23 July 2012

Wanting a Baby Instead of a Pregnancy!

 Well, here I am... all 30-lb belly of me... hopefully only days to go!

I feel waay older than I have before- I was pregnant the first time when I was 21. Now I am 12 years older, have 4 kids, a disabled husband, 4 dogs, 23 chickens, and 4000 square feet of home to care for. (And no car.)

My midwife says my uterus is stretchy and baggy (ok, not the words she said, just the words I heard). So on the plus side, the baby has plenty of room to move around and I can enjoy a million kicks (and hiccups) a day to sustain me later when I will never. be. pregnant. again.

Yeah, James said I've said that before. But this time I mean it.

So, because I've never really slowed down for pregnancy, I moved too fast a few times and thought I pulled a muscle, but each time I'd take a few days off and made my kids do more, and it would revert to a normal "sore from pregnancy" level of pain. All my weight is in my belly and I thought I strained some low support muscle below my baby belly. But when I really jacked it up the third time I was whining to my midwife and she said that, actually, I had probably messed up my pubic symphisis. It's the cartilage between the two wings of your pelvic bones in the front. WOW it is painful. I can't lift my legs or roll over. I'm using my pant legs to move my legs. It sucks.
What exactly is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction? During pregnancy or birth, about one in 35 women will experience intense pelvic pain. This pain is a result of separation of the symphysis pubis which is a joint in the very front part of the pelvic bone structure. There is cartilage that fills the gap in the bones. Some women, however, have too much play in the pelvis causing a large gap between the bones. source
that grey part under the baby's head is where it hurts
The hormone progesterone, produced in pregnancy, causes softening of the joint cartilage and allows the bones to move. This movement causes pain, particularly when walking or stressing the joint. The symptoms can become so severe it can impair a woman's ability to walk. Some types of movement, such as lying on the back and turning to the side can worsen the pain. When she walks, her steps will get shorter until she is almost waddling. Walking up and down stairs is especially difficult. source
Each time I am pregnant I get more symptoms. With my first pregnancy, I had no syymptoms. Like, really, zilch. Just a big 'ol basketball under my shirt. I didn't even "go into labor." It was very disappointing to read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and then get nada of what they described. (Like anyone wants morning sickness, I just felt left out.)

Then, in subsequent pregnancies, as I met more mothers and heard of their sufferings, and as my life began to fill with more and more responsibilities, I began to be thankful for my easy pregnancies- if they had been hard or if I had been physically limited, all the other things I just had to do would have suffered more than they did. But man, this one has been different. I've been exhausted, nauseous, had heartburn, irritable... now this symphysis thing.

But as I am the only attender to my personal pity party- hold on! Let's take a break!

Ok, now that I got that out of my system-

I'm so looking forward to meeting our little man instead of lugging this belly around. Ugh.

 I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and I would love to hear from you through comments! Teresa (Tracy) Dear


Tim Reed said...

You have a very interesting post here, so interesting I just sent the link to my wife carrying our first baby. We're so excited, and thankful enough that hasn't been into severe pain except the morning sickness and the insatiable desire to eat a certain fruit. Mood's generally okay - thank God! I won't have to suffer. hehehe

Oh by the way, do you have any idea where I can find info about mesh lawyer?

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