26 Weeks Pregnant
I’m 26 weeks pregnant and saying hello to horrible sacroiliac joint dysfunction pain.
I had this last time when I was pregnant with Miss M – it’s a horribly painful joint pain caused by the loosening of the pelvis during pregnancy. For me it’s all on my left side – right at my lower back, bum, hip and pelvis and it often prevents me from moving at all, it’s so painful. I actually couldn’t get out of bed for about half an hour a couple of days this week – I just lay there like a beached whale unable to lift myself up.
I’m just grateful it’s only started now as last time I had it from about week 6.
I saw my Dr who referred me to a physio and I managed to see them the next day. They confirmed it was SJD and PGP (pelvic girdle pain, very similar) and gave me some exercises to do to stretch and strengthen my lower back, pelvis etc to ease it. Basically though, it won’t go until after Mini arrives so I also have my pelvic belt to wear for support from the last pregnancy to make it a bit more manageable. The Joys of Pregnancy!
Hmm, other symptoms. Oh, the itchiness has subsided! It’s still there but no where near as bad as it was – perhaps the pelvic pain has taken my mind off it. The acid reflux has lovingly stuck around though.
Otherwise I’m just getting bigger and waddly-er by the day it seems.
Only 2 weeks left of the 2nd trimester and then I’m on the home run. I’ve been looking more into homebirths and I’m swinging towards having one but I have a few questions that I need to ask my midwife when I see her in Feb. I did have a look at hiring a birth pool for it and I do really like the idea of giving birth at home and then staying put. No hospital bed or food, lovely.
I think my biggest worry is the obvious one, what if something goes wrong? Of course I know the answer to that, I go to hospital! I also have a few other ‘what if’ questions that I’m hoping my midwife can put my mind at rest over and then it will be ‘all systems go’ on the homebirth hopefully.
As my pregnancy draws closer to the end I’m trying to focus on the things I love about being pregnant and the things I do enjoy about it – you can read more about that here. I find it easy to moan and complain a lot about being pregnant (have you noticed?) but I am truly grateful to have been blessed with another pregnancy and as much as I’ll be glad when Mini makes it’s appearance, I’m making the most of the last 14ish weeks.
Hope you’re all having a lovely week and if you have any experience of managing SJP or PGP then please do comment below!