I am currently over 24 weeks, on my way to 25! In 3 1/2 weeks I’ll be in my THIRD trimester! WAHOO!!!!! The 2nd trimester always goes so much faster for me–I’m not puking and then at the end you get so big and uncomfortable things can drag. I can’t believe we’re getting to the end of this!
This pregnancy has been interesting. My previous 2 pregnancies I was in horrible hip pain. It was often debilitating, breath-taking and horrendously awful. This time around I have decided to go to a chiropractor. Why did I not do this before? Well, with Cora it wasn’t much of an option. And with Ben I was still too scared of chiropractic stuff. However, this time around I, along with David, decided something had to give! Thankfully, I found a really great chiropractor who accepts Medicaid and is really helping me. I’ve been given stretches, and I see the massage therapist, and then get adjusted. Wow. I didn’t know pregnancy could be pain free! It has been so much better. Yes, I still get twinges of pain, especially if I vacuum or mop the whole house, but overall it is manageable. Plus, doing the stretches has been great because I know how to keep my lower back muscles loose so the hip pain doesn’t progress. I am so thankful to the Lord for leading me to this chiropractor and for his help.
I have been been doing a lot of praying for physical and mental strength for the birthing process. This time around I have not had any moment of fear or “omigosh! We’re gonna have a baby!” However, this birth will hopefully be different in that I’m going to a birthing center where they don’t promote using epidurals, etc. They focus more on naturally getting through the pain through breathing, exercising, etc. I will have a midwife with me the entire time, the option to have a water birth, etc. I am so excited about it! I told my midwife my hope for this labor/delivery is to not have any chaos. Cora’s birth was super chaotic, and Ben’s was too. I just don’t want the chaos. I want to birth this child, be in control, not be pressured to do things I’m not comfortable with, etc. Anyway, this is also requiring me to pray because this will also be the first birth I will be trying really, really hard to do without an epidural. I have my reasons, which I’m not going to get into, but they are my reasons nonetheless. I know I can do this. I know it’ll be painful, and I know it’ll be hard. But, I also know I can do it. I look forward to not having to lie in bed waiting for the meds to get out of me before I can get up. Anyway, ramblings I’m sure to some, but important to me!
As I get to the end of this trimester I’m looking forward to getting into the home-stretch and holding this little girl!!! YEAH!