The new rib belt is helping a lot. I was starting to toss and turn all night from my ribs hurting laying on my side (no laying on your back after 20 weeks), and it seems to be taking care of that for now. My hips still hurt, but I only have to turn over once or twice a night due to that.
Trying to get the recommended 80-100g of protein a day that the Bradley method recommends to hopefully prevent premature rupture of membrane (prom).
And finally interviewing doulas, which I had planned to do a month ago but got sick instead. Although many are only on call after a certain number of weeks, I’m relieved to find it’s not a universal policy since preterm labor is also a risk.
The upper back pain is all from my ribs coming apart. Been trying to wear my rib belt more and plan to get a second one for the lower portion of my ribs.
Other than joint stuff I had a few days of very mild but constant heartburn.
Can’t wait to see the chiropractor tomorrow.
Since I did a lot of searching and only a little finding, I figured I should share my experience with being pregnant and having EDS.
I already had POTS, and so far (week 20), it’s been waaay better since getting pregnant. Probably due to the increased blood volume.
I started having some round ligament pain in week 6-7. It’s just started getting at bit worse around week 18-20.
Week 21 starts tomorrow and I’ve just started to have back pain yesterday and low back pain today. And I was holding my lower abdomen a lot, so probably time for a belt already even though my stomach isn’t very big yet.
I don’t have vascular EDS, we got the gene test to be sure. So far pre-term labor is the only risk the doctors have mentioned.
My joints are looser and so far I’m needing to see the chiropractor weekly (he uses a drop table, not adjustments – no crunching!) and he’s taught my husband a couple things to do at home that help. I can’t drive more than 5 minutes without joint/back pain, so needing a ride to every appointment has been the worst thing so far. Even walking messes up all my joints, so I’m having to stick to swimming. And grocery shopping I have to keep short and I still hurt by the end of it from walking.
I’m having new pregnancy migraines that a nap on my tempurpedic with a heat pad on my head seems to cure. Napping on other beds with the heat pad didn’t help, had to get some cranial sacral work done instead. Working on the muscle/ligaments that connect from the clavicle to the skull helps too. So I think these migraines are EDS related.
I’ll try to make more updates as things progress.
Normal pregnancy stuff: first trimester fatigue, increased sensitivity – so more contact dermatitis.
“We are here because we love the young folks, and we want them to know that there is an older generation of brothers and sisters of all colors, who are willing to put their bodies on the line so that justice can roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
— Cornel West before being arrested at Ferguson. (viawhitecolonialism)
A 13-Year-Old’s Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School
In a bold comparative analysis of TheNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that in her experience, today’s education system is a modern-day version of slavery. According to the Fredrick Douglass Foundation of New York, the schools’ teachers and administrators were so offended by Williams’ essay that they began a campaign of harassment—kicking her out of class and trying to suspend her—that ultimately forced her parents to withdraw her from the school.
In her essay, which was written for a contest, Williams reflected on what Douglass heard his slave master, Mr. Auld, telling his wife after catching her teaching Douglass how to read. “If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him,” Auld says. “It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.”
Williams wrote that overcrowded, poorly managed classrooms prevent real learning from happening and thus produces the same results as Mr. Auld’s outright ban. She wrote that her white teachers—the vast majority of Rochester students are black and Hispanic, but very few teachers are people of color—are in a “position of power to dictate what I can, cannot, and will learn, only desiring that I may get bored because of the inconsistency and the mismanagement of the classroom.”
Read more: Education – GOOD
I’m so freaking proud of this child.
“The conservative Frederick Douglass Foundation gave Williams a special award, saying that her essay ‘actually demonstrates that she understood the autobiography.’ They have also reached out to the school for an explanation of the 13-year-old’s treatment.”
She spoke truth to power.
Good job helping make her argument more solid by kicking her out of class and forcing her parents to take her out of school.
(Source: daughtersofdig, via shad0ww0rdpain)