Sunday, 16 August 2015

Pregnancy update: gotta be flexible

I have never really been a very flexible person. Physically, that is. While others would easily touch their toes without bending their knees in the slightest, the most I could ever do was touch my knees. I never really bothered to try this out any more until a few days ago when someone told me that he had once read that during pregnancy, the body's tendons become more flexible, able to stretch further. This includes being able to bend down much further than one's back would previously allow. Naturally I had to try this.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that I'm now able to touch the ground in front of my toes without breaking a sweat or bending my legs in any way. I had to repeat it a few times to ensure that I wasn't fooling myself, but it seems that I cannot deny it any more. It may somewhat explain the lower back pain I had the past weeks as well. This adds another fun symptom to the list of reasons why I should really be pregnant:

  • swelling of the breasts (roughly one cup size so far and continuing).
  • continued appearance of linea nigra on abdomen.
  • flexible tendons.

The other symptoms are more generic:

  • lower back pain.
  • lower abdominal cramps.
  • hot flashes.
  • nausea.
  • exhaustion.

As far as the hot flashes go, I started back on the pill after the previous update a few days ago, and so far the hot flashes seem to be subsiding. They occur less often, are less severe and don't last as long any more. Seems like with the pill I'm able to at least somewhat control that part of my body's hormonal mess. Meanwhile the quest to find a surgeon or other specialist with a clue about intersex continues.

I'd still really like to find out what in heaven's name my body is doing at this point and how worried I should be. Maybe some day...


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