On Wednesday, I had the weirdest thing happen to me. I was on my way home from work (which is about a one hour drive, depending on traffic) when I started to feel really gassy and bloated. At first – that was not at all remarkable. I’m lactose-intolerant, but still insist on eating dairy, so gassy for me is about par for the course.

But this time, it started to become really painful. It came in waves. I would be fine (except for pressure in my abdomen) for a few seconds, and then the pressure would build to the point that it hurt to breathe in. I also started to feel a sharp pain on my left side between the ribs just under my breast. The sharp pain came and went with the pressure build-ups.

I was about 75% home when I started to think about changing my course from home to an urgent care. I was in so much pain, even though it was intermittent, and more than anything else, I was really confused. Could I be constipated? I’ve suffered from extreme constipation before, and that pain always manifested itself in my back, so I ruled that out. I knew I already had an appointment with my doctor the following day, so I decided to just go home and see if laying down made any difference.

As soon as I got home, I sat down on the toilet and let out some toots (sorry if that seems like TMI, but it’s only going to get worse from here), which helped a little. Then, I put my sweats on and curled up on the couch on my husband’s lap. He got me a ginger ale, and I sipped it through a straw until the pain went away, and I fell asleep.

I felt fine the next morning, but that afternoon at my appointment I still told my doctor all about this weird…gas attack. She asked some questions, one of which was if I was taking any new medication. Without thinking, I said no, because I wasn’t taking any new medicine. But, I had started taking prenatal vitamins! Ding ding ding! When I told my doctor about the vitamins (always assume that I typed ‘vitamins’ with the intent of it being pronounced like a British person: ‘vitemins’) she was like, “Oh, well then that’s all it was. Prenatal vitamins have a lot of side effects…including bloating, gas and associated pressure.”

Oh. I see. I’m not even knocked up yet and this baby is already making me uncomfortable. Not a great start, haha. So, unfortunately, I’ve prepared myself for the possibility that I’ll have to endure many more…gas attacks. Myself, and anyone else on prenatal vitamins, should also be on the lookout for: “not feeling well,” itching, loss of appetite, “feel like throwing up,” over-excitement (???), abdominal swelling, and taste problems. Yikes. Although, I could use some over-excitement. I tend to be pretty…under-excited. Fingers crossed!

My doctor also said that I seemed perfectly healthy, and that aside from needing to wean myself off of Wellbutrin XL (which I have been on for about 2 years), all I needed to do was get pregnant! Some good news! So, tomorrow is officially my last day on birth control! I’ve read that it is a good idea to give yourself one normal cycle (especially if you have been on hormonal birth control for many years) before you start trying to conceive, so that is what March will be for me. Even then, it is possible my fertility won’t return after one cycle, but there is only one way to find out! Luckily, it’s a super fun way! 😉

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Author: Jess Leonard

It's me, Jess! Seen here with Husband, and one of our pooches, Ainsley. I'm 27-years-old, beyond ready for babies, and super broke. Join me on this insane journey of figuring out how to live the lives we want as baby crazy, but heavily indebted millennials. Fun facts about me: I grew up in Southern California, near Coachella, I looooove jamming on my planner (I use a MAMBI Happy Planner), and my spirit animal is Leslie Knope.

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