28 Weeks Pregnant

22 Aug

This is it! Today I start my third trimester. Despite the sacral pain and yesterday’s fiasco, which I guess was my body’s way of ending the second trimester with a bang, the second trimester was relatively good to me. No more morning sickness, much less frequent heartburn, better energy levels… Still, I am looking at the next three months with some trepidation. Everything was so easy when I was pregnant with Jade (and I knew it!) that this time I feel, for lack of a better word, old. I wonder at my Oma, who had five children, and my Nai Nai, who had four — how did they withstand the ravages of that many pregnancies? What about those good ol’ Catholic pioneer women who had 10, 12, or 15 kids? Of course, they were all probably in better shape than I was to begin with.

Anyway, in the week since I got my maternity support belt and started sleeping with more pillows to keep my body properly aligned, the sacral pain has gotten much better. I can almost leap out of bed in the mornings now. Okay, well, I can sit up and get out without crying out in pain. That, my friends, is like a miracle in my books.

This week I also saw a physiotherapist and a chiropractor. The physiotherapist confirmed that the left side of my sacrum is much looser than the right and gave my some easy exercises to help strengthen my glutes and abs, which help “sandwich” the sacrum and stabilize it.

The chiropractor focussed mostly on the ligaments that pass through the area and gave me some easy stretches to do to help keep them limber. She also said that no part of your back gets loose without another part of it going the other way; she identified a spot a bit higher up on my back that she said was “hung up”. The adjustment was very gentle and although I heard some cracking when she did it (which is the part that always scared me) it was oddly satisfying.

I love that I have a whole team of women to help me through this pregnancy. My doctors, my midwife, my massage therapist, my physiotherapist, and my chiropractor are all women, all focussing on a different aspects of my well-being. Actually, when I list them like that, I feel like a bit of a hypochondriac. But I feel like a hypochondriac in control, dangit.

Here’s what BabyCenter.com has to say about Nugget this week:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Belly pics will have to wait for another day, since my official photographer is in Vancouver until tomorrow.


4 Responses to “28 Weeks Pregnant”

  1. maleesha August 22, 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    wow. only 12 weeks to go! hang in there. the home stretch seems to go on forever, if you ask me. But its always worth it for the little surprise they let you take home at the end!

  2. Captain Momma August 22, 2008 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi Fawn,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Likewise, if you are ever heading through PG, let me know. I’d offer a place to stay but the camper is getting a might tight these days! LOL!

    28 weeks is so exciting! 3rd trimester! Yay! The homestretch. I liked that. It meant I got to see the midwife more. I liked her , she was great. She never told me just how fat I was getting 🙂 Bless her heart.

    I call my son Baby Blues b/c both my husband and myself are ex-military and security still runs deep in us! I don’t want to identify his real name nor ours. Silly I know, but hey, paranoia runs deep since security was an everyday part of our lives! He does have gorgeous blue eyes like his father. And if he ever lets me get close enough, one day I will photograph them.

    Take care, happy 28!

    Captain Momma (Kelli)

  3. shannon maccuaig August 27, 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    i am SOOOO impressed that you went to the chiro, Fawn. it was the smart thing to do! the “cracking” is just oxygen escaping from the joint! and indeed, a *good* chiro will give you stretches/exercises!!!! i hope it continues to help you! 🙂

  4. mystery December 13, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    My favorite rude question (which I bitched about in my blog): Was it planned? Seriously? Did they just ask me if this baby is an ACCIDENT???

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