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I’m not sure what I did to myself, but it feels like someone has literally stabbed me in the back. The whole left side of my spine hurts in a shooting, pinchy kind of way. It woke me up at 4:30 yesterday morning and has hurt ever since. I can’t figure out how sleeping (my favorite thing in the whole world) can cause a back injury.The chances of this being caused by hard work or exersize are less than zero. The worst part is I can’t isolate the pain. I begged E to rub my back last night but no matter where he pushed it wasn’t where it hurt. I’ve already learned that pregnancy can cause things to feel weird or hurt more than normal, but I thought the back pain was supposed to come later – like month 7 or 8, when I’ll have a watermelon stapled to my stomach. I suppose the strain of my ginormous boobs might have thrown things off balance, but what am I supposed to do about that?

The list of drugs you can take during pregnancy is pretty short. Actually, it’s pretty much just Tylenol. I was planning on calling the doctor if it still hurt this much today, but now I’m not sure who to call. My baby-maker feels fine, so my OB-GYN isn’t really going to care. My regular doctor is impossible to get an appointment with, and I’m fairly sure his response will be “Go lie down. Take some Tylenol.” What I need is a chiropractor but I don’t think the military health care system believes in those. The Navy prescribes foot powder and Motrin for every ailment short of an actual missing limb – even then you’d probably just get the extra-strength Motrin. I think I’m going to just have to suck it up and deal but I’m a huge baby about pain. I really should have thought this pregnancy thing through a little more.

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