I am officially in "WEEK 36" of this pregnancy which means that I am now 9 MONTHS PREGNANT! Now don't get to excited...you see little girls are lied to their whole lives. We are told from the time we are little that you are pregnant for 9 months! Well once you get knocked up and you go to your first gyno appointment you quickly realize that 40 weeks does not equal 9 months...in fact it is more like 10 MONTHS!!! So to all my childless friends pregnancy = 10 MONTHS
Now back to today's Blog...So being 9 months pregnant has both its pros and cons. The last few days I have been thinking about the cons! Luckily I have only 4 weeks (or less) left of being pregnant! And for the record NO I will not miss my baby bump which is not a bump at all it is actually the size of a HUGE watermelon. I did enjoy the first few baby flutters and kicks but right about now my 6+ pound child feels more like an alien squirming around in my tight, hard sore tummy. My ribs are constantly being jabbed and it is impossible to breathe! I feel this horrible pressure down south which apparently is a result of the baby being locked & loaded (head down) ready to come out! Well the result of this full size child in my belly has resulted in some sleepless nights :( For the past two weeks I have had the WORST nights of sleeps ever. First of all I can not figure out how to get comfortable with this watermelon attached to my abdomen. My once faithful, life saver "Noody" the pregnancy body pillow has completely let me down and no longer helps me get comfortable. Noody is now flat and is not able to support my huge gut. I do still have Noody along with 4 other pillows all around me but none of that seems to help. I keep reading that it is important to sleep on my LEFT side now, but that only makes things worse. My right side is actually the more comfortable of my two sides (but that is not saying much) so I have the hardest time trying to sleep on Left side! And for some reason my stomach gets all sore & crampy at night...it feels really tender & achy. I now clearly know what braxton hicks contractions are but the sore, achy, tender stomach is a totally different thing. It is hard to explain but it is not pleasant! Then when you add back aches to the mix it is even worse. You see I actually fractured my L-5 when I was younger so I already have lower back pain so adding pregnancy to the mix equals MAJOR BACK ACHES. For some reason these back aches are worse at night ...maybe it's becasue that is the only time I actually slow down enough to think about them lol I don't know! Well, on top of the back aches there is the horrible "I have to pee" feeling that comes on every 2 hours throughout the night! I seriously have to get up and pee at least 4 times a night!!! That can not be normal. If I finally fall asleep at midnight then I am up at 2:00am, 3:30am, 5:00am, & 6:00am peeing!!! There is no way on earth that I am getting any good REM sleep waking up that often. Now I can't forget to mention the LEG CRAMPS "Charley Horses". I get at least 1 of theses painful suckers every night (sometimes as many as 3!) & please do not tell me to flex my foot...maybe my charley horses are extremely severe or something because when I try to flex my foot up it is impossible because my leg is so cramped up! And yes I have tried drinking more water, eating bananas, adding salt in to my diet, drinking Gatorade, having more calcium, stretching before bed & taking my prenatal vitamin....it is not helping! So try adding together sleeping on your left side with a watermelon attached to your belly, a tender tummy, horrible back aches, a frequent need to pee and periodic charley horses! I wont even mention the anxiety and worry's that go through my mind as my due date gets closer and closer. I am still not able to wrap my mind around the fact that a watermelon is going to come through a hole the size of a pea (sorry that is TMI I know) but it's TRUE!!! So add all of those things to the equation and it equals one very SLEEPLESS NIGHT...
Now for the flip side...Apparently some of the books I have read say that the sleepless nights are mothers natures way of preparing new moms for the sleepless nights that are ahead. It would not be an easy transition to go from a full comfortable 10 hours of sleep to waking every 2-3 hours to feed and change a new born baby. Well I know that there is no mother nature but GOD our incredible creator of the universe may be preparing me for the sleepless nights ahead...who knows :) But either way I know that even though I am having a pity party for myself now, I am just experiencing the very normal last few uncomfortable weeks of this pregnancy journey. Plenty of pregnant women have made it through it so I know I can too! I am pretty confident that as soon as Josselyn Grace Alcala is here I will quickly forget about the not so great moments of my pregnancy & I will be overjoyed with my new little princess! (And if I don't forget the not so great moments I will just NEVER have another biological child)
Either way a friend once told me to remember that "THIS TO SHALL PASS..." and that is completely true! So sleepless nights...you to will one day pass! It may just be a few months before you do ;)