How the little bean has developed;
- I’m now the size of a mango
- I’m 25.6 cm long that’s because I’m now measured from top to toe
- I weigh 10.58oz, which is 2oz more than last week, I’m really starting to put on weight
- I’ve been practising swallowing the amniotic fluid and am already making my first poo for you
- I’m moving more now and daddy will soon be able to feel me
It’s been a really difficult week this week I’ve been completely shattered despite the fact that I have actually been sleeping for a change. I was back at work this week after some annual leave and am finding day to day life a lot more difficult. The first 2 days back at work we’re pretty much a write off, I finished work and then went to bed!
The little bean is now moving a lot more and it’s comforting to feel her, reasurring me that everything is OK. We’ve had some fun trying to decide on name but so far we’re discounting loads and only have about 3 we actually like. Good thing we’ve got another 20 weeks to think of one.
We had our 20 week scan today and they confirmed the bean is definitely a little girl. They also checked her over completely and it’s a big relief to know that everything is growing and working as it should be. They told me my placenta is anterior but it’s not low enough to stop her exit so that’s great news. Now that I know that everything is OK I can start planning the nursery and buying things.
Day to Day life
At least the weather here has been slightly better and we’ve managed to get to the beach. The boys have been paddle boarding and boogy boarding with daddy whilst I’ve got to sit in the sun and watch.
We’ve made progress in the nursery as this was previously my office. We’ve had to move a stud partition wall to increase the size of the room and steal some wasted space from the family bathroom. This work has been ongoing for about 6 weeks as we really haven’t been getting the people in we need. This week the nursery was plastered and now we’re ready for the bathroom to be retiled.
My back has been playing up this week since I’ve been back at work. Sitting at a desk is not helping at all and I’m really struggling. I do spend all of my day on the computer or on the phone at my desk, by the end of the day my back is really painful and it feels like there’s a lot of pressure in my lower back and abdomen.
The PGP/SPD is also getting worse and I feel like I’m stuck in between a rock and a hard place at the moment. It’s a struggle to move around and when I left work on Tuesday I was almost in tears walking back to my car. I shouldn’t be sat down for long periods of time but I also can’t walk around to help my back due to the pain in my pelvic area.
I saw the consultant and a specialist physio at the hospital today to talk about the pregnancy and pain. The consultant has told me to take things as easy as possible, if I’m struggling with work then I need to make some changes. It’s good that when I’m resting, lying on the sofa that I’m not in pain, if I can limit my activities I can cope on just paracetamol for a longer period of time.
The physio went through all the advice they give out to women suffering from PGP. All of this I’m doing already as it was the same advice that I was given after having the back surgery. The problem with the pelvic pain is that the only cure for it is delivery of the baby so all they can really do is offer advice not to increase the pain and keep me as comfortable as possible. I will start talking to my private physio about whether I could maybe have some acupuncture to help with this.
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