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.
The bathroom in our apartment has tile on part of the walls and a tile floor. The amount of dust that was starting to collect on the edges of the floor and the bottom part of the tile wall was really starting to get on my nerves. Of course, the greatest build-up was located in hard-to-reach corners and behind the toilet. I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to get on my hands and knees and scrub off all of the dust this afternoon.
At about 1:00 this morning, I suddenly had menstrual cramps and low back pain reminiscent of a bad period. I was already laying in bed, so I figured I’d just keep trying to fall asleep and maybe they’d go away. An hour later, they still were bad and keeping me awake so I decided to call my clinic’s 24-hour nurse line. Their concern scared me a bit and they gave me the number of the birth center at the local hospital. The nurse that I spoke with really freaked me out when she said that her gut reaction is that I need to come in immediately, but that I should consult the OBGYN on-call before doing so. I was patched through to her shortly after 2am and she instructed me to drink lots of water and lay down to see if it would go away. If it didn’t, I would need to come into the hospital.
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It’s been over a week since I received my Leachco Preggle Comfort Air-Flow Body Pillow. I absolutely LOVE it. While it has a rather awkward shape that the hubster and I get a laugh out of, it does a fantastic job keeping my hips aligned at night and relieving hip and lower back pain. My old body pillow just wasn’t cutting it anymore and I was in desperate need of a thicker pillow to place between my knees to support my hip alignment. I was in pain morning and night.