Monday, July 23, 2012

Physical Therapy

Whoever said that being pregnant with a boy is easier than with a girl is a big fat liar! This pregnancy has been way more difficult than my last and I'm not even into my third trimester yet. I try not to complain too much because I know how blessed I am to have healthy pregnancies, but it is getting harder to complete my day to day tasks. At about 15 weeks, I started having extreme sciatic pain in my right hip and leg. It got so bad that by the end of each day, I could barely walk.

So I talked to my OB and she highly recommended that I try physical therapy. Being that I'm still only in my 2nd trimester, I decided it was worth a try. I really don't want to be put on bed rest and I don't want the pain to continue to get worse. So I am now going to physical therapy twice a week.

I've discovered that physical therapy is a new kind of torture. I have about 20 minutes of stretches that I have to do each day. Those aren't too bad. However, when I go in for my appointments, they massage the muscles in my legs that are leading to some of my pain. I have some very large knots in said muscles and those few minutes in each appointment are absolutely awful. I am glad to say that it is actually helping, but I do dread each appointment! Hopefully it continues to help.

Luckily, Grandma Barb is able to watch Grace during most of my appointments. Grace certainly reminds me that each pregnancy pain is absolutely worth it!

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  1. Physiotherapy during pregnancy is fine, Stephanie, as long it’s with a professional and well-experienced one. Once you're familiar with the specific recommendations made by your therapist, you can incorporate them into your exercise routine to stay healthy during, and after your pregnancy, my dear. :)

    Candy Rowe

    1. Right, although most people wouldn't think that it is possible. It's actually very beneficial in improving a mother’s health. It’s case to case basis, but if the advice came from a medical professional they trust, they should be fine.

      Sienna Christie

  2. “I am glad to say that it is actually helping, but I do dread each appointment!”--- That’s what physical therapy is all about! You will really feel the pain. This is why a lot of people, especially the injured ones, are afraid of going through with a PT session. Well, pain is just normal, but after a few sessions, you’ll start to feel the improvement, and slowly but surely, the pain will go away.

    Jaye Fiecke



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