It is snowing and I am panicking. Will I be forced to wear socks the last four days of this pregnancy? It has been so warm this year that I am able to count on one hand how often I have had to wear them since beginning of June. Right now putting on socks is a major undertaking. Everything is really. I can’t even remember what being comfortable feels like. The closest thing I come to comfort is comfort food and in most cases that is an unattainable goal as I have problems standing while making dinner. Except for this one dish I am blogging about now. Delicious and brilliant comfort food. Quick and easy! What more can you ask for?
Being pregnant is hard for some of us and we look nothing like the happy glowing pregnant characters portrayed in literature and films. Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful that I am pregnant but having to endure 8 months of pain has a tendency to get to you and dull out any glow and happiness you have in you.
What I suffer from is pelvic girdle pain (bekkenløsning in Norwegian). I had it during the second half of my last pregnancy as well but this time it started even before got a positive test and has gotten gradually worse. Technically, I never got rid of it since last time but I really only felt it if I jogged too far.
If I were to sum it up I would say it feels like walking with two sharp knives sticking into your groins. It feels like someone is using a jimmy to split your symphysis in two. You have something that feels like a severe toothache in your lower back when sitting. This pain gives you nausea that doesn’t go away until long after you have stopped sitting. One of the most excruciating pain is when you turn in bed. Something you have to do quite often as you hips stiffen up and start aching. The turn is heavy and you feel like you get ripped in two pieces while doing it. You soon stop turning in your sleep as you tend to wake up yourself (and your partner) when you scream out in pain. After that you start waking up every half hour or so to do a controlled turn. A little bit less painful but it means you don’t get any decent sleep.
The rest of your body reacts as well with locked up muscles. I had to have a physiotherapist loosen my jaw quite a few time because I have been biting my teeth to endure the pain. Then there are the times when you hips give in and you better be holding onto something or you might fall. Or the times when you simply cannot get up because something is locked and the pain overwhelms you. The pain exhausts you and don’t get me started on how horrible it feels like having to ask for help all the time.
For some people it helps to do light exercise in a warm swimming pool. Mine was so bad that it just got worse doing it. So I hobble around on crutches and try to survive each day. Want a challenge, try chasing a 4 year old on crutches…
My extra stylish crutches
Just to be clear, I am not writing this to get sympathy. I am writing this so that I will never forget it. While I am pretty sure I only want two kids I better be safe then sorry here . Maybe it also helps someone understand how bad it is. It is really impossible to understand it unless you have experienced it but it does help tremendously when people around you understand what you are going through.
Anyways, we were technically talking about comfort food. I found this dish on an Icelandic blog and even if the thought of all the calories in it gives me the creeps I can’t stop making it regularly. It is so delicious, so full of taste and yet so simple!
Hot dogs, mashed potatoes and salad
Creamy Hot Dog Stew
8-10 hot dogs (I usually use wieners)
1 package bacon (approx. 120 grams)
3 dl cream
1 dl crème fraiche
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
Cut the hots dogs into 1-2 cm pieces and chop up the bacon in similar pieces. Fry the hot dogs and bacon on a pan in a little bit of oil. Add the cream, crème fraiche, soy sauce, and sweet chili sauce and stir well. Let it simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce starts getting flavour from the bacon and the hot dogs. Season with black pepper according to your taste.
Serve with mashed potatoes and salat.
Easy as it gets