Shh, I’m Sleeping For Two! The Spectrum of Pregnancy Woes0
There is a spectrum of pregnancy woes, while some gals having a very easy enjoyable 3 trimesters there are many mamas who have a really rough 9 months. Some even have a 9 months filled with every single possible symptom and maybe even some that are plain old unique! Some of us will have pain and others not even a slight ache.
Some of us will maintain going to the gym regularly and others will be in a coma of exhaustion. It’s just how our bodies work and we don’t all function the same. The importance is in respecting the spectrum of pregnancy woes.
Recently I was in a shop and overheard two mums talking and their conversation went something like this:
Lady # 1: Oh my god Elaine. So, my friend was over and she is only like barely 6 months pregnant but she is moaning on and on like she is TEN months pregnant. Wait till she is in the final stretch. She won’t even know what has hit her! haha haha hahahaha ha!
Lady #2: hahahaha hahaha ha!!! Oh yeah. She should just wait. 6 months is prime time! What is she complaining about?
This is my take: Lady # 1 probably had an easy pregnancy and doesn’t really get how other pregnant mamas can experience things differently, either that or she just plain forgets how uncomfortable pregnancy can potentially be.
On the spectrum of pregnancy woes I’m probably somewhere in the middle. I can still go to work and do my job and play around with Ben, but I have had to make some overall compromises and changes in my life to accommodate growing a baby. I’m already pumping out the hormone Relaxin and it makes me constantly achey and sore right down to my fingers and toes. I have bursts of pain that leave me with the odd bout of tears from the shooting pain down both my hips.
At nearly 19 weeks I’m still crazy tired and will sleep whenever the opportunity arises. Even if that occasion arises while I’m at work on my break.
Side note: If I have my eyes closed while I’m on my break at work, there is no need to wake me up to make sure that my ‘blood sugars are okay?!?!’. My blood sugars are great but I am tired. Wait, now I’m awake. This nap sucks!
Please respect the spectrum of pregnancy woes. While it would be ideal if we could all have an easy breezy pregnancy, that’s just not going to happen. When I was nearing the end of my pregnancy with Ben I read a blog about a lady who was 42 weeks and swam across a lake the day before she gave birth. I was in awe! I was in so much discomfort I could barely walk around the block. Her pregnancy woes were not the same as mine. Simple enough!
A little perspective for us pregnant mamas. Watch out who you ‘report your woes’ to and how often. No one, (ie. my husband) enjoys a constant play by play of all your pregnancy woes.