Short Version: I am beginning to feel physically uncomfortable, but I'll cope. Everything otherwise fine.

Extra note: don't forget to put your entries together for the upcoming IIFF!

It's finally happening. I guess it was bound to sooner or later, although, actually, scratch that - I can think of a whole range of scenarios in which late-pregnancy discomfort doesn't happen, and I think I'll take the backache, thankyouverymuch - but nevertheless it's here, so I am writing to sigh resignedly about it.

I can't do things for long. This is somewhat annoying. For instance, my back gets sore when I sleep. I'm still getting enough sleep, it's just happening in shorter snatches over a longer period. My back gets sore - in a different place - when I sit. I am still working on my course, but it's happening in shorter snatches over a longer period. My feet get sore, and sometimes swollen, when I stand. I am still doing the housework, shopping, etc, but it's happening, well, in shorter snatches over a longer period. The leg cramps have come back. It's distracting, and just not nice.

My work area looks like some kind of low-impact, executive gym (but with much cheaper decor). In addition to the laptop, books, notes etc, there is an exercise ball, a yoga mat, and an airer with towel and swimming togs hanging over it. Add a beanbag and a few cushions and you get the idea. This is because, over my long period of getting things done in short snatches, I need to stop and stretch the achey bits out, rest them quietly, and eventually immerse them all in water for twenty minutes so they can go back to their normal size. This leaves much less time for goofing off, and goofing off was so one of my favourite things. I suppose you could say this is nature's way of reconciling me to the end of pregnancy, the process of labour, and the start of infant care. Nature is such a bitch sometimes. She couldn't think of a nicer way?

Nevertheless, with a little extra work, I am still able to keep the symptoms under control, which is one more thing to be thankful for on top of everything else. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go and be thankful for it on my exercise ball.


Lollipop Goldstein said...

Ha--she is a bitch. You would think she'd make the end a little comfy when you have to gather all that strength for the event.

Jess said...

I feel for you. At the end it's the worst...the aches and pains, the stress....but at least you're getting close!!

I can't wait to meet your little one, Bea. :)

Aurelia said...

Yeah it is weird that we get worn out and tired right at the end, when we really do need our strength.

That ball sounds fun. Have you been using it while sitting at your laptop? I know some people who do that and swear by it.

You've certainly given me an idea!

Caro said...

My friend recommended one of those balls - maybe I should go look for one this weekend.

Piccinigirl said...

I've never been so happy to hear you're in pain, because it means you're close to having that baby in your arms and that to me is the true miracle. So bring it on... :)
hoping you get at least a few hours of sleep the next few really do need them.

beagle said...

"Nature is such a bitch sometimes. She couldn't think of a nicer way?"

Blame it on Eve and the Apple.

Anonymous said...

LOL at Beagle's comment!

Exercise balls make very comfortable work chairs, I've found. Can't wait to start using mine again for real exercise.

No Minimom said...

My biggest complaint right now is my hips hurting when I'm sleeping. The pain gets bad enough it wakes me up every couple of hours all night long.

I guess that's just preparation for the lack of sleep we'll be getting in another ~5 weeks. ;-)

snowhite said...

Hey Bea,

Thanks for dropping a comment at my place - I am actually thinking of getting it up and running again.

I know the pains you are talking about - my best buddy was a whole body pillow (the curved kind, made for pg women). I could not sleep without it and even spent many waking hours curled up with it. Other than that, try to get as much sleep as you can - I cannot overstate this (that is from someone who is still getting up at 4am!).

Cibele said...

I hear you, I am very unconfortble as well.
maybe I should get an exercise ball!!
take care

Lut C. said...

Great invention exercise balls.

Geohde said...

Guess I better enjoy the second trimester :)


Barb said...

You sound so healthy with your yoga and swimming and all! I need to get on that train now and I'm not even pregnant! haha

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