Pains during Pregnancy – The Spirit is Willing….

I’m no stranger to aches and pains during pregnancy.  Migraines.  Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.  Sciatica.  Heartburn.  Pains during pregnancy happen, and it’s part of why I loathe being pregnant.  (I want the baby, not the pregnant stuff.  Being pregnant is a means to an end.)  But there’s one thing that I hate more than anything about the various pains during pregnancy: the physical limitations from it.

I am a morning person.  I have always been a morning person.  I wake up in the morning and am thrilled to start the new day.  I have all of these ideas of things that I’ll accomplish.  I’ll be a better mom today than I was yesterday.  I’ll spend some time cleaning in order to get my organized mom groove on.  I’ll cook a beautiful dinner.  Everything will be right with the universe.

Then, of course, there’s the reality.

I never get done as much as I want to.  Some days I wake up stupid early, lay in bed for an hour before I give up, and then decide to start the day.  I eat and then I crash.  But I don’t get to go back to sleep.  Or if I do, I don’t sleep very long or very well.  None of this helps with my productivity.

It’s very frustrating.  Yeah, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.  My body just will not do what I want it to.  I have such an odd, pronounced limp from the Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction that Norton has taken to imitating it.  (And it’s actually pretty funny.  I totally need to record this stuff.)   A grocery shopping tour (which means going to three or four stores) can put me down for the rest of the day and pretty much blow the weekend.  And a couple of days ago, we did some massive clean out of stuff.  At the end, I could hardly move without intense pain.  I needed help to do basic things.

I do try to push through the pain a lot to get things done, but there are just definite limits that I don’t always have, and it’s exceptionally frustrating.  Thank goodness I only have another three months to go, and then that’s it, no more reproducing for us.  Then I can get back my mobility and be able to run around and enjoy my kids.

Have you dealt with pains during pregnancy?  How did you cope?


About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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