I’m 6 weeks out guys! No, I’m not talking about training for a show. I’m talking about something “bigger” than that. This baby that has been growing in me is going to have to find it’s way out of me soon. And that has me more nervous than ever. To think I used to watch labor & delivery movies/shows with such interest and awe, while today I watch horrified. I find myself thinking, “Oh my God, that is going to be me in a few weeks”. Yes, yes I know every birth story is different and it’s all worth it in the end, but what it boils down to is an object of a small watermelon coming out of a space that’s not used to accommodating that, hence equaling immense amounts of pain.
Speaking of pain, now I remember why I wanted to write this post. Pain…Third Trimester Pain! I was moving and chugging along in my second trimester, but then the third snuck up on me. This is a whole different story. I wake up sore. I wake up more tired than when I went to bed. I feel like I must be running marathons in my sleep. And ironically, the days after I went in for a pre-natal massage, the soreness got a bit worse. (Happily it’s not as bad anymore). But climbing stairs often leaves me breathing a lil bit heavier. And bending down may or may not happen depending on how important the thing is that I’m attempting to bend down for is.
So for you ladies out there that have been pregnant or are pregnant, I now feel your pain. And the golden egg of this post is to encourage you to keep moving and working out (if your doctor has allowed you) during the last weeks of your pregnancy. It’s good for you, just maybe reduce the amount and intensity even more now that you’re reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. I have worked out this whole pregnancy so far, and have gained about 25-30 pounds…although I’m sure the number is going to increase over the next weeks for sure! (And yes, I’m already waiting for the green light after I deliver so that I can return to the gym and work at getting my body back!) There have been many studies done to show that importance of working out during your entire pregnancy, if it’s do-able: lower chance of developing gestational diabetes, better recovery, less swelling, etc. So don’t be one of those women that is like I’m pregnant, it’s my time to veg! Give your body the advantage it deserves, and keep moving!