Monday, March 20, 2006

Morning sickness and the learning curve

Monday, March 20:

I think the little person is stretching or growing. The past couple of days, I have been getting lower abdominal twitches. Painful twitches. The baby is inside going, “Gee, what does this do? Hmm, what if I pull on that? What happens if I push the big red button?” Ow!

On another note, my mother e-mails me:

“How are you feeling? Any morning sickness? I never had any, only a little nausea in the afternoons. Any flutters yet? How is your husband holding up? Are your in-laws driving you nuts yet? Am I? Sorry.”

She cracks me up.

A friend also asks me today about morning sickness. I haven’t had any. I hear it can be pretty bad. If I had to have morning sickness with this constant fatigue -- some days I feel I deserve an Olympic gold medal just for getting dressed -- I think I would just give up and stay in bed for the duration. Props to you mothers dealing with that, ugh.

I am nearing the end of the first trimester, though. The fatigue is supposed to ease up, from what I hear.

All this hearsay! All this piecemeal Web searching here and there when I have a question. (I’m guilty of not asking my doctor. Holding up three fingers in Girl Scout style, I will try to do better. But after wasting all that time in the waiting room and then in the exam room, wouldn’t you just want to get the heck outta there and get on with your day? Not only that, but I forget questions between monthly visits. And you know what dealing with the FBI is like, so I’m not calling between visits.) It’s way past time for me to get educated.

So I have placed holds on seven books at the library and purchased a couple of others. I don’t know when I am going to get a chance to read them.

But the first one to arrive at the library is Birth Over Thirty-Five by Sheila Kitzinger, oh joy. I found out about the author while researching birthing options. Turns out there are at least five different methods or philosophies of giving birth. Hers is one of them, although it’s not explained in this book -- that will probably be the next book to arrive from the library.

What in the world did pregnant women do before the printing press?


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