Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chiropractic Magic

It's been a rough, rough week. Now that I've returned to basic, run-of-the-mill pregnancy aches and pains, I feel positively jubilant. I got hit with severe back pain this week. It was frustrating to me how many people were like "Yah, I got that too in pregnancy. It's a bummer." No, you obviously didn't. Because if you had, you wouldn't have described it as a bummer. It was more Pscycho-shower-scene-somebody-stabbing-you-in-the-back. I have the bummer pregnancy back pain, too, but this is much, much different.

I would start out in the morning feeling fine, after a night of great sleep. But part way through the day my back would start to hurt, even from doing nothing more than sitting there. By the end of the day I was in excruciating I-would-be-happy-to-overdose-on-painkillers pain. And considering I hate taking medicine, that says a lot. Anyway. Saw my midwife on Friday, she gave me a pregnancy belt (which seems to do nothing). And she gave me a referral for a physical therapist, but I couldn't get in for over a week and just couldn't stand it. So I saw a chiropractor yesterday, and I feel so much better. It wasn't magical, all-of-a-sudden-healing. But by the end of the day, despite being more active than other days, I wasn't cursing this poor babe for the pain she's causing me.

And today I feel even better. It's too soon to say I'm cured, and I plan to go back again on Tuesday. But it's the best I've felt in almost a week. And my skepticism of chiropractors is gone (at least partially).

In other news, I'm trying to finish up the nursery for the baby shower next weekend. But I've been so incapacitated I've made little progress this week, and may not make much more this week. We'll have to see. I put the "Nerdy Baby ABC" cards on the wall, which I still love, but decided they seem a bit "My-kid-is-an-honor-roll-student-at-blah-middle-school", which I hate. We got them because they're funny, but I'm starting to realize they could easily be conceived of as obnoxious once you hang them on the wall. So I'm not sure what we'll do for that wall yet.

Lastly, we officially switched to a midwife. I like my OB, had no complaints, but considering everything about this pregnancy has been by-the-book normal, I decided there was no need for an OB. As A puts it, OBs are surgeons. As such, they like surgery. If you want to avoid surgery, why would you choose an OB? I think a midwife will be less likely to push for medical intervention and more likely to let labor progress naturally. And now that A's on board as well, there was no reason not to.


  1. Maybe I'll have to try a chiropractor one of these days. I'm no longer pregnant, but my back is all sorts of jacked up from my last two babies.

  2. I highly recommend it! And it's way cheaper than I realized (if your insurance doesn't cover it.) In Minnesota, at least, you apparently don't even need a referral from your doctor for insurance to cover it.