Week 21 – Christmas Break

This week was supposed to be all about resting and enjoying “couple time” as we both had the week off. Unfortunately I was stuck down with a cold. Even though I’ve been a little under the weather for the last two weeks (chesty cough) I’ve managed to plough on with work and my other commitments. It seems that my body was just humouring me as it’s decided to take this break from work to teach me a little something something about the importance of rest. I’ve spent most of the mornings in bed with a cold and oddly, a sore shoulder. Initially I thought it might be because I’d slept funny (sleeping while pregnant is the worst! I wish someone had told me about this as it might have served as the best contraception for a girl who loves to sleep), but the pain alternated between shoulders and I usually sleep on my right side. I decided to keep away from pain relief so I strapped a hot water bottle to whichever side was hurting, but it was immensely painful. I also made the mistake of googling “Shoulder Pain When Pregnant” and while I ruled out an ectopic pregnancy I was almost convinced I had preeclampsia!! By now it’s probably clear that I’m a bit of a worrier, and I can’t stress enough how much you really want to avoid any stress or anxiety when pregnant. Your body goes through so many changes and if it’s your first pregnancy, you’re very aware of every small change. The thing I’m slowly learning is how amazing a women’s body is: it’s designed to cope with this marvellous experience but of course making another human being isn’t easy and as such your body is tested. Most of the time it’s nothing serious, but get to know your body. Never ignore your intuition, if you sense something isn’t right, listen to that voice and go to your GP, midwife, hospital… it’s always worth it. Now is not the time to worry about inconveniencing others, it’s about looking after yourself and your baby. I think pregnancy has taught me to be more attuned to my body and its needs. I should have taken a rest a few weeks ago but I didn’t so I’m paying the price now.

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