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The Big Swell

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I've mentioned earlier that pregnancy has made me a super-snorer.  Due to what I've witnessed this morning, I have reason to believe that my snoring has taken on a life of its own. 

I couldn't breathe through my nose last night, and woke up several times on my back taking labored breaths through my mouth.  When Billy got up around 2, I noticed that my throat was sore.  When my alarm went off and I finally got out of bed and into the shower, I felt like I had a lump of stuff in my throat that I couldn't swallow.  I gagged in the shower (okay, this is starting to get gross...but who said pregnancy was always "glowing"?) for a while, and then stuck my finger in my throat to see if I could reach the obstruction.  It wasn't a foreign object or drainage like I thought - it was my own uvula (that thingy that hangs down in the back)!  When I got out of the shower, I had a good look at it in the mirror - it was HUGE!   First my feet and now the inside of my throat...what WON'T swell up!?

So, first thing this morning when I arrived at work, I visited the WebMD (http://www.webmd.com/) Symptom Checker, but "swollen uvula" wasn't listed.  When I put in the other symptoms (sore throat, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing), I got a list of everything from "hangover" to "tonsillitis".  That was no help.  So I tried the ol' standby and just Googled it. 

I happened on a number of sites that described exactly what I was feeling and the cause.   Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.com/) gave a great outline of the problem, while the AskPhysicians bulletin board (http://www.askphysicians.com/) had numerous people posting their experiences with Doctors posting possible causes and solutions.  As it turns out, this is fairly common and harmless.  It happens most to people who over-consume alcohol or cigarettes the night before.  A deep sleep with heavy snoring dries out and irritates the throat, causing the uvula to swell.   All of the sites I checked warned that if the swelling hasn't subsided in 8-12 hours to call my doctor, which I'll do if I need to.  Otherwise, it's lots of water and popsicles today.

Speaking of the doctor - yesterday was our 7-month appointment.  As it turns out, I am having a perfectly average pregnancy.  I've gained 17 pounds (by now, most women will have gained 17-24 pounds), everything is in its proper place, and both baby and mom are healthy (except of course for the temporary swelling today).   Victor acted out a little bit - when the doctor was listening to his heart, he kicked the monitor.   "Thump, thump, thump, BOOT!" 

According to my weekly e-mail from the American Pregnancy Association (http://www.americanpregnancy.org/), I'm supposed to start keeping track of "kick counts".  This means that throughout the day, I should keep record of how long it takes Vic to kick me 10 times.  They say it should take less than 2 hours and any large discrepancies in the time it takes (if it takes 20 minutes during the 9am hour but 3 hours starting at 11...that's big enough) should be noted and brought up with my doctor.  I started counting at 6:11am, and have already been booted 4 times (it's only 6:20 now).  I think this just might be a particularly active time for this baby.  We'll see how the rest of the day's count goes. 

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