Look At Me!!!

Mom and Dad took me for a 3D/4D ultrasound today and I was ready for my closeups!

Symphysis What?

Mom and Dad finally got to meet the OB today. It was a very quick visit. He began to examine Mom and said “Oh boy.” Then he said he’d be back in a few minutes to tell us what was going on. Turns out Mom officially no longer has Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. Now Mom has Diastasis Symphysis Pubis which means her symphysis joint has widened more than the normal range for pregnancy of approximately 9mm. Yikes! Unfortunately, just like with SPD, there’s nothing to do about it. 🙁

Busy Month!

Mom and Dad have had a busy month! In addition to all of Moms appointments and Dads work and school schedule Mom and Dad have been working to get the house ready for me. They’ve been picking up baby furniture, car seats, and other gear and selling off the guest room furniture to turn it into my nursery.

This week they had a bunch of different contractors getting rid of a little bit of mold in their bedroom closet, cleaning, and replacing all the carpet in the house. Poor Mom and Dad (mostly Dad) had to pack up the entire house so that the carpet installers could move all the furniture around! Needless to say Mom and Dad didn’t get a lot of sleep this week. But they sure had a restful morning.

Today we went to our first Hypnobirthing class with their doula Michelle. Dad napped while Mom and Michelle got to know each other and then Michelle walked Mom and Dad through a visualization exercise. Michelle has a really soothing voice and Mom and Dad are both looking forward to her calming effect during my birth.

Poppin’ and Lockin’

Mom had two straight nights of pop free sleep but it was a short-lived success. The popping has come back with a vengeance for the last two nights and it’s worse than ever. Since there isn’t a single position that Mom can sleep in without feeling pain in one place or another, night time is the worst part of Mom’s day.

Unfortunately, the morning isn’t that much better. It takes a few minutes for Mom to rotate her legs out of the bed and get herself into a seated position. If she moves too fast she’ll put weight on her pelvis before she’s had a chance to get it properly aligned and that means a whole world of pain. When she finally does get out of bed, it takes a while for Mom to get her land legs back and to get used to changing weight from one leg to the other.

On top of all that, walking has been especially painful today. Usually walking is only painful if Mom accidentally takes a step that is too big or if Mom steps onto or off the sidewalk the wrong way. But today every single step hurt and that’s a first.

Mom’s midwife said it’s time to send us to an OB to see if there’s anything that can be done to prevent this from getting too much worse in the next three months. So now we just have to wait to find out where we’re getting sent.

Success!

I am pleased to announce that Mom didn’t wake Dad up with a scream of pain one single time last night. For the first time in I can’t remember how long, Mom made it through an entire night without popping her pubis symphysis joint once!

Mom has been sleeping almost exclusively on her right side for weeks now. Pregnant women are supposed to avoid sleeping flat on their backs because that can put too much pressure on their Vena Cava and cause all kinds of problems. After a few hours, Mom always wakes up with severe knee, hip, and shoulder pain on the right side and when she tries to adjust she inevitably pops her Pubis Symphysis joint. Mom used to be able to roll over to her left side for some relieve during the last few hours of sleep but now the SPD is making that nearly impossible.

However, last night Mom and Dad propped Mom up with pillows so she could sleep on her back in a reclined position and it worked! Mom did have to change positions a few hours before it was time to wake up because her hips did start to ache but it was much easier to sleep on her side for just a couple of hours at the end of the night then it had been to spend the majority of the night on her side. Hopefully this reclined position will work out for the rest of the pregnancy.