Monday, 25 July 2016

Paralysis and Pregnancy: 14-16 Weeks

It's been a little while since I've updated you guys on the pregnancy. I'm still going to be sharing a three week update today, focusing on weeks 14 through 16. I like the little bit of lag time to be honest (I'm actually 23 weeks today!) because when the little babe gets here, I also want a few extra weeks to write up a delivery post. 

And now, on to the details of pregnancy!

Paralysis and Pregnancy: 14-16 Week pregnancy update by Welcome to Mommyhood #paralysis, #paraplegic, #pregnancy
For this update, I'm just getting straight into it and tell you guys what's been going on rather than doing the question and answer set up from the previous posts

I'm officially into the second trimester and morning sickness has gotten so much better! I'm so thankful for this and cannot tell you how much of a relief it has been to eat slightly more healthy and well,just want to eat. 

For a while there, I was getting to a point of feeling pretty good - with morning sickness declining, I've also had slightly more energy again, too! But then... 

I got really bad cramps. Okay, not so scary in and of itself. Here's the thing though, because of my spinal cord injury (T10 incomplete), I have this weird sensitive area around the level of my belly button on the left side of my tummy. Above and below it, I can feel everything perfectly fine, but in this one area, itching, temperature, and pain are all so intense and simultaneously numb. It's the strangest feeling. 

One evening when I was 14 weeks, 4 days along, I noticed that that specific area was cramping continuously on and off. Then, the next morning it continued again, every few minutes, an intense cramp that would subside and then return. Kind of exactly like contractions. Because of the strange sensation I already have there, I also couldn't be sure exactly what it was. 

Because this happened on a holiday, we had to go to urgent care straight away. Our gynecologist is really wonderful and takes our concerns very seriously. She was notified and wanted to of course make sure what was happening. 

After we got there, the doctor checked on baby and did an internal exam. Babe was perfectly fine and happy. Of course, that still left me in a whole lot of pain because really, anything that feels like contractions is pretty awful. I have a very high pain tolerance, but nonetheless, I don't exactly want to feel like I'm going into labour for the rest of the pregnancy. 

We basically were sent home with zero answers other than to rest and take it easy. After that horrifying ordeal, we were relieved that nothing was wrong with the baby or the pregnancy, but the pain has been really difficult to deal with. 

After that incident, the specialist I see for my spinal cord injury was also notified. And cue second horrifying thing that happened. She called me and asked for an update on what was going on (this was now around week 16). Nothing had changed, but she said she wanted me to go in for an ultrasound again and to make sure I still wasn't dilating. 

In the meantime, I had also developed a wound on the under side of my hip, which is just a whole other level of stress and headache. Luckily, it wasn't not very bad, but if serious enough, wounds can lead to bed rest, infection, pre-term labour, and very serious complications. Wounds and sores are a constant worry for people with spinal cord injuries. 

My doctor basically had said that if the wound was infected, this could be causing preterm labour. At 16 weeks?! So again, several phone calls between my specialist doctor and gynecologist later, my husband and I are rushing to the hospital again. 

By the time we get there, I'm a nervous wreck again. We got another ultrasound, and baby was just floating around kicking and waving. It's heart was fine and everything looked normal. So again, nothing was actually wrong, and yet again, we were given no real solution for easing the pain other than taking a paracetamol as needed. 

I don't officially need to see the gynecologist every two weeks anymore, but because of everything that has happened, I ended up going to the hospital nearly every week for the past month. I'm exhausted. 

In general, weeks 14-16 have been pretty rough. The pain hasn't eased and I don't really have the option of slowing down as I still have a 3 year old to take care of. Really, having Y around though has been such a blessing. He keeps me so busy and distracted, which has been the only way to really catch a break from the pain. 

He is also so excited for baby! I love how he'll go to give my belly kisses or hugs. He's even told me he wanted the baby to sleep in his room and proudly explained he'll be changing the diapers. It's really adorable and I hope his enthusiasm stays after baby gets here. 

In more positive news, I'm getting so excited for the anatomy scan! We don't get it here until 20 weeks and then, we will also find out the sex! I can't wait to start preparing baby's room after we know what it is. 

Hubby and Y both swear babe is a girl, but I have a hunch that it's a boy. Either way, I just want baby to get here healthy, happy, and not before it's done cooking. These past few weeks have been so scary and nerve wracking. Now, I just want to focus on trying to enjoy the rest of this pregnancy and my last summer alone with Y!

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