Monday, September 15, 2008

frankie says relax

the past few weeks i've felt a lot of pressure in my pelvis/ on my cervix and this past week its gotten really really bad... to the point where most of the time, its really painful to walk.... and at night every time i turn from one side to the other its super painful and i feel popping in the back of my pelvis... the other night i was having cramps (like menstrual cramps) and randomly i feel sharp pains on my cervix.. i've also been having a lot of braxton hicks lately, which is totally normal but just with everything else made me feel a little bit worried, cause i never even had them with arabella....

so anyway today i thought maybe i should call my midwife and ask her about it... she had me come down to see her as soon as i could. she checked my cervix and stuff... ha.. and said it was very soft, almost effaced and open slightly on the outside... she said that usually with a second baby its expected to be softer and open earlier etc, but that this is very early and with everything else she wants me to be on 'bed rest' or as much relaxing as i can be the next few days to see how that affects it all... she said there's definitely a risk of pre term labor, which would be horrible... but she said she thinks that maybe this is all just because i'm fatigued, so hopefully if i get rest it will get better.

so this is gonna be hard. i'm the WORST at just laying back and letting other people do all the stuff... plus its not that easy to do with a little muffin runnin around....

are you still doing the 'case of the mondays' contest travis?

5 comments:

kate h. said...

TOTALLY talk to your own midwife about this, but i'd suggest taking 1500 mg. calcium and 500 to 750 mg. magnesium every day, and there are some homeopathic remedies available as well, but i've never had much luck with them that couldn't be attributed to other things we've tried...

another thing to try is to drink a ridiculous amount of water, and maybe get checked for an asymptomatic UTI, as they're pretty common in pregnancy. I ALWAYS have heaps of women come into early labor during the hot months here, mostly because they don't drink enough water, get dehydrated, as well as develop UTI's -- both bad new for prematurity. often if you treat the UTI and use 'hydrotherapy' (about 3-4litres of water a day) we don't see them again until their term.

...and good luck with the staying in bed. yuck.

kate h. said...

...oh, and just so you know.... while bed-rest is a nice concept in the logical sense of preventing premature labor (takes pressure of baby off cervix), there technically hasn't been any studies able to prove that it works unless a woman has a weird cervix (check out ACOG's study...)

The Avilas said...

Oh man! Totally forgot about a case of the mondays. I'll post it now.

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Liz said...

Oh my goodness, I am in the exact same place with my second pregnancy. (Hi, by the way. I found your blog off of Emery's.)

I think I'm due just slightly before you, and I'm having a boy. Irrelevant, though. I never had any Braxton Hicks with first son who is almost 2, but I've been having tons this pregnancy. My doctor has just instructed me to take it easy until 37 weeks, so no bedrest per say. I spend a lot of time sitting right now. When my son naps, I stay off my feet for example.

Seriously,though, I will be so happy to get into October.