Pregnancy journal: Week thirty-two, a two-week checkup

 

The majority of the time spent with the doctor this week was spent in a conversation that centered around pain medication. Not so much for during labor as the post-delivery aches, pains and swelling. As I’ve said, Jacob can’t have any aspirin, ibuprofen, codeine or radiographic dyes. While I’m fairly certain that the latter is not a problem and aspirin shouldn’t be necessary, the ibuprofen and codeine were the two wonder drugs that got me through the recovery from my earlier episiotomy and cramps as Jacob began nursing. Now it appears that I’m limited to Tylenol and I question its ability to bring comfort should I require another episiotomy. All that being said, it was recommended that I take oral Demerol following the birth. I guess I was relieved to hear that there was another choice, but the thought of that particular drug and trying to care for a nursing infant just leaves me with an uneasy feeling. The plan? Do more research in the next eight weeks. Ultimately I’d like to believe that Tylenol will be sufficient. One can only hope that this time the recovery won’t be quite so intense.

Jacob took last week off from nursing, but has made up for it this week. He’s gone back to nursing twice a day, before his nap and at bedtime, nearly every day this week. He’s only nursing for a few minutes each time though and he’ll still roll over and ask that I hug him until he falls asleep. This is good since I’ve been experiencing an increased level of discomfort. Jacob has never been a biter, but somehow now, just the split second he lets his teeth graze the surface of my nipple, is enough to make me wince in pain. I explained to him that he needs to be very careful with his teeth because the “shiggies” are sore now. Since that conversation he’s asked me each time he tries to nurse which one hurts more and where I’d like him to lay. I knew I had a very sweet little boy, but I never expected a two year old to be so understanding.

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