When I picked up my preggy DIL from the airport, I asked her if she had started doing her Kegels yet.
Since she’s all about eating now that most of the nausea has passed, she thought I meant that I had made her a pan of kugel, a fruity noodle dish that I traditionally prepare for Thanksgiving and Chanukah. (BTW, here’s a link to my amazing kugel recipe: http://enchantedseashells.com/2014/11/22/not-kegel-but-a-kugel-icous-recipe-for-thanksgiving/)
After I stopped laughing (sorry, DIL) I explained to her what Kegel exercises were and why they were so important during pregnancy and after giving birth, referencing the Mayo Clinic.
I tried to explain the hows and whys and benefits of exercising our vaginal floor, but my descriptions weren’t very helpful. or at least my Ph.D. daughter-in-law didn’t seem as if she was comprehending, so we looked online and found a few YouTube videos that were EXTREMELY informative and did a much better job of imparting that all-important knowledge.
Close your eyes and picture the two of us Kegel-ing together—yes, it was a moment.
In case you were wondering, we don’t really have a whole lotta boundaries in our family.
I don’t mean to mislead you that we are inappropriate in any way (well, maybe with our jokes and sarcasm) but all boundaries and lines were blurred when my son was in the hospital and we were measuring urinary output and keeping track of his bowel function.
(For my new readers, this horrible experience was well documented in my other blog, Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife.)
Along with exercising our vaginas together, I attempted to listen to DILs belly with my my mom’s old stethoscope from back in the day when she was Charge Nurse of the Women’s Surgical floor at a local hospital.
All I heard was a symphony of healthy bowel sounds, which I guess is fairly common.
I’m not sure why I couldn’t hear a little lubdub lubdub or whoosh; perhaps operator error, bad amplification, or maybe the baby’s not big enough yet, so we’ll try again in a few weeks.
We know everything’s OK though, so nothing to worry about.
I am definitely a frustrated doctor and have my own little digital bp monitor, so I took her blood pressure a few times and noted that it seems a bit low, so I’ll be posting soon about hypotension during pregnancy.
At her next doc appointment, they’re doing the major ultrasound that will probably determine whether I’m having a boy or a girl!
Yes, I think this little child is my very own; after all, it’s my DNA in there, right?
After I drove DIL to the airport, I texted her Things to Remember:
- Do your Kegel exercises
- Drink plenty of water
- Lie on your left side
- Don’t get up too fast
- Do pregnancy yoga
I’m annoying like that. Hee hee.