Tuesday, November 18, 2014

When Everything Falls Apart...

            Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but as a whole, pregnancy is definitely not a “sugar and spice and everything nice” type of experience.  I will also readily acknowledge that many women have much tougher pregnancies than I have, and I feel for them.  Even an “easy” pregnancy is rough enough.  Lately it’s been a case of everything bad happening at the same time, so I thought I’d share some of the struggles that I’ve been facing recently.
1)    The pelvic pain started up again about a couple weeks ago.  Since then, my pace has significantly dropped off, and I discovered that my weekly 6 mile long run was also too much.  For the most part the pain is manageable and not always even apparent, but it definitely affects the run.  The upside is that this time around it took a few weeks longer to come on, and I credit regular chiropractic care with Timber Land Chiropractic!
2)    I had an infection with swelling so painful that it hurt to sit, stand, or walk for a full day or more.  I took Sunday off, missing a key ride, and I could hardly sleep the night before.
3)    On Sunday I also experienced very sharp abdominal pain along the top of the uterus.  It’s happened a couple times before but it always went away quickly.  This time it lasted a lot longer, and was super intense (immobilizing even) that brought me to tears both times.  I was told that it was most likely just ligaments being stretched, but I never experienced this kind of pain in my first pregnancy, which made it scary at the time.
Just be my good little sleeper again, please...
4)    Over the past week or so, Baya has been going through a bad sleeping phase.  Normally we lay her down awake, she puts herself to sleep, and she usually wakes up happily and can hang out in her crib for a while even.  With this phase she decided to suddenly not be able to do those things.  She would stand up and start scream crying as soon as we put her down, and could do so off and on for more than an hour.  She would also wake up in this same fashion, whether that be in the morning or in the middle of the night.  And so a few nights we were up for 2-2.5 hours in the middle of the night, with her getting up and crying every 15-20 minutes.  We’ve been exhausted, and I also became sick from the lack of sleep – with a low-grade fever, chills, feeling weak and like I could throw up…
5)    Which leads me into the final part of heartburn.  With both pregnancies I’ve had bad heartburn.  Some nights I’ve had to prop myself up to try to sleep (it’s worse when laying horizontal).  Sunday night I actually threw up a little in my mouth during the night, and I felt sick the rest of the night, and then entire next day.  Not sure if this was heartburn or sickness at this point.  I tried to swim on Monday but I couldn’t do it – I spent half of the time leaning over the gutter thinking I might actually throw up.
Each of these things by themselves may not be all that bad, but when they all happen at once, it makes for some rough times!  Then with all of the snow (we’ve received well over a foot already), ice, and cold, and then the pelvic pain on top of it, I have lost almost all motivation for any running.  With my first pregnancy, the Y that I worked at had a running track that was only 12 laps for a mile.  I ran on that for the majority of my pregnancy.  This time, my Y’s running track is much smaller with super tight turns (18 laps for a mile).  I hate the treadmill (especially since it now takes me even LONGER to reach 1 mile!), so I’m now mixing it up between the two.  It’s better to suffer through a few runs per week still then to quit and have to get back into it again from scratch post-delivery.  I guess that makes it the lesser of two evils?  It’s really all about setting myself up well to come back post-pregnancy.
            I guess all you can do is take some time to recover and then push ahead again, trusting that the setbacks are just temporary.  It can actually be a healthy mini-break (despite also being frustrating in the meantime).  Here’s to getting back at it (and hopefully some more restful nights again while we can)!

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