Sorry I haven’t written since I got back from my trip to Georgia. Work has been crazy and I’ve wanted to spend the rest of the time snuggling with Mr. A…. which makes for less than thrilling writing. Leaving my husband for 5 days was a little rough guys. I’m going to not do that again for a while.
Today marks the beginning of my 19th week of pregnancy; and yesterday I was so sore and miserable I cried in my office. My back, my sciatic nerve, my hips… they all decided that the flight to and from Georgia was complete bullshit and joined forces to pay me back all week. For those of you non-preggers or non-mamas, when you’re preggers your body releases this hormone that loosens all your joints. Then your belly gets all big and throws off your center of gravity causing various back and joint pains. Wednesday night was the worst night of sleep ever. You’re not supposed to lie on your back or your stomach (obvs) so you have two options: right side or left side. But what happens when both sides shoot nerve pain down your legs? You feel miserable and then that misery is compounded by sleep deprivation. Yesterday, I felt so helpless. I was frustrated knowing that there is SO much more discomfort coming and I felt like a gigantic baby with low pain tolerance for crying about it (Hormone crying = crying because you feel guilty about wanting to cry).
So last night I finally went to Target and got one of those pregnant body pillows. Then I got home and spent a glorious 30 minutes in the bath tub letting the Epsom salt work it’s magnesium magic on my joints and muscles. My body has not felt so great in weeks. Then I slept like a champion last night. This morning I felt encouraged, like I can handle this whole pregnancy thing. I just need to remember that I can make my body less achy. (Prenatal yoga starts next week).
Bri’s Tips on How to Sleep while Pregnant and with Horrible Back Pain.
- Epsom Salt Baths. Let the warm water ease the aches and give your back and hips are break from having to carry the baby around.. the whole weightless in water thing feels goooooooooooooood.
- Buy a Pregnancy Pillow. I got the boppy one, it may be a little pricey… but your worth it.
What things have you heard of/tried to ease pregnancy discomfort?