Cravings: Milk, peanut butter and jelly
Symptoms: Groin pain, swollen feet, flashing lights, Fatigue
This week has brought a bit more discomfort, but I’m thankful for my job which allows me to have the rest I need in the morning. The biggest pain has happened in my groin area. It literally feels like someone has repeatedly kicked me there (and maybe little man has and I just didn’t realise how much). The midwife says in the third trimester, a new rush of prolactin happens that does allow hips, groin, and joints to loosen even more in preparation for the birth.
My feet continue to swell on days where I’m up in constant activity. Also, my poor toenails look awful, but I can’t bend down to paint them anymore. I’m thinking about going to see how much it would be for someone to just change the paint on them (although maybe I should just splurge and get a full pedicure, but the cheapest ones I’ve seen over here are still $50).
A few times this week, I’ve seen “flashing lights.” Of course, as soon as this first happened, I called my midwife and asked whether or not I should worry. She said as long as it’s not accompanied by headaches or feeling generally unwell, it’s not a sign of preeclampsia. Whew! Not only that, but my blood pressure readings have been on the low side every time, so we’re not concerned. She said it’s fairly common for pregnant women to get this with out preeclampsia. It’s just an indication of blood pressure change.
Oh man, have I been tired this week! It hits me every morning after I’ve had a good breakfast and a bit of time to relax. Then, I need another nap. Luckily, my job allows me to have the mornings to rest since I don’t teach until after school most days. So, I’ve been taking 45 minute or hour long naps whenever I feel like this, and it makes a huge difference in how I feel the rest of the day. Part of the reason for this fatigue has to be the fact that we’re sleeping on a 20+ year old mattress. The good (no, great–no, amazing) news is, we have ordered a brand new mattress that should be here next Tuesday. I can’t wait! We also found a lovely bedframe to go with it, so I feel like our room will finally look like a grown up room and not just a couple who’s trying to make it with hand-me-downs. I can’t wait to try the new mattress and see if it helps us both in how well-rested we feel. Poor hubby says I’ve been keeping him up with my movements and noises each night. I don’t remember moaning, but he says I moan in pain every night (hips still bother me, but they’re starting to get a bit better, and I expect that will improve more after next week). We also upgraded from a full (double) to a queen. Cannot wait.
That’s pretty much it for this week! I’m gonna go take a nap. Hope y’all have a great day!