Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I'm having an issue. It's a very annoying issue. And you already know what it is since it's the title of this post. I've also contracted a persistent cough for the last 2 days or so. Thus my little issue is a constantly recurring issue.
I made a very embarrassing phone call today and because I don't feel humiliated enough yet, I'm recounting it to you now. You wanna know why? Because someone else is going to Google pregnancy incontinence while looking over their shoulder with shame to make sure no one is glancing at their computer screen. And I wanna be that person that they find and say to them, yup, I've been there. I'm there now. It sucks, it's embarrassing and it sucks again.
I called my doctor. No, not to claim I had some weird pregnancy symptom, I entirely blame myself for this problem. I don't do my Kegels like I'm supposed to and have no strength at all. So I call the doctor and with my head hung low, tell them my issue and that at my next appointment, I really need someone to teach me how to do them. I've read how to do them, and I still can't seem to do them. I've bought a device that measures how well you're doing them and it helps you build up strength and according to that device, half the time I'm not doing them at all and the other half, I'm in the pathetically weak range. So I want once and for all to have someone teach me how to do them properly no matter how embarrassing the teaching method might have to be.
So I hear back from the nurse and she says that the doctor says that doing Kegels at this point in the pregnancy won't do me any good. It won't solve the problem. There is no quick fix.
Ok, I wasn't looking for a quick fix. I'm looking to get things strengthened so I'm not still having this problem 2 or 3 months from now.
But no. Apparently with a twin pregnancy at my current stage (week 16 as of tomorrow), the twins are putting so much pressure on the bladder that it's simply going to happen and doing exercises for it right now is pointless.
And just to make sure, they want me to stop by tomorrow and pee in a cup to make sure I don't have a UTI or bladder infection or something. I have no other symptoms so I'm fairly certain I don't have any infections but they want me to give them a sample anyway. Here's hoping I do have and infection because THAT can be treated and maybe the problem will be treated with it. But I highly doubt it.
I'll push the doctor again at my appointment next week because I really do think that starting Kegels now will only benefit me later in this process. I'm not sure why they insist it won't help if I do them now so I'll get more info about that later.
*sigh* I really hope someone can find some benefit to my embarrassment.