A rest can be helpful

Have had a week off work and so far I have loved it.

Sleeping at night is a pain at the moment but for some reason I can get as much sleep as I need in the morning – great when you don’t have to go to work and so can manage to do this.

The extra sleep I have had has helped me so much. Lately I have been feeling like I have been a bit down in the dumps – nothing fits me, my feet hurt, my ribs hurt – and have had a good cry on a number of occasions lately. Having a good nights sleep has helped me so much with my mood (and my fabulous hubby bought me a great pair of Ugg boots that have helped ease my sore feet).

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The other thing I have found it that since I am off I have been able to get out for walks with the dogs more, at my own pace, and this I think has also helped me mood-wise. It has also helped the dogs as well as, obviously, they love the extra w.a.l.k.i.e.s! Oh and the added bonus for me – they sleep all night from the extra walk time.

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The best part of being off is that my rib flare┬áhas improved so much. Any time I feel it starting to hurt I have been able to lie down – the most comfy position I have found to help – and it helps prevent the pain from getting to sore. It has been an added bonus and has made me consider the option of getting signed off work if, when I go back, the pain returns.

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Rib flare

At last I can work out what is wrong with me and why I am in so much pain!

For a few weeks I have been suffering with horrible sore ribs – to the point that I think they are cracking. Turns out, after a visit to the midwife, that I have rib flare.

The pain is made worse by sitting and so practicing good posture is seem as being important. Indeed it was suggested I get a birthing ball and sit on that when in pain – not so easy when you are at work but certainly worth a try.

The pain is thought to be more common on the right side and at times I feel that I should have one rib sticking out, having been snapped.

It is now at the point that I can not sleep at night. At first it takes hours to get comfy and then when I do get to sleep I wake up about an hour later in a lot of pain.

Paracetamol is worthless when trying to ease the pain and as that is about all you can take for pain it is really just a case of grinning and baring it. Hopefully it will pass but expect it will be here until due day.

At least now I know what is is tho!

Kicking

Having felt baby kick since for the past six to eight weeks you would think that I would be getting used to it by now but yet it still startles me at times and makes me jump!

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At the beginning I did not like the feeling of the fluttering within me. It felt alien. Now, at 24 weeks, I am beginning to love it (except at 3 a.m. when baby decides to kick for hours).

There are days when baby feels like it is constantly moving and others when I feel very little and it can be horrible to have to wait for it to move again.

It makes you wonder what type of baby he or she will be. Will they be relaxed or constantly on the go. Is it a boy or a girl? When will i get to see it rather than just feel it.

I can’t wait for the kicks to get stronger and that I get to see the kicks from the outside. Hopefully it will hurt less than this horrible rib pain that I am still suffering.