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Week 16 ~ March 21, 2008
~ Nervous Mama

Just when I was starting to think that I was taking all of this pregnancy business in stride, I had a bit of a scare this last week.

It started on Friday morning when I was experiencing one of my lingering bouts of morning sickness. As I was hanging my head over the toilet, I felt a small "gush" of water come out from down below. My first fear was: blood. But it wasn't blood, but instead clear fluid. I didn't think too much of it, until about an hour later, when I coughed, and it happened again.

Of course, I started thinking the worst, that I was leaking amniotic fluid. I called my OB's office and spoke to the nurse. She asked if it had happened since then, which it hadn't. By this point, about two hours had passed while waiting for her call back. She asked me a few other questions and determined that it was most likely retained fluid from the bath I had taken that morning OR that I was leaking urine, which is very common during pregnancy.

I was relieved of my fears until Sunday, I woke up and felt this strange "pressure" in my lower abomen. It was uncomfortable to wear my maternity pants and have the band against my midsection. I also was having to go to the bathroom what seemed like every five minutes. I thought that perhaps I had a urinary tract infection, since I have had trouble with those in the past. On Monday, I called in again and was sent for a urinalysis - which came up negative. I was really surprised, because my symptoms seemed to point that direction. Now I couldn't figure out why I had this pressure. It wasn't painful, but it was uncomfortable and very worrisome.

I ended up in tears on Monday night over the anxiety. I contacted the doctor-on-call, who recommended that I either go into the ER that night or come into the office the next day for a quick check. After checking the ER wait (four hours), we decided it didn't make sense to spend our whole night at the ER when I was already exhausted and uncomfortable.

Tuesday seemed to drag on forever until our 2 PM appointment, where we got to hear the baby's heartbeat - the most beautiful sound in the world. My monthly appointment is next Monday, so they didn't do a lot else, just a quick check to make sure that I wasn't in premature labor. I was so relieved that I started crying the minute we were out of the office and went home to take a well-deserved nap.

Besides the scare of this week, I also am pretty sure that I am feeling the baby move. It is only at night, when I am lying down on the couch, watching tv with my husband. It feels like a rolling just below my belly button. It almost tickles. If it's not the baby, somebody put a little fish in my tummy! It makes me smile every time I feel it. My husband is jealous and we both can't wait for a few months down the road when he can feel our baby move, too!

We are headed to my in-laws for Easter weekend. The last time I saw most of his side of the family, I just had a tiny pudge in my belly. Now, I am looking a lot more pregnant, so I am pretty excited to show off the bump. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

~ Katie

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