Friday, June 27, 2008

Pregnancy Woes

I'll be the first to admit that I've had a great pregnancy. My worst problem had been constipation, and that was nothing that a little colace and a lot of fiber wouldn't fix. Most of the time, I've felt better pregnant than I did before getting pregnant, and not a day goes by that somebody doesn't comment on how wonderful I'm looking. Hell, I even love maternity clothes and would be quite content to wear empire waists and elastic banded pants for the rest of my life. I really believe my preggo wardrobe is cuter than what I normally wear. So yes, I am the pregnant girl that all the other pregnant girls hate. Feel free to throw tomatoes at me now...just make sure they aren't the ones contaminated with salmonella.

As my third trimester approaches, there are some signs that all this happiness and cheer may be dampened a bit by my long-time enemy the bladder. You see, my bladder and I have never been the best of friends. For one, I think it must be rather small given my frequent use of the bathrooms, which leave me wondering whether all this supposedly healthy hydration is worth the nuisance. It is also rather weak, which was quite embarrassing as a kid but something that I've learned to plan for as an adult with the aforementioned frequent trips to the bathroom. Until a couple weeks ago, everything seemed normal bladder-wise. But then a sneeze on what I thought was an empty bladder would trigger an unanticipated surprise. Then I began needing to visit the restroom more frequently and more urgently, only to be shocked by the pitiful amount of urine deposited. So now I find that pantiliners have become my new best friend, and I'm seriously considering moving my office to the bathroom.

Then yesterday I awoke with a scratchy throat and stuffy nose. My apparently pregnancy induced allergies have set in again. And declogging my sinuses is made even more fun by my new-found propensity towards bloody noses. Sleeping last night was rough because breathing through my mouth would dry my throat up, so I'd get up to drink some water. But that would lead to the need to get up and go to the bathroom. Then my mouth would get dry again. It is a vicious cycle I tell you. I thought about calling in sick due to a lack of sleep, but then I figured that working while exhausted was probably just good practice for going back to work after maternity leave.

So there. You have my whiny pregnant post. And admittedly, my gripes are pretty pathetic compared to most. I somehow doubt this will be enough to get me out of being that annoyingly healthy and happy pregnant girl. Oh well. It's a role I'm happy to accept.

7 comments:

s.e. said...

My girlfriend calls sneezuing and peeing at the same time a snee. How cute but gross at the same time!

Sorry you are sick but I am sure all those miserable pregos appreciate that you know it could be worse. You need the mother moisturizer that the elderly use for the middle of the night!

Kathy V said...

I am sorry for the recent trouble with your bladder, nose, allergies. It does sound like it is a repetetive problem. Is there anything you can take for the allergies/nosebleeds that won't cause dry mouth atleast at nighttime. Either that or you could just move your pillow and blanket into the bathroom and that way you don't have far to go for the potty breaks. Just kidding but in all seriousness is there anything your doctor can recommend to help you with any of that? Maybe it would be worth asking.

Nicky said...

I'll second the suggestion of putting a humidifier in your room. It might at least help the scratchy throat and nose bleeds. Hope the allergies at least clear up quickly!

Scarlet O'Kara said...

I also had pregnancy related allergies and was always congested. The best thing that I found to help out was the clear Breath Right strips. They may not look the best but they helped me get a good nigths rest.

nancy said...

I don't hate you.

This is my 3rd AMAZING pregnancy. :) beat that! ;-) ~wink~

Sorry about the stuff you had to complain about though!

Jennifer said...

I hear ya on the "surprise" when sneezing...or coughing for that matter. I am wearning panty liners all the time now - just started doing this about a week ago. I never had bladder issues before my pregnancy - so this is something to get used to! I'm up probably once/night to pee right now, but I'm sure that'll change once I'm well into the 3rd trimester - maybe 3-4 times/night...Oh Joy!

JamieD said...

Sorry to hear about your pregnancy woes. My bladder & I haven't had the best relationship and I am afraid that if I get pregnant I will have to resort to wearing a diaper myself. Not cool . . .