Aches, Pains, Stretches, Babies, and Other Ramblings

Hello, it has been a while! Sometimes life has a way of taking over. I am still here plugging away at my normal things I do- homeschooling, sewing, caring for my goats, and raising my little monsters…I mean darlings.

In news that I haven’t announced here, I am expecting baby #5 at the end of January. That is part of the reason things have been quiet around here- the other part is that I lost my writing mojo. It really takes a lot of time to put together a presentable blog post! I spent the first 5 months of my pregnancy feeling like dirt. Exhaustion and nausea were my unpleasant companions for far longer than expected. Thankfully, I feel pretty good most days now. This me last week at 30 weeks along.

I thought it would be fun to post a picture of me at roughly the same time in my last pregnancy- before I did a lot of rehab for my falling apart body.  I am about 28-29 weeks in this picture.

My pain levels are less this pregnancy. I have no sciatic pain, and I have had sciatic pain through at least part of the previous three pregnancies.  My posture is better. Baby is head DOWN and not transverse. In my last two pregnancies, my babies hung out sideways until 35-36 weeks. This one has been head down since 28 weeks.  I have a LOT more energy this time around! I felt half dead last time. I was so tired!  This time around I am having trouble with leg cramps, and I feel like I have tried everything to get rid of them.  I am hoping to be able to try going to the chiropractor soon. This has been going on since before pregnancy, but pregnancy does not help it at all. My hips are tight, too, but walking helps with that. Anyway, I am sure you have heard enough of my ramblings on pregnancy pain.

I thought I would quickly go over some things I am doing differently this time around in case they help someone else. One of the big/ little things I do to be more comfortable this time around is stretching. I stretch my calves and hamstrings several times a day. I usually do this while I am waiting for my goats to finish eating their grain. I have a piece of pipe and a freezer that works perfectly for that purpose. Walking is another thing I have started this month, and it helps with tight hips and glutes.  I have heard that birth is like a marathon. We need to train for it.

Link for the calf stretch

Link for the hamstring stretch.

These are just a couple of the helpful stretches I do. I hope that you have some that you do each day. It can make a big difference in how you feel each day!

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