Wednesday, June 29, 2005

With girded loins...

My visit to the physiotherapist was quite productive, despite the fact that I was longer hurting the way I did when I initially made the appointment. I was loaned a wide elastic girdle to wear around my hips and pelvis when I'm expecting to go walk-about, and shown some useful ways to move without hurting myself.

Basically, whether I'm getting in and out of a car, turning over in bed, bending down to pick something off the floor or sitting in a chair, the two main things I have to do are:

1. 'hug my baby' and
2. keep my knees together

The 'hug my baby' thing is just a really cute phrase meaning, pull my abs in a little just above my pelvis.

The girdle really works too, as long as I only wear it when I'm upright. Sitting down with it on just exacerbates the feeling of breathlessness I often get when I'm sitting down anyway (ever feel like you're about to faint through lack of oxygen?).

Tonight was Antenatal Class Number Three -
We were shown videos on breastfeeding (it makes the act look even harder than the two-hundred page breastfeeding book does) and getting the baby to sleep.

There was a talk about Plunket services by a well-intentioned but monotoned woman, who also showed us how to bathe a baby doll.

We also watched a video on pain management, ranging from none whatsoever through to massage, acupuncture, pethidine and epidurals. The video included footage of a woman in real pain, which - though realistic - was not very pleasant.

At half time, I compared belly sizes with one woman and acidentally bumped bumps with another.

8 comments:

Jon said...

What baby needs breast milk? Just leave some cash and the number of the Chinese take away ;)

Jon said...

Hey, I just had a funny thought- if you used a breast pump and fed your baby on the go, that would sort of make YOU the Chinese take away!

Hopefully that evoked laughter and not eye rolling......

happyandblue2 said...

You really go to some gory classes. Don't they have happy classes anywhere for pregnant women..

Violet said...

jon: Well it wouldn't be the first time someone's called me a Chinese takeaway...

happyandblue2: they probably don't, because by now it's far too late to change your mind just because of the quality of the videos.

allison said...

the gallery of art on your webpage is amazing. you have a great and beautiful talent! thank you for sharing.

Violet said...

*blush*

glomgold said...

Plunket?

Violet said...

Plunket is a NZ institution - it's an early childcare society started by a guy called Truby King. It was started up to ensure that new mothers got help looking after their babies.