Pregancy Journal: I Am Falling Apart

My friends, I invite you to celebrate with me.

Today, I put on my socks without moaning.

(Insert wild applause, confetti, lemon bars and random boxes of chocolate here.)

It's a major accomplishment these days, thanks to my newly diagnosed symphysis pubic dysfunction, or as I like to call it "falling-apart disease." I wrote about it at 5 Minutes for Parenting today. In a nutshell, it makes lifting my legs to do complicated tasks like putting on my socks and crossing my ankles feel like I'm trying to dislocate my pelvis.

Pregnancy is not for the faint of heart. Or the weak of abdomen.

I cannot believe I am only 25 weeks. Maybe it's because it's my fourth baby. Maybe it's because I'm 38. Maybe it's because I have a toddler named Teyla. Maybe it's my college Bible professor's favorite multiple choice answer: D) All of the above.

All I know is: This pregnancy is going to be the end of me. Come quickly, oh May, come quickly.


  1. first week of feb is nearly over...keep hope may will come quickly

  2. I had so many of the same issues during my pregnancy. And I wondered if it was because I was 34 and not 24. I had nothing to compare it to since it was my first pregnancy. I read that the pain would most likely go away soon after delivery, but my son is almost 7 months old and I still have problems. But every time I look at my little one I forget about it and just feel gratitude to have him.

  3. You are so right about pregnancy. My back pretty much fell apart the moment I became pregnant every time. I hope May comes quickly for you!

  4. It will be over before you know it and then suddenly you'll have a four-and-a-half month old. Trust me.


    (Hee. That probably makes you want to punch me, right? I'm totally lying, I hated being pregnant this last time around. The only thing I savored was my resentment.)

  5. I felt the same way in my 4th and final pregnancy. I was 30 and wondered if I was in so much pain because I was not in my 20's anymore, (the other 3 did not give me nearly as much discomfort!) because it was my 4th pregnancy, or because, knowing it was my last, I let myself gain the most weight of any pregnancy, with the thought in mind that "I'll have the rest of my life to lose it" (I did lose it,just for the record, within 9 months. PHEW!) I think it was the combo of all three. And since mine was due at the end of Oct, my theme song for that pregnancy was, "Wake me up when September ends" by Greenday. I'm praying yours goes by swiftly and as comfortably as possible for you.

  6. Hey there. I would *really* recommend going to see a D.O. to treat your pelvic dysfunction. I'm in osteopathic med school right now, and in just reading your symptoms I thought of a couple different techniques that I'm sure would help. Is your PCP an MD or DO? If you do go looking for a DO, make sure you ask first if they regularly practice OMM. Some DOs do, some don't. And if all this sounds like way too much trouble, email me and i'll tell you a couple things you can try.

  7. Praying your last 15 or so weeks go by quickly!

  8. No, I will not pray that May comes any sooner. As much as I love you (a ton!) the selfish part of me wins out here- that baby cannot come any earlier than scheduled! If I miss it, just stuff it back in or something!!! ; )

    Can.Not.Wait. to see you guys! Oh, and I love the new look!

  9. Kelly, I had SPD with all of my pregnancies. OWIEOWIEOWIE!
    I second the suggestion to go to a manipulation doc, either DO or Chiro. What you need is the Webster Technique. Seriously, google it. I couldn't have functioned during pregnancy without it.
    And, mine DID go away immediately after birth all 3 times.
    Hang in there!