I’m now in my 2nd trimester at 26 weeks of pregnancy and all I can think about is sleep! My nursery is a mess, laundry has not been done in over a week and I just cannot stop dozing off. My husband calls me “Pregnant Sleeping Beauty,” all the while he is cooking, cleaning, building up the nursery and doing all his work as as well. I guess I’m lucky to have him, but I still feel like a pregnant bum. I just don’t have the energy to even think straight. I have spoken with my doctor about this and she explained that it wasn’t normal to be sleeping as much as I have been. Then I ask other women whom have had children and they said they had the same problem. So, it is very frustrating to feel at ease about this. Last Wednesday I had to go get my blood tested and found out my white blood cell count was skyrocketed at 13.8 (normal range is 4-10). Maybe this could be another reason I feel so fatigue? White blood cell count does increase during pregnancy, but what are the normal ranges? My doctors just want me to come in next month and get tested again. With these levels though, it could be an indication of infection or worse! Why wait? Even an infection could harm the baby, right? On top of all this my doctor had advised me to gain more weight (the time before last) – so I started to eat more throughout the day. When I saw my doctor, most recently she said I have gained too much weight in a short amount of time! Seriously? I’m obviously too dumb to comprehend all this information. Hopefully all will be fine though. However, I feel like an 80-year-old woman with a geriatric pregnancy. A few weeks ago my doctor emails me and said that she finally got my lab results from a month ago – and to please call her on Monday to discuss. I about had a heart attack every passing minute that weekend. I mean who does that?! Telling a pregnant lady that she needs to follow up over the phone about her genetic testing… and to make it worse… make her wait until Monday! Usually you do not need to follow up on a lab result unless there is something to discuss. So ya, that whole weekend I about blew my top. I cried uncontrollably and worried about the baby constantly. I Googled my computer to death – which by the way does not make things better. Anyway, 8am Monday comes and I call the office and the operator puts me straight through to my doctor. She starts out by saying that my genetic markers looked normal… Then she explains to me that my HCG levels were elevated. “What does that mean?!” She says, “You are prone to preeclampsia, lower birth weight and or pre-term labor.” She tells me I need to drink lots of water, exercise more and sleep when I feel tired. Well I’ve been doing 2 of the 3 things she requested. I also tried upping my exercise, but I get so dizzy – I feel unsafe. Anyway, thank you for letting me vent all this junk to you. I know this is not the normal kind of writing I put out, but I’m exhausted and I felt I needed to share all my worries to complete strangers. To people that have no idea who I am – so therefore cannot judge me. My next blog will be more thought out and less venting. xoxo, Blind Mom 805
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