Friday, October 17, 2008

A before-schedule doc visit and before schedule USG

Last week thanks to a mild stretching kind of pain in the nether regions, I decided to ask doc if it is of any concern. According to my own research it could have been the normal stretching of the round ligaments due to increase in size of the uterus. The round ligaments are supports which originate on the sides of the uterus, run through the inguinal canals, and insert on the side walls of the vagina and even inner thigh. This description quite matched the region of my pain and a piece of advice on storknet.com further confirmed it.

Round ligaments are the ligaments that support the uterus, and they get stretched (like a rubber band) during pregnancy. This stretching is worse when you move or bend, and less when you lie still, particularly on your side with your legs curled up. Try moving slowly, taking a warm bath, or using a heating pad. Knowing that this pain may be severe but is not serious or problematic for you or the baby may help, too.
Anyway, my doc asked me to come by and see him for my mental peace - as we always take any info from the web with a pinch of salt. On examination, BP was still on the higher side of normal, due to which I was started on AlphaDopa immediately. Plus on examination of my belly, he found the head on the lower side due to which he also put me on uterine relaxant Bricanyl (which is also a druf for asthma). Two steroid shots were also prescribed one that day and one on the next for fetal lung maturity, all this just to be on the safer side.

The next day was another story. Bumble who used to kick and box frantically all day long until then suddenly decided to go lazy - making me wait and watch for kicks like a maniac and I didn't find them coming with the same intensity or frequency, despite turning around, poking around and even pleading to Bumble! This is going to be one stubborn baby with a mind of its own! Friday morning, I lost it. S was traveling from work and I couldn't take this. Called doc and told him I want to go for an ultrasound, even though the previous day he told it could be because i had started taking a uterine relaxant, but I just wanted to very sure that Bumble is OK.

After making 5-6 calls, I finally landed an appointment in NM Bandra. It was such a relief to lie on the table and watch Bumble doing his/her thing inside, tumbling around, kicking around and doing vague hand gestures, as if saying "Hi Mama, I just wanted to get you on this table, now go back home and relax". At my doc's recommendation, we also did a colour doppler to check blood flow aroudn baby which turned out A Ok. So I came back home with plenty of thanks in my heart that Bumble is fine, just having one of it's lazy days. Needless to say, now the kicking is back in full swing and aren't we happy to have that mode of communication with Bumble back!

Just entered the 32nd week, officially 6 more weeks to call this journey FULL TERM!! So our countdown is on!

5 comments:

  1. Good luck, Enjoy the last 6 weeks of pregnancy. Once Bumble arrives its exactly like your blog-song.. manathil uruthi vendum :) Its a sleepless haul for 6 weeks.

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  2. I'm going through one of my own anxiety attacks on why the baby is not jumping around like he normally does.. so reading your post helps :) Hope you have a good 6 weeks and enjoy the sleep!!

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  3. Cuckoo - hehee, u have given a whole new meaning to our favourite song...anyway, since doc has asked me to generally chill out, i am getting plenty of sleep and Bbay weather being unbearably hot, there's precious little I can do other than snooze in the AC while trying to read some inane chicklit! I'm just hoping all the mammoth sleep I'm getting now keeps me level when I wont be getting any...
    thanks for visiting, love your sense of humour...am yet to visit your blog, but its my next stop.

    Sindhu - glad my post was of some help...it does vary so much day to day, nowadays babies are moody from the womb itself I guess...today morning i was woken up at 6.30 by a series of nudges on the side i was sleeping on - if i take this as baby's way of communicating with me, it seems so endearingly funny!

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  4. When I was pregnant, after every ultrasound I would be relaxed for a couple of weeks. After that my anxieties would be back. I wondered if the baby is doing ok, why isn't it kicking as much etc etc. And I would chew my hubby's ears till the next appt. Feeling this way is very normal.
    Relax and Enjoy it!

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  5. Thanks Priyanka, your reassurance is well taken :)
    I am trying to remain as calm and positive as is possible :)

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