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Round Ligament Pain November 5, 2009

Posted by chrislsx in pregnancy update.
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Lately, I have been feeling unwell because of a certain kind sharp, stabbing pain on the right inner thigh and around the groin area. I thought that I have pubic symphysis disorder, but apparently if that was the case,  I would not be able to even go to work. Some women even report that they can hear a grinding noise coming from their pelvic bones if it they have PSD. Therefore I have decided through self-diagnosis that I have round ligament pain.

So what is round ligament pain? Here’s what I found:

Round ligament pain is due to normal changes that take place in the body during pregnancy. It is caused by stretching of the round ligaments attached to the uterus. More commonly it occurs on the right side of the pelvis.

Typically in the non-pregnant state the uterus is about the size of an apple or pear. There are thick ligaments which hold the uterus in place in the abdomen, referred to as round ligaments.

During pregnancy, your uterus will expand in size and weight, and the ligaments supporting it will have to stretch, becoming longer and thinner. As these ligaments pull and tug they may irritate nearby nerve fibers, which causes pain. The severity of the pain in some cases can seem extreme.

Some common symptoms of round ligament pain include:

  • Ligament spasms or contractions/cramps that trigger a sharp pain typically on the right side of the abdomen.
  • Pain upon waking or suddenly rolling over in your sleep.
  • Pain in the abdomen that is sharp brought on by exercise or other vigorous activity.
  • Moving very slowly while engaging the core muscles

Anyway, I have been in pain and this makes me feel that I am so done and over with this pregnancy *guilty*. I am fine when I am seated or lying down, but the worse is having to climb the steps, which I have to do since I take the public transit to go to work. I am still able to walk slowly (or waddle, if you look at me now) but yesterday, I had to run across the street to catch the bus and I had to use my hands to lift my belly to minimize the pain. I thought enough was enough, and everyone kept asking me if there was such thing as a support belt to help lift the weight of the baby.

So with just a few weeks left in this pregnancy, I refuse to buy anything else that is maternity related (at least not for post-partum), I looked for a maternity support belt on Craigslist. I saw a new one that Medela sells for $45 and I thought that was wayyy too much for something that I will only be using for a few weeks, but I found a used one that by Emma Jane that was being sold for $10.

I bought the belt from the seller and it helped quite a bit, but not completely. A few things that I have been doing that had helped with the symptoms along with using the belt includes:

  • Inhaling and engaging the core muscles (sucking in the belly button) before I stand up or put any weight on my feet to help lift the weight of the baby – this helps tremendously
  • Doing my Kegel exercises
  • Taking a warm shower
  • Rest as much as I can

Nurseries that inspire me November 5, 2009

Posted by chrislsx in baby prep, design.
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We won’t be able to have a nursery for lil’ Madelyn just yet, seeing how cramped we are with space at the moment while we camp out at Andy’s parents house. This does not stop me from poring over other people’s nurseries online on Ohdeedoh and taking a flight of fancy on how our nursery would be when we are able to have one. Here are some pictures that inspire me at the moment. I’ll post more of them whenever I see one that strikes my fancy.

P/S: Click on the images to see the nursery tour (if available).

I like the play of the bright yellow against the dark grey walls in this nursery by a creative mommy and fellow blogger from Toronto. Not to mention the nice flower painting on the wall. very modern and yet suitable for a child. The crib looks similar to ours, which was a very inexpensive item compared to other things that we have bought as we prepare for Madelyn’s arrival. Looks like the Ikea’s Sniglar or Gulliver (we have the Gulliver). This proves that inexpensive items can still make a room looking fabulous!

This nursery is awesome because it is in the attic. I fell in love with this crib (the Ouef Sparrow) because of this nursery. We will never be able to afford this crib, and for a moment, we were going to paint our Ikea Gulliver grey because of this crib. I love the pink with the grey of the crib, and the bright yellow-green color on the walls.

If only we were able to get this crib in Canada. It is Walmart’s Baby Mod Park Lane crib that doesn’t cost much and has a drawer under the crib. I love this nursery because it is so mod! I love the nursing chair/glider (which we don’t have because we couldn’t afford one and there isn’t any space for it), and if you check out the nursery tour by clicking on the picture, you will see the Nelson bubble lamp, old school bookshelves, and the vintage wall clock. The sasquatch poster on the wall is also very cute withouth being nauseating 😛 I love the mix of old and new in this nursery!

Here’s the Oeuf Sparrow crib again. The fact that it is grey makes it look oh-s0-mod, don’t you think? And here’s the yellow wall again on the left of the picture. Love the pink bedding against the grey of the crib.

My 5 Senses {blog tag} November 5, 2009

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I’ve been tag by Whimsicaljottings (I’m honoured!) and here goes….

Rule # 1 To display this tag on your blog

Rule # 2 Post the rules

Rule #3 Link back to the blog that tagged you

Rule # 4 Make a list of the 5 senses and what each one represents for you

Rule # 5 Tag 5 other blogs and let them know!

My 5 senses are as follows:

  • Sight: Seeing acts of random kindness from people puts a smile on my face. It reminds me that humanity still lives.
  • Smell: Nothing beats a whiff of intoxication from the durian fruit. I brings me back home to Malaysia instantly!
  • Taste: Can I say durian again? LOL! And can I add nasi lemak, roti canai, sambal, rendang, chee cheong fun, popiah, kari laksa and the whole range of nyonya delicacies? 😛
  • Feel: This may sound weird, but I love to touch Andy’s soft earlobes.
  • Hear: The voices of my sisters, mom and dad over Skype. Oh and the dogs at home too, when they are aroud the computer.

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