this at 26 weeks. In retrospect, maybe I should have pushed and had them do it that week. But, I figured, I was at a high risk specialist, they are the experts and know what they are doing, right?
Over a month ago, I had bought some liquid, organic iron supplement from Whole Paycheck because I wanted to make sure I was getting enough. But, even though it said it was a non-constipating formula, that same week, for the first time in my pregnancy I started suffering the effects of “what happens when you can’t poo”.
Puffer no like that effect.

I thought well hell–I don’t even know if I’m lacking in iron. Why am I putting myself through hard-to-poo hell if maybe everything is OK??
So, I haven’t really taken much of it in weeks. Plus, it tastes like complete pukey-gag.

However, I seem to be exhibiting ALL of the classic signs of pregnancy anemia: fatigue, dizziness, lack of energy, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. And it’s been a little scary.

So, it’s back to the pukey-gag supplement and we had steak fajitas for dinner last night and….I have my 26 week check this Wednesday, so the iron will be checked (as well as the GD test–YIKES!) and then we’ll know.
Until then, hopefully the extra boost of iron will help me to feel better. I hope!

Some Days are Better Than Others

This has been a really challenging week. Most of the time, when people ask me how I’m doing or feeling, I say “great!” because I honestly have felt great the majority of this pregnancy.

Right now it’s not going so well.
I don’t know if it’s the culmination of events starting with my mom coming last week and we quickly started in on house projects, followed by an exhausting weekend of travel/family/baby showers, then continued on with more house projects OR if I’m just starting to get to that stage of my pregnancy where things are going to get harder. Or both.
But, today has sucked.

I stayed up last night waiting for Chicken’s flight–which was 2 hours late. By the time we got to bed it was almost 2am. She woke up 5 hours later and that woke me up and I tossed and turned forever trying to fall back asleep. I need sleep so badly and I am having a hard time getting good sleep. I finally gave up and got up to have breakfast and try to get some things done, but only 4 hours later I was dying to keep my eyes open and had to go take a nap.

Except that I couldn’t lay down without feeling like I was going to vomit. This has been happening from time to time. What do you call this? If I eat and then don’t stay up in an upright position for hours, the food feels like it’s just piled in the back of my throat if I lay down. Does this have a name? Is this happening to anyone else?

I stayed in bed for 3 hours alternating between sitting up reading and trying to lay down, but no luck. I never got that nap and only frustrated myself every time I had to sit up and burp it all out.

We were supposed to have dinner with friends tonight–a dinner that was very hard to plan and has been in the works for months trying to get everyone’s schedules to coordinate. Instead, here I am, in the same clothes I woke up in (OK, I am wearing my boots as slippers–I never want to take them off but I’ve not worn them outside yet) wondering when I can try to go back to bed. Urgh.

Chicken is home and I am so happy she’s here, but she’s stressed out with her job and doesn’t have much time to help me do things this weekend because she has so much work to do (her job never ends, it’s 7 days a week). There’s so much I need help with these days–stupid stuff like getting something heavy off a top shelf or lifting something. I feel so helpless and guilty that I can’t do it all myself anymore.

But then, as I’m sitting here, I feel the thumpers thumping around and I lift up my shirt and can see strange movement from the outside and I smile knowing that tomorrow is a new day and we’re all going to be OK.

Sometimes, you just have a crappy day.

Inappropriate Clothing

Now that we’ve decided to stay in our apartment, I’ve been busy scheduling maintenance appointments for all of the things we didn’t bother to get fixed because we were moving and who needed the hassle of all those workers coming in and out.

Well, this past week I’ve had one random guy a day coming into my house and when they give you a 4 hour window–you can’t be ready every minute.

Let’s just say I haven’t been a big fan of the bra lately. And the only big T-shirt that (mostly) covers my belly is pretty much sheer white. You get the idea. So, I’ve answered the door with that and a baggy pair of sweats twice. He tried really hard to not stare directly at my tits while talking to me, but he failed.
The other time I had just finished taking a belly shot and wasn’t really thinking about the fact my big ole belly was poking right out at the guy. He seemed a little taken back, but I think when you enter NYer’s apartments all day long–you pretty much see everything.
Prior to pregnancy I would’ve never answered the door like this. I would put on a bra upon hearing the door bell. I would’ve CARED.
I don’t care anymore. It’s my house. I just want to be comfortable. I guess it’s all part of pregnancy.

44 Days

That’s how many days until Christmas (if I just counted correctly) and that is the deadline we have given ourselves to be ‘ready’ for these babies. I sure as hell hope that they don’t come early (that would be almost 32 weeks) but I know all too well that the great unexpected can happen and we want to be ready and prepared.

My mom helped me a lot towards making this goal. We may have our differences, but this trip went much better than I ever expected. Monday was rough basically because I was so exhausted and I just didn’t want to be around anyone or do anything. My mom and I were both so tired from the long weekend we never left the house on Monday and I don’t think that was a good combination. Yesterday, things were much better as we got so many things done and went on a long walk and ran errands. It’s good to get out of the house!

She totally surprised me and bought me a pair of boots. Now, I have never given in to the trend of these boots and quite frankly, I’m surprised that a pair of glorified Australian house shoes have lasted this long in the fashion world. BUT, they are really comfortable and warm and besides any of that…they are pretty darn easy for a heavily pregnant woman to get on and off.
I am still able to wear all of my regular shoes/boots and tie them…but I feel like I am favoring the ones that are really easy to get in and out of. And there are not many.
So I was talking about how would be perfect for a pregnant lady and then we were walking by a shoe store and my mom asked me if I’d like to go try on a pair. This is totally not like her at all, but I took her up on it and am now the proud owner of a very comfortable pair of boots! Thanks mom!
They aren’t as cool or as cute as Olive’s, but I don’t think I could get those on right now!

Now it’s all about getting the organizing and purging done of every shelf, cabinet and closet in this apartment. I am overwhelmed by everything that has to be done, but I know I can do it, one day at a time. I guess this is nesting, huh? It feels much better than packing and waiting to move, I can tell you that! What a relief.

PS–My mom even hailed her own cab to the airport today! I didn’t have to leave the house! We’re making progress….

Go Away Piggy, Don’t Come Around Here No More

The same cousin who called me a goddess? Her husband has the swine flu. And she knew it, but she wasn’t sick so she came to the shower and stayed the night anyway.

God help me if I get the rabid case of the rancid pig because of course I haven’t been vaccinated. Not for lack of trying, just that my OB practice has still not received their shipment.
I have an rx for Tami.flu in my little hands should it come to that, but I hope to hell it doesn’t.

Oh and my mom is starting to wear on me. Is it Wednesday yet? I need Puffer alone time now, please. I just want to sleep and recoup from the weekend. I am SO not in the mood to get things done because I have NO energy today.

PS–But she DID go to the grocery store by herself!! Woot Woot!