When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter I had many mixed emotions.
I was ecstatic because we had been trying for a year. I finally got that stupid digital pregnancy test to say “pregnant.” Yes, I had the expensive one. For my son, I had a dollar store pregnancy test. Just shows the difference between the first and second born. It starts that early.
Next, I had suffered a miscarriage 8 years prior so I was counting down the days to get to the “safe zone.” I was sick the entire time, so call me crazy, I took that as a good sign.
However, I had recently finished massage school so I got to study some of the changes a woman’s body goes through when she’s pregnant. The aches, the pains, and most terrifying for me, the loosening of the ligaments. That last part, seriously messes with your bone structure.
When I was 11, we found out I had scoliosis. I’ve done every improvement and preventative method out there just short of surgery. That’s not on the table. Period.
The last time I was checked (before I started having babies), I had a 96 degree curve.
The main curve is in my thoracic spine. It takes a hard right, jutting every rib out along with it.
So, I was a little worried about weight gain and carrying an extra heavy load out front.
What I didn’t expect from the pregnancy is the back support baby provided me. I had never felt so, for lack of a better word, solid. I’ve always been uncomfortable in my body, but when I had a baby in my belly, they supported my spine so I almost felt “normal,” or at least stronger.Of course I had the typical aches and pains. For me it was mostly low back pain and false sciatica (when the piriformis muscle clamps down on the sciatic nerve). Basically nothing a little
thorough,deep tissue massage couldn’t cure.
A few days after my daughter was born via emergency c-section, I had one of the biggest scares of my life.
It was the first time I was out of the house with my husband to run errands. We went to the bank first. As soon as we walked in, I went straight to a kiosk for support. My back wasn’t providing any. At all. I was terrified. I went straight to the worst case scenario. Imagine having that feeling just days after having a baby. I was a big hot mess.
Turns out I was being a bit dramatic. Not only was I
crazy hormonal recovering from 22 hours of labor, but also from a major abdominal surgery. I needed to give my body time to recuperate before I jumped to any conclusions about my future.
The biggest change I’ve noticed since I was pregnant with my son is I can no longer sleep on my back (which is a bummer because it’s how I prefer to sleep). If I lie flat for more than ten minutes, both of my arms go numb. I know this is a nerve issue directly related to my back.
(So worth it!)
I have a few PT exercises that help reduce pain, but I have been longing to have the feeling I had when I was pregnant. I want to feel solid again….without being pregnant.
Did you have any particular aches and pains while you were pregnant or after? Or any worries about lasting affects of carrying your little one?
Disclaimer-I am not a doctor or chiropractor. I am simply sharing my personal experiences. If you feel you need to consult a medical professional before getting pregnant, you’re probably right.
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