Wow, pregnancy has been going along swimmingly this time! Maybe I said that too often! Because holy cow, things came to a crashing halt this week.
I started having low back pain and something that felt like sciatica earlier this week. Actually, now that I think about it, I started having foot cramps last week, too, to the point that I had to stop kicking once in a while when I was swimming, and couldn't kneel and sit back on my feet in yoga. So yeah, starting to have some body aches.
Last night I woke up several times during the night with weird stomach pain. I thought I might vomit. I felt really, really bad, but mostly managed to get back to sleep. At 6:45ish (maybe?) I sent my hubby in with the kids when they woke up because I was feeling so awful, and while I didn't think I could sleep anymore, I also couldn't face dealing with them just yet. I ended up sitting up in bed, because that felt better, just trying to cope with the pain and uncomfortableness and nausea. I was supposed to go to my mom's today, too, and seriously thought about cancelling (which would have been awesome, but I felt a little bad about it). It would get better, then worse again. Weirdly, despite the nausea and cramping stomach, I also felt hungry.
I finally started looking up my symptoms via Dr. Google, and I realized I was probably having heartburn or acid reflux. I've had heartburn before, when I take painkillers on an empty stomach, and this is a little different. It's not a burning sensation, much more a crampy feeling that gets worse if I lay down. Still, I popped a couple tums and it cleared up pretty quickly. I took a few more after lunch when the pain started up again, and I had to take one a little while ago, around 6pm, because the pain was coming back pretty badly.
It seems awfully sudden to just start like this, but I dunno. I've decided to push on through the (unfortunately very busy) weekend, taking tums as needed, and if things haven't improved by Monday, I'll call the OB/midwife. I really hope things improve quickly. I certainly don't remember anything like this last time, but maybe I am just forgetting.
I have been thinking of a few questions, though, and realizing a few things. I will be missing the last "Meet the Doulas" information session before my due date, since we'll probably go to Italy. It also just occurred to me that with a VBAC, I probably won't be able to deliver with a midwife, but it's worth asking. I also don't know if a water birth is possible with a VBAC, so I need to verify that, as well.
So ... please send me some positive thoughts that whatever is going on clears up soon, or can be managed with some pregnancy-friendly medication! Thank you!