I’ve developed some pelvic instability – or Pubis Symphysis Dysfunction, as it is technically called.
I’m particularly sore on the right side, and it makes walking pretty uncomfortable. I am well and truly waddling like a goose these days! Sleeping can be difficult during a flare up too because every time I move in bed (or even if H moves) the pain wakes me up. Last night I only got a few hours of sleep and today I’m taking my second day off work in a row – largely because of a flare up of the PSD pain, and also because I feel generally unwell with a headache and a very uncomfortable belly. I think Bert must be going through one of his growth spurts because it all feels very tight in there and I’m getting short of breath very easily.
The silver lining of experiencing this pelvic pain is that one of the physiotherapists at work referred me to a specialist in women’s physiotherapy who has a particular interest in pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. I have seen her twice and am so thoroughly impressed. Not only has she addressed the pelvic instability, but she has given me a really good understanding of how to use my pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and has even – don’t laugh – taught me how to poo properly. Trust me, most of us have been doing it wrong! I really wish that I’d gone to see her earlier, just for basic pregnancy advice and exercise. She also runs a birth class which I have signed up for, which sounds like it will be much more practical that the classes run by our birthing centre. While those classes focussed more on simply explaining the options for pain relief, these classes actually go through the mechanics of how to effectively push, which muscles to recruit during which stages of labour and very useful info like that. And at the end of the class you go home with a TENS machine so you have it available to use as soon as the contractions start. The classes aren’t until I’m 36 to almost 38 weeks’ pregnant, so Bert better not decide to come before 38 weeks!
I think all pregnant women should go and see a specialist like this – they are a font of knowledge and have much more time to spend with you than the average obstetrician. I truly cannot recommend this particular practitioner highly enough.
In other news, everything else remains well. I am astounded every day at just how strong Bert is! His movements can almost throw me off balance and if I dare rest a book against the top of my tummy he will promptly kick it right off! We are now just about fully stocked up on baby products – we just need to get organised and shift bedrooms sometime in the next month as planned, and then I can have fun setting the nursery up properly!