How are you doing today? Good I hope! 🙂
Today’s Pregnancy Diaries is about Aches & Pains. It’s nothing bad, don’t worry about it, but one of the things I’m going to talk about I had never heard of before so hopefully I’ll help someone else learn something new. 🙂
Lower Abdominal Muscles
This is the thing I’d never heard of before. I first started getting these pains around week 10 and the first time it happened OMG IT HURT LIKE A MOFO!!! I was lying in bed trying to sleep, and back then I still slept on my back. I sneezed. O-M-F-G! The pain made me turn on my side and double over in the fetal position. It’s like I had 2 charley horses below my navel on each side of my stomach.
Here’s a little image I did to show you where the pain occurs. See the red dots? 🙂
It’s quite typical for your lower abdomen to ache. This aching, as opposed to cramping, is caused by the stretching of the muscles and ligaments (the tough, flexible tissues that connect your bones) supporting your uterus (womb). It is often called round ligament pain.
Hormones produced by your body during pregnancy cause the stretching. You’ll probably feel it when you’re getting up from a bed or chair, when you cough or when you get out of the bath.
Source: Baby Centre
So yeah, whenever I coughed or sneezed in bed, OUCH! I found that if I lifted my upper body into a crunch position to engage the muscles then I could cough or sneeze at will. Annoying? Yes. Necessary? Yes.
I also noticed that when I would stand up too fast it would hurt a bit too, and whatever I did that would engage the muscles too fast would cause pain. Now at week 24 it rarely happens so that’s nice, but I’m also more careful about my movements so that could have something to do with it.
Back Pain While Sleeping
At around week 17 I started having lots of back pain while sleeping. I found I started waking up a lot during the night – from the pain – and it seemed like no position could ease it. I even bought a pregnancy pillow and that didn’t help.
I thought the pain was due to the fact that my middle section was becoming heavier and made me sink into the mattress more, which my back was not used to. So I decided to try a firmer mattress… our futon.
My first night on the futon I slept like a baby! But that was short-lived because after a few nights all of the pains came back. 🙁
So I did a bit of research online and lots of posts said that sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs helps alleviate pressure to the pelvis and lower back so I decided to give that a try. My husband also suggested to put a pillow at my back.
I found 2 king size pillows that we are not using and armed myself with those, plus the pillow wedge, for my next night of slumber.
* angel voices singing, aaahhhh *
OMG I have been sleeping so well since I’ve been doing that! I actually lean against the pillow at my back so I’m not leaning forward on my belly. That’s where the pillow wedge comes in handy because otherwise I feel my belly is kind of hanging in the air, so it helps support it.
This is what I look like in bed:
I usually wake up once during the night to go pee. At that time my back is a little bit sore so I switch over to my other side, rearrange the pillows, then I’m gone for the rest of the night. Once my alarm rings in the morning my back feels great and I’m rested. Finally! 🙂
To the mamas reading this, did you experience that lower abdominal muscle pain? And what was your best sleeping trick during your pregnancy?
– Chantal 🙂