Tuesday, July 22, 2014

23 weeks + a big pain in the butt (literally)

Nothing terribly new and exciting this week... except Poppyseed is kicking up a storm! We can even see it from the outside, which is so freaky. My Business Man & I spent Sunday afternoon at the pool and probably spent a good 10 minutes just staring at my belly and watching the baby go crazy. He seems to be active when I'm really hungry or just after I eat.

Lovin' the maxi skirts. Like yoga pants, but much nicer looking.
My back pain from last week has not gone away... it's actually gotten a worse. After some more visits to the chiropractor and some research, we've determined that it's actually my SI joint that's out of whack. The SI (sacroiliac) joint is the joint that connects the sacrum to the pelvis. It's kind of in the middle of your butt, one on either side. The one on my right side is bugging me. Typically, the SI joint doesn't have a wide range of motion; it pretty much stays put. However, during pregnancy, there's this lovely hormone called relaxin that loosens up all your ligaments and tendons (so you can push the baby out). There is a round ligament that wraps around your SI joint and holds everything in place, and when it gets loose everything gets out of whack. At least that's what it feels like.

I like to think I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but this pain has me limping when I walk. Running is completely out of the question, and getting my day-to-day tasks done requires a lot of stretching, icing, and deep breathing. I am working with the chiropractor to stretch and strengthen my core, hips, glutes, and ITB which could possibly help. Key words could possibly. A lot of the stuff I've read online have assured me that I should feel relief within 3 months of giving birth. (Isn't that great to know? In less than 7 months, I might have some relief. Ha.)

I'm trying to stay positive, but it's kinda hard. I tried explaining to my Business Man... "Imagine taking away your absolute favorite activity - watching TV. For the next several months. Not just take it away, but imagine great pain anytime you attempt to watch TV. And then also take away your main source of stress relief." Not sure he understood, but maybe a little? I have been getting in the pool a bit which feels really good... maybe Poppyseed will be the next Michael Phelps.

Enough of a pity party, let's move on to more exciting things. We started painting the nursery. By we, I mean I taped the trim off and my Business Man painted. The crib should arrive this week so things are coming together!

I also bought Poppyseed his first outfit. I just couldn't resist. ;)

And on the foodie front... we busted out our Belgian waffle maker on Saturday for brunch. We tried these Waffles of Insane Greatness, and they were pretty much exactly that. Topped with butter, maple syrup, and fresh berries. 

Our #pizzaoftheweek was Spinach Carbonara - alfredo sauce, bacon, cheese... you can't go wrong there! Hope to post the recipe sometime this week.

And my extreme preggo dinner at 9pm one night. My stomach was off all afternoon and then all of a sudden I was starving. Trader Joe's boxed mac & cheese with extra cheddar mixed in and parmesan on top. With a side of dill pickles.

23 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: Supposedly the size of a mango... which I'm pretty sure is smaller than a papaya, which was last week's size. I think whoever came up with these fruit & veggie comparisons was enjoying a few adult beverages when they got to weeks 22-23.

Sleep: It's alright... my SI pain is the worst when rolling over in bed, so I wake myself up often when I move around.

Movement: Oh yea! Feeling it multiple times a day... definitely my favorite part of pregnancy so far.

Running: One run at 3.1 miles. Ha. And one 2000m swim. Definitely feeling lazy in that department.

Cravings: My appetite has been all out of whack. I don't know if it's the reduction in activity/exercise, stress, or what, but I haven't really been too hungry. Though the chocolate sprinkle donut I had for breakfast on Sunday was pretty freakin' awesome.

Looking forward to: Some pain relief? Maybe in 5 months or so? Haha.


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