The Baby Bean Blog

Monday, July 25, 2005

Now I Hold My Stomach Up When I Pee

A few weeks ago, I noticed that when I peed, the urine came out quite slowly. A trickle more than anything else. But it came out, so I didn't think much about it. I must add that when I use the bathroom, my natural position is somewhat leaning forward, elbows resting on knees. Then I was reading one of my pregnancy books, and it was talking about how after the baby "drops," it might be necessary to hold your stomach up while peeing in order to relieve the pressure on your bladder. I don't think that this baby has dropped yet, but I was intrigued, so I decided to give it a go. The most amazing thing happened.

As I straighted out my back, my stomach was pulled up a bit just from that action. The pee, which had already started its trickle, started coming out full steam. It was like the peeing that I used to do. It had a little umph to it. I reached under my tummy and pulled it up a bit with both hands and the stream increased slightly more in strength. It was really the most bizarre thing.

I've discovered that I can actually sit on the toilet, and as I lean forward or lean back, the pee comes slower or faster. Very, very odd. But novelty aside, I try not to play this "game" very often. Really, I spend enough time in the bathroom as it is. I don't need to prolong it. Instead, I get onto the toilet, lift the baby's head off of my bladder, and let 'er rip.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I'm Leaking

Yesterday, I woke up from a nap and noticed a wet spot on my t-shirt. I thought, What is that? Its placement near where my right nipple was made me suspect that, yes, I was leaking. I had a hard time accepting that idea, though. It was hot, and I thought it could have been sweat, although it wasn't really shaped like it had been produced by sweat. So I lifted up my shirt and gave my nipple a little squeeze to see if anything would come out. Lo and behold, stuff did come out immediately. Hmm.

On one hand, I'm quite happy about this development. I know a lot of women who have had trouble breastfeeding. Sometimes the trouble is with the baby not "latching on" correctly. But oftentimes it is with the woman not producing enough milk. So I feel good that at least my right breast seems to be ready to go. When the baby come out, there will be something there for him or her.

On the other hand, I'm wondering how much leaking I'm going to do. I've got four and a half weeks until my due date. Will I start having to wear breast pads all the time? Will I leak all over my sheets at night? I didn't last night, so hopefully this won't be a big deal. When I did leak yesterday, I had been sleeping on the couch, facing the back of the couch, sort of scrunched up on my right side. Maybe I was inadvertently squeezing my right breast, which is why it leaked.

I'm entering the homestretch here. It's July 20 and I'm due August 20. I guess my body is getting itself ready.