I really thought that today was the day. I woke up at 6am with severe back pain and contractions. They continued to come every 6 minutes for the next 8 hours. We went for a walk, I drank a lot of water, ate some food, rested…everything that they always tell you to do to make sure they’re not Braxton Hicks contractions. They were the real deal.
This winter has dragged by. It seems like we have had a snowstorm nearly every weekend since November 1st! Yesterday, it was beautiful, warm and sunny….and today it’s a rainy mess.
I think I’m a little depressed. On Friday, the baby dropped. That would be a good thing, except for the tremendous pain and discomfort I’m in. It’s hard to bend at all anymore. It hurts to walk. And then this morning, I put a pair of my full-panel jeans on and the panel fits differently now that my belly is even lower than before. I pulled out a maternity top that was billed as a “tunic,” but it looks more like a mumu. It’s raining outside and it’s really dark out. I’m tired and can’t imagine doing this for another five weeks to reach my due date. I’ve been reminded that I might go past my due date.
As if I thought I was in enough pain and discomfort…
Last night, my pelvis felt like it was shattered. My back was killing me. I could barely walk around and after I had changed into pajama pants, I was nearly in tears from the pain of bending over. I didn’t think it was possible to pee more than I already was but, alas!, it is.
About a year ago when Hubster wanted to get an exercise ball, I was against it. I pictured this big ol’ ball taking up what precious little floor space we had. I pictured it sitting there collecting dust because neither of us would ever use it.
In the back of my mind, I have always thought that ladies at the end of their pregnancies with the arched backs and the duck waddle were exaggerating. Why would anyone need to counterbalance by bending backward? And why, WHY, would anyone need to walk like a duck?
In BabyCenter’s latest email blast, they sent out a link to this article on how to relieve a list of 7 pregnancy aches and pains. I was happy to look at the list and realize I do NOT have several of the problems.
And if you’re struggling from severe low back pain like I am, here is a link on how to help relieve that.