This week is my 30th week in a 40 week pregnancy journey, and I feel amazing, in fact I don’t remember feeling this great with my two kids. Actually I know I feel better than with my first pregnancy which I had preeclampsia and was put on bed rest my last 12 weeks. I was swollen beyond anything I could have imagined which started early on, around 24 weeks. Even my nose was huge, often referred to as pregnancy nose, but this was more than that, it was slowly starting to take over my face. Once I had Lauren, I remember I was on Magnesium for 12-18 hours after my labor to help with my blood pressure and they kept a catheter in me because I was not allowed to leave my bed. The nurse kept commenting on how often she had to change my fluid bag because I was releasing so much of the water retention in my body. I am sure I went home about 20 pounds lighter due to my fluid loss.
With Will I had a pretty normal pregnancy except for my hips were out of alignment (this can happen early on when your body releases a hormone to allow your hips to move more easily) and I was was going to physical therapy once a week with special routines throughout the week. The first time I went to physical therapy, they did a deep tissue massage on my hip and tears were steaming down my face, I have never been in so much pain, but each time after that, the massage was a welcomed experience.
This pregnancy I have had no pain, just slight swelling in my legs and feet now and again, and I feel really good. People ask about heartburn – no, back pain – no, joint pain – no, nausea – no, honestly nothing much to complain of, other than the typical stuff like tying your shoes, shaving your lower half, getting out of a low or tilted seat, and the constant need to use the restroom.
This week however, I did notice a change, nothing scary but a change. My work on the whole is not usually stressful, at least I am use to the level of stress it causes so my body has acclimated to my routine. Over the last 2 weeks, I have had a change in my department leaving me to cover more work than normal. In addition to determining the coverage for the changes, my boss has been asking me what my maternity coverage will be when I leave in 10 weeks. Um…that is a hard one given that we are down a few people right now. So all in all, I thought it might be good to just double check my blood pressure to see how it is impacting me. Typically I am around 105/65 during this pregnancy, but the last few times I took my blood pressure it was 132/83, or 123/80 so I am looking for ways to decompress, meditate and making sure I am getting in as much exercise I can. We are leaving for Napa for the baby shower in 4 days and I want to be sure that I am as healthy as possible so I can enjoy my time with those who love Sara and Derek as much as I do.