Back, ultrasound, goo.


So yesterday was a doozy.

I couldn’t tell you what happened to my back.  Yes, I had taken Esther on a walk.  Nothing seemed out of the ordinary and at no point during the walk did I experience any sensation of pain.  We had been home for a few minutes when I walked into my bedroom and… well, that’s it.  I was standing in the middle of my bedroom and suddenly the left side of my mid-back felt zapped.  (Really, it was an electrifying pain throughout the day.)

Surely this will just last a minute, I thought.

No such luck.

In fact, throughout church, the pain became increasingly uncomfortable.  There were very few positions that felt safe and cozy.  And even those positions stopped working after a few minutes; so I spent the entire day readjusting myself.

Yes, we iced it.  Yes, we used heat, too.

The bad news: everything hurt.  Even looking over my shoulder hurt.  Breathing from the diaphragm became increasingly important as the pain was less when my chest wasn’t rising.

The good news: while I was laying in bed last night, Bennett was moving about and, for the first time, I was able to not only feel him from the inside, but from the outside, too!  Brian still has yet to catch him.

Other good news: After a good night’s sleep, I’m in much less pain today.  Yeah, I’m still realllllly uncomfortable and trying to rest.  But I think the worst is behind me and I’m hoping that by tomorrow morning I’ll feel even more like myself.

And the rest of the good news: I had another, more official ultrasound this morning.  Bennett is still a confirmed boy.  (Phew.)  And apparently he moves around a lot more than I can tell.  At the beginning of the ultrasound, he was breech.  Towards the middle, he flipped.  And by the end of it, he was laying on his side.  Never once did I feel any of that.

In other news, I’m told that my placenta is only half an inch from my cervix.  That doesn’t seem to be a huge deal now, but could be a notable deal later if that distance doesn’t change down the road.  Here’s what we’re praying against: placenta previa.

And if you’ve never had an ultrasound, let’s just get one thing clear:  They.  Get.  Gel.  E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E.  (I know, because I got both kinds of ultrasounds this morning.)  Holy cow!  If you can imagine the amount of jello that’s made from just using one packet, I’m pretty sure that’s how much goo I had to wipe off of my entire body this morning.  Sheesh.

And, oh yeah, my registering is finally finished!  (Though, I expect to tweak here and there along the way as people begin to point things out.  Like, apparently I registered for girl diapers.  If you see stuff like that, let me know!)  Whoever’s interested, if you look up “Suzy Spears” on, Target or Babies-R-Us, you’ll find our list!  (Baby shower dates to be announced later.)


  1. June 11, 2012

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, and that everything is going well!

  2. June 11, 2012

    Had that low placenta with all five of you. Praying it doesn’t cause any issues. Glad you feel better and praying you continue to mend. WhoooHoooo on feeling him more, I hope Brian will soon.

  3. June 11, 2012
    Cindi Loretz

    Praying for you Suzy, how neat that you can feel Bennett now, what a blessing.

  4. June 11, 2012

    I too had the low lying placenta. Not completely uncommon at this stage – mine did move up so it wasn’t an issue. So happy you are in less pain now. I am sure it was such a comfort to feel Bennett during your pain.

  5. June 11, 2012

    So glad to have the registers. Did you have an ultrasound on your back? Did they find anything?

    I am so sorry you were in pain.

    In this day and age, I don’t think anyone has ‘placenta previa’. They have so many good methods to hold things in place. Did your doctor mention this fact?

  6. June 11, 2012
    Heather F

    Just don’t rush your healing…take some time for yourself and Bennett to heal fully. Definitely glad you are feeling at least somewhat better.

  7. June 11, 2012

    Chiropractor! Even if you don’t go normally, during pregnancy and afterward is a great time to take advantage of the benefits of chiropractic care. So much is changing and moving, its asking your body a lot to adjust all by itself. You want your spine to be able to work the best possible since its the roadway to everything else working.
    So glad you felt him move, very cool.

  8. Placentas do usually move upwards as the uterus grows during pregnancy (although there certainly are plenty of people who have previa now–nothing doctors can do to move the placenta around once it’s there, and it is really a dangerous situation!). I’ll definitely be praying yours moves the right direction!

    And I second the chiropractor recommendation. I’ve been going to one I really like my past 3 pregnancies, and it has been so helpful. It’s amazing how out-of-whack things can get from being pregnant. You definitely want everything lined up right, esp. as delivery gets closer!

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