Bathtub fun. And advice needed.

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The night before last I took a bath as I was quite achy. While lying in the tub, I glanced down at my stomach and suddenly felt a kick on the lower right side (think this is Torre!) and my whole stomach lurched to that side. I didn’t totally believe it, so kept watching. Saw teensy tiny movements from the outside, so yelled for TMD to come look.

Things calmed down, TMD left. I kept looking, and then started to put my hand on the right side where I was feeling kicks – and am pretty freaking sure I felt the baby from the outside! Screamed for TMD again. She ran into the bathroom, plunging her arm into the water to get a good angle on my tummy. Nothing. She prepared to leave, and I admonished her – ‘You would be shit at fishing, you know, it requires a lot of patience.’ So suddenly baby-hunting was referred to as ‘fishing.’

Well, the cycle repeated several times – me feeling/seeing movement and yelling for her, her coming in, things calming down. We even used a flashlight on my tummy, to which there were responses. She THINKS she felt a little something, but nothing 100% absolute. At one point I also felt a little something (a foot?) sort of pushing against my tummy and it was quite noticeable. How cool, eh!

Then yesterday I think I felt her (?) from the outside again. I can’t wait for it to be very strong and absolute, no questions asked – and for TMD to be able to feel it.

So: next topic.

Yesterday I felt something like trapped wind in my stomach during the day. Nothing terrible. I ate my four/five prunes (recommended by midwife as things are ‘slowing down’ for me in the poop department). Then it started getting worse when I changed position. My mind immediately turned to the fiber bars my mother has sent. She warned me to only eat half a bar to start with as I would be running to the bathroom a lot. There was also a little label on the bar saying they may cause gastrointestinal pain while the body adjusts to increased fiber intake.

I thought, what the hell. My stomach hurts, this is fiber – and SHIT it was tasty. Ate my half a bar and didn’t really think anything else of it.

Big mistake.

BIG mistake.

By bedtime, the pain in my lower left abdomen was so strong I was crying and moaning. It was relieved somewhat by sitting in my glider, so spent some time in there feeling better. When I got into bed, it was INTENSE. Pain was still concentrated in my lower left, under my bump, but also wrapped around to my back so my lower left back hurt as well. I was making horrid noises I’ve never heard a human make. I was letting out little pops of air – more wind than I’ve had in the last 23 weeks put together. Nothing helped. Got up to go to the bathroom and could barely walk as it hurt so bad when I moved my left leg. No poop.

On the way back, I got some wicked cramping/pain in my right hip (I am awesome, I know) and needed a crutch to get back to the glider. Ended up sleeping in the glider for about half the night – perhaps not great for the SPD, but an awesome relief for the gas pain. Eventually woke up and shifed into bed. Cue some long, drawn out farts. I felt a lot better – some pain still there, but only at the discomfort level. Fell asleep.

Woke up, more farts, pain still there but not too terrible. Cue big poop.

Now I’m lying on the couch (surprise, surprise) and things seem to be building up again. I am pretty confident it IS trapped wind and nothing scary, as last night I could feel air/things moving around. But at one point when I was on the toilet, I was shaking and crying and TMD wondered if we should go to the hospital.

So, past or current pregnant gals, is this wind pain? Did you get it? What helps? Would be good to know this is normal, as I suspect it’s perfectly fine. Of course I’ve done some googling and, as always, am mildly worried by some of the info I found. Advice needed!

One sentence I did read yesterday in a pregnancy book did say something like, ‘In late pregnancy, the size of the baby might push your internal organs out of place, causing mild wind pains.’ Mild my ass.

Edit: Pain/discomfort still there. Hurts more when I move aorund or change position. Still mostly lower left side, but also perhaps more central as well. Also have a very specific localised ache in my back, sort of where my left kidney would be. No pain when peeing – though pain from sitting on the toilet. It’s like when I had to poop and my ovaries were all big from IVF! Ouchie.

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9 Responses to “Bathtub fun. And advice needed.”

  1. Tatiana Says:

    I have nothing to offer here :\ Any gas I had while pregnant was fairly undramatic.

    Also, the whole “please be patient, partner” thing happened here, too. When she CAN feel the babies & know it, it’ll be awesome.

    • existere Says:

      I don’t get the non-patient thing because were this pregnancy the other way round I would be glued to her stomach, maybe using binoculars just to make sure I didn’t miss anything! Ha.

  2. Megs Says:

    Never preg, but from a nutritionist point of view it sounds very much to me like a laxative side-effect. Eating 5-6 prunes plus half a fiber bar is probably more fiber than your body is used to and my knowledge about laxatives (particularly from girls who abuse laxatives as part of an eating disorder) the pain can be unbearable but is relieved after pooping. And laxatives (fiber) can cause gas, bloading, and abdominal cramping.

    Are they ‘Fiber One’ fiber bars by any chance? I know lots of people who got stomach pain with them…

    • existere Says:

      Kellogg’s Fiber Plus bars, the little fuckers!

      Pooping doesn’t make it go away, but makes it better. Essentially feel like I need to poo constantly. GOOD TIMES.

      Thanks for the info! How many prunes SHOULD I eat?

      • Megs Says:

        If not relieved by pooping, is it relieved by farting? Sounds like major gas to me…

        http://www.blisstree.com/articles/review-kelloggs-fiberplus-antioxidants-dark-chocolate-almond-chocolate-chip-bars-115/

        http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090214103840AAR9a3C

        There is some debate over whether the gas is due to the actual fiber or the artificial sugars and sugar alcohols. Maybe dont eat any more for a whitle…

        I would lay off fiber for today and tomorrow until you normalise. 5-6 dried prunes = one fiber bars, so I would eat more like 2-3 prunes per day to start. Also remember that caffiene has a laxative effect (coffee, tea, DIET COKE, chocolate) and whole wheat bread, cereal, and fruit and veg like oranges & corn/peas/greens, and even potatoes are high in fiber so you are already getting plenty of fiber in your diet… Everyone is different, but if your body is particularly sensitive (do you have IBS?) then it probably wont take much to get things moving. Also pregnancy cant help, the gas in your guts is getting all squished, where can it go? Couple of babies in the way…

        OK back to work…

        • existere Says:

          Pooping or farting cause a dip in the pain, and then is builds back up. I think you are right – I am horrified to find I may have overdosed on fibre! I’m totally off diet coke, so the only caffeine I’m getting is chocolate – which I do eat in moderation.

          Eat craploads of wholewheat bread, cereal, veg, fruit, etc.

          Going to look at your linkies now. Thanks again!!

  3. Tia Says:

    Poop!

  4. Jinxy Says:

    Sorry I’m no help. I hope you feel better soon though.

    My Hubby could only really feel the baby move if we were spooning and he had his had on mah belly. He got woke up a couple of times that way.

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