If you’ve been pregnant before, then maybe this is all old news to you. But if this is your first pregnancy, like mine, then you spend half your time figuring out what you can and can’t eat, and the other half just trying to get enough sleep so you don’t pass out during meetings and drool on the expensive-looking conference room table.
So it was with more than just a little stress that I started feeling a wee bit under the weather two weeks ago. My ear started hurting me, and my neck felt stiff… both signs of a nasty ear infection coming on. Just what I needed.
I called my ENT and told him I thought my ear infection might be coming back, and he said, “No problem. We’ll just put you on antibiotics.”
“Errr….” said I, “I’m pregnant. Is it safe to take antibiotics if I’m pregnant?”
“Uhhh….” said my doc.
And that’s how one of the most fantastic panic attacks of my pregnancy began. Yup! I went through every. single. drug I could find on the market that would work for me and not harm our little Peanut, and obsessed over the possible side effects. My husband sat patiently through what felt like hours of deliberation on what possible homeopathic remedies I could use first, or whether to just go straight for the high grade pharmaceuticals. Because let’s face it: I really DON’T know what I’m doing.
Maybe you guys do, maybe some readers went patiently and happily through their pregnancies, calm and serene, exuding the inner glow that only Mother Nature, nuclear radiation, and the Buddha can provide… but my pregnancy has been more of a roller coaster ride, where more often than not I’m going, “OHCRAPOHCRAPOHCRAP!!!!”
So, with the loving husband by my side, I went in to the ENT’s office prepared for the worst.
“You have TMJ.”
“I… what now??”
“You have TMJ,” my ENT said. “Likely, your pregnancy is creating a lot of post-nasal drip, and that’s causing you to grind your teeth at night. You’re fine. No antibiotics, but you might want to wear a mouth guard when you sleep.”
Great… No antibiotics, but I look like I’m prepping for a hockey match every time we go to bed. Well, at least Peanut survived the latest debacle. Of course, there are phthalates in the plastic mouth guard…
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