Pelvic Aches: I don’t know how it started or where it came from, but one morning I just woke up with this ache in between my legs. The best way to describe it is this feeling of a huge bruise on my pelvic bone area, and the pain is persistent. It hurts the most when I sit/lay in one position for too long and then get up. So now I have to do this thing where I roll to my side and gently prop myself to my feet. I’m not sure if this is normal or if it’s something I should be concerned about. This article is the closest thing I’ve found to describing what I’m feeling, but I don’t want to self diagnose.
Doing prenatal yoga has helped, but it’s hard to motivate yourself to do any sort of physical activity when you’re in pain. Walking my dogs twice a day for about 20 minutes also helps get my blood flowing without too much strain. That’s about as much physical activity as I’ve gotten lately. I miss the days when I could lace up my shoes and go for a run without a second thought.
Prenatal Acupuncture: I got prenatal acupuncture done this week. I thought it was a great experience, and got a good vibe from my acupuncturist. After I filled out a medical history form, she asked me a bunch of questions regarding my health, then she took my pulse. She then proceeded to stick needles in my back and around my feet/calf area. The ones on my back were meant to help with constipation (a frequent problem in pregnancy) and the ones around my calf were “for the health of the baby” (her exact words).
I normally hate needles, but the needles used by acupuncturists are so thin that you don’t even feel them! I laid on the bed for about 30 minutes under a heatlamp and was done. She checked my pulse one last time and that was it. Quick and painless. I asked her if my pulse showed anything weird, and she said it showed her that I was having an incredibly healthy pregnancy and that I don’t really need to see her for awhile. I plan to go again in about a month up and continue to go until I go into labor.
One advice my acupuncturist gave me that I found very interesting was that she told me NOT to have my husband give me shoulder massages. She said there are pressure points in our shoulder area that lead to miscarriage, so if you’re a massage lover… be extremely careful!
I decided to change things up a bit for this week’s picture and do away with the boring old tank top. I happened to be wearing a black dress and simply put on a belt so you can see the belly better. I think I look HUGE this week even in black, what do you guys think?
Week 23 Day 5
Weighing in at: 138 lbs. Belly Size: 36 inches
How Baby is Growing:
- Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance.
- And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes.
- Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world.
- Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.
How Mama is Doing:
- You may notice that your ankles and feet start to swell a bit in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer.
- Sluggish circulation in your legs — coupled with changes in your blood chemistry that may cause some water retention — may result in swelling, also known as edema. Your body will get rid of the extra fluid after you have your baby, which is why you’ll pee frequently and sweat a lot for a few days after delivery.
- In the meantime, lie on your left side or put your feet up when you can, stretch out your legs when you sit, and avoid sitting — or standing — in one place for long periods.
- Also, try to exercise regularly to increase circulation, and wear support stockings (put them on first thing in the morning) and roomy, comfortable shoes. You may be tempted to skimp on liquids to combat swelling, but you need to drink plenty of water because staying hydrated actually helps prevent fluid retention.