So, people wanna say I’m being lazy during my pregnancy, and I’m using it for an excuse to bitch. Did you ignorant assholes ever think I DO in fact have issues? No, you just wanna be continue to be ignorant assholes.
Meanwhile, let’s give a rundown of my issues, since you don’t even care to ask, and assume I’m 100% healthy and whole.
1. Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) During Pregnancy
“The most common symptoms are difficulty when walking and wrenching pain (as though your pelvis is tearing apart). Typically, the pain is focused on the pubic area, but in some women it radiates to the upper thighs and perineum.
The pain can worsen when you’re walking and doing weight-bearing activities, particularly those that involves lifting one leg like climbing stairs, getting dressed, getting in and out of a car, or even turning over in bed.”
As if that isn’t enough….
2. Hip Displaysia
Which means my hip joints don’t align properly. This started to cause me pain about 10 years ago, and has genuinely stopped me from doing work involving standing for extended periods of time. I’m NEVER allowed to do anything more than low-impact activities. And within the next 10-15 years, I will have to have a double hip replacement.
Pregnancy makes this so much worse, especially in the 3rd trimester, because of the way the body “relaxes” to get ready for child birth. My already-weak and misaligned hips are even less held together and there is an incredible amount of pain. Sometimes my hips even come out of the socket entirely, nearly throwing me to the floor.
3. BEFORE the pregnancy had me in pain, I was dealing with a SEVERE post-surgical infection that required 2 surgeries and hard-core antibiotics that made me extremely sick. For 6-7 months straight. Once that was done, I had about 2 weeks of health before the late pregnancy issues kicked in.
For both of these current conditions, there is NOTHING that can be done. I can take Tylenol. I can rest. The more activity I do, the worse I hurt. And right now, at almost 39 weeks, I’m usually in tears within about 20 minutes of moderate activity.
So I’m lazy you say? Walk a mile in my shoes. Try to “work until birth” when you feel like I do. You may not be able to SEE my issues, but they exist just the same. Pushing through could genuinely cause further, permanent damage. So I think I’ll take my doctor recommendations and treat my body right. After all, it’s the only one I have. And right now it’s doing something amazing – growing our son. So why wouldn’t I take special care?
And honestly, I CAN’T WAIT to hold this baby boy in my arms and be free of the majority of this pain… and have my body back! It’s gonna be amazing!
(Previously posted to Facebook)