I started off the month with a weekly OB appointment, and discovered that I was GBS positive. Group B Streptococcus is one of many different bacteria that normally live in our bodies. Approximately one third of us carry GBS in our intestines without knowing. It is estimated that 15-40% of pregnant women are carriers. Women who are GBS positive can be given IV antibiotics during labour to prevent infection from passing to the newborn.
The beginning of November...this 9th month of pregnancy...finally brought me some discomfort. Pelvic girdle pain, sometimes called sacroiliac joint pain, and sometimes confused for sciatica. During pregnancy, my body is producing a hormone called relaxin. Relaxin softens the ligaments in my pelvis and other joints, which will help the baby to pass through during birth. My pain has mostly been in my right butt cheek area, and feels the worst when trying to get out of bed, walking first thing in the morning or when making a sudden movement. I am trying my best to embrace the pain, which is one of the signs that baby's head is engaging or moving down into the pelvis! I get some relief by wonderful massages from Mike, feel good stretches/yoga positions (recommended by my doula), warm baths and sitting on an exercise ball! I still cannot complain!
Mike and I attended a Breastfeeding Me class on November 3rd. This class is offered to women who are between 36-38 weeks pregnant, and prepare Moms-to-be to manage the first minutes, hours, days and weeks of breastfeeding.