Terra's Pregnancy Journal

Week 29
~ My Aching Back

Even before my pregnancy, I've been a patient of chiropractic. I have a great deal of problems with my neck which, when untreated, leads to many, many headaches. I must say that my visits to the chiropractor have been a tremendous source of relief during my pregnancy. However lately, I've developed a new problem - the lower back. For any of you that are (or have been) pregnant before, you know what I'm talking about. The extra weight is really beginning to take a toll on my body. I've gained about 24 pounds so far (but I began 'underweight' so I'm supposed to gain 35). At the beginning of this week, I started noticing that I was waking up frequently with back pain. I realized that the weight of my new tummy was pulling me over from a normal side-sleeping position. I tried to put a pillow under it but that pushed me uncomfortably in the opposite direction. Last night I bought a "pregnancy wedge" pillow from Babies-R-Us. Though I've only used it once so far, I could tell a tremendous difference when I awoke this morning. I know that my back will only hurt more with time (and weight) but I pray God sustains me in the meantime. If anyone has any other back pain remedies (preferably free ones!), I'd love to hear about them.

I'm getting more and more excited about Hannah coming each day. She's getting so strong and noticeable to me. There have been many times when I've been sitting in class and my entire stomach will move from her activity. I can't help but snicker aloud. Also after holding my new nephew a few weeks ago, I look so forward to holding my own. I keep imagining the first time I'll hear her say "Mommy." I can't believe I'm going to be a mommy!

With the excitement, I still have some anxieties of course. I intend on breastfeeding and I keep hearing over and over again about "how hard it is." Though I'm sure it has its hardships, it's not encouraging in preparation to hear these comments so much. I've been doing a good deal of research to prepare myself as much as I can and I have a few close friends who have breastfed recently so I'll look to them as well. Also, I would really like to have a "drug-free" delivery. Again, you only hear of the difficulty of such. I'm taking some classes at the hospital and may look into speaking with a doula on the topic. So as you can see, with excitement, there are also nerves . . .

School is getting very crazy. I have only six weeks left (not counting a week off for Spring Break). In that short time I have four research papers due, not to mention my usual reading assignments of approximately 300 pages per week. Oh . . . and I can't forget finals after that. Agh! Okay, I'll try to take things one day at a time.

Until next time . . .

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