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OMG I think I’ve hit that wall!- 36 weeks and happy but feeling miserable

September 9, 2010

Friendly warning: not a post to read while eating……

I’m very excited to have hit the 36 week mark, and hope to hit week 37, which is full term (for twins). However, I am officially MISERABLE! I’m very glad to have been so fortunate to only recently have become this uncomfortable; some people put up with this and worse for a whole lot longer. I think some of this is indication that the babies are close to coming into the world and would not be surprised if I popped before the end of the weekend!

The babies have lowered, which somehow has not helped the reflux but has added painful pressure in the pelvic region. It hurts to walk, it hurts to lift my left leg, it hurts to adjust my legs when lying down or sitting. It makes standing after lying or sitting excrutiating as gravity pulls the blood downward. It also is making it very hard to do things. Just walking across the room is now an effort. I rest more, but am frustrated at how hard it is to do simple things.

I’ve been putting up with these for awhile but these have increased in frequency and ferocity and now joined with the pelvic pain are adding to my increased discomfort.  I will elaborate even though I’m sure you are all sick of me whining about acid reflux and nosebleeds, etc. by now, but this is AWFUL.  The frequency and intensity have increased. Before this pregnancy I had never had heartburn. This is terrible even with maximum strength Zantac 2 times per day. Lay down, get vicious heartburn, lean back, get vicious heartburn, eat a lot, get vicious heartburn, eat anything acidic or spicy, immediate sensation of throat being on fire. I wake up in the middle of the night with it. Can’t even drink water because it makes my throat burn so bad.  I try to answer the phone and find my voice has disappeared and attempting to talk is very painful. It is so raw and just BURNS. I take the Zantac maximum strength, chase it down with 2 tums, drink chilled or iced, non-acidic beverages through a straw and still feel like I must be burning a hole through the lining of my esophogus. I wake several times a night either due to sliding down and thus the acid sliding up, or a dry throat. I am probably quickly deteriorating my teeth sucking on throat lozenges at night to prevent the latter.

Needless to say, I am still not sleeping great. I get 5 or 6 hours a night, sleeping on the couch so that any moaning or getting up won’t disturb John.  It happens to be a little more comfortable than the bed as I can prop myself up better, at least until the wee hours of the morning when my legs start to complain about being packed in sardine style to the not quite full length couch. I do nod off a little once or twice a day, but my usual annoying symptoms, a phone ringing, or a knock at the door often keep that from amounting to any meaningful amount of sleep.

The nosebleeds are a less miserable symptom, but annoying and disgusting. They occur very easily and frequently and ALWAYS are followed by bloody clots in my throat that burn, no doubt due to my irritated throat lining.

Ok, now that I have grossed you out and perhaps annoyed you with my whining… back to the positive! The babies should be pretty well developed. They seem to move less often, but when they move it is like a tsunami in my abdomen. It rarely hurts.  I still enjoy watching them move around. My belly is beyond huge. I can barely tell where my belly button was. It went from inny, to flat, to outy, to steamrolled!  I was amazed after the last ultrasound, when it was pointed out where the babies’ various parts are how much room they are taking up and I am seriously wondering where the heck my organs are, perhaps under my armpits? It just seems like the babies are everywhere!

We have the barebones basics in babygear covered, and then some, but are not fully ready with the nursery, house, etc. But I am relieved that the things that really HAD to happen have. I went online last week and purchased the things from our registry that we will need early on and had not yet received. They have all arrived.  Also, a few more gifts arrived from friends and relatives with more necessities such as bathing supplies, blankets, and clothes. (and OMG they are SO cute!!! From the froggie bath stuff to the cute outfits and mudpie socks that look like shoes!) My big sister through my multiples group lent me her infant carseat which fits the stroller we picked out. (yay! Anything we can do to save money right now is a big help!)

So in these final days, both nervous and excited, we await some sign that the time has arrived. That day feels close at hand, but at the latest will be the morning of 9/22. Regardless of when, I won’t have to push, it will definitely be via c-section.

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