First of all I have an admission to make I am not 32 weeks pregnant. I am now 33 weeks pregnant and this update is a week late. Sorry.
There are only 7 weeks until I reach my due date. I am on the final stretch. How did that happen?
The past few months seem to have passed in a blur. And now here I am thinking about my birth plan and what I need to pack in my hospital bag.
32 weeks pregnant – Piriformis Syndrome and The Fear
Before this pregnancy, I had tests into the reasons behind our recurrent miscarriages. They didn’t produce any answers.
But my consultant did advise me to take aspirin from the day I discovered that I was pregnant until I reached 28 weeks.
Taking aspirin in pregnancy is not generally recommended as it can cause problems.
However, it is often prescribed in a low dosage (I took 75mg of soluble aspirin every night) to women who have suffered from recurrent miscarriages. The aspirin can help prevent blood clotting problems which can lead to multiple early miscarriages.
I will never know if I have got this far in the pregnancy because of the aspirin or because it was just our time. And it doesn’t matter any more.
Yet taking the last tablet felt very strange. The aspirin had been something to cling onto during those first anxious months. And stopping taking them felt like I was letting go of my life raft.
Even so, reaching 28 weeks and no longer needing to take aspirin was another huge milestone in this pregnancy. A pregnancy that has been filled with some big milestones. But that has mostly been made up of tiny steps towards meeting our longed for second child.
Once I reached 24 weeks, I began to get some pain in my lower back and bottom.
Over the months, this pain grew and grew. Sometimes it was just a dull ache. Other times, I had shooting pains all the way down my leg.
And by 28 weeks, I could no longer sleep because the pain stopped me from finding a comfortable sleeping position.
It wasn’t long before my mobility became severely affected.
I don’t drive and rely on walking to get everywhere. This is fairly difficult when you physically can’t pull yourself from the sofa.
Two weeks ago, the pain in my back, bottom and legs became unbearable. I could barely move at all.
In the end, a good friend and my parents had to come to my rescue. And my parents managed to find me a last-minute appointment with a osteopath who specialised in pregnancy.
The osteopath diagnosed Piriformis Syndrome.
Piriformis Syndrome is when the Piriformis, a muscle deep inside your bottom is aggravated. This causes it to spasm and be put in a permanent state of tension. And can lead to a lot of pain in the lower back and buttocks.
In my case, this pregnancy has caused a long-standing problem with the discs in my lower back to flare up. This in turn has irritated my Piriformis and the spasming muscle has trapped my Sciatic nerve.
This means that I am suffering from Sciatica, pain in my Piriformis and a very sore lower back.
Thankfully, the osteopath was amazing. I don’t know what he did. But I left his office with hardly any pain. And I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed because I had managed to sleep properly for the first time in weeks.
I now see my osteopath weekly or fortnightly and although I am still in pain it is unbelievable how much it has improved.
If you are struggling with pain during pregnancy, then please go and talk to your midwife and ask to be referred to see a Physiotherapist. Or go to see a Osteopath who specialises in pregnancy. Please don’t suffer in silence like I did (well, not really silence, as I did moan constantly. Poor Mr H.)
There is no denying it, I am approaching the time when I will have to give birth.
I stupidly believed that having done it all before I would approach childbirth for a second time without any trepidation.
I’ve done it once. I had a relatively short labour for a first baby. And although there were issues, I survived and I did it all on gas and air.
These are good things. I know what to expect. Nothing should come as a surprise.
And yet, I have The Fear. And The Fear has grown since I was pregnant with Little Miss H.
Maybe, it is because I know what can go wrong. How everything seems fine one minute and then all of a sudden the baby’s heartbeat drops and the midwives’ voices grow louder and they talk with a greater sense of urgency.
But I think I have The Fear mainly for two reasons.
I know what I don’t want to happen.
Although Little Miss H’s birth was somewhat fraught at times, there were moments when everything was running smoothly and I was as comfortable as I could be. I would like to follow a similar birth plan for Little Mister H. And I am scared about needing to be induced or to have an emergency C-Section. And I am terrified about having another retained placenta and postpartum haemorrhage.
But my greatest fear is that I will give birth on the kitchen floor with Little Miss H as my midwife.
It might sound dramatic but it actually could happen.
I had a very short labour with Little Miss. So I have been advised by my midwife to go to hospital as soon as my waters break or I have a contraction.
That is easier said than done.
If Mr H is at work, then I will need to find someone to look after our precious toddler and another person to drive me to the hospital.
So the kitchen scenario isn’t quite so far-fetched after all.
I hope that you enjoyed my little update of the main things that have happened over the past few months.
If any of you have suffered with Piriformis Syndrome or have any advice for how I cope with The Fear of childbirth then I would love to hear from you in the comments. And please let me know of any 6 week midwifery crash courses that would accept my 3-year-old daughter!!!