Week 39

Friday, November 16, 2007
So, I was 38 weeks pregnant yesterday. Today marks the first day in my 39th week of pregnancy. It's hard to believe, I know! With Samuel, I had chronic back muscle pain nearly my whole pregnancy. With this baby, it only just started this past week. She's gone through a growth spurt and my belly is now very tight & stretched to the max. My rib cage often feels painful from the pressure, something I did not experience with Samuel. RLS has decreased quite a bit. Landon and my midwives both told me that placing a bar of soap in your bed will take it away. I don't know if anyone understands why this works to alleviate RLS in some people, but apparently, it does. Maybe it's a psychological thing, and any object would do. I tried it one night, but got tired of it down by my feet, so I kicked it out of the bed. Needless to say, my RLS is so much better. Like many pregnancy discomforts, what seems like a big deal one month is a distant memory the next. For right now, I'm basically experiencing the discomforts of being very pregnant: back pain, rib pain, pelvic pressure & pain. Some nights when I roll out of bed, I swear my pubic symphysis will break in two, but it doesn't. I've been surprised at how uncomfortable the ligaments and bones in my pelvis have been during my 3rd trimester. I did not experience this with Samuel, so my assumption is that once you've given birth, pregnancy hormones are able to relax pelvic bones & ligaments that move & stretch during childbirth much more than with a first pregnancy. Anyway, overall I'm feeling great. My energy levels have been good, and I've been chipping away each day at household chores so that the house will be clean on a moment's notice when I go into labor. Landon will figure out how to set up the birthing tub this weekend. It's all starting to feel very real now. --Karli

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