OMGeee 28 Weeks!
We've officially made it to seven months, yet another mile stone. Even though I had a day off from work today, I still had a 7:45 A.M. doctors appointment with the fetal monitoring staff.
Sunday I felt like my stomach was super itchy and growing. I know that sounds funny, but it was fully moisturized and severely itchy. Sunday, also during my fetal monitoring at labor and delivery I was feeling more intense contractions that had more pressure. I wasn't super worried, because I knew I have my monday appointment, if anything got worse by Monday, but I felt it was necessary to bring it up and get these contractions and me checked out.
Monday after the fetal monitoring, I got my contractions checked. I also felt like the more I was on my back, the more contractions I was getting. Fetal monitoring, wheeled me over to Labor and delivery to get monitored. I had no idea that not only were they going to give me a pelvic exam, but that there were going to give me extended monitoring, not just for my contractions but for the babies. Extended monitoring is a minimum of 2-6 hours. To my surprise the pelvic exam, was a lot more painful then I was expecting. Good thing Bryant didn't have to go to work until later in the day and was able to come keep me company on this day off.
About when he arrived, the doctors were having me put my feet in the stir ups to take a look down stairs.... NOW, anyone whose had a pelvic exam may understand, it's not the most comfortable and they can't use any jelly because it could throw off the "results". SOOoo it felt like the doctor was trying to pry open a damn clam, then proceeded to take a few cotton swabs which didn't tickel, then had to use her hand to check and see if I was dilated. As tears were rolling down my face, this was the most painful thing I've experienced since child birth and I like to think I have a high tolerance for pain. Maybe things are extra sensitive down there, but it felt like the doctor was jamming her hand up my private parts. It was over shortly, but not after Bryant told me to calm down. I just don't think anyone truly understand how that feels unless you've been through.
I tried to tell him, it was comparable to putting something up his butt, but I feel like it fell on deaf ears. All in all, I wasn't in pre-term labor and I wasn't dilated and it was just the next phase in what to expect in this pregnancy, more intense contractions. Honestly, after the pelvic exam, my threshold for the "painful" contraction had went down and I felt like they didn't hurt as much. I was told my uterus is just trying to adjust and my body feels like it's 40 weeks pregnant. If anything happens out side of this new norm, then I know to say something and get it checked. Physically things are getting a little more tough.
By Tuesday, I was so thrown off my Mondays events, I thought my appoinment was at 8:45, when it was really 7:45. After arriving an hour late, I was able to be squeezed in and probably had the fastest, most efficient fetal monitoring. The girls and I are all good.
Wednesday, started the Bio physical profile on the babies. This is when they count the babies breathing or at least doing the breathing moment, for 30 seconds, they look for muscle movement and they look for a the spine movement. After arriving, Im very thanksful the technician/nurse was quick to get the profile started. There was a resident there that wanted to get some experience, with profile and monitoring triplets, but it would've been at my expense. So by the time she came in, there was only one baby for her to look at. (PHEWWWWW) After everything checked out, I went back to work then had an afternoon appt with my regular OB doctors. They did their normal, weighting of me and checking my urine and I was happily surprised to see that I gained weight. I was at 175, which put me in a great frame of mind for thinking the babies were really getting bigger. This appt look a little while, but again everything checked out and it gave me piece of mind. I got my TPAT shot (whooping cough) which I found out, a pregnant mother has to get every pregnancy, but family and non pregnant people who will be around your child, only need to get the vaccine every 10years.
PS. My arm is still sore from that vaccine.
Wednesday night between the contractions and trying to be get comfortable, I'm having a hard time sleeping. This is also because my stomach is getting so big as well as the babies, I can feel them in my ribs area. Well, I guess I'm just getting prepared for whats to come. Im sure I'll have plenty of sleepless nights in my near future.
We shall see.
~ Truly Karae