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It’s not glamorous, as the title of this post certainly suggests, but on the advice of my midwife I have compiled an arsenal of products to fight these awful hemorrhoids I am facing. I even bought a little leopard print bag so I can take what Hubby and I have taken to calling my “butt pack” to and from the restroom at work – ha! So here’s my routine:

Three times per day:

  • Wipe with Tucks witch hazel pad, or when at home create my own Tucks pad with my big ol’ bottle of pure witch hazel and a makeup-type pad I got at the drugstore
  • Apply a homeopathic Arnica gel externally
  • Take an Arnica homeopathic pill (dissolves under my tongue)
  • Take another homeopathic pill — aesculus hippocastanum (also dissolves under my tongue)
  • Apply a few drops of geranium essential oils to one of those makeup-type pads, stick it where the sun don’t shine, and leave it for a couple hours

Some evenings:

  • Epsom salt bath

Every evening:

  • Do one application of a few drops of cypress essential oils onto a makeup-type pad (dilute with some water and/or witch hazel)
  • Do an application of a prescription version of anusol gel

Is my arsenal not intense??? But so far, the hemorrhoid is STILL THERE! Thankfully it is not hurting anymore, and it’s not uncomfortable either. It seems to have gone from one large hemorrhoid to what looks like several smaller ones…I take that as evidence of reduced swelling…and since filling that prescription the other day it seems to continue to go down. My next midwife appointment is at 35 weeks next Thursday. She told me to call her if it gets worse, and that I may need to see a specialist. It absolutely hasn’t gotten worse, but I AM still worried about pushing! What if it starts bleeding again then???

Does anyone have any experience with hemorrhoids during labor/pushing?

I feel like I should include a mini disclaimer here to let you know I’m not condoning this arsenal of products or suggesting you try it if you have hemorrhoids; it’s just what I am putting all my hope in right now!

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This weekend hubby and I took a trip to Rosemary Beach, Florida for a babymoon of sorts. I imagine it will very likely be the last trip we take before the two of us becomes the three of us!  One of his friends owns a condo in Rosemary Beach, and he and his wife were kind enough to lend it to us for the weekend.  We had a wonderful time together, as almost all of the time we spend together tends to be.  Unfortunately though I had a rough week with a hemorrhoid flare-up, so it wasn’t quite the weekend I imagined it to be, but as hubby said, as long as we were together — that was all that mattered.

A couple years ago, long before pregnancy was more than a fantasy on my horizon, I had my first run-in with hemorrhoids. Since then, and especially since pregnancy, I have tried very hard to keep from being constipated and/or straining when I go to the bathroom. (I know, I know…TMI…don’t read on if stuff like this bothers you, please.)  The problem now is that since they have flared up, the slightest strain or even a loose stool will cause them to flare up again. Tuesday night I thought I had a perfectly normal, well — you know, but there they were, worse than ever.  I actually had to call into work last Wednesday AND Thursday I was in so much pain.

Normally my hemorrhoids will “go away” with a Preparation H application and a good night’s sleep.  This time, they were bigger than ever and I had no such luck.  I took a total of two baths and two showers on Wednesday, and cried through the second bath.  Hubby bought me Tuck’s witch hazel pads, and I continued to use my trusty Prep H along with those.  On Wednesday I called my midwife’s office.  She suggested first trying to see if the beauty could be pushed back inside for some temporary relief.  This is where things got interesting.

Hubby had to help me try to push the hemorrhoid inside — ahhh! Talk about bonding!  Well, that didn’t work, so I phoned the midwife on call, and she called me in a prescription suppository.  Turns out, it’s hard to reach your own rear end when you’re pretty darn pregnant — and to see to insert something when there is extra “stuff” back there that usually isn’t…so over the course of the next 48 hours hubby also put the suppositories in for me!  Talk about a humbling experience…

So fast forward to Saturday morning in Rosemary Beach after we walked home from breakfast (me still in a lot of pain but trying to push through it just a bit) and I find my underwear soaked in blood. Hubby went and bought me some pads.  I spent the rest of the day and night in bed, icing my rear, playing (and winning) two games of Scrabble, and eating delicious lunch and dinner brought home by my sweet husband.

We had a very special time together even though we were primarily homebound — Bed-In 2010, we ended up calling it.  Hubby sang to the baby, we drank sparkling cider (me) and red wine (him) in bed, we snuggled, and we laughed (sometimes so much that I had to tell him to stop making me laugh because it was hurting me!) After a week and a weekend like this one, I feel even more in love with my husband who takes such good care of me and is my very best friend.  I hope he knows I would do the same for him, and I believe he does.  Today before we left, we even made it to the beach.

I am scheduled for a 33-week visit with my midwife on Wednesday, but will call them tomorrow and see if they suggest I go ahead and call a colo-rectal specialist. I will keep you posted on all the lovely details, my friends.

Me at 32.5 weeks on our "babymoon"

Me at 32.5 weeks on our "babymoon"

Here's to a new chapter

Here's to a new chapter

 

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almost 31 weeks

I’m here, I’m here! We traveled to Raleigh for the week of Thanksgiving, and work has been almost too busy since arriving back in Atlanta. I feel like life has been a whirlwind of family visits, childbirth classes, and home organizing over the last two weeks. At work we’re expanding on our floor and I had to pack up my cube on Friday and unpack it again today in my new location. I had some help with a couple heavy things, but for the most part I was unpacking and repacking drawers, shelves, and my desk. It was in all honesty exhausting.

I didn’t want it to be. I want to be as energetic as my non-pregnant self, but I feel lethargy creeping up on me like it did during the first trimester. At home after work today I went fishing in the refrigerator for a plate of cheese my shower hostesses (yes! I have to tell you all about that too!) saved for me yesterday. I couldn’t find it. Anywhere. I looked through the fridge twice and started bawling. For fifteen minutes. Red faced, makeup streaking down my cheeks, full on bawling. We had family in town all weekend for the shower and, while it was wonderful, I need to catch up on my rest this week.

Other than being tired and needing to get a little extra rest (hmm — maybe I should hop in bed after posting this) I have continued to feel good. Hubby and I are truly enjoying our childbirth class, and I have been practicing my homework. I can’t wait to tell you more about that too. What I like most about the class is that it covers lots of different techniques — lamaze, bradley, hypnobirthing, and more. I felt that was the best fit for me as I wasn’t sure WHAT would really relax me the most during labor (I mean, how could I know?) I think this will give me lots of coping techniques and options!

Hope you are all having a good week!

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