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Each Friday, I would like to share a word of the week with you. Something that summarises what I’ve been up to, how I’ve felt and how life is generally going. I’d love if you’d share your own in the comments or even join in with the link up if you are a blogger. (You can find the details at the bottom of this post.) It can be so therapeutic to reflect on what’s been happening, good or bad. It will be nice to look back on these posts in the future too!
This week I have chosen the word Discomfort
Pregnancy has been kicking my butt this week. Or should I say, more specifically, my pelvis. Unfortunately it looks like I’m dealing with Pelvic Girdle Pain now that I am in my third trimester and oh my goodness the discomfort is very much there. It’s even painful sometimes.
On bad days, walking is tough and I have to move like a snail. Mike has to follow me up and down the stairs to make sure I don’t get stuck and we may soon need a mini forklift to help me on and off of the sofa and the bed. Most frustratingly of all my sleep has been terrible as I constantly have to readjust to try and get comfortable during the night. I suppose this is just another way to prepare for the sleepless nights in the early months…right?
For anyone who may be interested or experiencing the same thing and wondering what it is, PGP is one of the very common side effects of pregnancy that many women experience. It happens as a result of the muscles and ligaments around your pelvis relaxing and joints being more free to move and rub together as a result. From what I’ve read, you feel it most of all in your hips, in the centre of your pelvis and in your lower back.
I’m grateful to say that my midwife has been great in making some helpful suggestions and even the NHS website has a lot of great guidance. The most helpful, I’ve found, is sitting on a birthing ball for half an hour or so each night. Yes I look very cool bouncing away as we catch up on our shows in the evening. Yes, Mike gets very jealous. Don’t worry, I let him sit on it sometimes too.
If you’ve experienced PGP yourself, I’d be so grateful for any suggestions you might have to help handle it please. Every little thing that can help me to move around and get a better sleep is worth trying!
You can read my last word of the week post here.
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