July 26, 2013 | 08:03 AM Today I am exactly 22 weeks through this crazy and amazing journey! Being an expecting Mommy is a lot of fun and most days I really love it! There are some parts I could live without, but I never want to make too many complaints because it is all such a wonderful experience!
Lately I have been experiencing a lot of lower back pain. I thought it was too early in my pregnancy for my back to feel this way! I have been afraid that I did this to myself by running or Body Pumping, but after some reading and researching, I have learned that lower back pain is most certainly common, even in early pregnancy. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can cause pain when you walk, stand or sit for long periods, roll over in bed, or get out of a low chair. Yikes!!!
I am nervous for school to start for this reason. I never sit when I am teaching. I feel that my students listen more closely when I am standing or walking around the classroom. As I recall my days from last school year, during a normal work day, I arrive at school around 6:30a and leave around 4:30p, making for a ten hour day. During this ten hour day, I would probably be exaggerating if I said I that I sit down for one hour of it. Perhaps this will need to change when I head back to school.
My workouts have also slowed down quite a bit because of my back pain. I went running a couple of days ago and felt like I was running through the pain, which probably is not advised. I tried to focus on my music and ignore my back, but that was somewhat difficult. I am thinking that my Turbo Jam workouts might be the better option, with a few short runs here and there.
I also remember my doctor telling me, as I mentioned in my last post, that my uterus is tilted backward and my placenta is close to my spine. Perhaps this plays a part in my lower back pain. It's okay! I know that back pain is a part of pregnancy for many Mommies-to-be!!! It is 110% worth it!!! Lately I find myself feeling a bit of sadness when I think about how far along I am on this journey already!! But I am also so excited to meet Baby Titus!! Back pain or not, this journey is amazing!!!