This week was fairly uneventful in terms of symptoms- I subsist on three meals a day rather than a snack every hour, the nausea’s completely gone and for the time being I can sleep through the night- not sure if this is Rob not being here fidgeting and snuffling or the pressure lightening off my bladder for a bit when I lie down.
The hardest thing I’m finding right now is training myself to sleep on my side. I am naturally a coffin-sleeper; on my back, straight as a corpse, hands crossed over belly, like a vampire but stiller. I was a belly sleeper for years and years until I realised the natural arching of that may be contributing to my chronic back pain, Since flipping, I’ve (touch wood) been a hundred fold better.
But I have never ever ever attempted to sleep on my side. Never even woken up like that. It doesn’t feel comfortable- where does the top hip go? Does it flop over or stay stacked? How bent should your legs be? Having any sort of bend in them feels crampy! And what about the ear squishing? And that bottom arm? Where does it go? Do you straighten it out or curl it up under your chin? How am I ever going to get to sleep like this?!
They say the best sleeping position for pregnancy is on your left side, to take the pressure off your internal organs and your vena cava- the main vein of the lower body, carrying blood from your legs and hips back to the heart. Lying on your back means baby’s weight collapses onto this vein, cutting off blood to you and baby. It can result in dizziness, organ failure and even miscarriage. So, now that Spud is the size of a beetroot, I’ve been training myself to sleep side on. They recommend by 16 weeks you are off your back so I have three weeks to nail this. A maternity pillow is going to be needed…..
Other oddities this week have included very vivid dreams- in most of them I am pregnant, in some I have a huge bump and in others the baby is there, but even when I see Dream-Spud I can never see or tell what gender he is. I had one dream where I could see detailed little fingers and toes and a face pushing out through the skin of my tummy as though it was as stretchy as bubblegum- like Alien!
I am also finding this week that by the evening I have a bump!! It is really just food and water retention at this stage-my stomach expanding which pushes the uterus out, or the abdominals relaxing through the day to give a little pouch by dinner time. When I wake up in the morning I look almost pre-pregnancy size, but by the evening it is definitely more rounded, lifted and baby shaped. Not that anyone who doesn’t know could tell yet though.
Bali is definitely happening at the awkward- ‘is she fat or..?’ stage! Maybe if I keep stroking my tummy enough people will assume human baby not food baby! I dont really care, I love the questionable little bump and I’m going to wear my bikinis and summer tops and embrace the podge. I did however have to go to K-mart and buy some new bikinis- I never thought I would see myself buying C/D cups in my whole life! Rob’s going to have a shock!