Wednesday, June 25, 2008

9 days left and my obsession with bodily fluids continues


I think pregnancy desensitizes you to bodily fluids and allows you to become uninhibited about discussing said topic.

The other day, while my husband and I had a very nice 'grown up' dinner outside at a restaurant, I couldn't stop talking about meconium and how olive oil or petroleum jelly should help prevent it from sticking too much on our baby girl's bum. My husband had to stop me and remind me 'adults' don't have conversations about bodily excretions during dinner. "It's ok when it's the two of us but when we go out with friends, especially friends without kids, there are better dinner topics, honey."

Anyway, well, what I thought was the plug wasn't.

Being the paranoid person that I am, I called my doctor on Monday to make sure what came out was normal. He told me to come in and he said he still felt my membrane. Upon further exam he said it looks like I had a reaction to the jelly they used for my exam on Friday. ick.

He gave me some medicine and then had an ultrasound performed.

In the past two and half weeks, baby girl jumped from 6lbs5oz to 8lbs5oz. yikes! Hubby is now calling himself Kreskin for predicting a 10 lb baby.

The doc called me in and said he wants to monitor her growth as I'm only 5'2" and she had a significant jump in a short period of time.

I'll be honest, I'm terrified of passing a baby. Is my body going to be able to do this without tearing me in two? I know the body is fairly resistant but this is something my body has never had to do before!

Anyway, other than the extra bulkage the sonographer said is coming from the baby's tummy, things look good. The infection should not affect the baby and should be cleared by the end of the week. Saying an extra prayer.

He says things are going as scheduled and seemed confident.

Then last night at 2:45am something passed. It was slimy and pink. I know. I know. I should have put a disclaimer on this entry. I'm sharing more about myself than I would normally share but pregnancy will lead you to lose a degree of discretion. It's not just me. Do a google search on mucous plug and you will see what I mean. All of sudden, completely sane women become obsessed with this clinically irrelevant bodily secretion.

Anyway, there was a bunch of this boogie slimy thing and now hubby wants me to call the doc just to make sure this is kosher.

So I'm waiting until the RN arrives at the office to give her a call. I don't want to be the crazy patient that calls for everything but I suppose it is normal to wonder what the heck that is. "Honey, I'd rather you be overly cautious than think you should be polite and find out it was something they should be aware of. Besides, I'm fairly certain there are crazier women calling them than you."

Lord help the pediatrician when baby girl comes. I pray I'm not like Rachel on Friends calling the pediatrician for everything.