Prunes Do Work
Inspired by Courtney's bedrest post......
I have the nicest mother-in-law in the world. I can say this with all sincerity. She really is. So, when she found out I had pregnancy anemia from my twins pregnancy, she went straight to the store and purchased iron tablets and prunes, since she knew the iron tends to stop people up. That’s pretty nice. But she’s even nicer.
I was on bedrest at the time and she volunteered to take me to the hospital and wheel me to my weekly non-stress test, a routine test to see if I was having imperceptible (to me) contractions.
It was on this day, about 34 weeks into the pregnancy, that she gave me my iron pills and a big bag of prunes as she helped me into the wheelchair at Lucile Packard Hospital.
Well…. I was hungry. And since I was in a wheelchair I had limited food options. So I ate the prunes… all of them. In fact, I was very sad that the bag was suddenly empty. I did feel much better. The food quelled my lingering nausea.
As I shook the empty bag upside down to get my last prune, we arrived at the Perinatal Diagnostic Unit where I then lay down for my non-stress test that measures uterine contractions. Late in pregnancy, this is a weekly experience for many of us twins moms.
Everything seemed normal to me during the test but the technicians were all very alarmed at my rate of contractions. I didn’t feel a thing. So, with everyone assuming I was in labor based on the giant tremors on the non-stress readout, the staff sent me off to Labor and Delivery for further testing. They then called my husband at work to tell him I was in labor and he should come to the hospital.Continued on the next page