Saturday, November 15, 2008


I realize that a lot of my posts lately have been about pregnancy, but have you ever really thought about it? As we spent another Saturday morning invading peoples houses and looking in all of their closets, I started getting really tired and really short of breath. It got to the point where if I didn't really really like the downstairs, I wouldn't even bother going up the stairs. I started thinking about how if somehow you didn't know you were pregnant, you would think that you were dying. Here's just a casual glance at the "What You May Be Feeling" section of my pregnancy book:

  • Heartburn, flatulence, bloating
  • Headaches
  • Nasal congestion, occasional nosebleeds, or ear stuffiness
  • Bleeding gums
  • Leg cramps
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increasing clumsiness
  • Fatigue or extra energy, or alternating periods of each
  • Hair loss
  • Extreme irritability
I left out the obvious pregnancy symptoms like, 'Fetal activity', because we're pretending you don't know your pregnant and anything with the word 'discharge' in the description, because that's just gross. I'm no doctor, but I am a nurse and know something about disease processes and if someone came in to a clinic complaining of flatulence, hair loss, bleeding gums, clumsiness, and extreme irritability, wouldn't you not only think they were making it up, but in the back of your mind, be wishing you could refer them to Dr. House?

As a side note, I think the extreme irritability is extremely unfair. Between the flatulence, leg cramps, nose bleeds, difficulty sleeping, and frequent urination, (and the fact that I'm gigantic) I think I have enough to be irritated about without any extra help, thank you very much.

In the words of my sister Amy, "If Heavenly Father wanted us to have a lot of kids, you'd think he'd make it a little bit easier."


Bridget said...

Yeah, I've always felt like being pregnant has given me the (albeit temporary) experience of being obese. I gain a ton of weight when I'm pregnant, and the strain on my body is enough to make me realize that I never, ever want to be obese.

Who are all those people who experience "extra energy" during pregnancy??

Myriah said...

Bleeding gums?

michelle said...

Maybe we could send you out as a sort of abstinence counselor to local junior high schools or something...

p.s. The verification word was chazzles. Maybe you want to consider that as a name for your unborn child. Chazzles Ball.

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