Thursday, April 12, 2007

Desperately trying to roll with the (abdominal) punches

Well, there goes my sanity again. At even the slightest worrisome sign, I immediately jump to the worst conclusions.

I've read on numerous pregnancy websites that increased milk intake can sometimes lead to bloating and gas, and man have I been drinking more milk lately. It just tastes so good.

So, as of this moment, I'm trying to blame the cow juice and not assume I've had another miscarriage.

This morning I couldn't Google "first trimester cramping" fast enough. Last night I experienced horrible pains while I was at work. It was like my entire abdomen was waging a war against me. My stomach hurt, my intestines were working overtime filtering what felt like gigantic air bubbles, and I had period-like cramps, too.

By the end of my shift, it was uncomfortable to walk, sit, stand and exist. I found myself running to the bathroom more frequently than even is normal for me at this point. Then I'd just sit there, trying to expel the gassy demons inside me while sort of praying at the same time. Even the least substantial farts felt like pure bliss, and I felt so thankful that most of the late night news crew is men and there were only three other women likely to walk into my nightmare. Fortunately for all of us, none of them did.

When I got home, I was worried out of my mind. The cramping continued throughout much of the night and even woke me up at one point it was so bad. My eyes and mouth shot open in pain in the darkness, but I somehow managed to fall back to sleep despite all of my worrying.

The good news is that I feel much better this morning. The better news is that I haven't experienced any bleeding or spotting at all.

But damned if any pregnancy websites really help me with this quandary. Some just dismiss it as a regular symptom of the first trimester. Others predict sudden and spontaneous miscarriage. (But don't bother worrying, there's nothing you can do about it.)

I did have painful cramping like this in the sixth week or so without consequence, so that's helping to keep me sane a little, too.

All I know is that the end of this month can't get here soon enough. May 1 marks the start of my second trimester and even though it's a small benchmark, it seems like a major destination at this point.


Jessica Fineran said...

Kelly, cramping really is normal. I had it so often in the first trimester, my doctor could predict how many times a day I would call the office. As long as there is no red blood - sometimes the cramping is accompanied my old brown blood,which is ok - you shouldn't be too worried. You can always call your doctor just to be on the safe side, though. Also, check out your birth club at The infomation and friendship I received from these ladies was more than I could have wished for. Keep us updated!

Kelly said...

I'm so glad you mentioned that website. I was feeling embarrased that I actually posted on there this morning asking about cramping. But, you're right, everyone there seems so supportive. Thanks for the reassuring comment.

meghan said...

fingers are staying firmly crossed til the end of the month.

in other news, we were studying special populations in my personal training class last night, emphasis on prenatal exercise and i kept thinking of you!

Amy said...

After what you've been through
you have a right to feel worried
over every little thing
but it'll all be worth it at the end
i'm sure of it.

Can't wait for more posts.

Anonymous said...

This may seem inappropriate BUT if you get the gas cramping again, lay on your left side with your knees to your chest in the fetal position. You'll start passing that gas in no time. Isn't it something what women will talk about when they are pregnant/have kids?

Lioncloud said...

If you're taking in a lot more dairy than usual, you might want to try taking a lactaid pill or two before you indulge. Mylanta may also become your friend.

Lioncloud said...

If you're taking in a lot more dairy than usual, you might want to try taking a lactaid pill or two before you indulge. Mylanta may also become your friend.

Tiffany said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

And, quit drinking so much milk ;-)

Heidi said...

Oh man Kelly. I love coming to your site lately because it's so reassuring that someone else is feeling the same worry that I'm feeling! I had some cramps yesterday, and this morning I feel like I can take on the world with how good I feel ie) in regards to eating, etc. Which, of course, worries me. Maybe we should just chalk it up to normal worrying, and call it a day?

fiona said...

I don't care how paranoid it makes me sound; I'd call the doctor and at least ask them. Fortunately it sounds like gas trouble, and not baby trouble.
Thought you weren't due till 11/10 or something?? Just asking because May 1 is the beginning of week 14 for me which would put me in my second trimester and I'm due 10/30.

kelly said...


Here's my outline as of today:

There are 211 days until your due date on November 10, 2007.
You are 69 days pregnant.
You are 2.3 months pregnant.
You are in your 3rd month of pregnancy.
Your 1st trimester: February 03, 2007 to May 04, 2007. (0 - 12 weeks)
Your 2nd trimester: May 05, 2007 to August 17, 2007. (13 - 27 weeks)
Your 3rd trimester: August 18, 2007 to November 10, 2007. (28 - 40 weeks) said...

You mean you used the internet for legitimate research?

Aw, Kelly.... Didn't you know?

The internet is only good for pirating, porn, pedophiles and cyber-sex.

Every other "use" people say they have internet for is a lie.


Erin said...

Good God. After reading your last few entries, I'm feeling compelled to get my tubes tied so I can never get pregnant. Is there a doctor in the house?

fiona said...

I got mine from but there are several sites out there...I know another one has the word 'stork' in it...and another one is And, like everything else pregnancy-related, there are different opinions on everything, I guess. The site I go to all of the time ( says that week 14 is the beginning of the 2nd trimester so...who the hell knows. As long as I make it thru all of the trimesters, I don't care!!

Nutkin's Ho said...

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

You should definitely lay off the dairy products. I'm lactose intolerant and the symptoms you're describing are most certainly dairy induced. The lactaid pills someone mentioned are wonderful, but won't do you any good if your milk product consumption is more than just a little bit. I'm not sure what kind of over-the counter drugs you can and can't take or if there are any limitations for pregnant women, but my doctor recommended Gas-X! Best wishes.

Melinda Hale said...

Your baby just wants you to know that they are going to make a grand entrance when arrival time comes...

Praying for you!

Kristin said...

It's a wonder kids are allowed to treat their parents so badly after birth when they spend a full 9 months reeking havoc :) Good luck with everything

Gisela said...

he-LLOOOOOOOOOOOO. I have a perfectly reasonable explanation for this, Palmer. I can't believe you didn't think of it yet.

Look, face it: it's not you who's expelling the gas, it's the BABY. I mean, come ON! You're having a little Jerry and she/he is gonna be a farter, just like the big Jerry. Psh, what'dya expect?

Ray said...

It's probably is just part of the first trimester. Try not to worry about it too much. Hopefully everything will be fine in due time. I'm sorry you are going through such a crap time. I found myself waking up to a stomach ache one time, and trying to go back to sleep but I couldn't. I also found myself praying. Funny, praying for the pain to go away but that's how it is. I'm glad you're feeling better. Know that you will be in my prayers.

Take care, Kelly & the little baby growing inside of you as well.
<3 <3 <3

Janice said...

Good luck with everything :)

Kimberly said...

Kelly, I am guessing it is the milk, but you have every right to worry.

By the way when I was pregnant with my daughter I craved Milk. I would stop at the gas station every morning on my way to work and buy a pint of whole milk and chugg it in the car. As you mentioned it just tasted soo good. I was the same way.

Tiffany said...

I have been so out of the loop lately w/ the baby and being sick and yadda yadda.. I had no idea you were pregnant! Your moving post about the Va Tech Shootings made me realize there must be something going on over there and low and behold.. after reading your numerous posts I've missed.. My assumptions were confirmed. I must say uber congradulations!! I'm so happy for you two! You deserve this so much :)

((Gas is the biggest pain EVER!.. ok.. not ever.. at first.. heh..))