I have roughly 15 weeks and 3 days left until Mister Moo joins this big crazy world. My pregnancy has gone by in the blink of an eye. My baby is really 24 weeks old? We really only have 15 weeks left? Oh my. All I can think of is how much we have left to accomplish before I will feel like we are ready for a baby even though I know in reality we don’t need much at all. He has a bed. I’m hoping to breast feed. I have tons of Cole’s baby clothes. What else do I really need that isn’t a luxury item besides a car seat?
While my pregnancy has gone by without too many complaints and zero complications, this past week feels like it has lasted an entire year. The pain in my back I’ve been feeling started to intensify last Wednesday. I got very little sleep on Friday and Saturday night do to the pain. Sunday I ran a half marathon. I slept very little Sunday night. I called the doctor on Monday to make sure they didn’t want to see me. She advised me to sleep with a lot of pillows, take Tylenol, and apply Icy Hot to the area causing me pain.
The Icy Hot has definitely helped me fall asleep. I’ve also practice more yoga this week. That has helped. My legs and muscles have recovered from the half marathon. That has helped. Since all my muscles are feeling normal again, I’ve realized that the source of my pain is not my back. It is my right hip.
During my routine doctor’s appointment yesterday, I discussed my concerns with my doctor. Her first question to me was, “have you ever had surgery on that hip?” LIGHTBULB! Why yes! I have! In fact I have a rod in that femur that cuts into that hip muscle. I also have two pins in that hip. ANOTHER LIGHTBULB! I know why this pain is so familiar. I’ve felt this pain numerous times in my life since that surgery. It ached like this when I started running again. It aches like this when I’m inactive. It aches like this whenever I use my hip muscles in a new way.
My personal diagnosis: my hips are spreading causing the rod to cut into different portions of the hip muscle. The extra baby weight and expanding uterus are putting a lot of extra pressure on my hips.
The doctor’s diagnosis: No real verdict yet except it’s not normal. It’s not sciatic pain. She has prescribed a muscle relaxer and motrin (all safe at this point in my pregnancy) for the next 7 days. If it’s not better, I’ll go back for another visit. At that point, I may need some physical therapy.
My personal dilemma: I do not like medicine. I’ve never been a fan of putting medicine into my body that masks aches and pains. I don’t like pain pills. I don’t take motrin or tylenol (unless absolutely neccessary). I want to feel what is going on in my body so I can correct it. I don’t want a quick temporary fix. I don’t like the idea of putting a muscle relaxer in my body. I really don’t like the idea of taking a muscle relaxer that will enter my baby’s body (even though it’s safe to use during pregnancy). If I don’t want it in my body, I don’t want it in my baby’s body.
My personal dilemma #2: I’m incredibly uncomfortable. I am able to fall asleep easily, but I wake up 3 hours later in horrible pain. I flip over. I toss and turn. I get out of bed. I walk around. I do yoga poses. While some of it helps, none of it helps while I’m trying to sleep. I have to sleep on my side, and that is when I feel the most discomfort in my hip. Not only does laying down hurt my hip so does sitting and standing in one spot for two long. Thirty minutes seems to be my maximum amount of time for comfort. I’m desperate for a good nights sleep. Lack of sleep equals one emotional mama. That is not a good thing, trust me!
What to do? I believe in more natural remedies and holistic health, but my doctor sees a need for pharmaceuticals. I’m desperate for sleep. My hip in its current condition will not allow me to sleep. I’ve sought out a chiropractor in our area. I’m only comfortable going to one that is highly recommended and certified in prenatal care. The one in our area does not accept my insurance. If we pay for it out-of-pocket, we will have to sacrifice other things on our baby budget like natural parenting classes. It is definitely a higher priority to be prepared for a natural birth then it is to be comfortable for 15 more weeks.
My pregnant hormones and type-A personality are not comfortable in this grey area. I like black and white. I like identifying a problem and developing a solution. I don’t like having no control over the pain in my hip.
I know I need to at least go fill my prescription. I might (with a lot of hesitation) take the medicine this weekend. If it isn’t helpful in the next 48 hours, I can call my doctor again. Maybe the next step in the process will be one that makes me more comfortable. I’m okay with being uncomfortable with step #1 if I know step #2 is moving me in a positive direction.
Besides Mama Moo’s discomfort, Mister Moo is doing GREAT! Heart beat is strong and in the 140s. I’m measuring perfectly for my due date. I’m on track with my weight gain. Mister Moo is one happy active baby in my belly. All my blood work has come back fine. I’ll hear back about my glucose test in the next few days.
I would just really really really love at least 6 hours of sleep more than once a week so I can truly enjoy my happy healthy pregnancy.
I’m open to any suggestions, tips, smacks upside the head….know anything about Flexeril? After almost a week of only sleeping 3 hours each night I know I’m not thinking clearly.