Friday, March 31, 2006

Just a day in the life!

So goes another day on bedrest. On and off since the beginning of the pregnancy I have been having mysterious cramping. Now I don't really know how much cramping is a normal part of pregnancy and at what point it would be considered contractions. Most of the time I drive myself crazy trying to figure out if I should call the dr. or just suck it up and face the fact that my uterus is expanding daily, stretching muscles and ligaments that are not normally stretched. And every time my lower back is sore, which happens frequently what with laying down all day, I wonder..... is it labor or just a consequence of being a forced couch potato??? Being that I have never experienced a normal pregnancy and never will I may never know what is normal. Every week when I go to the dr. the nurses ask me if I have had cramping or bleeding. I say no bleeding, but cramping.... most of the time. I guess they figure that as long as my cervix measures within a good range that the cramping is of no concern. But it still concerns me. Especially being that the dr. does not seem to want to assure me that things are going to be ok. All he can say is that they have gone ok so far and that all we can do is hope.

I suppose I have resigned myself to the fact that I am going to analyze every twinge and pain until the day this baby comes, which hopefully won't be until at least 32 weeks, preferably longer. Seems a long way down the road, as tomorrow is only my 17 week mark. But I have made it to another mini-goal. Next on the list.... appointment on wednesday.


purple_kangaroo said...

Hugs! Lots of wierd sensations are very normal for pregnancy, but I can understand the worrying. We're praying for you and the baby.

liz said...

P_K sent me. Welcome to blogging!

I'm sorry you're stuck in bed, but hope that everything will be okay!

Michelle said...

Hang in there! Even normal pregnancies have wierd things happening. You'll discover many more wierd aches and pains over the coming months. I had braxton-hicks contractions for a good two months before each of my girls were born, and you just learn to deal with all the wierd stuff and do what you need to do to stay healthy and keep that baby where he/she belongs until they're 'cooked enough' as my Grandpa used to say.

Hmmm... maybe we should start a book list or 'sedentary craft project' list for you to work through? Sounds like you're going to have PLENTY of free time!

purple_kangaroo said...

Today is Saturday . . . congrats on reaching the 17-week mark!

Nice to see you over here, Liz.

jo(e) said...

I think worrying comes with pregnancy, no matter what.

In fact, worrying comes with parenthood, too, so might as well get used to it.

I hope we bloggers can entertain you and keep your mind off things during all this bedrest.