18w6d Please, please kick me while I’m down.

I think by now, you all know that I’m hardly the type of pregnant woman who thinks that pregnancy is all sunshine and daisies and fun and giggles.  In fact, I feel quite the opposite!  Don’t get me wrong, I love Baby Z with all of my heart, but I’d much rather J carry him to term instead.  I wouldn’t wish pregnancy (or at least the symptoms) upon my worst enemy.

For the past few days, I’ve been getting these horrible headaches – which prior to becoming pregnant, I never got except for very occasionally when I’ve been sick.  In fact, I’m not even sure if I knew what headaches felt like until recently.  Well, the joke is on me.  These days I look and feel like something out of 24 Days Later.

I looked it up and guess what?  According to the American Pregnancy Association:  Experiencing headaches during pregnancy is one of the most common discomforts and complaints.  An increase in headaches is believed to be caused by the surge of hormones along with an increase in the blood volume circulating throughout your body. 

Lovely.

Now on top of the waddling, bloating, frequent trips to the bathroom, food restrictions, dry skin, boob tenderness, and back pain – I’ll have to add pounding headaches to the bag of pregnancy fun.

Isn’t there an old saying that goes something like, “The worse off your pregnancy is, the easier your childbirth will be?”  Or did I just make that up out of wishful thinking?

Baby Z, won’t you take pity on Mommy’s suffering and at least kick a little so that I know that at least one of us is healthy and happy?  This is a case in which I don’t mind if you kick me (literally) while I’m down…

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