Dear Julien … Letters to my second son.

Wednesday, 6th April, 2005

Pain & Showing

Filed under: 22 Weeks,General,Weeks in Utero — Beth @ 8:15

Last night on my way home from work, I had this really odd pain that started in my hip and back and spread down my left hip and curled around my abdomen.

For a panicky moment, I was thinking “pre-term labor” but in the end, I think I just over-stretched a ligmanet, had a Braxton-Hicks contraction and gas pain all at once and it just all stacked one on top of the other to make this weird pain that left me sitting on a bench at BART doing relaxation breathing, and turning to my right to ease the tightness in my side.

I was eventually able to get up and get on the train, but the pain persisted. It neither got worse, nor better, nor changed in any way for a good 15 minutes after I got on the train. Supporting my belly with my hands and leaning slightly forward and away from the tight muscle helped make it feel better though. Around Rockridge it slowly started to let go and left me with nothing but reminiscent twinges in my lower left hip. It felt like a charlie horse in my side basically, while it was going on and then it was just … gone leaving little plinking echoes behind. Like a charlie horse goes. At home I lay down in Bradley relaxation position with my abdomen propped up and that helped ease off the last of it at which point I took a long shower and then curled up on the couch and took it easy for the rest of the evening.

No sign of returning pain this morning beyond the usual aches and Pip did his/her usual set of “Hi Mom, I’m awake” kicks/hiccups while I was getting ready for work.

I’m going to double my water intake today though and re-commit to doing pelvic rocking in the evening, because clearly I am not being good enough to the ligaments and muscles in that region and they’re overtaxed.

In more upbeat news, I really am showing – the ladies who check me out at various snack stands around the area are noticing. This morning the lady downstairs let me have my smoothie without paying for it. I thought I had $6 on me but only had $2 but she waved me off when I went to put the juice back in the fridge. “You’re pregnant. Take it. Don’t worry about it.”

There are some really nice people in my life.

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