33 and a half weeks…ouch

So the end of the pregnancy is in sight. I finished work, yay! Here in Italy it’s standard practice to finish work 2 months before the due date, which for me was fine as my work was very full on.

I’ve been enjoying maternity leave very much. But yesterday things took a turn for the worse (well more painful). Not related to the baby thankfully.

I first managed to burn my hand whilst cooking soup (was batch cooking to freeze it, must be the nesting instinct). The blender went awry and I ended up with hot soup on my hand. Ouch. After 40 mins in cold water I dashed to the Dr to get some cream which was pregnancy friendly. Amazingly it did the trick with just one application and I just have a juicy blister to show for it now.

As I lay down in bed last night (fully expecting to have a poor night’s sleep due to a painful hand) I discovered that actually my gum/teeth on my bottom left hand side were hurting. I tried to ignore it unsuccessfully and ended up most of the night in pain.

I should add that I have already had quite a few dental and gum issues this pregnancy. It turns out that I am one of those lucky few who are prone to suffering very bad pregnancy gingivitis. In July I had a pregnancy tumour (weird growth) removed from my gum in the same sort of area. This was burnt off by laser under local anaesthetic…fun!

The tactics that the dentist had given me previously didn’t help ease the pain overnight and so I took myself off to see him today. Depressingly he says that it’s likely that there’s not a huge amount we can do about this gum inflammation this time as it’s in an impossible to brush spot (due to a badly aligned back teeth, that’s another long and painful story for another time). He gave me some antibacterial mouthwash and a curved syringe to flush out the area twice a day but he didn’t sound very optimistic about it. Basically this sort of gingivitis clears up after birth so 7 weeks to go…gulp.

I came back and passed out on the sofa for an hour but awoke with the same level of pain as before. I’ve been trying not to take any painkillers this pregnancy but have just relented and taken 500mg of paracetamol which I hope will dull the pain a bit as it’s just so relentless and I just want to cry right now which is not like me (I normally have a high pain threshold).

The idea of 7 more weeks of pain like this is pretty unbearable so if it’s not improved by Monday I’ll be back at the dentist as if there are any other options. Here’s hoping that our little one isn’t affected by all this stress and also that he decides to make a healthy early arrival i.e. 37 weeks (which is just 3.5 more weeks, not that I’m feeling ready, I just want him to be healthy and the gum pain to be gone).

I’m feeling pretty frustrated as I didn’t want to be a moaning pregnant person. I’m overjoyed to have gotten this far and adore feeling the little one kick and squirm inside me. And in fact barring the teeth/gum episodes I have been really enjoying the later stages of pregnancy. The sickness is gone (well apart from car sickness which is terrible still), and other than fatigue and a useless bladder I’ve been feeling really good. I also watched my weight and upped my daily walking which has helped with the weight management (see previous post).

We’ve been shopping and got most of the essentials. The pram arrives later today, and I’m ordering the cot to arrive next week.

I haven’t been very active on here as I know it’s upsetting to a lot of people who are still in the trenches. I find that cheerful excited posts seem wrong and out of place for me, as do complaining posts. Sorry this one has turned into a complaining one, I’ll make sure to post when I’m feeling better to give a more cheerful update.

Hope everyone is well. And I’m still following your blogs (even if I’m not active on mine so much).




11 thoughts on “33 and a half weeks…ouch

  1. Totally okay to complain! You have as much right as any pregnant person to do so! It is hard on our bodies! And our mouths! I had a tooth issue too early on, luckily it did eventually subside.

    Exciting to be getting everything ready for him! Hopefully he doesn’t keep you waiting too long!!

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  2. I have terrible gums! But my new dentist told me to start rinsing my mouth with hydrogen peroxide and it has worked miracles for me! You can cut it 50/50 with water to make it less intense. Please give it a try by rinsing your mouth 2x per day (after brushing) for a week and see if you don’t feel better. XO

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  3. I’m really sorry you’re physically struggling. It doesn’t sound like an awful lot of fun! Hopefully things will improve before the baby arrives (and hopefully he’ll arrive happy and healthy…and early!). I certainly found the last few weeks of pregnancy difficult (I was a total whale by that stage and then developed a hideous, itchy rash all over my body). It is tough, so don’t feel you need to grin and bear it just because you’re “lucky” you’re finally pregnant. None of us will ever stop being grateful and we’d all suffer all the rashes and tooth infections/growths in the world to have a healthy baby, but that doesn’t stop it being difficult x x x

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  4. It’s totally okay to complain. I’m sorry it’s not been easy but you’re almost at the finish line! My gums have been awful too and I have these braces to contend with as well. I invested in the waterpik when I got them and while it’s really a blood bath every time I use it (even on the lowest setting) it feels really good afterwards. I think it helps with the swelling.
    I’ve been thinking about you. I’m glad you did an update! xx


  5. Speaking as someone with sensitive teeth, pain from teeth/gums is the worst! You don’t need to feel bad about complaining, that sounds awful! I hope that the pain will get better soon. Glad to hear you are enjoying your maternity leave so far. In Germany it starts 6 weeks before the birth. I am shocked reading that a lot of the Americans in my IVF pregnancy group on facebook are planning to work right up till the birth! I think that people who find pregnancy updates upsetting normally stop following those blogs anyway so really I think it’s ok for you to write, some of us love the updates! x

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    • Thanks so much. And thanks for the sympathy. It’s slightly better now but have also got a cold as well so not have much fun. Haven’t properly slept for a few days now. If it hasn’t improved I’m off to the Dr tomorrow to see if she has any ideas. I’m a bit frustrated at my dentist to be honest. How are you doing?


      • Sorry to hear about the sleeping! Really hope your doctor can help. I did get bad nausea once I reduced and went off the steroids like you! Thankfully that has more or less gone since around week 16 so in general I’m at a good stage now and also less tired. However I’ve been getting a fair bit of round ligament pain recently, I especially notice it at night when I change positions! I already feel a bit like an old woman sometimes with all the various aches and pains, and I’m not even five months yet, haha!

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      • I actually found that the aches and pains reduced as time went on. In fact apart from this cold and tooth/gum problem, I’ve found that I’ve felt the best on the third trimester so far our of the whole pregnancy. So I think everyone is different.


  6. Absolutely ok to complain, pregnancy isn’t plain sailing!!! I think from us IF-ers we know what you have been through to get here, just because you wanted this pregnancy to the earth and back again doesn’t mean you can’t complain about it! I love that you get two months off before hand-I got 1 month, which actually turned into 10 days in the end! So I wish I had just a week or two extra to get meals prepped etc!! Ahhhh hindsight ☺️ Im excited for you!!!!!

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