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26 Weeks Pregnant – My Pregnancy Week-by-Week

26 Weeks Pregnant

I’m 26 weeks pregnant and saying hello to horrible sacroiliac joint dysfunction pain.

I had this last time when I was pregnant with Miss M – it’s a horribly painful joint pain caused by the loosening of the pelvis during pregnancy.  For me it’s all on my left side – right at my lower back, bum, hip and pelvis and it often prevents me from moving at all, it’s so painful.  I actually couldn’t get out of bed for about half an hour a couple of days this week – I just lay there like a beached whale unable to lift myself up.

I’m just grateful it’s only started now as last time I had it from about week 6.

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I saw my Dr who referred me to a physio and I managed to see them the next day.  They confirmed it was SJD and PGP (pelvic girdle pain, very similar) and gave me some exercises to do to stretch and strengthen my lower back, pelvis etc to ease it.  Basically though, it won’t go until after Mini arrives so I also have my pelvic belt to wear for support from the last pregnancy to make it a bit more manageable.  The Joys of Pregnancy!

Hmm, other symptoms.  Oh, the itchiness has subsided!  It’s still there but no where near as bad as it was – perhaps the pelvic pain has taken my mind off it.  The acid reflux has lovingly stuck around though.

Otherwise I’m just getting bigger and waddly-er by the day it seems.

Only 2 weeks left of the 2nd trimester and then I’m on the home run.  I’ve been looking more into homebirths and I’m swinging towards having one but I have a few questions that I need to ask my midwife when I see her in Feb.  I did have a look at hiring a birth pool for it and I do really like the idea of giving birth at home and then staying put.  No hospital bed or food, lovely. I even started researching alternatives like an inflatable hot tub or portable spa!

I think my biggest worry is the obvious one, what if something goes wrong?  Of course I know the answer to that, I go to hospital!  I also have a few other ‘what if’ questions that I’m hoping my midwife can put my mind at rest over and then it will be ‘all systems go’ on the homebirth hopefully.

As my pregnancy draws closer to the end I’m trying to focus on the things I love about being pregnant and the things I do enjoy about it – you can read more about that here.  I find it easy to moan and complain a lot about being pregnant (have you noticed?) but I am truly grateful to have been blessed with another pregnancy and as much as I’ll be glad when Mini makes it’s appearance, I’m making the most of the last 14ish weeks.

Hope you’re all having a lovely week and if you have any experience of managing SJP or PGP then please do comment below!

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  1. Zena's Suitcase
    / 9:57 pm

    Pregnancy isn’t an easy ride for some mother’s. I had PGP too, and it was awful. Physio helped and I found I couldn’t do any one thing for too long. I couldn’t sit for more than an hour before I ceased up, moving helped but I still needed rest. I hope you’re able to manage it and things get easier #brilliantblogposts

    • mamamim blog
      / 12:08 pm

      Thanks lovely :) :)

  2. Honest Mum
    / 3:09 pm

    Exciting you’re considering a home birth. Love your positive attitude, pregnancy can be tough so just be kind to you. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • mamamim blog
      / 1:54 pm

      Thanks lady – I’m having fun looking into it and I think it will be the right decision for us :)

  3. Mumma McD
    / 3:59 am

    Oh, the PGP is awful, have you considered wearing a support girdle belt thingy? My physio gave me one and it really did help! Not too long now, it’ll go by in a flash and seem like a million years all at the same time!! xx

    • mamamim blog
      / 9:27 am

      It’s horrid isn’t it :( I have a pelvic support belt – I had it from last pregnancy luckily :) It definitely helps a bit. Hurray, not long now :)

  4. Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas
    / 10:51 pm

    Thanks for stopping by!!


    • mamamim blog
      / 9:27 am

      Thank you and likewise! :)

  5. Vicky Charles
    / 10:08 pm

    My friend had both of her children at home in a birthing pool and loved it. When I was considering it she told me to buy a ton of plastic sheeting to cover the floor!
    Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop!

    • mamamim blog
      / 9:26 am

      Oh that’s wonderful – I really hope to do the same. I agree about the plastic sheeting :) :)

  6. amy cooper
    / 7:07 pm

    oh really feel for you must be horrible being in such pain whilst still having a little one to run around after I hope the exercises start making it a bit more manageable for you. Thanks for linking up with #sundaystars

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:54 pm

      Thanks lady! I hope so too – luckily I have an energetic husband and thank God for CBeebies :)

  7. Laura Powell-Corbett
    / 10:27 am

    I’m 26 weeks pregnant now too, no experience with PGP, but last pregnancy I remember the carpal tunnel syndrome moving over into tendonitis of the wrist and the wearing of the stupid splint. That DIDN’T go away after! These babies have a lot to answer for for the havoc they cause to our bodies, in places that we didn’t think it would be!

    With PGP I have hear about keeping your knees together at all times, so turn in bed, with your knees pressed together will reduce pain.

    Hang in there, April is just round the corner! And it is now at least the same year in which your baby will born!xx

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:12 pm

      We’re bump twins :) :) Thanks so much, yes I’m definitely trying moving with knees together, physio recommended that too, thank you :) I got carpal tunnel last time too – we deal with a lot really don’t we. Hurray not tooooo long for us – hope you’re feeling well :)

    / 11:33 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me that a normal pregnancy is 40 weeks (I was born at between 25 and 26), so I was immediately drawn to your post when I saw “week 26”. I’m so sorry for the joint pain though. Really do hope the physio exercises and pelvic belt will give you some relief. #SundayStars

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:11 pm

      Wow 25 weeks – a teeny one :) I made it to week 36 with my first one – I can’t imagine going past that really – oh dear I bet I get to 42 weeks now. Thanks so much – hoping to feel better v v soon :)

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:10 pm

      Oh thank you so much – I’ll check that out! :) :)

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