I went back to the physical therapist yesterday, and it was a much better visit than last week's nightmare. I even got a very nice massage around my lower back and right hip, where I've been suffering ever since I overextended my hip flexor muscle while climbing over a baby gate in December. (Note to pregnant-ladies-to-be: It's true what they say about your muscles being a lot more lax during pregnancy. Beware of this! Don't go trying to do the splits just for the fun of it.) The therapist seems to think my pelvis is cocked, too, so I have exercises to do at home to try to stablize it.
Aaaand ... I'm sporting a stylish new belt under my clothes! It's the two-part Maternity SI-LOC, designed to help support the three "bony parts" of the pelvic region: the left and right ilium and the sacrum. (Do I sound impressive with my medical talk?) I have to say, ugly as it is, I do feel more stable, and it's less painful for me to walk around and hold Daniel with my weight on my leg. I do still find myself hoisting my leg up with my hand when I get in the car or climb into bed, but hopefully this will tide me over until the baby is born. I wonder, though: Why does this show a $33.55 retail price on the manufacturer's Web site, and I had to pay $50 for it at the doctor's office?