My second trimester is coming end, and as the days and weeks quickly pass, I begin to reflect on this journey. It was only a couple of weeks ago, I was really struggling with nursing aversion. But things have changed, for better and for worse.
Symphis Pubis Dysfunction
My Symphis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) continues to be a real struggle. If I can get into the physiotherapist on a regular basis life is 1000X better. I choose physiotherapy because its covered by my extended insurance and it feels more productive than Chiropractic care.
As much as I want to be a couch potato, when I get out and move, I feel a better. It’s about finding just the right amount of activity that you don’t over do it, while still allowing your body to move. We’ve been attending some easy-going Hike it Baby hikes with our local branch, and enjoying leisurely strolls thru the grocery store.
However, in the past week, things have really flared up and I’m over it. I’m primarily blaming my toddler. The up and down action of chasing him, playing with him, changing diapers, and lifting his nearly 30lbs of chunk is hard on my body.
Breastfeeding & Pregnancy
Earlier, I mentioned the crazy nursing aversion I was beginning to experience. We had many long nights, and many mornings that had me contemplating weaning my child. but weaning a child is a lot of work and I’m kind of lazy. We kept at it, and low beyond there was turning point and things got so much better .
My milk changed around 20-22 weeks. I noticed because my child went from being hungry toddler to ravenous beast. He devours everything. He can’t get enough of milk or water, and wakes up in the middle of the night signing “food.” This presents a new challenge, as I try to figure out how to adequate feed him. I find really overwhelming. He’s a growing toddler. Our current strategy is a cup of whole milk with a spoon full of peanut butter before bed. If you have any tips for feeding a toddler, let me know.
With the change in my milk, breastfeeding became significantly less painful. I no longer experience any pain. He still latches frequently, and seeks me out for comfort. I can express a little milk, so the well isn’t dry, just not sufficient for his growing needs.
Earlier this week, I learnt I have short cervix. The midwife didn’t say much besides saying baby will likely arrive early. My cervix measured 2.7cm at 19 weeks. My google research has suggested 2% of low risk women have short cervixes at that point, and the average date of delivery for low risk mama’s with short cervixes is 36.6 weeks.
While we would love an early baby (these darn hips barely survived the last three weeks without a toddler), the prospects of an early baby stress me out – right now the big questions that run thru my head are.
Thats about it for todays’ ramblings of my pregnancy as my second trimester comes to an end.