A minor glitch and a few small problems

There’s one thing I always say about pregnancy: It’s a good thing women forget how miserable it is or no one would have more than one child.

Of course, I’m being sarcastic. I know that pregnancy can be a beautiful and wonderful experience for a lot of women. I actually love the three months in the middle. But the third trimester feels like the longest year of my life. And that’s not good, considering I’m only a couple weeks into it.

If you’ve ever experienced the third trimester, then your mind probably blocked out all of the aches and pains that came with it. I know mine did. Now, all of those repressed memories are coming back like a flood.

Every week, I take a minute to read about “what I should expect this week” on babycenter.com. They always have some good advice.

For example, this week, the writers tell me that if I would like to avoid some of those unmentionable aches and pains, all I need to do is try not to spend long periods of time standing or sitting down.

Well, I can only walk for about three minutes, so I guess my only option is to lie down. All day. Perfect. I’m sure that will work just fine.

On top of that, I keep making the mistake of reading all of the updates on how dangerous the H1N1 virus can be to pregnant women, especially in the third trimester.

The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine both for the regular flu and H1N1. I am reluctant because most of the vaccines contain Thimerosal, a preservative that contains Mercury.

The medical community says Thimerosal is safe both for children and unborn babies. However, families affected by autism believe that the preservative is the reason for the dramatic rise in autism over the last couple of decades. They advise against getting an immunization that contains the preservative.

Regardless of whether Thimerosal is directly linked to autism, it just doesn’t sound healthy to me to inject my body with Mercury. Call me crazy.

So, that leaves me with the other option suggested by the news reports. I can just stay away from all people.

My 8-year-old had to go to my doctor’s appointment with me today, and he heard me discussing the issue with my doctor. Later my son gave me a good piece of advice.

“Just make sure you don’t use handrails, Mom. That is where you are going to get a lot of germs,” he said. “If you feel like you need to use a handrail, then you could try doing the crab walk.”

All-righty then.

Lie down. Avoid human contact. And when necessary, do the crab walk.

I think this will work.

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  1. I am giggling picturing you (and any other pregnant woman) trying to do a crabwalk to avoid getting germs from a handrail! The whole H1N1 & flu shots kinda freak me out too… not sure I'm for them but at the same time, I'm not pregnant or high risk either… good luck with that decision…Happy crabwalking!Laurel

  2. Yikes. That is a little scary to think about but I think if you never touch a door knob, crabwalk into your bedroom, and stay there for the next 3 months you should be fine with out the shots. Oh, and don't let your kids leave your side… yup that should do it.

  3. The hilarious thing about doing the crabwalk is just think how many germs you would get by walking on your hands! I suppose those would just be from dirt, though, rather than hand germs. So, I guess it's still a good idea. =]

  4. Thanks for your comments on facebook about the vaccines. I talked to my OB yesterday about it when I was in. She said that the single use vaccines do not have thimerisol, but the multiuse variety do. Of course their office only orders the multiuse kind. I'm not sure what I'm going to do…I'm leaning towards not doing either one as I think I only have about a month left. Sorry you aren't feeling well! My biggest issue is the constant ligament pain when walking – is that what you have?

  5. I'm here from Jo-Lynne's comment thread on the flu shots… And also I was curious about what you had to say b/c I'm 35 weeks pregnant. My midwife recommended both vaccines to me at my last visit, which kind of surprised me, actually. I'm thinking a definite nay. (I'm hardly EVER sick.)

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