Ohhh, my aching … everything!

Monday, February 22, 2010

25 weeks, 1 day pregnant
Up until now, I’ve been fairly comfortable — no real back or leg pain, except for on the days when I do a lot of walking (like up my monster-hill-of-a-subdivision).
But now, I’m in the last week of the second trimester (woohoo!), and it’s very clear that the honeymoon period is over. This body means business, and the business is hurty. My back hurt — a lot. My legs hurt — like the actual muscles of my thighs hurt. Why???
I blame myself, because I did a lot of sewing this weekend. Sitting at the machine was fine, because I have a nice chair that keeps my back very straight. It was sitting on the damn carpet for hours upon hours — measuring, pinning, cutting, arranging, etc. — that killed me. When I tried to get up, it was like I’d spent a week sleeping on hard-packed dirt. Owwwwww.

Last night, I slept very unevenly. My legs ached like I’d run a marathon, and I couldn’t stop moving them. What’s that, Google? Restless leg syndome is very common from this point onward? Damn — I guess that means I have to stop telling my mom that’s “a load of crap, so stop jiggling your legs, woman!”
So, without further bitching/moaning, here are my resolutions to get me through the aches and pains of the third trimester:
  • No more carpet crafting. When I have to cut/pin fabric, I’ll do it on the counter or the table, so I’m not doing awkward sitting/leaning.
  • No more sitting on kitchen stools. Our stools don’t have backs on them, so I’m always hunched forward and achy when I sit on them. From now on, it’s chairs only for this chick.
  • Go for a walk at least once a day. I’m bad about this — some days I walk to the bus, home from the bus, and then with Little Dog, while other days I’m a slug. I think regular walks will (hopefully) help my legs and my back.
  • Get up (and out) regularly when at the office. Sitting in my desk chair all day is not a good idea. I have to start forcing myself out for little jaunts.
  • Stretch. I don’t do it now, but maybe it will help. I am intrigued by a prenatal yoga class offered near the office, but they’re only offered on weekends (when I’m car-less) — boo.
  • Get up/sit down with more care. Sometimes I forget I’m pregnant and try to do things as quickly/sharply as I did before, but that just isn’t possible. I need to take it slower when I’m getting into/out of bed, when I’m getting up off the couch, etc. I’m sore enough without adding a pulled muscles to the mix.
Are there any other preggos/Moms out there who have been through this achy-ness? I’d love some suggestions!

So what do you think?

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