So I had hoped to be a trooper and work right up until or shortly before the baby is born. I realized today that I just can't do that, not with a physical job like mine. I'm starting to get tired after just the first hour instead of the afternoon (from bending at the waist). I feel strain in my abdomen sometimes when I give an adjustment, even though I'm doing it very gently. I think its just the automatic tightening of my core musculature.
I'm going to start talking to my patients to make sure it is OK that DH or our other doc take them over until after the baby is born. I have two families that I think truly need me (one mama is pg and due next month), and luckily they both come in at the same time in the morning so I'll keep them. Instead I'm going to sit with my CAs (chiropractic assistants) and help out with insurance stuff, because I can do it quickly and it doesn't hurt as much to sit.
I'm trying not to feel like a failure as superwoman! I feel bad whining about not working so much anymore, especially for all you mamas who decided it is best to stay in bed most of the time, esp with other dcs. I know you'd really like to just get up and do something! So I'm sorry. I truly am impressed and motivated by your resolve to do what you think is best for your baby, so I'm trying to follow suit by listening to my body! I think most of my problem with it is knowing that it's just ONE MORE THING that somebody else has to do for me. I'm used to taking care of business! Now DH and everybody else have to do so much for me that I normally can do just fine or better.
Thanks for listening, friends.