Well after six months of fighting with the Respiratory Infection of Doom, I finally have some answers. Answers that explain a lot with pregnancy woes since the birth of my Little. While I didn’t have any issues with her, my body has apparently decided that during pregnancy I should also develop asthma! I’ve never had an issue with asthma in my entire life, until my most recent pregnancies. It went unnoticed with the loss in December, because my hormones leveled out so quickly, but since the Twins have decided to hang on through just about everything thrown at them, they were finally able to diagnose me and provide me with the correct medication.
Medication that I’m not thrilled with having to take because there haven’t been any studies done on pregnant or breastfeeding women, so there’s no indication of whether it will harm the babies. Of course, not being able to breathe is much more detrimental to their growth and development than a medication which may or may not harm them at all…. so I am reluctantly taking them. I know there are hundreds if not thousands of healthy babies born every day to mothers that were on various different medications during pregnancy, it’s just not something I wanted to do. Especially since our first Little was practically organic! lol. I took whole food vitamins, completely cut out all processed foods, and can still recall the handful of times I took an Advil or drank a soda with our first Little, and the Twins have pretty much been bombarded with various different medications from the get go. Plus with me feeling so under the weather, we’ve been eating out A LOT. Not as much in recent weeks, but still much more than I like.
On a positive note, I did manage to gain two pounds with my dietary changes, and I’m sure I’ll have no issue gaining weight for the duration of the pregnancy since my new medication is a steroid… I just hope my body goes back to normal after my hormones level out and I don’t have to worry about anything aside from tending to my new Littles and getting back into school. Bleh… this has been one wild pregnancy ride so far, and we haven’t even made it to the half way point yet! lol. I don’t have any idea why all of these things started to pile up on me after my Little was born, unless perhaps they’ve always been part of the reason I’ve had difficulty maintaining healthy pregnancies, and I just never had a medical history with the same medical team long enough to figure it out.
Either way, I’m just glad I can FINALLY get some long term relief from my symptoms and move forward with this new diagnosis instead of bouncing back and forth between doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies.