~ Aches, Pains and Interrupted Sleep
So, I guess no news is good news, right? My second weekly exam appointment revealed not much in the progress department. The doctor said that I was at one centimeter "and a wiggle" (whatever that means exactly . . . ??) and that my cervix was continuing to soften up. No real changes from last week, but hopefully next week will show a bit of progress!
I'm actually a bit surprised that there wasn't more of a change because my aches and pains sure have picked up over the past week. For some reason, I think that working a desk job is taking its toll on my pregnant body. Sitting in front of a computer for the majority of the day makes standing up and moving around that much more difficult some days. The pains in my lower back (blame the sciatic nerve) has picked up, as has the round ligament pains in my groin . . . while my sleep has dropped off due to a multitude of issues. First off, there's the need to get up and use the bathroom about every two hours. Then there's the fact that, as hard as I try to sleep on my left side (with a body pillow!), I manage to roll over onto my back at least three times during the night, and that usually ends up waking me up due to the pressure from the baby. On top of all of that, I've had a stuffy/runny nose for about as long as I've been pregnant, so that tends to wake me up as well. (Although that may keep my husband from sleeping even more than it does me . . . poor guy!) By the time I wake up in the morning, my fingers are so stiff from all of the swelling that I can hardly bend them . . . so don't necessarily believe all of the information out there that says that your swelling will go down overnight . . . it doesn't always work out that way! I've been assured that all of this is normal, however, and that it will all return back to normal after I give birth. I have to admit that it will be nice to have my "normal" self back again!
All in all, I really can't complain though. My husband even said the other day that he was bummed that it was all nearly over already because he didn't really have any "good pregnant stories" to tell yet. If you ask me, it's probably a good thing, because I know that if he actually had any "good stories," I'd never hear the end of it!
I hope I'll have something a bit more exciting to report on in week 37 . . . maybe a bit more dilated, or a percentage of effacement, or a station?! Something?? Anything?!
Until next week . . .