Monday, September 29, 2008

Some treat!

I saved my money for a rare, pre-baby pedicure.

The manicurists took one look at my super-swollen feet and said, "I don't think we should do these."

Afraid they might pop?

Me, too. I guess I'll just wear socks in labor.

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

My sister had so much fluid with baby number 5 that her toes actually oozed fluid! No manicure for her! But she had a healthy nine pound + baby! I hope that all goes well, and that baby will soon be here.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry. Better safe than sorry though. I am tinking of you. Hope your delivery is 'uneventful' and as 'easy' as possible. Roxie

Emma said...

Poor Meredith! Just order them to do it w/o massaging!! Tell them I said so;)

jessica @pianomomsicle said...

Oh no! i'm so sorry! Apparently, drinking lots of water makes you not as swollen: which makes no sense to me, but it seems to work ok. i can definitely tell the difference in my feet when i've had a lot of water to drink.

i wish you the best of luck. Go try again!

Kacie said...

Aw man! I wish you could have had your pedicure. Maybe later!

Ewokgirl said...

That sounds uncomfortable! However, if it is any consolation, I doubt that anyone in the delivery room will be paying any attention to your toes!

Hope the remainder of your pregnancy is easy. Take care!

Lu said...

What a bummer. My feet have been pretty bad during pregnancy but they've never refused me... maybe they wanted too and just didn't know how to.... ha! Maybe you can get that pedicure after the baby comes?!

frugalmom said...

I'm sure your edema is just as bad as mine (or worse, if that's possible) but that's just plain cruel to deny you your pedicure! And I have found that no amount of water to drink or avoiding sodium has helped. It's just gravity cutting off the circulation in my veins and the only way to avoid it would be 100% bed rest. I hope the end of your pregnancy isn't too uncomfortable and soon your announcing the birth of your new little one!
Monique (38 w 1 d along myself)

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Awwww! Good luck with your pregnancy! Hope that baby comes in good time!

Carrien said...

happy post baby pedicure?

I second the water thing. From my first mid wife comes this trick. Put a one gallon pitcher of water in the fridge that's just for you, add some lemon slices if you like. Every morning fill it up, and make sure that it's empty when you go to bed at night. It's the easiest way to keep track of how much water you are drinking, it's never as much as you think.

And best wishes for an easy labor.

mama k said...

Oh bummer!

Well drink your water and put your feet up mama. :)

Edi said...

Just save that money for a post-delivery pedicure...that way you can enjoy the pedicure PLUS a little time out away from the children :)

Jan said...

This too shall pass.

Shannon M said...

Maybe you can save it for when you hit the postpartum "feeling frumpy" stage:) I was swollen like that last time - it's such a pain. At least those shoes are cute - I had to wear slip on keds to church.

Tubo Family said...

Oh bummer! Have you tried the essential oil foot soak for swelling yet? I'd love to send you some if you'd let me.

Amiyrah said...

awww....so sorry you couldn't get in a little pampering! But, I am glad to see you are doing well. Not post for a week had my mind turning lol.

ancient one said...

nobody will be looking at your toes.. all eyes will be on the baby...relax.. they'll be pretty again.

Lorie said...

Oh no! I am sorry you didn't get your pedicure! Save it for after the baby comes! When you can see your feet! ;D

Michelle Smiles said...

Oh that sucks! I had sausages for toes for the last 3 months so I feel your discomfort.

Jenny S said...

I am so sorry!!

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

It's just kind of embarassing! Not question of looking pretty--more like basic grooming : )

I have let my feet go the last couple of months, and I hate the thought of these callused heels lying so close to the medical team during delivery.

Anonymous said...

Aww, I'm so sorry. Sending lots of hugs your way!
Jamie

ilovemy5kids said...

My heart is filled with sympathy. I love spa pedicures! I had no idea the luxury until lately, 5 babies later. Now I'm saving my nickels and dimes!

Anonymous said...

Aww, I'm sorry you didn't get your pedicure. On a bit of the brighter side, I really don't think anyone, including the medical team, expects a nine-month pregnant lady to have perfectly manicured toes and heels. After all, it's impossible to even reach one's feet at that stage. :) I wanted to tell you a (not-so)funny story that happened to me when I was probably about seven months pregnant with my son. I was in church on a Sunday morning (so lots of people were around), and this lady comes up to me and bends down right in front of me and literally inspects my ankles. Her head was like, two feet from my ankles. She straightens back up, and says, "Well, not too much swelling yet!" and walks on. This was also the same lady who a few weeks later came up (again in front of a group of people) and grabs my hand, studies my fingers, and comments that at least I can still wear my wedding rings. (I did end up with swelling for both my pregnancies, but thankfully, she didn't make any more comments.) Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly, and that maybe you can find another salon who will pamper you a little! You deserve it!

debbie bailey said...

I've always been amazed at how fast my swollen feet go down after giving birth. Almost immediately afterwards I can see my ankle bones again. I forgot I had them. It had been so long since I could see them! Hope all goes well with the birth of your new little one.

cara said...

that's terrible! i can't believe they opted not to do it. my legs and ankles were swollen for 2 weeks afterward. not fun. i feel your pain.

Indie said...

The medical team has seen worse I'm sure.

And there is such a thing as not enough sodium when you're swelling.

Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma said...

Oh no! One of my fav pregnancy treats was going in for a pedicure and pre-natal massage. How about hubby giving you a pedicure? Those are the best anyway. Take care!

Betsy said...

I had this with my first pregnancy--my heart goes out to you! HOpefully this sweet baby will come soon, and with him, the swelling will be gone.

jackie said...

Get those feet up girl. Mine were like that too, and it was painful at times so I feel for you. I had a little one at the time which made it difficult to do. Praying for you. Jackie

Dr. Mom said...

I bought some big, thick, fluffy, pink socks just for the birth of my daughter. It made me feel better. I recommend it! Hope your labor goes well and is over quick!

ispeakbeanish said...

How disappointing! I hope you're able to get one done somewhere before the baby comes.

Anonymous said...

Meredith,

Do you have a tube of lanolin lying around? I had some the first time I nursed a baby. Anyway, lanolin supposed to be good for softening calloused feet - and it does work for me as long as I apply it. The only drawback is smelling like a sheep. . . . Looking forward to hearing about the arrival of your new little one!
Susan in San Antonio

Chief Family Officer said...

Yikes! I'm so sorry, Meredith. Maybe you could just sand down the heels with a file, or use a sugar scrub on them? Hugs!

Mikki said...

Man, that really stinks! I know how hard it is to reach your own feet when you're pregnant, so you have to rely on your hubby or the professionals. Stinks when the pro's won't do it. I guess it might be understandable, but still a bummer.

Anonymous said...

Trust me, Meredith, as one who has been part of that medical team at the end of the delivery table....they won't be noticing your feet! This sounds so awful to say, but probably the only thing we ever really notice is someone who isn't clean and smells...umm...."not fresh" shall we say!! Not very pleasant when you're all in close quarters!
When I saw the picture for a new post I got all excited thinking, "OH!! Meredith's baby is here!" We'll all be excited for you when the big day finally comes!
It won't be long now!
Susan :-)

One Woman's Journey said...

Meredith please take care
Love Ernestine

Erika said...

Yeah, I remember my feet feeling like--I don't know--play-dough! Could push my finger in and the dent would stay. When I was expecting my twins, I was finally reduced to wearing mens sneakers--the store had no women's shoes of any kind that would fit my gigantic feet! Seems to me wearing socks in delivery would be a good thing anyway. I remember my feet getting cold. I hope it all goes just perfect for you!

Anonymous said...

Oh Meredith....I'm sorry you couldn't get your pedicure!! That would have been a nice treat! :o) Once baby comes, maybe you can reschedule. I hope so!

Brenda

Maria said...

One thing I don't miss while being pregnant is the swollen feet.

You've been tagged.

Anonymous said...

praying for you Meredith, thanks for posting.

Do you have a friend, mom or hubs...even Andrew?...who would exfoliate your heels? The nice sugar scrub you made 'way back would provide some level of exfoliation. When I've been desperate, I go to a pool or beach, soak my feet and rub them against the concrete sides or sand.

Don't even know if that would be healthy at this point, but certainly share your desire to put up nice feet : )

deb meyers

NeedANap2 said...

Meredith,
Don't worry about what anyone else will see! We had a ladies' fellowship get together last year (church) and someone was doing pedicures, would someone else do it for you???

I'm so sorry. The feet/ankle swelling is one of the worst parts of pregnancy for me. Soon you'll forget all about it (there's other things and SOMEONE else to worry about!). :)

Anonymous said...

Oh no you poor thing.

Well maybe some lovely lotion would be just as nice. Or you could splurge on some gorgeous nail polish. OPI has some beautiful fall shades. For the cost of a pedicure you could get a few. Or an at home foot soaker/spa machine. My husband uses one of these and loves it.
Whatever the plan make sure to spoil yourself a little bit. Growing a person is hard work!
LOL

Bell said...

Well that stinks. Maybe you should get a pretty manicure instead since your hands will be in photos holding that lovely newborn.

Hope you are feeling good.

artgirlATL said...

awe... don't worry. Besides, socks are cozy and comfy. Have a new fall magazine and some chocolate milk you deserve it mommy.

It's a Mom Thing said...

Bless your heart! I agress with another reader, save it for later, when you need a half hour of "mama time." Then that pedicure will be awesome!

Hang in there! God Bless!

Amy T. said...

When I was pregnant with my first I could only wear Burkinstocks for the last 2 months and NOTHING helped the swelling. When I was in labor, nurses would bring their friends in to my room see my lovely, enormous feet! My current OB says he puts bad swellers on an all-melon diet for a week! Impossible with GD though, huh? Anyway, they went down right away and I wore my very floppy sandals home and throw them away!

Anonymous said...

My friend "swears" by using vasoline at night and wearing socks over the vasoline and that's all you will need! I will be praying for your birth! Don't worry about your feet!! :)

Carla

Elle said...

Ok, it's been 10 years since I had a baby and I really have no recollection, but can you wear socks? Something pretty? I have a "thing" about anyone being near my feet- that's what I'd try. (And I feel for you- I had Macy's Thanksgiving Parade float-feet the last month.)
Take care! L

nea said...

your absence made me think he might have already arrived. hope you got that pedicure. my friend treated me to one a week before my son arrived. and oh, was it ever nice! nea

Anonymous said...

Awww, poor pregnant lady, lol! Just wear some cute socks during the delivery and don't worry about it. Save the pedicure for after the birth, if you can tear yourself away from your sweet, new baby. I'll pray for a safe delivery :-)

April C.

fluffernutter said...

Stupidly, I painted my toenails black when I was 6 months, By 10 months (I was overdue) you can imagine the condition of the polish. Never mind the nekkid girl parts: my feet looked worse, I'm sure.

Elizabeth G. said...

Wow, I've never heard of that. Sorry about the turned down pedicure. I hope you are doing well.
Elizabeth

Ruth said...

From one preggers woman to another--I'm sorry! I am due mid-November with boy number 4! I am feeling your last month...

Anonymous said...

for the swelling my midwife told me

drink lots of water and submerge yourself in as much water as possible - something about the water pressure on your skin helps the swelling to go down.

it actually works

*j-u-l-e-s* said...

awwwwwwwwww.........

sorry you couldn't get your toes done!

soon! soon! soon!

Sher said...

Hey there, Sweetie, I just found my way over here. The girls are right, drink lots of water. Squeeze a little lemon wedge in with each glass. And keep your feet elevated at every opportunity! If you can't use a coffee table or stool, an upside down wastebasket with a pillow on top works!
I remember being super swollen when I was pregnant with my son (now 30 years old). It was miserable; the only shoes I could wear were flip-flops. As far as your toes go, have your hubby paint your toenails for you. My ex and I were separated when I was pregnant but my best friend would have done it if I had asked.

Elizabeth said...

I have a friend who had an uncomplicated pregnancy but was told that she should not get the leg massage that they give you with a pedicure. There's some medical reason for that, but I don't remember what it is. That's too bad, because a pedicure is one of the most relaxing things you can do.

Hope your feet feel better soon!