Monday, September 14, 2009

Third Trimester

I am now in my third trimester, at least according to the Bump. It's like my whole pregnancy changed dramatically as soon as I officially entered third tri. Seemingly overnight, my back started aching and I've gotten incredibly itchy on my legs. I was expecting an itchy belly, but the itchy legs are really killing me.

I've got a plan in place to cope with both:
  • I learned a few strengthening and stretching exercises for my back.
  • I'm squatting to pick things up, rather than bending at the waist.
  • Provided my MW gives me the ok, I'll be using a heating pad on my back occasionally.
  • I tried a belly support band yesterday, but it made my stomach itch more, so I have to decide whether the trade-off is worthwhile.
  • I'll be taking an oatmeal bath soon for the itching.
  • I've also started putting on moisturizer more often, which I don't usually do.
  • One other bizarre thing, is that my crotch has been super itchy for the past week or two. It's itchy in the same place at the same time every day. I read online to wipe with a baking soda paste, which sounded a little nuts. I tried it a few days ago and, after burning hard-core for about 10 minutes, the itching stopped.
Otherwise, pregnancy is coming along great. I can't believe he'll be here in less than 3 months!

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