So I actually had a little scare Saturday that ended up with me in the ER, scared something was wrong with my pregnancy. I had a tough Saturday - we went on a hike and it was a gorgeous day, but it was also kind of a overall stressful day (I am not sleeping well, the dog was acting up, I am just insanely emotional). I didn't go on the second half of the hike and rested while Chris and Koda finished their hike - turned out to be a good decision! When we got home, I took a nap. When I woke up, I had a huge cramp and then my stomach felt really tight and firm to the touch.
I rationally thought everything was fine, but I had never felt anything like it and I got it into my head that something went wrong - and I started to panic, big time. So Chris and I thought it would just be best to go to the ER and get checked out. Luckily, we have amazing insurance AND a terrific hospital a mile from our house with no wait times in the ER. They got me in and within 20 minutes, we heard the baby's heartbeat and a midwife came and checked out my belly and said everything was fine.
After some discussion, turns out that a combination of not drinking enough water (being a little dehydrated) and the hike, I probably aggravated the ligaments and muscles in my pelvic area that are already stretching and ripping. That leads to pain and tightness, etc. I technically KNEW about the ligaments being loose and pulling, but I didn't know it would quite feel like THAT. I got pretty worked up and am glad I just went to the ER instead of letting myself stay stressed out all night.
Everyone was super kind and told me I wasn't stupid for coming in - I felt really silly for making a fuss over nothing. Nurses talked to me about the first time pregnancy worries many women have and recommended some things (like joining a local pregnancy group) to lighten up my fears and worries.
I am taking it even easier than before, if possible! My midsection is quite sore, especially when I have to engage my core in any way (even just sitting up in bed).
So I will leave you with some pictures from the hike (the river picture is where I sat and relaxed and ate lunch while Chris finished the hike - I was glad I listened to my body and didn't keep going on when I didn't feel quite right!):
And my local goose family <3