Bunny's TMI

More than you ever wanted to know about what goes on in my life and my brain.

Pregnancy update

So turns out the up side of being pregnant with Ehlers-Danlos is that I only had reflux (and shortness of breath when my stomach was full of gas) for a week or two. Then my rib cage expanded again and it went away. I’ve been doing some isometric upper body exercises my chiropractor recommended, that plus avoiding lifting too much and wearing my rib belt seems to have the back pain from the rib expansion under control. I finally thought to measure my rib cage and I was either a 32 or 34 in bra band before and am up to 35.75 now. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly it drops after the baby comes (if it does, the chiropractor might have to help with that). My ribs definitely went through two levels of expansion, since first I couldn’t fit (band wise, not cup wise) into my regular bras, and then the ones I got to sleep in that were loose fit just right. Those sleep ones are now tight, but it works out since they help hold my ribs in place some, so I don’t always have to have my rib belt strapped on.

My stomach finally got big enough that I had to go back from the new 4″ rib belt to the old 2″ rib belt. I use the 4″ one around my hips sometimes, not that it seems to help a ton. I also had to get the seat cushion with the tailbone cutout for riding in the car and sitting on chairs when we’re out an about (especially restaurants). It definitely is a big help since my tailbone was starting to get pretty painful.

Recent updates, about 3 weeks ago my hips went from being fairly stable with the pool exercise and weekly chiropractic to needing my husband to adjust them daily. And earlier this week they got looser again and now need adjustment multiple times a day. Yesterday I started getting this weird thing where my right hip gets hot. I don’t know if it’s a blood flow thing or a nerve thing. Thankfully it’s not painful, just odd.

I’m now 40 weeks and 6 days. No obvious signs that he’s going to make his appearance, but my mom’s labor with me (first child) was 6 hours, so I might not get much warning when he decides to show up.

Varicose veins and piles are my other issue, but they don’t itch/hurt and are pretty normal during pregnancy, so I’m not sure I’d blame them on the EDS. Same goes for the allergy developments (can’t wear metal rings, had to buy 100% cotton underwear and pants). I do finally have a new craving – peanut M&M’s. It’s not super strong though, and I’ve always loved them, so liking bananas in the first two trimesters is still my “weirdest” food craving.

I’m also in the last month getting more edema in my legs down to my ankles, but my feet haven’t spread out or swollen yet – though I don’t spend a ton of time standing, they get painful pretty quickly if I do. Especially if I don’t wear my slippers or shoes to provide cushioning. I think I’m pretty safe to assume my shoes will continue to fit after the pregnancy.

I don’t think I’d consider myself a pregnancy unicorn – I’m not having any of the glowy happy earth mama woman power type feelings, but I’m definitely a pregnancy zebra in that it’s been really physically easy. But only because my husband is able to support us so I don’t have to work, and because he’s been able to do 100% of the driving. Those two things have allowed me to avoid doing anything to exacerbate my joints – otherwise I’d probably have been in severe pain throughout the pregnancy. I over did it a few times getting the yard/house ready, so I have a good idea of how miserable it could have been if I’d been in pain like that daily.

I’ve been lucky that the increased blood volume has almost completely cleared up my POTS – gonna miss that when it goes away, but I’m hoping it doesn’t come back as bad as it was now that I’ve been exercising in the pool.

My migraines cleared up around the middle of the second trimester, we’ll see if I get lucky and they stay gone.

Even my digestive system is doing better than ever – most likely due to eating a bit healthier, all the fiber pills, magnesium, pre & probiotics and HCL.

So all the things I thought pregnancy would make worse, actually got better instead except for my joints. And even those were improving more than pre-pregnancy (with the pool exercise) until this last month. Gardening is the only thing I’ve really missed (I hate driving anyway) that I’m looking forward to getting to do again once the relaxin production goes back to normal pre-pregnancy levels.

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Pregnancy and Ehlers-Danlos

Since I did a lot of searching and only a little finding, I figured I should share my experience with being pregnant and having EDS.

I already had POTS, and so far (week 20), it’s been waaay better since getting pregnant. Probably due to the increased blood volume.

I started having some round ligament pain in week 6-7. It’s just started getting at bit worse around week 18-20.

Week 21 starts tomorrow and I’ve just started to have back pain yesterday and low back pain today. And I was holding my lower abdomen a lot, so probably time for a belt already even though my stomach isn’t very big yet.

I don’t have vascular EDS, we got the gene test to be sure. So far pre-term labor is the only risk the doctors have mentioned.

My joints are looser and so far I’m needing to see the chiropractor weekly (he uses a drop table, not adjustments – no crunching!) and he’s taught my husband a couple things to do at home that help. I can’t drive more than 5 minutes without joint/back pain, so needing a ride to every appointment has been the worst thing so far. Even walking messes up all my joints, so I’m having to stick to swimming. And grocery shopping I have to keep short and I still hurt by the end of it from walking.

I’m having new pregnancy migraines that a nap on my tempurpedic with a heat pad on my head seems to cure. Napping on other beds with the heat pad didn’t help, had to get some cranial sacral work done instead. Working on the muscle/ligaments that connect from the clavicle to the skull helps too. So I think these migraines are EDS related.

I’ll try to make more updates as things progress.

Normal pregnancy stuff: first trimester fatigue, increased sensitivity – so more contact dermatitis.

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lgbtqblogs:</p>
<p>Two brides have become two of the most kickass women in the world by marrying to protest against homophobia in Russia.<br />
Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.<br />
As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.<br />
The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.<br />
‘She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the fuck out of her,’ Davis said on her VK page.<br />
But the couple were allowed to sign the papers, meaning a gay couple in Russia are legally recognized as married – even if it’s through a loophole. . ‘This is an important precedent for Russia,’ Davis said.<br />
Russia banned same-sex marriage and outlawed ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.<br />
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russian-gay-couple-marries-most-fierce-way-possible-through-loophole210814#sthash.kpKalSrr.dpuf</p>
<p>Loophole working for the underdog this time!

lgbtqblogs:

Two brides have become two of the most kickass women in the world by marrying to protest against homophobia in Russia.

Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.

As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.

The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.

‘She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the fuck out of her,’ Davis said on her VK page.

But the couple were allowed to sign the papers, meaning a gay couple in Russia are legally recognized as married – even if it’s through a loophole.
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‘This is an important precedent for Russia,’ Davis said.

Russia banned same-sex marriage and outlawed ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.

– See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russian-gay-couple-marries-most-fierce-way-possible-through-loophole210814#sthash.kpKalSrr.dpuf

Loophole working for the underdog this time!

(via shad0ww0rdpain)

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Ikea Hack Cat Tree

Everyone always likes this idea when they see it, and I haven’t seen anything like it yet on Ikea Hacker. It cost maybe $45? The shelf was in the as-is section in Ikea for $20-25 because it has plastic stuck between the shelves that got caught when they nailed them together. I yanked/cut most of it away. The sisal rope I think was $10 from the hardware store, and no glue or staples needed to attach it. $10 Petco donut bed sits on the top shelf. Sweater and two random carpet samples on the other shelves were free. Not the loveliest, but easy, fast, and not really any uglier than those carpet trees that run $100-$200.

Although you could do this with a standard shelf, the corner one makes it super easy to stagger the shelves so the cats have easy steps (especially nice for my older cats).

The cat tree/tower in use:
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Flowering Bush

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Cool flowering bush I saw on my walk the other day.

Gallery + WordPress

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Cute little magnolia

Saw this on my walk Thursday, not sure I’ve seen frilly magnolia before, but there are a bunch in yards in this area.

Testing fishbowl + WordPress from my phone.

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Blog Merger

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Getting rid of curlieq.com and the blog I had there, so I merged what few posts I had over to here.

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Grey hairs…

Learn something new every day. I’ve been wondering why my two grey hairs (one in my bangs, one of top of my head that I can never find, but my stylist can) are way curlier than the rest of my hair:

The declining presence of melanin also appears to contribute to the lack of moisture in gray or white hair. So as your hair becomes lighter in color, its texture becomes dryer and coarser. That’s why gray hair tends to be more curly or wiry.

From: http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/W/9023/24253/348513.html

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Dinner & a show

Tried out the Red 88 Noodle Bar tonight and got a free show from Band-Uh coming through and practicing in the Ace parking lot across the street. I think the best part was the escort motorcycle cop doing the head and arm motions along with them! Good times!

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On Children (or the lack there-of) and Family

I just read this and HAD to share:
http://apracticalwedding.com/2010/09/reclaiming-wife-why-wife-mother-do-not-have-to-go-together-part-ii

Especially this part because this is JUST how I feel:

Or as commenter Marina said last week:

As someone who’s sure I want kids, and soon (I mean, scared sh*tless, but sure) I just want to add that I am SO GRATEFUL that I have friends who want kids but not for a long time, and friends who do not want kids ever, period. I have friends in the first category who have told me they’re looking forward to babysitting duties and knitting little baby clothes, which, oh boy, I would be a LOT more scared about having kids if I didn’t have that kind of community around. And my friends in the second category, who do not want babies, who will never want babies–I am so thankful for them. I don’t want to get lost in my child(ren), and I feel so lucky to have people in my life who I know I will be able to hang out with and talk about things that are NOT related to babies. So all y’all who are decidedly against babies, or ambivalent, or all the other messy permutations of decision-making–I’m glad YOU’RE part of my community too. I know having lots of smart sassy women I can read at a moment’s notice will make me a better mom, and is already making me a better person.

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