I have an anxious feeling that this pregnancy is going to be completely textbook. Textbook in the sense that I will experience each and every "symptom" reported in all of these pregnancy books. I am finally over the nausea only to be living with a wicked sinus infection that may or may not be related to the nasal congestion of pregnancy. Last night I was jolted out of bed by leg cramps. I had completely forgotten about leg cramps! Their return was not a welcome one.
Because my first pregnancy was completely symptom free and this one seems to be much more like going through a medical checklist, I am eyeing the third trimester of hemorrhoids and sciatic nerve pain with much trepidation. (I also just learned that I have no idea how to spell hemorrhoids.) My previous concerns were more about getting enough sleep and managing the heartburn. Now I am starting to realize that I may need to be more worried about getting some Preparation H cream and a pregnancy pillow. Lucky for me, I just purchased one (The pillow, not the butt cream) due to my extreme inability to stay on my left side when I sleep. My doctor explains that this is not a big deal - that sleeping in general is more important than the position. But, because I end up on my back, I usually stay in that spot through the night which results in uncomfortably stiff hips, back and arms in the morning. So, I am hopeful for the miracle of the Snoogle that I have read so much about!
In other exciting fetus news, I had another check up yesterday and heard the heartbeat. It was so fast! I forgot how fast it sounds compared to my own. My husband was home with our tot so I recorded it for him. My doctor (who is fabulous) also took the time to reassure me that I was not going to damage my baby by eating a tuna fish sandwich or deli meat, in spite of all I have read. She also explained that it is okay to take Tylenol and use face wash and that I was not going to damage my baby. Essentially she said in a very nice way that I was overreacting. I should probably stop reading all of the "WARNING: this will harm your baby" type emails from babycenter.com and maybe lay off the Dr. Oz book as well seeing as how I appear to have yet another pregnancy symptom: anxiety.