I'm a germ magnet!!
This is what the website www.whattoexpect.com says about getting sick while pregnant. "The truth is, pregnant women can get sick with the best of them — and even better than the best of them, since the normal immune-system suppression of pregnancy makes expectant moms easier targets for germs of every variety. What's more, being sick for two can make you at least twice as uncomfortable — especially since so many of the over-the-counter remedies you're used to reaching for need to stay behind medicine cabinet doors for a while."
It happened…something I'd been trying so hard to avoid. I got sick. There were so many sicknesses at WAND during December I did my very best not to get sick. I washed, I sprayed Lysol, I used hand sanitizer till my hands were raw, I wiped down the anchor desk, the microphone and on and on. After multiple stories of the flu virus running rampant in Central Illinois—both stomach and influenza—it struck me.
I woke up on the first day of my second trimester with the chills about 4:30 am. After warming up I realized my head hurt and I didn't feel well so I ran downstairs and took pretty much the only thing you can take while you are pregnant, Tylenol. Then I thought, that was stupid, I should take my temperature. I ran back upstairs to take my temperature. 99.8. Great. I'd already read and heard fevers are BAD during pregnancy, they can affect the fetus. Yes, I tend to worry, a lot. So I started to freak out and woke up my hubby. I got out the books and the papers from my doctor's office. At that point I was just counting down the minutes until I could call the office. I knew it wasn't a true emergency to wake up the Doctor.
After calling and waiting for a call back, the nurse said it wasn't really a fever until 100.4. That was the good news, but why did I feel so weak and all around bad? I had a flu shot in October. I guess it was a mild version. I wouldn't wish the full version, which I know many of you had, on my worst enemy. I really couldn't get out of bed or off the couch. Maybe the difference is, when you're pregnant you can't take ANYTHING. If I wasn't carrying this bundle of joy, I would have made my husband go to the store grab anything with the word flu on it. Then I would have taken it all at once and felt better laying there nearly comatose until it passed. But nope. I had to suffer through.
And if that wasn't bad enough—late the next night, I woke with the worst stomach ache. By the morning it had turned into a stomach flu/issue, not really sure what to call it. I won't get into the appetizing details, but later that afternoon I put in call to the Doctors office. The Doctor called me back and you guessed it—I couldn't take anything. I had to ride it out. No Pepto, no Tagament, just ride it out. He also said it was his third call that afternoon with similar symptoms. Powerade and Saltines were all I could take and in small doses. It took a Friday and a Monday off work and I was finally back to feeling like I could join the land of the living.
Then a week or so later I had a mild head cold. Everything I got was the mild version, thank God! But I just feel like every germ passing by I'm catching this time. Maybe it's the 4 year old in daycare bringing everything home?
From here on out---here's to a great Second Trimester! And me and this little guy feeling much better.
Not my first time at the rodeo
This ain't my first time at the rodeo, but it sure is different. Everyone always says no two pregnancies are alike. It's not that I didn't believe these people, I figured a woman's pregnancies were similar. I know each baby is an individual with its own set of characteristics. They may be different sexes, but in general I figured you carry babies how you carry babies. I am now a believer and am one of the women who will say each pregnancy is different.
I just hope the labors are similar!
16 weeks and three days along
I have been nauseous. I have actually thrown up, just once though, thank God. I have been exhausted—even that's different because I'm running around and playing with a 4 year old. It's all different.
With Ella I had the easiest pregnancy. Yes, I was tired, but never had morning sickness, This time is was at night, by the way. I hope I did a good job concealing the fact that I wanted to barf during WAND News at Six and was all but falling asleep during WAND News at Ten. With Ella I walked a mile and a half daily. Too tired in the first trimester to do that this time around, but I'm hoping to get there soon. I gained more weight the first trimester this time. (add sarcasm: I know you're thinking: Really? I didn't notice at all!! ) One way for me to keep from being nauseous or getting sick was to keep something in my stomach at all times. I did choose good healthy food, but it doesn't really matter when all you're doing is eating, laying down or sleeping.
But all of that really doesn't matter as long as this baby is healthy and happy. We are so excited to be parents again! Ella is over the moon to be a big sister and we are beyond blessed to add this newest family member.
So here's to a great Second Trimester! Except literally what happened the first day of my second trimester. That's coming up next....