Ah, pregnancy


I just managed to brush my teeth, vomit and wet my pants all at the same time.

Rufus walked in the door just as I was processing this latest turn of events in the pregnancy and looking a bit shaky and teary eyed.

I’ve had a few moments in my life that would register on a disgusting scale.  There was the time I helped a teacher rinse maggots off goat meat in the middle of the Australian bush so we could cook it for dinner (I am not lying). There was the time I almost fell into an open pit of sewage when the old paint tin that served as a toilet seat rolled off its support logs (Australian bush, again). There was the moment someone threw up in the Gravitron ride at the fair and we were all helpless to do anything as the vomit crept ever closer to us because we were literally stuck to the walls by gravity. And yes, I did drunkenly throw up out a cab window once (score one for London).

But somehow this topped them all. To actually throw up while brushing my teeth.

We have now reached week 19, and all’s well. Or at least so far, so good. I thought the “morning sickness” had gone now, but I still have these little moments.

It’s all worth it of course. I haven’t written much lately because I am reluctant to sound like I am complaining or unappreciative. Nausea is no fun, but you do get into a kind of rhythm with it, and underpinning it all is the knowledge that yes, this really does seem to be happening. I like to think these weird queasy moments are just a sign that some serious growth spurt is going on in there.

And not so very long ago pregnancy was beginning to feel increasingly like an impossible dream.

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3 thoughts on “Ah, pregnancy

  1. Oooh I’ve done the cleaning teeth almost throw up thing. I didn’t get morning sickness per se (thank God, given our collection of other scary complications), but I do get weird gagging in the middle of dinner. And it’s worse this week ! I have to get the plate away ASAP or I’d puke. And boobs? Huh. Ouch. Everything seems to be STARTING in 2nd trimester!!!!

  2. You are so funny! I can relate to the brushing teeth/throwing up incident (just not peeing my pants at the same time). This happened to me more times than I could count until about 18weeks. I actually have had the worst dental hygiene of my life during my pregnancy (and just yesterday diagnosed with pregnancy-related gingivitis).

    I agree that these moments actually have a calming reassurance that baby is growing.

    Last night I learned the real meaning of acid reflux… nothing like nearly throwing up while you are sleeping!

    *I need to write some of this stuff up on my own blog so I can remember these strangely funny moments.

    Nice to hear from you. Do your kegels!

    • I have seen the Kegel light, believe me! Even now, as I write this, I am clenching and releasing. They’re such a weird exercise, though. I feel that I am not doing very much at all, and at the same time that it’s actually quite hard to them slowly and in a controlled way.

      This acid reflux thing sounds awful… u should write about these things, I love hearing what other people are going thru, and you are always so positive. Anyway, must go do some more kegels. Am still slightly mortified 🙂

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