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Growing pains



I’ve been having some weird discomfort the past few days. It ALWAYS feels like I have to pee; sometimes my internal lady parts feel swollen; sometimes it hurts when I pee; and sometimes things just feel angry “down there.” I tried to let it all go for a few days, saying that discomfort was normal and that I should not freak out, but then yesterday happened.

Yesterday things just hurt. My va.gina hurt, my cervix hurt, it hurt to pee. I emailed my midwife cousin and she said that I needed to get a urine check to make sure I did not have a UTI brewing.

Then I did what every infertile who is paranoid of losing her baby does: I ignored her. What? Yeah… shame on me. This morning I woke up and took a pee and felt fine. CURED! I told the husband. He shook his head and made me promise to call the doctor once I got to work.

Several hours later I found myself carrying a bio-hazard bag of my pee through the halls of Central Baptist to the lab. My midwife was not in today so I saw the nurse practitioner – who was amazing.  She explained that the clinics’ lab said the pee looked “beautiful” but that they never want to dismiss anything so she had me take it downstairs to the main lab to be cultured and make absolutely sure everything is OK.

Next she checked the Chicken’s heart tones, which were perfect, and then poked around my belly. As she poked she said that my uterus is definitely growing and starting to crowd things. She would venture that this discomfort is just growing pains. She asked about my diet and I told her I’m working to eat as healthily as possible, but still indulging in toast. I also told her I’m doing a lot of prenatal strength training vidoes to stay strong.

And then she praised me. You guys, sometimes a little praise can go a hell of a long way. I’m working hard to strength train every other day. I realize, thanks to you all, that weight gain happens. I know that fat gravitates to ones ass during pregnancy and that there is not a damn thing you can do about it. I also know that after pregnancy I’ll lose that fat and I REALLY don’t want to be left with a weak droopy booty and thighs that can shimmy more than my breasts. So I’m strength training so the muscles under this lovely layer of adipose tissue stay strong and so I pop my baby out with ease, grace and minimal swearing.

The NP was so proud and actually said, “I just can’t praise you enough for continuing to exercise. So many women do not.” She also explained that since my abdominal muscles are pretty tight to begin with that I might feel more stretching and discomfort as the Chicken grows.

I really needed this today. I needed a bit of praise. I needed reassured that my exercise routine is not hurting anything. I needed to know that these discomforts I am feeling are part of my NORMAL pregnancy. Only 19 more sleeps till my next ultrasound when we’ll get to see just how big the Chicken has gotten, and if his* face has caught up to the huge nose he was sporting at the last ultrasound!

*We are not finding out the gender until the Chicken makes his great debut into our lives this summer. I refer to the Chicken as “him” for both simplicity and because the Professor and I are both 99% certain I’m cooking a baby Professor 🙂 



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  1. January 24, 2013

    Hey Lady!! I don’t have much to say, but I feel like I haven’t talked to you in a while. Glad everything is going swimmingly! You look fantastic! Just wanted to say hi and that I’ve been thinking of you 🙂

    • January 24, 2013

      Hey! Thanks for the kind words! Hope all is going well for you. I think of you often and hope your new adventures are glorious!

  2. January 24, 2013

    It is so awesome you can exercise and you are! With the triplets I obviously could not and I was STUNNED at how out of shape my muscles were after delivering them! I’m normally fairly active so it felt horrible to have such a hard time exercising. Keep up the good work!

  3. jak #
    January 24, 2013

    haha, love this post!

    make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and a little cranberry juice here and there anyway. its important to flush the bladder out completely once in a while and i feel like it’s hard to fill all the way up and flush all the way out when you constantly have to pee in little tinkles, all. day. long. and all. night. long.

    i am also feeling the stretching and tightening you mentioned. almost like tiredness in my stomach muscles, but not in the usual direction that they are tired (from flexing). i do pilates, so not far off from a yoga belly. my midwife also told me that this could mean i would feel the baby move less than some people do at this stage – which was reassuring because i felt like i wasnt feeling it enough. so keep that in mind as well when you are having doubts/worries.

    glad you have clean pee, hahah!!!

    • January 24, 2013

      Good to know about the movement. I have not felt much since the last poke when we bought the carrier. I’m thinking that was likely just gas. I’m ready to feel this Chicken dance!

      • jak #
        January 24, 2013

        hahaha! glad i am not the only one to attribute baby moonwalking to gas. my professor husband was laughing at me last night – “ARE YOU CRAZY?! YOU DON’T GET GAS NEAR YOUR BLADDER!!! THAT’S THE BABY!”

        🙂 chicken dance!!

  4. Lisa @ hapahopes #
    January 24, 2013

    Oh yay! See, you’re doing everything right. Of COURSE you are. Glad someone could give you a little boost.

  5. karaleen #
    January 24, 2013

    Although I did not start out as trim as you…I was an avid excersizer during my pregnancies and also felt a whole lot of muscle stretching discomfort. It is pretty normal. And yay for you for keeping up the work outs….it really will help you stay birth ready and bounce back faster. I have a really funny girlfriend who told me that whenever she was pregnant….she felt like that layer of pregnancy fat/fluid felt like a wet suit. I thought she was full of it….until I got pregnant…it is true….it is like your body develops this one extra layer to protect and nourish the baby….so now we affectionately call it the “wet suit”…I promise you….it does go away after baby is born….but a bit of it also stays if you exclusively breast feed….but then it melts away slowly over time. So happy you are feeling better …but UTIs are super common during pregnancy…so keep your eye out for them. They are easily treated.

    • January 24, 2013

      A wet suit!!! That is a perfect description for what is going on with my bod! It’s just enough that my pant legs are just a tad too tight, but not enough to justify a size up. It’s pretty wild! Glad to know it will eventually melt away 🙂

  6. January 24, 2013

    I’m having the same types of pains, and I didn’t last time. Thanks to you, I don’t need to call the doctor now 😉

    You are doing an awesome job exercising. GOOD FOR YOU!

    • January 24, 2013

      Glad to save you the phone call! It sure is a weird feeling isn’t it? I *might* have had a little meltdown last night that my baby was trying to come out. Poor Professor!

      • January 24, 2013

        I think that’s how it feels! I feel like the bottom of my uterus is coming out!

  7. January 24, 2013

    It’s moments like this that make me smile. See, Belle. You ARE doing awesome. And I’m so glad the NP recognized that and took a moment to reenforce this. Bravo!!

  8. January 24, 2013

    I have to tell you that of all of my friends who have been pregnant, the ones with the best, tightest, toned abs are th ones who had the uncomfortable experience you seem to be having. They all panciked about the pain and thought soemthing was wrong. Turned out, it was just their awesome ab muscles having to stretch out as the uterus grows. Nothing to worry about! Actually something to be proud of, esp because those pre pregnancy abs helped get them back in shape after theri babies were born!

  9. Kenya's mom #
    January 24, 2013

    I’d like to share in your adipose tissue pain. I exercise and sweat for 1 hour every other day and feel MUCH larger than with my first pregnancy. I have had two days of self pity over my butt growth. That said, you can massage abdominal
    Muscles to help with the stretching.

    • January 24, 2013

      While I’m sorry you are in the same situation, I am relieved to know I’m not alone. My butt, dear god, it looks like it’s carrying twins while my belly looks like it’s just carrying cookies. I nominate you to teach me how to massage my abs. Shall I book an appointment for the end of Feb? 🙂

  10. January 24, 2013

    There are so many new and ‘exciting’ pains & sensations with pregnancy. Everytime I got a new doozy I would think I was doomed to feel that way FOR THE REST OF THE PREGNANCY. And without fail said symptom would be gone or at least better within a few days. For me the round ligament pain was really really intense at times where I couldn’t move well… along with the feeling that both my inner thigh muscles were constantly pulled. Weird.

    And yes- a huge kudos to you for keeping active! That will go a long way toward helping with your pregnancy growing pains and with your postpartum recovery. I walked & did yoga for much of my pregnancy- only ceasing toward the end due to more discomfort than benefit from it all. My recovery has been great overall- save peeing myself on occasion. ; ) Keep doing those Kegals, lady!

  11. January 24, 2013

    My lady parts felt/feel this way! I think its from having so much more blood flow down there to the parts so you have so much more sensation, plus it’s swollen from all that blood flow! I dare not take a mirror to even look. Hope your parts feel better soon! 🙂

  12. January 24, 2013

    I’m glad you did go see the doctor in the end but everything is probably fine. And yay for praise from the medical professional! I always loved that. I feel like, they see so many pregnancies so they should know if I am worth of praise or not LOL. I put a lot of faith in them. Part of why I loved my OB was she always told me how beautiful and big my babies were! And how everything looked amazing and she was sure we would make it to 38 weeks! It really makes a difference in the experience haha.

  13. January 24, 2013

    Yeay- glad you checked out okay and glad you got some praise for working out. IVF is so weird because it’s the only time your discouraged to workout and then of course there’s pregnancy…. There are so many mixed messages. (My RE is really old fashioned about exercise and sex). But like you, I like working out. I just do. So I can only imagine how calming it would be to have someone say, yeah girl, do your thing, you’re on the right track!

    Keep doing your thing!

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