|My speak-to-me verse of the week|
On Wednesday morning, I woke early for an all day meeting at my office. The chairs there were these plastic backed chairs that weren’t very comfortable at all. About two hours into the meeting, despite shifting positions and walking around, I started developing the worse back pain. It was like someone was purposely hitting me in the lower part of my back. The pain radiated to my sides and I was just NOT comfortable.
Thirty minutes after this began, I started having Braxton Hicks contractions. Despite people telling you that they don’t hurt, yes they do! I could feel the sides of my stomach get rock hard and then a pain would radiate down the sides and into my pelvis. It was lunch time by now, so I went to the car and reclined the seat back as far as it would go to lay down.
That worked and I took the entire lunch hour for a nap in the car. When my alarm went off letting me know it was time to return, I went back to the room only to have the same symptoms repeat themselves about 25 minutes later. It was terribly unpleasant. The meeting ended and I picked up the girls from school. By now the discomfort was really painful and I was breathing hard through quite a few of them. I was still hydrating during this time, but nothing seemed to work.
I finally got home, made the family a quick meal and then rested until it was time to go to Bible Study. By then everything had dulled to a low and constant ache. I sat in my usual pew and more than one of the members came over to comment about “how tired” I looked. I just smiled and thanked them for their concern. Truth was tired was an understatement. I was exhausted and felt horrible.
|Bible Study’s lesson was quite interesting, but the time sitting through it was filled with pain!|
This lasted throughout the night and the next morning, I had enough sense to finally call someone with some medical authority who advised me to lay down, monitor baby movement, and to focus on complete pelvic rest. She also stated it sounded suspiciously like I was having uterine irritability and that I should contact my OB at once if I saw bleeding or spotting at all.
|I was directed to this link for more information on uterine irritability. I do not own this graphic.|
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By Friday, I felt TONS better and was completely able to move. I thought I must have overdone it during the meeting the day before. I was certain all was well now. I was wrong.
Saturday morning, I felt pretty good. I woke up and made a big breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs with orange juice for the family. I had to run a few errands that day and I waited until afternoon Quiet Time before I left the house so that the family wouldn’t miss me when I left.
I was doing fairly well until another 30 minutes into the trip when I started feeling a familiar dull ache. I didn’t think too much off it as I checked off the items on my list and made my way to the cashier. By then, I was in SUCH pain that I barely wanted to go through the line. I paid for everything, breathed through the pain (back, Braxton Hicks, and headache) and made it to the car. I figured, once again, that I just overdid it (super mom), and needed to hydrate. I decided to grab something from the local Wawa on the way home.
Guys, I was in such pain that I was actually vocalizing and breathing. In my heart and brain I knew I wasn’t in labor, so I didn’t go to the hospital. However, there was one moment where the lady in the car beside me in the Wawa parking lot asked if I was in labor because I didn’t look or sound good at all. I told her I hoped not as I still had three months to go. She, as only a fellow mom (her kids were with her) could, admonished me to go home, rest, and hydrate.
Honey, go sit down somewhere! Now! You need to REST or you’re having that baby sooner than three months”
I absolutely listened. By evening, all was well again and I was just back to the dull ache of back pain that has been my constant this week. I’m watching it closely and will mention it at my next appointment, but for now, I’m okay. Sorry about the long post. Here’s the good stuff you’ve been waiting for.
Week 26: 30 Apr-8 May 2019
Prepping for: Mother’s Day! Wow, it snuck up on me! I’m picking up cards and flowers for my mother, honorary mother, and step mother this week. I am also checking to see if the Wait List is still open for me to take the girls to a Mother-Daughter Tea on Saturday. I think they would love that. If not, I’m taking them with me to Sweet Frog on Mother’s Day for my free Mother’s Day treat and a treat with all of the kids as well.
Every day, most of the day. Baby especially likes moving after fruit and cold water.
Not so great moment: Still fighting these aches and pains. I’m scheduling a prenatal massage soon.
Happy or Moody: A combination. I was a bit moody earlier in the week.
Looking forward to: A nap and an Icee!!!