Little B(aby)vO, or "Little B" as he shall henceforth be called, has been impacting my life in two major ways in the last month.
1) Pregnancy Insomnia. This is not cool. I sleep comfortably. I'm not hungry at night, and I don't feel particularly anxious or worried about anything at the moment. However, almost every morning I wake up to see the clock say anything between 3:00 and 3:06 (yes, it is that precise). I don't wake up because I have to go to the bathroom. I just wake up. And stay awake. for anywhere from 2-4 hours. It's awesome. Sometimes, if I get too restless during the awake period, I will get up and go to the couch or to the mattress in Brian's office to rest and finally fall asleep again. At my midwife appointment yesterday, Karen recommended that I get up for 15 minutes and do something, be it reading, watching tv, taking a bath, etc, and then go back to bed. So, last night at 3:30, I got up, check fb, read an article in the December Canadian Living, and went back to bed. And stayed awake. Until my alarm went off. Amazing. I'm functioning better on this degree of lack of sleep than I thought I would, but it is getting a wee bit tiring. And don't any of you dare tell me that this is "preparing me for those sleepless nights with the baby" because I've heard that enough, and don't really want to hear it anymore, especially from people who have never had pregnancy insomnia, especially during the second trimester. :) Thanks for the helpful suggestion, though. I have to admit, I'm more than a bit jealous of those who are pregnant and who are not working, meaning that they are able to sleep in and take naps. Sigh.
2) Lower Back Pain when Walking, Sitting, and Moving in General. This has also been fun. It started about a month and a half ago, and it really is not that bad at this point - but it has been discouraging me from taking long walks with Izzy, or from using any of the machines in the gym to work out. This condition, however, I hope is fixable - I had my first visit with a Dundas Chiropractor last night by the name of Dr. Andrea Ferretti. She is a small, formidable woman, and she knows her stuff. I've never been to a chiropractor before, but I went to her on the recommendation of a few other friends who saw her for pregnancy-related back pain. She has a LOT of letters behind her name (D.C., F.I.C.P.A., B.Sc., plus a few not on her business card that were in her office), and has spent several years studying with an OB. She has students from the McMaster Midwifery program intern with her so that they can learn about the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant women. All in all, she seems to be extremely well trained, is very good at communicating with her patients, and has a very interesting method of adjusting her patients. She has this table that stands in an upright position, and then the patient stands on the end of it. The table tilts down so that it's horizontal, and then she activates different parts of the table and they kind of jump up and down, jolting a particular area of the body. Anyhow, while I still have that pain my left hip / lower back when I walk, it's not as severe as it was yesterday. I have two more appointments next week to finish the adjustments, and then I'll go every few weeks after that until the baby is born to keep all of my bones where they should be and to "get things ready" for labour and delivery. I'm glad that I have benefits to cover the cost of this treatment, because I wouldn't have come otherwise - but I'm hoping that it's going to make a big difference! Having said that, I still really do love massage therapists - it's so calming and relaxing to go to one of those appointments. Not so much a chiropractic appointment. Oh well, you can't win them all.
A third way that Little B has been impacting my life is that he's starting to move around a lot more. Or at least, I can feel him sometimes now. Many people out there seem bound and determined to try and make me worried about how long it has taken me to feel the baby - "Is that normal?" "Shouldn't the baby be moving around a lot by this point?" "Don't people usually feel the baby move between 16 and 19 weeks?" "Aren't you worried?!" Fortunately, most people are neither doctors nor midwives, or even trained in any medical field at all. I have what is called an anterior placenta, which means that the placenta that I grew to protect the baby has grown on the front of me as opposed to the back. This is not a dangerous condition, either for myself or for the baby - but it does mean that there is an extra layer inbetween me and the baby in the front - so the baby's movements have to be pretty strong to get noticed through the extra barrier. My midwife says that his bum is up at the top of my stomach, but I have no idea how she can tell that because when I feel around and press down, I can't feel anything at all. I don't feel him consistently, but he was particularly active last night while I was laying in bed not sleeping.
Little B is only a week and a half younger now than his cousin Isaac was when he was born in May, and I think about that pretty much every day. I'm not worried that he will come so early (I do have my doubts of going to full term, though) but it is incredible to think of what he looks like already - by 27 weeks, Isaac was a perfect, incredibly tiny little baby - everything was there!!