Just a few days ago my sister Laura announced that she was around 14/15 weeks pregnant. This will be her second child and sibling to Lauren, already 2.5 years old. What makes the pregnancy all the more amazing is that I am also currently 16 weeks pregnant and my other sister Sarah is also around 32 weeks pregnant!
Pregnant at the same time
At the moment we have Sarah and her husband Jamie expecting their second child in January and Laura and her husband Dan expecting their second child in May, around the 18th May which also happens to be just 3 days after the due date of mine and Mike’s baby!
On hearing the news my Dad said that he was going to avoid calling our brother in case he wanted to further add to the number of grandchildren being born next year. Luckily he doesn’t have to worry about his youngest daughter as she’s quite a few years off being anywhere near having a child of her own! Our other brother also has 2 sons already so I doubt he’s in any rush for more which means between my sisters and I will be bringing the total number of grandchildren for our parents up to 9. Our Mum is one of 6 and our Dad is one of 4 so we’re used to being surrounded by a large family and luckily our Nan has a big enough house to cope with the periodic mass gatherings of utter madness.
Christmas 2011 is going to be a seriously busy one and it’s already been a few years since the present giving policy was strictly “children or childless older children” and it’s not about to change for next year!
5/6 of us. From left: Laura, Alana, Brooke, Alan & Sarah.
I’m currently 31 weeks pregnant and in my 3rd trimester of my 2nd pregnancy and struggling with everything! I’ve recently started to get pain in my lower back and my pubic bone. I really am struggling to walk, during my first pregnancy I was bright as a button and walked absolutely everywhere with no troubles. I didn’t get swollen feet, ankles or legs and this time I’ve got it all and more!!
Maybe it’s payback time who knows? I used to think it was sooo funny how ladies would waddle and struggle but I take it all back now as I can’t walk properly at all!
Because of the pain I’m experiencing I went to see my doctor who diagnosed me with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). It is most commonly associated with pregnancy and childbirth and is a condition that causes excessive movement of the symphysis pubis, because of a misalignment of the pelvis. SPD is a dysfunction that is associated with pelvic girdle pain and the names are often used interchangeably. It is thought to affect up to one in four pregnant women to varying degrees, with 7% of sufferers continuing to experience serious symptoms postpartum.
The main symptom is usually pain or discomfort in the pelvic region. This will probably be centred on the joint at the front of the pelvis (the pubis symphysis). Some sufferers report being able to hear the lower back and hip joints, the sacroiliac, clicking or popping in and out as they walk or change position. Sufferers frequently also experience pain in the lower back, hips, groin, lower abdomen, and legs. The severity of the pain can range from mild discomfort to extreme and prolonged suffering. Sufferers may walk with a characteristic waddling gait and have difficulty climbing stairs, problems with leg abduction and adduction, pain when carrying out weight bearing activities, difficulties carrying out everyday activities, and difficulties standing.
I am so glad I went to the doctors as I can finally stop thinking I’m a hypochondriac and realise that something wasn’t quite right!
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