The past few months have greeted me with some great surprises and some very interesting woes. I'm sure as the months go on I will have many more Pregnancy Woes, so we'll just call this Volume 1: The first trimester.
1) Dentist: The Impossible Journey
|Dental Work: Ain't all it's cracked up to be.|
Turns out that between the pregnancy hormone and my right side being my chewing dominant side, I took the ridge of my molar clear off leaving a nice big hold in my tooth. I was assured this happens to most adults (well, most grind them down over their lifetime, I just like to be different). The problem? When you're pregnant dental work becomes something else entirely. Trying to get an appointment at Western Dental was like trying to pull teeth (pun intended) but my totally awesome midwife practice came to my rescue and got me in to the Feather River Dental Group, which has alternative solutions for pregnant women. They put a temporary cap on my tooth and I went on my merry way. But I spent the better part of a day trying to find a dentist who would see me without a doctor's release since I hadn't seen my midwife officially yet. I even went as far as going in to Urgent Care only to be told they couldn't treat pregnant women. I understand this, but at the same time it was a great time suck of a day.
Thank God it happened during my semester break. I can't imagine dealing with that in between classes or on my day off.
2) Allergy Med Confusion
-I am going to chalk this one up to "I'm an idiot" combined with "that really nice OB who did my free dating ultrasound at the women's center is not an idiot, he just didn't know". When I first got that positive pee test I stopped taking everything cold turkey, which included my allergy meds. Google is great for some things, but for matters of pregnancy I prefer to talk to the experts. So when I went in for the ultrasound a week after the most shocking night of my life I asked my doctor about taking my Zyrtec allergy meds. His response was that he recommends clients take Allegra or Claretin because they've been studies more. Neither of those really work for me so rather than take something that doesn't work I opted for nothing at all. A few days of allergy issues really weren't that big of a deal.
But then I had a nutrition meeting at my midwifes center and was informed that Zyrtec is actually OK for pregnant women, and she actually suggests you avoid Allegra. In the end, I just decided to take the Zyrtec when I needed it, and really didn't take it until very late in the first tri.
3) Monster Boobs
|Boobs: It's What's For Dinner|
4) Holy Crap I'm Needy!
-This was worse when my m/s (which came at night, by the way) was worse. I was so obnoxiously needy! All the time. Usually I'm cool with my hubs going over to a friends house after work or class and hanging out, but when I needed him I NEEDED him. Not to do anything special, either. I literally just wanted him in the room with me. I don't think he particularly liked this phase.
5) Here a Fart, There a Fart, Everywhere a Fart Fart
|Oh stop it, Boo, it wasn't THAT bad!|
And the highlight of the first trimester...
6) The Dry Heave: An Experiment in Embarrassment
-I've posted about the dry heaving in my weekly journals, but I feel it deserves a special place on this list for being the single most annoying thing about my first trimester. Everything else I can easily laugh off, this I can laugh off but I still give it an annoying side-eye. It could come on unexpectedly, often in public places, and make people look at me like was a leper. I'm sure many were thinking "OMG GO TO THE BATHROOM!!" but since it wasn't accompanied by puking like a normal heaving fit, I usually decided to just stay put and let it pass. Screw you, public. I have no decency and don't want to leave my table at this nice restaurant, thank you!
Now of course this may not happen to you and may not have happened to you during your pregnancy. I'm sure many of my readers can relate to some things and had some I didn't list on here because I didn't experience. All pregnancies are different. This is just a look at things that may (or may not) come for you if you are just finding out your pregnant. It's not all bad. Some things are humorous (if you're a fart joke sort of lady) and other things are just annoying. All in all, I didn't love the first trimester, but I didn't hate the whole thing, either.