Little Baby movements
It seems like in the last couple of weeks our little monkey has taken up karate or kickboxing because his movements are much stronger, and they also seem a bit more coordinated. I can tell he loves marshmallows because everytime I eat some he wiggles around and pushes against my belly. He seems to hate my hair dryer - everytime I'm blow drying my hair he starts punching and kicking all over the place and I can just imagine him punching the walls there "hey, keep it down out there, I'm trying to sleep!". All these movements have left my bump feeling sore and tight, like I've been doing a million ab crunches a day, but I love it, how else would I know that he's doing ok in there if not for his movements.
Aagghh, the muscle pain I'd had in the last 2 months just under my left rib has gotten worse. Previously it was only bad if I'd been sitting down for too long, but now it's almost constant. In fact a few days ago when trying to get out of bed I pulled it so badly that I heard a pop-pop-pop noise followed by intense pain and a burning sensation. I checked with my doctor today and turns out it's actually a pinched nerve which is very common in pregnancy, and will go away after birth. In the meantime all I can do is apply heat packs, do some stretching exercises and not sit down for long periods of time.
Ok, what's the deal with people wanting to touch a pregnant belly?
In the last week 2 different people at work just reached out, without asking, and stroked my belly. These were people that I'm not friends with. We don't have that kind of relationship. I see them maybe once a year at work conferences. Yet they felt comfortable enough to reach out and touch my belly. WTF? I'm not buddha here that rubbing the belly will bring you good luck, so if you wouldn't touch my belly when not pregnant, why is it ok to touch it when I am?