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26 weeks pregnant | Pregnancy week 26
So we went to the park early morning and ran around. Then we went swimming for an hour, after which I fed him a very heavy meal.
I went into the surgery waiting room with my sleeping angel and my good book and looked forward to thirty minutes me time.
I went into the physiotherapy consulting room and a brief history was taken about my problem back, when it started and how I was managing it at the moment.
Back pain in pregnancy
Then I had to lie on my side where she pressed several areas to test where was the most reactive and sensitive. I did all of this between finding bottles of juice, milk, food, toys and books for my now very awake little boy.
After the examination, we discussed the problem and the physiotherapist felt that it was a problem to do with my sacro-illiac joint, and lower lumbar spine.
I was told that this can be a problem in pregnancy as the body produces a hormone called relaxin, which softens ligaments in the pelvis and joints in order for the baby to pass through the pelvis during birth.
The pelvic pain can occur as the softening combined with body changes can put too much stress on the joints which therefore changes in muscle strength, joint mobility and posture.
The method of managing the pain was to use heat and carry out some mobilizing exercises. Another method of aiding the pain is to lie on my back on the floor and rest my legs on a stool or settee. I have to say this does really help.
I have also been referred for further exercises in order to aid the pain from my lumbar spine down to my toes. So I feel I’m heading in the right direction, so I’m a very happy pregnant mummy.
However this week we have all come down with a hideous cold. We have all suffered this week but due to being pregnant my cold made me even more run down and I developed ulcers on my throat, which with mouthwash, good eating and consciously remembering to take my pregnancy vitamins (never ever remember usually) I have only just regained a level of normality.
However in my cold stupor and the lack of sleep as my little boy was running a high temperature all night, I forgot to attend my midwife appointment (oops!) so I have rescheduled for next week. What a week!
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