Hello! Contractions Already?

I’ve been having a really hard time sleeping lately and last night was no exception.  In the middle of the night, I had a contraction that was so intense I thought I might die in childbirth if I go through with my desire to birth naturally!

I felt the entire left side of my uterus contract for about 5 seconds and the pain was so intense that I couldn’t string 2 thoughts together.  I don’t even remember what happened next, but I must have fallen asleep.  Hours later I woke up in a panic wondering what the hell had happened.  Baby boy is happily kicking away at the moment, so whatever it was I guess it was “normal”?  Something to ask the midwife.

I was pretty lucky up until a few weeks ago with this pregnancy.  I thought I was in the clear for the easiest pregnancy ever!  WRONG.  About 2 weeks ago I started experiencing nerve pain in my chest and back.  Just under my right breast, there is a spot that is both numb and extremely painful.  Impossible you say? Apparently not.

It turns out that this added baby weight in my abdomen is causing some funky things to happen to my nervous system.  So I’ve got this pain in my ribs that is interconnected with the lower fibers of my right trapezius muscle which also hurts tremendously.

But when people ask how I’m doing, I just say GREAT!  Because that’s how I want to feel.  Like Paul Harvey used to say: and now you know the REST of the story.