34-36 WEEKS PREGNANCY UPDATE!
I have been having unusual cravings- I have been cravings things like rubber, ice and chalk. On very bad days I would pop into a shoe shop and spend at least 10-15mins sniffing shoes just to satisfy my cravings, the smell I find, absolutely divine! (it also doesn’t phase me one bit when people would look & wonder what I’m doing)
I researched on why I have such cravings and I came across a disorder called PICA.
“Pica is characterized by an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive, such as paper, clay, drywall or paint, metal, chalk, soil, glass, or sand” (wikipedia)
Before speaking to my doctor about these cravings, my mum had come back from my grandfather’s funeral in Africa and she brought me what we would call in English, SAND……..yes, SAND!
I have never tasted anything so nice in my life! I don’t how these things are made but the taste is just what I have been looking for! I have been satisfying my cravings with this but after a couple of days, I decided tell my Midwife about my weird cravings. I didn’t tell her I’ve been eating this dust/sand from Africa though! *covers face*
She did confirm that I have pica because I am lacking in iron and so, much to my disappointment, the iron tablet dose was increased. I’m already struggling to take these tablets as they make me sick but all I can say is, may the Lord help me! 🙁
Pelvic Girdle Pain (better known as SPD)
I woke up the other day and I was in so much pain I couldn’t get up from my bed until my husband assisted me. I stood up only to realise that I couldn’t actually walk properly, the pain in my pelvic, back and legs were excruciating! It felt like I was learning to walk again. I didn’t understand what was going as I felt like everything was happening all at once. I was having Braxton hicks, heart burn & headaches so after much crying, I called triage and explained everything. The midwife told me it sounded like I have SPD which is common in pregnancy (1 in 5 pregnant women suffer from SPD) so I was referred to the hospital for a check up, SPD if picked up early can be managed & treated better.
A physiotherapy appointment was booked for me and my midwife gave me tips on how to ease the pain at home. I also did some research on how to relieve pelvic pain during pregnancy and I found a video on youtube by Ariana Horning (Self-Care for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) very helpful!
Only a couple of days after trying these moves, and regular hip massages from the hubby, the pain disappeared! I cancelled the appointment with the physiotherapist as I figured someone else in greater pain could benefit from it.
Our hospital bags are finally packed- I have not packed many things as I am praying for a swift delivery. I do not wish to stay in the hospital for long, I’d rather be back home in my own environment as soon as possible!
If you’re interested in knowing what I’ll be taking to hospital for baby & myself, check out my video below! 🙂
I’m so glad I no longer have SPD however, I’m still very much exhausted and I just can’t wait to meet my baby! Not long to go now…
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