Friday, August 6, 2010

Sleeping troubles

First of all welcome to my most recent followers! I look forward to check out your blogs too!

Next, the doppler is giving us a lot of joy, a part from last night when I could not find the heartbeat at all and kept hearing my own! Eventually we put on a bit more gel, moved the doppler more central and a bit higher up and cloppetecloppetecloppete there it was! I think the first time I used it at the weekend I was probably listening to the umbilical cord blood-flow which had the same rhythm but missed the "tump" sound. Still beating at 160bpm!
Yesterday I had quite a lot of pain in my belly, couldn't tell if it was bowel though and got a bit frightened...but then....it was bowel! I must have eaten something wrong in the canteen....what a surprise... Anyway, my next appointment cannot come soon enough, I'm counting the days.

I have not been sleeping well lately, my back is sore and even if I'm trying to sleep on my left side I seem to wake up on my back. And so I toss and turn. Every book does recommend not to sleep on your back as you enter the second trimester because the growing uterus will press on your blood vessels but I think it may be pressing on my spine...I tried putting a pillow in between the legs but I found it more of a hindrance than help. Any suggestion appreciated! meanwhile the peeing is definitely easing off, I still go once a night but much less during the day.

This morning we stopped by the clinic with chocolate for everyone there and a small special gift for the Favourite Doctor. They were all so so happy to see us (maybe it was the chocolate!) and the Favourite Doctor brought us in an office for a proper chat. She was so lovely as usual, you know she has two children! I never knew. Strangely I feel so safe when I'm there. I suppose it is the familiar feeling, I know everyone so well they are like friends. One of the nurses from the theatre even came up to say hello and give me a hug! Also coincidentally while we were saying our goodbyes we learnt that it was going to be the last day of the nurse who gave us the very first round of blood tests in 2008! She is going to a different fertility clinic closer to where she's from (only a few miles from Mike's home-town! The World is small, but Ireland...God, it's like a big village!).

13 comments:

  1. Place a pillow in the small of your back before you go to sleep. At least if you roll over, it will keep you from ending up flat on your back. My doctor suggested it to keep me more or less on my side. It usually works except when I wake up and find my self on my back and clutching the pillow to my front.

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  2. I agree with Praying for Hope, put a little pillow
    behind you so that if you roll back the pressure is
    not too heavy on your back. It is a good Idea to sleep on your side, but If you find that you have wiggled your way to your back, no worries, your body will wake you up before any problems could arise. As long as te right side of your body is propped up a bit you should be fine.

    It must be so nice to feel so loved at your fertility clinic!!!

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  3. I bet you just can't get enough of that heart beat. Sorry you are having trouble sleeping. I hope the pillow behind your back will help.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Glad that doppler is bringing some peace and joy! About the sleeping, google "snoogle" and see if you can get one in Ireland. This thing has changed my life. I sleep like a baby and it gives so much support. It's kind of like a c-shaped pillow that goes under your head, down along your body and between your legs. It's like magic, I tell you! You can use it to go behind you so that you don't end up lying on it or you can use it in front of you to lean into. It is expensive, I got mine on sale for 30 or 40% off, but it is worth every penny!

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  5. The pillow behind the back sounds like a good trick- let us know if that works! Glad you eventually found the heart beat, otherwie that could have been stressful for you.

    Glad you and the clinic peeps have a mutual adoration for each other. It's so nice when we like our doctors/staff and they like us back ;)

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  6. I'm so glad you have the Doppler, and sounds like now you have the complete hang of it! Sorry you're having a hard time sleeping, though - I'm sure you're ready for a decent night's sleep!

    And I picture you going back to the clinic, in gratitude and triumph:) I'm so glad.

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  7. My doc said I could take Tylenol PM if I have pain and can't sleep or just Benadryl to sleep. I try not to take it every night so I don't get too used to it and it stops working but the nights when I don't take it I am up almost all night.

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  8. YEs Fran, you should answer the survey as well, it might be good for her to learn from someone who has been there. I think people believe that as soon as we get pregnant that our IF fades away and everything is perfect. I don't think people would get why the trust isn't always there!

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  9. When I just had to be on my back to get comfortable, I would put enough pillows behind me and 2 under my knees so I was in more of a reclining position. Does that make sense? I felt like because I was not flat on my back it was probably better. Plus it helped me breath better and was just comfortable.
    Good luck!

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  10. So glad you have the doppler to make you feel more comfortable. Definitely use a pillow behind your back! You'll find you love it!!!

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  11. That was very sweet f you to bring gifts!
    Hope your sleeping get's better!

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  12. I was having back pain but my Dr. suggested taking Magnesium...So I bought Mama Calm....it is a powder that you mix with water...I take 1 tsp everyother day because if I take it everyday...I get a little to loose if ya know what I mean...TMI....I have also noticed the further along I am the more uncomfortable sleep becomes and I too who am usually a stomach sleeper wake up and am on my back...I have one of those pillows and it helps some....But def if the back pain persist get the Mama Calm it is safe to use during pregnancy:)

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  13. I was just telling D the other day that the best purchases of my pregnancy have been my super yummy body creams and my trusted body pillow! I bought my body pillow from Mothercare and it really was not that expensive. Since I purchased it I could not imagine sleeping without it. I used to put a pillow in between my legs but the body pillow rocks in comparison. Now that I am so big I turn and toss with it but I still managed to sleep considerably well! My advice is get one and try it out!!!

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