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Word of the Week – Discomfort

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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!

Emma x

 

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10 Comments

  1. Sounds tough … but, I guess, nearly there! Easy for me to say, huh? #WOTW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Haha don’t worry Enda, I won’t hold it against you! It’s not all bad, I don’t get asked to help with any heavy lifting now…or much else. Silver linings! #WotW

  2. Oh no! Sending hugs! I didn’t suffer with my pelvis but did with sciatica towards the end of my pregnancies which was awful and I couldn’t get around much. Hang on in there. x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Thanks Kim! It’s rotten, but I’m pleased to say that I’m still really enjoying pregnancy. As long as I don’t too much moving it’s manageable 🙂 #WotW

  3. So sorry you are in pain. Is that the same as Symphisis Pubic Disfunction (SPD) I know names change over the years and it’s been a few since I was pregnant? I had it really bad with my now (gulp) 15 yr old. So bad I could barely walk. I think I got most comfort by having a body pillow in bed to curl up with and put between my knees. Make sure you have it in your birth plan so they don’t use stirrups. (do they still use stirrups these days? They should be banned.) Not long now. This usually happens because your body is getting ready for the birth. I hope you get some comfort soon.

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      I have no idea Anne, but I imagine there’s some crossover. My pillow helps so much and definitely gives me some relief. Don’t worry, based on the advice I’ve had I’ll be avoiding giving birth on my back at all costs! Of course, we’ll see what happens on the day. 🙂 #WotW

  4. Poor you suffering from pelvic girdle pain. I had it quite badly when I was pregnant with Jessica and it is horrible. If you can find a good chiropractor, I can recommend it. My chiropractor was brilliant and worked miracles with it. I saw her throughout my pregnancies with Sophie and Thomas and although I did have some PGP, it never flared up as badly second and third time around. She also advised to avoid hoovering and pushing things on the floor out of the way with your foot as these tend to make it flare up. I’m glad sitting on the birthing ball is helping though. Good luck with finding ways to ease it x #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      That’s such good advice. It can get frustrating that basic things like hoovering aren’t easy/ideal can’t it, but I don’t have long to go and the house can be cleaned properly in three months time 😛 Mike will help me too, I just hate asking because he’s already doing so much; forklift duties included! #WotW

  5. Ooh that sounds painful! I never experienced that so can’t offer any advise other than I hope it passes or you can find some way ease it

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      A birthing ball and lots of chocolate seem to be helping me out Karen. The chocolate is of course an essential 😉 #WotW

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