Do you know how hard it is to grow a human? Granted, your body’s doing all the work but you feel all the effects.
Think about it. No, really…think about it. Do you know how hard it is to have your nutrients taken and used to create a brain, liver, kidneys, stomach, head, spine, etc, all while still being expected to maintain your day to day life?
Yes, it’s important for pregnant women to take care of themselves. I’ve always known that. But I REALLY know that now that I’m experiencing this for myself.
Even when I’m at rest my body is at work. I can literally feel my body working overtime, getting time and a half to keep me and this baby alive. The both of us are relying on my heart and body to sustain us and get us through until December.
I temporarily forgot that pregnant Laketra and not pregnant Laketra have different abilities. I needed to be reminded of this when I went to the beach a couple weeks ago.
I went to my hometown to visit my parents and the rest of my family and decided to go to the beach with my husband and one of my favorite cousins. We picked mangoes from my aunt’s tree (we meaning, my cousin up on a ladder and my husband who climbed the tree), stopped by a gas station to get some water, and headed out onto the SCORCHING hot sand with our beach chairs, towels and bags.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The water was so blue and at the perfect temperature. We met/made friends with a woman from California and convinced her to move to Florida. We even saw a manatee!
I stayed in the water for about 3hrs consistently. I didn’t swim laps, just treaded the water and enjoyed feeling the waves gently push me back and forth…for 3 hours. Not once did I take a water break or sit down until we were about to leave. I felt great.
The next day I ended up in the ER. Vomiting has been a normal part of my pregnant life, but this day I knew something was off. Not only was I throwing up food, but I wasn’t even able to hold down water. WATER? Really? If I have nothing else, at least I had water so I knew when that wasn’t doing me well I had to seek help.
So, after vomiting 5 times within the span of a couple hours I decided to go to the ER. Thankfully, I work at a hospital so getting to the ER was just a matter of walking off my floor, downstairs and down the hall to the front desk.
The diagnosis: Dehydration, Hyperemesis and a “slight” UTI
The treatment: A liter of IV fluids, Tylenol for a headache, Reglan for the nausea and antibiotics for the UTI.
I didn’t realize 3hrs in the ocean was also 3hrs of water aerobics and cardio. The water really took away the feeling of stress to my body that regular cardio has. Add heat and humidity and salt water to that and you’ve got one miserable pregnant woman. Not to mention, I should have been drinking way more bottled water.
I felt like crap the next day, but baby Bean is still ok and flourishing.
So from here on out I am moving slower and being more mindful of my body mechanics. Life is so fragile and creating it requires the uptmost care and caution.