The beginning of my pregnancy was completely easy, to our surprise. No morning sickness or anything, which was great! Of course, I was extremely tired all of the time and felt like I was a human balloon, just swelling and swelling. I have come to look more pregnant, instead of overly puffy now, which is a good feeling, except when everyone asks when the baby is due and when I tell them "The end of October," they look at me with big eyes. I know what they're thinking. Yes, I look huge. I keep telling myself over and over that it is alright because I am barely 4'11''!
A lot has changed in the past couple of weeks. I am sure this could be TMI (too much information), so if you don't care, you can stop reading this.
After buying a ton of new maternity clothes (thanks, mommy!) I had noticed a swelling happening down there. My first instinct was an allergic reaction to the new shorts that I had been wearing that I had not yet washed. It got worse... and worse. It became bad enough that Mark insisted I call the doctor and let them check me out since I could barely walk. When they were pretty persistent about "fitting me in" that day, I figured I better let them take a look. When I was there, the look on the doctor's face was not a good one. It made me more worried than I really was. She had good news, and bad news. The good news: it was no infection and nothing to worry about going wrong with the baby. The bad news: it will NOT go away, and it will get worse.
Solution: I had to order a v2 support. I have never heard of this, and basically, it is a jock strap for pregnant women. Let the humiliation begin. I have to wear this most uncomfortable support all day, every day, except when I sleep.
I am not allowed to lift anything. I can supposedly go about my normal daily activities as long as I am wearing my support, however, we have noticed that when I have done that, the swelling becomes unbearable and I wind up being in bed all day the following day with an ice pack down there. I know, it's attractive.
There is not a name for this "condition", but maybe there is and I just have not been told it. Basically, I am very small and there is no room for the baby. He is putting a lot of weight on my uterus, which causes all of the swelling and pain. The doctor said she does not want to technically place me on "bed rest" because I am only 6 months pregnant and I need to try and do my best while wearing this support. However, there have been many times when I am going about doing normal things at home, such as cleaning, cooking, etc., and my instinct is telling me I need to be laying in bed. Luckily, I have time to lay around in bed because I have the summer off, but that will soon change as the new school year is quickly approaching, and I am nervous as to how my body is going to handle all of this.
As of right now, if you look at the time I posted this, it has been "normal" that I stay awake very late at night. I am either very uncomfortable and cannot sleep, or just not tired, because I have been laying around the whole day. My typical bedtime has been at about 2:30A.M. and I sleep until about 11:30 or 12, which needs to change!