Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Braces, belts and blue - oh my!

Last night after posting, I organized a bunch of Em Dash's clothes to figure out what stuff I wanted to wash in preparation for her arrival. I sorted everything else and organized it in her closet, which we emptied out over the weekend. I was on my feet for 30-45 minutes before I looked down and saw that not only were my ankles swollen (no big surprise), but my feet were blue! Where my toes connected to the rest of my foot were two bands of blue (pretty much where flip-flops would cover, but I was barefoot).

I wasn't sure if it was a simple side effect from the foot massage earlier in the night, a strange but typical pregnancy thing or a sign of something I should worry about. I contemplated my options for a few minutes then decided to call my OB's after-hours number to talk to a doc on call. Within a few minutes one called me back. She said that as long as my feet weren't numb (they weren't), then not to worry about it. Coincidentally I had a check-up scheduled for today, so that put my mind at ease. She said that the doc today would take a look at me and we could discuss further.

At my appointment today, the other doc also said it's normal, especially when there's fluid retention. In fact, he looked at my feet and said, "They're actually a little blue now." But apparently it's nothing to worry about. Phew.

I talked to him about other pregnancy pain. I've been having some pain and numbness in random fingers in the middle of the night and the morning. He confirmed my suspicions - it's pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel, which again is perfectly normal. He suggested I wear wrist braces to bed to keep my wrists straight and promote circulation to my fingers to prevent the pain I've been feeling. It really is a wonder that pregnancy doesn't make a woman's toes and fingers fall off from lack of circulation.

On my way home from the appointment I stopped at Babies R Us to get a maternity belt, something that was recommended to me by my doctor a few weeks ago when I mentioned some pelvic pain I've been having. Apparently that's from the pressure of the baby's weight, and a maternity belt will relieve some of that by supporting my belly.

All I need is a helmet and I'll have a full suit of pregnancy armor!

I also asked the doc about Brent's traveling. He works in his company's San Francisco office two days a week, so he's been gone one night a week. Coincidentally he received the job offer the exact same day we found out I was pregnant in January, so they knew that his travel would be temporary. The doc didn't have any thoughts on a specific date for Brent to stop traveling, but he mentioned that most babies arrive anywhere from four weeks before to one week after the due date. That means that, in theory, Em Dash could arrive in TWO WEEKS! Whoa... just... whoa. Em Dash, darling, please take your time baking. We're close to being ready, but we're still not there yet. Eeek!

"You know, even though I had to wear that stupid back brace and you were kind of fat, we were still totally cutting edge." - Michelle, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion

18 comments:

  1. I wore braces on my arms to sleep for years from carpal tunnel. Sadly, due to working 80 hour weeks, not pregnancy.

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  2. My fingers have been numb for months now. I wear braces to bed on both writst and on my right hand at work when I'm on the computer. It makes it a little better, but my fingers are still constantly asleep.

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  3. Pregnancy suit of armor- HA!

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  4. That maternity belt is H-O-T!

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  5. eek! that doesn't sound like fun at all!

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  6. Pregnancy suit of armor! haha

    I'm so glad you are okay. I was worried after I saw the blue feet twitter. Sounds like you've reached the uncomfortable stage of pregnancy.

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  7. I've had some pretty bad feet swelling as well. My doc said that as long as it wasn't just one foot and not the other then I should be OK. So, two swollen feet is apparently better than one :).

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  8. I has carpal tunnel when I was preggo too... I fell asleep with an icepack between my wrists nightly- it seemed to help! But it drove me crazy- and I assure it will go away when you have your little gal :)

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  9. aw man i seriously didn't realize how many things change when you're pregnant. sheesh i feel so naive. at least i know what to sort of expect in a couple years, haha.

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  10. your poor little feet!!

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  11. omg it could be in TWO weeks!! yayy! girlfriend, it has been FUN hearing about your pregnancy - it feels like you just posted about it yesterday!! i'm so excited for you and brent!

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  12. omg she's coming up in a few weeks! Why do i have the feeling you're going to name her Emily? Maybe it's because every time I hear Em-Dash I immediately think of as a nick name for Emily. But I usually wrong so no biggie :) ahhhh i'm so excited for you!!

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  13. My sister had her first baby right on her due date. That was amazing. Hoping the new baby does the same!

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  14. ooooh, you are getting SO CLOSE. i am so excited for you, and very glad that everything is a-ok over there. you're almost done!!!!

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  15. What the heck? I didn't know any of this stuff happens during pregnancy.

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  16. I remember the horrible joint pain I had in my fingers every time I woke up. I don't miss that! It goes away right after you have her, though, so don't worry!

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  17. Whoa indeed! That makes it seem so much closer. You'll be ready. Don't worry. :)

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  18. hmm i'm a pain wuss. so not ready for preggoness yet.

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