Wednesday, March 02, 2005

When sitting is not restful

It's got to be a pregnancy thing, yet I haven't come across this affliction in any of the literature nor have I seen it written on any blog posts relating to pregnancy.

I cannot sit down for more than twenty minutes without getting a sore bum.

This afternoon at work I just caught myself in time before I started to groan with discomfort. I'm sure it's not a good look to be groaning at work (unless one is a professional tennis player).

It's also affecting my evenings and days off, because three of my favourite activities involve sitting for long periods of time - reading and writing blogs, watching tv and DVDs, and reading.

Aside from frequent bum massages (the boy is usually happy to oblige, but only if I ask him at home), I don't know how to solve this one. Standing is worse, and lying down is so...slothful.

8 comments:

Frally said...

Violet, welcome to the end of your body as you know it. You might have to take a cushion with you wherever you go. Cos that's always a good look...

EB said...

Maybe contact the midwife. I used to alternate between sitting on the edge of the extra low seat and kneeling on the floor at work. Sounds uncomfortable, but staying in one position for too long was more uncomfortable. Lying down I needed to change sides several times and have pillows between my knees before I could nod off. Medicine ball wasn't allowed at my job (the alternative was a workstation consultant who added a footrest and that did help for a while), so I used it at home and it didn't work. But then standing was ok for me for short periods so if you think your case might be different or you just want to try it, the medicine ball is available to borrow if you want to.

EB said...

Oops, I mean a different ball, the one they have for abdominal exercises (no don't do those), and its big and light. Not the heavy dense medicine ball that you definitely should not try carrying. Gotta go, baby crying.

Jon said...

Yeah, I'm not sure your boss would be happy about bum massages at the workplace ;)

Make Tea Not War said...

I'm afraid Frally is all too right. I think I've had the same thing since I had a baby. I find it hurts sitting but it also hurts to stand up. It might be an oos thing of some sort. With the baby and all I haven't had time to get it checked out.

One thing I found helped with discomfort sleeping was a full body pillow. I got mine at Moore Wilsons and it was quite cheap.

The Skirt said...

eb means a Swiss ball.

I like the idea of a bum massage btw - what a shame that it's frowned upon in public!

Anonymous said...

It might be related to a sciatic problem, although I would have thought that baby isn't big enough yet to be pressing on the spine.

Anyway, try putting some heat on the area - use a hot water bottle (don't laugh - I use one at work for my back) or a wheat pack. That might help to ease the pain.

Also maybe one of those kneeling chairs? Might put a bit of pressure on your knees...

Violet said...

Frally: and I thought I'd managed to escape the whole cushion-thing but not getting haemorroids...

EB: I knew what you meant - my gym subscription ain't fer nothing y'know. The Swiss ball idea sounds promising, but I can just see myself not paying attention and falling over at an inopportune moment.

Jon & The Skirt: bum massages really are great, but they do tend to have side effects - I won't go into that 'cos it's a family show

Make Tea: I like stuff that's cheap. Thanks!

Anonymous: ooh that would be a bad idea. I have dodgy knees from way back...along with dodgy ankles and sensitive hips.