Ritual Confessions

March 16, 2008

Good news and its attendant minor inconveniences (yesterday’s post)

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 5:22 am

It’s too early to announce this or to talk about it; nonetheless, it’s informing my every waking hour and so it’s hard to skirt around it here. Moreover, if something compromises it and I’m sad and disappointed, I can’t imagine that I won’t want to write about that as well. So I’ll spill the good news: I’m pregnant again! Only five weeks along. Anything could happen. But in the meantime, I’m feeling tentatively joyful and grateful and excited.

Physically, I’m not quite as chipper. For at least four different reasons. They are:

1) This flu season has been evil. Everyone in Charlotte’s class has been sick. I’ve had a cold for weeks. The present one came on just as the last was leaving, with no respite in between. I feel worn down by this, and now I’ve had to kiss my Advil, Nyquil, Dayquil, and various nasal sprays goodbye.

2) There’s the famous first trimester fatigue going on. According to that bible of pregnancy, What To Expect When You’re Expecting: “In some ways, your pregnant body is working harder even when you’re resting that a non-pregnant body is when mountain-climbing; you’re just not aware of the exertion. But it’s there. For one thing, your body is manufacturing your baby’s life support system…”

3) So, now more than ever, it would seem a generous dose of caffeine would be in order. But caffeine consumption is discouraged during pregnancy, and so I’m doing without that as well. Which not only contributes to my dragging-ass state, but offers me withdrawal symptoms to contend with… like severe headaches which — again — can’t be treated with Advil or anything else that would help.

4) Finally, I’ve been having this strange, awful tooth/jaw pain. I’ve woken up with this sensation before, presumably from grinding my teeth in my sleep, and it’s hard to know whether this feels so different because I’m not taking anything for it. My body is very responsive to Advil. My discomfort while on the rag can be severe enough to bring me to tears. Four Advils, however, make it so that I don’t even feel it. Therefore, it’s hard to know whether this is anything to worry about. On a regular day, I’d pop some pills and forget about it. If I wait a few days, it might be gone. Then again, if I wait a few days, it might be excruciating.

I wouldn’t trade the circumstances for physical relief. Not for a second. But I’ll be grateful when flu season’s over, and when I’ve adjusted to the decaffeinated life.



  1. Congratulations! You will be more tired with this one even without anything else going on because you’ve got Charlotte to take care of and that depletes your energy, regardless of what a good/perfect little girl she is.

    Be good to yourself. Let Nick (no, insist) take on a little more of the duties at home and with Charlotte. It’s going to take all of you to get through the next 8 months!

    And check with your doctor if you are concerned about anything going on, regardless how un-connected to the pregnancy it is or may seem. And above all, take care of yourself!

    Comment by Corina — March 16, 2008 @ 6:02 am

  2. Congratulations (again)! I meant to mention when I saw you the other day — the pain in your teeth and jaw could easily be related to your long cold … sinus pressure is often referred as dental discomfort. I know the saline spray hasn’t really done much to relieve your cold symptoms, but something more radical like a Neti pot might actually do something for you.

    Comment by David — March 16, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

  3. Oh! That is good news!

    Corina is right. Take good care of yourself, and rest every chance you get.

    Comment by Shawn W — March 17, 2008 @ 2:51 am

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