Last week, I thought my body was trying to have a period—right on time, if I count the D&C as Day 1)—but the gunk coming out of me looked scary. Kind of like the stuff that makes Spider-Man into the Bad Spider-Man. Not the sort of thing that shouts, "Healthy reproductive system!"
But just in time for the weekend, things took a turn for the normal, and I can happily say with complete confidence, I got my period!
(I guess the Venom-y discharge was just the system revving up? Let's hope...)
This is actually pretty exciting stuff. This is my first normal period in seven months, and it feels like a huge sigh of relief. Also, I actually kind of like my period. Even before all of this pregnancy-loss and retained-placental tissue stuff, my period was a welcome sign that my body insides were more or less healthy, doing what they're supposed to do.
I also have a few things that make my period-time more awesome than it might otherwise be, starting with...
I love my washable pads. They're truly one of the best purchases I've ever made for myself. I bought the Deluxe Kit when Rob and I were first married, and a few extra pads and liners since, and they have more than paid for themselves. Disposable menstrual products are icky, pricey, and bad for Mother Earth. Cloth pads are comfy, durable, and make you feel a little more like an amazing Earth Mother. Plus, they're cute!
Incidentally, if you're going to have a miscarriage and bleed and spot more or less continuously for three
weeks months straight, having your pads be soft and pretty is excellent for morale. Just saying.
2.) Dark chocolate + Raspberry
As you may know, I am not a fan of the chocolate. Unless you stick some fruit in it, and then I'm mildly interested. If you're a period-time-means-chocolate-time gal, I recommend throwing some raspberries into the mix.
Rob must have picked up on my silent fantasizing about eating chocolate-raspberry something, because he came home with a bar of Rice Dream Raspberry Dark Chocolate. Which we promptly devoured, though it was a little sweeter than I like. Naturally, I was forced to give myself a little Chocolove.
(Note to the all soy-free, all the time folks: both of these contain soy lecithin. I'm still on the lookout for a vegan, gluten-free, soy-free chocolate-raspberry something.)
3.) Hot Diggity Dog!
The Hot Diggity Dog—which is just so much fun to say!—is basically a microwaveable rice sock in the shape of a dachshund. He's designed to be warmed up and draped around your neck to ease muscle and shoulder pain. But he's equally fantastic for cramps! I like to sit with him between my low back and the chair, or draped over my lap. Of course, I have to find him first.
Hot Diggity Dog is usually mixed up with Westley's stuffed animal posse. Probably because he looks so cute curled up on the playroom daybed. In fact, I might just have to admit that this thing is actually a full-time toy now, and make myself a sewn rice bag. After I learn to sew, that is.
Just a little note to say this was NOT a sponsored post. I just really, truly dig this period-friendly stuff and wanted to share. Or overshare, as per usual.