I found my round ligament last night. Or should I say, it found me. Mid pee. At 1 a.m. When only my cat was up and purring at my feet (she is my bathroom buddy. I know, that’s weird). I get up several times a night to pee and drink a glass of water. I’m so thirsty lately that I HAVE to wake up and drink otherwise I have terrible dreams about being lost and thirsty. Seriously, I get the crazy dreams when I’m sleeping and thirsty.
So I crawl out of my life raft at 1 a.m. and slowly make my way to the bathroom being careful not to stomp on the 12 pounds of purring Maine Coon under my feet. I love that my cat follows me everywhere but honestly, a little privacy sometimes would be super awesome! I sit down, begin peeing and WHAM – suddenly a huge crazy pain shoots through the right side of my lower belly and down the inner right thigh. The pain made me gasp and which the cat assumed was an invitation for some lap time and hopped up just to be immediately tossed back to the cold tile. Poor buddy. Poor ligament!
Thankfully, the discomfort let up after I stood and had a glass of water but damn, what a shock! I’m so, so, soooo glad my midwife prepared me for this. At my last appointment she went down a list of “things that might hurt that are not worth panicking about.” The first one was a bad pain in my lower belly that radiates down my inner thigh.
Dear Round Ligament,
Thanks for making your presence known! I’m glad to know you exist and am sure you are serving some very noble purpose like helping to hold my baby and organs inside. Now that we have established your presence please continue to do your job with little to no commotion. I promise not to take you for granted.
Yesterday’s post sparked some excellent discussion! You all are the best! If you have not read through the pages of comments I highly recommend you grab some tea and settle in. Lots of good information is in there!
Something I gathered from our discussions yesterday is that the doula will really help when it comes time to decide if I want or need a medical intervention if it is offered. Personally, when I’m in the heat of the moment and being pressured by a person in a white coat I tend to shut down and cave. I am pretty sure that while in the throws of labor I would cave easily if a doctor came in and said it was time for an intervention. The doula will be able to let me know what my other options are. I think she will be a priceless addition to my birthing experience! We will be interviewing our top candidate on Saturday.
I discussed taking a self-study hypno baby course with the Professor last night and he was, amazingly, on board with it. We also hope to work with a hypno baby certified doula who can give us additional guidance both before and during labor. In addition to this preparation, we agreed to take the two-part breast-feeding series at Bab.y Moo.n, the afternoon crash course on what the hell you do with a baby once it comes home and to become certified in both infant and adult CPR, something that is a personal New Years resolution for the both of us.
As for new doctors and different hospitals – we are going to explore our options. I called UK and am waiting on a call back to set up a screening. After this meeting, we will set up to tour both UK and CB and ask all the questions we can possibly muster. And finally, at my next CB midwife appointment I’ll bring my list of questions and drill her. Hopefully with all this knowledge we will feel confident in making the best choice for us.
I will definitely keep you posted on what I learn, and do keep me posted on what you learn as many of you embark on similar quests. And now I need to finish up at the office so I can duck out a few minutes early and go to Ohio to buy the baby hiking pack – YIKES. This shit is about to get real!