We had our third visit to the doctor today. Being only 16 weeks pregnant, I wasn’t really expecting to find out the sex of our baby. Gavin, on the other hand, was ever eager to ask the doctor and had been busy practicing his lines all day, “Excuse me, doctor, am I going to have a baby brother or sister?”
When we made it to the doctor’s office, his courage failed him and all he managed to mutter was, “Excuse me, doctor…” and “baby brother or sister” trailed off into a barely intelligible whisper.
Initially, Dr Wong told us that the baby was not in a good position to display its gender, but while he was taking the usual measurements, he discovered an appendage that revealed a baby boy.
To say that I am not disappointed would be a huge lie. I had so been hoping that this one would be a girl. Damned hubby! I told him to eat more veggies! In case you’re wondering, that’s one of the ways to help promote the likelihood of getting a girl – for Daddy to eat more veggies and for Mummy to eat more meat. I must have eaten so much meat when we were trying to conceive that I’m sure I reeked of ketones.
In my desperation, I did ask the doctor on the probability of it being a mistake and me having a girl. It is possible for a baby girl’s private parts to be enlarged due to the high levels of oestrogen, however, I seemed to get the impression that the appendage on my baby was a little too large for that possibility. Dang!
When you’re pregnant, there’s always a concern whenever it comes to taking medications of any kind. Ideally, if you can tolerate the discomfort, it is better to err on the side of caution and avoid taking medications. But after the dreadful sinus attack I had the other night, I decided some medication on hand would be helpful.
Dr Wong said a nasal spray like Afrin can help clear congestion and acts locally. For the sneezing, an antihistamine would be necessary. Something like Zyrtec is okay to take, or you can take the sedating antihistamines like Piriton. The general advice was to bear the symptoms if possible but if it is really bad, then you can still take the meds.
NB. This advice is not a replacement for your own doctor’s advice. Please always consult your doctor before taking any medications while pregnant or otherwise.
As it is, my nose has been very sensitive of late. It almost feels as if I have hayfever again. I suspect it might also be partly due to the haze that seems to hit us about this time every year (thanks to our neighbours and their forest burning practices). Running the air purifier at night while we sleep seems to help – the night I had the sinus attack was the one night when we didn’t turn on the air purifier.
Other things that have helped – applying a bit of eucalyptus oil to my nose. That stings a bit but I find it really effective. Alternatively, you can apply the oil onto a tissue and breathe through the tissue. I find that doesn’t really work so well for me and prefer to apply it directly to my nose.
On Lying on Your Back
It is generally recommended that pregnant women avoid sleeping on their backs during the second half of pregnancy. One of the reasons for this is because the weight of the baby compresses the aorta (the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body). Although it is unlikely to cause any serious damage to you or the baby if you do happen to roll onto your back while you are sleeping, it is still advisable to avoid it whenever possible.
If I thought it was difficult trying not to sleep on my back during the first pregnancy, it is even more difficult now that I’m co-sleeping with a toddler. Well, the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to sleep on your side. Sleeping with a pillow propped under one side of your body is apparently sufficient. As long as your body is tilted slightly to one side, it should be enough. I find this a lot easier than trying to sleep on my side.
The other alternative is to sleep hugging a bolster pillow. I have also seen pregnancy pillows which are a sort of u-shaped version of the bolster pillow – they offer you something to hug and something to prop up against your back. Personally, I find the prices for these rather steep and have managed to make do with two bolster pillows – one to hug and one to prop up against my back – at a fraction of the cost.