Stop work about a month before your due date if you possibly can. You simply don’t need deadline stress and other people imposing their priorities on you when you are about to undergo a life changing event!
If you look at a baby or young child, chances are that you will see their belly moving as they breathe. This is a good thing! It is a sign that they are using their diaphragm well when they breathe, and that this is massaging all their abdominal organs as it moves.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune to injure a spinal disc, you’ll know what an unpleasant and acute pain it gives and how unrelenting it can be in the early stages.
I’ve seen a number of patients recently who are being challenged to breathe better by their pregnancies. The hormonal changes of pregnancy affect breathing rate and lung resistance, while the physical changes of pregnancy (as the uterus rises up in the abdomen) also affect lung capacity and the angle of the lower ribs.
Of the people I saw this morning, two had waited a couple of weeks before coming to see me. That’s very normal – we are all used to having occasional aches and pains and a lot of them just go away on their own after a few days. Those that don’t clear up on their own are the ones that people bring in with them. And the question here is “why not”? almost more than “why do they happen in the first place?”