Having a Hard Pregnancy? Surviving a Physically Difficult Pregnancy Is Easier With Friends by Carrie Watts

Having a Hard Pregnancy? Surviving a Physically Difficult Pregnancy Is Easier With Friends

Any woman who has “brewed a baby,” as my husband says, knows it isn’t easy. It’s a pretty crazy rollercoaster right from day one. Even more when your body struggles under pregnancy’s demands.

By the end of my first pregnancy, I had debilitating carpal tunnel syndrome and severe pelvic girdle pain (PGP). I stopped work four weeks before my due date because I couldn’t brush my hair, climb stairs or walk from my car to my desk without agony. Then I developed preeclampsia. My plans for a quiet water birth dissolved. I watched with jealousy as other women enjoyed their pregnancies.

And the birth? Well, that’s another story! Needless to say, I was afraid to do it again, but then my doctor told me it never goes the same way twice. Important note: that doesn’t mean it will be better! The second time round, the PGP advanced into extreme symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). I was on crutches at 18 weeks and fully house bound week 20 through delivery. It was a very low time.

So how did I survive? My online community of mothers and friends saved me. Talking with them helped me process everything and to remember that, though I was immobile, I wasn’t alone. Being connected to others, day or night, kept me sane.

What a gift we have in our online tribes.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Wow, you had it tough! You are one strong mama, Carrie Watts . I hope you will share your birth stories with us. My twin pregnancy showed me the reality of, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Pregnant women have to be some of the strongest people I know! Thanks for sharing. You are so right about our tribes. Without that support, I don't know how we'd do it!
Carrie Watts
Pregnancy is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure! While I love the resulting babies, my body is definitely NOT a fan of the process. But I made it through & learned a lot about myself along the way. Women are like tea bags, and all that. ;-)

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