This has been a long week. It started off well last Thursday with a trip to the doctor and our 20 week ultrasound which showed two active, healthy babies growing inside me. 3-D ultrasound rocks. They are 10 inches long and 14 oz’s each and from what I read, they can hear and recognize my voice. So amazing. Given the week I’ve had, I’m wondering if they can also recognize my cough…
I got home from my doctor’s appointment and have been sick with the flu ever since. Nobody likes to be sick, but pregnant and sick? This is not for the faint of heart. Instead of complaining (and coughing and complaining… which feels like all I’ve been able to do lately) I thought I’d write to you this week about the things I’ve learned whilst being sick and pregnant. Hopefully these will NOT come in handy… but lest you or someone you know/love does get sick while pregnancy, maybe they will.
- Tell your husband the moment you do not feel well that his darling wife is about to be kidnapped. In her place he will soon find a needy, whiny… some might say demanding shell of her former self. Or at least that’s what I wish someone had told my husband. Days stuck in bed with few comfortable options for breathing much less sleeping can make a girl feel a little helpless. I kept thinking, “This is good practice for how helpless and needy I’ll most likely feel when the twins are born.” A dry run you could call it. For a few days I couldn’t even get myself hot tea when I wanted it. It seemed like all I had were request after request for my hubby. He’d arrive with my tea and I’d realize tomorrow was gym day. Where WERE the kids gym shorts? Could he track them down? Could he water the dying plants? Could he do this? Could he do that?Had I been able to muster a more pleasant and appreciative tone, maybe I’d feel better about all the asking, but I’m being honest when I say, I wasn’t able to do this. I didn’t do this. In fact, at one point when he asked for a break from all the “running” I actually broke down and cried. Yes, threatening with the ‘ole “Fine, I’ll do it myself then” like any good five year old would DID get him back on his feet again, but jeeez. The poor guy. Given my mood all weekend, going to work on Monday must have come as a relief! So my advice? If your pregnant and think you might be getting sick coming, just go ahead and apologize to your hubby ahead of time.
- Heavy coughing and weak bladders do not mix.And because you are pregnant and need to stay hydrated, there’s 100+ ounces of hot tea and fluids in your future. You get the picture. My solution? Get as comfie as you can as close to a bathroom as you can. That, and invest in a box of panty liners. Need I say more?
- Don’t get sick in the first place. Easier said then done? Maybe, but I would be remiss if I didn’t address this here ’cause I am left wondering if there were things I could have done to prevent getting this flu bug in the first place. Though I have been getting enough sleep and drinking hefty amounts of water, I resisted getting a flu shot until last Thursday. Yes, this is the day I got sick. This leaves me feeling two ways. On the one hand I wish I’d gotten the shot a month ago as my doctors all tell me this is a coincidence and as the shot takes two weeks to become active, had I done this earlier in my pregnancy my symptoms would be less serve. On the other hand I blame the shot. I wish I’d never gotten the darn thing. I know, crazy… earlier or never. I’m truly torn.
OK ya’ll. That’s all this sick-and-doing-my-best-not-to-gripe (and happily 21 weeks pregnant) mama has this week. Many smarter, more educated folks with lots more letters behind their names have written on the topic of pregnancy and health, and so you don’t feel let down ’cause I didn’t mention the standard basic tips like hand washing and eating your veggies, I’m linking you to a few articles I liked here and here and here. BE WELL! and I promise when you come back next week, we’ll have alot more fun stuff to talk about. *wink*
In the mean time, if you have a “stay healthy” tip (pregnant or not), please post it below. If you are a mother of a newborn, does all this flu talk freak you out? Have you put yourself on house arrest?!?! I hate to say it, but given how I’m feeling… that’s not a bad idea.
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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.