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Week 19
~ Round Ligament Pain

Well, I am afraid this last week has brought along with it the much dreaded round ligament pain. I was really hoping to avoid that, but it appears that will not be the case. I had it with both Isabelle and Michael's pregnancies, and really find it to be one of the worst parts of the pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Isabelle, right about the 5th or 6th month, I began experiencing it. I asked my doctor about it since it was far from comfortable on the left side, and much worse than that on the right side. She figured that it had to do with the scar tissue right in that area from my appendectomy, which I had when I was 17. She thinks it must be causing it to pull kind of weird in there, and therefore causing the unwanted pain. With Michael, I had hoped that maybe somehow things would be all stretched out and not hurt as much. No such luck. I have really found this pain somewhat debilitating. If I do too much walking in one day (any more than grocery shopping), I find that I really pay for it that night and the next day. As a result, I do not do a whole lot of exercising the last half of my pregnancy. It can also be uncomfortable to lie on my left side at night since there is somewhat of a pulling/hanging sensation right in that area that is not good. And, you're supposed to lay on your left side . . . oh brother. I really feel for all of you out there who go through this too. It is not fun. Boy, if anyone had any magic fixes or ideas for handling the round ligament pain, I am more than open to suggestions. I have been trying the support band that goes around your lower back and then around to under your belly. It has been helping some, but not quite as much as I'd hoped. I will keep trying it though.

Our little one has been growing lots. I have started to feel movements from the outside that are getting much stronger. I have tried to have Jeremy feel several times, but of course as the law goes, baby stops moving and goes back to sleep. I'm sure it will not be too much longer now though.

We have spent a good portion of this last week on getting things ready to move. I'm afraid that with my husband's lack of steady work since December, we are going to have to move in with my parents for a little while. Moving back in with your parents is not something you hope to do when you are almost 30 years old, but we are definitely very grateful that we have a place to go and appreciative of them opening up their home again to us. It will be nice to not have the financial stress while Jeremy tries to find some steady work. Anyway, we are hoping to move over there, (about 30 minutes away) in the next couple of weeks. I have decided that moving is one of my least favorite things to do. One has to wonder how you can accumulate so much junk. It's pretty crazy. Well, I guess off to more happy packing!

I hope you have a wonderful week. Until next time . . .
~ Emily

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