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BLOOMLIFE DIARIES - WEEK 2

Katherine Romrell

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BLOOMLIFE PREGNANCY TRACKER

I SURVIVED WEEK 2

Oh you guys, this week has been INSANE! Probably up to par with having been 34 weeks (now 35)!
I seriously thought this might be the week baby comes because I’ve never been in so much discomfort and pain! …I’ll get to that in a sec!

I don’t know if you’re the kinda crazy that includes God in their private conversations, But I definitely found myself doing that this week a lot! At one point, I was so irritable from pain & discomfort that I decided to stop everything I was doing and hop in a warm shower. (Showers & baths are magical for me).

I was having really mean contractions in the shower (Wasn’t wearing my monitor in the shower though, cause you’re not supposed to) and I just very seriously and matter-of-fact attitude exclaimed to God and said “Okay, either let this baby come out right now safe & sound or you need to make my body chill and make me comfortable like now. “ 😂😬… I was willing to get smitten for my sass too 🙈. Also notice, how I didn’t ask for more patience. Cause that’s a trap!
…. I’m going crazy!

Anyway, things escalated on Friday night. I was having irregular but mean contractions, I was having the WORST sciatica nerve pain I’ve ever felt in life, and I felt like I had been trickling liquid through out the day (very sporadically, but still). So finally I told Chris: “Pack your laptop, and let’s call our friends to watch over Leo cause we’re about to spend Friday night in the ER.

I didn’t think baby was coming, but something was off.

NOT ENOUGH RAP SONGS ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE ER

We get to the hospital, got admitted to L&B Triage, and they start running tests!!!
The staff was super amazing and accommodating.
Once they were done poking and prodding me, Chris and I popped out the laptop and started catching up on the newest Bachelorette Season and we just waited for the results to come back.

About an hour later the nurse comes in and asks me
”Have you ever passed a kidney stone?”
I’m like “nah”
and she says “Well it looks like you’re about to experience it !”

So! Kidney Stones!
That’s were all my latest contractions, the sciatica pain, and even the random trickling was coming from!

You guys….. Kidney stones are a Bi***!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I also din’t think the pain could get worse! My latest trips to the bathroom to empty my bladder, have been…. I don’t even have the words!
Scary? Fire? Horrible? Painful? … I’m scared to pee now, thats for sure.
It feels like my body is trying to get rid of something full-force but with no way out and you get mean contractions with it. Very painful & uncomfortable.

Apparently, Its super common to get kidney stones during pregnancy because of calcium build up. And the ironic thing is, Because my morning sickness was so bad the first trimester, I was lacking calcium, so I was put on calcium supplements starting the 2nd trimester….! Well it caught up! Haha!
This pregnancy has been a bag of tricks to say the least.

Anyways, after doing my research on kidney stones while pregnant, I read that the pain can get so bad, that it can cause you to go into labor! 😳 How crazy is that!!! I’m kinda hoping it at least moves the timeline closer cause I’M SO DONE!!!!! I’M DONE I’M DONE I’M DONE!

 
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WEEK 2 - DATA

Here’s my data for this week! I’m thinking I’m gonna start wearing this baby all day long. At least during this Kidney Stone storm, just to be safe.

If you still haven’t gotten on the bandwagon of this awesome Pregnancy Tracker + Contraction Monitor, I’ll be the little push you need. This device has not only been helpful to understand my contractions, but it’s brought me a piece of mind to know the Length, Timing, and Rhythm of my contractions. I’m looking forward to see how this all progresses as I get closer to my due date!

Go to www.bloomlife.com to rent your own device. Be sure to use my code to get 10% off your weekly rental: KAT10.

 
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STARTED: 12:37 AM // ENDED: 9:04 AM // NUMBER OF CONTRACTIONS: 76

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STARTED: 10:54 PM // ENDED: 4:01 AM // NUMBER OF CONTRACTIONS: 38

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STARTED: 12:18 AM // ENDED: 8:34AM // NUMBER OF CONTRACTIONS: 65

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STARTED: 11:33 PM // ENDED: 1:06 AM // NUMBER OF CONTRACTIONS: 6

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STARTED: 12:29 PM // ENDED: 2:29 AM // NUMBER OF CONTRACTIONS: 14

 

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BLOOMLIFE DIARIES - WEEK 1

Katherine Romrell

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Alright friends! Remember how I told you I was playing with and reviewing this little amazing contraction monitor by Bloomlife? Well, I’m posting the data of my first week with it, and some thoughts! And if you need a quick recap of what Bloomlife is and does, click on my last post.

It’s been a fun week sharing my contraction party with you guys on my Instagram Stories and letting you in on my terrible habits of indulging on my sweet tooth late at night before bed too! haha! I blame the pregnancy!

Another quick recap!
-Im currently 33 weeks pregnant.
-Not planning on going into labor anytime soon.
-Most women start feeling contractions during 2nd trimester.
-Blooomlife is best used as pregnancy tracker and contraction monitor starting the 3rd trimester.

 

WEEK 1 / 33 WEEKS PREGNANT

Bloomlife tracks your activity and contractions for you. It Shows when you’re getting a contraction in real time, How long the contraction is hitting you, and how far in between the next contraction. It also gives you a trend estimate of your contraction patterns and the average frequency and average duration. Pretty Awesome! Most nights I wore the monitor for an hour or two right before bed.

^Left monitor on overnight and had 51 contractions!!!! — Don’t worry, I didn’t feel them all and most weren’t that bad!

^Left monitor on overnight and had 76 contractions!!!! — Some I felt, and some I didn’t. Also 99% sure I lost my M-plug last night.

 
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I was super skeptical at first…

So, like I mentioned before in my previous post, I was a bit skeptical about using this device. One, cause the other ones I tried, didn’t even come close to accuracy and advanced technology bloom-life uses. And two, because I don’t think I experienced many contractions during my first pregnancy! I did get lots of cramps, and lots of braxton hicks too, but no real contractions. In fact, I made it all the way to week 39 when my water broke and headed to the hospital, and even then I didn’t feel much. I had to be put on pitocin. So I actually wasn’t even sure I would experience some contractions during this pregnancy. But oh boy, YES I HAVE! And I’m so glad i’ve had this monitor to validate that! Some of my contractions have been down right mean and obvious, and other have been mild and questionable. And luckily that is all up to par with how far along I’m at right now. We still want baby to bake a little longer, right?!

Now I feel validated…

I feel like I can’t emphasize that word enough. During my first pregnancy, I felt like… a newbie. As does everyone else, right?! I was constantly questioning everything and second guessing everything. During this 2nd one, I’ve definitely felt more confident, and with a “This is not my first rodeo” kind of mentality. However, there are still things about pregnancy that are somewhat unclear, and every pregnancy is different, so when I first started feeling contractions, I was like “OUCH! I think that was one” and the fact that this little device can pick up on what your uterus’s activity, is very empowering.

Week two …

Now that we’ve started a new week, I’ll basically be doing the same fun experiment with my monitor. I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’m kind of a night owl and I get started late at night. But you can catch the little snippets in my story for 24 hrs (you know the drill) and I’ll be sure to upload next week’s data too!

If you’re wanting to get your own device, you most certainly can. Be sure to use my code to get 10% off your weekly rental: KAT10.

 

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BLOOMLIFE PREGNANCY TRACKER

Katherine Romrell

 

Hello Pregnant Mommies!
I’ve taken the liberty of pulling you along with me on this journey I’m about to start for the next two weeks with Bloomlife!

If you’re wondering what BLOOMLIFE is, I’m here to tell you all about it!
Bloomlife is a pregnancy tracker (but not the kind you think) . It’s the first of its own and the world's first clinically validated wearable contraction monitor. YES! A contraction monitor! ….You thought I was talking about one of those phone apps, that all it does is track your baby’s growth week to week and compare your baby’s size to fruits, didn’t you? Haha! It’s okay, I have like 4 of those apps! BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT!

I’ll be honest, I’d seen this product circling around social media for a bit now but I was skeptical about it. During my first pregnancy, I had downloaded several “Contraction Monitor” apps on my phone (Emphasis on those quotation marks) but they were super confusing and you still had to count and time the contractions yourself! They were basically contraction calculators at best—That was very frustrating! How are you supposed to know that what you’re feeling is accurate when it’s your first?! Those apps didn’t even have a physical sensor to go along with and that should’ve been a hot indicator. Palm-to-Face!
Whatever! Hindsight… am I right?!

So along came this opportunity to review the product and here we are!
Another confessions though… I did try a session already…. without you guys! (Cue the guilty face) But I was insanely curious! And am happy to report that this thing definitely seems to work the way we want it to work! Before I dive into a few details of what my first session was like: I’m gonna get some Q&A’s out of the way, that I myself had!

 

Q&A’S

Q: How does it read contractions and how do you know?
A:
“Bloomlife is completely non-invasive and measures uterine activity with electrophysiology (the same technology used when doctors measure your heart rhythm with EKG).”
A: To view and keep track of your contractions, you download the Official BloomLife app. The app syncs to your Bloomlife device.

Q:What comes in the box?
A:
(I was curios about this one myself, so I took a picture of the items inside. Just incase you’re a visual-being like me!) The box contains everything you will need: Bloomlife sensor, patches, sensor charging cord, and a quick guide. Pictured above.

Q: Can Bloomlife tell you the difference between Braxton Hicks and real labor contractions?
A: Yes & No

”Bloomlife detects all uterine muscle activity including Braxton Hicks. It cannot, at the moment, classify Braxton Hicks vs. labor contractions.” [However, this is NOT A DEAL BREAKER because…] “the contraction pattern bar allows women to quickly see regularity of contractions.” [Irregular = Braxton Hicks / Regular = Labor Contractions.]

Q: Do I have to wait till I’m in active labor to use it?
A: Nooooo.
Definitely don’t wait that long because by that time, you will most likely need to use your own hospital’s gear. You can start using BloomLife when you hit your 3rd trimester. “Bloomlife works best as a preparative learning and connecting tool in the weeks leading up to labor.”

Q: Will it tell me when I need to go to the hospital?
A: “Bloomlife does not notify you when it is time to head to the hospital. Rather it helps you decide for yourself whether or not you are in labor based on contraction regularity and timing. Women and their partners use the data to make more confident decisions and/or facilitate the conversation with their care team.”

For more Q&A’s go to https://bloomlife.com/frequently-asked-questions/

 

FIRST SESSION

Alright, so my first session was really cool.
I decided to try it out at night, once Leo was in Bed and Chris and I were getting into our couch & netflix routine. Usually at night is when I feel more activity on my uterus anyway. I think that’s the norm for most women?!

Also, I think that you should treat your first session with a little patience. I used it for two hours and the 2nd hour seemed to have more accurate readings of what was going on. Braxton hicks vs Baby Movement! Yes It can sense your baby moving too! Double cool!

After each session, it gives you a summary of your contraction trend!
I had 7 within those two hours! And I can confidently say they were contractions. Irregular contractions but none the less, they were contractions! It records what time you got a contraction, how long it lasted, and the minutes in between the next one. It does it in real time too, so every time I felt a contraction, I looked at my app and sure enough it was recording one. I feel like Im geeking out right!

So what I’ll be doing for the next two weeks is recording a bit of my session everyday and sharing it with you girls!

If you just can’t wait to get your own: Use my code to get 10% off your weekly rental: KAT10.
If you want to experience it through me first, I’ll see you in my stories!

 

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We're Pregnant! Again!

Katherine Romrell

Photography Courtesy of @adamjlytle

 

Yes!
We’re pregnant! 
I still can’t believe it!
I’m gonna be a mom of 2 human beings and We’re gonna be a family of 4!!!!   

Anxious mess is what i would describe myself as since finding out!!   
That last picture, perfectly describes how we’ve all been feeling about this.

How did we find out? 
Ha! This is a funny story!   I was sure there was something wrong with my thyroid cause my hormones had been acting out of whack! For the past couple of months, I’ve been breaking out like crazy, my hair has been super brittle and thin, and it’s been hard to shed weight. All those symptoms have been more prominent recently. I don’t think it helps that I always borderline on the side of anemia.  So I went to the doctor to get my thyroid checked and got blood work done!   

The doctor said they’d call me the next day with my results.   

That night, i had a nagging feeling to take a pregnancy test! So i did!
The pregnancy test had a very bold line and a VERY faint 2nd line. I couldn’t tell if i was just seeing a shadow of where a 2nd line would be. So i took another one. And another one. And another one. I think i took like 5 that night. And i made Chris take one for comparison.
Chris’s only had one line and no shadow. Thank goodness 😅😉.
But all of mine had a SUPER FAINT 2nd line.    

I started panicking. I literally felt my sugar drop and i had to sit. And i just kept saying:
“Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god...”
meanwhile Chris was just giggling with excitement!
We basically swapped places from the first time we found out we were pregnant.    

So after Chris eased my anxiety. We went to sleep. Correction; he went to sleep!   

A part of me was excited of the possibility. And the other half was just panicked. I wasn’t mad at any point. We’re adults, and we‘re very aware of the consequences to our actions. Plus, I kinda knew there was a huge possibility of this happening since we had been making up for lost time from Chris’s trip to Berlin.
More about that here; Part One and Part Two.     

So. I wasn’t mad. But had it been up to me, I would have wanted to wait maybe one more year, and i have a list of reasons why a one-year minimum sounded good. But then again, there’s never a perfect time to bring a child into the world. 🤷🏼‍♀️.    

The next morning, I woke up to a call from a nurse. She said;
“Kat, you’re blood work came back just fine... but... congratulations you ARE pregnant!”    

Holy moly. Let that sink in. I’m pregnant.