23 Week Pregnancy Update: Coping With SPD
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Gosh, my 23 week pregnancy update. I mean, I feel like these weeks are going by about as quickly as I can blink!
Every time my weeks switch over I think, “HOLD ON! I’ve got stuff to do before you get here, kid!”.
And it’s not just that there’s stuff to do, but life has to slow down when you have a newborn. It’s still busy, but it’s busy because you’re occupied with surviving the newborn phase.
So, I’m just trying to cram in all the things before we have to take the time to slow down and focus on enjoying having a brand new family member.
The Dreamy Second Trimester
I’ve reached that stage at last. Y’know, the one they talk about where you’re not flat-out exhausted and you’re not too big yet so you feel mostly good?
I’m not like those women that claim they don’t feel pregnant at all, but I do feel really good.
I want to say that I’ve got my normal energy back, but I think any improvement on the fatigue that hits you in the first trimester makes you feel so. much. better.
Check out my first-trimester survival tips in this post –> How To Survive The First Trimester
But you know that part about not being too big…yeah, I don’t think that applies to me in this pregnancy because I feel HUGE!
Coping With SPD
I’m gonna be like a stuck record throughout the remainder of this pregnancy, most likely. Because, well, SPD isn’t going away anytime soon.
Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of SPD –> Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
I’m like an 80-year old woman from around 4:30 pm – 7 am. It’s almost like clockwork.
Thankfully, for the most part of the day, I can walk around without too much discomfort. However, I do have to make a conscious effort to take everything slowly.
When I sleep solidly at night I do better because I’m not moving around so often, but if I’m unsettled then it’s an unsettled night all around. The slightest flinch sends sharp pain throughout my pelvis.
First thing in the morning I have to grit my teeth when getting out of bed. The weight of the baby dropping down as I sit up can only be described as painfully jarring.
I might sound like I’m moaning and complaining, but in reality, it’s not nearly as bad as it could be and I’m coping for the most part.
I just know to take it easy on the days when I’m really feeling it or else that night will be terrible.
My midwife did suggest using a heat pack before bed and I’m not sure if it’s placebo or not but it does seem to help a bit.
It doesn’t matter what I eat. It also doesn’t really matter which position I’m in.
The acid reflux is just bad.
All. day. long.
Gaviscon is taking the edge off but I’m going to inquire about alternatives at my next midwife appointment in a couple of weeks.
Anyone else have ongoing issues with acid reflux during your pregnancy?
For the record, it has been the same amount of bad with both my boy and girl pregnancies. So, that old wives tale has zero merit.
If there’s something to organise you can bet it’s on my list of things to do!
We actually have some exciting renovations taking place over the next month or so that is really spurring me on to get the house decluttered.
Thankfully, most of the work isn’t too physical. There’s a bit of painting to do and some tiling. Most of it will be up to my hubby, but I will be helping out with a few things.
Once those are finished we’ll be having carpet laid throughout the majority of the house in early August.
I cannot tell you how excited I am about this after living with bare floors/tiled floors/carpeted floors/linoed floors for about a year.
It is going to be so pleasant to have some continuity throughout the house and I think it’ll really feel finished once it is in.
And so with all the decluttering that’s been going on, I felt the need to update my cleaning schedule as well. So far, it has been working well and is very manageable.
It’s official, this mama is nesting.🤰🏽 I go into crazy nesting mode when I’m pregnant. What about you? With Jack I scrubbed the entire house from top to bottom. 🏠 With Annie, we had just moved into our new home so I ended up painting about half of it before she was born. 🖌 Thankfully, this baby’s nursery is all painted and ready to go. 👶🏼 But, with all the renovating that we’ve done over the past year the house feels a little neglected. Time to redo my weekly cleaning list! You know me…I’m all about keeping things pretty and practical. This is what I came up with. ❤
P.S For a free copy of the cleaning list that saved my sanity, just sign up to the mailing list below!
Part of my nesting is getting the nursery sorted.
I have this constant sense of urgency which I’m finding difficult to give an explanation for. I’m wondering if it is because Annie arrived early and so I feel as though everything needs to be done by 36 weeks at the latest.
I got out all of Annie’s newborn things and it is very safe to say that as far as clothing goes, this baby girl has absolutely no need for anything more.
Besides general decluttering and organising, her nursery doesn’t really need much done.
Once the carpets are in, all that’s left to do is accessorize. And I mean, isn’t that the most fun part of it all?!
I Feel Huge
I have no idea how I look to the average spectator, but gosh I feel big!
Perhaps it’s a combination of muscle separation (3rd pregnancy in 4 years) and the SPD.
Sometimes I feel like a fraud for waddling around at only 23-weeks. I mean, it looks like I’m being dramatic!
I also can’t sing standing up in church because I get lightheaded. So, I sit and sing, which feels awkward when the entire congregation is standing. But, hey, I’d rather sit and sing than stand and be mute.
I think that about wraps it up for this week.
Yes, I’m pretty uncomfortable and having to move around like I’m 80, but in general, life is very, very good.
This sweet baby girl is a little wriggle worm and I’m enjoying feeling her move every day now.
Until next time!
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Hi! I’m Christine. I am a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!
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